Can you feel it? Toes in the sand, sun on your face, fog rolling in …

Best California Blog
California is a famously diverse state with plenty of people, places and things to see. Still the silly stereotypes won't quit (you know the ones). Some folks call this the "left coast" as a put-down, but the savvy among us consider it a term of endearment. The thing is, California clichés can be a little bit true. And if you ask me, that's where the fun is!


This California Blog

Welcome …

I'm cruisin' the California coast in a convertible, wearing cliché-colored sunglasses, for a lighthearted look at all things: Hippie Dippy, Indie Groovy, Veggie Yogi, Local Foodie, Artsy Fartsy, Eco Snooty, Beach Bummy, Surfer Dudie, Tree Huggy, Celebrity Crushy, Culture Quirky, Fruity Nutty, Trail Trekky, Day Trippy, Wine Tipsy, Bucket Listy. {more about...}

Wish You Were Here …

Love California like I do? Join me on a journey to map out the hella fun, awesome, gnarly, chill escapes — no hate — in the great Golden State.

Chill Escapes in the Golden State

Savvy in SoCal

In Southern California, you'll never find a shortage of amazing things to do. The question is, how do you choose? In the Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County areas, go for SoCal culture, fun in the sun, and getting out with friends and family. The Inland Empire and Desert areas also have their charms. {This}

SoCal Ticket Deals

Knott’s Berry Farm
Universal Studios
Legoland California
Aquarium of the Pacific
San Diego Zoo
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Circus Vargas

Savvy in NorCal

SF NorCal
In Northern California, including the San Francisco Bay Area, there are so many fun activities I feel like I'm always on vacation, even though I live here. You can explore the beauty of the Bay, geek out in Silicon Valley, relax in wine country, or get in the car and head to the NorCal coast or mountains, all in a day or so. {This}

NorCal Ticket Deals

Aquarium of the Bay
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco Bay Cruise
San Francisco Arts & Theater
California’s Great America
Beach Blanket Babylon
Museum Free Days & Discounts
San Francisco CityPASS

Day Trips & Night Life

From the cities of San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, we locals find no end of fun to drive to for a day or weekend. We do it all the time. We head out to the beaches, mountains, forests, deserts, whenever we want to rest, relax, reboot, recharge. Tell me your favorite golden state escapes and I'll tell you my top tips for day trips