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Virginia City, Nevada~ What are you waiting for? Let’s go!

  Step back in time in Virginia City!! I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Virginia City. If you’re like me, you want to go back in time and have a great experience whether it’s dining, entertainment or lodging. You certainly don’t want to leave too early. Three days is perfect to get away to this famous historical western town where you walk the streets with buildings dating back to the 1800’s; some refurbished. There is great shopping! Find yourself a dynamite western hat, or leather boots, or a beautiful victorian blouse, or get some candy and memorabilia at the Virginia City Mercantile Shop. Some of the best food you will ever eat is at the Sawdust Corner or the Bonanza Cafe. Here are some hard facts about Virginia City:  At 6200 feet on Mount Davidson, historic Virginia City is 25 miles from Reno and 45 miles from Lake Tahoe. Like many cities in Nevada, Virginia City was a mining “boomtown” with more than $400 million in g
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Santa Barbara to San Simeon road trip, anytime of the year!

One of my favorite road trips in central California is what I call my anytime of the year trip, “Santa Barbara to San Simeon” driving along the Pacific Coast Highway and 101, nice and slow, stopping at all the great places along the way. Pulling into Santa Barbara, the American Riviera, my first stop was the Santa Barbara Visitors Center located at 1 Garden St. at Cabrillo Boulevard.These helpful and kind people are a wealth of information to start your visit! There is free-WiFi at the center. Or you can “Visit Santa Barbara” and plan your trip, off of your computer or phone! A few recommendations for your DINING experience are; Lucky’s Restaurant   Lucky’s occupies a building complex originally constructed as the Montecito Bungalows back in 1926 when Coast Village Road was part of Highway 1, the original Pacific Coast Highway. Lucky’s has been honoring the classic American steakhouse tradition since 2000. If you’re looking to impres
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Circus Vargas – presents ‘Iluminous” – A New Spectacular that Glows in the Dark!!

Circus Vargas is fun for the whole family!! The kid in me came alive when I heard the Circus was coming to town! Immediately I researched showtimes and directions in my area for ‘Americas Big Top Circus’! I was able to secure tickets for a 1:00p.m. show, held in the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California. As I approached the parking lot, I was amazed at the enormous, colorful big top tent in front of me and couldn’t wait to see what was inside. At the entrance of the tent and ticket booth, there are vivid lights, colors and different designs that I remember as a child. I was warmly greeted, like most people were, by one of the owners Katya Quiroga-Tabares. At first I thought I was getting personal service from Katya, but she greets as many of the guests as she can and helps them find their seat. As I wandered in slowly, I noticed a face painting booth and a little girl getting her face painted. To my left, was a snack bar of all kinds of great circus food and po
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