Archive for the 'Day Trips' Category

New year…new camera

So I got this new camera for my birthday last month. Yesterday was such an extraordinary southern California day, that I decided to take it out for a spin. I headed to The Sherman Library in Corona del Mar to play with my new toy.   

Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy: Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival, my favorite summertime treat, is all dressed up and deck-out for the holidays. OK, so there are eucalyptus trees towering overhead instead of snowy pines and there’s sawdust underfoot instead of snow. It may be Christmas “California-Style,” but the 21st Annual Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy is sparkling with holiday spirit. I […]

Holiday Happenings: Friday, 12-2-11

Yes, I realize we just finished digesting our turkey dinners.  Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. Here are a few festive favorites guaranteed to share the spirit of the season. In the city of Orange:    The 17th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession       Sunday, December 4, 2011 3:30 […]

Martha’s Bookstore: Balboa Island, CA

What would you do if you won the lottery? Open a bookstore? Perhaps.   Kathy Wales and her sister, Stephanie Thomas, didn’t have that elusive lottery ticket, but they have lived their lives as if they did. The two sisters from Kansas City followed their dreams 22 years ago- quite literally. As Kathy tells the […]

San Juan Capistrano: Los Rios Historic District

this piece was first published in Orange County Register Travel   San Juan Capistrano is the birthplace of Orange County history. Just ask any fourth grader who has visited the Mission on a school field trip. Since the city is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, it’s the perfect time for a day trip to this […]

Irvine-The Katie Wheeler Library

The last time you were shopping at the Irvine Marketplace, you probably didn’t even know it was there. If you were speeding down Jamboree westbound towards the 5 freeway, you might have missed it altogether.  But tucked away behind old eucalyptus and pine trees, on the corner of Irvine Blvd and Jamboree, sits the Irvine […]

Looking for Fall at Lake Arrowhead

In Southern California, fall is hard to find. Check out my article in OC Register.com Travel about an easy day trip to Lake Arrowhead for Oktoberfest celebrations.

Core Power Yoga Turns Up the Heat

I’ve been waiting patiently for the new CorePower Yoga studio to open in my Woodbridge neighborhood, and today, I tried the a class. Yoga isn’t new for me, but I’ve never tried hot yoga. The idea is that you practice in a warm studio, 98 degrees or more, and sweat while you stretch. I tried the 1:30pm […]