Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pumpkin Season Half Moon Bay California

Fall pumpkins
Half Moon Bay is called the pumpkin capital of the world for good reason.

Every year the city celebrates the  fall harverst of these huge orange gourds with festivals and events.

Half Moon Bay produces more than 3,000 tons of pumpkins every year by local growers.

Visitors during  will find themselves surrounded by fields rich with brilliant orange-pick-your-own-pumpkins and natural beautiful fall colors.

 Pumpkin beer is on tap, homemade pumpkin entrees and desserts are on the menu and specialty pumpkin spa experiences offer the perfect seasonal indulgence.

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Events:
40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
October 8, 7a.m.
Pumpkin growers from California, Oregon and Washington will descend upon Half Moon Bay with their colossal pumpkins to contend for the coveted title of heaviest pumpkin. Last year Leonardo Ureno’s 1,704-pound Atlantic Giant wiped out the impressive field of sixty heavyweight growers under the worldwide media spotlight, taking home the sought-after title and big prize money.

42nd Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
October 13 & 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest with a fantastic lineup of rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired crafts, home-style foods, expert pumpkin carvers, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling haunted house, a titanic weigh-off of champion pumpkins, a pie-eating contest, pumpkin carving, costume contests, a pancake breakfast, a five & 10K run/walk.

Glass Pumpkin Patch
October 13, 14 & 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The grounds of La Nebbia Winery will be transformed into a glistening glass pumpkin patch featuring the work of artist and glass blower Douglass C. Brown, owner of Half Moon Bay Art Glass. This artistic installation will feature a large selection of one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins available for purchase.

Pumpkin Run
October 14, 8 a.m.
Join in the fun with the Pumpkin run! Run or walk a 5k course or take on a 10k. Kids can sign up too with the “Kid’s Fun Run.” Each runner will receive a t-shirt, a pumpkin and breakfast. The run starts and ends at Hatch Elementary School, 490 Miramontes Road.

More about visiting Half Moon Bay

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sacramento River Train Fall Season

Here are the Highlights of the  train trips scheduled for this fall on board the  Sacramento River Train.

 Sunset Happy Hour Trains (September 29 & October 6): These new trips continue to be very popular with  wine tasting with Rendez-vous Winery and live music by Lucy's Bones.

Pumpkin Trains begin Oct 13. Trips feature fun scarecrows, storytime, tractor rides, hay bale maze, treats & a pumpkin to take home!  Day cares & school groups welcomed.

Sacramento Beer Train is now added on Nov 3 featuring four breweries and live band.

Annual Thanksgiving Supper Train offers a memorable and unique way to enjoy a special family time.

The Christmas Train returns but with a big change. A fun train ride with Santa, strolling musician, hot cocoa & cookies. New this year a fun show for the kids that starts before you even get on the train.

New Year's Eve Express.

Year-round trips: Great Train Robbery Murder Mystery Trains.

More about the Sacramento River Train.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Russian River Adventure San Francisco Day Trip

Less than a two hour drive from San Francisco flows the Russian River.

 Boat trips start at the town of Healdsburg and take you on a lazy float along the river from Memorial Beach to Wohler Bridge about 9 miles.

When you're river journey is complete board a shuttle for return trip to the parking lot.

Russian River Adventures' inflatable canoe trips offer a refreshing alternative to exploring gorgeous Sonoma County by car. Whether you are a couple looking for a relaxing getaway, a family looking for a fun activity, or want to include your dog in your outing, paddling along in Russian River.

Adventures' bright blue inflatable canoes is just the ticket. You'll navigate through gentle currents while enjoying the best that nature has to offer. If you're so inclined, you can even take a turn on one or more of the rope swings that dot the riverbank.

This trip is Dog-Friendly and your dog is free to swim and romp all along the way.  Consider getting a life vest unless for your dog even if you know they can swim.

You can purchase tickets directly from SOAR Inflatables or GoldStar has a good discount deal going on saving you 50% off.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Visitors Guide to Merced California

Merced California
Merced is the end point for the 300-mile section of the California High Speed rail line that will go all the way San Fernando Valley.

After final build out trains will run all the way to San Francisco to the west and Los Angeles to the south forever changing this rural rural Central California town.

Today Merced is known as the "Gateway to Yosemite." The Yosemite Highway, Highway 140 takes visitors from downtown to the Yosemite Valley in under two hours.

One of the more interesting attractions  is the Merced Fruit Barn. Here you can grab a snack to take with you, as there is a variety of locally dried fruit and nuts, as well as fresh produce, gift baskets, and unique gift items.

Another unique spot is county Courthouse, On the National Register of Historic Places, this magnificent building was designed in 1875 by State Capitol Architect, Albert A. Bennett. In addition to the many different temporary traveling exhibits, the museum's permanent collection includes a blacksmith shop, turn-of-the century schoolhouse and some unique Indian artifacts.

To find out more about visiting Merced California visit our main website.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Cuyamaca State Park Camping

Cuyamaca State Park
Cuyamaca State Park is less than two hours drive from downtown San Diego and a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  Visitors enjoy miles of  hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, as well a developed and primitive camping areas.

With two family campgrounds, Paso Picacho and Green Valley, there are plenty of open sites for camping. Green Valley has small seasonal waterfalls that are fun to splash around in, while Picacho is situated in a good location because of its access to the areas hiking trails.

There are also several small cabins that hold up to four people, if you want a little more than a spot to pitch a tent. However, they are primitive with no utilities, but do have full size bunk beds, a wood stove, picnic table, BBQ, and fire ring.

Cuyamaca  lake is stocked year-round with over 44,000 lbs. of fish, and anglers regularly catch trout, bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill.

Nearby attractions include the town of Julian and the Stonewall Mine gold mine exhibit. To learn more about Cuyamaca State Park visit our main website.