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45/ SOCAL SUPERSTARS Congratulations to the Winners of our Very First SoCal Superstars

54/ SEAN McELWEE Born Amazing By Robyn Flans

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“...you can spend a large chunk of time just in Pacific Park alone, enjoying the 12 thrilling rides.”

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Monique Reidy

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum By Sheryl Nance-Nash

20/ ENCHANTING ESCAPES

Beachfront Summer Escapes By Linda Lang

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Seven SoCal Homes That Have Lived Through a Rich History By Imaan Jalali

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Pack Lite for a Worry-Free Vacation By Esther C. Bleuel, MA, MFT, MDR

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SoCal’s Best Whiskey Bars By Dustin Clendenen

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Elevating Hotel Dining By Robyn Flans

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Unique Pizzas in Southern California By Devin Foster

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Beverly Hills: City of WELLTH By Linda Lang

Best Tours in San Diego By Julie Carlson

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SoCal’s Iconic Santa Monica Pier By Robyn Flans

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The 25th Annual Angel Gala, “Bright Lights, Big City” , benefitting Cancer Support Community Pasadena (CSCP), held SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017, at downtown Los Angeles’ spectacular City Club, brought in record breaking revenue and attendance of 370 guests. The event featured a reception with auctions, dinner, entertainment by Nina Lares and the Calvillo sisters and an exciting live auction. Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi and the Rusnak Auto Group were honored with Angel Awards for their generous and consistent support throughout the years.

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KENTUCKY DERBY DAY HAT CONTEST AT SANTA ANITA PARK Southern California Life magazine was proud to partner with SANTA ANITA PARK for their annual Kentucky Derby Day Hat Contest. As the main sponsor of this year’s contest we were so elated to be involved in the best turn out Santa Anita has seen in the four years of hosting the event. With three categories being judged by local fashion industry professionals, including - Most Glamorous, Most Creative and even a Fascinators & Fedoras group, onlookers had no shortage of truly fantastic headwear to watch pass by. “The Biggest Party West of Kentucky” attracted more than 23,000 racing fans and well over 120 contestants competed in the Hat Contest for three Grand Prizes worth $1,000 in cash, plus a year’s subscription to our magazine! Special thanks to our L.A. based fashion industry judges - Adam Tschorn of the L.A. Times, Marcy Medina of Women’s Wear Daily and Ryma Chikhoune of W Magazine. ALEXIS GARSKE (SANTA ANITA PARK)

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SAFETY HARBOR KIDS’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY ON FRIDAY, MAY 19TH, Topa Mountain Winery hosted a concert and poker party fundraiser for nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids. The event was the charity’s 10th Anniversary and featured music by Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, the legendary guitarists of the rock band Little Feat. Kicking off the event was vocal sensation Kirsten Collins with a beautiful performance of “Amazing Grace”, followed by the cool sounds of the Dan Grimm Band. The more than 350 guests enjoyed music throughout the day, while sipping wine and enjoying the spectacular view from the well manicured grounds of Topa Mountain Winery, owned and operated by proprietor Larry Gurero. In between music sets, the crowd was entertained by the Hamsa Bollywood Dancers. With security provided by Garnet Security, the VIP guests were treated to food by AJ’s Chinese Express (delivered by Ojai Food Taxi) and complimentary beverages including Topa Mountain Wines, Hint Water and Lori’s Lemonade. Additional refreshments for the event were provided by Charles and Company Tea and Longshot Expresso Bar. Guests also enjoyed a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament sponsored by Aces and Eights. The poker tournament was won by Andrew MacCalla of Santa Barbara. Prizes included a Tesla for the weekend, a round of golf at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and dinner at the Inn of the Seventh Ray. As the evening progressed, headliners Barrere and Tackett were joined by Little Feat bassist, Kenny Gradney, Grammy winning drummer, Tony Braunegal and guitar slayer, Coco Montoya, for their final set. Barrere and Tackett of Little Feat tour the world performing their popular songs including Little Feat’s favorite, “Dixie Chicken” and others. Tackett has played on many rock classics with artists including Jackson Browne, who sits on the Safety Harbor Kids board. Other businesses supporting the event included Ojai Community Bank, Southern California Life magazine, Rainbow Bridge, Bamboo Creek Spa, Deer Lodge, Ojai Business Center, Primavera Gallery, Glo Beauty, Ojai Horse Connection and Osteria Monte Grappa. Safety Harbor Kids is a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission to enrich the lives of orphans, foster and homeless children through education in the areas of college, career, music and the Arts. The charity has been serving teen foster children in Ojai, Ventura and the greater Los Angeles area since 2007. Visit www.safetyharborkids.org for more information.

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ne of the most under-rated experiences in Southern California is travel by train, an adventure I experienced for the first time recently. It was wonderful not to have to fight traffic, to be able to take in the views of the beautiful SoCal Coastline, and thanks to the on-board Wi-Fi, I arrived feeling quite productive. To our neighbors in other metropolitan areas across the country, the train and public transportation in general is routine and widely used, but here in the Southland, we seem to like our cars. People are friendly on the train, unlike the frazzled, harried commuters stuck in traffic on the freeway. Train passengers seem to be more laid-back, realizing that there is not a single move they can make to cause the train to arrive sooner. And it’s a great way to see Southern California. Passing through residential neighborhoods, well-known landmarks and along the beach gave me a fresh perspective on our beautiful SoCal community. It was a great way to blanket nearly all of this region; from the Los Angeles area to San Diego and then back up to Santa Barbara, which happens to be the vast territory our publication covers. One of the reasons this magazine features so many photos is because we want readers to get a grasp of the Southland. This area is so diverse on many levels that just reading about a destination doesn’t quite cut it. But the next best thing to gazing at pictures is to actually get out and experience the featured activities. If you’re here for the summer, I recommend you hop on an Amtrak, and go see some of the sites that ranked in the top five of our SoCal Superstars on page 45. Take the whole family – the kids will likely enjoy the trek much more on the train than buckled up in a crowded car. Try to come across new locations and pursuits, so next year you can vote for your new-found favorites when our second SoCal Superstars competition comes back around. Wishing you a refreshing and fun-filled summer break as you go play outside and discover our amazing Southern California!

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MEMORIAL COLISEUM BY

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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is often called, “The Greatest Stadium in the World”. There’s plenty good reason for that. “It has a legacy that no other stadium can match in its totality,” says Joe Furin, General Manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The history is indeed rich. “The idea for what became the Coliseum came from city leaders who wanted a large gathering space for sports and community events. They had foresight and planned for a 78,000-seat stadium when the population was around 200,000. It was unprecedented to build a stadium that was about one third of the population,” says Furin. It was created to be a living memorial to all who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War I and to be an accessible venue for all to enjoy, with many free events. The Coliseum, with its Peristyle, consisting of the large center arch, six flanking arches on either side and a total of 24 columns, was modeled after the original Roman Colosseum. It took two years to complete the stadium that opened in 1923. It was finished on time and under the approximate $800,000 budget, which in itself was a feat. Furin also points out that it didn’t cost taxpayers a dime, as money was raised through grants.

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he inaugural event was in July of 1923. The Motion Picture Association of America put on an exposition to show off all the good things about Hollywood, at a time when Hollywood had a black eye, with film stars like Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, in the headlines for scandals. There were screen tests, movies made on the grounds during the exposition, stars to meet every afternoon and evening, a nightly feature show and more. The first of many football games was played in October, where the University of Southern California bested Pomona College, 23-7. That would be the beginning of a legendary sports history. Unlike other stadiums that are nearly synonymous with one team like the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field and the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park, the Coliseum (and Sports Arena), over the years has been home turf for the USC Trojans, UCLA Bruins, the Rams, the Lakers, and the Dodgers, at some point. “Generations of families have come to the

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Designated by Congress, May is known as "National Military Appreciation Month". As a symbol of unity, all U.S. citizens are encouraged to honor the service and sacrifice of both active members and veterans of the Armed Forces.

Known as "The Greatest Stadium in the World", the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a living memorial to all who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War I.

On June 9, 1945, as part of a "Welcome Home" tour, Gen. George S. Patton Jr. and Lt. Gen. James Doolittle were the guests of honor at a ceremony held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Beginning the day with a parade throughout the city, which yielded nearly one million Angelenos in attendance, the event was led by master of ceremony, comedian Jack Benny, and kicked off with Judy Garland singing "God Bless America". The evening consisted of vivid reenactments of actual battles, complete with tanks, B-25 war planes, and actors in military uniforms; a musical variety show; readings by legendary members of the Hollywood community, such as Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis; and a spectacular light show to honor the fallen soldiers who gave their lives to protect and serve the United States of America.

In a rather charming bit of irony, Knievel also filmed a motorcycle safety film shot contemporaneously at the Coliseum entitled "Not So Easy," narrated by Peter Fonda, who had himself gained iconic status in biker culture as writer and star of the 1969 blockbuster "Easy Rider."

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Coliseum. Maybe the grandfather was a USC fan and took his son to the games, and that son brought his son for the Dodgers games and the current generation comes for concerts. There are a lot of memories here,” says Furin.

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music concert in the U.S. in 2006. The Coliseum has also been featured in movies and commercials. “Whenever something big was happening in Los Angeles, it was at the Coliseum,” says Furin. “In our history, we have recorded over 4,500 events that were attended by more than 117 million people, and that’s just what was recorded, early on. Some events may not have been recorded.”

or much of the last century, the Coliseum has been the place to be. Whether it was Jack Dempsey putting “WHENEVER SOMETHING BIG WAS HAPPENING IN on an exhibition, LOS ANGELES, IT WAS AT THE COLISEUM. IN OUR Billy Graham’s record-setting cruHISTORY, WE HAVE RECORDED OVER 4,500 sade in 1963 with EVENTS THAT WERE ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 117 more than 134,000 people, internaMILLION PEOPLE, AND THAT’S JUST WHAT WAS tional soccer, Nelson Mandela or RECORDED, EARLY ON.” Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking, or Evel Knievel jumping over 50 crushed cars. Imagine what it must have been like to witness In 1984, the Coliseum was declared a State and the "Welcome Home" tour after World War II, on Federal Historical Landmark. For all its history and June 9, 1945. Gen. George S. Patton Jr. and Lt. Gen. glory, the Coliseum is not without present day chalJames Doolittle were being honored on a festive day lenges. “Stadiums aren’t built this way anymore, in that began with a parade, an event with comedian this single bowl configuration. Fans here aren’t Jack Benny as emcee, Judy Garland singing God Bless close to the action like they are at other facilities,” America, readings by the likes of Humphrey Bogart says Furin. and Bette Davis and a spectacular light show honorThe aging facility is antiquated. There has ing fallen soldiers. John F. Kennedy accepted the already been some $7 million in renovations and nomination for president at the 1960 Democratic upgrades for things like plumbing and electricity. Convention. The Coliseum was the place to be on There is $270 million in renovations slated to begin January 15, 1967, when the first Super Bowl game construction in March 2018. “For decades sports was played before more than 63,000 people and 50 was about how many people you could put in the million television viewers. The Coliseum was the site stadium. It’s no longer about that, but the experiof the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. ence. People want sushi, gourmet burgers, sky boxes The Coliseum is also one of the world’s top and clubs, we want to be able to offer all of that,” music venues. Top-tier entertainers have performed adds Furin. there -Bruce Springstein, Madonna, Green Day, Modernization is necessary to keep the world’s The Killers, U2, Michael Jackson, Roger Waters, The greatest stadium great. Says Furin, “We want to conWho, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead and RBD’s concert tinue the legacy of the Coliseum as being a place hit the highest paid attendance – 63,101 for a Latin where there are more stories than seats.” ❖

April 18th, 1958- The Brooklyn Dodgers made their first appearance as the resident team of Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In front of a crowd of 78,672, the Dodgers took on the San Francisco Giants, winning 6-5. Despite their move to the west coast, in their first season the Dodgers attracted over 1.85 million fans and dominated the National League, winning five National League pennants (1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1959) and World Championships in 1955 and 1959.

The Coliseum was the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.

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Shutters on the Beach is located on the sand at 1 Pico Boulevard.

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have it all - mountains, desert, ocean, days drenched in sun and cool balmy nights beneath clear, starry skies. Indeed, we are very rich in summer stay-and-play options throughout the southland including the towns along our winding coastline of vibrant contrasts in natural beauty. We also have a variety of magnificent resorts fronting warm, white sand beaches intermingled with rugged shorelines pounded by crashing breakers, challenging surfers of all skill levels. H

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This elegantly-furnished corner room has sweeping views from both entrances.

The lobby features custom furnishings, two large fireplaces and cozy conversation areas.

One Pico offers fine dining and magnificent coastal views.

Located on Santa Monica Bay in one of So Cal's most desirable oceanside communities is Shutters on the Beach, situated right on the sand at their signature address of 1 Pico Boulevard. Just minutes from the Santa Monica Pier, trendy shopping, galleries, fine restaurants and bars, the resort has three separate buildings linked by richly-detailed shingled siding, flower-covered trellises, balconies and cabana-striped awnings. The public rooms feature custom furnishings with white wood-paneling, two large fireplaces with comfortable conversation areas and a large balcony overlooking the ocean. Original artwork, lithographs and objets d'art add to the warm, yet sophisticated ambience. Accommodations designed by Michael S. Smith include 186 sumptuous guest rooms and 12 suites designed with understated elegance. All have a reading library, four-poster beds, lounge chairs, with most offering sliding shuttered doors opening onto balconies, unveiling panoramas of the ocean and coastline. All rooms have 42-inch flat screen LCD televisions with entertainment systems, high speed internet, safe, spacious baths with 15� LCD televisions and large whirlpool bathtubs. Rooms accommodating needs of the physically challenged are also available. The 12 private suites with spectacular views have additional accessories including coffee table books, magazines and games. The two luxurious onebedroom1,350 sq. ft. presidential suites in the Ocean House and one 1,500 sq. ft. suite in the Beach House offer oversized whirlpool bathtubs, living room fireplaces, dining tables for six, and galley kitchens with full-sized refrigerators. Restaurants include 1 Pico, serving refined fare overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Coast Beach CafÊ and Bar where you can dine indoors or out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tuesdays feature Pasta on the Patio and Thursday is Aperitivo Night with hand-selected Italian vinos and craft cocktails served with Italian charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and antipasti.

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The sumptuous suite living rooms are furnished with all the posh amenities of a private residence. The hotel's quiet beach is perfect for enjoying a peaceful day in the sun.

Shutters' One Spa offers an extensive menu of custom treatments to revitalize the mind and body.

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The Mediterraneanstyle lobby welcomes guests with warm hospitality.

COURTESY OF HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH RESORT & SPA (6)

Pete's Sunset Grill is a great place for fish tacos and burgers and Summer Concerts in the Courtyard, featuring live music on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Surfs Up at HUNTINGTON BEACH Just in time for summer, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa completed a makeover of its main pool area, adding more seating and six luxury cabanas with flat screen TV’s, wireless internet and personal refrigerators. Above Mankota's Grill, which serves poolside food and drink, is an expansive viewing deck for relaxing at sunset with your favorite beverage. An ideal escape for families, the resort offers 517 guestrooms and suites with 42” flat screen TVs, private balconies, and free Wi-Fi. StayFit™ fitness center has the latest cardio and weight training equipment, and there's a 20,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style spa. The resort's second pool, Slyders Water Playground, also has water slides, splash pools, children's wading pool and poolside service from Shubee's Bar and Café. Nearby are fire pits for roasting s'mores and more family fun. With the Hyatt's ideal waterfront location, you can spend the day enjoying the beach, rent beach cruiser bikes to explore the shops and sights in town and along the strand, take a surfing lesson or learn the secrets to sandcastle building. When mom and dad want a little alone time, the kids, ages 3-12, can go to Camp Hyatt. Each day has carefully-planned activities with one experienced counselor assigned to every four children. In addition to Shubee's and Mankota's Grill are four other dining options. Watertable features contemporary coastal cuisine while Pete's Sunset Grille is the place for fish tacos and burgers. Tower 15 Pizzeria serves by the slice or pie, and if you're on the run, Surf City Grocers has ready-made sandwiches, wine, beer and other snacks. Each Friday and Saturday from 7-10pm, gather at Pete's for Summer Concerts in the Courtyard featuring pop classics and original music by a line-up of talent including Chain Reaction, The Society, and Jumpin Jack Benny. A day exploring Huntington Beach, aka Surf City, will whet your shopping appetite and bring back those days of the Beach Boys and surf musicians who walked these streets before you. Surf's Up!

The newlyredesigned pool area offers additional seating and six new cabanas featuring flat screen TV’s, wireless internet and personal refrigerators.

The resort offers 517 guestrooms and suites with 42” flat screen TVs, private balconies, and free Wi-Fi.

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Views from the resort feature spectacular sunset panoramas.

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Biking is one of the most popular ways of sightseeing along the strand.

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa is ideally situated for all beach activities and exploring "Surf City USA".

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The Resort at Pelican Hill sits on 504 acres overlooking the Pacific.

Luxury Living at NEWPORT BEACH

Surrounding the enormous infinity Coliseum Pool, the Grill is a perfect setting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

One-story bungalow guest rooms and suites feature a fireplace, private terrace, beamed ceilings and luxurious marble baths.

The Spa at Pelican Hill was recently voted “#1 Spa in California” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine and is the recipient of the Forbes Five-Star rating for its sixth consecutive year.

The Five-Star, Five-Diamond Mediterranean-style property is renowned for its panoramic ocean views, 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces, Five-Star spa, world-class restaurants, and Pelican Hill Golf Club's two 18-hole courses designed by Tom Fazio. The laid-back Venetian countryside ambience is complete with groves of olive trees, cypress, fig and pine trees, Canary palms and lavender. The one-story bungalow guest rooms and suites range from 847 to 1,634 sq. ft. and feature a limestone fireplace, private terrace - most with ocean views, beamed ceilings, and luxurious marble baths. The villas, ranging from 2,193 to 3,581 sq. ft., offer two to four bedrooms and are in an exclusive gated area with its own private clubhouse, pool, and butler service. Also in the clubhouse is Piccolo, which offers Asian and Italian menus of delectable, shareable portions. Open to resort guests only, it also has an extensive selection of beverages. Additional dining options include fine Italian fare served by Andrea with specialties including hand-rolled pastas prepared daily with delicately-crafted sauces, choice meats and the freshest seafood and seasonal produce. Flavors of Napa Valley are featured at Pelican Grill where you can opt to be seated next to the open kitchen for the chef's exclusive presentation of special dishes. Surrounding the enormous infinity Coliseum Pool, the Grill is a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and is packed for sporting events. You can dine indoors, on the heated terrace or in a private cabana overlooking spectacular views of the golf course and coastline. If you're on the go and just want to grab a pastry, panini, smoothie, or gelato made by the resort's chefs, you'll find these among the many options at Caffè & Market. Additionally, there's the Great Room, scene for a variety of events. You'll find contemporary music, popular classics, creative cocktails, small bites, and daily from 5 – 7 pm, a selection of wines for $5 a glass with live guitar music. Social hours focus on fashion, food, art and boutique wines, and ThursdaySaturday evenings, you can dance to the music of a live band. The next day, you might choose a treatment in one of the spa's 22 treatment rooms. Voted the “#1 Spa in California” by Conde Nast Traveler and recipient of the Forbes Five-Star rating for its sixth consecutive year, you're in good hands. While the grown-ups head for the links, shopping in Newport Beach or other activities, kids ages 4-12 can go to Camp Pelican™ where they have their own ocean-view clubhouse, pool and activities under the guidance of experienced counselors. The resort can also arrange everything the family needs for a day on the beach at Crystal Cove including roundtrip shuttle, complimentary chairs, umbrellas, beach bag with towels and water and even make your reservations at the Beachcomber Café.

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Dining featuring fine Italian fare at Andrea can be enjoyed inside or out.

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Situated on 504 acres and above the Pacific in Newport Beach is The Resort at Pelican Hill, one of the Southland's most award-winning luxury resorts.


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4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles www.barnsdall.org/hollyhock-house/tours Why it’s historic: Built nearly a century ago, it represents famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s inaugural project in Los Angeles. It belonged to socially conscious heiress Aline Barnsdall, who named the house after her favorite flower (hollyhock). Why you should visit it: In addition to the house and gardens, there are many cool sights and sounds in the nearby Barnsdall Art Park. These include wine-tastings, a revolving door of interesting art galleries, and movie nights on the west lawn of the Hollyhock House.

House 2 Stimson 2421 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles Why it’s historic: Built in 1891, it was considered the most expensive home project in Los Angeles at one point, costing $150,000. Originally belonging to banking tycoon Thomas Douglas Stimson, the castleesque, 30-room property and Romanesque architectural marvel has survived a dynamite attack and, most recently, boisterous frat house parties. The interior is more or less an homage to wood craftsmanship with intricate oak floors. Why you should visit it: You might want to view the wonderful Gothic vestige of a long-gone past that still manages to thrive as one of Los Angeles’ crown jewels. And, once you're done, there are a plethora of other things to do in the heart of downtown, where it is located.

Mansion 3 Greystone 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills www.Greystonemansion.org Why it’s historic: Designed by Gordon Kaufmann to be an architectural

revival of the Tudor era (UK, Middle Ages), it was completed in 1928 for $3 million – an unprecedented sum at the time. The 55-room estate was a gift from oil magnate Edward Doheny to his son, Junior, who called himself "Ned." Sadly, things turned out badly for Ned, who was involved in an apparent murder-suicide with his longtime friend and aid Hugh Plunket. Since 1965, it has belonged to the city of Beverly Hills, which has partnered with the American Film Institute as a spot for prominent films such as "Spider-Man" and "There Will Be Blood." Why you should visit it: Apart from the lavish park where the property is situated, the mansion has, starting in 2002, been the site of a must-see annual play loosely based on the Doheny family - "The Manor" - which incorporates many of the rooms and corridors. There are also regular events and tours offered to the public. H

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Why it's historic: Since being designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1977, the house (and now museum) was built by brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene in 1908. Intended as a winter home for David Gamble of the still-going-strong Proctor & Gamble company, the home is comprised of 17 different types of wood and is influenced by Japanese stylings. Why you should visit it: For "Back to the Future" enthusiasts, it is known as Dr. Emmett Brown's (Christopher Lloyd) "Brown Mansion" (this was referenced in a newspaper clipping during the first of the three films). There are also a multitude of guided tour options, including one that focuses on the ornate glass windows and light fixtures. It is also an ideal lunch spot.

Casa Pacifica 5 La 4100 Calle Isabella, San Clemente www.bit.ly/2pPEorL Why it's historic: Though it was erected in 1926 by Carl Lindbom for one of San Clemente's founding fathers in Hamilton H. Cotton, it became famous for later being Richard Nixon's west coast retreat, dubbed the "Western White House," where he lived with wife Pat throughout his presidency and resided in for many a year in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Anointed historical status in 2009, the 9,000-square-foot property, which had to be outfitted with Secret Service security features, has four breathtaking gardens, and is currently valued at $63.5 million. Why you should visit it: Although tours are not available, it's worth capturing a glimpse of the oceanfront home that also hosted world leaders like Henry Kissinger, Leonid Brezhnev, and more. Plus, there's the nearby San Clemente State Beach for those who want a direct line of sight to La Casa Pacifica. H WWW.SO CA L LI F E MAG.COM

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William Sterling Hebbard and Irving Gill for department store owner/preservationist George Marston, the home's architecture (completed in 1905) was a forerunner of the Arts and Crafts Movement (e.g., traditional craftsmanship). The home is also famous for its antique furniture by Gustav Stickley and Charles Limbert, as well as for several valuable paintings by Maurice Braun, Alfred Mitchell, and more. The various gardens are notable for their vast assortment of indigenous and exotic plants. Why you should visit it: It was converted into a museum in 1987, with the help of the Save Our Heritage Organization, which has been instrumental in the upkeep of the property. In addition to a souvenir-style shop, tours of the property are available. For those looking to tie the know in the foreseeable future, weddings can also be booked on the premises.

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Why it's historic: Like the Marston House, the 11-acre Casa del Herrero (or "House of the Blacksmith" in English) has SpanishColonial architectural roots and has also been turned into a museum. In 1925, architect George Washington Smith, a pioneer of the Spanish Colonial Revival style in North America, constructed the house for noted renaissance man George Fox Steedman. That same year, the house curiously refused to succumb to a devastating Santa Barbara earthquake. Why you should visit it: The Santa Barbara/Montecito area is already a gorgeous place to visit, and this special house and its Moorish gardens offer a culturally rich snapshot of much of the beautiful and distinguished architectural style that has shaped the area. There are also art shows, recurring events, and docent-led tours available to the public. â?–

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Vines, you arrive at Sanford Winery for a winery tour by ATV followed by a picnic in the vineyards and bottle of wine signed by Sanford General Manager Steve Fennell to enjoy later at the resort or back home. With The Blending & Bottling Experience, you sample selections directly from the barrel before the Sanford team takes you through the process of creating a custom blend. After it's produced, they help you bottle, cork, and label your blend to take home. During the fall harvest season (late August - early October), you can also live a day in the life of a winemaker, experiencing each stage of the wine making process followed by a picnic in the vineyard, and a harvest certificate also signed by Sanford's general manager and a signed bottle of wine. Belmond El Encanto Experiences also offers tastings paired with cheeses and charcuterie prepared by Executive Chef Johan Denizot. During the Clonal Tasting Experience, you taste your way through Sanford’s single block chardonnay and pinot noir, while the Vertical Tasting Experience in the resort's elegant Wine Room features samplings of six wines from three vintages (2011, 2012, and 2013) with the detailing of each wine's history and expertise behind it. H

a secluded Santa Barbara hilltop setting overlooking sweeping panoramas of the city and glistening Pacific Ocean is Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara’s only Forbes Five-Star resort. Built in 1918, it became an escape for celebs including Hedy Lamarr, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and other Hollywood legends who valued its tranquil seclusion, majestic surroundings and impeccable amenities. Today, it still embodies the essence of old California charm and remains an exclusive romantic hideaway for Hollywood elite and other discerning travelers. Belmond El Encanto's seven acres embrace the main building, signature wisteria-covered trellis arbor, wishing well, lily pond, and 92 luxuriously-furnished Spanish Colonial and Craftsman-style bungalows and suites placed along pathways winding through lush landscaping. Beginning in 2004, the resort underwent a sevenyear, $134 million renovation, restoring the magnificence of the nearly century-old original structures and updating them with every amenity. This secluded paradise is just a five-minute drive from State Street in downtown Santa Barbara with its fashionable boutiques, art galleries, museums, wineries, fine dining and ethnic restaurants, and charming historic buildings. It's also just minutes from Stearns Wharf and the waterfront lined with shops, eateries, and water sports equipment rentals for jet skis, scuba gear, paddleboards, SUPs (stand-up paddleboards), sailboats, powerboats and more. Cruises include the popular sunset cocktails cruises and longer excursions to the Channel Islands where en route you may spot gray and humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, starfish, and sea birds. And for the ultimate sea kayaking adventures, enjoy some of the world's best coastal kayaking en route to Channel Islands National Park and join your guide for a paddle through the sea caves of Scorpion Bay. Also nearby is the Santa Barbara Bowl that's featuring a starstudded line-up of summer and fall concerts, and if you've never seen a polo match, here's your opportunity. The Belmond El Encanto Mayors Cup will be held July 7 – 9, and there are matches every Sunday through October 8 at the nearby Santa Barbara Polo Fields where you can relax in the polo lounge and enjoy local wine and beer tastings. If you'd like to try sky diving, SkyDive Santa Barbara offers tandem jumps for first timers. The weekly Santa Barbara Farmers Market on Saturday is a local tradition. Belmond El Encanto's Executive Chef Johan Denizot often takes guests for an insider's look into the marketplace and to meet his favorite vendors. You can also opt to join him for a cooking class using what he purchases and enjoy the results for lunch.

“Belmond El Encanto's seven acres embrace the main building, signature wisteria-covered trellis arbor, wishing well, lily pond, and 92 luxuriously-furnished Spanish Colonial...”

The Wine Trails Amateur and astute oenophiles can access some of the Central Coast's finest vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley as well as lesserknown wineries such as those housed in the rows of industrial buildings in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Discovering new chardonnays and pinot noirs, meeting wine makers, and lunching on special food and wine pairings amid rolling vineyards creates a truly memorable experience. And, of course, you can take a bottle or two home with you or arrange to have them shipped. The Belmond El Encanto concierge can help you decide which excursion best suits your tastes. The resort recently announced its partnership with local Sanford Winery, currently owned and managed by the Terlato family. The winery was established 1971 and is home to the oldest pinot noir vines in the county. With the first program, Picnic in the

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Relaxing at the Resort Each accommodation has its own distinctive ambience built around warm hardwood floors, fine custom furnishings, personally-monogrammed pillows, and a variety of luxurious options including kingsize or two double beds, open-hearth fireplaces, separate sitting areas, private balconies or decks with outdoor dining, and sweeping panoramic or garden views. All offer iPod docks and stereo, voice mail, widescreen 42’’ LCD HDTV with premium channels, large personal safe and much more. The Dining Room & Terrace, overseen by Executive Chef Johan Denizot, features fine California coastal cuisine including buttery, briny sea urchin - unique to Santa Barbara, spotted prawns crudo with Ojai Pixie segments, local halibut with coastal freckle lettuce and Fresno chilies, Denizot’s popular halibut sashimi, and cheese made from milk produced by Ellie, Belmond El Encanto’s resident Holstein cow. Overseeing a list of 600 different wines is Head Sommelier Jeremy Sewell. Completing the ambience are some of the area's best views of the Santa Barbara and coastline of the American Riviera. To indulge body and soul are the full-service spa, full-service health club, fitness studio, outdoor freshwater swimming pool with panoramic views, and use of electric Pedego Bikes for exploring the countryside. The resort's scenic surroundings and choice of venues from the wisteria-covered trellised arbor and elegant ballroom to private facilities also make it an ideal setting for weddings and other social events as well as business conferences and meetings.

Nurturing New Talent The resort reinforces its commitment to premier guest experiences and the destination’s unique artistic community with the announcement of its partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB). With it comes a new Artist and Design In-Residence Program, a rotating on-property program that brings contemporary artworks, furniture, and designs from an international selection of MCASB-commissioned artists to the luxury hillside resort. In addition to curating a collection of artwork that can be enjoyed on display throughout the property, this program offers guests the opportunity to watch and interact with the artists firsthand. For more details about BELMOND EL ENCANTO and things to do in and around Santa Barbara, go to www.belmond.com/el-encanto-santa-barbara or phone 805-845-5800. ❖

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resort's spa offers a variety of treatments and relaxation facilities. 8. The restaurant's wine room is a perfect place for private tastings, dinners and other exclusive events. 9. Ellie, Belmond El Encanto's resident cow who provides milk for some of the resort's fine cheese, delights in meeting guests. 10. Executive Chef Johan Denizot is well-known for his exquisite presentations of the freshest local seafood and locally-grown ingredients. 11. A solo pianist entertains during the week in the resort's bar.


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LEAVING FOR A VACATION can be one of the best feelings in the world — be it a weekend, a week or a month. For many, however, slowing down and relaxing is difficult. All kinds of concerns start popping up. How will the office manage without me? What about my customers and potential new clients? Will the kids be okay once we’re on the road? What about the dog? I know it’s cliché, but life really is too short. Enjoy every moment that you can. Here are some tips to help you plan for, and enjoy, the journey. H

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something only you can manage. Did you know that you can’t do what you can’t imagine? So, think about what you want your vacation to look like. What are you looking forward to? How will it make a difference in your own life, as well as the lives of your travel partners? Mindfulness. Be fully present with your attention, energy and each of your senses heightened to notice and experience the environment. It does take effort and practice to live in the present, not burdened by the past or worried about the future. Identify and banish distractions. Start practicing at home. Choice. Don’t say yes, if you really mean no. Give yourself permission to decide what matters to you and the outcome you desire. Saying a reluctant yes to yourself or others will feed resentment or regret. Realistic Expectations. Choose to accept the reality of waiting, lines, crowds or traffic. Make a game of annoying situations. People watching is always fun. Anticipation. Enjoy preparing and looking forward to your upcoming getaway. Imagine a few things that you will really enjoy. Take steps to create those experiences.

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“plate” and set aside what can wait. Do what must be done to ease your mind. Delegate when possible: paperwork or administrative chores, simple errands, repairs or cleaning. Expectations. Identify a few priorities, things to do or places to visit and research each in advance. Avoid the stress and disappointment caused by lack of simple planning. Leave time for spontaneity and hanging-out. Less is better. Travel light – your suitcase and your worries. Leave anything extraneous or cumbersome at home. Insist on a temporary separation from the stress and distraction caused by electronic devices. Draw a line in the sand around cell phone use. Memories. Even if you love taking pictures, make room for some camera-free time. Sometimes, instead of recording images, experience the moment fully; smell, listen, observe, watch, feel, breathe. Experiential memories are priceless! Humor. Expect that a few things will go wrong and when they do, choose to laugh. There’s only so much you can control. You are not director of the universe. Did you know? Research shows that most people who vacation are happier in the weeks preceding their vacation while they are planning it than during or after their trip. The one exception? When their vacations were very relaxing, most of the people surveyed were happy before, during and after their vacation. Lesson. Be mindful of anticipating and creating a vacation that you will truly enjoy. Take steps to help create memories and experiences that you and your loved ones will treasure. ❖


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to the winners of our very first SoCal Superstars, who were selected by our readers. The following listing features the categories as well as the winners in order of most votes:

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The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

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Hotel Del Coronado

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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Shutters on the Beach

COPPER LOUNGE The InterContinental Los Angeles recently debuted a multi-million-dollar renovation, which included the introduction of Copper Lounge, a sexy sanctuary near the hotel lobby that is perfect for relaxed gatherings or impromptu business meetings. Guests can select from an impressive worldly selection of whiskey (17 American, 12 Japanese, 8 Irish, 5 Canadian, 2 French and 1 Welsh), scotch (51 total) and bourbon (44), including an exclusive blend of Angel’s Envy. Furthermore, the cocktail program includes 10 different whiskey flights ranging $17-33 and in-house barrel-aged manhattans and boulevardiers, as well as many creative craft cocktails by master mixologist Scott Allen. Perhaps the most enticing thing about Copper Lounge is the curated cigar menu of 10 cigars including Cuban, American, Dominican, Honduran and more. From the rare Padron Anniversario 1964 to the trusty Macanudo, and even a flavored trio consisting of three cigarillos, guests can enjoy a fine cigar with their nightcap in the garden patio.

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Leo Carillo State Park

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Zuma Beach

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Manhattan Beach

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Hendry’s Beach, Santa Barbara

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North Ranch Country Club

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Ojai Valley Inn Golf Course

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Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles

PELICAN HILLS GOLF If players are looking for a course with 13,525 yards of rich greenery including a pristine view of the glistening ocean, look no further than Pelican Hill. In addition to the exquisiteness of this area and view, there

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are two courses: The par-71 Ocean North Course and the par-70 Ocean South Course. They both offer different levels of play depending on whether the golfer is looking for a more traditional game or a more aggressive one. These courses offer a unique feature of five sets of tee boxes on every hole that vary from the challenging black tee to the easy yellow tee. This course attracts all ages and skill levels because of its versatility and beauty. H


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La Brea Tar Pits

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Santa Monica Airport Park

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100-1 Club at Santa Anita Park

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Joslyn Park, Santa Monica

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Runyon Canyon Dog Park

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Stonehaus, Westlake Village

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Fashion Island

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The Grove

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Santa Monica Place

4. Paseo Nuevo 5.

Camarillo Premium Outlets

Smitty’s Grill, Pasadena

SALON

No one gets married while thinking about divorce. Ending a marriage is difficult and stressful. However, divorce doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Jamie Kurtz and Courtney Glickman, both successful lawyers, both divorced,

started their own firm to help people simplify the process of obtaining an uncontested divorce as seamless and stressfree as possible. They will guide you through a transparent process that is affordable, efficient and effective. Once the spouses reach an agreement about division of assets, debts, alimony, property, child support or custody of children, there is no reason why they need to go to court. The one-time flat fee of $3500 includes filing fees and related services until the divorce becomes final. In the event the divorce becomes contested during the process, they are experienced and prepared to represent you for an additional fee. Visit their website www.simplydivorced.com for complete information.

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Drybar

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Jeannette Haven @Auburn Salon

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Sally Henley, Beverly Hills

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Joe’s Café, Santa Barbara

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San Antonio Winery

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Hennessey’s Tavern, Carlsbad

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Sanford Winery

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Edison, Los Angeles

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Santa Barbara Winery

4. The Wilshire Bar, Santa Monica

4. Rancho Capistrano Winery

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Copper Lounge, Los Angeles

Bernardo Winery

GETTY VILLA, MALIBU When J. Paul Getty decided to build a villa in Malibu in the early 1970s, he wanted it modeled after the Villa dei Papiri. Back then he was collecting Greek, Roman and French Decorative Arts. Getty’s long love of art came from his interest in travel and history. Today, some 400,000 people visit the villa a year. Though Getty died in 1976 and never saw the Villa, it’s part of his enduring legacy.

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The Getty Center

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Getty Villa, Malibu

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Huntington Library

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California Science Center

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The Gaslamp District’s barleymash truly lives up to its namesake, serving some of the best bourbons and beers in Southern California. Chef Kevin Templeton’s favorite cocktails on the menu are the Whiskey Mule, made with Jack Daniels Whiskey, mint, peach, lime and ginger beer; the House Old Fashioned, made with Russel’s Reserve Barleymash Single Barrel Bourbon or Wild Turkey Rye, toasted pecan bitters and orange bitters; and the Gold Rush, made with Old Forester Bourbon, honey, lemon and peach bitters. Templeton has taken his passion for whiskey to the next level recently, working on his own house brand in Kentucky. 600 Fifth Ave., San Diego, (619) 255-7373

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As “a new kind of Irish pub,” Macallan’s Public House serves up so many delicious libations it could feel like you’re actually in Ireland. So serious about their bourbon, the pub’s menu has a Whiskey 101 section, educating patrons about the fermented spirit before introducing them to their seven flights of whiskey, ranging from $10 (The Gladiator) to $250 (The Prodigy). You’ll have to become a regular if you hope to ever try every single one of their 250 whiskeys, scotches and bourbons. That’s an impressive collection by anywhere’s standards, let alone Orange County. 330 W. Birch

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One of the most popular establishments in the City of Angels, Seven Grand arguably put Los Angeles’ whiskey scene on the map — not to mention helped make DTLA a nightlife destination. The impressive bar features one of the largest whiskey selections on the west coast, bottles showcased like diamonds in a beautiful custom display by Brock & Co. Jewelry Emporium, the building’s original tenants. Seven Grand even has a membership program that grants access to private tastings with master distillers and the elite of the liquor industry. For those outside of Los Angeles, you can experience Seven Grand at its new location in San Diego. 515 W. 7th St, Second Floor, Los Angeles, (213) 817-5321 213HOSPITALITY.COM

Rob Rubens 4 Brewing Distilling and This beachside bourbon bastion is the first brewery and distillery in the state of California to operate all under one roof. Boasting an impressively authentic 1920s speak-easy vibe in the tasting room, patrons are granted a glimpse of the past prohibition era as they sample some of the finest spirits in the state. You’ll want to try the tropical White Whiskey Flapper, built from Hideaway White Whiskey with lime juice, pineapple juice and garnished with a slice of fresh pineapple. 909 E. El Segundo Blvd., El

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Whiskey doesn’t get higher end than at the ₤ 1 0, located in the Montage Beverly Hills hotel. The world-class whiskey bar features some of the most precious bottles on earth, including The Macallan Single Malt direct from Speyside, Scotland. Patrons can enjoy the handcrafted cocktails in Lalique crystal glassware poured over ice spheres imported from the Scottish Highlands. Choose between the exotic wood interior or the open air terrace, with private booths overlooking beautiful Beverly Canon Gardens. 225 N. Canon

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This timeless, neighborhood watering hole offers a vast whiskey selection with bottles from around the world, including more than 60 small batch bourbons and contemporary cocktails that play up the whiskey. Live music, hipster crowds and #WhiskeyWednesday make the bar feel right at home in Silver Lake. 2939 West

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Founded by Donovan Funkey in 2012, Bar has been as straightforward a place for food, drinks and entertainment as its to-the-point name. The carefully curated drink menu boasts almost a full page of whiskeys (nearly 60, to be precise), including showstoppers like 23year-aged Pappy Van Winkle ($160) and equally aged Elijah Craig ($100). One of the most open and welcoming establishments in downtown Palm Springs, the pizza isn’t bad either.

340 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, (760) 537-7337 BARWASTAKEN.COM

8 Whiskey Richards SANTA BARBARA

Proudly touting its dive bar status, Whiskey Richards has an impressive wall of whiskey featuring more than 100 options of the bourbon, not to mention draft beer, pool tables, darts and live music. The bar plays host to an open mic night every Monday and karaoke on Saturdays, while Punk On Vinyl Wednesdays is like a beacon for the alternative community who don’t want to have to venture all the way to Los Angeles to rock out.

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AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 23, SEAN MCELWEE HAS ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED AT LEAST ONE OF HIS DREAMS. “I WANTED TO BE ON TV FOR A VERY LONG TIME,” MCELWEE SAYS.

The young man, born and raised in Orange County, has Down syndrome and says he always wanted to be famous. Now he gets stopped on the street because he’s recognized from being on the Emmy-winning A&E series “Born This Way,” which follows a group of seven young adults with Down syndrome who openly share their lives - their joys and sorrows - that show their hopes and dreams are just like everyone else’s. When we spoke on the phone, Sean’s mother (Sandra McElwee) was on the line as well to help her son formulate his thoughts as well as repeat his answers if necessary. Sometimes his speech is not clear. In fact, McElwee says that is his biggest hurdle, but that hasn’t stopped him. He wanted to be a performer from the time he was three years old. “We went to a festival and there was a children’s performing group and his first three-word sentence was, ‘Me do that,’” Sandra recalls. So Sean started singing and dancing in school and church. When he got older he took acting lessons at Saddleback College and then the producers of “Born This Way” discovered him at the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County where he was taking acting classes. When he was 15 years old and in high school, McElwee wasn’t as comfortable in his own skin. No one else at school had Down syndrome and his school didn’t offer Special Ed classes. McElwee was in regular classrooms so he felt different, even though the other students were very kind to him. McElwee says his parents helped him through the tough times and he calls his mother his “Momager.” “They took me to events with other Down syndrome people,” he says. Sandra says they went to events hosted by the Down Syndrome Association and he realized there were other people just like him. He also plays golf with Special Olympics. He says Orange County was a great place to grow up. “I liked the beach, Disneyland and Universal Studios.” Life got exponentially greater when “Born This Way” came along. McElwee hopes that when people watch “Born This Way” they realize having Down syndrome isn’t so bad. “And they shouldn’t be afraid of me or other people with Down syndrome,” he says.

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The self-professed ladies man says what he wants people to know about him is that he’s sexy and hot. Plus that he’s a nice person and a hard worker. He recently obtained a new job at Get Air Surf City, a trampoline park. “I’ll help kids,” McElwee says. “And I will referee the dodge ball games. It’s going to be fun.” He is also very excited about starting his own company called Seanese (www.seanese.com) where he will offer shirts, hats, bags and mugs with the funny things he says on the show like “Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy,” “That’s What Faith Can Do,” and “Ladies Love My Beard.” Sandra says he came up with the concept after one of his motivational speeches entitled “It Could Happen. That’s What Faith Can Do.” He’s gotten so many requests recently for motivational talks that Sandra had to quit her job. “In January he told me his speech was boring and he wanted to do another one and he just started dictating this amazing speech about ‘It Could Happen’, and when it happens ‘That’s What Faith Can Do,” she says. “We went through his hopes and dreams he’s had that have come true and wrote a new presentation. When we put the finishing touches on the power point he said, ‘Now we need shirts and hats and bags.’” Every month McElwee will give 10% of the profits to a different charity including The Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, The Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Reece’s Rainbow, LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation, National Down Syndrome Congress, The National Down Syndrome Society, Special Olympics, Best Buddies, National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network, and Changing the Face of Beauty. Sandra says her son has grown from his work on “Born This Way.” “He’s always been confident, but now he’s really confident,” Sandra says. “I’ve been really proud of how kind he is to his fans.” ❖

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JSIX SAN DIEGO 616 J Street, San Diego (619) 531-8744 www.jsixrestaurant.com

When Chef Anthony Sinsay came on board at San Diego’s Jsix in June, 2016, he couldn’t resist infusing the menu with a little bit of his Filipino roots. On the website this chef describes himself as “a fat Filipino kid from South San Diego” and he is paying homage to that kid who watched his father cook in their kitchen. “He was making Filipino food and traditional American dishes,” Sinsay says. “To this day I still think my father made the best fried chicken I ever had.” His father was ill when Sinsay was young and his earliest memories are of sitting in his room with his dad watching Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, Martin Yan and The Frugal Gourmet. “Then we would go downstairs and he would try to emulate them,” Sinsay recalls. Sinsay’s father passed away when he was 11-years-old and being in the kitchen from then on out made him feel close to his father. “It set the tone for a career in the industry,” he says. Now he draws on his memories when he cooks and he immerses nostalgia into the food, striving to give his own children that connection. Sinsay describes the cuisine at Jsix as “modern American,” with a Filipino flavor, although there is some Spanish influence as well from his year-long training with Jose Andres. For instance, their beet salad is cooked in the Filipino “paksiw style.” One of their guests’ favorite dishes is the “Pancit Bihon”, a Filipino vegetable stir-fry with noodles. “When a non-Filipino finds out that I’m Filipino, it’s, ‘Oh my God, Pancit. Have you ever had Pancit?’ It’s become a very American dish.” Sinsay says the most interesting dish they have is their Market Seafood Crudo because it changes all the time. “Our food is whimsical,” Sinsay says. “We cook from a center of passion and pride. We’re excited about the food that we cook and we have a connection to it.” H

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FINCH & FORK 31 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara (805) 879-9100 www.finchandforkrestaurant.com

Rene Clemente, director of food and beverage at Santa Barbara’s Finch & Fork describes the cuisine as “Modern American comfort food.” “When you dine with us at Finch & Fork, you can definitely expect your meals to be playful and to pay homage to timeless American dishes with a modern twist,” Clemente says. Chef James Siao has been with the restaurant for five years. Clemente says he uses local, fresh and simple ingredients. Among the guest favorites is the pork chop, Clemente asserts. “We serve that with a butternut squash puree,” he explains. “An apple bacon chutney also complements the pork chop.” He says their scallops prepared with a chorizo vinaigrette, grapefruit, gold beet relish and avocado are also very popular. “It’s a very clean, simple dish, but a lot of flavors are going on in that plate,” Clemente says. Their daily specials cater to their local following. Tuesday night is very popular with many guests favoring the buttermilk fried chicken. Sunday’s prime rib is also a winner. “Our burger and beer night on Mondays are very popular with locals,” Clemente says. “We always have a different type of burger that we offer and

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our guests can pair those burgers with any of our draft beers on selection.” He adds that the wine list is 100% local. “We have access to some delicious wineries.” Additionally, their cocktails are hand-crafted and pair well with their menu dishes. “You really get a good gastronomic experience when you dine here, from the food to the local wine list and our hand-crafted cocktails,” Clemente contends. The restaurant is not only known for its dinner menu. Diners love their Saturday and Sunday brunches as well. Clemente mentions the roasted pork belly & egg and the huevos rancheros as a couple of brunch menu favorites, along with the mimosas made with seasonal purees. “We do the traditional brunch items as well like a french toast, but we put a twist on it,” Clemente says. “We put caramelized bananas on top and also a walnut crumble.” He is proud of the fact that the restaurant is a local driven establishment. “We are very involved in our community,” Clemente says. “We see a lot of regulars from week to week.” ❖

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Mustard-Ginger Crumble INGREDIENTS • 1/4 lb butter cold and cubed • 1 1/2 C flour • 1/2 C sugar • 1/2 C ground mustard • 1 Tbl ground ginger • 1 tsp prepared horseradish, squeezed of liquid • Salt to taste DIRECTIONS 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 2. Add cold cubed butter and mix into the dry mix. Do not over mix but mix the butter into the dry mix until it there are only small pieces of butter. 3. Cook at 350 for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Be sure to mix throughout cooking process. Probably should be stirred around 7 and 10 minutes. Remember to season with salt.

Bacon Apple Chutney INGREDIENTS • 1/2 lb Bacon diced fine • 3 ea Apples peeled and diced fine 1/4 inch • 1/2 C Brown sugar • 1/2 C Apple cider vin • 1 tbl Black mustard seeds • 1 tbl Yellow mustard seeds

DIRECTIONS 1. When peeling and dicing apples place the apples in lemon juice and water to help cut down on the oxidation process. 2. First render bacon until crispy then strain. 3. Next add bacon fat to pan and sauté apples for 2 minutes and then add the rest of the ingredients except for the bacon. 4. Simmer for about 10 minutes then add the bacon. 5. Cook for about 15 minutes more and then add salt to taste.

onions in a pot and cover slightly with water. Cook until tender and when butternut squash is finished in the oven remove from skin and add to pot. 3. Cook for about 10 minutes and then add heavy cream and simmer for about 20 minutes. 4. Next blend puree adding a small amount of the cream and vegetables mixture, being careful to not add too much liquid or puree may be too thin. Finish by adding honey and salt as blending occurs.

The chutney liquid should have a syrup look to the liquid.

Butternut Squash Puree INGREDIENTS • 1 ea Butternut Squash • 1 ea Carrots • 1/2 ea Onions • 1 pint Heavy cream • 1/4 C Honey DIRECTIONS 1. Cut butternut squash in half. Scoop out seeds and inside. Season with oil and a little salt and put on sheet tray cut side down. Roast on 400 till caramelized and soft. 2. While squash is roasting, add celery, carrots and

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As one of America's favorite foods, pizza now comes in different shapes sizes, colors, and toppings. Pizza has become a staple in Southern California with some of the most creative pizzas originating here. HERE ARE SOME

OF OUR FAVORITE PIZZA ESTABLISHMENTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

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Located throughout the San Diego area, this pizza franchise offers locals a healthier way to eat pizza. Made with their special dough that takes up to 72 hours to develop, their pizzas are made without chemicals or preservatives, and with ingredients from local suppliers. San Diego Magazine has awarded this franchise the “Best Pizza and Salad Winner” two consecutive years. They offer a mix and match special that allows diners to choose which slices of pizza they wish to eat without having to buy multiple pizzas. Customers can choose creations such as the “Bacon Me Crazy,” which features fresh mozzarella, bacon in their homemade Amatriciana sauce, parmigiano, and parsley, or the “Veggy Me,” which is made with fresh vegetables. For dessert, popular choices include Nutella Pizza or Napizza’s famous cannoli. There are three locations throughout the San Diego Area: 10550 Craftsman Way,

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Palm Springs: BILL’S PIZZA This pizzeria, located in the Coachella Valley, has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, since its opening in 2010. With unique pizzas that pay homage to Elton John, along with friends and customers, it is not a surprise that Bill’s Pizza has become a “go to” destination in the Coachella Valley. Some of their specialties include “Bill’s Favorite”, which includes Bill’s sauce, pepperoni, salami, Sicilian sausage, onion and tomato. Another favorite is the “Elton John,” which has garlic infused olive oil sauce, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, cooked spinach, red onions, and five cheeses. Along with their specialty pizzas, Bill’s has a create your own pizza option and a variety of soft drinks, beer and wine. They are located at: 119 S Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA, 92262 and recently opened a Palm Desert Location: 73196 Hwy., 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260; BILLSPIZZAPALMSPRINGS.COM. H

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Who says you can’t get authentic Chicago pizza in Southern California? This local Orange County restaurant, created by Rance Ruiz, made that a reality by giving SoCal locals authentic Chicago pizzas with his homemade dough and sauce. Rance’s gives customers the option of stuffed, pan or thin crust pizza. Specialty pizzas include the “Best Seller,” a combination of Wisconsin mozzarella cheese and signature spices that balance out with spinach and mushrooms. There is a Mediterranean style pizza that is loaded with red bell peppers, artichoke hearts, black olives, and a combination of cheeses that include provolone, feta, and mozzarella. Rance’s offers a “Take and Bake” option, where customers can order a pizza to bake at home. They have two locations in Costa Mesa and Long Beach: 1420 Baker Street Suite B, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 and 5258 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803; RANCESPIZZA.COM.

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Los Angeles: MR. PIZZA Established in 2006, this Korean-inspired pizza establishment attracts crowds with their unique pizza recipes. specialty pizzas range from traditional recipes to those with more unique flavors. One of Mr. Pizza’s crowd favorites is the “Potato Gold Pizza” that was listed on CBS’s 9 Most Unique Pizzas in Los Angeles. This pizza is made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, ground beef, corn, onions, potato wedges, bacon, and nacho chip flakes with sour cream on their signature sweet potato crust. Another popular pizza is the “Shrimp Gold,” which features salsa sauce, mozzarella cheese, Cajun shrimp, mushrooms, ground beef, corn, onions, bell peppers, olives, yellow chili, and bacon bits on top of their sweet potato crust. They also have an option where customers can order half of these pizzas on one pie. They also tie in their Korean style with the “Bulgogi Pizza,” which incorporates a Korean Barbeque flavor with marinated ground beef, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and their traditional crust. They are in Los Angeles: 3881 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles CA, 90010; MRPIZZAWILSHIRECA.COM.

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Santa Barbara: PIZZA GURU This Santa Barbara restaurant is located on fashionable State Street. Their mission is to provide customers with fresh, locally sourced, organic pizza and other dishes. Pizza Guru also offers customers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Their recipes vary from traditional styles to more eccentric items. One of Pizza Guru’s specialty pizzas is the “Bodhi’s BBQ pizza,” which includes slow-roasted pulled pork, Guru signature BBQ sauce, apple-wood smoked bacon, smoked mozzarella, pineapple, shaved red onions, and sesame seeds. Vegetarian specialty pizzas are also popular, especially the “Nirvana” pizza, featuring their signature organic pizza sauce, fresh garlic and basil, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, garlic cloves, crumbled feta cheese, tomatoes, and mozzarella. They are in Santa Barbara: 3534 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105; PIZZAGURU.COM. ❖ WWW.SO CA L LI F E MAG.COM

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BEVERLY H CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: 1. The iconic Beverly Hills Shield is found at various locations throughout the city. 2. The famed Beverly Hilton at Wilshire and

Santa Monica is home of the Golden Globe Awards™, site of the Pre-Grammy Gala, and other star-studded events. 3. Montage Beverly Hills was recently named the #1 Hotel in Los Angeles in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. 4. Rodeo Drive is one of the world's most renowned celebrity shopping hubs.

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t's more than just a southland city known for its elite residents and celebrity happenings. For 10 years, Beverly Hills starred in its own TV series along with Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley and the rest of the "Beverly Hills, 90210" cast. For nearly a century, its palm-lined streets have played their roles in enumerable movie and TV scenes, and on its 100th birthday in 2014, the city became an official landmark. Yes, Beverly Hills has its own star status and today is using its celebrity to enrich the lives of visitors and residents with its new WELLTH campaign. That's not to say you can't still immerse yourself in the other kind of wealth, glamour and excitement that beguiles those who get their first glimpse of the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Wilshire or Rodeo Drive. From its beginning, the former farmland, once rich in lima beans, has given way to the posh residences and exclusive estates of the Hollywood elite and other moguls beginning with Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford's legendary Pickfair, built in 1920, overlooking the Beverly Hills Hotel which has its own star status. Since opening its doors in 1912, the pink hotel has accommodated Hollywood legends Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and hundreds of other international moguls. These VIPs sunned around the pool, mapped out big deals on napkins in the famed Polo Lounge or, like Howard Hughes, called a bungalow "home." It's also been featured in numerous movies such as "The Way We Were," "California Suite" and "American Gigolo," and was on the cover of the Eagles' biggest hit album, "Hotel California." Another legendary hotel star is the Beverly Wilshire, now a Four Seasons property, which is especially known for its role with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman." Other appearances have included "Escape from the Planet of the Apes," "Clueless," "Sex and the City: The Movie," and "Valentine’s Day." Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty, and Steve McQueen once called it home and enjoyed the swimming pool fashioned after the Mediterranean-style pool at Sophia Loren's Italian villa. And, of course, The Beverly Hilton at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, is home of the Golden Globe Awards™, site of the Pre-Grammy Gala, and hundreds of additional red carpet events and star-studded galas. H

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ON THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: 5. The legendary Beverly Wilshire, now a Four Seasons property, is known for its role with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman." 6. Marilyn Monroe was a frequent guest at the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows. 7. The iconic Beverly Hills Hotel has welcomed world celebrities, royalty and discerning travelers since 1912. 8. Guests can enjoy outdoor dining at the Beverly Hills Hotel's Polo Lounge Patio. 9. 40-minute narrated tours of art, architecture, historical and renowned city areas are offered Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.


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“ITS THREEAND-A-HALF BLOCKS OF CURVED COBBLESTONED, PEDESTRIAN STREETS WITH SPARKLING FOUNTAINS AND CLASSIC ARCHWAYS IS HOME TO SOME 30 HIGH-END BOUTIQUES AND SHOPS.”

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pedestrian streets is home to some 30 high end boutiques. 11. Audrey Hepburn was one of the many celebrities photographed at the Beverly Hills Hotel during Friar's Club Roasts and other events in the 1950s. 12. The Peninsula Beverly Hills, the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star rated hotel in Southern California every year since 1993, offers beautiful garden suites. 13. The Beverly Hills sign and Lily Pond date back to 1907.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 14. The sign at Rodeo Drive and Via Rodeo is one of the most photographed. 15. Beverly Hills City Hall as it looked in 1946. 16. Beverly Hills City Hall as we know it today. 17. Classes at Alo Yoga are among the many options available to WELLTH participants throughout Beverly Hills. 18. Kicking off the Beverly Hills WELLTH Campaign are (from left): Beverly Hills Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Julie Wagner, WELLTH Ambassador Christie Brinkley, and Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse. 19. Participating in Beverly Hills new WELLTH campaign are (from left): James Duigan, Dana Claudat, Charlie Knowles, Caley Alyssa, Matthew Kenney, and Jason Wachob. 20. The Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel remains a favorite celebrity spot.

& Culture" tour. This one highlights the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; the Beverly Hills Sign and Lily Pond dating back to 1907; the Electric Fountain built in 1931 to celebrate the fertility and abundance of the city; and The Paley Center for Media which supports the film/broadcast industry here and in New York. Among its many celebrations of artists past and present is “Michael Jackson: The Legend in the Making” presenting rare ‘70s footage of Michael and The Jacksons, July 1 - August 23. The tour also includes Nate ‘n Al's Delicatessen, serving some of the Southland's best deli fare since 1945; Brighton Coffee Shop, the city's oldest coffee shop which opened in the early 1930’s; and the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, formerly the Beverly Carlton which Marilyn Monroe called home for three years in the 1950s.

Shopping with the Stars Rodeo Drive may run from Sunset Boulevard to Beverwil Drive, but it is primarily known for the three-block stretch between Wilshire and Little Santa Monica Boulevards. Once a bridle path to the Beverly Hills Hotel, it is here tourists might see celebs in dark glasses heading for Prada, Bvlgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels or one of the other exclusive boutiques. The recent addition of high-end Two Rodeo starting at the corner of Rodeo and Wilshire adds an exquisite dimension to the legendary shopping district. Its three-and-a-half blocks of curved cobblestoned, pedestrian streets with sparkling fountains and classic archways is home to some 30 high-end boutiques and shops including Tiffany & Co., Versace, Jimmy Choo, Lalique, and Lanvin with fine Japanese dining featuring small plates and sushi at Urasawa crafted by its owner, chef Hiroyuki Urasawa.

Where to Stay, Play and Dine Beverly Hills has the most four and five-star hotels in the U.S., second only to New York City. More recent additions joining the legends of the early 20th century include The Peninsula, Viceroy L’Ermitage, Montage, and just opening in June - Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills which shares the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire with the Beverly Hilton. For the palate, everything from five-star gourmet dining to trendy small plates comprise the consummate culinary menu of international tastes and ambiences. In addition to the hotels' exceptional restaurants, you'll find Wolfgang Puck's Spago and Thomas Keller's Bouchon bistro on Canon Drive, 208 Rodeo on Two Rodeo Drive and others with celebrity followings including Mr. Chow, Crustacean and, of course, the iconic Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel. In addition to a variety of sophisticated bars and lounges, exclusive luxury clubs and hideaways include Wolfang Puck's chic CUT bar extension of his restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire, and £10, the Montage Beverly Hills' reservation-only bar offering the world’s most-prized whisky, Macallan Single Malt. There's also the rooftop bar at SIXTY Beverly Hills with 360-degree views of the city; Nic’s Beverly Hills, home of VODBOX, the original vodka tasting room inside a large exhibition freezer; and Trader Vic’s Lounge at The Beverly Hilton, where you can sample the

Seeing the Sights Surrounded by Los Angeles but never an official part of it, Beverly Hills is bordered on the northwest by Bel-Air and the Santa Monica Mountains, on the east by West Hollywood, and on the south by Beverlywood. Several excellent self-guided walking tours can be downloaded from the Love Beverly Hills site (www.lovebeverlyhills.com/walking-tours) including the "Art

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original Mai Tai created by Vic, himself. The city's popular Concerts on Canon season kicks-off on Thursday, June 8, in Beverly Canon Gardens on Canon Drive with Eric E’s 10-piece ensemble featuring big band, swing, R&B, Sinatra hits and more. The weekly Thursday series is free and runs through August 31 with two 45-minute performances nightly at 6:00 and 7:15 pm. Tables and chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a large grassy area available for blanket seating. You can bring your own picnic or purchase boxed meals from nearby restaurants. For details, go to www.beverlyhills.org/concertsoncanon. For more information on hotels, dining, things to do and see visit www.lovebeverlyhills.com.

Beverly Hills: City of WELLTH Adding to its many riches is the city's new WELLTH campaign inspired by "WELLTH: How to Build a Life, Not a Resume" by Jason Wachob, founder and CEO of mindbodygreen. In addition to Wachob, campaign participants include WELLTH ambassador Christie Brinkley; yoga instructor Caley Alyssa; Matthew Kenney, celebrity chef who partnered with Neiman Marcus to open plant-based cuisine's Matthew Kenney NM last November; feng-shui, design and art expert Dana Claudat; James Duigan, world-renowned wellness guru and owner of Bodyism, London's premier wellness and fitness center; and Charlie Knowles, vedic meditation teacher and director of the Veda Center. Embracing a holistic approach to wellness, WELLTH's five components are Move, Eat, Restore, Gratitude, Explore. Your journey begins at www.lovebeverlyhills.com/quiz where you take the WELLTH quiz to determine your 902*IQ. Then discover all the WELLTH-focused restaurants, activities, spa and hotel packages throughout the city at www.lovebeverlyhills.com/specials-packages. Bon WELLTH! â?–

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Suzie's Farm

Epicurean San Diego Food, Farm & Libations Tours w Spend a day “eating and drinking your way

through San Diego by hopping on a brewery or winery tour” with EPICUREAN SAN DIEGO FOOD, FARM AND LIBATION TOURS. Munch on California seasonal dishes, gourmet BBQ, sustainable seafood, and high-end sandwiches at various farms, cafes, and coffee roasters. “We offer a full farm-to-fork meal on each one of our tours,” said Stephanie Parker, Tour Curator. “It is important for our guests to see the relationship the farmers and chefs have, so each restaurant that provides lunch, has a direct relationship with the farm we are visiting for the day.” See a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the city's artisan scene like a local. Tours run from $119-$135 per person. (619) 289-9802 www.epicureansandiego.com

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San Diego SEAL Tours

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TOURS is named in “tribute of the Navy SEALS stationed in the city” and for the sea lions of La Jolla. Catch a spectacular view of the sea lions by riding on a Hydra-Terra amphibious vehicle. The 90-minute tour departs from Seaport Village and the Embarcadero, taking visitors through the culturally rich streets of San Diego, then plunging into the San Diego Harbor. Learn about the history of the city and view famous points of interest. Tours are $42 for adults, $25 for children ages 4-12, and $10 for children under 3. Online discounts are available. Historic Tours of America also features an Old Town Trolley Tour, a Ghosts & Gravestones Tour and a City Night Lights Tour.

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w Famished after a day of sun and surf? “Foodies and picky eaters

alike” see historical San Diego and its restaurants with SO DIEGO TOURS located in Little Italy. Their most popular tour experience is

the Brothels, Bites and Booze Tour in the Gaslamp Quarter for $50. “People love this tour because the history behind the Gaslamp Quarter is absolutely fascinating,” said Rachel Welsh, Operations Manager. “People are all taken back when they learn how seedy this now vibrant and luxurious part of town once was. Also, we take them to a few local hot spots that offer a variety of flavors.” The tour runs from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2220 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 299-8687 www.sodiegotours.com

Bike and Kayak Tours

w For sporty adventurers at heart, check out BIKE & KAYAK TOURS,

the #1 ranked operator with the City of San Diego. For $40 per person, guests can learn about the La Jolla ecological reserve and explore the sea cliff and caves through the Kayak and Snorkel Tour. Get an up-close look at sea lions, leopard sharks, rockfish, and other marine life. The 2.5hour tour includes wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins and kayak equipment. “At Bike and Kayak we focus on fun, safety and learning,” says Nick Bauman, co/founder and CBO. "Each of our tour guides go through a rigorous training program to ensure that we can be remembered for the wonderful customer service that we want to be known for.” The tour is open for swimmers ages 8 and up from March-October. 2158 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 454-1010 www.bikeandkayaktours.com H

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The Gondola Company

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ways on a gondola. THE GONDOLA COMPANY offers 50-minute private boat rides for couples and groups. Take in the breathtaking sights of San Diego and the changing colors of the sky with their Sunset Cruise package. Starting at $115 for two people, the twilight gondola cruise includes Italian music, snugly blankets, ice buckets, glassware and wine opener. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase as well as chocolate truffles, or BYOB and finger foods. Day cruises are also available on the weekends. During the summer months, a wine tasting cruise is offered for larger groups. “It's definitely a unique experience," says Sean Jamieson, owner. "And it saves you from having a passport and traveling to Italy. It's by far the most romantic thing you can do in San Diego.”

503 Grand Caribe Causeway, Coronado, CA 92118 (619) 429-6317 www.gondolacompany.com

Murder n' Mayhem

w Murder n' Mayhem is not your traditional sightseeing tour. The family-friendly company provides scavenger hunts around popular San Diego destinations for mystery and puzzle enthusiasts. For $25 per person, guests are guided through the city streets by a band of pirates as you hunt for clues in the Who Dunnit? Seaport Village Tour or team up with a detective agency to solve the case in the popular Who Dunnit? Gaslamp Quarter Tour. Wear a good pair of walking shoes as the tours last between 1.5 and 2 hours. MURDER N' MAYHEM also offers a $10 credit toward any menu or bar item at nearby Henry's Pub with the purchase of a Gaslamp Quarter Tour ticket. ❖

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The only solar-powered Ferris wheel in the world that gives guests a panoramic view of the Southern California coastline.

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Pacific Park's New Shark Frenzy Ride; 66 to Cali; Pier Burger; Flying Trapeze; The Albright; Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Located in the Hippodrome, the oldest building on the pier (built in 1916), is the famous carousel. The carousel was built sometime in the 1920’s and consists of 46 wooden animals - 44 horses, 1 rabbit, 1 goat and two wooden sleighs - on which guests sit. The icing on the cake is the amusement park. Although hours vary from season to season and weekdays and weekends, you can spend a large chunk of time just in Pacific Park alone, enjoying the 12 thrilling rides. You won’t want to miss the famous lit up Pacific Wheel, the only solar-powered Ferris wheel in the world that gives guests a panoramic view of the Southern California coastline. The West Coaster is the only roller coaster located on a pier over the Pacific coastline, escalating to heights of 55 feet while visitors experience a sea breeze. For the kids there is no height requirement for rides such as Sea Planes and Santa Monica Pier Patrol. There are also 12 games in Pacific Park, including guest favorites Skeeball and Whack-A-Mole and plenty of food in the park food court like pizza, tacos, burgers, hot dogs, fries and ice cream. www.pacpark.com. There’s also an arcade on the Pier. Playland Arcade has lots of games, including skeeball, air hockey, pinball and more fun, fun, fun. There’s plenty of tasty food on the Pier that you can get on the fly. Enjoy shrimp the way you like it or baby back ribs at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. www.bubbagump.com

If it’s burgers, shakes and custards you’re craving there’s Pier Burger which opens at 8:30 a.m. www.pierburger.com. At The Albright there are many seafood choices in addition

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Rusty’s Surf Ranch offers a large variety of selections as well as lots of kid-friendly choices. They often have live entertainment. www.rustyssurfranch.com

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The old fashioned soda fountain is alive and well at Soda Jerks which serves handmade treats like milkshakes. www.sodajerksusa.com If it’s an adult beverage you’re hankering for, Mariasol Cocina Mexicana is known for it’s selection of Margaritas to pair with Mexican cuisine, including fresh guacamole made daily. www.mariasol.com For a little finer dining, Ristorante Al Mare specializes in Italian cuisine and features an ocean view from their rooftop deck with a full bar atop their three-story restaurant. www.ristorantealmare.com The Pier is always having special events, so make sure to check out their website before you plan your visit: www.santamonicapier.org ❖

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Mariasol Cocina Mexicana; Soda Jerks; Bird's-eye view of Santa Monica Pier; Ristorante Al Mare; Rusty’s Surf Ranch; Twilight Concerts

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DISCOVER NATURE, SOLITUDE AND ADVENTURE A visit to Southern California is never complete without a trek through one of the many spectacular national parks scattered throughout the Southland. There is a generous assortment from which to choose, so here are a few favorites to help you get started on your discovery.

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Joshua Tree National Park Located less than three hours southeast of Los Angeles, lies this beautiful, natural desert landscape with large mountains and steep canyons – providing a raw reminder of what California used to be. Joshua Tree is world famous for its amazing rock formations filled with crystals whose sparkle reflects the sun and beckons the climber. People come from all corners of the earth to scale these huge boulders, but you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy. There are so many adventures to embrace: Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or just taking a peaceful walk. One of the most sought after experiences is that of the night sky with desert darkness and no humidity the Milky Way is incredibly vivid. Try scheduling your trip during a meteor shower, the Orionids in October, the Leonids in November, or the Geminids in December.

Channel Islands National Park Called the Treasure of the Sea, let the Channel Islands take you back to a time of innocence and calm where you can hike and experience the land as it once was, embrace the majesty of the blue whale, or glide in a kayak for an up close look at nature. Whether you choose to hike, walk or snorkel, these five islands of wild, jagged beauty provide a calm that will restore your soul. The islands offer one of the most diverse marine environments on earth with tide pools, secluded rookeries, giant kelp forests, bald eagles and plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Just an hour’s boat ride from mainland Ventura, you will be rewarded with the sound of waves lapping against the shore and gain a new perspective from the sheer simplicity of the islands. The islands are only accessible by private boat, chartered boat, www.IslandPackers.com or plane, www.FlightstotheChannelIslands.com

Mojave National Preserve Located halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas you can arrive at this 1.6 million acre park in less than four hours. Experience sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, canyons, mountains and mesas that reveal longabandoned mines and homesteads. This beautiful, open country provides serenity and solitude from the metropolis of L.A. The sun sets are magnificent and stay until dark for an amazing 3-D show of stars - make a wish as they shoot by.

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Stretching from Santa Monica north through the famous Malibu beaches to Camarillo and with foothills that run from Pacific Coast Highway to the 101 freeway, this vast recreation area encompasses over 153,000 acres. With over 500 miles of easily accessible trails to explore, historical and cultural sites to discover, waterfalls and wild animals to experience, the Santa Monica Mountains are a perfect playground for every age. There are old movie ranches and Native American centers and surprises to be found within the wild surrounded by civilization. ❖


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“There’s hiking, wine-tasting in and around Paso, world-class restaurants, limo tours, and of course the horseback riding at the Central Coast Trailrides on the property.” Central Coast Trailrides Resident

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he idea of vacationing at a ranch may summon images of rowdy barnyard animals roaming wild in your personal space, but a visit to HorseTail Ranch will quickly change that picture. In the trendy wine region of Paso Robles, HorseTail Ranch is nestled in the town of Creston, just a 4-hour drive from the Los Angeles area. Unlike a classic rural ranch, HorseTail is the perfect blend of nature and luxury. The 150-acre property in Central California consists of rolling hills with spectacular 360 degree views, a posh 5-bedroom, 4 ½-bath Villa, a cozy cabin, a lake and stables with 14 horses ready to rent for a customized ride. And yes, there are barnyard animals – a pig, chickens, donkeys, a miniature horse and a friendly goat named Hitch. Far from rowdy, they are loveable, engaging and a significant part of the overall setting. The 3500-square foot upscale Villa is spacious with high ceilings, contemporary design, a modern kitchen and exquisite furnishings. There is a hot tub in the yard where guests can unwind, sip wine and take in the stunning views of the vast landscape. There’s a fire pit, hanging lights, and plenty of seating, providing a prime backdrop for entertaining or simply relaxing. The Villa is an ideal site for a wedding, romantic escape or a home to share with another family, given that it sleeps 12 comfortably. With amenities such as 72-inch plasma TVs, a Keurig coffee maker, a fireplace, Wi-Fi, a wine fridge, washer & dryer and comfy beds with plush bedding, The Villa is a top pick for those seeking a deluxe, well-appointed getaway. For a fewer number of guests, The Cabin, which sleeps four, offers a rustic 1,000 foot space that includes one bedroom, a small bath and kitchen, and an open loft. It’s homey and comfortable and makes a charming honeymoon destination. Adjacent to The Cabin is a large, outdoor dining area with a gas barbeque, perfect for dinner beneath the striking Paso Robles sunsets. H

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Guests have plenty to do while visiting HorseTail: There’s hiking, wine-tasting in and around Paso, worldclass restaurants, limo tours, and of course the horseback riding at the Central Coast Trailrides on the property. Owned by Crystal and Brian Hallet who also manage HorseTail Ranch, the Central Coast Trailrides offers the best way to explore the region. Brian and Crystal can take guests offsite on horseback for coastal or vineyard rides, or stay on the HorseTail property and tour its expansive terrain. The horses are well-behaved and know the trails well and the experience is wonderful for adults as well as kids. With so much to offer, HorseTail Ranch is the quintessential getaway and its close proximity to Southern California makes it an easy destination to visit even if you only have a few days to drop by. �

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For more information or to book The Villa or The Cabin, visit horsetail-ranch.com or call (805) 966-2888. For horseback riding at the Central Coast Trailrides, visit centralcoasttrailrides.com or call 805-610-1306.

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non-profit organizations fostering the arts in Santa Barbara.

LA RESTAURANT WEEK July 14-28

COMIC CON July 20-23

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FESTIVAL OF ART SHOW LAGUNA BEACH July 5 – August 31 foapom.com

t The festival is a prestigious juried art show that includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists.

t DineL.A. is a 15-day dining event where guests can enjoy special lunch and dinner menus at more than 300 restaurants. There are no tickets or passes required for dineL.A. Simply dine out at a participating restaurant, try a new dish or enjoy an old favorite. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

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t Experience hundreds of California’s finest vintage wines, delicious gourmet foods samples and lively music. Discover new wines and find a new favorite and pair it with a dizzying variety of fresh gourmet appetizers like artisan breads, cheeses, olive oils and so much more. Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited fun, food and music – at the biggest wine festival under the sun.

SAN DIEGO’S ANNUAL PRIDE PARADE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL July 15-16

LONG BEACH GOLF FESTIVAL July 7, 12, 19, 27 lbgolffestival.com

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SANTA MONICA PIER TWILIGHT CONCERTS July 7 – August 17 (Skipping July 6) santamonicapier.org

The 33rd annual Twilight Concert series lineup has been announced. Billed as “Southern California’s

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ORANGE COUNTY FAIR July 14 – August 13

SANTA BARBARA FRENCH FESTIVAL July 15-16

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Comic-Con International begins with Preview Night and and running through July 23. This is the 48th year for the show, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention.

AVP BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT July 20-23 avp.com/events

In the AVP’s inaugural season (1984), there was an event in Hermosa Beach, but not Manhattan Beach. Join volleyball fans at the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier- 1 Pier Ave 90254 for this lively tournament. General Admission is free!

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The legendary Lionel Richie is one of the only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having #1 records for nine consecutive years. He has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Known for mega-hits, receiving an Oscar, Golden Globe, four Grammy Awards and the distinction of MusiCares person of 2016.

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t Marvel Universe LIVE! takes the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with an epic show. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers – Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and more, and sinister villains come to life in a live, actionpacked arena performance.

24TH ANNUAL JAZZ IN THE PINES FESTIVAL August 11-13

tasting tent with dozens of different varieties of salsa and hot sauces and a salsa recipe challenge. The two days also feature a vendor marketplace, international cuisine and a kids zone. BURBANK CLASSIC CAR SHOW August 5 downtownburbankcar classic.com

t The Downtown Burbank Car Classic is an exciting showcase for custom, celebrity, exotics, and classic cars, and motorcycles. In tune with Downtown Burbank’s location in the heart of the entertainment industry, vehicles with a “Hollywood” twist are especially welcome — such as those appearing in film or television, or having a distinguished history of celebrity ownership.

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Ballet Folkloric Competition. The competition will take place in La Placita of the Anaheim Marketplace (Located at 1440 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92805) at 10 am. Interested groups can register at link above. LONG BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL August 11-13

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t The Idyllwild Arts Foundation proudly presents the 24th annual Jazz in the Pines Festival featuring over two dozen bands. Performers and fans of jazz, blues, and R&B have a breathtaking mountain campus to themselves after the departure of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program's thousands of arts-lovers and before the first semester of the Foundation's residential high school, Idyllwild Arts Academy.

LAKE ARROWHEAD 8TH ANNUAL BREWFEST August 12-13

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September 15-17 kaaboodemar.com

t This year’s line up features Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!NK, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Muse, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, David Guetta, Ice Cube, DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal) and many more world-class performances! KAABOO is shifting the festival paradigm with a new type of live entertainment experience! Don’t miss this experience with hilarious comedy, contemporary art exhibitions and installations, gourmet cuisine and many more indulgences (including real flushing toilets for all guests). KAABOO also offers guests the opportunity catch a set from the comfort of our BASK pool, or stay late and dance in at CLUB ELEVATE. For an amplified experience at KAABOO, upgrade to HANG FIVE or HANG TEN passes, which offer premium viewing areas, admission into the Thursday night Sneak Preview Party (Barenaked Ladies and The Dan Band), and much more!

SURF AND SUDS BEACH FESTIVAL August 12 surfbeerfest.com

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located on the main routes of Sunset Blvd. Glendale Blvd, Alvarado Avenue, Echo Park Avenue and beyond.

festival that takes place from 6pm to 10pm on the second Saturday of February, May, August and November in what has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. DEL MAR PIZZA AND BEER FESTIVAL August 20 dmtc.com/calendar/detail/ Beer2

CULVER CITY FIESTA LA BALLONA August 25-27 fiestalaballona.org

Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City's Party in the Park is a popular Culver City event that features carnival rides and games, live performances, over 100 booths spotlighting local organizations as well as featuring artisan wares and other vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, a beer and wine garden, food trucks and a food court, and other special events.

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REPTILE SUPER SHOW IN LOS ANGELES August 12-13 reptilesupershow.com/ los-angeles

t Over 100,000 sq.ft. of reptile, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. This HUGE SALE is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Reptile Super Show is a fun and educational environment for the reptile enthusiast in your family. They promote conservation through education and captive breeding. If you love reptiles and are between the ages of 3-99, than you will love the Reptile Super Show & Breeders Expo. Don’t miss it.

t Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is a free event with over 200 dog related vendors and rescue groups with pet adoptions, live music, beer garden oasis, dog contests, local makers market, food trucks and more!

ECHO PARK RISING August 17-20 epr.la

Echo Park Rising is a neighborhood event in its 7th year that focuses on the music, creativity, diversity and small businesses of Echo Park. There are multiple stages and activities throughout the weekend t

t More than 2,000 guests and the winners from the Best Restaurants June Issue and Best of San Diego August Issue will come together for the Best of San Diego Party presented by Valley View Casino & Hotel. Taste signature dishes from more than 40 restaurants plus the best local breweries, wineries and spirit companies. Expect live bands, lounges, lawn games and more.

ANAHEIM ART CRAWL August 19 cvharborfest.com

t “Art Crawl Experience” or simply “ACE” is a visually invigorating, tastefully titillating, and an auditory explosive art walk and arts

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t With more than 100 local and international brews served, beer aficionados will enjoy hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside favorites from the San Diego brewing scene. For the first time, San Diego’s best mobile pizza ovens will be serving melted cheese goodness to add to the craft brew experience. Pair your beers with a variety of tasty pizza styles purchased directly from the mobile ovens.

CLASSIC CARS AND FOOD TRUCKS IN CAMARILLO August 31 camarilloranch.org

California’s gorgeous, Victorian-style Camarillo Ranch House is rife with history, and it hosts numerous community events throughout the year. You probably would’ve never guessed that one of those would involve more than a dozen vintage cars parked on its front lawn, complete with a variety of food trucks serving delicious local eats. After all, a quick history lesson is sure to make anyone hungry.

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Piers! While each SoCal pier is unique, just like the beaches themselves, most do seem to have two things in common — fishing and great food. Whether you want to sit down to a fine meal or sample the ever-growing list of foods on a stick, you are in luck. Somehow, all food tastes better, drinks are colder and troubles seem to float away as you walk the various piers. And for many, our piers are all about fishing, either doing it or watching it, both equally fun. Just know in advance that the seemingly innocuous question, “How’s the fishing?” can easily lead to a one-hour conversation. You can start with our northernmost pier, one that is so often overlooked, the beautiful and quaint AVILA BEACH PIER just outside of San Luis Obispo. The Santa Barbara area offers STEARNS WHARF, which has all the traditional pier attractions, and also GOLETA PIER, best known for its views. My “local” pier is the VENTURA PIER, home to the Channel Islands National Park headquarters and Andria’s Seafood Restaurant, which I’ve been visiting faithfully — and enjoying — since it opened in 1982. Continuing south, you’ll find MALIBU PIER, which combines good eats with fishing and the chance to stumble across a star

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or two, or maybe catch a movie or TV show in the middle of production. SANTA MONICA PIER is where Route 66 ends, and as the only California pier with an amusement park, it can be argued it’s where the fun begins. MANHATTAN BEACH PIER has the Roundhouse Aquarium, and the REDONDO BEACH PIER has many of my childhood memories. Keep heading south, and you’ll find the BELMONT VETERANS MEMORIAL PIER and access to all things Long Beach. Then, as you make your way into Orange County, you’ll find the HUNTINGTON BEACH, NEWPORT BEACH, SAN CLEMENTE and BALBOA PIERS. And finally, as you head into San Diego County, you can enjoy CRYSTAL PIER, where you can even spend the night at the Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages. OCEAN BEACH MUNICIPAL PIER is one of San Diego’s most popular tourist attractions and, just before you cross into Mexico, you’ll find the IMPERIAL BEACH PIER. So for food, fishing, family, friends and fun, try one of Southern California’s piers. You may still get sunburned, but you shouldn’t have to pick sand out of places sand was never meant to be. Oh, and have a corn dog for me! ❖


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VENTURA COUNTY FAIR Ventura, CA

Erica Goddard, AKA Bossy Boss Photography, is a Georgia girl living in a California world. From family portraits, new-

born shoots and senior casuals, to boudoir and industry headshots, her real love is people. Being an extrovert, spending time with people energizes her and her photography. Bossy Boss came from her husband’s big brain, when he decided that she takes on a different persona to get her shots. She’s not really bossy but she definitely takes charge, which in turn relaxes her clients and makes ERICA GODDARD / Instagram: bossy_boss_photography / Website: bossybossphotography.com the best, most real moments.

While people around the world may only associate Southern California with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood or the laid back attitude of sunny San Diego, SoCal has so much more to offer. Just outside of its celebrated urban centers, it is a rugged place, a place of extremes, with hot red rock deserts, cold-water pacific islands with wild kelp beds, and snow capped mountain peaks. At least, that’s how I see Southern California. How do you see it? We want to know! We at Southern California Life magazine are devoted to showing you all that it has to offer. We’ll close each issue showcasing the beauty of our region, with its landscapes, and landmarks. And we want you, our readers, to participate. For a chance to be published on our “My Southern California” photo page, follow us on Instagram (@socallifemag) and use these hashtags in your favorite photos of the landscapes, landmarks, and lifestyles that you think define our home:

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