Greg Aragon

Exploring Both Sides of Catalina Island
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Exploring Both Sides of Catalina Island

By Greg Aragon Catalina is not just an island paradise; it’s a very close island paradise, which makes it a perfect day or weekend getaway for Southern California residents. In fact, at only 24 miles across the sea from Long Beach, the place can be reached by boat in one hour. With this in mind, a friend and…

Living La Vida Lompoc
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Living La Vida Lompoc

By Greg Aragon Lompoc is yet another hidden gem off California’s Central Coast. As I found out recently, the town is full of delightful discovery. My getaway to the Lompoc began when a friend and I drove from Los Angeles, along the beautiful Santa Barbara coast to Highway 1. Then it was through lush, rolling hills speckled with…

Ultra-Luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel Opens in Beverly Hills
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Ultra-Luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel Opens in Beverly Hills

Photo and Story by Greg Aragon Los Angeles has lots of luxurious hotels, but according to developers of the new $200 million Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the area never seen anything like their new property. “Bringing the renowned Waldorf Astoria brand to Beverly Hills has been a dream for many years,” says owner Beny Alagem,…

Tallest Building West of Mississippi Opens in Los Angeles
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Tallest Building West of Mississippi Opens in Los Angeles

Photo and Story by Greg Aragon One of the most anticipated projects in recent Los Angeles history is finally complete. Last week, the new $1.2 billion Wilshire Grand Center mixed-use development opened for business, and I can’t wait to explore the property and stay at the hotel portion. Located on the former site of the historic Wilshire Grand hotel, which closed…

Summer Along California’s Central Coast
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Summer Along California’s Central Coast

Photo and Story by Greg Aragon Summer is here and it’s time to escape the heat. One of my favorite places to do this is along California’s Central Coast, which is littered with lost beaches, craggy rock formations, forgotten coves, rolling hills and small towns such as Cayucos, where time has slowed and a 1960s beach…

Vevey: A Pearl on the Swiss Riviera
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Vevey: A Pearl on the Swiss Riviera

Photo and Story by Greg Aragon As I plan a fall trip to Ticino, the Italian region of Switzerland, I would like to look back on my most recent trip to the Alpine country. It was last October and I still dream of that memorable boat trip across Lake Geneva, along the Swiss Riviera, past…

Relaxing At The Inn At Laguna Beach
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Relaxing At The Inn At Laguna Beach

Photo and Story by Greg Aragon There is nothing like sleeping in a classy, ocean-front room and awakening to the sounds of waves crashing against the sand. It is one of the finer things in life. And it is exactly what I experienced recently on a memorable getaway to The Inn at Laguna Beach. The…

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