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Getaway to Goleta
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Getaway to Goleta

The lobby beacons exploration. There is something interesting around every corner. By Donna Polizzi Goleta, Calif. is the perfect place for a family vacation. Tourists are far more familiar with Santa Barbara and many people don’t know that the neighboring city of Goleta has much to offer. It is located 20 miles south of Solvang and…

Wellness and Luxury at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
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Wellness and Luxury at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

By Greg Aragon The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is not only a luxurious resort; it is a world-renown sanctuary and wellness retreat. It is also less than an hour drive from Downtown LA. Located in the city of Westlake Village, in the Santa Monica Mountains between Malibu and Santa Barbara, the 270-room, five-diamond resort…

Relaxing on the Palm Springs Riviera
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Relaxing on the Palm Springs Riviera

By Greg Aragon Palm Springs is not only an exciting desert resort community; but the city also offers a fascinating glimpse into the hip, Hollywood glam days of the 1960s when celebrities came to escape the limelight and relax by the pool in sleek, mid-century modern structures. A friend and I began a recent getaway to the…

Relaxing at Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa
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Relaxing at Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa

By Greg Aragon There are many great sights and sounds that come to mind when thinking about my recent escape to the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. There are ocean breezes flowing through palm trees, a crystal blue pool sparkling in the sun; sprawling Tahitian-inspired grounds surrounded by a sandy beach, and ducks –…

Meet Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood
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Meet Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

By Greg Aragon I’ve never been a big “light show” guy. But this changed last year when I experienced the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood. This is the most amazing and realistic, virtual reality-type light display I’ve ever seen. To celebrate the holiday season, the theme park has transformed “The Wizarding…

Live Life With Ferocity-San Luis County
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Live Life With Ferocity-San Luis County

By Donna Polizzi If you’re looking for an idyllic setting to enjoy a day of delectable food and wine, head to Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County. The area is full of wonderful restaurants like the Olde Port Inn at the end of the Harford Pier in Port San Luis and is well worth walking the plank. The…

Day Trippers in Wrightwood and Jackson Lake
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Day Trippers in Wrightwood and Jackson Lake

By Greg Aragon I love going to the mountains, but sometimes I don’t want to deal with all the narrow, winding roads. For these times I like to visit Wrightwood, a hidden gem in the Swarthout Valley, at the eastern end of the San Gabriel Mountains. Located at an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet, the…

Waller Park is Worth the Drive
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Waller Park is Worth the Drive

By Donna Polizzi Duck Out of Work and Take a Day Trip to Waller Park in Santa Maria Have you heard the expression, “It’s a walk in the park?” As far as parks go, Waller park in the Santa Maria Valley is one the best and easiest for all ages to enjoy. Hike, fish, play…

Ireland in Fall
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Ireland in Fall

By Greg Aragon Ireland is a magical place of castles, green hills, idyllic towns and rolling rivers. It is also modern and lively and full of energy. I recently returned from a week in the Emerald Isle and the memories are still dancing in my head. My getaway began at Dublin Airport, where a friend…

Summer Kayaking Around Santa Cruz Island
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Summer Kayaking Around Santa Cruz Island

By Greg Aragon Thirty feet beneath my kayak, a school of bright orange Garibaldi swam past a reef of purple sea anemones. Beside me, a shiny black seal basked in the sun on a large rock island and appeared uninterested. Standing guard on a crag 100 feet above this tranquil aquarium, a garrison of curious…

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