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A Local’s Guide to 4th Street Long Beach

Featuring an area known as Retro Row for its eclectic mix of vintage clothing and antique stores, old-school record and barber shops, and all manner of independent businesses, many of them housed in Art Deco buildings, 4th Street Long Beach is the city’s cultural heart and soul, and one of the best places to spend a day or weekend during a trip to Los Angeles. It’s classic California with a modern edge. Below is a local’s guide to 4th Street Long Beach, including Retro Row and beyond.

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April 24, 2015 by
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San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly, California, California Universities

Day Trip to San Luis Obispo

Roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo is a sunny agricultural town most well known for its Spanish mission, the Madonna Inn and the Cal Poly university campus. Rent a car for the scenic three-hour coastal drive, or hop on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner for a day trip to San Luis […]

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April 10, 2015 by
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Anaheim for Sports Lovers

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Home to two major league baseball teams, NBA basketball stars, a hockey team, college football and basketball, and even an arena football group owned by the rock band Kiss, Los Angeles is a sports city, and Anaheim might be its epicenter. An Anaheim for sports lovers trip will definitely include a baseball game at Angel […]

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March 13, 2015 by
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Exploring the Santa Barbara Funk Zone

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It may sound gimmicky, but there’s some truth in the name of Santa Barbara’s edgy food, art and wine enclave known as the “Funk Zone.” As big brands like Juicy Couture and Michael Stars were opening on the town’s main terracotta-lined artery, State Street, artists fled to a three-block radius around Highway 101 known mainly […]

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February 16, 2015 by
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10 Years of Palm Springs Modernism Week

The Vintage Travel Trailer Show is a favorite event of Palm Springs Modernism Week. Photo courtesy of M Contos/ Flickr.

Modernism Week is back in Palm Springs, but this year (Feb. 12-22, 2015) marks the event’s 10th anniversary, which means even more festivities than usual. More than 100 events, in fact, range from tours of classic homes to lectures on architecture and design to a slew of after-parties, many of which are held at some […]

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February 3, 2015 by
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Where to Stay in L.A.

A stay at Terranea Resort, a spectacular oceanfront spot off the coast of Los Angeles, is just as much about experiencing adventure as it is about relaxing in luxury.

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January 30, 2015 by
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Los Angeles Neighbors Worth Knowing

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One could argue LA’s star power is what puts it on most must-visit lists. Then there’s the list of iconic beaches. The city of Los Angeles has had a leading role throughout Southern California’s glamorous history, but the county of Los Angeles is a big place and getting to know its lesser known neighbors can have rewards.

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December 10, 2014 by
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Christmas in Los Angeles

Christmas at the Grove

While Los Angeles is known for being the city of angels and for its near-incessant sunshine, come Christmastime, this large metropolitan city definitely gets into the spirit of things. While you might be visiting and expecting nothing by palm trees and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, forget the pool parties and get out and see the town that now rivals New York for merry Christmas events. Great for families and singles alike, there’s something for everyone when it’s Christmas in Los Angeles.

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December 5, 2014 by
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Exploring the Historic Theatre District of Santa Barbara

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In December 1922, local newspapers announced that the small coastal town of Santa Barbara would soon be graced by its first “skyscraper.” The California Theater Company had purchased property in the 1200 block of State Street with the intention of constructing an eight-story, multi-use building, designed with the performing arts in mind.

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November 7, 2014 by
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Tour Los Feliz – LA’s Upcoming Neighborhood

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Many say that anything that touches LA is equivalent to LA, meaning that there are no distinct neighborhoods – that one part of LA is as indistinct as the next. That’s something of a myopic bird’s eye view, if there can be such a thing, because LA is not merely a mass of concrete and parkways, but is actually a never-ending series of interconnected neighborhoods, each with their own subtle charms, highpoints and lowpoints. What makes the discerning traveler savvy, is his or her ability to optimize their time in the upcoming neighborhoods of the town their visiting. Enter Los Feliz – LA’s upcoming neighborhood hotspot. You might not find it on any tour of LA, but it’s without a doubt one of the coolest upcoming ‘hoods in the City of Angels.

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October 31, 2014 by
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