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Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Our neighbors Peter Bahlawanian and his wife, Bronwen Tawse, import exotic ingredients and the freshest spices I’ve ever tasted: paprika, flavored salts, and black limes. They have an amazing store, and I see top chefs shopping here. We get...
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2400 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA
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Driving thru the wine fields of central California wasn’t technically on ‘the list’ of things to see or do while we were out exploring, but wow was it pretty awesome! If I remember right this was right outside Paso Pobles, and the best part about...
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32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
on a stretch of coastline between malibu and oxnard, i encountered a rare find: crashing waves, tide pools and rock formations reminiscent of the pacific northwest. the small, easy to overlook access to el matador beach keeps it quiet.
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9750 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA
Tucked in the West Paso Robles mountainside you will find the Kiamie Wine Cellar tasting room and vineyard. Kiamie is known for some truly distinctive blends. Their White Kuvée happens to be one of my favorites whites. My suggestion would be to...
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225 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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There is nothing "misfit" about this restaurant pub. The restaurant opens onto Santa Monica Boulevard close enough to the beach to smell the salt air in the breeze. Located in the historic art deco "Clock Tower" building (1929) the restaurant/bar...
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6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
The Baldwin Hills Overlook affords some of the most unusual views in Los Angeles. From 511 feet high, not only can you see the entire L.A. basin with the downtown skyline, Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Mountains, and Pacific Ocean, but you get the...
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Sycamore Canyon Rd, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Driving up the California coast to Big Sur there are a lot of beautiful beaches, but I had my eye set on Pfeiffer Beach because of the photos I saw online. It is very hard to find - you take a narrow side street with little signage for 2 miles...
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726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
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We discovered Novo one evening as we were strolling about San Louis Obispo. Outside by the back patio is the most relaxing place to sit and enjoy the meal. There is a giant old oak tree that shades almost the entire patio and the musical babbling...
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4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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Enjoy fabulous free summer productions by the Independent Shakespeare Company! Meet up with friends at Griffith Park's "Old Zoo", bring a picnic dinner, and sprawl out on the blanket-covered lawn for an evening of good Shakespearean drama!
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1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
Perched atop a stunning hill in the Santa Monica Mountains, this outpost of the J. Paul Getty Museum overlooks the vast cityscape of the greater Los Angeles area. Its exceptional contemporary architecture, wide array of pre-20th-century art,...
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California, USA
Late afternoon in Joshua Tree National Park.
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1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
On the second Sunday of every month, bargain hunters, collectors, designers, tourists, and other curious shoppers head to the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, where 2,500 vendors of furniture, accessories, clothes, crafts, vinyl, and more...
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151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
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This cozy little restaurant is the perfect place to start your day. Enjoy your morning coffee on the front porch, and try the French toast—heavenly. Marston's has all sorts of options for breakfast and lunch, and—if you call them in advance—...
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391 Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91184, USA
Even if you know nothing else of Pasadena, you know the Rose Parade! It's spectacular! The colorful flowers, fabulous floats, and excited crowds make for a great day! Camp out the night before to claim a close-up view of the parade! Or, if a cold...
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260 Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
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If high-quality, small-batch, locally roasted coffee is your thing, then make yourself at home at Jameson Brown. They're perfectionists when it comes to anything coffee related, and their black coffees and specialty drinks are to die for. If...
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2495 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104, USA
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Carmela is Pasadena's favorite ice cream shop. Drive by in the evening, and you'll see a crowded store front with happy ice-cream-eaters overflowing onto the sidewalk. I love their unique flavor combinations; they even offer classes if you're...
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100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
You may recognize the façade of Pasadena's City Hall from a number of TV shows and movies. It's a beautiful building with an open courtyard; find a bench and relax by the fountain, and take time to smell the roses as you pass through. The view...
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120 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Pasadena’s lovely, family-owned boutique specializing in local oils and vinegars is not to be missed. They have a full tasting bar, so take time to sample the Californian olive oils (Extra Virgin, flavored, and dipping oils) and gourmet vinegars...
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7110 Vineyard Dr, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA
Snooty wine types need not go to Opolo!!! If you are ready to let your hair down for a fun wine tasting experience head over to Opolo. With over 25 different wines produced, everyone in your party is bound to enjoy something. Opolo is a nod to the...
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695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
The historic Vroman’s Bookstore opened in 1894 and is still a favorite with the locals. Beyond their large selection of books, they still have an old-school newsstand, an excellent café, and a gift shoppe with home décor, locally made cards, and...
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20 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Kings Row was the first gastropub in Old Pasadena, and currently employs the only Certified Cicerone in Pasadena. They have a great selection of beers, and, if you're struggling to decide what to order, I highly recommend their "King's Burger."...
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693 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Jones is well-known as the area's best local coffee. They make an amazing macchiato (Italian-style), their espresso is deluxe, and they do all their roasting on-site. I love the ambiance and the community feel of the cafe and shop, and they host...
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42 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Haven features unique craft cocktails, and full beer and wine menus. Try a few of Haven's own brews, such as "Disco Pants" (a light and flavorful black ale), "Performance Enhancing Drink" (a coffee brown ale), or "Glass Elevator" (a nitro...
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85 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
Levitt Pavilion hosts a free Summer Music Festival every year, but if you visit the Levitt Pavilion's Memorial Park on a non-event day, take the kids to the playground or entertain yourself on the strange workout machines of the Park's exercise...
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30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
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Russell's is my favorite breakfast place in Pasadena. The ambiance is casual but sophisticated, with classical music and fun decor, including Van Gogh prints and sparkling chandeliers—in some ways, it's like a fancy European-style diner. They also...
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1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
Eaton Canyon has a great nature center if you want to learn about the local plants, animals, geology, and ecology. The exhibits and nature walks are kid-friendly. Hiking trails are also easily accessible from the nature center. The Eaton Canyon...
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1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108, USA
The Huntington is a beautiful, cultural destination. The library exhibits are wonderful, and include famous titles like Audubon's Birds of America. The art collection features well-known paintings, architectural pieces, and a sculpture garden. The...
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1 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704, USA
For the time it takes most Angelenos to commute to work, you can be ferried into the alternate reality of Catalina Island, a romantic escape far from the daily traffic jams and urban sprawl. The evergreen-shrubbed hills spotted with an artists...
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Trona Pinnacles, California, USA
The Trona Pinnacles is one of the most unusual geological features in the Mojave Desert of California, its unusual landscape consisting of hundreds of tufa spires rising from a former lake bed, stark mountains bracketing the formations.
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301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA
You can easily spend a day exploring the history, gardens, and animals of the arboretum. Visit the food garden and meet the chickens, and then walk the grounds to view the different areas organized by geographical location and sprinkled with art...
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Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena, CA 91104, USA
Pasadena's Bungalow Heaven is a lovely neighborhood with history, beauty, and character. The shaded sidewalks of Bungalow Heaven's tree-lined streets are perfect for a walk, and the Arts and Crafts architecture of the early 1900's is delightful....
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46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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The Pacific Asia Museum's collection includes art and artifacts from the Pacific Islands and Asia, and the museum offers free cell phone audio tours in multiple languages. The audio tour includes a curatorial tour, a family-friendly tour focusing...
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411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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This museum has an impressive collection of world-famous pieces. Degas is heavily represented by numerous sculptures and paintings, and Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, and many other brilliant artists add to the splendor of the 19th century collection....
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55 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Amara's is a cozy cafe, perfect for a chocolate-lover's outing, or a romantic date night. Amara offers a bakery-style breakfast, fondue, a lovely assortment of chocolate truffles, and, my personal favorite, churros with dark dipping chocolate. The...
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4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA
Gamble House is an architectural gem. The glass-work of the front door, chandeliers, and dining room windows is mesmerizing, and the carved frieze in the Burmese teak living room is a decorative treasure. Each room showcases a different kind of...
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621 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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This lovely little Californian establishment is a local favorite. Everything from the farm-fresh produce to the artisan wines is California grown and carefully prepared. Their Pasadena location has a comfortable neighborhood feel in the lively ...
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300 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Need a cold drink or scrumptious comfort food? Congregation is the place for you! I recommend the flatbreads-Dijon & Proscuitto is my favorite, and the sweet potato fries are everyone's favorite, especially with the creative assortment of dipping...
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345 E Colorado Blvd #101, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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Start your morning at this local bakery (and then come back for lunch). They have a great wake-me-up environment, with lots of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the aroma of coffee and fresh breads is heavenly. For lunch, try...
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70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Copa Vida is the newest of Pasadena’s gourmet coffee shops, and the unique tastes and aromas of their coffees are surprising (and impressive). They have three primary menus: “steep” is a menu of specialty teas; “pressure” includes coffee-house...
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336 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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Trattoria Neapolis is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Pasadena, with high ceilings over the bar, deep booths with mirrors and tile-work adorning the walls, a decorative wrought-iron railing along the balcony overlooking the bar, and a...
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10 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Bird Pick is my favorite place for tea. They have a lovely tea bar with specialty teas and creative drink options, and they have beautiful hardwood tables in their cafe. The shelves are lined with loose-leaf teas, and the windows display colorful...
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20 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
This sweet little shop is every travel-lover's dream. They have everything travel-related: city maps, hiking guides, travel narratives, language helps, luggage, easy-pack clothing and accessories, and more. The decor is fun, with vintage hotel...
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45 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Old Focals is an adorable little boutique specializing in vintage bifocals. Many styles of vintage eyewear are available, and the displays also feature vintage photos, signs, and newer photos of Hollywood celebrities modeling classic vintage...
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Ojai, CA 93023, USA
The road from Visalia to Ojai takes you through the Valley into the Los Padres Mountains and it is easy to visualize stories from Louis L'Amour and rugged cowboys ruling the land. With names such as Sulpher Creek, Devil's Heart Peak and Thorn...
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102 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
I love this cheese store. They have great customer service and a large counter space where you can sample their selection of cheeses, as well as a small cafe area if you want to have a sandwich or something from their coffee bar. For shoppers,...
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39 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
The Pasadena Playhouse has exciting productions and a rich history. If you're keen to see a show, and tickets are sold out, don't worry—you can still enjoy a fun theatre experience by setting up a private tour. They offer complimentary tours,...
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267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
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You can't talk about cafés and coffee shops in Los Angeles without mentioning one of its most popular places: Urth Caffé. For an organic fix, there’s no better place. There are a number of locations throughout the city and...
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Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Big Sur. I have very special memories of this place. It is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever been to, even though it has suffered at the hands of tourism in recent years. McWay falls is a splendid little waterfall that plummets into the...
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Tahquitz Falls, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Tahquitz Canyon loop is a short but spiritual two-mile loop along the peaceful Tahquitz River to the 60-foot Tahquitz Falls. Whether it’s rushing in spring or trickling in fall, the setting is stunning with sheer white cliffs contrasting with the...
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10340 Reeves Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
Meditation Mount is simply lovely! At the end of the day, take a walk down the quiet garden path. Hear the water trickling and smell the flowers as you make your way toward the edge of the mountain: the view point. As the sun begins to set, look...
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302 W Matilija St, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
"Bart" created a book-lover's heaven! This open-air bookstore is everything one could hope for: mazes of shelves to explore, shaded tables for all-day reading, a huge selection of new and used titles, themed collections (cookbooks in the "kitchen"...
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4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
One of my favorite parks in L.A. is a deceptively massive hill just east of Hollywood. After the climb, enjoy amazing views, a free art museum, and even a tour of the Hollyhock House, a fascinating structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright right...
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325 Durley Ave, Camarillo, CA 93010, USA
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How often do you get to sit outside and enjoy a great breakfast or lunch while watching airplanes take off and land? That’s always our experience at The Waypoint Café at the Camarillo Airport. We usually go for breakfast. The kids loved watching...
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Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA
Take the guided tour of the fabulously maintained Keys Ranch...so many amazing old buildings (house, school, barns, etc.), vintage appliances, vehicles (including a 1922 Mack truck that still runs), a dam, an orchard, and a salvage yard that...
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Palm Springs, CA, USA
Looking for a nice hike, maybe a waterfall, in Palm Springs? Check out the Tahquitz Canyon Trail! Although there is an admission fee, the trail is clean, well-maintained, and appropriate for most activity levels. The local legend, plants and...