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Day Trippers in Wrightwood and Jackson Lake
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Day Trippers in Wrightwood and Jackson Lake

By Greg Aragon I love going to the mountains, but sometimes I don’t want to deal with all the narrow, winding roads. For these times I like to visit Wrightwood, a hidden gem in the Swarthout Valley, at the eastern end of the San Gabriel Mountains. Located at an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet, the…

Ireland in Fall
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Ireland in Fall

By Greg Aragon Ireland is a magical place of castles, green hills, idyllic towns and rolling rivers. It is also modern and lively and full of energy. I recently returned from a week in the Emerald Isle and the memories are still dancing in my head. My getaway began at Dublin Airport, where a friend…

Summer Kayaking Around Santa Cruz Island
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Summer Kayaking Around Santa Cruz Island

By Greg Aragon Thirty feet beneath my kayak, a school of bright orange Garibaldi swam past a reef of purple sea anemones. Beside me, a shiny black seal basked in the sun on a large rock island and appeared uninterested. Standing guard on a crag 100 feet above this tranquil aquarium, a garrison of curious…

Cruising the Western Caribbean Aboard Holland America
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Cruising the Western Caribbean Aboard Holland America

By Greg Aragon The Mayans lived in the area of Costa Maya between 200 B.C. and 900 A.D. During this period they traded goods, such as fabrics and jade, and built historic cities along the Mexican coast. Today the ruins of this fascinating ancient civilization remain scattered about the beautiful, ocean-front town. Earlier this year, while cruising through…

Oceanside by Land, Sea and Air
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Oceanside by Land, Sea and Air

By Greg Aragon A highlight of my recent trip to Oceanside was being able to see it from different angles and speeds. Besides the fascinating walking tour I discussed last week, I also experienced the town by kayak, Batman-type car, and via a fat-tire electric scooter. The kayak adventure began shortly after a delicious dinner…

Oceanside: A Renaissance of Food, Culture and Hospitality
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Oceanside: A Renaissance of Food, Culture and Hospitality

Part 1 By Greg Aragon Oceanside has always been a classic California beach town. But now, thanks to a current renaissance, the city is showcasing its fascinating history, architecture and culture, while also welcoming a host of new restaurants, boutique hotels, exciting waterfront adventures and more. I began a recent getaway to Oceanside at the…

Spanish Charm and California History in Cozy Claremont
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Spanish Charm and California History in Cozy Claremont

By Greg Aragon   Claremont is only about 30 miles from Pasadena, but my recent trip to the sleepy college town transported me much further away, to a relaxing and beautiful place reminiscent of a mountain resort community with touches of Spain. My getaway to Claremont began when a friend and I checked into a luxurious suite at Casa 425, a Spanish-styled…

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….

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