In the late spring and summer, there’s a Lavender Festival in Southern California that will transport you to purple fields of fresh lavender. From May-August, the 123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn hosts a Lavender Festival to celebrate the beginning of lavender harvest season. I’d heard of this festival a few years back, […]

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    July 1, 2021 By inAra
  • Renaissance Esmeralda Resort Spa: A Desert Oasis

    It’s no secret that I am completely obsessed with Palm Springs. For years Palm Springs has been a California desert retreat, known for its modern and chic style. There have always been plenty of reasons to vacation in this Southern California haven: sunshine, spas, hiking, golf, art, and mid-century modern architecture.  When it comes to Palm Springs […]

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    June 19, 2021 By inAra
  • Where to See Stunning Spring Bloom in and around LA

    Spring is my favorite time of year in Southern California. Everything is blooming and it’s time to burst out those sandals and floral dresses and get ready to smell the flowers. My friends often tell me how much they want to see spring blooms but they always plan it too late. Every year is different and […]

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    April 24, 2021 By inAra
  • Carlsbad: The Perfect Spring Vacation Destination

    Winter is just ending and spring is now beginning. Many families look forward to visit the Flowers Field located in Carlsbad California just North of San Diego City during spring time. Every year from March 1st to May 13th, 50 acres on the west side of Carlsbad come alive with the beauty of thousands of […]

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    April 13, 2021 By inAra
  • Death Valley Photo Spots

    I had been wanting to visit Death Valley for a long time, and this year I seized the chance to visit this unique national park (only 2 hours from Las Vegas) on my Nevada roadtrip. You might think that Death Valley is dull and boring (by the name of it); nope, Death Valley National Park […]

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    November 13, 2020 By inAra

    Having experienced fall in all its glory in Maine 3 years ago, I was not expecting to be much impressed by fall colors in Eastern Sierra. But a week spent driving up California 395 from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes in the fall changed my mind in a hurry. Majestic mountains, meandering rivers, gorgeous lakes […]

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    October 30, 2020 By inAra
  • California Campervan Road Trip: Cruising Up Highway 395 from LA to Lake Tahoe

    You’ve heard of Route 66. You know about Highway 1. But what about Highway 395? Highway 395 is our family’s favorite roadtrip in California. It is the road that parallels the Eastern Sierra’s and provides access to some of the best hiking, lakes, and hot springs. And the fact that this area is not as well […]

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    August 27, 2020 By inAra
  • Wylder Hope Valley Resort:Explore California’s Glamping Scene

    There’s just something about camping that always feels nostalgic to most people. It’s outdoors in nature and it’s refreshing. Nowadays you don’t have to “rough it” to experience the great outdoors. Times have changed, and camping has undergone a makeover – the glory of glamping! If you’re unfamiliar with the term, glamping is exactly what […]

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    August 24, 2020 By inAra
  • The Cassara Carlsbad Review

    Located centrally between San Diego and Los Angeles, the recently unveiled Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is conveniently close to some of Southern California’s top attractions such as Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and Disneyland. This family-friendly/dog-friendly property is overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the seasonal Carlsbad Flower Fields. We recently stayed 2 […]

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    August 1, 2020 By inAra
  • Classic California Campervan Road Trip Itinerary: Cruising PCH from Los Angeles To Carmel

    California is considered a campervan paradise for good reasons. The coastal drive from Los Angeles to Carmel is undeniably scenic, boasting waterfalls, beaches, and sand dunes. Big Sur to me was such a mysterious place because after living in LA for many years, I never had a chance to explore this area. I had only ever been […]

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    June 21, 2020 By inAra
  • Review of C-House: Joshua Tree Airbnb

    One of the country’s trendiest travel destinations right now is Joshua Tree, California. Everyone from celebrities to stylish Instagrammers are flocking here to unplug and regain a bit of balance and perspective. Joshua Tree is also a mecca for mid-century modern architecture and desert-infused design elements. Artists, architects, and the design-enthusiasts are creating an array of […]

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    May 13, 2020 By inAra