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Drives and Destinations

  With a casual, relaxed atmosphere and locals who take good beer seriously without taking themselves too seriously, San Diego is the perfect place to escape for a libation vacation. Industry innovators like Karl Strauss and Stone Brewing make their homes in San Diego, and the region boasts an enviable number of award-winning breweries and a wide variety of pubs and restaurants catering to those who enjoy unique, locally crafted beers.   The following are some of the outstanding places where visitors can discover for themselves why beer lovers are flocking to the region's burgeoning craft brew scene. The Great…
 Orange County Great Park by night. The Orange County Great Park (OCGP) in Irvine is becoming a popular year-round destination for enjoying free entertainment, sports, recreation, arts and culture. Visitors can get a birds' eye view of Orange County aboard the iconic Great Park Balloon as it rises 400 feet above ground; take a ride on the hand-painted Carousel, play on Kids Rock, and stroll a Walkable Timeline that highlights 31 of the most significant events of the 1940s. In addition, the Palm Court Arts Complex features an art gallery and artists' studios. The Flights & Sounds Summer Festival (August-September)…
While there are always celebrities and stars visiting Santa Rosa and Sonoma Wine Country, the next 30 days are a great time to meet them up close and personal. Who knows, you maybe even be able to ask them a question or get a personal picture with some of the stars. If you consider yourself a foodie or just love watching The Food Network, you will have a chance not only to meet Mario Batali but also Santa Rosa's own Guy Fieri. On Friday, September 14th Guy and Mario will be hosting Chef's Tables in the Vineyard. The event is…
Shoreside at La Jolla. There are many treasures of this Mediterranean-style village that make La Jolla one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in Southern California: luxurious and historic hotels and resorts; fine dining with breathtaking ocean views; retail shopping that rivals northern neighbors Rodeo Drive and South Coast Plaza; sophisticated, world-class arts and culture, and a strikingly beautiful setting complemented by endless outdoor recreational activities. Add to this extraordinary mix a rich history with numerous famous residents, from Gregory Peck to Ted Giesel (aka Dr. Seuss), and some of the nation's leading scientific research centers, including the internationally renowned…
Land ho, Matey. After a rigorous journey on the waters of San Francisco Bay, America's Cup competitors and fans are invited to America's premier wine, spa, and coastal destination for a little R&R - Sonoma County style.Commercial fishing boats at Bodega Bay. Known for its more than 350 wineries, miles of gorgeous Pacific Ocean coastline, and some of the most fertile earth in California, Sonoma County has been welcoming sailors and landlubbers alike since, well, since Sir Francis Drake landed in Northern California in 1579, beginning a long, rich maritime history. Bunk down for the night Reach back into history…
As visitors arrive in the quaint coastal Central California enclave of Carmel-by- the-Sea, a collective sigh of relief is carried on the cool ocean air. Park the car. You won’t need it for the next 72 hours. Welcome to the insiders guide to Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.  Day 1: Pop the cork and celebrate with a refreshing glass of sparkling wine at Caraccioli Cellars, just the way to ease into your stay. Before checking in to one of the 45+ inns or hotels,  check out the shopping – day 1 begins. Stop in at the Carmel Plaza and welcome our newest neighbor…
Situated across San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado boasts a unique combination of quaint small-town friendliness and sophisticated luxury. Defined by two famous structures, the historic Hotel del Coronado and distinctive San Diego-Coronado Bridge, the "Crown City" offers an enchanting island experience that has made Coronado one of California's most sought-after vacation destinations for more than 100 years. The city is famous for pairing a relaxed atmosphere with pristine beaches, first-class accommodations, exciting arts and culture and abundant outdoor recreational activities.Following are some of the offerings that make Coronado a perfect year-round destination for a romantic weekend getaway,…
The next time you head to the airport you might want to think twice before shoving your swimsuit and sunscreen into a hold-all that's seen better days. Research released today by leading airline Virgin Atlantic reveals that the luggage we carry says a lot about the type of traveler we are, and we find out which celebrity suitcases are most like our passengers'. The study shows that one in five of us (20%) can't remember the last time we bought new luggage, while more than half (55%) would only upgrade their suitcase if it was worn-out or broken. That said,…
Children have a new place to play and explore since the Sacramento Children's Museum (SCM) opened in August 2011. Located in Rancho Cordova, a Sacramento suburb, SCM's 7,000-square foot space includes a main exhibit area that showcases permanent and temporary exhibits, a special area for babies and toddlers, a creative art studio, a party room and a resource center. "This announcement symbolizes the beginning of a new and exciting asset for the community," said Alan Godlove, President of the SCM Board of Directors. Godlove went on to say that SCM is "a place where imaginations can roam, confidence can grow,…
Mating elk and Indian-style barbecued salmon packages are being offered by the Elk Meadow Cabins at Redwood National and State Parks in Humboldt County this October. The elk rut is an annual display in which male Roosevelt Elk - North America’s largest - bugle and challenge each another to become bull elk of the harem. The powerful bull elk are seen posturing and rising dramatically to lock antlers as they push one another back and forth to exhaustion in order to assert their dominance and gain breeding access to the cows (female elk). The violent mating ritual is often visible…
Weaverville, the town that James Hilton - the author of Lost Horizon - said inspired his mythical paradise of Shangri-La, has been named by Budget Travel as one of the coolest small towns in America and, by exclusion, as the coolest small town in California.Recent visitors gather at The Joss House With a population of 3,807 souls, Weaverville is known for its isolated location near the Trinity Alps of northern California. The settlement began during the California Gold Rush and was the site of the 1854 Tong War among Chinese laborers who eventually thrived there, embraced by a supportive community.…
With new Alaska Airlines flights begun in June, Sonoma County now has three flights from Los Angeles non-stop to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport- STS. San Diego also began a new flight non-stop to Sonoma County Airport in June. Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport - STS, offers convenient service to this wine, spa and coastal destination. In addition to these new flights from Southern California, Sonoma County Airport is served by non-stop flights from Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Visitors departing from Sonoma County Airport on Alaska Airlines can also ship home a case of wine for no additional…
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