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Spanish Charm and California History in Cozy Claremont
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Spanish Charm and California History in Cozy Claremont

By Greg Aragon   Claremont is only about 30 miles from Pasadena, but my recent trip to the sleepy college town transported me much further away, to a relaxing and beautiful place reminiscent of a mountain resort community with touches of Spain. My getaway to Claremont began when a friend and I checked into a luxurious suite at Casa 425, a Spanish-styled…

Day Tripping Through Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Day Tripping Through Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Greg Aragon I’ve seen many castles and fortresses on my travels, but none stick in my head like the fortified Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia. If I didn’t actually walk upon its marble streets and touch its historic stone wall for myself, I’d swear it was a modern recreation of another time. Founded by…

Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Seaside Luxury in Santa Barbara
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Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Seaside Luxury in Santa Barbara

Are you up for an adventure on the California Coast?  If you want to stay at the best beach property on the Central Coast, the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara is a truly magnificent property that will not disappoint. Herve Humler, co-founder of the Ritz-Carlton, has built a premier brand of over 100 hotels, providing…

Meandering Through Monterey’s Cannery Row and Aquarium
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Meandering Through Monterey’s Cannery Row and Aquarium

By Greg Aragon Ever since reading John Steinbeck’s classic 1945 novel “Cannery Row,” I’ve dreamed of Monterey, California. The book’s imagery of old wooden piers, fish packing plants and colorful characters has lingered in my head for years. Add to this a yearning to also experience the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and it’s easy to…

Sweeping Views and Boutique Charm at Andaz San Diego Hotel
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Sweeping Views and Boutique Charm at Andaz San Diego Hotel

By Greg Aragon I love being in the heart of the action. But, I can also appreciate a casual evening with wine and wonderful views. I got both and much more, when I recently discovered Andaz San Diego, a fascinating boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego….

Ocean View Rooms, Butterflies and a Clam Festival
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Ocean View Rooms, Butterflies and a Clam Festival

By Greg Aragon Sometimes I hear of a new hotel from a friend, an email tip, or a news release. And once in a while, if I’m lucky, one will catch my eye while driving. The latter was the case, when a friend and I were recently heading home from a trip to Hearst Castle….

Top 5 Best Restaurants to Visit in Santa Barbara
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Top 5 Best Restaurants to Visit in Santa Barbara

By Donna Polizzi Keys 2 the Coast has chosen five of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. With over 300 restaurants in Santa Barbara, this was a deliciously difficult task for our trusted recreational foodies. Our methodology was to carefully select establishments that have gone the distance to delight locals and visitors, for many years.  A combination of delectable dishes,…

Lions, Tigers, and Gondolas at Two California Zoos
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Lions, Tigers, and Gondolas at Two California Zoos

By Greg Aragon I love zoos. I love the awareness they bring to the plight of animals and the joy and intrigue they bring to kids of all ages. So when I heard that two of my favorite California zoos recently added a couple of must-see attractions, I knew I had to investigate. In March,…

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