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12 Fun Things to Do in Monterey with Kids [2021]

Monterey, California is a cute coastal town in central California that is perfect for a family vacation. It has a beautiful coastline, lots of shopping and restaurants, and even some cute sea otters! If you’re dreaming of a California coastal weekend getaway, here are some fun things to do in Monterey with kids and teens! …

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What It’s Really Like to Stay at Safari West in Santa Rosa

If you’re looking for a wild safari tour in California, you’ve probably heard of Safari West in Santa Rosa. You’re likely dreaming of getting up close and personal with wild animals like monkeys, zebra, and of course, giraffes! I’ve been to Safari West twice now, so let me share what it’s like to be a …

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2020 Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland Guide

The 2020 Food and Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure Park is underway! 13 marketplace kiosks are open to serve up bite-sized tastes of California specialties. The Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland is one of my favorite times to go to the resort. Here’s your guide to the festival, plus some helpful tips to …

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Ultimate West Coast Road Trip on the California Coast

Our family just wrapped up an epic west coast road trip to California. We’ve traveled part of the route before but decided to spend more time along the California coast on this trip. If you’re planning your own Hwy 1 road trip, here’s a look at our itinerary. Where to Begin a West Coast Road …

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One Day in San Francisco at the Presidio Lodge near Golden Gate Bridge

Taking a road trip along the west coast gives you the perfect opportunity to visit San Francisco; one of the most recognizable cities in the country thanks to the Golden Gate Bridge. During our one night stop over we had dinner with friends, walked across the bridge, and had an amazing stay at the newly …

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Best Day Trips in Southern California near Disneyland

Many west coaster childhoods include a visit to Disneyland. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and Dole Whips delight adults and kids alike at the resort. Our own family has spent many vacations hopping back and forth from Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park. One of the reasons I love Disneyland is because you …

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Gorgeous Weekend Getaways from Los Angeles, California

Did you know that Los Angeles is home to almost four million people? Most of us have probably heard of the LA gridlock traffic. It makes sense that in a city that busy and large, it’s citizens and visitors might want to escape the city chaos for a while. Here are some relaxing ideas for …

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Awesome Off-the-Beaten Path Vacation Spots in California

I admit that when I first moved to the west coast from the midwest I pictured California as the home of Mickey Mouse and blonde-headed beaches. Now that I’m coming up on 17 years of calling the west coast home, I’ve had the opportunity to discover some amazing vacation spots in California I had no …

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I’m Heading Out on an EPIC California Road Trip

I’m packing my bags and getting ready for perhaps one of my most epic trips to date. On Thursday I’ll head out for a 19 day California road trip. Myself and three other travel writers / photographers will be adventuring around the state and discovering the off the beaten paths areas of California. I’m partnering …

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The Best of the Best in Cannery Row – Restaurants, Hotels, and Attractions

Take me away to Monterey any day! Earlier this month I went on a press trip to explore Cannery Row in Monterey, California. As I sit here remembering all the great food and beach views, I’m dreaming of going back with my family. If you’re looking for a California coast escape, here are my picks …

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