Hidden Gems in Southern California

Many tourists army to acclaimed destinations in Southern California like San Diego, Disneyland, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. These are all abundant places to visit, but if you’re searching for about altered that’s a bit off the radar, analysis out the afterward absurd destinations:

The Channell Islands

My bedmate and I accept lived in California a lot of our lives, but somehow absent these amazing islands that are classified as one of the U.S. National Parks. After seeing some beauteous photos on the Internet, we took a abbreviate baiter ride to Anacapa Island from Oxnard as allotment of a weekend ceremony trip.

If you adjudge to go, be able and accompany supplies. This cruise is for adventuresome humans in acceptable concrete shape. You will charge to ascend 157 stairs to the top of this asperous little island breadth there is no food, services, water, or bloom toilets. Now, I HATE outhouses, but I’m cogent you – the angle of the bouldered shoreline, massive cliffs, and asperous peaks were account it. You can calmly backpack about the rim of the island in just hours with Inspiration Point a admirable accolade for your efforts.

We visited in June if bursts of ablaze wildflowers covered the babyish island and bags of ambrosial babyish sea gulls were to be begin about every corner. Just beware of their careful mamas who will dive at your arch if you get too close.

We alternate a brace of years after and visited the beyond Santa Cruz Island for an agitative kayak bout of the celebrated sea caves. On the baiter ride there we saw a bang and two ample schools of dolphins. The amnion can be asperous at assertive points, but the caves were amazing. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Some humans accede these islands desolate, but if you accept an adventuresome spirit and adulation nature, the Channell Islands are advised the Galápagos of Arctic America.

The Huntington Botanical Gardens

This is yet accession beauteous abode that we bootless to appointment for decades. Amidst in Pasadena, the arresting acreage is home to added than a dozen amazing breadth advance beyond 120 acres. Hard to say which garden is the a lot of dazzling, but the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the California Garden are a few of my favorites.

We didn’t even get a adventitious to analysis out the art galleries. The Huntington Art Gallery, houses 18th- and 19th-century British paintings, sculptures, and adorning arts, and includes the acclaimed Blue Boy. And to my abashment as a writer, we did not appointment The Huntington Library itself, one of the better and a lot of complete analysis libraries in the United States.

Next time.

Ventura County Wine Trail

Napa may get all the absorption as wine country in California, but my bedmate and I enjoyed sipping our way through the littoral rolling hills abreast the bank boondocks of Ventura. We visited two of the about 20 wineries and tasting rooms.

You can book one of the abounding wine tours offered. However, we absitively to get a map and analyze on our own. Beginning in Ventura at the alliance of Highway 1 and Highway 101, we collection up Highway 33 against Ojai.

Surprises anticipate on this somewhat abandoned but absorbing alley – from the “USA’s Smallest Post Office” to the endure abode anyone saw James Dean alive. Our admired acquisition was Old Creek Winery which acquainted like abiding to a simpler abode and time breadth affable folk and dogs accustomed us. We enjoyed our purchased canteen of wine and a barbecue alfresco on tables adequate the Americana view.

By the way, both Ojai and Ventura are advantageous stops with absorbing inns, comfortable spas, and bed & breakfasts forth with a advanced arrangement of alfresco activities. In the summer time, the Ventura Anchorage Apple is a babel of action with festivals and reside music on the weekends.

Laguna Beach

This absorbing bank boondocks is amidst center amidst Los Angeles and San Diego. With over 20 altered amazing coves, this bank breadth offers aggregate from surfing, paddle-boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, and bang watching excursions.

Just beware, the cream can be asperous in places. As a teenager, I absitively to physique cream admitting the churning amnion and wiped out on a massive beachcomber (think Bank Boys’ song: Heheheheheheee clean oooout!). Actually, I accusation the Bank Boys for this absolute blow back they went and romanticized this accomplished surfer banty affair with songs I grew up on like Surfer Girl. SO their fault.

However, the backdrop can’t be beat. Add ultra-chic restaurants and shops and one-of-a-kind art galleries and you get the picture. There’s even a Babyish Boomer Club with Saturday Night dances. Every summer, they host the Laguna Woodstock breadth babyish boomers affair like its 1969.

Heisler Park is a acceptable abode to start, amidst just arctic of the capital beach, with an simple half-mile airing forth a paved aisle with amazing angle of the bank and the abatement complete of abolition waves. You can yield one of the paths to the beaches and course pools. Benches, barbecue tables, and barbecues abound breadth you can adore the arresting views. Hubby and I had a barbecue on one of the grass areas and it was perfect!

Treasure Island Park is accession abundant spot, amidst on the area of the best Montage Laguna Beach, breadth the absolutely affluent stay. Exquisitely landscaped, several anchor benches band the easy-to-walk ambagious path. Stairways and ramps advance you down to the beach, breadth you can airing through a admirable bedrock entrance during low tide, acquisition a atom in the bank for sunbathing, and a ample course pool. In addition, there is affluence of grass areas for a picnic. I’d advance bringing some wine and cheese to bolt a adventuresome sunset.

Big Bear Lake

I reside in the desert, so adjacent Big Bear is a abundant abundance escape with its attractive basin and aboriginal forests. Boating, fishing, and hiking are just some of the activities in this small, aloft village.

Last summer, my bedmate and I cycled about the lake, enjoyed a picnic, ambiguous down an aerial slide, collection go-karts with speeds up to 30 m.p.h., and took a ride on the amazing sky armchair for agitating views. After watching humans yield the armchair lifts to abundance bike down the trails, we put this on our agitation account for next time.

For the adventuresome at heart, parasailing and ziplining are aswell available.

El Matador Beach

Looking for a amazing bank with white sands, aerial cliffs, abolition waves, and broken bedrock formations in a semi-hidden location?

Look no added than El Matador, amidst arctic of Malibu off the ambagious Pacific Coast Highway. It’s simple to absence the small, amber assurance pointing against the babyish parking lot at the trail-head, so watch anxiously amidst Broad Bank and Decker Canyon Roads. Once you acquisition it, be able to backpack down a 150-foot barefaced with the advice of some abrupt stairs.

Not for babyish accouchement or those who are physically challenged, but if you can accomplish it down the accomplish you’ll be advised with amazing views. The locals apperceive about this bank and you may see some photo shoots demography abode – we did!

There is acquiescently little to do on this babyish but august amplitude of beach, so accompany a barbecue cafeteria or some wine and acquisition a hidden alcove to adore an abundantly adventuresome setting.

Redondo Beach

By now, you’ve apparently noticed that my bedmate and I are bank bums. We begin this bank on blow while searching for a adjacent abode to break the night afore aerial out of LAX the next morning.

The Redondo Berth is a battleground with across-the-board ocean angle and baptize activities that cover anchorage cruises, melancholia bang watching, kayaks, paddleboards, and pedal boats. Truth be known, we didn’t try any of these out, but we admired the angle from Tony’s on the Berth breadth we enjoyed Happy Hour!

The berth is aswell home to a 16-foot abundant white bluff affectionately accepted as Georgette, on affectation in a ample catchbasin at Bluff Attack on the Pier. If you accept grandchildren with you or are adolescent at heart, you may adore the semi-submersible chicken abysmal (darn, now I’ve got the Beatles song ashore in my head) for underwater examination of the bounded sea life.

Sure beats blockage at an airport auberge if you’re aerial to or from Los Angeles.

Catalina Island

This island is added acclaimed than some of my antecedent recommendations, but a affected favorite. My bedmate and I spent our amusement there 40 years ago and accept alternate several times. This is a small, bizarre island, with no stoplights or fast aliment restaurants. A archetypal cartage jam involves two golf carts and a bike congenital for two.

On our honeymoon, we acquiescently rode bikes about Avalon, went horseback riding, toured the acclaimed casino, and sunbathed on the babyish beach. We aswell took a bus to Two Harbors, the alone added apple on Catalina Island. Snorkeling, parasailing, fishing, bottle basal baiter rides, paddleboarding, Segway tours, golfing, and hiking are added accepted activities.

Decades later, we sailed our baiter to the island from Continued Bank – which angry out to be one agrarian ride. My bedmate and developed accouchement alternate afresh for our open-water dives to become scuba-certified amidst the acclaimed kelp forests amidst by the ablaze orange Garibaldi fish. Next time we visit, I wish to try the new zip-line that’s 600 anxiety aloft sea akin with one run that is 1,100 anxiety continued with speeds up to 30 m.p.h. Wheee!

As you can tell, Southern California has so abounding abundant places to visit, it’s absurd to account them all. But hopefully I’ve accustomed you some account to get you started!

– Rose Garden Care