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6 ways to help businesses in your community thrive Small business owners faced the challenges of the past couple of years head-on. Nearly all re-evaluated their operations to accommodate new ways of doing business amid changing safety standards and local protocols, and many plan to make these changes permanent. Choose to Shop Local and Small Small businesses are ingrained in many local communities. When you choose to purchase from a small business, you’re directly supporting neighbors, friends and the people in your community. This support isn’t taken for granted by entrepreneurs; small business owners noted the importance of community support amid the pandemic. Also consider leaving a generous tip when you receive exceptional service – it can make a big difference for small business staff. Gift Local Keep the impact that your support could have on local community businesses in mind when shopping for gifts, whether they’re for loved ones near or far. For locals, a gift card to a nearby eatery or business such as a spa, salon or recreation center makes for a welcome gift that keeps your money local. When gifting those who live farther away, you can still benefit small businesses in your community by purchasing…

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The Guide To O’sideFeatured

Oceanside is known for perfect weather, beautiful beaches and laidback vibes. Known as O’side by locals, and now SoCal Life readers, this cool Cali town is located in the heart of SoCal. This popular surf spot offers a beachy escape, with activities ranging from relaxing to heart racing. Whether you enjoy lounging on the beach, diving deep into history, eating amazing food or exploring someplace new, this eclectic area is filled with hidden gems only found in O’side. A fun way to explore Oceanside while getting a taste of history, culture and local favorites is with Carla and Linda’s Food Tour. These awesome ladies know the ins and outs of the best O’side eateries, and you’ll hear some fun facts along the way. They offer a variety of tours and often change things up to incorporate their new favorites. Come hungry and leave full! Oceanside can definitely be walked, but to cover ground fast, pick up an electric scooter or bike.  While riding around, check out the vibrant street murals. Get in touch with your creative side as you browse the beautiful artwork during a self-guided tour. O’side has around 30 murals with nine more on the way … more…

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Travel California with The Outlets at TejonFeatured

The Outlets at Tejon offers shoppers more than just great deals this year. Shop,  eat, refuel, and refresh at the Outlets at Tejon and the Oasis on I-5, and submit your receipts to the Travel Tejon sweepstakes for monthly opportunities to win luxury California getaways throughout the State.  Ojai, Napa, Disneyland, and San Diego are just a few of the many breathtaking vacations that could be yours when you participate in the Outlets’ monthly Travel Tejon sweepstakes. Most of the prizes include a two-night stay at famous 5-star hotels, and some even include gas cards, dinner and other perks as well. Participation is easy, all you have to do is pick up a Travel Tejon passport at the Outlets at Tejon’s Guest Services office in suite 170 and submit your receipts from any retailer located within the Outlets and the Oasis at I-5. Submissions can also be submitted online at www.tejonoutlets.com/travel-tejon. Each individual receipt equals one entry with no minimum amount required to qualify. The Travel Tejon sweepstakes will offer monthly getaways now through December 31, 2022 with amazing vacations throughout the State. “We are happy to promote California travel to help boost our economy and thank our guests for…

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Lake Life in Lake ArrowheadFeatured

Lake Arrowhead offers a nature-inspired vacation tucked away in the San Bernardino Mountains. Located just 90 miles from Los Angeles, 70 miles from Orange County and 90 miles from Palm Springs, Lake Arrowhead offers the ideal weekend escape for SoCal natives that don’t want to travel (too) far. From hotels to vacation rentals, there are plenty of places to lodge in Lake Arrowhead. While renting a cabin with friends and family may be fun, sometimes a quiet getaway is a must. One of our favorite spots to stay is Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. The resort is centrally located in the heart of Lake Arrowhead village and walking distance to quaint shops and local eateries. From their rooms, guests are able to enjoy lavish lake and mountain views. The rustic retreat is furnished like a cabin would be, making it warm and inviting. It feels just like home. The resort also offers private balconies in select rooms. No need to change out of your jammies to take in the fresh air and gorgeous scenery from your own private patio. Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa hosts numerous events, with weddings being a hot commodity. The Lakeside Dock makes for one incredible…

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Santa Clara River Estuary: A Hidden Beach Bird PartyFeatured

At the Ventura Harbor Village, flocks of tourists pick through shops selling clunking bamboo chimes and fish-shaped ice cream cones. On the opposite side of Spinnaker Drive, surfers bob on the ocean’s surface waiting for the perfect set. However, a third unseen group gathers along Spinnaker – floating, eating and soaking up this seaside retreat. Just 400 yards from popular beach Surfer’s Knoll sits the Santa Clara River Estuary, a nature preserve where almost 280 species of birds have been observed.  The Santa Clara River Estuary is tucked along the Ventura coastline — less than three miles from Highway 101. Unknown to most spreading out their beach blankets, sits one of the richest bird watching environments in Southern California. And perhaps that is a good thing. An easy five-minute walk away is the protected habitat of the Western Snowy Plover, a small shorebird who nests in the sand above the high tide line. Once parked, follow the beach to the left at the shoreline (so as not to accidentally roam through a plover nest), past the signs and the dunes scraggly with invasive ice plants. The coastal playground evolves into habitat as bits of dried reeds and lost feathers litter…

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Find your Zen in one of these Southern California GardensFeatured

Wildfires, the pandemic lingering, nonstop traffic…the overall state of the world can feel anxiety producing. Take back your mental sanity by unplugging and spending time enjoying the benefits of one of these healing garden refuges. Breathe in the surroundings and exhale out blissful sentiments for your overall health and peace of mind.   Lotusland in Montecito This 37-acre botanical paradise in Montecito boasts 25 different gardens with rare cycads, cacti, palms, and euphorbias. Waltz around this horticulture nirvana through a Japanese garden, a rose garden, an insectary garden, and a shade palm garden where you can immerse yourself in bromeliads, succulents, and silvery blue-grey foliage. Tropical exotic blooms overhead, brightly colored seed explosions down below, pools with massive clam shells as water features, odd-looking worn statues from France, and symmetrical carved leaves are all part of the fantastical plot of land. Madame Ganna Walska and her sixth husband purchased the estate in 1941. She spent 43 years cultivating the plant utopia until her death at age 97. Book in advance for two hours of exploration.  Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage The former Annenberg estate welcomed presidents and royalty since the 1960’s thanks to publisher billionaire magnate Walter Annenberg, who created TV Guide,…

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