Peace and Quiet at Big Bear Lake, CALIFORNIA

There is something to be said about going “off-season” to Big Bear Lake - the roads are open, the village square is quieter, and there’s little need for dinner reservations. The record-breaking heat in LA had taken its toll and it was time for a change of scenery. With just a couple of clicks and a few days later, our impromptu trip to the mountains began. After the winding climb up … [Read more...]

Polo and Pampering in SANTA BARBARA

What's the perfect way to escape the Monday blues? Wake up at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara after experiencing their Sunday Night Polo Package. Santa Barbara boasts not only the third oldest polo facility in the United States, but also one of the most beautiful settings to watch the game, cradled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. El Encanto Santa Barbara, with a coastal … [Read more...]

Surf in Style in LAGUNA NIGUEL

It’s endless summer at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel with their guided surfing experiences   “Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.” Who knows how many surfboards these Beach Boys lyrics have helped to sell over the decades. But one thing that’s absolutely certain is that through the years, California has firmly established itself as the most iconic … [Read more...]

Mid-Century Madness in PALM SPRINGS

Collin Friscia hits the desert road to Palm Springs, searching for Modernism in Mid-Century architecture and the feeling of yesteryear that remains today. Gazing past the dashboard onto the open road, my girlfriend and I continue to follow Highway 111 as it winds along the base of Mt. San Jacinto’s sprawling peaks. We’ve escaped the city’s smoggy gridlock, as two-lanes of endless … [Read more...]

OAKLAND: Crafting a New California Art Scene

Mark Hiss explores the other City by the Bay as it comes out from behind San Francisco's shadow and enjoys its day in the sun. “Let her sing! Let her sing,” insisted a young woman as she pushed her friend to the front of a crowd watching a pair of buskers at Oakland’s monthly Art Murmur street festival. The musicians, playing electric guitar and drums, were bashing out instrumental … [Read more...]

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: BIG SUR

The days are getting longer and in California that means travelers are heading outdoors. This image was captured before crossing Bixby Bridge, a single-span concrete arch perched 260 feet above the ocean.  For the ultimate California road trip, take a drive through Big Sur with a stop at Andrew Molera State Park. This stretch of the Big Sur River is only accessible by foot and the park is also … [Read more...]

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Coachella

It's been a couple of weeks since Coachella, the epic musical fest in the California desert, attracted thousands of fans from around the world to celebrate top talents like Moby and the Red Hot Chili Peppers plus a long list of emerging artists. But we're still feeling just a hint of nostalgia, so we thought we'd share this image  captured during the festival. If you want to keep up to date on … [Read more...]

PHOTO of the WEEK: BIG SUR

This image of  Big Sur at Bixby Creek Bridge shows the stunning topography of California’s Central Coast where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. Located south of the Monterey Peninsula, a drive through Big Sur offers awe-inspiring views of the rugged terrain perched atop the Pacific Ocean. … [Read more...]

First Thursday Art Walk in LAGUNA BEACH

Discover Laguna's iconic art galleries on a festive evening tour the first Thursday of every month.  The beach chairs and umbrellas are folding up as summer comes to an end, but there are a myriad of activities still luring visitors to Laguna Beach. The water is still warm, the sky at sunset remains a dazzling pink, and on the first Thursday of each month, Art Walk offers a one-of-a-kind … [Read more...]

Surf LA JOLLA With Big Wave Champ Maya Gabeira

Surf's Up San Diego as big wave surf champion Maya Gabeira is headed to La Jolla to teach a few lucky participants about the art of surfing. Zozi, an adventure company that urges all to get off the couch and start checking off that bucket list, creates epic experiences and soul-inspiring trips in 25 different cities and two countries.  Whether it's swimming with sharks, communing with the wolves, … [Read more...]