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Meandering Through Madrid, Spain
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Meandering Through Madrid, Spain

By Greg Aragon As Spain’s largest and most populous city, Madrid might sound too big and touristy to have an authentic Spanish experience. But as I learned on a recent trip to the ancient, European capitol, if you just take your time and explore, you can encounter a great amount of the history, culture and…

Beautiful Beasts and a Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo
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Beautiful Beasts and a Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo

By Greg Aragon There is some big news going on at the Los Angeles Zoo. Last month, a rare baby zebra was born and later this month the zoo will host its annual “Beastly Ball” fundraiser party, which raises money and awareness for animal conservation and habitat preservation for some of the world’s most rare…

Spring Into Morro Bay
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Spring Into Morro Bay

By Greg Aragon One of my favorite spots to getaway on the California Central Coast is Morro Bay, where a surprisingly small beach town hides beside an iconic, 576 foot-tall dome-shaped rock jetting from the harbor. Located halfway between LA and San Francisco, the village has tons of laid back charm and beautiful scenery. I recently escaped…

The Pueblo of Desert Hot Springs
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The Pueblo of Desert Hot Springs

By Greg Aragon Desert Hot Springs is yet another oasis in the Palm Springs area. Set atop ancient hot and cold aquifers, the town is known for its abundant resorts and mineral spas, its world-class drinking water, secret celebrity visitors, and as I recently discovered, a few other hidden gems. One of the most fascinating…

A Spring Getaway to Yosemite National Park
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A Spring Getaway to Yosemite National Park

By Greg Aragon Spring is a great time to visit Yosemite National Park. Melting snow is causing cascading waterfalls, lakes are serene, wildflowers are blooming and the air is crisp and clean. I recently escaped to Yosemite and had a front-row cabin to all of this natural majesty. My getaway to Yosemite began when I…

Spring is Here and the Hawaiian Islands are Calling
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Spring is Here and the Hawaiian Islands are Calling

By Greg Aragon Hawaii is a great place to visit no matter the season. The islands are always warm and inviting, like a swaying palm tree. But one of my favorite times to go is spring, just before the big summer rush. With this in mind, I would like to talk a little about the islands…

Wildflowers and Wild Mammoths at Diamond Valley Lake
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Wildflowers and Wild Mammoths at Diamond Valley Lake

By Greg Aragon Thanks to one of the wettest winters in recent memory, California wildflowers are experiencing a super bloom and are popping up along highways, meadows and trails. One of my favorite spots to see this colorful extravaganza is Diamond Valley Lake in Riverside County, where its seasonal wildflower trail is now open. And…

Exploring Santa Barbara’s Old Mission and New MOXI Museum
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Exploring Santa Barbara’s Old Mission and New MOXI Museum

By Greg Aragon My recent trip to the Belmond El Encanto hotel (belmond.com) in Santa Barbara was highlighted by more than a luxury hotel, hidden in the hills; the getaway also introduced me to the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara and the new MOXI Museum. Founded by Spanish Franciscans on Dec. 4, 1786, the Santa Barbara…

Bathing in Beauty and Luxury at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara
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Bathing in Beauty and Luxury at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara

By Greg Aragon The Belmond El Encanto hotel has welcomed discerning guests since 1918. Perched in the hills above Santa Barbara, this iconic hideaway offers serene seclusion in a relaxed, yet luxurious setting of lush gardens, winding paths and private bungalows. It has been described as Hollywood glamour in a modern classic and after my…

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