Sunday, July 31, 2011

Crystal Cove Cottage 46 The Store

Crystal Cottage 46 is probably one of the most photographed cottages at Crystal Cove. This cottage is the newest cottage at the cove. The building was constructed in 1950 and used as the cove store for 13 years. Cottage 46 replaced and earlier structure that was hauled up the hill to be used as a residence cottage
.More about Crystal Cove Cottage 46

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Trestles Beach California

Trestles Beach attracts surfers from all over the world to experience the perfect wave. This 3½-mile-long beach consists of five separate surf breaks: Cottons,Uppers, Middles, Lowers and Church. Trestles is named after the old railroad bridge near the entrance to the beach. To get to Trestles Beach you will have to walk about a mile from the parking lot down a winding paved trail.
Trestles Beach California Surfing Beach

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pearson's Port Newport Beach

Pearson's Port is floating shack that sells fresh fish, live crab and lobster underneath the Pacific Coast Highway bridge that crosses over over Newport Bay. Along with live crab and lobster (in season) Pearson's offers sea bass and buckets of prawns that were literally caught earlier that day.More about Pearson Port

Thursday, July 28, 2011

La Jolla San Caves Kayak Tours

La Jolla 7 sea caves can only be visited by kayak or boat. One exception is Sunny Jim Cave which can be seen by climbing down a stairway and through a tunnel. The tunnel entrance is inside the Cave Store on Coast Blvd and the store charges a fee to see the cave. A much better way to see Jim's cave and the other six caves is to take a kayak tour.

Guided tours last about two hours and you will actually get to go inside the caves depending on water and tidal conditions.
La Jolla Sea Cave Tour

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cambria California Central Coast

The little town of Cambria is nestled among beautiful pine trees and the Pacific Ocean. The area where Cambria is today started out as the property of Mission San Miguel. After the Spanish lost their claim to California, the land was sold and granted out. During the 1860’s, investors eagerly purchased the prime central coast land.

One man built a store, another a hotel, another a tavern, and so on. The interesting fact is that the first five men were all named George. Lull’s store, on the corner of Bridge and Main Streets, was built by George Lull in 1865. Cambria ended up growing very quickly and soon was the second largest town in San Luis Obispo County.
More about Cambria 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Glass Outhouse Art Gallery

Anyone who travels out this way to the Joshua Tree National Park will be quite close to The Glass Outhouse, as well as The Twenty-nine Palms Inn which is very historic and just across the street from the Historical Society Museum. There are additional places worth seeing in this area: Great Rock and the Integratron are places of interest, as well as Pioneertown.

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery is located at 77575 Highway 62, Twenty-nine Palms, California. Laurel Seidl can be reached at P. O. Box 2228, 29 Palms, CA 92277. Laurel Seidl, owner and creator of the Glass Outhouse
Glass Outhouse Art Gallery 29 Palms

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Big Bear Mountain Resort

Fresh mountain breezes, clear blue skies and a unique blend of calming stillness and vigorous outdoor activities is what you will find at Big Bear Mountain Resorts located in the San Bernardino Mountains, approximately 100 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The towering aromatic pine trees, wild deer and squirrels that inhabit the two main areas that make up BBMR (Snow Summit and Bear Mountain), allows visitors to feel a million miles away from the city, when in reality they are just a short drive from the suburban sprawl of southern California.
More About Big Bear Mountain Resorts

Friday, July 22, 2011

Santa Cruz Things To Do

Located south of San Francisco and just north of Monterrey, is Santa Cruz, an environmentally and socially progressive town known for its surf history. Still a big part of the scene, the city has evolved beyond surfing to include healthy living, friendly bike paths, art, and theater, all within walking distance to the beach. The area was once the location of an American Indian settlement, and one of earliest settlements of the Spanish during the exploration of Alta California.
Santa Cruz Visitors Guide

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Arcadia Day Trip LA Arboretum

The city of Arcadia is located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains about 13 miles north of downtown Los Angeles just off of California Interstate 210. There are several area attractions that are worth seeing as well as some great local mainstays.

The Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum is the city’ s premiere cultural site and is a great place to begin your visit. Opened in 2001, the museum chronicles the city's development and includes artifacts from Elias “Lucky” Baldwin and Anita Baldwin, the Santa Anita Racetrack, the World War I Balloon School, photographs, period furnishings, and various civic artifacts from the 1800s to present day. Parking and admission to the museum are free and can be visited Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

More About Arcadia Day Trip

Birch Aquarium San Diego

Located in the La Jolla section of San Diego is the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. A great place for a day of family fun, the aquarium is the public part of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. The center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and hosts an average of over 400,000 visitors per year. On any given day school children and families visit to observe more than 380 species represented by over 5,000 animals. More about Birch Aquarium

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stanislaus River Rafting

Northern California sports some of the best whitewater rafting trips in all of North America, with trips to satisfy any thrill-seeker's most extreme need. But what about river rafting for the rest of us? Are there trips out there where you can get a rush while also being able to relax in the beautiful scenery of Northern California? There sure are, and the Stanislaus River is only about 1.5 hours east of San Francisco Bay area and a great place to enjoy these mild rafting trips.Stanislaus River Rafting

Monday, July 18, 2011

Orfila Winery Escondido

Orfila Vineyards and Winery are located on a 70-acre estate in Escondido, California. The winery is an ultra-premium boutique winery nestled in the picturesque San Pasqual Valley, approximately 30 minutes from San Diego, and on the way to the San Diego Wild Animal Park.

Orfila has been the recipient of more than 1,000 medals in major national and international competitions. Orfila wines are available at the winery's old world tasting room which overlooks the 70-acre estate. Wine tasting room and gift shop are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wine tasting include six tasting's

Orfila Vineyards and Winery Escondido

Bike Rides and Hiking Places Southern California

Southern california has year round perfect weather for hiking and biking. During the summer months stay close to the beach and let the ocean breeze keep you cool. Winter temperatures are just about always warm enough for outdoor activities. Whatever you decide, Mountain bike, Road Bike, Hiking or Running Southern California has hundreds of trails and parks waiting to be discovered. Listed here are some of our favorite Southern California places to go hiking and biking. Trails range from family friendly to fitness levels of all types.
Hiking and Biking Southern California

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Torrey Pines Day Trip

Torrey Pines State park is a beautiful wilderness reserve nestled in San Diego County. If you are a nature lover, it’s one of the wildest stretches of land left on the Southern California coast! With over 2,000 acres of untouched land, the reserve has long stretches of beachfront, and an amazing lagoon which is home to migrating birds. Visitors come from all over the globe to witness the California coast as it was before development. First observed by Spanish sailors in the 1500s, those explorers used it as a map mark and labeled it as “Punta de los Arboles” or “Wooded Point” based on its amazing landscape of trees
Torrey Pines

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Palm Springs Day Trip

When you're checking off the list of reasons why you should plan a visit to Palm Springs, make sure to include, sunshine, great resorts, shopping, outdoor adventures, museums, and spectacular scenery. This oasis in the Mojave Desert has it all.
While Palm Springs is often associated with beautiful rolling green golf courses, condos, and millionaires, visitors often miss the more "close-in" experience that the area has to offer.

Ever since movie stars first appeared here in the 1930s, laying claim to ranch estates and filling up the numerous five star resorts, the clean dry air and sunshine, just 120 miles east of Los Angeles, have made Palm Springs irresistible to the California upper, and the upper middle, class.
More about Palm Springs

Friday, July 15, 2011

Point Mugu State Park California Beach Camping

Point Mugu State Park California
Located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern California, Point Mugu State Park, also known to locals as Sycamore Canyon features more than 70 miles of hiking trails, and five miles of pristine ocean shoreline

Point Mugu is surrounded by the rocky bluffs and jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area.

 The natural environment creates a variety of adventures for swimmers, surfers, anglers, cyclist, hikers, and photographers, within the park.

There are two campgrounds at Point Mug State Park, the Thornhill Broom, and Sycamore Canyon, which features views of the ocean. There are no real amenities; there are some restrooms and showers. It a bit on the “ruffling it“side, but kids still enjoy it.

Overall, Point Mugu State Park is secluded and quiet. At night, you will fall asleep to the sound of crickets and frogs. While it is very cold even in the summer months, the rest and peace away from the city makes it worth it.

 Located about an hour drive from Malibu, allow for a 1.5-hour drive from Los Angeles, Orange County, or the San Fernando Valley. Learn more about Point Mugu State Park

Thursday, July 14, 2011

USS Hornet San Francisco Day Trip

Located in the Alameda California, near Oakland, is a national treasure known as the USS Hornet, a floating city that allows visitors to experience life as if you were out to see for months on end. Construction started on the Navy aircraft carrier in 1942, and it she was put into service shortly thereafter. She played a significant role in WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and later was used for transporting the Apollo astronauts as they returned from the moon.
USS Hornet San Francisco

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wild Rivers $7.00 Off Coupon

Save seven bucks per person when you use this coupon Wild Rivers Water Park Coupon. Good for up to six people for a savings of $42.00.
Wild Rivers has over forty water rides and is located in Irvine, California

Directions: 8770 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618, adjacent to the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, just north of the El Toro "Y". From the 405 San Diego Freeway, take the Irvine Center Drive exit south ½ mile. From the I-5 Santa Ana Freeway, take the Bake Parkway exit to Irvine Center Drive and go north one block.
Wild Rivers $Coupon

Beach Camping Southern California

Fresh ocean breezes, the sound of crashing waves and cozy nights by the camp fire. With hotel prices sky high camping on the beach is an affordable option. All along the Southern California coast are public campgrounds. Enjoy swimming, surfing, tide pools, hiking and biking. During the summer months advance reservations are a must, off season it's possible to drive right in and get hooked up with a beach campsiteSouthern California Beach Camping Guide

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Falkner Winery Winery Temecula

Founded in 2000, Falkner Winery is built on the peak of a 1,500-foot hill and offers visitors amazing views of the Temecula Valley from its pastoral front porch and its rolling grassy lawn. The wood-sided, vine-covered building houses a diverse tasting room with wooden beams and a long tasting counter and gift shop, while the picturesque grounds with sculptures, picnic areas and an outside tasting bar, features the Pinnacle Restaurant, reception and banquet facilities, and an art gallery.
Falkner Winery Winery

Heritage Valley California

Sometimes the best journeys begin with an interesting road trip. One that can be almost, if not be more exhilarating than your final destination. And here in California, we have plenty of wide-open highways that twist and turn and cut straight lines through some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the entire country.
One such stretch of highway is State Route 126 that connects Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita, to U.S. Route 101 in Ventura.

Constructed in the late 1950s, this stretch of California highway follows the banks of the Santa Clara River through Heritag
Heritage Valley California

Monday, July 11, 2011

California High Speed Rail Trip

California High Speed Rail trains operating at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour could be whisking passengers nonstop from downtown San Francisco to downtown Los Angeles in just under three hours by the year 2020, giving travelers an easy way to touchdown in major population centers, including Sacramento, San Jose, Riverside, and San Diego.
Imagine hopping on a high-speed bullet train at Los Angeles Union Station, and dining in a trendy restaurant in San Francisco, within a couple of hours. You just purchase your ticket and off you go. California High Speed Rail Trip Article

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Safari West African Wildlife Tours Santa Rosa California

Safari West Wildlife Preserve in Santa Rosa California lets you take a trip to Africa without leaving the Golden State. Safari West is a former sheep ranch transformed into an African Safari adventure. Guests can take a three hour tour led by an experience guide. You climb aboard a Safari truck and head out onto the bumpy roads of the preserve. The trip lets you take a African safari without the danger of being charged by wild animals. Safari West African Tickets Book Now

Seaport Village San Diego Attractions

Designed to reflect New England clapboard and Spanish Mission architectural styles of early California, the three bustling shopping areas that make up the Village provides the right setting for grabbing lunch or dinner, browsing for trinkets, or just wanting to enjoy the beautiful San Diego waterfront with its endless photo opportunities.
Seaport Village San Diego

Beverly Hills Day Trip Things to Do

Although most of Californians cannot afford most of the items that sparkle from the windows of the posh stores that line Rodeo Drive, a day trip to Beverly Hills will give you a chance to experience how the other half lives. Consider it like getting dressed up for the prom, or putting on airs at the local members-only country club.
Beverly Hills Day Trip

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

California State Parks Closures

California State Parks announced its plan to close up to 70 of its 278

“We regret closing any park,” said Ruth Coleman, director of California
State Parks, “but with the proposed budget reductions over the next two years,
we can no longer afford to operate all parks within the system.”
“These cuts are unfortunate, but the state’s current budget crisis demands
that tough decisions be made,” said Resources Secretary John Laird. “Hopefully,
the legislature will agree to allow California voters to decide whether we extend
currently existing taxes or make deeper cuts to our parks.”

Here is the list of parks on the chopping block:

Anderson Marsh SHP
Annadel SP
Antelope Valley Indian Museum
Austin Creek SRA
Bale Grist Mill SHP
Benbow Lake SRA
Benicia Capitol SHP
Benicia SRA
Bidwell Mansion SHP
Bothe-Napa Valley SP
Brannan Island SRA
California Mining & Mineral Museum
Candlestick Point SRA
Castle Crags SP
Castle Rock SP
China Camp SP
Colusa-Sacramento River SRA
Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
Fort Humboldt SHP
Fort Tejon SHP
Garrapata SP
George J. Hatfield SRA
Governor's Mansion SHP
Gray Whale Cove SB
Greenwood SB
Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
Hendy Woods SP
Henry W. Coe SP
Jack London SHP
Jug Handle SNR
Leland Stanford Mansion SHP
Limekiln SP
Los Encinos SHP
Malakoff Diggins SHP
Manchester SP

McConnell SRA
McGrath SB
Mono Lake Tufa SNR
Morro Strand SB
Moss Landing SB
Olompali SHP
Palomar Mountain SP
Petaluma Adobe SHP
Picacho SRA
Pio Pico SHP
Plumas-Eureka SP
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Portola Redwoods SP
Providence Mountains SRA
Railtown 1897 SHP
Russian Gulch SP
Saddleback Butte SP
Salton Sea SRA
Samuel P. Taylor SP
San Pasqual Battlefield SHP
Santa Cruz Mission SHP
Santa Susana Pass SHP
Shasta SHP
South Yuba River SP
Standish-Hickey SRA
Sugarloaf Ridge SP
Tomales Bay SP
Tule Elk SNR
Turlock Lake SRA
Twin Lakes SB
Weaverville Joss House SHP
Westport-Union Landing SB
William B. Ide Adobe SHP
Woodson Bridge SRA
Zmudowski S

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Summer Events Oceanside California

From world class sporting and surf events, to refined evenings with artists and filmmakers, the excitement never stops in Oceanside, Calif. Throughout the summer and fall seasons, the city offers a wealth of popular events for community members and visitors that showcase both the city's natural beauty and unique cultural heritage. 

Oceanside Museum of Art, July-Octoberoma
In addition to its stellar exhibits that showcase the cultures of Southern California, Oceanside Museum of Art has an on-going calendar with events that appeal to every member of the family. Upcoming events include the Summer Soiree cocktail reception and art auction on July 23; Culinary Cinema Series combining a screening of the art-house movie Noodle with great food on August 4; Free Family Art Days on and August 7 and October 2; 333's Jazz at the Museum on August 18; and a Halloween themed Art After Dark on October 28. More information:

Jazz at the Beach, July 16 & September 25
Oceanside's outdoor beach amphitheater is the venue for KIFM smooth jazz radio's Jazz at the Beach concerts on July 16 and September 25. With the stunning Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, guests enjoy music from popular smooth jazz musicians such as Gerald Albright, Rick Braun and Peter White. 

Monthly Historical Walks, July-Septemberpier day
The Oceanside Historical Society features Downtown History Walks on the second Saturday of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m. Participants meet Oceanside native and 101 historian John Daley at the Oceanside Civic Center for a walking tour of historic homes, buildings and sites including the famed Top Gun house, three Irving J. Gill buildings and the Oceanside pier and bandstand. The walks are free and done at a leisurely pace. No reservations necessary.

Surf-Run-Swim, July-September
Known for its great surf, bike trials and other recreational amenities, Oceanside is a popular choice for top athletic events including:
- Surftech RSP3, July 17: A collection of events including a 5k Run, 1 mile run/walk, 1-mile open water swim and 3 or 6 mile paddleboard race. The event also includes a Sports and Fitness Expo featuring Live Music and great
- Longboard Surf Contest, August 12: The 27th Annual Longboard Surf Contest and Festival has been combined with the 11th Annual Guy Takayama Pro Noseriding surfing contest. This year's event promises to provide the public with a wide variety of activities, booths and live music that the whole family can enjoy.

 World Body Surfing Championships, August 20 & 21: International and US body surfers compete at Oceanside Pier.
- Tiki Swim, September 25: The inaugural TIKI Swim takes athletes on a 2.4 mile swim from the Oceanside Pier to the Oceanside harbor.