Greg Aragon

Day Tripping Through Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Day Tripping Through Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Greg Aragon I’ve seen many castles and fortresses on my travels, but none stick in my head like the fortified Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia. If I didn’t actually walk upon its marble streets and touch its historic stone wall for myself, I’d swear it was a modern recreation of another time. Founded by…

Meandering Through Monterey\’s Cannery Row and Aquarium
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Meandering Through Monterey\’s Cannery Row and Aquarium

By Greg Aragon Ever since reading John Steinbeck’s classic 1945 novel “Cannery Row,” I’ve dreamed of Monterey, California. The book’s imagery of old wooden piers, fish packing plants and colorful characters has lingered in my head for years. Add to this a yearning to also experience the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and it’s easy to…

Sweeping Views and Boutique Charm at Andaz San Diego Hotel
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Sweeping Views and Boutique Charm at Andaz San Diego Hotel

By Greg Aragon I love being in the heart of the action. But, I can also appreciate a casual evening with wine and wonderful views. I got both and much more, when I recently discovered Andaz San Diego, a fascinating boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego….

Ocean View Rooms, Butterflies and a Clam Festival
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Ocean View Rooms, Butterflies and a Clam Festival

By Greg Aragon Sometimes I hear of a new hotel from a friend, an email tip, or a news release. And once in a while, if I’m lucky, one will catch my eye while driving. The latter was the case, when a friend and I were recently heading home from a trip to Hearst Castle….

It’s Time for Tantalizing Ticino, Switzerland
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It’s Time for Tantalizing Ticino, Switzerland

By Greg Aragon I’ve been to the German and French speaking regions of Switzerland, but I have yet to visit the southern part of the country, near the Alps and the border of Italy, where Italian is spoken and a Mediterranean climate yields lush gardens, fine wines and a delicious variety of cuisine. Located on…

Fish and Chips and Battleships in San Pedro
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Fish and Chips and Battleships in San Pedro

By Greg Aragon I drove to San Pedro last week for the renowned fresh seafood at San Pedro Fish Market. But when I got off the freeway and saw the profile of the legendary USS Iowa battleship, with her massive 16-inch guns protruding above the harbor, I knew I had to investigate. I also knew…

Pageant of the Masters Takes Guests ‘Under the Sun’
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Pageant of the Masters Takes Guests ‘Under the Sun’

By Greg Aragon Southern California is full of beauty and magic, and one the region’s most unique and mesmerizing spectacles is the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. Held each summer in an open-air canyon theater, the event is something that any lover of art and culture should experience at least once. Now in…

Sierra Madre Crime Blotters: July 8 – July 13
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Sierra Madre Crime Blotters: July 8 – July 13

  July 8 At about 11:13 p.m. at Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard officers found a male subject lying in the roadway, under the influence of alcohol. Based on the officer’s observation, the subject was unable to care for himself and was transported to the Pasadena jail for booking. July 9 Officers responded at…

Summer in San Diego Paradise
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Summer in San Diego Paradise

By Greg Aragon To some, paradise is a romantic dinner on a moonlit bay. To others it’s a secluded bungalow on the beach, or a soothing massage in a tropical setting. To me it’s all of the above, which is why I love Paradise Point Resort & Spa on San Diego’s majestic Mission Bay. Covering 44 acres, the resort is a…

Escape to Ventura Harbor Village
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Escape to Ventura Harbor Village

By Greg Aragon I love a compact getaway where everything is within walking distance and I don’t have to worry about driving for dining, shopping, sightseeing, or activities. This is what I loved about my recent visit to Ventura Harbor Village, where restaurants, shops, and beach-front adventures are located in one charming spot, within a…

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