Southern California may be stereotyped for as a culture of surfers and slackers, movie stars and malls, but just two hours north of Los Angeles Stetsons and steel guitars are the norm at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield.
Did you know that if you venture a little further afield than the grocery store parking lot, you can fell your own Christmas tree? It's a fun family adventure: everyone gets to feel outdoorsy and strong.
They're probably not the first things you think about when you're packing for a trip, but if you're staying in a vacation rental and planning to do a lot of cooking, having the right kitchen gear can make or break your stay.
While many of us associate ATVs with freewheeling good ol' boys wreaking havoc on the natural environment, they're actually incredibly useful to farmers and ranchers too. And those same farmers might let you take a whirl.
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium was designed by Frank Gehry and is located in San Pedro's charming Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park, which is also home to a kids' play area, beaches, tide pools, a native garden and a saltwater marsh.
When heading north on the 101 to escape Los Angeles, it's all too easy to bypass Ventura and head straight for Santa Barbara. But by doing so, we miss out on all the mellow charm this down-to-earth beach city has to offer.
In the foothill community of Altadena, Gloria Putnam and Stephen Rudicel have taken the urban farming concept further than most with Mariposa Creamery, the goat farm and dairy they run on the grounds of the old Zane Grey estate.
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