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Hiking Above the Sea at Pismo Preserve
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Hiking Above the Sea at Pismo Preserve

I experienced more than relaxation and boutique hotel luxury on my recent getaway to California’s Central Coast. I also discovered Pismo Preserve, a 900–acre natural sanctuary where the public can hike, ride bikes and horses on rugged, pristine trails overlooking the ocean. My adventure to the outdoor refuge began at the Inn at the Pier…

Beachfront Luxury at Inn at the Pier in Pismo Beach
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Beachfront Luxury at Inn at the Pier in Pismo Beach

By Greg Aragon Pismo Beach is one of my favorite Central California locations. Set on the ocean, with perfect weather, miles of sandy beaches, an historic pier, unique shops and dining, nearby wineries and tons of classic vibe, the city has everything I look for in a weekend getaway. So when I heard about an…

Classic Cars and Ocean-Front Luxury in Oxnard
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Classic Cars and Ocean-Front Luxury in Oxnard

By Greg Aragon California is full of hidden gems. One of my favorites is the seaside town of Oxnard, where lonely beaches give way to island vistas, while small town charm mixes with gourmet restaurants, fascinating museums and one of Southern California’s most beautiful resort hotels. The hotel is the luxurious Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach…

Living it up in Lodi, California
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Living it up in Lodi, California

By Greg Aragon Besides being one of California’s most productive wine producing regions, Lodi is also full of natural beauty, charm and history. I recently spent a couple days in town and I already can’t wait to return for more. My getaway began when a friend and I took the 5 Freeway north from Pasadena…

Dusseldorf: Dazzling and Delightful
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Dusseldorf: Dazzling and Delightful

By Greg Aragon Germany is well known for popular tourist destinations such as Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne. But as I recently discovered, there is a fascinating city on the Rhine River that can hold its own among the country’s best travel spots. The city is Düsseldorf, a place where ancient history and postmodern…

Honey Massages and Presidential Palaces in Rancho Mirage
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Honey Massages and Presidential Palaces in Rancho Mirage

By Greg Aragon  Did you know there is an historic and lavish presidential retreat just outside of Palm Springs, in the small desert town of Rancho Mirage? If you didn’t know about this, then you are not alone. Until my last visit to the area, I had never heard of it either. But this all changed…

Cayucos by-the-Sea Welcomes Spring with Sea Glass Festival
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Cayucos by-the-Sea Welcomes Spring with Sea Glass Festival

By Greg Aragon California’s majestic Central Coast is speckled with hidden gems lining the Pacific Ocean and none shine brighter than the tiny town of Cayucos by-the-Sea. This is especially true in spring, when the temperature rises, flowers blossom along the hillsides and the city hosts its annual Sea Glass Festival. Located off California Highway 1, halfway between…

Exploring Both Sides of Catalina Island
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Exploring Both Sides of Catalina Island

By Greg Aragon Catalina is not just an island paradise; it’s a very close island paradise, which makes it a perfect day or weekend getaway for Southern California residents. In fact, at only 24 miles across the sea from Long Beach, the place can be reached by boat in one hour. With this in mind, a friend and…

Luxury and Fun at the Expanded Pechanga Resort & Casino
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Luxury and Fun at the Expanded Pechanga Resort & Casino

By Greg Aragon The moment I walked into the sparkling lobby of Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, I shifted gears and put myself in relaxation mode. I had escaped the daily grind and was ready for a day and night of luxurious dining, pampering and a little gambling. My Pechanga getaway began when a friend and I checked into…

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