Best Things to See and Do in Los Cabos, Mexico

Friday May 20, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 11 Comments

Los Cabos, Mexico, marina, travel, Nancy D. Brown

Los Cabos Marina for fishing, El Arco sight seeing and sunset sailing tours in Mexco

My favorite Insider Tips and places to see in Los Cabos, Mexico.

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the Marina and Medano Beach for great food, drinks and music.

When I’m looking for  classic Baja cuisine, I go to Mi Casa.

The  Tikki Bar is a good local Cabo bar.

When I want to hide away, I go to  Santa Maria or Chileno Beach.

If you come to Cabo San Lucas, take  a picture of the iconic rock formation El Arco.

The best thing to order at Restaurant Arts & Sushi is the No Name Roll.

Did you know that Los Cabos is the Marlin Capital of the World?

For a budget meal, I go to Gardenias.

Marquis Los Cabos, Canto del Mar, restaurant, Nancy D. Brown, dining

Marquis Los Cabos Canto del Mar restaurant for an intimate, five course dining experience

For a huge splurge, I go to Market at One&Only Palmilla or Canto del Mar (Song of the Sea) at Marquis Los Cabos Resort.

Photo opportunities  in Cabo include the Arch, Lover’s Beach, historic San Jose del Cabo and Medano Beach.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of the Pedregal area.

The most random thing about Cabo is the Sabor a Cabo (Flavor’s of Cabo) festival

In Cabo, an active day outdoors involves walking, hiking, horseback riding or scuba diving.

My favorite walking route is the rock next to the arch.

Cabo’s best museum is in Cabo San Lucas, Plaza Amelia Wilkies.

For a night of dancing, go to Cabo Wabo, Nikki Beach, Mandala or Squid Roe.

El Arco "The Arch" Los Cabos, Mexico, Nancy D. Brown

The Arch or “El Arco” is often photographed in Los Cabos, Mexico

For late night dining go to Taquiza.

 

The Los Cabos Gazette will keep you informed on what’s going on a night or on weekends.

You can tell a lot about Cabo from visiting and watching the annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament event.

In the spring you should attend San Jose del Cabo Organic Market

In the summer you should visit Floras Farm Kitchen.

In the fall you should go see the waterfalls at Santiago.

In the winter you should go whale watching.

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico sisters

Sisters eating ice cream in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

A hidden gem in Cabo is the Art District in San Jose del Cabo.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to the French Riviera Bakery.

Just outside of Cabo you can visit Todos Santos, have lunch at the legendary Hotel California.

The best way to see Cabo is to do a sunset cruise.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss  swimming with the dolphins at Cabo Dolphins.

What are your favorite things to do in Los Cabos, Mexico?

Los Cabos, Mexico, sunset, travel, Nancy D. Brown

The best way to enjoy Los Cabos, Mexico is on a sunset cruise

Thank you to Paloma Palacios, PR & Events Manager at Los Cabos Convention & Visitors Bureau, for assistance with this post.

Article, photos and YouTube video by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown

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Best Things to See and Do in San Luis Obispo, California

Friday May 13, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 6 Comments

Nancy D. Brown, Bubble Gum Alley, San Luis Obispo, Travel

When you come to San Luis Obispo, get your picture taken at Bubble Gum Alley

Are you visiting San Luis Obispo for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in SLO town, as well as some other Central Coast Secrets.

If you are looking for high quality California organic cuisine, I recommend Big Sky Cafe or you might like F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House.

Perhaps you are seeking a quiet place to escape and unplug? Check out the creek at Mission San Luis Obispo.

When you come to San Luis Obispo, get your picture taken at Bubble Gum Alley or Bishop’s Peak.

Seeing a lot of college students? San Luis Obispo  is home to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Go Mustangs!

You’ll also want to visit Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and the Thursday Night Farmer’s Market.

Firestone Grill, food, Nancy D. Brown

Meat lovers should check out Firestone Grill in San Luis Obispo

Looking for cheap food in San Luis Obispo? Go to Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach. Beef lovers will want to stop at Firestone Grill for the famous tri-tip sandwich.

For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to Palazzo Giuseppe.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Bishop’s Peak and Madonna Mountain.

Higuera Street offers the best people watching on Thursday night at the Farmers Market.

In San Luis Obispo, outdoor enthusiasts will want to hike, bike, horseback ride, surf, kayak and walk everywhere. San Luis Obispo rocks the Central Coast for all things outdoors.

Looking for a little exercise? Walk along Bishop’s Peak Trail or Cerro San Luis Obispo trails.

If you are a museum lover,  Old Mission San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum should be on your list.

Looking for a night out on the town? Head to the downtown area for a night of dancing at The Graduate or MO TAV.

Novo Restaurant and Lounge is the spot for late night dining.

The Tribune, New Times and the Mustang Daily will keep you posted on what’s happening in San Luis Obispo.

You can tell a lot about San Luis Obispo from visiting the Farmers Market or watching Cal Poly Homecoming.

mustang, sculpture, cal poly, Nancy D. Brown

Mustang Sculpture “Unbridled Spirit ” by Roy Harris

In the spring you should attend the many wine and beer festivals.

If you like music,  you’ll enjoy Concerts in the Plaza during the summertime.

Did you know that San Luis Obispo is known for wine tasting.  Plan a visit to the Edna Valley wine region in the fall.

Come to San Luis Obispo for The Beach and Holiday Parades in the winter.

Insider Tip: Check out the often over-looked Upper Crust Trattoria in San Luis Obispo.

Go to Copper Café at Madonna Inn or Apple Farm Restaurant for a great breakfast treat or coffee.

Just outside of  San Luis Obispo you can visit Pismo Beach, have lunch at the Cracked Crab.

The best way to see San Luis Obispo is to walk or ride a bike.

Don’t miss  Sunset Drive-In, Bubble Gum Alley or the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum if you have kids traveling with you.

What are your favorite things to do in San Luis Obispo, California?

Thanks to San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference Bureau for assistance with this post.  All photos  and YouTube video courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.

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Things to See and Do in Cambria, CA


Best Things to Do in Cambria, California

Friday May 6, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 8 Comments

Harmony Cellars, wine, travel, Nancy D. Brown

Harmony Cellars is a place to go wine tasting near Cambria on California’s Central Coast

Are you visiting Cambria for the first time? Below is a list of Central Coast Secrets and recommendations for things to see and do in Cambria, California.

When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to Fermentations or  Harmony Cellars, located outside of Cambria in the town of Harmony, population 18.

If you are looking for typical California cuisine, I recommend Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant.

Are you looking for a quiet place to escape and unplug? Check out Cambria’s Moonstone Beach.

When you come to Cambria, get your picture taken on Santa Rosa Creek Road  or in downtown Cambria.

Moonstone Beach, Cambria, California, travel, Nancy D. Brown

Moonstone Beach on California’s Central Coast is a quiet place to relax in Cambria

The best item on the menu at Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant is the Pan Seared Sea Scallops.

Notice a lot of trees in Cambria? This beach town is best known for towering Pines near the sea.

Looking for cheap food in Cambria, check out Robin’s Restaurant. And for a wide selection of Central Coast wines, stop by the Cambria Shell Gas Station and Gift Shop.

For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to the Black Cat Bistro.

In Cambria, take your picture at the beach.

The best vantage points are taken by driving to the top of  Santa Rosa Creek Road.

Moonstone Beach offers great views and is the best place to  experience the Cambria Chili Cook Off & Car Show.

In Cambria, outdoor enthusiasts will want to bike ride or go horseback riding with Outback Trail Rides.

Looking for a little exercise? Walk along Moonstone Beach.

Creative Arts Cottage in downtown Cambria on California’s Central Coast

If you are a museum lover, Cambria’s best museum is Hearst Castle.

Don’t expect a night out on the town or dancing in Cambria.  This place shuts down at night.

Black Cat Bistro is the spot for late night dining.

The Cambrian or The Tribune will keep you posted on what’s happening in town.

You can tell a lot about Cambria from visiting and going to the Cambria Farmers Market.

In the spring you should attend the Cambria Chili Cook Off & Car Show

In the summer you might enjoy a picnic at Shamel Park and while watching the Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

Insider Tip: Check out the often over-looked Piedras Blancas Light Station.

Go to The Tea Cozy for a great breakfast treat or spot of tea.

Just outside of Cambria you can visit San Simeon and visit the Elephant Seal Colony.

Santa Rosa Creek Road, California Central Coast, travel

Santa Rosa Creek Road offers some amazing views of California’s Central Coast

The best way to see Cambria is by bicycle.

Don’t miss the Cambria Farmers Market if you have kids traveling with you.

What are your favorite things to see and do in Cambria, California?

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Thanks to San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference Bureau for assistance with this post.  All photos except Santa Rosa Creek Road, courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.