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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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The Joseph House Inn (Bed and Breakfast) Bishop, Ca.

For me, it’s the essence of hospitality, comfort, beauty, delicious food, beautiful decor, lovely rooms and ambiance that pleases your senses, so you want to come back. Also a great location! I recently found this at THE JOSEPH HOUSE INN in Bishop, Ca. By the way, this is the ONLY ‘Bed and Breakfast’ in Bishop. This is a rare jewel, that reminded me of an ‘oasis in the desert’. It’s a beautiful place that welcomes you; especially the hosts, Myriam, Hilde and Max. I felt like I knew them for years. Myriam, the daughter of Hilde and Max, runs the operation and is an outstanding host. You don’t want to miss her gourmet breakfast that is included in your stay. You will be graced with all of the comforts of home; a welcoming glass of wine or beer when you arrive, fresh flowers that adorn your bedroom, fine linens, thick cotton towels, hairdryers, plush robes, TV’s with DVD’s and wireless internet. This 4500 sq.ft. home sits on 3 lush acr
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