Summer Fun | Island Palms Hotel and Marina | San Diego, California

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Beautiful scenery, unparalleled dining, and fast-paced nightlife make San Diego a good choice for a romantic getaway. Here are our picks for what to enjoy with your special someone in America’s Finest City.

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Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina

With multiple pools, tennis courts, complimentary bike rentals, massage services, and a private marina, the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina has everything you need for a fantastic summer vacation in San Diego. Island Palms is located right along the coast of Shelter Island, which means you’re just steps away from a number of exciting activities on the water! It’s also close to other great areas like Point Loma, downtown San Diego, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Book a romantic getaway with the Simple Pleasures Package, which includes water view accommodations, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and breakfast in bed.

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Blue Wave Bar & Grill

Indulge in California coastal cuisine at the Blue Wave Bar & Grill. Choose a table inside their elegant dining room, or relax outside on the deck overlooking the pool and marina. Grab a homemade quiche or breakfast burrito to start off your day, or enjoy fresh fish for dinner – we love the Seared Scallops, served with shellfish risotto, grilled asparagus tapenade, and parmesan cheese. You can get specially priced craft beer, cocktails, wines, and appetizers (like chowder fries and salmon tacos!) at their Island Time happy hour, every day from 4-7 pm. You won’t go hungry.

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Sunset Cliffs

Between Ocean Beach and Point Loma you’ll find Sunset Cliffs, an area that’s exactly what it sounds like – a stretch of coastline with plunging cliffs that looks especially beautiful during sunset. Sunset Cliffs is only about a 10-minute drive from Shelter Island, so it’s perfect for a quick outing. Go for a walk or jog right along the cliffs, or pack some snacks for a romantic sunset picnic.

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Gaslamp Quarter

Alonzo Horton arrived in the San Diego Bay in 1867, purchasing land and kicking off the development of the area we now know as downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp Quarter. This year, the Gaslamp Quarter celebrates its 150th anniversary. Learn about San Diego’s past and see historic buildings on a walking tour of this unique area.

Today, the Gaslamp Quarter is San Diego’s premier spot for nightlife. Enjoy a night out on the town by exploring a few of the area’s restaurants, bars, and clubs. Start out at The Tipsy Crow, comprised of three different levels: The Main, a pub-like area, The Nest, a cozy lounge with fireplaces and pool tables, and The Underground, with music and dancing.

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Petco Park

Catch a Padre game at Petco Park while you’re in town! The ballpark, located downtown, is a fun place to explore whether you’re a baseball fan or not. Skip the hot dogs – plenty of local eateries have set up shop in Petco Park, so you can try some of San Diego’s best grub (and beer). Grab a juicy hamburger at Hodad’s, Mexican fare at Carnitas’ Snack Shack and Lucha Libre, or amazing sandwiches at Gaglione Brothers or Board & Brew. You can view the game schedule here.

Summer Fun | Bay Club Hotel and Marina | San Diego, California

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Planning your summer getaway? Head to San Diego, California for beautiful beaches, unique neighborhoods, great dining, and exciting nightlife. Stay in tropical Shelter Island, a serene area that’s close to everything you’ll want to do in San Diego.

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Bay Club Hotel and Marina

The Bay Club Hotel and Marina reflects Shelter Island’s tropical island vibe with beautiful greenery, towering palm trees, and a private marina. From your room, you’ll be able to gaze out on views of the water, marina, Point Loma, and downtown San Diego. With two welcome drinks, tropical fruit and cookies, and free parking, their Aloha Package will give you even more reason to love your stay in San Diego.

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Quarterdeck Restaurant & Bar

Whether you need a hearty breakfast, a homemade cocktail, or a gourmet dinner, the Quarterdeck Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place to relax and indulge. Grab a table on the patio to enjoy a drink and a meal outside in the summer sun. We like their Signature Coconut Shrimp Dinner, jumbo coconut shrimp served with jalapeno orange dressing and homemade peanut sauce. Pair it with a local craft beer or the Windward Cooler cocktail, made with vodka, watermelon pucker, lemon, and cucumber.

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Liberty Station

Liberty Station, formerly a Naval Training Center, is a collection of restaurants, shops, art studios, and the Liberty Public Market. There are a number of fun events lined up for the summer! On the first Friday of each month, you can talk with artists, enjoy performances, and explore museums and galleries as part of Friday Night Liberty. At Taste Liberty Station on June 21st, sample food from Liberty Station eateries and taste sparkling wines in the Bubbly Garden. Liberty Public Market also has live music on Sundays and a farmers market every Thursday.

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USS Midway Museum

One of San Diego’s most popular museums is aboard an aircraft carrier! At the USS Midway Museum you can check out over 60 exhibits, 29 aircraft, and two flight simulators. Chat with the docents you’ll find around the museum, who will talk to you about the Midway as well as share their own stories. Spend some time exploring the exhibits and then grab lunch at their Fantail Café, where you can order dishes from the Midway’s 1945 cookbook.

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SeaWorld

Spend a day at SeaWorld and check out all the exciting new attractions they’ve added for the 2017 season! In addition to informative animal exhibits, entertaining shows, and thrilling rides, you can now enjoy Electric Ocean, a nighttime celebration full of lights and music that simulate an underwater dance club. SeaWorld has decided to forgo its flashy killer whale show and has instead created Orca Encounter, a presentation about orcas with a more educational focus. Kids will love Ocean Explorer, a new interactive realm that gets you even closer to the animals.

Summer Fun | Humphreys Half Moon Inn | San Diego, California

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Wondering where to stay in San Diego? Shelter Island, San Diego’s tropical oasis, manages to feel secluded while still being close to many of the city’s best attractions. Summer in San Diego is full of energy – don’t miss out on these fun activities.

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Humphreys Half Moon Inn

Humphreys Half Moon Inn is located on Shelter Island, where lush landscaping and a tropical vibe provide a relaxing atmosphere perfect for a getaway. You’ll never run out of things to do at this waterfront hotel. Grab cocktails from the poolside bar and spend an afternoon lounging at the pool, take a jog along the water, play some ping pong, or explore the island by bike. Humphreys’ Enchanted Evening Package has everything you’ll need for a romantic night. You’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner with a view of the water, chilled champagne with souvenir monogrammed glasses, chocolate covered strawberries, and breakfast for two.

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Good Eats & Live Music

Humphreys isn’t just a hotel – it’s also home to fine dining and exciting entertainment. Humphreys Restaurant offers Southern California cuisine and floor to ceiling marina views. Start off with one of their craft cocktails like the Wildfire, made with hibiscus infused mescal, curacao, raspberry, habanero, agave, lime, and smoked sea salt. For dinner, both the asparagus and Maine lobster risotto dishes are a perfect mix of comfort food and fresh flavors. After your meal, retire to the Backstage Live lounge and listen to live music while you sip drinks or hit the dance floor. Humphreys also holds outdoor concerts right on the bay. Check their concert schedule to see if your favorite artist will be performing while you’re in town!

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Balboa Park

Balboa Park’s world-class museums, gardens, and cultural institutions make it one of San Diego’s greatest gems year-round, but it’s particularly fun during the summer. Visit on a Friday to experience Balboa Park After Dark, a special summer program in which select museums stay open late and offer discounts on admission. You can also check out Food Truck Friday, where you’ll find a collection of food trucks in the park from 4 to 8 pm. Grab a plate or two to enjoy while you stroll through the park.

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Coronado

Like Shelter Island, Coronado has a unique island feel all its own. On one side, dive into the ocean and spread out on the sand on the pristine Coronado Beach. The other side has the Coronado Ferry Landing, a collection of shops and eateries, and a gorgeous view of downtown San Diego. During the summer, Coronado puts on a series of outdoor concerts on Sundays at Spreckels Park. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy live music and dancing in the mild summer air.

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Old Town

Old Town is called the “birthplace of California” because it was the first permanent Spanish settlement in the state in 1769. No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to this vibrant area that celebrates Spanish and Mexican culture as well as San Diego’s past. Grab some Mexican food, browse unique handmade goods, and walk through historic buildings that will give you an idea of what San Diego looked like hundreds of years ago. You can also visit Heritage Park to see a collection of beautiful restored Victorian homes, or tour the Whaley House, one of the most famous haunted houses in the country.

Easy Weekend Trips | Santa Ynez Valley, California

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Northwest of Santa Barbara you’ll find the Santa Ynez Valley, widely known for its 120+ wineries. The area is comprised of five unique towns that you’ll want to explore: Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Buellton, and Ballard. Quaint towns, hills of vineyards, and exceptional dining experiences make the Santa Ynez Valley a great option for a quick getaway.

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Fess Parker Wine Country Inn

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn is located in Los Olivos, just a ten-minute drive south from the well-known Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard. The property features beautifully decorated rooms, a full spa, and The Bear and Star, a brand new restaurant specializing in ranch cuisine. Their Taste Los Olivos Package allows you to enjoy the area’s best food and wine! It includes luxury accommodations for two nights, breakfast each day, one lunch for two at Los Olivos Café, one dinner for two at The Bear & Star, and complimentary wine tasting at the Parker Family tasting rooms as well as eight other tasting rooms in Los Olivos.

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Explore Los Olivos

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn’s central location in Los Olivos puts you within walking distance of over 30 tasting rooms as well as some amazing restaurants. You’ll want to pop into the Coquelicot Tasting Room, where their incredibly friendly staff will be happy to pour you tastes of their best varieties and chat with you about them. At Artiste’s tasting room, which mimics an art studio, you can try wines and do some painting and drawing at the same time. Wine isn’t the only thing to taste in Los Olivos – at Olive Hill Farm, you can sample gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars in flavors like sundried tomato, cilantro, pomegranate, and pumpkin spice.

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Trattoria Grappolo

Cap off a day of wine tasting with a fresh, delicious Italian meal at Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez. We like the Tortelloni Burro e Salvia, a house made ravioli filled with spinach, ricotta, and Parmesan in a butter sage sauce. For dessert, go for the Crostata di Mele. It’s a caramelized apple tart topped with vanilla gelato, the perfect end to a rich meal.

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Demetria Estate

Demetria Estate offers one of the best wine tasting experiences in the Santa Ynez Valley. Unlike other wineries that rush the tasting and require you to return to the counter for each taste, at Demetria you can sit outside in the shade, admiring the view of the vineyard while the staff drops by periodically to refill your glass. The winery is family-owned and uses sustainable, biodynamic farming practices to produce high-quality wines. Demetria requires appointments for tasting, so be sure to book one in advance.

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Gypsy Studios

Gypsy Studios elevates the traditional wine and paint event by holding it right in the vineyard! For two hours, you can paint plein air style – outdoors, overlooking hillsides full of grape plants – at a local winery. You’ll have an artist to guide you, so there’s no painting experience necessary! Even better, you’ll get to enjoy local wines while you bring out your inner artist.

Easy Weekend Trips | Pismo Beach, California

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Next time you’re looking for a quick getaway, head to the coastal town of Pismo Beach. The quaint town’s fine dining and picturesque beaches and coves make it ideal for a romantic weekend away any time of the year.

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Inn at the Cove

Inn at the Cove isn’t your average beachfront hotel. It sits right on top of a cove, giving guests unmatched views of the water from private balconies and patios. You can relax in the heated pool that overlooks the ocean, play tennis on their clay courts, or check out nearby Pismo Beach attractions. For a romantic getaway, book their No Brainer Romance Package. It has everything you need – oceanfront accommodations, rose petals, sparkling wine, chocolate truffles, and a late 2pm check out.

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Ventana Grill

Because Ventana Grill overlooks the ocean, it’s the perfect place to catch a sunset while enjoying dinner. Start out with one of their craft cocktails, like the Ventana View, a mix of raspberry vodka, orange liqueur, muddled berries, lime juice, and soda water. Their dinner menu is full of fresh fish dishes and California cuisine. Try the Pipián Sea Bass, which is crusted with pumpkin seeds and served with pipián verde, spinach, tequila-soaked apricots, and roasted pepitas.

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Shell Beach

Explore Shell Beach, a collection of nine parks and beaches up and down the coast of Pismo Beach. Unlike the larger Pismo State Beach, these areas are smaller and more intimate. Many have grassy areas on top of the cliffs, dropping down into beautiful beaches and tide pools. One of the best is Margo Dodd Park, where you can eat a picnic lunch while admiring the ocean view and then walk down to the beach to explore caves and snorkel.

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See the Sand Dunes

Just south of Pismo beach are the massive sand dunes at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. For a fun way to discover the dunes, rent ATVs and spend an afternoon driving through the rippling sand. You’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the desert, even though you’re right on the coast.

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Pismo Beach Farmers Market

Get a taste of local Pismo Beach offerings at the Pismo Beach Farmers Market, which happens every Wednesday at 3pm. Browse homemade crafts and goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, novelty foods, and more. Make sure you come hungry, because you’ll want to sample foods while you’re there. Try artisan cheeses like Cabernet Cheddar from Vintage Cheese Company and look out for California Spun, where you can indulge in gourmet, organic cotton candy in flavors like Merlot and Banana Split.

Find Adventure in Catalina

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As soon as Catalina Island comes into view, you’ll notice the unbelievably clear blue water, rugged cliffs, and colorful houses stacked on the hillside. Catalina is equal parts relaxation and adventure – you can sip a cocktail and read a good book on the beach, or dive into activities like snorkeling and parasailing. No trip to Catalina is complete without a least a few thrills, so pack in as much adventure as you can during your time on the island.

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Hotel Vista Del Mar

Hotel Vista Del Mar is just steps away from the beautiful waters of Catalina Island. Their Mediterranean-inspired rooms are elegantly decorated and feature stunning views of the ocean and the harbor. Hotel Vista Del Mar is centrally located close to many activities, and they offer fun amenities like nighttime milk and cookies. Go on an adventure with the Zip Line Adventure Package, which includes round-trip boat transportation to Catalina Island, a mid-week stay, and a Zip Line Eco Tour.

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Zip Line Eco Tour

Glide over treetops while admiring an ocean view on Catalina’s Zip Line Eco Tour. You’ll zip down 5 separate lines of all different lengths above a canyon in the hills of Catalina. Some lines are short and steep while others are long and linear, covering about 3/4ths of a mile total. In between lines, guides will teach you about the history and wildlife of the island.

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The Pancake Cottage

With an itinerary so full of adventures, you’ll need a few hearty meals. There’s no better place than The Pancake Cottage, a casual diner with a well-rounded menu that goes well beyond pancakes. Start your day off with some banana and chocolate chip pancakes, or stop in for lunch to refuel with their “Monte Cristo,” a French toast sandwich with melted jack cheese, ham, and turkey.

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Explore Catalina By Golf Cart

Most of Catalina’s restaurants and shops are clustered around the shore. To see more of the island, rent a golf cart for a few hours! Cars are restricted on the island, so many people use golf carts to get around. When you rent a cart, you’ll be able to venture up into the hills and see panoramic views of the town and the ocean. On your loop, you’ll drive out along the cliffs and ascend into the hills where you can choose to check out the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Stop to watch the zip liners along the way, head down to the pristine Descanso Beach Club, and then circle back into the main part of town. The golf carts are really the best way to see Catalina, not to mention they’re fun to drive!

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Catalina Casino

The Catalina Casino was built in glamorous Art Deco style in 1929. It’s remained an iconic landmark on Catalina, reflecting the island’s Old Hollywood past. On the lower level, the Avalon Theatre shows movies each night, but you’ll need to take a tour to see the entire casino. The Casino Walking Tour will show you Art Deco murals, the original pipe organ, a film on the building’s history, the famous Casino Ballroom and the Romance Promenade, where you’ll get incredible views of the ocean. For an even more intimate experience, choose the Behind the Scenes Tour, and you’ll see dressing rooms, green rooms, and editing rooms that were used by famous entertainers and Hollywood greats such as Errol Flynn and Cary Grant.

Go Green in LA | Los Angeles, California

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There’s more to Los Angeles than Hollywood! With an eco-friendly culture, health-conscious restaurants, and plenty of ways to enjoy the city without a car, Los Angeles has a lot to offer for environmental enthusiasts. Here are the best Earth Day activities and events in L.A. to help you celebrate Mother Nature this month.

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Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Experience a seaside getaway at Oceana, a beautifully decorated Santa Monica hotel.

Oceana offers numerous complimentary amenities and activities to help you make the most of your Los Angeles vacation, starting with a welcome gift and glass of champagne. Take a surfing lesson, borrow a bike for a ride at the pier, go on a guided hike through the Santa Monica mountains, or attend their yoga classes. With daily organic breakfast and cold pressed juice, a private fitness class on the beach, and a souvenir Oceana exercise shirt, the Fitness Package will make your stay even more special.

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Experience Earth Day in L.A.

With multiple events across the city dedicated to educating and entertaining the public, Los Angeles is one of the best places to celebrate Earth Day. On April 15th in Pacific Park, the City of Glendale’s Earth Day 2017 will feature information on California gardening and zero waste, as well as a climbing wall, egg hunt, and carnival games. For seed planting and free food and drinks, head to LA Sanitation’s Earth Day LA 2017, happening April 22nd at Exposition Park. Manhattan Beach’s 25th Annual Earth Day, April 22nd at Polliwog Park, will have live entertainment and an Earth Day Exchange, where you can swap or donate clothing.

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Hike L.A.

What better way to celebrate Earth than spending some time in nature? Check out this list of L.A.’s best hikes and choose a few to take on. We like Escondido Canyon, a 4.2-mile round-trip hike that takes you to Escondido Falls, a 50-ft waterfall that cascades over mossy rocks. You can climb up to see more of the falls or take a dip in the pool below.

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Bike L.A.

Swap your car for a more environmentally friendly bike! Strike out on your own on one of these bike paths, or do the LA in a Day bike tour. It’s a 32-mile tour that takes you on Route 66 in West Hollywood and continues through Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, and Culver City. The tour includes all your gear, some snacks, and a souvenir water bottle. The tour lasts for about six hours, which includes multiple breaks and time for lunch.

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Coral Tree Café

Coral Tree Café serves amazing salads and sandwiches as well as a variety of coffees, teas, and juices. Because their Brentwood and Encino locations are Certified Green Restaurants® and they use organic and fair trade coffee, you’ll feel good about stopping by. Go for lunch and try the Curried Chicken Salad, a mix of grilled chicken, golden raisins, red onions, and carrots in a curry mayo served on organic greens with balsamic vinaigrette. You’ll want to pair it with a Moroccan Mint Latte, a mix of Moroccan Mint tea and honey steamed milk.

Spring in San Diego | San Diego, California

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San Diego has great weather all year, but that doesn’t stop the city from celebrating spring. Book a Southern California getaway to take advantage of the warm sun and gorgeous beaches before the summer crowds arrive! No matter your interests, there’s always plenty to do, including lively festivals, daring activities, fun museums, and exciting nightlife.

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Kimpton Solamar Hotel

The chic Kimpton Solamar Hotel is located in San Diego’s East Village, just minutes away from the Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park. As the weather warms up you’ll love sunbathing at the rooftop pool. They also feature local beers during SoCal Hour, the perfect way to cap a day of sightseeing. Indulge and learn something new with the A Crafty Pair package, which includes a Chef’s selection five-course dinner, a mixology class for two, and souvenir cocktail glasses to remember your trip by.

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Tequila & Taco Music Festival

San Diego takes its Mexican fare seriously – no need to wait until Cinco de Mayo for a fun time! The Tequila & Taco Music Festival will be held March 25th and 26th at Embarcadero Marina Park South in downtown San Diego. You can sample tequila, sip margaritas and craft beer, snack on gourmet street tacos, browse art vendors, and enjoy live music.

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iFLY San Diego

If you’re looking for a thrill, iFLY San Diego is for you! Vertical wind tunnels create an indoor skydiving experience where you float on a column of air rather than jumping or falling. Just like regular skydiving, you’ll get an instruction period, put on your gear, and take a “flight,” which is the equivalent of 1.5 skydives. It’s the perfect way to get adventurous without going too far outside your comfort zone.

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Analog

Analog, located downtown, is a stylish music-themed restaurant and bar in one. While the food is great (you can’t go wrong with the Brussels sprouts or popcorn chicken), it’s really their craft cocktails that are sure to impress. Try the Black Sail, made with black magic spiced rum, Kahlua, coconut milk, cinnamon, and orange and pineapple juices, or their specialty analog chai mule, a delicious mix of vanilla vodka, jasmine liqueur, chai syrup, lime angostura bitters, and ginger beer.

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Fleet Science Center

Stop by the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park and check out interactive exhibits on everything from biology to environmental science. Right now you can see So Moved: The Art and Science of Motion, an exhibit that combines scientific displays with local artists’ creations to explore over five types of motion. You can also catch a movie at the Giant Dome Theater, which shows IMAX films on a wraparound screen that makes you feel like you’re immersed in the action. See Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a film exploring how engineers have built our greatest architectural and technological achievements.

Finding California’s Redwoods | Northern California

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Redwoods are some of the most impressive trees in the world – they can live up to 2,000 years and reach heights of over 350 feet! Northern California offers a chance to see these magnificent trees as well as miles of beautiful coastline.

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Victorian Inn

Located between Redwood National and State Parks and Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the Victorian Inn is the perfect place to call home while you’re seeing the redwoods. Built in 1890, the hotel retains its Victorian style inside and out. Their elegant yet quaint rooms are the ideal setting for a romantic getaway. Book the “Suite” Romance Package and enjoy a two night stay in a King second floor room or suite, fresh flowers, chilled champagne and truffles, breakfast each morning, and a $125 voucher for the VI Restaurant.

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Avenue of the Giants & Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Head south to the Avenue of the Giants, a 32-mile stretch of Highway 101 with incredible views of the redwoods. It’s one of Northern California’s best scenic drives. Drive your car through the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree, marvel at the 950+ year-old Immortal Tree, and see the Tree House, a house that’s partially built in a redwood. Avenue of the Giants runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which has campsites, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and swimming.

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Loleta Cheese Factory

On your way up to Redwood National and State Parks, stop in the small town of Loleta to visit the Loleta Cheese Factory. They produce artisan cheeses with all-natural ingredients, and are especially known for their flavored Cheddar and Jack varieties. At the factory, you can take a tour to learn about cheese making and taste samples. Be sure to stop at their Grilled Cheese Bar, which offers gourmet grilled cheeses ranging from savory to sweet. Grab one and enjoy a picnic in their onsite garden.

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Eureka

Continue north on Highway 101, which hugs the coast and offers amazing views. Stop at Eureka, a Victorian-era coastal city with plenty of activities to fill an afternoon. Explore the Sequoia Park Zoo, or visit Old Town Eureka and stroll through antique shops, cafes, and coffee shops. Make sure you see the Carson Mansion, a stunning three-story, eighteen-room Victorian home built in the 1880s. It isn’t open to the public, but you can snap some photos of the impressive exterior and take a virtual tour online.

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Redwood National and State Parks

See redwoods more than 350 feet tall and up to 2,000 years old at Redwood National and State Parks. The 130,000-acre area encompasses Redwood National Park, established in 1968, and three state parks (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast State Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park) established in the 1920s. Take a hike through their 170-mile trail system to see the trees up close.

Wine Country in Spring | Napa Valley, California

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Spring is an excellent time for a trip to wine country! The first small clusters of grapes start to form, and the lavender fields and brightly colored mustard plants are in bloom. Napa Valley also has numerous exciting events to check out in springtime. Culinary extravaganza Flavor! Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Marathon, and the Yountville Live music festival are all held in March.

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Auberge du Soleil

Pamper yourself at Auberge du Soleil, one of Napa’s most luxurious resorts. Auberge du Soleil’s amenities are anything but ordinary, including free use of Mercedes-Benz cars, an outdoor sculpture garden and olive grove, and rooms with private fireplaces, outdoor terraces overlooking the rolling hills of wine country, and free minibars. Create your own Napa Valley experience with their Celebration of Napa package, which includes sparkling wine when you arrive, breakfast for two each morning, and a four-course dinner for two. Top it all off with your choice of a hot air balloon ride, a six-hour private winery tour, or a massage for two.

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Oxbow Public Market

Get a taste of Napa at Oxbow Public Market, a 40,000 square foot marketplace that houses local restaurants, vendors, and shops. It features an outdoor deck that overlooks the Napa River and makes a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and a mid-afternoon snack. You’ll want to check out Whole Spice, where you can taste and purchase spices and spice blends from all over the world, as well as Napa Bookmine, an independent bookstore selling fun gifts and books of all genres.

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Gott’s Roadside

Need to stop and refuel in between wine tastings? Gott’s Roadside, located in Oxbow Public Market, uses local ingredients to craft specialty burgers, tacos, and salads. Order their Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos, stuffed with Ahi tuna, avocado, green cabbage, cilantro, green onions, sesame seeds, and spicy mayo, and an order of garlic fries. Gott’s Roadside also offers local wines and craft beers.

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Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is a gourmet restaurant aboard a functioning antique train. Most of the train’s cars were built in 1915, and have been restored to maintain their early 1900s style. The Wine Train journey is 36 miles round trip, about a 3 hour ride through the valley. Explore each train car’s unique style and enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the countryside drift by, then indulge in a gourmet meal on board. You can also book the train’s Winery Tour packages to stop for tours and tastings at select Napa wineries.

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Artesa Napa Valley

Artesa’s 350 acres offer sweeping views of wine country. The winery, which is most known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is built into the estate’s highest hill and features impressive avant-garde architecture. Artesa has a variety of tasting experiences, including seated tastings and design-your-own wine flights, as well as tours of the winery. Artesa also hosts food and wine pairing events featuring Tapas, cheese, and chocolate. Sign up for the Pintxos and Wine Tasting, which pairs five wines with Pintxos, skewered small plates that are the Basque version of Tapas.