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Must Do highlights day trips, fun activities, and entertainment and recreation options every tourist and local of Southern California should check out. SoCal’s hidden gems, local secrets, unique finds and off-the beaten path venues will also be uncovered and explored.

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Winter Wonderland

From skating under the twinkling palms to Ferris wheel and carousel rides, the holidays are magical at Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Guests will also enjoy storytelling by Santa and friends around a festive 25-foot tree with fireside s’mores in hand. There will be traditional refreshments in the Moët & Chandon Champagne Garden. Celebrate the splendor of the season and create new traditions together at Winter Wonderland. ·       Ice Skating Rink with Performances ·       Frozen Slide for Sledding ·       Carousel and Ferris Wheel Rides ·       S’mores Roasting Around Fire Pits ·       Holiday Character Storytime and Appearances ·       Moët & Chandon Champagne Garden and Festive Refreshments ·       The Grand 25-Foot Christmas Tree ·       Holiday Shopping ·       Christmas Carolers – select dates The event is open to all.

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Family Comes First at These SoCal Wineries

By Maria del Cisne Vital Whether you prefer crisp Pinot Grigio, dry Chianti, or summer Rosé, California is the destination for any and every type of wine. The iconic Napa and Sonoma Valleys of NorCal are the titans of tannins. Meanwhile, SoCal can take pride in Temecula, Malibu and more growing wineries and vineyards. One feat that is hard to beat is the inviting and warm energy provided at SoCal’s family-owned wineries. With intimate settings and exclusive wines, check out these spots to feel right at home with a glass in hand. Carhartt Vineyard For three generations, the Carhartt family has grown with Rancho Santa Ynez and transformed it into what it is today— 22 acres of land meant for farming grapes and creating craft wines. Their “ground to glass” approach is what allows this Santa Barbara spot to distribute high quality and sustainable products. Stop by the Carhartt Cabin, a tasting room that has 20 different wines to try throughout the year (they only close on Christmas Day). The Carhartt family insists on keeping their business and customers close, so their wines are only distributed online or in their tasting room. 2939 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805-693-5100, carharttvineyard.com. Wilson…

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Splash Around at These SoCal Waterparks

By Maria del Cisne Vital Beat the heat and grab the kids—it’s time to make a splash at these local waterparks. They have all the fun of a classic amusement park, with a twist that involves water slides, lazy rivers, and more refreshing and adventurous family fun. Put on your sunscreen, and dive in! Great Wolf Lodge This unique spot is a great place to play and stay with the whole family. It’s a luxury resort and a waterpark all in one. If you just want to splash around for the day, you can purchase single-day passes to the waterpark online. Some fun attractions include the Howlin’ Tornado (a funnel that sends you on a six-story spiral into a pool), the Wolf Tail (a launch pod that takes you on an adrenaline-pumping free fall), and many more slides and tubes that get your heart racing. While the kids are riled up with energy, you can relax in a poolside cabana.

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Farm Day

Over 20 Ventura County farms, ranches, nurseries and other agricultural operations, from organic to conventional, row crops to orchards, will open their doors to the public during the 7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day. On Saturday, November 9, visitors will experience a day of agricultural activities and meet the farmers who grow the food they eat. Farm Day is free to attend. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farm Day visitors can go online to select three or four agricultural operations (some require reservations) and then drive themselves to each location. Every stop is unique, but all farms feature a number of activities such as educational tours and free produce sampling. Farm Day will officially kick off Thursday, November 7 with a “Farm-to-Table” barbecue at Old Creek Ranch Winery in Ventura. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the public can enjoy live music and a farm-fresh barbeque and pig roast catered by Craft Woodfired Catering. The menu features meat and vegetarian options, artisanal cheeses, locally-sourced marmalades and an Old Creek Ranch wine flight. Ventura County Farm Day is organized by the nonprofit Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG). SEEAG’s mission is to help children understand the farm origins of their food through classroom agricultural…

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Second Home Serpentine Pavilion

Second Home, the London-based social business committed to supporting entrepreneurship, and creativity in cities around the world, and the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) are collaborating to bring the acclaimed 2015 Serpentine Pavilion designed by SelgasCano to Los Angeles, from June 28 to November 24, 2019. The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano at La Brea Tar Pits will offer the public a flexible, multi-purpose social space in which to enjoy public programs and events focusing on the intersection of art, design, science, and nature, co-organized by Second Home and NHMLAC. The Pavilion precedes the opening of Second Home’s first U.S. location, Second Home Hollywood, opening later this year. The installation in Los Angeles at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits—the only active urban Ice Age excavation site in the world—will mark the first time that a Serpentine Pavilion has been presented in the United States, and Los Angeles will be its only venue. The 866-square-foot Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano at La Brea Tar Pits will be set on the grassy ellipse in the park adjacent to the museum at La Brea Tar Pits. Designed by Madrid-based architects SelgasCano for the 15th annual presentation of…

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Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show

Serving up extraordinary arts & crafts, entertainment, and fun, the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show, comes to the southland this fall with even more ways to celebrate. A new showcase has been added in Costa Mesa. This marks the 48th season for the revered tradition that is recognized as the largest and most prestigious indoor showcase on the west coast. With more than 24,000 original works from hundreds of exhibitors nationwide, live entertainment, a Kidszone, specialty foods, strolling performers, demonstrations, contests, and more, it’s an awesome experience best shared with friends and family. There is always something new to discover and enjoy with such a colossal collection of artistry all under one roof. Community outreach programs also fundraise for local non-profits. Tickets range from $4 to $9, and kids 12 and under are free. Entrance for groups of 10 or more is only $5. Hours are Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 6pm; and Sunday 10am to 5pm.   *Costa Mesa, September 20-22 OC Fair & Event Center; 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626   *Ventura: October 4-6 Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds; 10 West Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001   *Del Mar:  Oct 11-13 Del Mar Fairgrounds; 2260 Jimmy Durante…

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