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Golf Gardens – Catalina Island, Calif.

26 Jan

You have got to go here…Golf Gardens – Catalina Island, Calif.

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I am a firm believer that you are never too old to do anything, like play mini golf!

On a recent trip to Catalina Island my husband and I got a sudden urge to swing the clubs. Located just steps from the main drag is a really fun and unique miniature golf course.

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So what makes it so different you ask?  All the holes tell you a story or a little tid bit of history about the island. Most people know that there are wild Buffalo on the Island, but do you know why.  Well, you can find out while trying to get a hole-in-one!

Another very cool thing is that the holes themselves are designed around the history you learn. If you want to discover more, I guess you are just going to have to go play a round for yourself!

Oh another thing – it is cheap! Just $9 for an honest to goodness fun time.

So grab your loved ones young or old and head to Golf Gardens next time you are on Catalina Island, you won’t want to miss this hidden gem!

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Happy Golfing,

Crystal

 

 

Oatman, Az.

13 Jun

You have got to go here…Oatman, Az.

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OK, there are only two words that you really need to know when describing Oatman – WILD BURROS (more on them later)! And I have to say they are AWESOME…here is a sneak peek…

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Nestled in the hills of Arizona, 30 miles south of Laughlin, Nev., off Historic Route 66, Oatman was once a gold mining town that dates back to the 1800’s.  At one time the town produced the most gold in the whole state.  DSC_0029

Today it is a cool western town filled with kitschy stores, saloons, history, beautiful scenery and of course – WILD BURROS! DSC_0033

I suggest you allot at least a few hours to take a step back in time and explore. There is plenty to do…why not take in an Outlaw Show, do some shopping, send a postcard, smash a penny, view some art or visit a mine?

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AND that’s not all…stop in the Oatman Hotel, where Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent their honeymoon night, for a Sarsaparilla (or an adult beverage) and ask about the history of the dollar bills that are placed on every open surface of the bar.
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And there is still more fun to be had…you guessed it – WILD BURROS!  Left over from the gold mining days, these furry animals still roam and rule the streets today.  They are every where you turn and I loved it. Some stores even sell carrots so you can feed them!  CAUTION – these are wild animals so be careful.


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Some days I feel like life passes me by because of the hustle and bustle of today’s world, but I am so glad that there are still places like Oatman that allow you to slow down and just enjoy some simple fun!

Happy Burroing,

Crystal

 

 

 

Descanso Gardens – La Canada Flintridge, Calif.

18 May

 

You have got to go here…Descanso Gardens – La Canada Flintridge, Calif.

Don’t you love when you discover something new in your own backyard?  I do!  That is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago when I spent a lovely day at Descanso Gardens.

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Located in the beautiful neighborhood of La Canada Flintridge, Descanso Gardens is 160 acres of glorious flowers, trails, and vistas that can be explored by the whole family!  If you just want to stop and smell the roses or strap on your hiking boots – this place is for you.

Love flowers?  Feel free to stroll through the Rose, California Native, Lilac and Japanese gardens (just to name a few)!

 

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While the flowers were gorgeous, they weren’t may favorite part of the day.  The best part were two things I discovered that were totally unexpected – TRAILS & TRAINS!

First, let me start with the trails – I had no idea that there were going to be so many little hiking opportunities around the property.  My advice, take the unbeaten path because you never know what wonders you will come across.  Please remember one thing, there is poison oak so be careful!

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I was also super excited to learn that you can ride around a portion of the grounds (for an additional $3 – which is totally worth it!) on a 1/8th replica of a diesel train called The Enchanted RailroadYES, big kids can ride on it too!

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If I haven’t mentioned enough to keep you occupied, trust me there is much more to see!  A historical home, expansive lawns to relax on, hidden benches to spend a moment with your loved ones, a bird observation deck  and the list just keeps on going…

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If you need to take a break for some food there is a cafe on-site or feel free to bring a picnic and eat at the tables just outside the entrance.

OH did I mention you get a day full of adventure of only $9??? You can’t beat that!  Trust me, Descanso Gardens is a place you have got to go to!

Happy Gardening,

Crystal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muir Woods – Mill Valley, Calif.

12 Jan

You have got to go here…Muir Woods – Mill Valley, Calif.

Do you think this view is worth $7.00?

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I do, and I promise you  will too!

Now you may be asking yourself…where can I find such a beautiful sight? The Muir Woods of course!  Located less than an hour north from San Francisco is this majestic National Park full of redwood trees.

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Before we go any further I have two big tips for you!!!  1. Go early – I mean it.  The parking is FREE and close parking is limited so unless you want to take a shuttle or park off-site I recommend you go right when the park opens. 2. Bring a sweater. Even on the sunniest of days the park is primarily shaded so you will want something to keep you warm.

OK, now that we got that covered let’s have some fun.  The entrance fee for the park is $7.00 for ages 16 and older and 15 and under are FREE!

When you enter pick up a map as there are several trails that you can take.  If you want to challenge yourself there are options for you, but a nice family stroll can also be achieved.  We decided on the loop around the park and started in the canyon and then took the hillside on the way back to change up the scenery – I highly recommend this!

One of my favorite parts of the walk is entering the Cathedral Grove.  The park asks that you remain quiet when entering so that you can become one with nature and just enjoy being amongst its beauty.

Really take the time to enjoy what you are seeing around you as you never know what cool things you will discover!

You can even be silly in nature!

Another thing I love about this park is that it is good for the whole family, so don’t be afraid to invite the whole crew for an awesome day out!

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OH and don’t forget the best souvenir ever – a smashed penny! DSCN8685

So what will you see other than trees might you ask?  Well first off they are some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring trees that you will ever see, but there is also a lot of history about the park to be learned (No, I am not going to tell you about it – you must discover it on your own!).

Happy Woodsing,

Crystal

P.S. Are you hungry?  Well, I have some options for you!  You can eat at the cafe in the park or take a lovely drive north on Highway 1 and stop in Stinson Beach, a quaint little town with a lot of character. I recommend eating at The Lunch Box.  They have fresh sandwiches/salads/treats and you can take it over (or they will actually deliver it to you) to the park right across the street for a picnic!

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Angels Flight Railway – Los Angeles, Calif.

24 Jun

You have got to go here – Angels Flight Railway – Los Angeles, Calif.

Want to do something totally out of the ordinary and super inexpensive in downtown Los Angeles?  Why not take a trip on Angels Flight Railway?

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For just $1.00 roundtrip you can take this historic (originally built in 1901) incline railway named “The Shortest Railway in the World” between Hill Street & Grand Ave.

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I can’t explain it, but there is something so fun about riding one of these cars between all of the giant modern buildings that make up the downtown skyline.

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While the trip is short, there are plenty of things to do on both sides of your journey.  Why not start at the Museum of Contemporary Art, then take a ride on Angels Flight Railway down to Grand Central Market for some lunch?  There are endless possibilities of adventures that could be had…

Angels Flight Railway is open from 6:45 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. 365 days of the year, so there is no excuse not to take a ride. Believe me, no trip to downtown Los Angeles is complete without a visit to this unique landmark.

Happy flying,

Crystal

Beacon Hill Park – Victoria, B.C.

7 Oct

You have got to go here…Beacon Hill Park – Victoria, B.C.

Everyone visits Central Park when in New York City and Golden Gate Park when visiting San Francisco, but I am here to tell you that there are some awesome smaller parks just waiting to be discovered in cities all over the world.  One of those parks that is a must visit is Beacon Hill in Victoria, B.C. Located just a few minutes on foot from the Inner Harbour (where you most likely entered Canada via boat), Beacon Hill Park is worth the trip! I have to admit that the initial reason I chose to visit was so I could go to the children’s farm (more on that later). I was pleasantly surprised by how un-ordinary this park was.  To my eyes wonderment…it was like stepping into a fairytale.  The trees, the bridges, the wildlife were superb!  I was enchanted.                                                                                                                                    These are just a few examples of the wonder that was at every turn! Not only was there lush green all around, but the flowers were literally like beacons (excuse the pun) waving you over to take a closer look. It was honestly so fun imaging you were in a a different time…so spend some time dreaming and getting swept away!

When you are ready to get back to reality, head towards the Children’s Farm! The farm is a great place for kids of all ages to explore – for a small donation of $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children (CAD $), it is an extreme value.  There are peacocks, mini-horses, chickens, donkey’s and goats OH MY!  While it is not very big, there is tons of stuff to see!

Aside from the animals being so cute and cuddly, the people who worked there were so friendly and willing to answer any questions or help with anything!

Don’t let the name fool you, this farm isn’t just for children’s and I highly suggest you call your inner child and invite them to play.  On a side note, the farm closes during early fall and winter so check the website before you go.

Are you asking yourself…is that it?  NOPE, but I am tasking you with going and discovering the rest on your own. So do yourself a favor, put on your walking shoes, pack a snack and go explore Beacon Hill Park – you will be glad you did!

Happy Beaconing,

Crystal

Tom’s Farms – Corona, Calif.

1 Aug

You have got to go here…Tom’s Farms – Corona, Calif.

Need a romantic date idea or just something fun to do with the whole family?  Well, look no further than Tom’s Farms in Corona, Calif.

Don’t let the name fool you, there is so much more to be discovered than just food.  Since 1971 this family destination has been pleasing all who enter its doors.

You will enjoy Tom’s Farms if…

…you love to eat!

With restaurants, snack stands and ample space to picnic after you grab some yummy delights from the Wine and Cheese Shop – there is something for everyones taste buds!

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…you love fresh food!

Tom’s Farms has a produce market, wine and cheese shop, sweet shop , and a gourmet popcorn /fudge factory.  With thousands of local products from strawberries, to jams, to breads, to dried fruits, to cheese, to wine – you get the picture – you are sure to leave with your arms full!

…you love to shop!

No, I’m not just talking about food.  A huge home store filled with hand-crafted furniture, art and country goods is also located on the property.

…you like to have fun!

There are attractions for both kids big and small.  Trains, mining, magic, tractor rides, photo opportunities…the list goes on and on!

…you like to spend the day getting away from it all.

The thing I like best about Tom’s Farms is that it feels like you are out in the country, in a small town, where there isn’t a big city for miles……………

Happy Farming,

Crystal

Hold on, I’m not done yet.  Located just a few miles from Tom’s Farms is a hidden oasis – Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa.

You will only like it here if you enjoy relaxing.  The price of admission includes usage of numerous pools, saunas, mud baths, exercise classes, and yoga just to name a few.  If you have a whole day,  plan on visiting both places – you won’t be disappointed!