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Guide to LA Weekend Escapes

New port Beach/Balboa

*Visit Newport Pier.

*Explore Balboa Village.

*Take a harbor cruise on a Mississippi-style riverboat.

*Have fun at The Balboa Fun Zone.

*Take the ferry to Balboa Island.

*Shop at posh shops at Fashion Island.

*See the magic of nature at Roger’s Gardens.

*Take in a game of golf at Newport Beach Golf  Course.

Laguna Beach

*Shop the Citadel Outlet Stores.

*Have a glass of wine seaside at The Terrace Cafe.

*Visit the Laguna Art Museum.

*Stop by scenic Dana Point.

*Take a leisurely drive to Dana Island.

*Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano, the seventh mission in the chain of CA missions.

*Take a surf lesson at Bird Rock.

*Have lunch at the picturesque Montage Resort and Spa.

Calsbad/Encinitas/Del Mar

*Be a kid again at Legoland Park.

*Shop State Street.

*Check out the Del Mar Race Track and Fairgrounds.

*The Museum of Making Music.

*Ride in a hot air balloon over canyons and miles of coastline.

*Visit Quail Botanical Gardens.

*Wine taste at Witch Creek Winery in Carlsbad.

*Sample Armenian specialties at The Armenian Cafe.

La Jolla

*Explore the La Jolla Caves.

*Chill out at Ellen Browning Scripts Park.

*Grab a slice at Sammy’s Wood Fired Pizza, one of the most popular joints in town.

*Visit The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

*Visit the Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum.

*Hang glide with Torrey Pines Gliderport.

*Bike ride along the coast.

San Diego/Coranado

*San Diego Wild Animal Park.

*Visit historic Hotel del Coronado.

*Check out 1,400 acre Balboa Park.

*San Diego Museum of Art.

*Take an Old Town Trolley tour.

*Explore the haunted house.

*Explore Old Town.

*Sea World.

*Grab a bite and explore the shops in the Gas Lamp area.

Disneyland/Anaheim

*Knott’s Berry Farm.

*Be one of the one and a half a million chicken dinners served at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

*Camp Snoopy.

*Disneyland.

*Disneyland’s California Adventure.

*Downtown Disney for nightlife and bar hopping…Mickey Mouse style.

Temecula

*Visit Old Town Temecula .

*Shop for antiques .

*Visit the Temecula Valley Museum.

*Wine taste at Callaway, Faulkner, Thorton, Mount Palomar, Baily and Van Roekel Wineries.

*Take a hot air balloon ride.

Catalina Island

*Enjoy the breeze on the 45 minute boat ride to the island.

*Shop and browse on Crescent Avenue.

*See the art deco Casino Building at the edge of the island.

*Horseback ride.

*Scuba Dive.

*Check out Two Harbors at the Isthmus for camping and hiking.

Ventura/Oxnard

*Check out the San Buenaventura Mission.

*Cruise around the Ventura Harbor by paddle boat.

*Take a cruise to the Channel Islands with Island Packers Cruises and hike Anacapa Island.

*See one of the largest Maritime collections at the Ventura County Maritime Museum.

*Try progressive dining.

*Shop at the Oxnard Factory Outlet.

Ojai

*Relax at The Ojai Valle Inn and Spa.

*Ojai Valley Museum.

*Massarella Pottery and Gallery.

*Blue Heron Water Amusement Park for kids under 12.

Santa Barbara

*Check out historic Stearns Wharf upon arriving in Santa Barbara.

*See over 700 animals from around the world  at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens.

*Shop and eat on State Street.

*Stay at the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara.

*Botanical Garden.

*Play polo at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club.

*Hang glide with Fly Above All.

*Stay at the Bacara Resort and Spa.

Solvang/Santa Ynez

*See an authentic Danish colony.

*Visit Old Mission Santa Ines.

*Stay at The Santa Ynez Inn.

*Have dinner at Mattie’s Tavern.

*Wine taste at Firestone, Fess Parker, Foley and LinCourt.

*See a real live ostrich at Ostrich Land.

*Visit the miniature horse ranch in Solvang.

*Relive the movie Sideways by doing the Sideways Wine Tour.

Palm Springs

*See the amazing view from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

*Shop Desert Hills Factory Stores.

*Try exotic sliders at Hamburger Mary’s.

*Stroll Palm Canyon Drive.

*Hike Indian Canyons.

*Explore the living desert.

*Have dinner at family owned restaurant Capri in Desert Hot Springs.

*Horseback ride.

*Check out the Palm Springs Air Museum.


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