12 Things to do in Long Beach

Long Beach is a great Southern California coastal town with a lot to explore. It does have one of the largest shipping ports in the United States, so the city feels pretty massive; but don’t let that scare you away though, I have stayed in Long Beach many times, and it is easy to get […]

Avalon Day Trip: What to do on Catalina Island

One of the unique things about Southern California is the quick and easy access to the coastal islands ranging from Catalina to the Channel Islands National Park. You can make a day trip out of visiting these, and doing so will give you insight into a culture and lifestyle that is similar yet different from […]

18 Things to do in Hollywood

Hollywood, CA is a huge tourist attraction that people come from all over the world to visit, and it can be overwhelming since there is so much to see and do there. I have been exploring Los Angeles and Hollywood for years and put together some places that many first time visitors would want to […]

Mariposa, CA: Exploring the Historic Gold Rush City

Mariposa is a historic, gold rush era town built in the mid-1800s that you pass by when you take the El Portal route in Yosemite National Park. I hadn’t spent much time here, but on a recent trip to the park, I took a half day to explore Mariposa and quickly realized how much fun […]

17 Things to do in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a popular destination for people in California and around the world. The pools, restaurants, golf courses, and adventures have welcomed those looking for a weekend getaway for years now, and there are always new places popping up to explore. I have been going to the area since I was young and I […]

Big Bear City Guide: Hiking, Restaurants, Activities & Hotels

Big Bear Lake is a popular mountain destination for Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Based on where you live, you can be in Big Bear Lake in less than 2 hours and experiencing the views and fresh air of the city located at 8,000 feet. I have been going to Big Bear Lake for […]

Mendocino Coast Guide: Exploring the Best Spots in Fort Bragg, Mendocino & Point Arena

Mendocino County is one of my favorite places in Northern California. The entire area is a coastal wonderland with lots of amazing views, great places to eat, beautiful state parks to explore and even a strong wine producing region. While I could talk about each of these places alone, a true visit to the Mendocino […]

A Local’s Guide to Monterey with J. Lohr Winemaker Kristen Barnhisel

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; all opinions are my own. A few weeks back I had the opportunity to meet Kristen Barnhisel, who is the white winemaker for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine. She showed us around the impressive new J. Lohr winery and cellars in Greenfield. Kristen and […]

24 Things to Do in Downtown Los Angeles

In this post, we are heading the Los Angeles, and I’m going to show you 24 of my favorite spots to explore in Downtown LA. Check it out and let me know what I left off in the comments. Click on the images to read more about the recommendation. 1. Broad Museum Stop number one, […]

Napa Valley Guide: Exploring Yountville, St Helena, Calistoga & Napa

For over a century, the Napa Valley region of Northern California has been a popular attraction, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors a year from all over the world. The wine region is one of the most famous in the United States and the small cities that make up the Napa Valley have a lot […]