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The Ranch at Laguna Beach
Travel

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is the best of both vacation worlds. Set in a lush canyon, next to a flowing stream, the resort offers guests a classy, rustic atmosphere. And located a few hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean, it also boasts a California beach feel. In other words, The Ranch is one of my new favorite hideaways. It is important to note…

Reliving a Day at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
Travel

Reliving a Day at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Los Angeles has many fascinating sights, but nothing can match the history of mystery of the La Brea Tar Pits. This area of bubbling asphalt along Wilshire Boulevard has intrigued scientists and visitors since it was discovered more than 100 years ago. As of today, it is the only actively excavated Ice Age fossil site found in an…

Restaurant Takeout and Delivery Guide During COVID-19
Dining Delights

Restaurant Takeout and Delivery Guide During COVID-19

By Brianna Chu It’s a confusing and tumultuous time for everyone, and restaurants are chief among the many industries and businesses that are taking a hit right now.  In an effort to support some of the hardworking folks in our service industry, below is a compilation of some restaurants in the Arcadia, Monrovia, Pasadena, and…

The Best Place to Vacation in Italy
Travel

The Best Place to Vacation in Italy

If you have the opportunity, stay at Antica Torre Di ViaTornabuoni 1, this medieval tower from the 13th century turned historical mansion, opened its culture, history, and doors to us.  My husband and I are booked to visit again this year. Everything about it is classic Italian. It’s warm, cozy and the views are jaw-dropping. 

Brunch Love Every Weekend at the Peach Cafe
Dining Delights

Brunch Love Every Weekend at the Peach Cafe

On a grey Saturday at 9:45 a.m., people line the sidewalk along the eastern end of Colorado Boulevard in Old Town Monrovia. The Peach Cafe’s unassuming, charming exterior hides a buzzing, crowded interior packed full of patrons. The establishment itself is half outdoor covered brick patio, half coffee (and seemingly also wine) bar and seating…

Hanging Out in Huntington Beach California
Travel

Hanging Out in Huntington Beach California

By Greg Aragon One of the many great things about Southern California is that even in winter, I can still get away to a beach city and have a great time in the sun. Such was the case on my last visit to Huntington Beach. The place is legendary around the world as one of…

Watching Whales in the Sea of Cortes
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Watching Whales in the Sea of Cortes

By Greg Aragon January through April is whale watching season along the California coast and into Baja California. Each winter, thousands of gray whales travel about 5,000 miles from cold Alaskan waters to the warm bays of Mexico. When spring comes, the animals turn around and head back. There are many great places to see this…

A Visit to Point Cabrillo Light Station on the Mendocino Coast
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A Visit to Point Cabrillo Light Station on the Mendocino Coast

By Greg Aragon Through the morning fog we could see the outline of the 100-year-old light station, standing guard along jagged cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. Easing closer, the sound and mist of the ocean waves became powerful and hauntingly beautiful. We knew we were in a special place. My getaway to Point Cabrillo Light…

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