Greg Aragon

Meandering Through Monterey’s Cannery Row and Aquarium
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Meandering Through Monterey’s Cannery Row and Aquarium

By Greg Aragon Ever since reading John Steinbeck’s classic 1945 novel “Cannery Row,” I’ve dreamed of Monterey, California. The book’s imagery of old wooden piers, fish packing plants and colorful characters has lingered in my head for years. Add to this a yearning to also experience the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and it’s easy to…

Sweeping Views and Boutique Charm at Andaz San Diego Hotel
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Sweeping Views and Boutique Charm at Andaz San Diego Hotel

By Greg Aragon I love being in the heart of the action. But, I can also appreciate a casual evening with wine and wonderful views. I got both and much more, when I recently discovered Andaz San Diego, a fascinating boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego….

Ocean View Rooms, Butterflies and a Clam Festival
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Ocean View Rooms, Butterflies and a Clam Festival

By Greg Aragon Sometimes I hear of a new hotel from a friend, an email tip, or a news release. And once in a while, if I’m lucky, one will catch my eye while driving. The latter was the case, when a friend and I were recently heading home from a trip to Hearst Castle….

Lions, Tigers, and Gondolas at Two California Zoos
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Lions, Tigers, and Gondolas at Two California Zoos

By Greg Aragon I love zoos. I love the awareness they bring to the plight of animals and the joy and intrigue they bring to kids of all ages. So when I heard that two of my favorite California zoos recently added a couple of must-see attractions, I knew I had to investigate. In March,…

California History and Opulence at Hearst Castle
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California History and Opulence at Hearst Castle

By Greg Aragon  William Randolph Hearst knew how to throw a party. When he wanted company, he would fly friends to his estate on private planes, land them at his airport, and then transport them to the top of his mountain estate in luxury cars. Of course, friends such as Howard Hughes Amelia Earhart, and…

It’s Time for Tantalizing Ticino, Switzerland
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It’s Time for Tantalizing Ticino, Switzerland

By Greg Aragon I’ve been to the German and French speaking regions of Switzerland, but I have yet to visit the southern part of the country, near the Alps and the border of Italy, where Italian is spoken and a Mediterranean climate yields lush gardens, fine wines and a delicious variety of cuisine. Located on…

Fish and Chips and Battleships in San Pedro
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Fish and Chips and Battleships in San Pedro

By Greg Aragon I drove to San Pedro last week for the renowned fresh seafood at San Pedro Fish Market. But when I got off the freeway and saw the profile of the legendary USS Iowa battleship, with her massive 16-inch guns protruding above the harbor, I knew I had to investigate. I also knew…

Pageant of the Masters Takes Guests ‘Under the Sun’
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Pageant of the Masters Takes Guests ‘Under the Sun’

By Greg Aragon Southern California is full of beauty and magic, and one the region’s most unique and mesmerizing spectacles is the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. Held each summer in an open-air canyon theater, the event is something that any lover of art and culture should experience at least once. Now in…

Summer in San Diego Paradise
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Summer in San Diego Paradise

By Greg Aragon To some, paradise is a romantic dinner on a moonlit bay. To others it’s a secluded bungalow on the beach, or a soothing massage in a tropical setting. To me it’s all of the above, which is why I love Paradise Point Resort & Spa on San Diego’s majestic Mission Bay. Covering 44 acres, the resort is a…

Exploring Montana’s Yellowstone Country
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Exploring Montana’s Yellowstone Country

By Greg Aragon A couple hours after landing at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana, we were sitting in The Cowboy Bar and Supper Club in the tiny town of Fishtail enjoying a big, juicy steak and reviewing our itinerary for the next week in Montana’s Yellowstone Country. My friend and I had come to…

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