Mothership in South Park and the Space Pad in Oceanside
San Diego Union-Tribune - 9/23/2022
Tiki bars have been enjoying a revival for many years now, but the latest global Tiki trend is sci-fi fantasy/galactic bars that blend the tropical theme with out-of-this-world décor and drink concepts.
Wheelchair access, audio tours for vision-impaired visitors, and more
Travel + Leisure - 9/18/2022
While the rugged, remote settings are a large part of the appeal of U.S. national parks, those same factors have made exploring them a challenge for seniors with limited mobility, sight, or hearing. H... Read more
Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the eastern seaboard
TheTravel - 9/5/2022
Watching a spectacular sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain in southern Maine's Acadia National Park is a bucket-list trip for many travelers. Located on Mount Desert Island, it is, after all, the highest point on the eastern seaboard,... Read more
The most important meal of the day at the happiest place on Earth
Delish.com - 9/6/2022
Did you know that Walt Disney World is home to many wonderful breakfast options? It's no surprise since you'll need fuel in the morning for visiting the parks and walking around all day.... Read more
Ready to enjoy the great outdoors with your significant other?
TheTravel - 9/10/2022
National parks are often top the list of vacation destinations for families, friends, solo adventurers, and couples. There's no denying that there's truly something special, even romantic, about being in nature... Read more
Opened in 1893 as a train station, and now is a public market
TheTravel - 9/19/2022
When people contemplate visiting Philadelphia's treasures, they include historic sites and locations that continue to greet local residents and tourists. One among these hidden jewels is undoubtedly the Reading Terminal Market... Read more
From sharks to sea otters to octopus, over 100 aquatic exhibits
TheTravel - 9/19/2022
With 100 exhibits and 12,000 animals, it's no wonder that the Aquarium of the Pacific attracts 1.7 million visitors each year. Located on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, the aquarium is all ... Read more
The views are outstanding, as is the experience
Robb Report - 9/15/2022
Hollywood isn’t the only Cali locale with buildings that have graced the big screen. A little more than 120 miles south of Sunset, San Diego’s beachfront Hotel del Coronado has its own claim to cinematic fame.... Read more
Don't miss the fall foliage at these six national parks
Best Life - 8/11/2022
One of the best parts of fall—aside from the arrival of "spooky season" and the return of pumpkin spice—is the beautiful foliage. There's nothing quite like heading outside and noticing autumn has emerged, with trees displaying vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow.... Read more
You are going all that far, so get all that close
TheTravel - 8/28/2022
“America’s Finest City” is a place of sun and sand, a destination where dreams come true. San Diego is visited by nearly 35 million people annually, proving that it’s more than just a place of travel ... Read more
An early influence for what became Disneyland
You can still visit the California amusement park that inspired Disneyland — here’s what it’s like today
The Points Guy - 8/28/2022
A little-known but much-beloved amusement park in Oakland, California, pint-size Children’s Fairyland may have provided Walt Disney with some key inspiration for his Disneyland theme park... Read more
Can a pay-what-you-want cafe exist in a gentrified Gowanus?
The New York Times - 9/2/2022
By any measure, the area around an industrial patch of Ninth Street in Brooklyn, straddling Park Slope and Gowanus, ought to emerge as an urbanist’s utopia — a space where painters, poets, craftsmen, professionals with artsy jobs... Read more
Disney travel experts share their favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World
TravelAwaits - 9/11/2022
Dreaming of dining at Disney? Our Disney travel experts weigh in on what’s worth your time and money on your next visit to The Happiest Place On Earth. When it comes to Disney restaurants, there is something for everyone. Kiddos love character dining, while Mom and Dad prefer fine/signature dining.... Read more
Here are some of the most underrated you should add to your travel list!
TheTravel - 8/13/2022
Nearly every traveler has heard of the incredible US National Parks, from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite and Yellowstone, and many visitors to the US come especially for these natural wonders.... Read more
Family-style dining and vibrant views from Living with the Land
Insider - 8/25/2022
Garden Grill is a restaurant in the Land Pavilion at Epcot. When I ate there as a child, I remember reveling in the amazing fact that the restaurant slowly rotates... Read more
Ride the famed Sugar Pine Railroad outside of Yosemite National Park
TheTravel - 8/23/2022
Yosemite National Park has long been a popular destination for travelers to explore. Travelers have many ways to explore the park, but perhaps they should consider the opportunity to... Read more
La Cocina Mesa, which is Spanish for “the kitchen table.”
San Diego Union-Tribune - 8/26/2022
When the pandemic shut down Jennifer and Grant Gottesman’s three Carlsbad restaurants in March 2020, they were forced to furlough 140 workers... Read more
The amazing wonders you come across when you get out
Fodor's - 8/25/2022
It started as an innocent, non-threatening lark. I would hike and paddle my way to the largest island on the largest lake on the largest island on the largest lake in the world... Read more
Luring choosy shoppers with a less picked-over selection
The New York Times - 8/24/2022
While driving to hike in Goosepond Mountain State Park in Chester, N.Y., one Saturday... Read more
The artist Michael Heizer’s astonishing megasculpture is finally revealed
The New York Times - 8/19/2022
Nearly everything about Michael Heizer’s land art megasculpture called “City” can seem hard to fathom. That it’s a mile and a half long and nearly half a mile wide, smack in the middle of a remote stretch of the high Nevada desert... Read more
Snorkel and paddle among quizzical lobsters, baby sharks, green turtles...
Outside - 8/22/2022
Tropical Storm Eta was closing in on southern Florida by the time I made it to Biscayne in November of 2020. A child of the Gulf Coast and no stranger to hurricanes, I gritted my teeth and laughed at ... Read more
The oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States
The Points Guy - 8/15/2022
Connecticut's Lake Compounce blends history with some modern rides as it tries to balance being America’s oldest continuously operated theme park with something that today’s “on-demand” generation will enjoy.
10 unforgettable experiences for first-time and repeat visitors
TheTravel - 8/17/2022
The Aulani Disney Resort and Spa is one of the popular destinations in Oahu, Hawaii. The hotel has something for everyone, regardless of their tastes. Kids, couples, families, groups, and solo vacationers will equally find this gem magical.... Read more
Music lovers will need to make a trip to San Diego sooner than later.
Forbes.com - 8/22/2022
Fans of live music and memorable venues should get ready to add another amphitheater to their bucketlists. Opened in August of 2021, The Rady Shell in San Diego has quickly established itself as one of the country’s coolest concert venues... Read more
You'll need a good meal before you start your adventures
Best Life - 8/18/2022
Exploring a U.S. national park is bound to be action-packed, even if you aren't tackling all of the hiking trails or climbing the highest peaks. There's so much more that these national parks offer... Read more
This one-of-a-kind roller coaster is an action-packed, 56-second rocky mountain adventure
YouTube - 7/1/2022
Are you ready to defy gravity? The Defiance Roller Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is OPEN!... Read more
Based on the California palate, which is middle Eastern, Southern European
San Diego's Cucina Urbana founder makes a culinary pivot: She will open a Jewish deli this month - The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune - 8/6/2022
Trailblazing restaurateur Tracy Borkum, known for her portfolio of California Italian eateries, is introducing Gold Finch, her modern take on the Jewish deli
These four shops go beyond the basic drink
Eater National - 7/28/2022
It’s hard to count how many shops in Los Angeles and Orange County serve boba, but the number has to be in the hundreds, if not the thousands. With so many places to get the coveted drink, it’s often ... Read more
Zen-like gardens and chill vibes, perfect for outdoor drinking and dining
San Francisco Chronicle - 7/29/2022
To prepare for San Francisco's sunny days following summer's end, SFGATE's food team went in search of the city's most inviting patios to soak up the sun, while also enjoying a few cold ones.
Do you crave pancakes, waffles, omelets, pastries? All?
Phoenix New Times - 1/13/2018
Our food writers have been on the breakfast beat for a few months now. We've been scoping out the scene of a.m. eats here in the Valley, dishing on non-obvious places where you can start the day right... Read more
More than 550 paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs
Los Angeles Times - 6/15/2022
Growing up, Cheech Marin was always a collector. It started with marbles. Later on, it was baseball cards, then eventually stamps. Now, at 75, he’s collected enough art to fill an entire museum.... Read more
Take a serene tour of a stunning place
YouTube - 12/6/2019
Capitol Reef National Park is one of the many jewels of Southern Utah. It has incredible geological variety and mesmerizing desert scenery, it is rich to rock formations, domes, mesas, monolyths, arches, hiking trails.
It’s a rum-fueled tropical escape perfect for this chilly winter
San Jose Mercury News - 1/31/2022
As the modern tiki bar revival continues its colorful spread across the Bay Area, it brings bright cocktails and island vibes inspired by Donn Beach and Oakland’s own Victor Bergeron to pandemic patrons from San Jose to Oakland and Napa.
Raise a glass in the shadow of the Hollywood Hills at these glamorous bars
Fodor's - 2/2/2022
Los Angeles is internationally renowned for its iconic entertainment scene, diverse cuisine, and sublime weather–so why not combine all three of these assets into one of the most enjoyed pastimes for Angelenos and visitors alike at a trendy rooftop bar?... Read more
Recommendations for the classics and newcomers for the S.D. morning scene
San Diego Magazine - 2/2/2022
Whether you’re coming off a late night out or an early morning hike, the remedy to your cravings is served between 10 and 2, on the weekends, with bottomless bloody marys or coffee. Here are over 40 o... Read more
New rides, new experiences, & still a place for kids to bring their adults
Theme Park Insider - 5/26/2021
Karma mocks parents who try to comfort their children before a theme park ride. Woe unto any dad or mom who attempts to convince their wide-eyed child that "nothing's going to go wrong" when the number-one trope in the theme park industry is "...and then everything goes horribly wrong."
We're making #hotpotsummer a thing
San Diego Magazine - 6/15/2021
’Tis the season to beat the heat, and there’s no better way than to fight fire with fire, by eating hot food on a hot day! Whether the heat comes from the spice, temperature, or both, consuming food that makes you sweat has been scientifically proven to cool the body down more than a bowl of ice cream (although we won’t say no to that, either).... Read more
From subtropical species to succulents, botanical gardens offer floral fun
TravelAwaits - 5/28/2021
TravelAwaits readers voted in our 2021 Best of Travel Awards to help us determine everything from the best beaches to the friendliest small towns. Our readers have spoken. Here are the best botanical gardens in the United States.
20,000 sqft social hangout features a bar, coffee shop, lawn games and more
San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/10/2021
San Diego dog owners are getting a sprawling social destination to take their pets — and the spot is unlike any other dog park or party place in the city. The new 20,000 square-foot business is called The Dog Society and it’s built for the enjoyment of both dogs and their humans.... Read more
From New England to the Pacific NW, design-forward beach escapes
Architectural Digest - 6/10/2021
Jumping the waves. Lobster roll picnics at the beach. Sunset boating. For many, nothing says summer like being on the water. As life pivots to something resembling normalcy, it’s time to tap into old-fashioned on-the-shore fun at some of America’s top coastal retreats.
Sometimes the best places to get food are the least assuming
YouTube - 6/15/2021
Sometimes the best burgers are in the places where you least expect to find them. On today’s treasure hunt, skate legend Tony Hawk, Alvin Cailan, and Alvin's line cook, Christian Alquiza, are gonna tour some hidden gems of the burger world.... Read more
From stone-fruit panna cotta to crackling roast pork, new dining options
The New York Times - 6/15/2021
The zong are treasures, wrapped in bamboo leaves and tucked in the fridge at Pearl River Deli. Warm them up, and each parcel goes tender, the sticky rice shining with a sweet, delicious fat that filters through a cache of Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, mung beans, peanuts and salted egg yolk.... Read more
You have been ordered to assemble at the Avengers Campus!
Gizmodo - 6/2/2021
The Walt Disney Company’s latest theme park creation opens Friday at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California and every corner of it is filled with winks and nods to all things Marvel. But the film, TV, and theme park giant’s new “Avengers Campus” won me over when I saw the Lego Death Star.
From beers in a Baltimore church to Negronis at noon in San Diego
Esquire - 5/25/2021
On April fifteenth, at 8:42 p.m., I had a drink. Not on Zoom. Not alone on my couch. Not outside, under a heat lamp. Nope. Inside, on a stool, at the actual, physical bar. For the first time in more than a year. To sit shoulder to shoulder with friends again, chatting with the bartender about esoteric spirits, hearing the laughter of strangers—it felt new and raw.... Read more
From beach, to desert, to Africa (sort of), to being on a lake & farm
redtri.com - 4/14/2021
If your neighborhood bubble isn’t cutting it anymore and you’re itching for a getaway that won’t take an overnight, there are no shortage of day trips from Los Angeles! From beachside boardwalks to aerial trams, LA’s got plenty of great destinations that you can visit—and still get back home by bedtime. Read on for the best day trips from Los Angeles.
In the age of Amazon and e-books, independent bookstores remain important
Architectural Digest - 5/21/2021
Is there any more pleasant way to while away an afternoon than browsing the shelves of an independent bookstore and adding a few new finds to your to-be-read pile? Throughout history, bookstores have been more than places to pick up the latest title: They are places to meet, to learn, and to plan social revolutions.... Read more
An RV family of five touring the U.S. looking for great places to visit
YouTube - 5/29/2020
With so many beautiful national parks in the USA, its hard to make a bucket list of favorites. After traveling Americas lower 48 states and national parks, we have decided to share this list of amazing and underrated National Parks.
Named after European mineral waters, a very water oriented town
learningescapes.net - 4/14/2021
One of our favorite beach destinations for families in California is the delightful city of Carlsbad. A laid-back village on the fabulous Pacific Coast, Carlsbad is located just to the north of San Diego. It ... Read more
3 themes: volcanoes, Sierras splendor and Michelin stars
InsideHook - 4/16/2021
There’s a happy medium between isolation and a mosh pit — and while we eagerly anticipate the return of the latter, we’re more about that middle point right now, especially as it relates to travel. We’re still going to be taking a pass on those middle seats for a bit. Mea... Read more
One of the earliest made dairy products - does that make it G.O.A.T.?
San Francisco Chronicle - 4/28/2021
Forty years ago, the U.S. was a goat cheese wasteland. Outside of Europe, goat cheese — not to mention goat milk, goat kefir, and goat yogurt — simply didn’t exist. But in 1978, a small farm in Sebastopol and its owner, Jennifer Bice, changed everything.
Europe surrounds us in L.A.. But not all Euro substitutes are created equal
Los Angeles Times - 4/30/2021
How wanderlusty are we getting in Southern California, while debate flares over Europe’s readiness for American tourists? Well, I’m sitting at home trying to decide which continental stand-in made me happier, a croque monsieur in Los Feliz or a gondola ride in Long Beach.
Is the Left Coast the best coast for public golf?
Golf - 5/6/2021
Golf can be seriously private, but GOLF’s list of Top 100 Courses You Can Play is not. This year, our expert group of course raters sat down with a simple goal: to build a list of the greatest courses you (yes, you) can tee it up at in a moment’s notice. The... Read more
Let’s get ready to mangia!
Fodor's - 4/7/2021
Are you craving some hand-made pasta, a bottle of Barolo, and maybe a little tiramisu to cap it all off? Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to Italy in order to sample some of this exquisite cuisine. The United States is home to some incredible Italian restaurants where all you need is one bite to transport you from Bologna to Sicily.
Take a dip like never before in one of these sweeping swimming pools
Architectural Digest - 4/14/2021
Planning a wedding and organizing a vacation share few commonalities, but both processes start at the same place: the venue, which, more often than not, is a hotel. After all, hotels—whether they're in the middle of the Pacific or a bustling city—are like giant playgrounds for adults with plenty of activities on offer. One ... Read more
Less-crowded but not less beautiful, and worthy of a visit
AFAR - 4/16/2021
With 63 U.S. national parks spanning a variety of ecosystems, the U.S. National Park System offers seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Yet most visitors tend to gravitate toward our most iconic and well-known ones. In 2... Read more
From a mountain lodge in Yosemite to a resort in glowing expanse of desert
InsideHook - 4/16/2021
Only a few hours down the highway from coastal havens, mountains, and deserts, LA is just close enough to the wilderness to make things interesting. And never has a road trip been more appealing than durin... Read more
With a nickname of "Midway Magic", this ship has a lot of stories
YouTube - 7/18/2011
Take a look inside the longest running aircraft carrier of the 20th century, the USS Midway CV-41. This retired aircraft carrier is now a ship museum located in San Diego, CA.
These are the must-eat, must-drink menu items to try
sftravel.com - 4/18/2021
As the song goes, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." We're going to amend that statement to say that you should also be sure to bring some stretchy pants. That's because San Francisco is a culinary mecca on par with some of the greatest cities in the world. From... Read more
They built a second speakeasy even deeper into the guts of the building
San Diego Magazine - 4/19/2021
“Economically, it’s a completely irrational move,” says Arsalun Tafazoli. “We actually shrunk it.” He gutted Neighborhood, where it all started. He spent far too much money on a softcore carpet from Paris. One ... Read more
Each national park features at least one iconic lodge
Washington Post - 4/30/2021
If ever there stood a testament to the resurgent popularity of America’s national parks, it might be found in the two-hour-long spring break line of vehicles stretching outside the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance. For ... Read more
Five Vegas Golden Knights players open a restaurant
Las Vegas Weekly - 3/5/2020
The upscale “sports restaurant” (don’t call it a sports bar) offers a classy take on the practice of eating and drinking while watching feats of athleticism. Televisions, famed Knights sweaters and bl... Read more
It's hard to argue against a massive tub of pulled pork, sauce and a fork
The LAist BBQpedia: An In-Depth Guide To LA's Many Varieties of Barbecue And Where To Find Them — Vol. 1
LAist - 4/20/2021
About halfway through the episode of Chef's Table: BBQ about Tootsie Tomanetz of the legendary Snow's BBQ, Daniel Vaughn, Barbecue Editor at Texas Monthly, says, "In Texas barbecue, the pitmasters are willing to tell you everything that they do to the meat, and then they'll sit back and be like, 'Well, good luck.'" It's ... Read more
It's no sin to stay at a brand new resort
Sunset - 4/27/2021
The Las Vegas Strip is poised to get its first new resort in over a decade when the doors of the $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas open on June 24. The 3,500-key resort, part of Hilton Honors, promises more than 40 food and drink choices that range from food-truc... Read more
A treasure trove of natural wonders
learningescapes.net - 4/21/2021
East Coast National Parks for kids perfect for an East Coast family vacation in some of the US most beautiful spots.
signature combination of state-of-the-art games and cuisine
CultureMap - 2/19/2020
A Dallas-based group is hoping to bowl Austin over with its signature combination of state-of-the-art games and chef-inspired cuisine. Pinstack, a popular metroplex entertainment concept with location... Read more
Being Hawaiʻi, you may need to island hop some, but the rewards are great
Hawaii Magazine - 4/19/2021
Hawaiʻi boasts nine national parks, from the site of an attack that launched the U.S. into World War II to areas sacred to Native Hawaiians. These important sites are great places for visitors to explore and learn more about Hawaiʻi’s unique history and culture. (And it’s great week to do it—it’s National Park Week!) Here are the Top 5 national parks in the Hawaiian Islands in 2... Read more
Sometimes you don't want to ruff your accommodations - stay here
bringfido.com - 4/19/2021
Is visiting a national park with Fido on your bucket list? Many of our national parks can seem a bit dog-unfriendly at first glance due to restrictions implemented to protect undisturbed natural areas, wildlife, and park visitors. Pets are generally allowed in developed areas, some campgrounds and l... Read more
Considered a form of agritourism, giving city folk a taste of the country
The Manual - 4/21/2021
An hour and a half south from Bozeman, Mont., surrounded by millions of acres of national forest, Nine Quarter Circle Ranch has endured for more than a century. First homesteaded in the 1890s as a working cattle farm, it joined a growing number of properties across the West when, in 1912, it welcomed its first guest. It’s... Read more
The Experience at Farmlinks is a destination course like no other
InsideHook - 4/21/2021
Alabama has a long golf tradition, boasting 11 courses created by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. across the state. But there’s one course in particular, near the rural town of Sylacauga, that should be added to any golfer’s wish list.
NYC romantic spots ripe for love and impending marriage
6sqft - 2/3/2020
Some people think Valentine’s Day is a good day for a proposal, but those people are wrong. Valentine’s Day is a holiday that belongs to Hallmark, but the day you propose is one that belongs to you, w... Read more
Once belonged to a Hawaiʻi heiress is well worth visiting
Hawaii Magazine - 1/28/2020
Nestled on the slopes of Oʻahu’s famous Diamond Head is an unexpected and opulent treasure: the estate-turned-museum of billionaire American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke, once dubbed “the ric... Read more
Can you love Nashville if you're not a country music fan?
The Independent - 2/18/2020
Broadway at sundown. No, not that Broadway – I mean the one screaming through the centre of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. I’m standing on the second-floor balcony of the bombastic, three-level Honky ... Read more
Plenty of delights on a weekend jaunt around Pacific NW
Sunset - 2/20/2020
There’s no denying the natural beauty of Washington’s Puget Sound region, with its serene waters and lush evergreen forests against the backdrop of towering mountains freshly dusted with snow. As Seat... Read more
Robynne Maii's hometown favorites
James Beard Foundation - 2/27/2020
Honolulu-born chef Robynne Maii opened her first restaurant Fête, along with her husband Chuck Bussler, in 2015. Over the past five years, Fête’s approach to seasonal New American cuisine (think: meye... Read more