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Cruising the Western Caribbean Aboard Holland America
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Cruising the Western Caribbean Aboard Holland America

By Greg Aragon The Mayans lived in the area of Costa Maya between 200 B.C. and 900 A.D. During this period they traded goods, such as fabrics and jade, and built historic cities along the Mexican coast. Today the ruins of this fascinating ancient civilization remain scattered about the beautiful, ocean-front town. Earlier this year, while cruising through…

Safety First Can Keep Halloween Hazards From Haunting
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Safety First Can Keep Halloween Hazards From Haunting

Smart choices, planning and placement of decorations are the safest ways to prevent electrical and fire accidents By Paul Netter, Southern California Edison Your Halloween decorations might be considered the best, the scariest or even the most realistic looking. But are they the safest? If light strands or electrical cords are thrown into trees or vegetation near power…

The Bardot Brasserie is a Top Spot for dining in Las Vegas
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The Bardot Brasserie is a Top Spot for dining in Las Vegas

By Donna Polizzi Keys 2 The Coast may have found the best restaurants for brunch, in all of Las Vegas. Considering the options, that’s a big statement. The Bardot Brasserie Restaurant is located inside the Aria Hotel. I stumbled upon it while at a travel conference, with Montecito Village Travel at the Aria, and as…

Pumpkins, Pirates and Apples in Oak Glen, California
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Pumpkins, Pirates and Apples in Oak Glen, California

By Greg Aragon Fall is here and that means pumpkins, turkeys and trees full of beautiful colors. And in the tiny town of Oak Glen, about 75 miles east of Pasadena, the season is also time for apple harvesting, festivals, hayrides, jamborees, hiking and more. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, next to Yucaipa, Oak Glen is the apple capital of Southern California. The area has been growing…

Oceanside by Land, Sea and Air
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Oceanside by Land, Sea and Air

By Greg Aragon A highlight of my recent trip to Oceanside was being able to see it from different angles and speeds. Besides the fascinating walking tour I discussed last week, I also experienced the town by kayak, Batman-type car, and via a fat-tire electric scooter. The kayak adventure began shortly after a delicious dinner…

Have a Poppin’ October With a Twist on Popcorn
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Have a Poppin’ October With a Twist on Popcorn

Popcorn lovers rejoice: October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, a seasonal celebration of one of America’s oldest and most beloved snack foods. As farmers head into the fields to harvest crops, families and friends gather to honor this ever-popular treat. Whether stovetop, microwave or ready-to-eat, we consume 13 billion quarts each year of this wholesome, whole…

Oceanside: A Renaissance of Food, Culture and Hospitality
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Oceanside: A Renaissance of Food, Culture and Hospitality

Part 1 By Greg Aragon Oceanside has always been a classic California beach town. But now, thanks to a current renaissance, the city is showcasing its fascinating history, architecture and culture, while also welcoming a host of new restaurants, boutique hotels, exciting waterfront adventures and more. I began a recent getaway to Oceanside at the…

Spanish Charm and California History in Cozy Claremont
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Spanish Charm and California History in Cozy Claremont

By Greg Aragon   Claremont is only about 30 miles from Pasadena, but my recent trip to the sleepy college town transported me much further away, to a relaxing and beautiful place reminiscent of a mountain resort community with touches of Spain. My getaway to Claremont began when a friend and I checked into a luxurious suite at Casa 425, a Spanish-styled…

Day Tripping Through Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Day Tripping Through Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Greg Aragon I’ve seen many castles and fortresses on my travels, but none stick in my head like the fortified Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia. If I didn’t actually walk upon its marble streets and touch its historic stone wall for myself, I’d swear it was a modern recreation of another time. Founded by…

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