Catalina Island Getaway 2020

Looking to get a little fresh air, after two weeks of being cooped up inside (due to the global pandemic and hazardous air quality from the California wildfires), we booked a cruise onboard Catalina Express’ Cat Express from San Pedro to Two Harbors at Catalina Island. The 300 passenger double hull boat, only allows about…

Bricktacular LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA RESORT Opens Oct. 2

Bring the family in costume, for a new Bricktacular fun with treats a LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad. While the theme park is still awaiting approval to open, it has opened its outdoor Miniland every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during October (Oct. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30 & 31). Reservations are required with a purchased ticket for…

Jeni’s Splendid Summer Ice Cream Flavors

When I was approached to taste test two of Jeni’s new summer State Fair ice cream flavors, and her dairy-free Lemon Bar flavor, I immediately said YES! Yesterday a bright orange Jeni’s box was delivered to my front door. I gathered the girls for an ice cream tasting picnic outside. Jeni’s launched a brand new…

Rediscovering Big Bear

Even though Big Bear is known for it’s four seasons, summer is one of the best times to drive up to the alpine mountain town. Instead of staying at a hotel, we discovered the WorldMark Resort two blocks from Big Bear Lake. You don’t have to be a timeshare member to reserve a unit. It’s…

Deals in National Parks this Summer

In this quarantine world, so many people are eager to get in their car and go somewhere for a change of scenery.  The Xanterra Travel Collection, an award-winning globally diversified travel company is offering a Week of Wanderlust Sale from July 3-9, 2020.  This year’s sale has a a variety of properties with plenty of open space….

Universal CityWalk Hollywood reopens

Universal CityWalk Hollywood has excitedly reopened the about 40% of their dining venues and shops. Guest parking is complimentary right now, and each visitor will enter the Jurassic Park parking garage to have their temperature taken. Guests are required to wear face coverings throughout their visit. A friendly staff member with an EXTECH non-contact forehead…

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort Reopens

One of California’s premiere luxury ranch retreat The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort reopens. Tucked along the rolling hills of Santa Ynez Valley, offering 10,500 acres of wide-open spaces, families and friends can create their own private ranch vacation with two new packages. Alisal Awaits is a new package designed to guests back to the great outdoors, offering…

Shake Shack opens in Canoga Park

Since the start of COVID-19, Shake Shack temporarily closed all of its popular burger and fries destinations. On June 8,  one of its new shacks opened in Canoga Park. Shake Shack donated a meal to Baby2Baby for every order placed on opening day. Baby2Baby provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and…

Travel to the Grand Canyon this Summer

“The Train,” is departing again from Williams, AZ to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park starting on June 15, 2020. Since it leaves at 9:30 a.m. and returns back to Williams at 5:45 p.m., stay overnight at Grand Canyon Hotel before or after your Grand Canyon Railway journey. The 298-room Grand Canyon Hotel is within…