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 the Streetlight Museum

People often ask me how I find out about so many different places to visit in Southern California and the truth is I don’t often know myself.┬áPeople tell me things, I see them online and I read about them in magazines. I just keep my eyes and ears open and anything unique I come across […]

Visiting the Museum of Neon Art

A few years back I visited the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas and it was fascinating to view the gigantic neon signs that once lined the strip but it would have been even better to see them lit. I have only vague memories of Vegas in its neon heyday and could only imagine what some […]

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 […]

Touring the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times Building is an iconic structure in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1935 in the Art Deco style it’s one of the area’s most beautiful structures. It’s also a building in transition. As the newspaper industry continues to struggle it was recently sold to the development company Omini Group […]

A Walk Through Palisades Park

Last week I mentioned a recent visit to the Santa Monica History Museum – a hidden gem in the heart of town. After I was done with my visit I wasn’t yet ready to head home so I decided to go for a walk. Luckily, I had my handy copy of 10,000 Steps a Day […]

Visiting Chiriaco Summit and the General Patton Memorial Museum

One of my favorite parts of a road trip is discovering interesting spots along the way. The destination really is in the journey! On the road from Phoenix to SoCal there’s not a whole lot to see aside from Joshua Trees and Saguaro Cacti but there is one spot in the middle of the desert […]

Visiting the Santa Monica History Museum

A couple months back I was scrolling through Twitter when I noticed a post advising the Santa Monica History Museum would be offering 50 cent admission to celebrate the city’s anniversary. My first thought was, “wow! 50 cent admission? I’m there!” and my second was, “there’s a Santa Monica History Museum?” Yes, this history nerd […]

Exploring Lompoc, CA

When I recently attended Wine & Fire it was my first visit to Lompoc. Long familiar with the Santa Ynez Valley I somehow had never wandered west to explorer the historic town just over the Santa Rita Hills. I aimed immediately to remedy that and any moment I had free from the festival I used […]

Visiting Bolton Hall

Sometimes the best places I visit are completely off the beaten path and the coolest historical spots are often tucked in the midst of neighborhoods. Like the Lummis House and Virginia Robinson Gardens and Lomita Railroad Museum. All hidden gems. Recently, I found yet another special spot, Bolton Hall. Bolton Hall is located in the […]