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OC’s Bucket List ChallengeFeatured

Immerse yourself in the ultimate Orange County vacation by exploring hot spots that the locals don’t want you to know about. Our bucket list has something for everyone from cruising scenic harbors, hiking to breath-taking vistas and getting sworn in as a pirate to discovering hidden restaurants and splashing around one of the longest water park lazy rivers.  1.)Drop 96 Degrees on California’s First Dive Coaster, HangTimeEnjoy over 30 exhilarating rides including the famous Timber Mountain Log Ride, visit the loveable Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang at Camp Snoopy and pan for gold at the only authentic 1880’s Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. 2.)Be a VIP at the West Coast’s Largest Shopping CenterSouth Coast Plaza is Southern California’s premier shopping destination and home to over 250 boutiques, personal shopping services and upscale amenities.  3.) Hike Past Ancient Oak GrovesIrvine Open Space Preserve invites visitors to hike past ancient oak and sycamore groves and rough rock outcrops in Bommer Canyon; conquer the three-mile Orchard Hills loop for a breath-taking vista from Loma Ridge that consumes the coastal ridge; and explore Irvine’s southern wilderness via the Quail Hill Trail, the only trail that allows dogs. 4.) Cheer on Your Favorite KnightAt Medieval…

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GlampingFeatured

Gotta be honest: We’re not campers. Two small Jewish women from the city go camping sounds like the start of a joke or the end of a serial killing spree. I know, I know, stereotypes. But in this instance, they’re true. We don’t own a tent, or camp stove, or camping, well, anything, unless sleeping bags and hiking boots count. That said, one of us is otherwise a fan of waking up surrounded by nature and the other is a fan of comfortable accommodations that don’t require set up or clean up and allow the dog. In other words, glamping – glamorous + camping – was invented for semi-outdoorsy families like ours. Especially when it’s less than two hours from home, in southern California wine country, and surrounded by cute towns filled with shops we can meander during some seriously hot afternoons. We – that’s me, my 18-year-old daughter and our 12-pound pup – found our way easily from Los Angeles to Eco-Camps’ glampsite in Warner Springs, maybe 30 minutes southeast of Temecula, entered the combination to the lock on the gate to the property, parked the car, and hauled our luggage (I won’t embarrass myself by using the word…

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10 Intriguing Stops for your next Southern California Road TripFeatured

A southern California road trip is the perfect escape because road trips are often more than the destinations. Hop in the car, hit the open road, and holler the lyrics to California Dreamin’. Satiate your curiosity with a stop at one of these Golden State wonders on your next automotive adventure.  Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary  This unusual haven in Summerland rescues unwanted and displaced birds. Learn about the recovery stories of over 30 abused, abandoned, injured, and orphaned birds with a 45-minute tour from a caring docent. It’s impossible to not want to donate to these feathered friends who might even talk back or sing to you.  Ojai Olive Oil Ranch Sample olive oil at the oldest and largest extra virgin olive oil producer in the Ojai valley. The farm boasts 150-year old olive trees, including French, Italian, and Spanish varieties with some trees over 200 years old. Today 2,500 trees plus neighboring olive groves are handpicked. After learning about the growing, harvest, and production, taste infused varieties such as basil, garlic, Ojai Pixie, lemon, rosemary, and Tuscan herbs. Bring home gifts of Ojai Olive Oil known for its polyphenols and brain health ingredients.  Oxnard’s Gondola Paradiso  Cruise around the…

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Restful Reset in Pismo BeachFeatured

Pismo Beach – all things to all people — couples, families and even dogs — elegant and rustic, relaxing and adventurous, beaches and trails, romantic and just sheer fun.  Sun yourself or surf at the beach, bike or hike on the trails and bring your pup along as long as he’s on a leash, dinner for two or lots of kid-friendly things to do. It’s all there and just a three-hour car ride from Los Angeles. “What’s unique about Pismo is we’re a beach community with oceanfront hotels and affordable vacation rentals and one of our unique selling points is we have a wine region with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay just about 10 minutes away,” says resident John Sorgenfrei.  “With the gasoline prices, it’s just about a tank of gas to get up here from Southern California and once you’re here, you really don’t have to go very far to enjoy yourself,” Sorgenfrei continues. “There’s the wine region and there are tasting rooms within the town itself, and a variety of different kinds of dining.” There is also an assortment of places to stay that offer different price points including many oceanfront hotels like the magnificent Cliffs Hotel and Spa,…

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Seas The Day in Mission BayFeatured

As summer heats up in SoCal, many residents are looking to cool off and head to the coast. While California offers an abundance of beach towns, Southern California shores provide flawless weather and warmer water (for California) year-round. From Santa Barbara to San Diego, a quick beach escape is just a car (or train) ride away.  For a diverse land and sea vacation, check out Mission Bay in San Diego. A hidden gem filled with more than just beautiful beaches and amusement parks, Mission Bay is ideal for family vacations, solo trips, romantic getaways or whatever may send you miles away from your home.  Mission Bay offers 27 miles of picturesque coastline and 12 miles of a paved path perfect for all explorers on foot or wheels. Pass through miles of oceanfront theme parks, resorts, playgrounds, restaurants and the boardwalk. Home to the iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, beachgoers can visit the Belmont Park while exploring the boardwalk.  From the popular Pacific Beach to Mission Beach to Ocean Beach, sunbathers have a plethora of seaside shoreline to decompress and unwind. Want to bring your fido friend? Check out Fiesta Island for one of the best dog-friendly beaches in the area….

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Bring Your Pals And Confidants To The Golden Girls Kitchen In Beverly HillsFeatured

In celebration of National Golden Girls Day, a six-month pop-up Golden Girls Kitchen opens in Beverly Hills on Saturday, July 30, as the start of a countrywide tour that will include New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Miami, where the Emmy Award-winning show was set. The sitcom, created by Susan Harris, ran from 1985 to 1992, and starred Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty and Betty White, the last surviving member who died this past December. The four older women shared a home, spending many days and nights discussing life’s ups and downs over cheesecake in the kitchen. Nostalgic pop-up meister Derek Berry, who brought Saved by the Max, Good Burger and The Peach Pit dining experiences to life, teamed up with the Bucket Listers events site for a fully immersive restaurant experience. They recreated the famous kitchen, character Blanche’s notorious bedroom, and designed an original menu that includes the roommates’ iconic dessert provided by L.A.’s own East Side Cheesecakes, in chocolate, strawberry, pumpkin and Oreo flavors. Also on the menu are Sophia’s lasagna al forno, made by L.A. chef Royce Burke, as well as Miami-style Cuban sandwiches and a selection of St. Olaf sweets like Sperheoven Krispies, Genurkenflurgen Cake and Blanche’s…

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