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  • The Santa Maria Valley, just north of Santa Barbara, is known for two things – beef (Santa Maria style barbecue to be exact) and wine – such a delicious combination. And I recently spent a few days there to find the best of the best of each. First, I’ll tell you that this is one of the most spectacular solo drives through California. Driving the 101 north through the Santa Lucia Mountains is simply stunning.…

  • Perhaps no other Southern California town is experiencing a revival quite like Oceanside, just north of San Diego. With developers pouring millions of dollars into redeveloping the downtown corridor and a burgeoning food scene, this seaside town is poised to become a key culinary destination for travelers. Beach House Winery Driving through the suburbs of Oceanside, you’d never guess that you’re headed to a winery. But shortly after you enter the agricultural community of South…

  • The Central Coast of California has been known for its burgeoning wine industry for some time, but there’s a little up and coming area in Monterey County that’s attracting those looking for an authentic wine tasting experience. Monterey County was voted one of the top five worldwide wine destinations by the Wine Enthusiast! As if just strolling the streets and window shopping isn’t enough to fill your day, the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is the…

  • I recently spent a couple of days at the Holman Ranch, Central California’s version of an adult playground. The ranch covers 400 acres of sheer beauty in the Carmel Valley, the perfect place to unplug and get lost in your thoughts. The ranch, originally owned by the Mexican government, changed hands a number of times before its purchase by the Holman Family in 1940. The Holmans purchased the estate to honor the rich heritage and…

  • I spent most of my adult life living on the East Coast. So moving to the West Coast was more the need to fulfill a fantasy than practicality. For me, the draw was kind of like that weird urge you have (or maybe it’s just me) to jump off the ski chairlift at its highest point. It’s a “I wonder what this would feel like” urge. So here I am. An actual California resident. The…

  • You’ve heard of a vacation, and even a staycation…but what about an Eatcation? At least 60% of today’s travelers say that food is the top reason they love to vacation…so if you like to take a getaway just to try new cuisine, you’re in great company. Costa Mesa offers award-winning cuisine, with some of the most decadent and unique restaurants in Southern California. Here’s some highlights of restaurants in Costa Mesa: Taco Maria in The…

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