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Enjoying Wine and cheese overlooking the Temecula Valley wine country

Temecula Valley – SoCal’s hidden gem

by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva   California wine country – often described as “casual… picturesque,” with rolling hills punctuated by lush vineyards and scenic wineries, enjoying a Mediterranean-like climate of warm, dry summers and cool winters. Napa Valley? Sonoma? Actually, this describes Southern California’s burgeoning wine country – Temecula Valley.   In the spirit of …

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Queen Mary docked in Long Beach, CA

The Queen Mary’s 13th Annual Art Deco Festival. 

Reported by Mary Gallagher Spectacular live music, dancing, drinks, parties, food, history, and more onboard The Queen Mary August 19 -20 Pack your vintage duds and dust off your dapper suits for the Queen Mary’s 13th annual Art Deco Festival returning to the majestic ship August 19 – 20, 2017. Produced in collaboration with the …

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Capturing the Spirit of Ojai

Story and photos by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva The Chumash Indians once made this valley their home. Now it is home to countless artists, musicians and health enthusiasts.  The city that eventually emerged in this California valley became known as Ojai (a Chumash word meaning “the Nest” or “Valley of the Moon”), a community that …

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Coronado – San Diego’s “Enchanted Island”

By Jeff and Stephanie Sylva As we sit home bracing for a winter storm predicted to be of “historical proportions,” we long for the warm, sunny climes of San Diego and Coronado Island from which we recently returned. When we planned a visit to these Southern California gems for January, we weren’t sure what to …

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