Greg Aragon

Wildflowers and Wild Mammoths at Diamond Valley Lake
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Wildflowers and Wild Mammoths at Diamond Valley Lake

By Greg Aragon Thanks to one of the wettest winters in recent memory, California wildflowers are experiencing a super bloom and are popping up along highways, meadows and trails. One of my favorite spots to see this colorful extravaganza is Diamond Valley Lake in Riverside County, where its seasonal wildflower trail is now open. And…

Exploring Santa Barbara’s Old Mission and New MOXI Museum
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Exploring Santa Barbara’s Old Mission and New MOXI Museum

By Greg Aragon My recent trip to the Belmond El Encanto hotel (belmond.com) in Santa Barbara was highlighted by more than a luxury hotel, hidden in the hills; the getaway also introduced me to the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara and the new MOXI Museum. Founded by Spanish Franciscans on Dec. 4, 1786, the Santa Barbara…

Bathing in Beauty and Luxury at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara
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Bathing in Beauty and Luxury at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara

By Greg Aragon The Belmond El Encanto hotel has welcomed discerning guests since 1918. Perched in the hills above Santa Barbara, this iconic hideaway offers serene seclusion in a relaxed, yet luxurious setting of lush gardens, winding paths and private bungalows. It has been described as Hollywood glamour in a modern classic and after my…

Snow, Wind Turbines and Reuben Sandwiches in Tehachapi
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Snow, Wind Turbines and Reuben Sandwiches in Tehachapi

By Greg Aragon I love a scenic, Sunday drive. And when it includes things like snow, giant wind turbines and great food, then I know it’s a winner. Such was the case this past weekend when a couple friends and I drove to the small town of Tehachapi, about 115 miles north of Los Angeles….

Cayucos by-the-Sea Hosts 9th Annual Sea Glass Festival
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Cayucos by-the-Sea Hosts 9th Annual Sea Glass Festival

By Greg Aragon California’s majestic Central Coast is speckled with hidden gems lining the Pacific Ocean and none shine brighter than the tiny town of Cayucos by-the-Sea. This is especially true in March, when the temperature rises, flowers blossom along the hillsides and the city hosts its annual Sea Glass Festival. Located off California Highway 1, halfway between…

Rolling into Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Rolling into Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

By Greg Aragon Las Vegas is an exciting place, full of incredible and luxurious hotels and casinos. But, a few miles off The Strip, there is a natural wonderland with a visual payoff that no slot machine or glitzy show can match. It is called Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and it is a…

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