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.

On Appreciating San Diego

I’m going to toot my own horn for a moment…

I live in an awesome city.
Sometimes I don’t really appreciate it as much as I should, because I get caught up in work and traffic and bills and cleaning the apartment and making sure I’ve bought enough eggs to last through the week, but when I do stop and take the time to look around me, I have to say, San Diego is pretty amazing. 

I haven’t always lived in San Diego. I’m an L.A. transplant who, like so many before and after me, gave up the glitz and glamour urban sprawl and crush of humanity for a mellower, more pleasant, more quintessentially “California” experience. 

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Artistic Inspiration: Elizabeth Marie’s Delightful Sketches

Every now and then, I like to highlight an artist who stokes my love of travel and inspires me to get out there and see a little bit more of the world. Today I wanted to let you know about an artist I discovered on Instagram. Her name is Elizabeth Marie and she does some absolutely beautiful sketches. Based in San Francisco, her work mainly consists of scenes from around her beautiful, iconic city. However, she also has sketches of other areas of the world as well, inspired by her own travels. 

I could go on and on, but I’ll let her work speak for itself…

Spend an Epic Day in La Jolla, California!

If you’re going to be visiting San Diego, California, chances are that one point or another you’re going to end up in La Jolla. It’s known all over for being a beautiful place with awesome things to see and do, so it’s no wonder tourists and locals alike flock to the little beach community of La Jolla whenever the sun is out (and…this is San Diego, so the sun is usually out). If you’re planning on visiting the area and would like to check this awesome town out, you might be wondering just what to do when you get there. I have a few suggestions…

Ojai? Oh, hi!

If you haven’t yet heard of the little town of Ojai, California, you’re in for a treat. Located not too far North of Los Angeles, So Cal people in the know have long been retreating to this chill little hippie paradise, but I hadn’t yet had the chance to visit and had been really wanting to.

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.

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!