Monterey Bay Aquarium: One of the Best Aquariums in the World

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, located on California’s Central Coast, is widely regarded as one of the best aquariums in the entire world. I haven’t been to them all of course, but I can easily say that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the best I have been to. While it can be pricey for a family, […]

Lizard Mouth Rock in Santa Barbara

Located in the hills above Santa Barbara, this short trail takes you to a rock that looks like a lizard’s mouth. Whether or not it really looks like one is up for debate, but that is the name given to this rock formation, and it is a fun short hike in the area with great […]

Salmon Creek Falls in Big Sur

Salmon Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall in the southern portion of Big Sur, that is only a short distance off the road, but that features an unmaintained hike to get to its base. With the closures still in effect (as of Spring 2018) this trail is right near where Highway 1 is closed and […]

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Tour in San Simeon

North of Hearst Castle in San Simeon sits the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, which is a beautiful, historic lighthouse that is accessible via guided tour only. The tours happen twice a week, and I was able to take one a little while back. It was a fun time exploring this old lighthouse, but it did take […]

Driving on the Beach in Pismo & Oceano Dunes Recreation Area

In the central part of California, there is only one place where you can drive your vehicle on the beach, and that is in Oceano / Pismo Beach. This stretch of sand is accessible to any car (but you want to take a 4WD if you can, so that you don’t get stuck and get […]

Cerro San Luis: Hiking “Madonna Mountain” in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is a fun town located between the coastal communities of Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. It is a great spot to spend a few days with lots of shopping and places to explore like the Gum Wall, Madonna Inn and Bishop’s Peak. On a recent trip, we decided to hike to Cerro San […]

Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach

California’s Central Coast has many lighthouses you can tour, and what I like about them is that each one is a lot different than the others. The Point San Luis Lighthouse is one of the most unique since it looks like an old Victorian house, instead of the traditional tall cylinder shape of the lighthouses […]

Linn’s Restaurant: Olallieberry Pie and Comfort Food in Cambria

Downtown Cambria has a lot of great restaurants like Robins and Black Cat Bistro, but for me it is hard to beat Linn’s. The traditional American style food and the fantastic olallieberry that they grow on their farm and put on everything is enough to keep me coming back when I am in the area. […]

Moonstone Beach Boardwalk in Cambria

The town of Cambria is a hidden gem in Central California as this small town has a super relaxing vibe with beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and fun places to stroll like the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk. You can access the boardwalk from any part of Moonstone Beach Drive and walk in either direction for as long […]

Victorian Mansion Bed and Breakfast: 50’s Suite in Los Alamos

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. Tucked away in the small town of Los Alamos on Highway 101, the Victorian Mansion Bed and Breakfast is one of the most enjoyable hotels I have stayed at in a long time. I am a huge fan of the unique spots […]