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Cuisine, Culture and Cool Beach Vibes in Oceanside
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Cuisine, Culture and Cool Beach Vibes in Oceanside

By Greg Aragon Oceanside is more than a classic California beach town with a groovy surf vibe and a walkable downtown. The city is also full of history and fascinating architecture, while also boasting eclectic restaurants, boutique hotels, exciting waterfront adventures and more. I took a recent trip to the city and had the opportunity…

A Day at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
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A Day at the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

By Greg Aragon Los Angeles has many fascinating sights, but nothing can match the history or mystery of the La Brea Tar Pits. This area of bubbling asphalt along Wilshire Boulevard has intrigued scientists and visitors since it was discovered more than 100 years ago. As of today it is the only actively excavated Ice…

Summer Loving in La Jolla, Calif.
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Summer Loving in La Jolla, Calif.

By Greg Aragon Paradise comes in many forms. Recently it came by way of a charming suite overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a secluded beach and a delicious, 40-day aged cut of prime steak. In other words, I spent a night at the historic Grande Colonial in La Jolla and dined at the property’s renowned Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar. A…

Summer Fun and Adventure in Big Bear Lake
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Summer Fun and Adventure in Big Bear Lake

By Greg Aragon Summer is upon us and for me that means it’s time to plan a getaway to Big Bear Lake. The place is a summer paradise. From hiking, mountain biking and rope climbing in the forest, to relaxing on the lake or in a charming, rustic cabin, the alpine area has got it…

Relaxing at Pala Casino Spa & Resort
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Relaxing at Pala Casino Spa & Resort

By Greg Aragon I hit the jackpot recently at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in San Diego County. I didn’t win any money, but I did stay in an awesome hotel room, dine at a couple great restaurants, and experience the resort’s stunning, new pool area. The getaway began when a friend and I checked…

Legoland California Resort Celebrates 20 Years of Lego Magic
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Legoland California Resort Celebrates 20 Years of Lego Magic

By Greg Aragon I never met a kid who didn’t love Legos. They are simple, durable and inspire creativity and imagination. So when Legoland California opened in 1999 as an entire theme park dedicated to the little, plastic building blocks it was exciting news. And now today, as the destination celebrates its 20th birthday, it is…

Following the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano
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Following the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano

By Greg Aragon Each year thousands of swallows fly 6,000 miles from Goya, Argentina to San Juan Capistrano, Calif. in large groups. The chestnut and orange-colored birds return to reclaim their old mud nests in the ancient arches and walls of the city’s historic Mission, and to raise their young in the warm coastal climate. I…

Port Wine, Food and History in Porto, Portugal
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Port Wine, Food and History in Porto, Portugal

By Greg Aragon After three nights in Madrid, Spain, my friend and I continued our impromptu tour of Southern Europe with a last minute trip to the beautiful waterfront city of Porto, Portugal. Neither one of us had been to Portugal before, so we figured that since we were only about 350 miles away, we…

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…

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