Category: California

Welcome to my neighborhood! As a Los Angeles native who has lived in San Diego for the past ten years, my knowledge of Southern California is extensive, so I thought I would share with you! If you’re visiting my part of the world, I hope you’ll find this information useful.

Day trips to Mexico from San Diego 

Day and weekend trips to Mexico are a time honored tradition for San Diegans. We love going South of the border to shop, eat, explore, and have wonderful beach weekend trips. Rosarito and Ensenada are especially popular with the surfing community.

If you’re going to be in the area, you might want to add a little excitement to your trip with a side-trip to Mexico. You can go to Ensenada for the weekend if you want to spend some time really relaxing and getting to know the place, but if you only have one day, it’s still definitely worthwhile to head down to Mexico.

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Planning a Perfect LA Vacation

I’m excited to announce a contribution from freelance writer and mother of two, Jenny Holt. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about planning your perfect LA vacation. I hope you enjoy her article!

Attention, Vegetarians: Try These North County San Diego Restaurants! (Also GF info)

That being said, I can’t write about all the amazing places to eat my state has to offer in one sitting…that would be a LOT of writing! So, I wanted to narrow it down to my home of Coastal North County San Diego. We’re talking Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and the surrounding areas. We get a lot of tourists here, particularly in the summer. If you’re going to be visiting and either need to eat a plant-based diet or just want to try out something new, why not check out one of these vegetarian (and awesome) places?

Don’t call it Cali (and other ways to peg yourself as a tourist in Southern California)

When a lot of us travel, we like to blend in to our surroundings and not walk around with a big sign over our heads that says, “Hey! I’m a tourist!”

I get it. I do the same thing when I travel. That’s why I wanted to write this little piece about what not to do if you want to blend in while on holiday in the Golden State. This piece is all in good fun, of course. The truth is, we’ve an incredibly diverse state with people from all over the U.S. and indeed all over the world living and working here. Still, there are a few things we born and bred Californians say and do that brands us as locals. Want to do as the locals do? Follow this guide. If not, that’s cool too. Honestly, it doesn’t matter too much and we’ll accept you either way.

Interesting Imperial County Attractions

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the region, Imperial County is directly inland from San Diego county and stretches from the San Diego County border to the Arizona border. It’s a pretty big place, but if you find yourself in the area, there are definitely some fun and quirky things to be discovered. Some of these attractions are even worth the road trip all by themselves!

Interesting San Diego Attractions

If you’re planning on visiting San Diego, there is a lot for you to see and do. From the San Diego Zoo to the fabulous beaches, dining scene, and hiking trails, you won’t be bored while you’re here. But if you’re like me and you enjoy seeing some of the quirkier, unique attractions the area has to offer, you may be interested in this list. 

Life in California: Perceptions vs. Reality

I get a lot of different reactions from people when I tell them I’m from California. It’s interesting, because no matter where you go in the world, people seem to have an opinion about what California and Californians are like. Some people assume I’m rubbing elbows with movie stars and living the glamorous, “Hollywood” lifestyle. Others assume I must be some kind of a surf bum who smokes weed all the time and talks like a valley girl. Yet others still assume I must be snobby, or rich, or even a crunchy granola hippie. I’ve heard it all.