Area15 Las Vegas

Area15 Las VegasJust a mile west of the iconic Las Vegas Strip lies a world of immersive experiences and artistic wonders: Area15. This experiential retail and entertainment complex, a joint venture between Fisher Brothers and Beneville Studios, showcases the evolution of entertainment in the heart of Sin City.

According to the promoters, Area15 does not exist, so enter at your own risk!

From the outside, Area15's design might appear minimalistic. As Michael Beneville explains, they aimed for subtlety rather than competing with the glitz of the casinos. However, once inside, visitors are met with a myriad of attractions.

Where to Stay in San Diego

nullYour decision on where to stay depends on many factors like what are you planning to do, your budget, and your arrival time. 

If you are planning to mainly explore downtown, then you should consider one of the hotels right in the Gaslamp Quarter or downtown waterfront. Some of the best choices are the Marriott Marquis Marina, Hilton Bayfront, and Grand Hyatt. For a budget hotel in or close to downtown, you can try Porto Vista, Wyndham Bayside, or Westin. 

If your main goal is to visit SeaWorld, then try the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Masson Bay or the Bahia Resort. For budget choices, try places like Holiday Inn Express, Wyndham Garden, or Travel Lodge SeaWorld.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara - beach walkSanta Barbara is a coastal town sandwiched between the steep hills of Santa Ynez mountains and the pacific ocean.

The Spanish Colonial architecture, white buildings with courtyards, homes terraced on the hills overlooking the ocean, and the inviting sandy beaches – all gave Santa Barbara its nickname "The American Riviera".

Santa Barabra has a long shoreline with many beaches, a harbor and a Wharf. You can walk through most of it with an easy walk starting from Shoreline Park on the West end, through SB Harbor, passing through East Beach and ending at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.

Millard Canyon Falls

Millard Falls - AltadenaNestled above Pasadena, the region is a canyons and waterfalls treasure trove. Among these, the Millard Canyon Falls hike is a delightful and relatively easy way to experience the beauty of a Southern California waterfall.

Depending on your starting point, the hike to Millard Canyon Falls can either be a more extended 4-mile journey or a shorter, more direct 2.5-mile trek.

The trail, winding along a picturesque creek, involves multiple stream crossings. These crossings add an element of adventure to the hike, as you navigate the natural landscape.

Parts of the trail include some rock scrambling, which may be challenging for the elderly or very young children. However, older children (ages 5 and up) often find the stream crossings and the natural terrain exhilarating.

One unique feature of the trail is a section where hikers must slide down a slope to continue. This 'butt slide' adds a fun and unusual element to the adventure.

Mission Escape Games

Mission Escape - Bank HeistI heard a lot about escape rooms but never participated until recently when I visited the Mission Escape Games location at the Garden Walk, Anaheim.

Did you know? The concept of escape rooms was inspired by "escape-the-room"–style video games. It's a live-action game that brings virtual puzzles to the real world.

I fell in love with the games right away. It is a great way to spend an hour and a half having fun with friends and family and using your brain to solve puzzles.

If you haven’t tried an escape room yet, here is an explanation: It is a game in which a team of players discovers clues, solves puzzles, and accomplishes tasks in one or more rooms to accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time.