Discover Old Town Pasadena CaliforniaWritten by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
Old Town Pasadena which basically runs down Colorado Blvd. from Pasadena Avenue on West to Marengo Avenue on east and on either side of Colorado Blvd. from Holly St. on north to Green St. on south is quickly becoming one of Los Angeles Countys busiest and most entertaining local gathering places.
Day or night, weekday or weekend area is always "jumpin". People come from all over to dine, shop, visit art galleries, go to movies, go dancing, listen to jazz and other types of music, be entertained by street preformers and most of all to relax and have fun in a safe, clean and pleasant atmosphere.
There are dozens of restaurants, most with outdoor patio dining, serving almost any type of ethnic or American cuisine you could wish for. There are night clubs offering a variety of entertainment, shops of all types, art galleries, antique stores, bakeries serving some of best pastries found anywhere, movie theaters showing first run movies, book stores with coffee bars and if you like people watching, people of almost every nationality, culture and income, letting loose and having fun.
Park in one of parking garages, on some of side streets or avail yourself of valet parking offered on street in front of several of restaurants and businesses and then walk to any place in Old Town. The city of Pasadena and Old Town merchants and businesses have gone to great lengths to ensure your safety and well being without encroaching on your enjoyment of area.
Visit Santa Barbara CaliforniaWritten by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
Ninty some miles north west of Los Angeles lies lovely beach city of Santa Barbara, California where you will find some of cleanest and best tended beaches on west coast.
The city of Santa Barbara which includes Hope Ranch and Montecito has a population of approximately 90,000 (not counting students who reside at UC Santa Barbara.) yet it hosts millions of visitors each year. The residents of city are, for most part, friendly, courteous and helpful, city is clean and thanks to a well enforced anti graffiti department, virtually free of graffiti. Crime rates are low and police are courteous and willing to assist you in whatever you need. Whether you are a single traveler, traveling with a friend or spouse or taking whole family, Santa Barbara is a great destination.
There is something for everyone in or near Santa Barbara. Relax on beaches, enjoy night life on State Street or in next door Isla Vista, drive past multi million dollar homes in Montecito or Hope Ranch, take in a symphony at Arlington Theater, visit Museum of Art, tour Mission, go to Zoo or enjoy Botanic Gardens or Natural History Museum, fish off Stearns Wharf, go sport fishing or whale watching, dine at one of numerous excellant restaurants (many with outside patio dining), visit outdoor Farmer's Market and buy organically grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, buy arts and crafts at sidewalk art show which is right along beach, rent a bicycle or a bicycle built for two and ride on bike paths along ocean, dine at one of seafood restaurants or at open air fish market on Stearn's Wharf or shop at Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall.