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Retro Road Trip: Route 66

Route66_Seligman_Motelcrop_Traffic411True to the song, Route 66 enthusiasts can get plenty of kicks in Seligman, Arizona. The main drag of this small town is a blast to the past of the days when Americans loaded the family in the Oldsmobile or Chevrolet to see the U.S.A.

When Interstate 40 was built, the once thriving small towns along Route 66 crumbled. But, as I learned by stopping into a gift shop on a trip home from Sedona, one Seligman native decided to change his destiny. Workers in Angel & Vilma Delgadillo’s store proudly told me how their boss urged Arizona lawmakers to preserve Route 66 as a historic highway.  I also learned that many of the Route 66-themed souvenirs and memorabilia sold in the store were made by local residents. Read more about Angel’s story here.

Route 66: Seligman Arizona

True to the song, Route 66 enthusiasts can get plenty of kicks in Seligman, Arizona. The main drag of this small town is a blast to the past of the days when Americans loaded the family in the Oldsmobile or Chevrolet to see the U.S.A.

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It was great to see a few tour buses parked along Main Street, as visitors shopped and got themselves a snack or burger.  If you happen to be passing through Seligman on your drive through Arizona, be sure to pull off the freeway to take in this blast to the past, cute as can be desert town.

Traffic411 Insider Tip:  Visit Seligman at night to fill up your gas tank and take in the bright vintage neon signs for many Route 66-themed roadside motels

Distance from LAX: 408 miles

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Jalama Beach: Off the Beaten Path

Jalama Beach in Lompoc is one of Southern California's hidden gems. Miles of uncrowded pristine coastline. (photo by Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Jalama Beach in Lompoc is one of Southern California’s hidden gems. Miles of uncrowded pristine coastline. (photo by Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Nestled in a cove at the southern end of Vandenberg Air Force Base, just above Point Conception, is a gem of a beach and camping site, Jalama Beach!

My boyfriend and I visited Jalama (pronounced ‘huh-LAH-muh’) in an effort to beat a recent early Fall heatwave scorching Southern California. While it was close to 100 degrees in Santa Barbara (seriously!) Jalama Beach was a relatively cooler 81 degrees and, with the breeze and the surf, the weather was perfect.

Feeling ambitious? You can walk to Point Conception from Jalama Beach at low tide (photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Feeling ambitious? You can walk to Point Conception from Jalama Beach at low tide (photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

We walked along the shore toward Point Conception for about an hour. The sand is fine and beachcombers can find plenty of treasures, shells and sea rocks tumbled smooth and pristine. Surfers were catching some nice sized waves while a few sun worshippers and families with small children lounged on the beach.

If you’re ambitious, at low tide you can walk all the way to Point Conception. The beach is not crowded at all, so it would be a peaceful stroll.

Getting to Jalama Beach takes some effort (for details click here).  It’s located off Highway 1 near Lompoc, and a 14 mile drive along a single lane winding road. When we turned off of Highway 1 there was a sign that said the parking lot was full.  Since it was early afternoon, we took our chances and got a space ($10 admission to the campground). But beware, there is no parking allowed outside of the park, and fines are steep for violators.

Jalama Beach, Lompoc: Off the Beaten Path

Nestled in a cove between Point Conception and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Jalama Beach is a hidden gem of California's Central Coast (photos by Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

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Jalama Beach Campground (Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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The winding road makes Jalama Beach a great destination for bikers.  It’s the favorite motorcycle run of one of my former colleagues.

Jalama Beach offers overnight camping and there are cabins to rent (probaby with a long waiting list).  The only place nearby to eat is at the store on the campground, which seemed to be serving up plenty of Jalama Burgers when we were there.

I’m not big on camping, but Jalama Beach is one place where I wouldn’t mind roughing it, at least for one night 🙂

Traffic411 Insider’s Tip:  Day trippers – arrive early morning or afternoon  in order to get a parking spot.  The only legal parking is inside the park.

Distance from LAX:  159 miles (63 miles from Santa Barbara)

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Get High on New Las Vegas Ride

Now anyone can be a high roller in Las Vegas. Just hop aboard Sin City’s newest tourist attraction, the High Roller.  The High Roller is the world’s tallest observation wheel (550 feet tall). It  opened this Spring (2014) near the Flamingo Hilton, just off the famous Las Vegas Strip.

High Roller - Las Vegas

Get High on Las Vegas' newest attraction, The High Roller. It's the largest observation wheel in the world!

The High Roller offers the highest views in the city and is taller than similar sky rides including the London Eye and Singapore Flyer.  Riders are treated to a party like atmosphere starting with the friendly staff members who welcome you on board.   Trance-like party music is pumped into the pod, with a friendly announcer pointing out points of interest along the 30 minute experience. A computer screen shows your progress as you circle the wheel.

An in-pod monitor shows your progress as you circle the High Roller's giant wheel (Photo George Bundy/Traffic411)

An in-pod monitor shows your progress as you circle the High Roller’s giant wheel (Photo George Bundy/Traffic411)

I rode the High Roller the week it opened with a group of friends in town for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention.  Not everyone in my group was sold on riding the giant wheel but, when we got to The LINQ (perhaps it was seeing the foot of the ginormous post holding the High Roller in the ground), a sense of excitement prevailed. We were ready to ride! The pod is fully enclosed and very sturdy, so it felt very safe. Someone with a fear of heights might feel queasy, but there is little chance that a rider will tumble out of the wheel since there are no open windows.

Looks are deceiving. Each ‘pod’ holds up to 40 riders who mostly stand up during the 30 minute experience, taking pictures or taking in the stunning views (thankfully, there were only 15 passengers when I rode during its debut week, making it very comfortable to move around the cabin). I heard that Caesar’s Entertainment, who owns the High Roller, plans to rent out pods privately for weddings, parties and special events.

TheHigh Roller in Las Vegas is the world's tallest observation wheel, located on The LINQ, a new entertainment & dining arcade. (Photo Peggy Miles/Traffic411)

The High Roller in Las Vegas is the world’s tallest observation wheel, located on The LINQ, a new entertainment & dining arcade. (Photo Peggy Miles/Traffic411)

The High Roller is located at The LINQ, a new outdoor dining & entertainment arcade that features restaurants including the Yard House and Sprinkles Cupcakes, so even if you don’t think you want to ride The High Roller, there is still plenty to see and do at this new Las Vegas attraction.

Traffic411 Insider Tip:  Ticket prices vary (day vs night, wait in line vs express pass). There may not be a line, so you won’t have to pay extra for an express pass to bypass the line if no one is waiting.

Distance from LAX: 281 miles

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Mission Inn Riverside: Land of 4 Million Lights

The annual "Festival of Lights" at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside is a holiday tradition for many people. The inn is decked with more than 4 million colorful lights!

The annual “Festival of Lights” at the Mission Inn in Riverside is a holiday tradition. The historic inn is decked with more than 4 million colorful lights!

Looking for a fun & festive place to bring the family over the holidays? Visit the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in downtown Riverside. This time of year the historic inn, which resembles a Medieval castle, is decked out with an array of holiday displays illuminated with more than four million colorful lights!

The annual Festival of Lights is a holiday tradition for many families, who come from all across Southern California to ooh-and-ah at all of the colorful lights and beautiful decorations. A tall Christmas tree lights up the wood-paneled lobby not far from wall portraits of several US presidents, all visitors to the historic Mission Inn over the years.

Outside, the gardens at this national historic landmark feature an array of holiday displays, showing elves at work, or children from around the world celebrating the holidays. Santa Claus is on site, happily taking toy orders for kids of all ages.

Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Riverside

The annual Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in Riverside is a holiday tradition. The historic inn is decked with more than 4 million colorful lights! (Photos Traffic411)

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Festive bears welcome visitors to the historic Mission Inn in Riverside during the 21st Annual Festival of Lights. (Photo Traffic411)
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Portraits of several US presidents who have visited the Mission Inn adorn the wood paneled walls in the lobby. (Photo Traffic411)
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This elf gets ready to shoot a cannonball at visitors in the garden of the Mission Inn in Riverside. There is something magical about these little dolls, they seem almost real! (Photo Traffic411)
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The historic Mission Inn in Riverside's Festival of Lights is a holiday tradition for many families. (Photo Traffic411)
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View of the courtyard at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, which opened in 1876 as a two story adobe guest house. (Photo Traffic411)

The colorful lights are most spectacular at night, but there is a lot to see in the daytime. I visited for their decadently delicious (and apparently famous) Sunday champagne brunch, and the inn was crowded with lookie-loos, but not nearly as crowded as it is at night. The 21st Annual Festival of Lights continues through January 5, 2014.

Traffic411 Insider’s Tip:  Take Amtrak or Metrolink to the Riverside-Downtown station. The Mission Inn is about a half mile (15 minute walk) away. Or, valet parking is available at the Inn, starting at $10.

Distance from LAX: 69 miles


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Labor Day: 5 free (or low-cost) So Cal Staycations

Palisades Park Santa Monica is a popular spot for a walk, workout or picnic.

Staying in town over the Labor Day Weekend? There are plenty of fun places to explore across Southern California, without spending much money. And, with gas prices at their lowest levels in months, why not hit the road? Here are five free (or nearly free) So Cal day-cations.

Palisades Park: Santa Monica

Palisades Park stretches several blocks across a bluff overlooking the Santa Monica shoreline and Pacific Coast Highway.  Stroll along the tree-lined pathway from San Vicente to the Santa Monica Pier or Third Street Promenade as you take in the gorgeous views. Pack a picnic, or choose from a variety of restaurants to enjoy a meal. The famous Santa Monica Pier is an easy walk from Palisades Park, and admission is free to the pier amusement park.  Tourists from around the world visit Santa Monica and the Malibu coast, so it’s definitely worth the drive across town.

Related: Parking in Santa Monica

Malibu, CA

California's Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) between Oxnard and Santa Monica offer is one of the most beautiful drives in the USA. The New York Times calls this drive through Malibu one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the USA! Here are some photos I took along the way. Story to follow soon, in case you want to try this 30 mile coastline drive yourself. I highly recommend it!

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Point Dume offers a hiking trail down a hill to a beautiful secluded beach.
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How's this for a camping spot?!? Thornhill Broome Beach State Park is an ideal place to cool off in the summer. Bring your camper, motorhome or fifth wheel and you're all set!
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This stretch of California coastline is among the most beautiful in the state. Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) is also a great alternative to the 101 freeway when traveling between Ventura County and Los Angeles.
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Malibu Coast

Pacific Coast Highway will likely be very busy over the holiday weekend, but if you’re patient and feel like a scenic road trip, the PCH drive through Malibu (Santa Monica to Oxnard) offers some of the most stunning views of the California Coast. North of Point Dume, to Ventura County, the coast is undeveloped. You might even recognize the view since it’s a popular location for new car commercials.

A cascading fountain greets visitors at the entrance of Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks, CA

A cascading fountain greets visitors at the entrance of Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks, CA

Gardens of the World

Soak up botanical beauty at this best-kept Conejo Valley secret, located across the street from the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center.  Admission is free to Gardens of the World, a stroll through the grounds will take you on a tour of lush landscapes from around the world.

Balboa Island, Orange County

Balboa Peninsula and the Fun Zone arcade are a quick ferry ride away from Balboa Island.

A stroll on Balboa Island will have you feeling like you’re in New England. The quaint streets and bayfront homes are surrounded by water, which will help to keep you cool.  Parking is tight on the island, especially on a holiday weekend. You might want to park in Newport Beach, and walk  across the small bridge that leads to Balboa Island.

Hollywood Bowl

It’s a Los Angeles landmark, but a lot of locals have never been to The Hollywood Bowl.  Movie music takes center stage this weekend, with a concert by John Williams ( Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Arc) and a tribute to the Henry Mancini and director Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) fans will enjoy the tribute to Henry Mancini and director Peter Sellers.

I recently attended a Hollywood  Bowl show at the last minute and was surprised to get a ticket for well under $20. You don’t need the best seats in the house to enjoy the experience. This weekend, tickets start at just $15, and you can avoid online ticketing fees when you buy tickets on site at the box office, just call ahead to make sure it’s not close to a sell out.

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Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara

Tajiguas, looking toward Refugio State Beach, along Santa Barbara’s Gaviota Coast (Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411 Photo)

Here’s a gem of a drive, only 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara. The Gaviota Coast offers beautiful beaches, breathtaking views, great surfing spots, and what might just be the most beautiful coastal campgrounds in California.

Santa Barbara photographer Ken Pfeiffer describes some of the fun things to see and do along this gorgeous stretch of  Central California coastline:

Santa Barbara and Gaviota  State Park are about 30 miles apart. Toward the middle is Refugio State Beach.  One mile to the right of Refugio is El Capitan State Beach.  One mile to the left of Refugio is one of my favorite beaches, TajiguasThen another mile left is Arroyo Quemada, a cool funky little community right on the beach, and then another mile to the left is Arroyo Hondo nature preserve. Just to the left of Gaviota is (the private community of ) Hollister Ranch, but the road is not on the map. The beach is REALLY cool between Isla Vista and Gaviota. 

Watching waves at Tajiguas beach on Santa Barbara’s Gaviota Coast (Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411 Photo)

Radio personality Melody Morgan is a huge fan of the campgrounds at El Capitan State Beach.  “My favorite place on the planet! Just north of Santa Barbara on a bluff overlooking the ocean. You walk down a wooden staircase to the beach. Beatuful views plus lots of trees for shade, nice facilities (showers, wood for sale). Book early, it sells out fast.”

Related: Wine Lovers – Santa Ynez Valley

“The Gaviota Coast has recently been threatened by development,” said Pfeiffer. “The more the public is aware of this precious gem the more likely it will continue to be protected as a natural resource we can all enjoy together.”  Read more on the efforts to protect this gorgeous stretch of California coastline.

Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara

Located just north of Santa Barbara, California's Gaviota Coast might offers beautiful beaches, breathtaking views, great surfing spots, and what might be the most beautiful coastal campgrounds in California. (Photos by Ken Pfeiffer for Traffic411)

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Tajiguas Beach, Santa Barbara County, CA (Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Tajiguas Beach, Santa Barbara County, CA (Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Tajiguas Beach, Santa Barbara County, CA (Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Tajiguas Beach, Santa Barbara County, CA (Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Snail on Tajiguas Beach, Santa Barbara's Gaviota Coast (Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Tajiguas Beach, Santa Barbara County, CA (Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Tajiguas Beach, Santa Barbara County, CA (Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Tajiguas Beach, looking toward Refugio State Beach. Santa Barbara County, CA (Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Santa Barbara photographer Ken Pfeiffer.
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Other nearby sites to see include Lake Cachuma and the Danish themed city of Solvang.

For more information on exploring the Central California coast, from Santa Barbara to Big Sur and places in between, take a look at this from the Los Angeles Times.

Traffic411 Insider Tip: Do a day trip from Santa Barbara, or take Highway 101 on your next drive to Northern California to enjoy this breathtaking scenery.

Distance from LAX: 121 miles


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Scottsdale: a desert lover’s dream

The Camelback Inn offers a luxury spa, golf and dining experience. Plus, it's an easy ten minute drive from Scottsdale shops and restaurants.

If you like it hot, you’ll love the deals you can find this time of year in Scottsdale, Arizona. You can live it up at a spa and stay at a luxury resort for a fraction of what you would pay during peak season. A suburb of Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale’s prime time is Thanksgiving to Mother’s Day. I was there the week before Memorial Day and the weather was wonderful, with daytime highs in the 90s.

I stayed at the the Camelback Inn (A JW Marriott property). This property is a Scottsdale mainstay, it’s beautiful and very comfortable.  Our room had French doors which opened to a shady patio with a view of Camelback Mountain.  Birds and bunnies abound (no doubt loving the paradise). We drove from So Cal (an easy six hour drive), and were able to park the car near our room.

Enjoy a refreshing beverage in a cabana while you listen to a band. The live music starts at 6pm.

There is plenty to do without leaving the property and if you want to explore, the restaurants and shops of Scottsdale are an easy five minute drive away. We spent a day at the spa, dining on their healthy cuisine and indulging in a relaxing massage (I recommend their signature massage). Take a one hour power walk in the adjacent neighborhood, stop by the spa for a map.

Jackrabbit Pool at the Camelback Inn is a relaxing oasis in the gorgeous desert. Umbrellas offer shade for those who want to enjoy the dry heat without direct sun.

The Camelback Inn’s two restaurants (Rita’s Kitchen and BLT) offer happy hours, so take advantage of tasty tacos, burgers or salads at bargain prices. The breakfast buffet is also delicious. I’m not normally a buffet person but this one offers quality foods over quantity.  Chef Julian will make your egg dish to order, there’s plenty of fresh fruit, and the artisan breads with jams and honey are fabulous.

Early birds will get the most out of a visit to Scottsdale in the off season. When you wake up with the sun you can take advantage of the pristine desert ahead of the triple digit temperatures. Hikers can climb Camelback Mountain, which is an intermediate hike with a steep climb. Still, it’s worthwhile even if you don’t make it to the top of the mountain.

Golfers also love the Camelback Inn. Besides the golf course (which might be under construction this summer) there’s a pitch and putt  and putting green.

The motto at the Camelback Inn was once “Where Time Stands Still.” This was true for me during my visit. If you have the opportunity to experience the Camelback Inn, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Getting there: Fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, an inexpensive one hour flight from So Cal airports. Or, drive,  it’s an easy six hour drive from the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

Distance from LAX: 398 miles

Traffic411 Insider Tip: Take a day trip to Cave Creek or Carefree, 20 minutes north of Scottsdale. It’s at least ten degrees cooler and offers beautiful views of the Sonoran desert.

Take a short day trip to Cave Creek or Carefree to enjoy the luscious Sonoran desert and (slightly) cooler temperatures.

Your golf cart awaits at the private Boulders Resort in Cave Creek.

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Los Angeles Filming Locations

The Hollywood sign has been featured in countless movies and TV shows.

The Hollywood sign has been featured in countless movies and TV shows.

Sites around the greater Los Angeles area have been the backdrop for countless movies and TV shows. From the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu, to the rolling hills of the West San Fernando and Conejo Valleys, location scouts in years past didn’t have to go far to find the ideal place for filming.

Malibu’s Paradise Cove beach was almost as  big a star as Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon in Beach Blanket Bingo and other ’60s surf movies.  Harry Medved, author of  several books on Hollywood history, says these same beaches were also used to portray Polynesian and Mexican shores.

About 20 miles inland from Malibu, over the rolling hills of Kanan Road, Medved says The Agoura Ranch in Oak Park was the site of several westerns and other films.

Pacific Park in Santa Monica is one of the few pier-based amusement parks. It's also a location of TV shows and movies.

Pacific Park in Santa Monica is one of the few pier-based amusement parks. It's also a location of TV shows and movies.

A lot of actors called the West San Fernando Valley area home, according to Medved.  The sprawling hills and blue skies were a peaceful alternative to living in the city, yet not to far away from the Hollywood studios.  As I child growing up in the Conejo Valley, it wasn’t unusual to see celebrities from time to time.  I recall my mother pointing out the actor who portrayed Marcus Welby M.D (Robert Young) reading a book on the grass at a Westlake Village strip mall.

The original Bat Cave from the Batman TV series is located in the hills near LA's Griffith Park.

The original Bat Cave from the Batman TV series is located in the hills near LA's Griffith Park.

Click here to listen as Harry Medved shares stories of location filming in the West San Fernando Valley and Oak Park area with my colleague and buddy Pete Demetriou of KNX Radio, for KNX On Your Corner.

 

For more on the history on filming in the greater Los Angeles area, check out Harry Medved’s books Location Filming in Los Angeles and Oak Park.

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Bunny Museum: Hop on Over!

Candace Frazee of The Bunny Museum holds her most popular bunny, Elvis Parsley. The museum is home to thousands of bunny-themed items and open to visitors 365 days a year.

Candace Frazee holds her most popular bunny, Elvis Parsley. The Bunny Museum, home to thousands of bunny-themed items, is open 365 days a year. (Photo/CBS)

Celebrate Easter week at the place that celebrates the Easter Bunny and all of his kin all year long. The Bunny Museum in Pasadena the home of all things bunny, thousands of them! From stuffed animal bunnies of all sizes, to bunny art, bunny memorabilia, bunny remnants from Rose Parades past and even an ‘Elvis Parsley’ bunny.

The Bunny Museum is housed inside the home of Candace Frazee & Steve Lubanski. The couple’s devotion of all things bunny blossomed early in their romance, when Candace referred to Steve as ‘her honey bunny.’

The Bunny Museum is open on  Easter and every other holiday, and most other days of the year by reservation. A $5 donation is suggested, a bag or bunch of veggies for the living bunnies is also appreciated. (get the FAQs)

Visiting The Bunny Museum is a one of a kind experience, which has drawn bunny aficionados from all over the world.  Here it is in our own back yard, why not Hop on Over?

I covered The Bunny Museum for CBS Radio – click here to listen to my story.

Distance from LAX: 34 miles

Traffic411 Insider Tip: Bring your camera, plan to stay from 20 minutes to an hour, depending upon your level of interest in bunnies


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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

The McGrath Irish farming family is grand marshal of the 2013 Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The McGrath Irish farming family is grand marshal of the 2013 Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade.

You can enjoy plenty of fresh air, sunshine and pretty green  hillsides when you hit the road across So Cal this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. There are plenty of things to see and do as you celebrate all things Irish.

The Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls down Main Street Saturday morning at 10 AM. Afterwards, you won’t have to go far to enjoy an Irish Coffee or corned beef & cabbage feast, Dargan’s Irish pub is right on Main Street. (from L.A. take the 101 North to California Street).

South Bay Los Angeles is also hosting a parade: Saturday at 11AM the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade  goes from City Hall and down Pier Avenue.  There will be three stages with entertainment to enjoy all things Irish by the Sea. Hennessey’s Tavern on The Strand is at the epicenter of the festivities.

Feel the Luck of the Irish all weekend in Santa Monica with live music at  O’Brien’s Irish pub on Main Street.  A few miles away, Brennan’s in Marina del Rey you can toast to their famous turtle races.
Sunday night, the L.A. Philharmonic is hosting the traditional Irish group The Chieftans at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
San Francisco may be the birthplace of Irish Coffee. But, the best Irish Coffee in Southern California may just be at Tom Bergin’s Tavern on Fairfax in mid city L.A.

In Orange County, check out Durty Nelly’s, Haven Gastropub, or Muldoon’s in Fashion Island. All popular spots to wear your Green.

If you’ll be celebrating with some green beer or Irish Whiskey, be sure to bring your designated driver!

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