How to Spend One Day in Malibu on a Day Trip from LA

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Approximately 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles is the idyllic beach city of Malibu. This charming seaside community includes a 21-mile-long natural coastline bordered by the boundless sea and the rugged highlands of the Santa Monica Mountains.  During the spring, wildflowers bloom in abundance, coloring Malibu’s countryside with vibrant hues while rainfall ushers in … Read more How to Spend One Day in Malibu on a Day Trip from LA

The 10 Best Coffee Shops & Cafes in Los Angeles, Picked by a Local

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In a busy city like Los Angeles, you’re bound to need a pick-me-up to help you keep up with the fast-paced lifestyle (and make sitting in the daily LA traffic slightly more bearable).  The awesome part of living in LA is that there are coffee shops everywhere, so you don’t need to search far and … Read more The 10 Best Coffee Shops & Cafes in Los Angeles, Picked by a Local

How to Spend One Day in LA (A Local’s Itinerary)

With so much to do and see in Los Angeles, it might seem impossible to get anything done with just one day in LA. Well, this itinerary will prove the opposite—there is a lot you can accomplish with 24 hours in Los Angeles if you plan correctly! Your day in LA will start Downtown, then … Read more How to Spend One Day in LA (A Local’s Itinerary)

The Best Los Angeles Date Ideas: 15 Ultra Romantic Things to Do in LA

Los Angeles isn’t just a place for Hollywood studios and hot fashion. It’s a place for people who want to live their best lives and maybe also find the romance that they want. While the city might have more of a reputation for its stars and its shopping, the truth is that it’s an amazing … Read more The Best Los Angeles Date Ideas: 15 Ultra Romantic Things to Do in LA

Santa Barbara Date Ideas: 18 Romantic Things to Do in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara is one of the most popular parts of California for weekend getaways, not to mention one of the more picturesque places to live! Santa Barbara has that magical, quintessential Callifornia charm that people adore. If you ask most Santa Barbara locals, they’ll also tell you that this place has a little magic when … Read more Santa Barbara Date Ideas: 18 Romantic Things to Do in Santa Barbara

14 Fun Day Trips from Los Angeles (Picked By an LA Local!)

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It’s the end of the workweek, and the recurring conundrum is here—should you stay in or go out?  It’s tempting to play it safe and stay in the comforts of your own home, but how about a compromise? Allow yourself a single day trip from Los Angeles. Just one day this weekend! With LA’s vast … Read more 14 Fun Day Trips from Los Angeles (Picked By an LA Local!)

9 Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles

Enter a traditional dim sum restaurant, and you will be seated before a spread of small, round bamboo baskets that fill up the dining table. Some baskets are even piled high atop one another. Inside each basket is a hot and tasty dish that will “touch your heart” – this is the English translation of … Read more 9 Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles

13 Delightful Things to Do in Napa (More Than Just Wine!)

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When you hear Napa the first word that usually comes to mind is “wine” — rightfully so, as Napa is widely considered the wine capital of California. And although you could absolutely spend the entire weekend happily sipping away at some of the tastiest wine around, you should be aware of all your options. (And … Read more 13 Delightful Things to Do in Napa (More Than Just Wine!)

21 Exciting Things to Do in Encinitas, CA

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Encinitas is a happy little beach community north of San Diego, full of friendly, active people! The sunshine and warmth coax you outdoors on most days and, with all the great things to do in Encinitas, you will never be bored! Encinitas is easily accessible from San Diego or Los Angeles by car and train, … Read more 21 Exciting Things to Do in Encinitas, CA

9 Lovely Things to Do in Long Beach, CA

When you think about vacationing in Southern California you might first think of heading to LA, Malibu, or Disneyland. But there is a super cool area that is nearby and has a ton of things to do on and off the water… Long Beach, California! Long Beach is located inside the Los Angeles metropolitan area … Read more 9 Lovely Things to Do in Long Beach, CA