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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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Weho’s New Gelateria/Lab/Classroom

The world’s premier (and only) event dedicated to artisanal gelato, Gelato Festival, has opened its permanent flagship store at 8906 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. More than simply a scoop shop, the 3,000 square foot gelato wonderland houses:  a ROTATING MENU of award-winning, taste bud-tingling artisan gelato flavors (15 flavors total). 10 of the flavors are from recipes created by 10 different, master gelato chefs from around the globe that have won awards at Gelato Festival’s worldwide championships, including Strawberry & Red Pepper and Pecorino Cheese with Caramelized Pear & Honey; 5 additional flavors are from recipes created by the store’s in-house gelato chef. The menu will be rounded out by gelato cakes, gelato popsicles, and Italian coffee from the country’s oldest roaster (including the option for affogatos).  an open-concept LAB equipped with state-of-the-art machinery,where customers can view the mesmerizing process of gelato being made fresh daily. a CLASSROOM that will host unforgettably fun, weekly interactive gelato and coffee workshops open to the public (and be available for private events). a MUSEUM area highlighting the history of gelato and its milestones starting from its founding in the 16th century, complete with artifacts such as an antique Florentine gelato maker. a calendar of lively COMMUNITY EVENTS, including special visits by award-winning gelato chefs, kids’ juries,…

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Fall for Each Other This Fall

By Maria del Cisne Vital Pumpkin spice, fall foliage, and cozy sweaters— these are a few of our favorite fall things! With summer coming to an end, now is the perfect time to take your significant other out for a fun fall date. Check below for some ideas that will surely get your date to cozy up to you: Apple Picking at Oak Glen Apple picking is a great way to bond with your date because it’s just you, them and a whole bunch of apples. Work as a team to pick that one apple that is out of reach! By the end of the date, you’ll have a basket full of apples and a heart full of love.  Oak Glen is a five-mile loop of farms, orchards and shops where you can pick apples, berries and more. If you’re of age, stop by the Oak Glen Cider Company for a hard cider to end your night. oakglen.net Oak Glen, CA 92399 The Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch Picking a pumpkin with your main squeeze is peak fall date cuteness. Starting in September, the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch will be open for the public to peruse the acres of pumpkins— from…

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Solvang Stomp

The second annual Solvang Stomp will be happen on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in downtown Solvang on First Street (between Mission Drive/Hwy 246 & Copenhagen Drive) and the adjacent Solvang Park. Solvang Stomp guests will have the opportunity to stomp grapes in vats barefoot, sip tastes from dozens of area wineries, dance to a live band, drink pink in the “I Love Rosé Lounge” and purchase food inside the festival area from popular area eateries as well as participate in the “Lucy & Ricky Ricardo Look-a-Like Contest based on Lucille Ball’s famous grape stomp episode on her TV show.  All “Solvang Stompers” will receive a souvenir logo wine glass and foot towel plus a ticket to win wine-related prizes.

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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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