Noon Lodge in Big Bear Lake

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. Noon Lodge is an awesome cabin based hotel in Big Bear Lake. The vibe feels like something you would find at the Ace in Downtown LA complete with a mix CD of music that they give you when you check in. Amie […]

Alpine Slide in Big Bear Lake

The Alpine Slide has been a fixture of Big Bear Lake for decades, and to this day it provides an excellent opportunity for people visiting the area to try their hat at a bobsledding experience. I have driven by it many times over the years but never had a chance to stop until late 2018. […]

Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake celebrates Oktoberfest by going all out on a two-month festival that happens every weekend during September and October. Their Oktoberfest is one of the largest in Southern California, and it is a great excuse to get out of Los Angeles and come up into the mountains for a few days. I finally […]

Pageant of the Masters 2018: Living Art in Laguna Beach

Disclosure: I was provided tickets free of charge, but all opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Festival of Arts Laguna Beach. Pageant of the Master is a tradition in Laguna Beach that has been going for over 80 years. It’s hard to describe without actually seeing it, but basically, it features famous works of […]

Tacos El Gordo: Best Tacos in San Diego

If you are a fan of Mexican food and anywhere near San Diego, then you have no doubt heard of and probably visited multiple times Tacos el Gordo. This Tijuana transplant makes some of the best tacos I have ever had, and even though the line is practically always massive, I have never been disappointed […]

Ironwoods Off-Road Rentals in Ocotillo Wells

Anza Borrego State Park and Ocotillo Wells Recreation area are two places that have a wealth of areas to explore, most of which cannot be accessed without an offroad vehicle. Since Ocotillo Wells is one of the most popular off-roading regions in California, I partnered with Ironwoods and Polaris Adventures to rent one of their […]

Strawberry Peak in the San Gabriel Mountain Range

Strawberry Peak is one of those hikes that I have wanted to do for years but never made a priority. It is the tallest mountain in the front range of the San Gabriels, beating San Gabriel Peak by 3 feet, and it stands at 6,164 feet tall. This peak is a great hike, relatively close […]

Mitchell Caverns Tour in Mojave National Preserve

The Mitchell Caverns in Providence State Park are one of the only show caves in Southern California. They finally reopened after being closed for over five years, and if you haven’t explored them, do it now. The caves are only accessible via a guided tour that happens two days a week and is hard to […]

Idyllcreek A-Frame Cabin in Idyllwild

This experience was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. Idyllwild is a nice mountain town near Palm Springs that’s a popular destination for people that live in lower elevation like myself. I have been many times over the years but when I saw some of the A-frame cabins available on Air BnB […]

Searsucker: Upscale American Dining in San Diego

The Gaslamp area of San Diego is one of the top destinations in the city for both food and drinks. While there are a ton of options for great places to eat, for me Searsucker is one of the best for a nice upscale meal in downtown San Diego. The unique menu here and the relaxed […]