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 […]

The Pines Restaurant in Big Bear

The Pines Restaurant in Big Bear is one of those spots that is perfect for a nice relaxed meal or a romantic dinner out. The large one-room restaurant is spacious and has beautiful views of the water, especially as the sun is going down. I got a chance to check it out a few weeks […]

The Lodge at Big Bear Lake Hotel Review

Big Bear Lodge is a Holiday Inn property in Big Bear City that has become the premier hotel in Big Bear. The property is designed to look like one of those lodges that you would see in a National Park, complete with wood hewn bed frames and antler chandeliers in the lobby. I got a […]

Natural Sisters Cafe: Fantastic Vegetarian Food in Joshua Tree

Located in the middle of downtown Joshua Tree, Natural Sisters Cafe is a great vegetarian spot for a meal when visiting the national park, even if you are not a vegetarian. Natural Sisters and Crossroads Cafe have become my go-to places when visiting Joshua Tree National Park due to the charm they exude and the fantastic meals […]

Big Bear Alpine Zoo: An Animal Rehibilitation Center in Moonridge

During the summer months, Big Bear has a plethora of fabulous things to explore for all ages around the lake and neighboring cities. One of these family friendly spots is Big Bear Alpine Zoo in the small town of Moonridge. The great thing about this zoo is that it is a rehabilitation area for the animals, not […]

29 Palms Inn: Stay on a Desert Oasis Near Joshua Tree

If you are looking for a fun and eclectic place to stay near Joshua Tree National Park, then look no further than 29 Palms Inn. This hotel is a series of small houses spread out on a property that circles an actual palm tree oasis. It is truly unique, and I had a great time […]

Sky’s The Limit Observatory: Night Sky Viewing in 29 Palms

Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated with the night sky and all the beauty and vastness it provides. So anytime I get a chance to see it through a telescope or just be somewhere without light pollution I jump at the chance. On a recent trip to Twentynine Palms, I heard […]

Boat Tour of Big Bear Lake with Captain John’s Fawn Harbor Marina

Big Bear Lake is one of the largest lakes in all of Southern California, at about 8 miles across. While you can drive completely around it, the best way to see it is to get out on the water itself. I got a chance to do that recently with Captain John and it was a […]

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 […]

Route 66 Attractions from Needles to Barstow

One of the goals I set for myself in 2016 was to finish my drive of Route 66 in California. A few years ago I drove two portions of it, from Barstow to Victorville and from San Bernardino to Rancho Cucamonga but I still needed the portion from Needles (where it enters CA) to Barstow. I […]