Visiting Velveteria – The Museum of Velvet Paintings

A couple of weeks ago my friends and I found ourselves in Chinatown saying goodbye to the historic Hop Louie restaurant which was about to close its doors. After indulging in its timeless decor (and not so timeless food) we found ourselves contemplating our next adventure. Luckily, Chinatown is home to a myriad of quirky […]

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 […]

A Weekend in Claremont, CA

Disclosure: I was invited to visit Claremont and received complimentary lodging, meals and entertainment. All opinion is my own. Claremont has long been one of my favorite SoCal cities. I have family in the area and we sometimes meet in town for a meal. Yet, in all the years I’ve visited I’ve rarely stayed more […]

A Coastal Walk in Palos Verdes

A couple of weeks ago while shopping at Once Upon a Time I came across a book called 10,000 Steps a Day in L.A. Written by Paul Haddad it features 52 10,000 step walks around the LA area. Always looking for unique ways to see the city I eagerly purchased it. I read through it […]

Pterosaurs Come to Natural History Museum LA

I can think of no better way to star a holiday weekend then to head to one of my favorite spots – the Natural History Museum. This morning I found myself there bright and early to preview its latest exhibit – Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs. The Natural History Museum already has an […]

Cindy Sherman at The Broad

Since I first visited The Broad nine months ago it’s become one of the biggest sensations in town. Record attendance has made the museum a true success story. This week I was lucky enough to return to preview their first special exhibition Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life. Cindy Sherman is a contemporary artist know for […]

Viewing the Works of Eyvind Earle at Forest Lawn Museum

Last year I made my first visit to the Forest Lawn Museum and was struck by the quality of works on display. This exhibition space tucked in a corner of the massive cemetery seemed hardly the place for high caliber artwork. Yet, there it is showcasing a large variety of pieces from various eras. On […]

Visiting the Los Angeles Police Museum

After highlighting one of LA’s most popular museum I figured I couldn’t let International Museum Day pass without also highlighting one of the city’s hidden gems. This past weekend I took part in Museums of the Arroyo Day and headed to a museum that had long been on my list to visit – the Los […]

The Urban Nature Research Center at Natural History Museum LA

Today is International Museum Day – a day I didn’t know existed until I logged onto Twitter this morning. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time I’m sure you know I’m a museum nut. I love them and visit them as frequently as I can. My goal is to visit all the […]

Spending the Day in Redlands, CA

Some of my favorite adventures are the ones that happen by accident. Take this past Saturday. My mom, Shannon and I were headed into the Inland Empire with a final destination of Cherry Valley and possibly, Idyllwild. Heading down the 10 freeway we came upon Redlands, CA and agreed we’d been meaning to visit for […]