Exploring Lake Tahoe and the Eastern Sierras

Last week I wrote all about my family’s adventures through California Gold Country, the region of the state lying just west of the Sierra Nevada’s. We discovered a beautiful area rich in history but were also eager to discover the Eastern side of the mountain range. Luckily, we did just that as we made our […]

Snow and Sunshine on Mount Baldy

We’re only 15 days into the new year and already Southern California’s received a record amount of rainfall. Personally, I love it. It really brings about a winter feeling and after years of drought it’s transformed our brown environs to a beautiful green. Plus, record rainfall in the basin means record snowfall in the mountains. […]

Everything’s Coming Up Roses at Exposition Park Rose Garden

Awhile back I had the perfect post about Fall flowers in Exposition Park. I was excited to share the beauty I had seen at the rose garden but then life got in the way. Before I knew it it was winter and my perfect post was out of date. But as I sit here on […]

Exploring California’s Gold Country

As much as I love Southern California I’m eager to explore as much of the state as I possibly can. This past Fall my family and I decided to tackle its Eastern portion and explored both sides of the Sierras. One of the areas we were most eager to visit was Gold Country and, let […]

Visiting The Oakridge Estate – Barbara Stanwyck’s Former Home

As a classic film lover I’m very lucky to live in Southern California where Hollywood history seemingly lurks on every corner. From movie palaces to filming locations to star hangouts to their former residences the area has it all. In fact, I love visiting the former homes of Golden Ages stars and luckily there are […]

Christmas at Union Station

Tomorrow is Christmas and I’m ready for it. The presents are wrapped, the tree is trimmed and I’m filled with holiday spirit. At the beginning of the season I strove to embrace it and, with the help of my family and friends, I succeeded. Together we attended celebrations celebrations, had festive decorations and decorations and […]

A Vintage Christmas at the Banning and Homestead Museums

It’s no secret I love a good historic home and when that home is all decked out for Christmas it’s extra special. Two of my favorite local museums are The Banning Museum in Wilmington and the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry and both recently held Christmas fairs. Of course, […]

Christmas at the Newland House

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the decorations everywhere. No other holiday leads to such festive embellishments. From the grocery store to the bank to the mall you’ll find trees and santas and snowmen galore. I especially love the practice of decorating historic homes. They’re wonderful to visit year round but when they’re […]

Visiting Rubel Castle

In my explorations I’ve come across many unique and interesting places. There are some that I enjoy but don’t need to see again. There are others that I fall in love with and return to over and over. And then there are a select few that I’m so smitten with that they instantly become one […]

Visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano

There are certain places in Southern California that remain close to my heart and Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of them. My family has visited the mission for decades and I even have a picture of my dad, about 2 years old, in his father’s arms on a family excursion. When I was in […]