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 […]

Napa City Guide: Restaurants, Wineries, Art & Bike Rides

The city of Napa is the gatekeeper to the famous Napa Valley, that people travel from all over the world to visit. The downtown area of Napa city itself has gone through a massive revival over the last decade though and has become its own destination for people to see. I got a chance to […]

Malibu City Guide: Hiking, Beaches, Seafood & A Wine Safari

Malibu is known worldwide as a place for the rich and famous to buy beach homes in the shadow of Los Angeles; however, it is so much more than that as well. This stretch of coastline is one of the prettiest in Southern California with the vast Santa Monica Mountains on one side and the […]

24 Hours in Dana Point: Exploring Caves, Beaches, Ships, Restaurants & Resorts

Nestled in between Laguna Beach and San Clemente, right on the outskirts of Orange County, Dana Point is a great beach community that is worth taking the time to explore. What I like about Dana Point most is that it feels more relaxed than many of its other coastal counterparts like Newport and Huntington Beach. […]

8 Places to Explore in Placerville: A Gold Mine, Saloon and Much More

On the way to South Lake Tahoe from Sacramento, you will go right through the historic California town of Placerville. Most people don’t stop for more than gas or a drink, but if you have a little time, Placerville is a great place to dive into California history and get some good food. Check out […]

San Francisco’s Chinatown: 6 Places to Visit

Chinatown in San Francisco is the oldest Chinatown in North America and it covers 24 square blocks of the city. It has been in the heart of San Francisco since the 1850s, and it is visited by more people each year than the Golden Gate Bridge. Taking a few hours to walk the streets, visit the […]