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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]

San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival A Feast For The Senses

Get your culinary and concert groove on this August in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It’s one thing to be able to hang out in Golden Gate Park and see bands like Sigur Ros, Skrillex, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Beck and The Foo fighters. It’s another to be able to nibble on wood-fired flatbreads, artisan sandwiches, and sample a bounty of fine wines while rockin’ out.  Yes, it’s … [Read more...]

San Francisco Home To This Year’s Most Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

The Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75 and the City by the Bay is Celebrating It’s not often you get to celebrate the birthday of a world-famous icon (and no, we don’t mean Adele, besides her birthday was May 5). This Memorial Day weekend, something indeed memorable is taking place in one of our favorite cities. San Francisco’s … [Read more...]

Surf’s Up: Waves and Wine Tasting at San Diego’s Solamar Hotel

Hang Ten in Coronado, then Hang Out at the Downtown Kimpton Hotel We love Kimpton Hotels for their creative getaway packages that allow visitors to experience a true taste of their environs. Hotel Solamar is inviting guests to experience a little San Diego surf culture with their “Hang Ten, then Hang Out” deal. On this adventure, spend some time charging waves and learning to rip with the … [Read more...]

Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music Scheduled for Earth Day Weekend

Celebrate Earth Day this weekend in Santa Monica, Calif., at an alternative to Coachella that won’t leave your ears ringing and energy zapped. Mat men and women looking for an alternative to Coachella Round 2 as a way of celebrating Earth Day this weekend have a pretty amazing opportunity: The Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music. Scheduled for Earth Day  weekend Friday April 20 – … [Read more...]