Mission San Miguel Arcangel: One of the Best California Missions

Mission San Miguel Arcangel was the sixteenth of the California Missions to be founded, and it opened its doors in 1797. While the original church was destroyed, the current chapel was built in the early 1800’s and the mission itself is one of the most beautiful for the old style that is still on display […]

Original Lompoc Mission Ruins

Recently, I set out to visit all of the California missions on one long road trip. It was an amazing experience that gave me a great appreciation for California’s preservation of these relics of our past. They are some of the oldest buildings in the United States as they date back to when Spain controlled […]

Roughley Manor Bed & Breakfast: 29 Palms Historic Hotel

Roughley Manor is the perfect example of something you would not expect to find in the California desert. This beautiful and historic bed and breakfast is a fantastic spot to stay at with lots of eclectic, fun touches and a beautiful property you can explore. All of this, along with the fact that it is […]

John Steinbeck’s Museum & House in Salinas

I have to admit I am a huge fan of literary history. Over the last few months, I have enjoyed adding in stops that showcase famous authors and their impact on the state we live in. I first did this by retracing some of Mark Twain’s steps in Angels Camp, California’s Gold Country. I did it […]

Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum on Cannery Row

A few weeks back, I spent some time trying to find more unique, less commercial spots along Cannery Row, which lead me to the Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum. Before you ask, yes this is an animatronic wax museum so it can appear relatively dated with today’s modern technology. I for one like these types […]

The Carlton Hotel: Atascadero’s Historic Boutique Hotel

The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero is a historic luxury hotel that opened in the late 1920’s. I got a chance to stay there recently, and it is a beautiful spot to stay in the small Central Coast town. I would told it is the most popular hotel in the city, as people love the quaint […]

Atascadero City Hall: A Beautiful & Historic Central Coast Building

When you drive through Atascadero, one of the places that is sure to catch your eye is the historic city hall building. This structure from 1918 is one of the most beautiful old buildings on the California coast (minus Hearst Castle). It has an intriguing history that spans almost a full century, exploring the building […]

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park in Downtown Sacramento

If you grew up in Northern California, then you have no doubt visited the historic Sutter’s Fort as a kid on a field trip. However, if you are Southern California kid like me, then you may have never seen this fort until becoming an adult. I visited for the first time when I was 30, […]

Goff’s Schoolhouse Museum on Historic Route 66

The historic mother road of America, Route 66, goes through some pretty dry and dreary parts of California. But even during these sections, there is always something unique to find while you drive. For me, one of those stops was stumbling on the town of Goffs and the meticulously preserved old schoolhouse from 1914 that […]

Devil’s Slide Trail: Hiking or Biking Old Pacific Coast Highway

When I heard about this spot, I was instantly excited about it and had to go experience it for myself. I already love Pacific Coast Highway, so to be able to walk a part of the road that is now closed to drivers and has been converted into a trail was just too awesome. I […]