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Spring is Here and the Hawaiian Islands are Calling
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Spring is Here and the Hawaiian Islands are Calling

By Greg Aragon Hawaii is a great place to visit no matter the season. The islands are always warm and inviting, like a swaying palm tree. But one of my favorite times to go is spring, just before the big summer rush. With this in mind, I would like to talk a little about the islands…

Wildflowers and Wild Mammoths at Diamond Valley Lake
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Wildflowers and Wild Mammoths at Diamond Valley Lake

By Greg Aragon Thanks to one of the wettest winters in recent memory, California wildflowers are experiencing a super bloom and are popping up along highways, meadows and trails. One of my favorite spots to see this colorful extravaganza is Diamond Valley Lake in Riverside County, where its seasonal wildflower trail is now open. And…

Nepenthe Restaurant – Big Sur, Calif.
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Nepenthe Restaurant – Big Sur, Calif.

Mountains or ocean? At Nepenthe restaurant and bar, you don’t have to choose which gorgeous setting you’d like—you’re served complimentary views of both as you drink and dine. If you’re traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or in Big Sur, don’t miss dining at one of Southern California’s best restaurants, and Big Sur’s most…

Exploring Santa Barbara’s Old Mission and New MOXI Museum
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Exploring Santa Barbara’s Old Mission and New MOXI Museum

By Greg Aragon My recent trip to the Belmond El Encanto hotel (belmond.com) in Santa Barbara was highlighted by more than a luxury hotel, hidden in the hills; the getaway also introduced me to the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara and the new MOXI Museum. Founded by Spanish Franciscans on Dec. 4, 1786, the Santa Barbara…

Bathing in Beauty and Luxury at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara
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Bathing in Beauty and Luxury at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara

By Greg Aragon The Belmond El Encanto hotel has welcomed discerning guests since 1918. Perched in the hills above Santa Barbara, this iconic hideaway offers serene seclusion in a relaxed, yet luxurious setting of lush gardens, winding paths and private bungalows. It has been described as Hollywood glamour in a modern classic and after my…

Snow, Wind Turbines and Reuben Sandwiches in Tehachapi
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Snow, Wind Turbines and Reuben Sandwiches in Tehachapi

By Greg Aragon I love a scenic, Sunday drive. And when it includes things like snow, giant wind turbines and great food, then I know it’s a winner. Such was the case this past weekend when a couple friends and I drove to the small town of Tehachapi, about 115 miles north of Los Angeles….

Cayucos by-the-Sea Hosts 9th Annual Sea Glass Festival
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Cayucos by-the-Sea Hosts 9th Annual Sea Glass Festival

By Greg Aragon California’s majestic Central Coast is speckled with hidden gems lining the Pacific Ocean and none shine brighter than the tiny town of Cayucos by-the-Sea. This is especially true in March, when the temperature rises, flowers blossom along the hillsides and the city hosts its annual Sea Glass Festival. Located off California Highway 1, halfway between…

City Spotlight on Santa Ynez
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City Spotlight on Santa Ynez

Keys 2 the Coast recently discovered a fantastic hideaway that is the perfect place to stay in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The tiny town of Santa Ynez, population 4,418, the is in the midst of wine country, 51 miles north of Santa Barbara and 65 miles south of San Luis Obispo. The…

City Spotlight on Solvang
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City Spotlight on Solvang

Where is the best place to stay and have fun in Solvang? There are so many options, but recently, Keys 2 the Coast set out to explore Solvang and enjoy one night of fun, good food and a change of scenery. Solvang, in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, is always a delightful place to visit for a quick getaway. If you want to check out the numerous wineries and tasting…

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