Escape LA: Red Rock Canyon and Trona Pinnacles

Like an another planet: Trona Pinnacles, outside LA

More Escape LA, from Melissa Curtin: 48 hours in Ojai, California With gas prices so low, now is the time to take an LA road trip. If you find yourself needing an escape from the craziness of La-La Land, hop in your car, drive a few hours and spend the day hiking in Red Rock Canyon. […]

Escape LA: 48 hours in Ojai, California

View from Meditation Mount

More Escape LA, from Melissa Curtin: Red Rock Canyon and Trona Pinnacles Just an hour away from the City of Angels lies an oasis so not like Los Angeles that, as an Angelino, it only makes sense to head there often for some peace, and to breathe the fresh air deep into your lungs. Ojai, just 12 […]

Plane-spotting at Eureka! Tasting Kitchen in the Hawthorne Airport

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With my dad and my sister, I found a hidden gem in Hawthorne, CA, earlier this week, perfect for plane-spotting, burgers and craft beer! Tucked away on Crenshaw, Eureka! Tasting Kitchen serves great food and overlooks Hawthorne Airport. You can see the runway from the restaurant windows—a great spot for watching all of the Cessnas come in! […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Visit Catalina Island on Your Birthday

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Visit Catalina Island on Your Birthday Do you have plans to visit Catalina Island in California? If you do, you might want to consider going on your birthday since the Catalina Express (the boat that takes you to and from) is offering passengers free travel on their birthdays, effective now through December 31, 2015! The […]

Holiday lights and a quick stay at southern California’s Dana Point

IlluminOcean holiday lights at Dana Point Harbor

Well, I’m totally in the Christmas spirit after seeing a fabulous holiday lights display in Orange County, California! It’s the first year of Dana Point Harbor’s IlluminOcean installation, which features 22 ocean-themed light creations. The lights began on November 26, 2014 and you can still see them through January 4, 2015 every evening starting at 5 pm. When? IlluminOcean […]

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood for the Who-lidays

The girls and I with the Grinch

Who doesn’t love a fab-Who-lous event to begin the Who-liday season? The annual Grinchmas event is back at Universal Studios, and it promises a magical and wonderful time for the entire family! On December 4, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came out to kick off the merry Grinchmas holiday season with a sensational tree lighting ceremony, which was accompanied […]

Del Mar Racetrack for My Dad’s Birthday

Del Mar Racetrack

I talked my dad into coming to California for the winter since Connecticut is no place for someone in their eighties. A few days after he arrived, it was his birthday, and so I wanted to do something special. Last year for his 85th I took him to Las Vegas since he loves to gamble—blackjack, craps, […]

48 hours in Joshua Tree, California

On the Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

What first comes to your mind when you think of Joshua Tree? Given that you may have at least heard of the National Park located in California’s southeastern region, the first words may be hiking, camping and wildlife. Of course, it’s all those things. However, you may be surprised to learn that Twenty Nine Palms Highway, […]