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Desert Heat Escape: Hooray for Hollywood!

Desert Heat Escape: Hooray for Hollywood!

By | August 27, 2014 at 9:04 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil For most of us, driving to Los Angeles is a dismal thought, and certainly not on the top of the list when it comes to a relaxing get-a-way. But beyond the grueling traffic and layer of smog sits a treasure of California history. It is the glamourous...

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Desert Heat Escape: Cooling off in Big Bear

Desert Heat Escape: Cooling off in Big Bear

By | August 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil One of the great things about living in the desert is our close proximity to the beach and mountains. Within less than a couple of hours we can be beachside playing in the surf, or mountain high, enjoying sprawling forests and breath taking altitude. The...

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Desert Heat Escape: Extraordinary OC Shopping

Desert Heat Escape: Extraordinary OC Shopping

By | August 13, 2014 at 10:55 am | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil There’s shopping and then there is shopping in Orange County. The Southern California stereotype of racy expensive cars, high end shops and heavenly bodies are all OC staples. But you will find much more than the superficial while flexing your spending...

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Desert Heat Escape: Corona Del Mar

Desert Heat Escape: Corona Del Mar

By | August 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil Just south of Orange County’s most prestigious city of Newport Beach, sits the picturesque town of Corona Del Mar dear to my heart. It comfortably stretches along the Pacific Coast Hwy with royal confidence and over the bluffs of the ocean that...

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Desert Heat Escape: Partying on the Pen

Desert Heat Escape: Partying on the Pen

By | July 30, 2014 at 6:05 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil When the sun goes down in the OC the party scene lights up, especially in the Newport Beach neighborhood of the Balboa Peninsula, known to locals as the Pen. To party on the Pen is standard weekend procedure for OC locals, and for all of you desert...

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Desert Heat Escape: OC Fair Fun!

Desert Heat Escape: OC Fair Fun!

By | July 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil It is simple summer fun. Close your eyes and you can envision the sounds and smells of a typical seasonal Fair. The aroma of popcorn and corndogs and fried everything fill the air with piercing screams from exuberant passengers on bright neon rides....

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A Princess and a Queen

A Princess and a Queen

By | September 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil Although the calendar assures us that summer is on its way out, the desert temperatures beg to differ. A simple albeit temporary reprieve is to take a little jaunt out of town to a cooler climate. The mountains, the beach or perhaps a day on a ship would...

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Summer Getaways: A Girlfriends’ Getaway San Diego

Summer Getaways: A Girlfriends’ Getaway San Diego

By | August 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm | No comments

By Marissa Willman August is here, and if the triple-digit temps are putting a damper on spending quality time with your girls, it’s time to head out for a last-minute summer escape. Round up your best gal pals and set your sights on San Diego for this summer getaway for...

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Summer Getaways: Loreto, Mexico

Summer Getaways: Loreto, Mexico

By | July 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm | No comments

By Marissa Willman There’s a lot to love about Mexico’s resort towns: white-sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and endless tacos and tequilas, to name a few. But towns like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta come with a dark side: constant parties, spring breakers all year...

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Summer Getaways: Escape to Temecula’s Wine Country

Summer Getaways: Escape to Temecula’s Wine Country

By | June 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm | No comments

By Marissa Willman Tucked away in our backyard is a town “where the sun comes through the mist.” We know it better as Temecula, and the vino savvy know it best as Southern California’s premier wine country. With summer temperatures in the triple digits and cool...

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