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Relaxing at Pala Casino Spa & Resort
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Relaxing at Pala Casino Spa & Resort

By Greg Aragon I hit the jackpot recently at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in San Diego County. I didn’t win any money, but I did stay in an awesome hotel room, dine at a couple great restaurants, and experience the resort’s stunning, new pool area. The getaway began when a friend and I checked…

The Magic of Venice Will Capture Your Heart in No Time
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The Magic of Venice Will Capture Your Heart in No Time

By Donna Polizzi Venice is as magical as imagined and a weekend isn’t nearly enough. Still, two days is sure to give you a lifetime of memories. Taking the train to Venice from Rome takes approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes. It’s a comfortable ride and the scenery alone is worth the scenic journey through…

Legoland California Resort Celebrates 20 Years of Lego Magic
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Legoland California Resort Celebrates 20 Years of Lego Magic

By Greg Aragon I never met a kid who didn’t love Legos. They are simple, durable and inspire creativity and imagination. So when Legoland California opened in 1999 as an entire theme park dedicated to the little, plastic building blocks it was exciting news. And now today, as the destination celebrates its 20th birthday, it is…

Following the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano
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Following the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano

By Greg Aragon Each year thousands of swallows fly 6,000 miles from Goya, Argentina to San Juan Capistrano, Calif. in large groups. The chestnut and orange-colored birds return to reclaim their old mud nests in the ancient arches and walls of the city’s historic Mission, and to raise their young in the warm coastal climate. I…

Port Wine, Food and History in Porto, Portugal
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Port Wine, Food and History in Porto, Portugal

By Greg Aragon After three nights in Madrid, Spain, my friend and I continued our impromptu tour of Southern Europe with a last minute trip to the beautiful waterfront city of Porto, Portugal. Neither one of us had been to Portugal before, so we figured that since we were only about 350 miles away, we…

Meandering Through Madrid, Spain
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Meandering Through Madrid, Spain

By Greg Aragon As Spain’s largest and most populous city, Madrid might sound too big and touristy to have an authentic Spanish experience. But as I learned on a recent trip to the ancient, European capitol, if you just take your time and explore, you can encounter a great amount of the history, culture and…

Beautiful Beasts and a Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo
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Beautiful Beasts and a Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo

By Greg Aragon There is some big news going on at the Los Angeles Zoo. Last month, a rare baby zebra was born and later this month the zoo will host its annual “Beastly Ball” fundraiser party, which raises money and awareness for animal conservation and habitat preservation for some of the world’s most rare…

Spring Into Morro Bay
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Spring Into Morro Bay

By Greg Aragon One of my favorite spots to getaway on the California Central Coast is Morro Bay, where a surprisingly small beach town hides beside an iconic, 576 foot-tall dome-shaped rock jetting from the harbor. Located halfway between LA and San Francisco, the village has tons of laid back charm and beautiful scenery. I recently escaped…

The Pueblo of Desert Hot Springs
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The Pueblo of Desert Hot Springs

By Greg Aragon Desert Hot Springs is yet another oasis in the Palm Springs area. Set atop ancient hot and cold aquifers, the town is known for its abundant resorts and mineral spas, its world-class drinking water, secret celebrity visitors, and as I recently discovered, a few other hidden gems. One of the most fascinating…

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