Your Guide to the 2016 Tet Festival

According to the Vietnamese calendar, we’re quickly approaching the Year of the Monkey. The monkey means curiosity, happiness, and playfulness, but it also means that the Vietnamese New Year, known as Tết Nguyên Ðán, is drawing near. This significant holiday brings with it the annual Tết Festival, which for 2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

To make sure that you don’t miss a single moment of the excitement, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about the 2016 Tết Festival. Let’s take a look!

History of the Tết Festival

group_young_adult_friendsIn 1982, the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations Southern California (UVSA) was founded as a non-profit community-based organization committed to preserving and celebrating Vietnamese culture in Southern California. Through the ambition and determination of student members and a few volunteers, the UVSA was able to organize the first Tết Festival more than 34 years ago.

Now the festival is a thriving annual celebration that’s become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for the surrounding communities.

Events and Contests

More than just a New Year celebration, the 2016 Tết Festival hosts a number of exciting contests and special events for you and your family to enjoy, the first of which is the Miss Vietnam of Southern California Pageant. This event strives to “elevate the Vietnamese American female as a national symbol of beauty and pride,” according to the 2016 Tết Festival website.

But that’s not the only fun activity that you can get involved in. There’s also a children’s pageant, a Phở eating contest, a short film contest, and a floral arrangement contest.

However, there’s no doubt that one of the most popular events at this year’s Tết Festival will be the talent show. Scheduled for Saturday, February 13, the talent show is open to any unique or interesting talent. Whether you’re a dance group or you’ve got a couple of funny one-liners, you’ll have the chance to perform live in front of thousands of people.

Getting Tickets to the 2016 Tết Festival

tickets-vintageThis year’s festival will be held from Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14 at the Orange County Fair & Event Center. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online from the official Tết Festival website. Here’s what you need to know to secure admission:

Hours

  • 2/12: 4 to 11 pm
  • 2/13: 11 am to 11 pm
  • 2/14: 11 am to 10 pm

Admission

  • $5 plus convenience fee for one-day pass purchased online
  • $13 plus convenience fee for three-day pass purchased online
  • $6 general admission purchased at the door
  • Children ages 2 and younger are free

Want to know more about the 2016 Tết Festival and how you can get involved? Visit the official Tết Festival website and check out their volunteer application.

Unique Valentine’s Day Dates Near Cerritos, CA

Love might be in the air, but to really sweep your sweetheart of their feet this Valentine’s Day, you’re going to need some impressive date ideas. That’s where we come in. Using Cupid’s bow to point you in the right direction, we’re sharing 3 fun V-Day date ideas around Cerritos, CA, that are sure to leave your sugar completely love struck.

Go Old School with a Drive-In Movie

MovieReel_FilmDrive-in movie theaters like Vineland offer one of the most classic Valentine’s Day date ideas around. Picture this: You and your babe close together in the back seat. Maybe you’ve got your arm around their shoulders. A romantic evening under the stars while some of the season’s hottest films play out on a massive screen. You’ll probably be awarded Valentine of the Yearfor coming up with such a great date idea.

  • Vineland is located at 443 North Vineland Avenue, City of Industry, CA
  • Gates open at 6:30 pm on Valentine’s Day
  • General admission is $9

Whip Up Something Lovely at a Cooking Class

You know what they say: A couple that cooks together, um…well you get what we mean. A cooking class is a fun and creative way for you and your honey to get closer together and make something delicious.

You can sign up for a special Valentine’s Day dinner cooking class at Prep Kitchen Essentials in Seal Beach. For less than $100, you and your date will enjoy a fun and interactive class that culminates with a V-Day meal you both will love.

  • Enroll now to save your spot
  • Wine served throughout the evening
  • Class runs from 6 to 8:30 pm

Climb to New Heights in Your Relationship with a Rock Climb

Valentine roseIndoor rock climbing isn’t for everyone, but if your valentine loves a good challenge, then this could be the perfect date idea to help you grow as a couple. The Cerritos area is lucky enough to have not just one but two terrific rock climbing gyms located nearby.

Hangar 18 Long Beach in Signal Hill offers more than 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain for you and your date to conquer. Whether you’re a first-time climber looking to try something new or a veteran of the sport in search of a challenging 70-feet indoor route, Hangar 18 has something for everyone. However, keep in mind that they’re only open until 8 pm on Valentine’s Day, so plan to go before you head out to dinner.

The other indoor rock climbing gym we recommend is Rock City Climbing in Anaheim. This gym is a true community of climbers, featuring a safe and family-friendly environment. With a supportive staff of climbing pros, Rock City is a great place to learn something new with your significant other and maybe even discover a new passion. Open until 6 pm on Valentine’s Day, head over in the early afternoon to make sure that you don’t miss your dinner plans.

We hope you and your date enjoy these unique Valentine’s Day date ideas around Cerritos, CA. If you’d like to learn about other attractions and events happening in your area, check out our blog!

Places to Start Your New Year’s Resolutions Near Whittier, CA

Did you know that roughly 45% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution? And did you also know that by 26 weeks, less than half of them are still following through? What gives?

The fact is, keeping your New Year’s resolution isn’t easy for most people, especially when the only thing that’s changed in your life is the date. So how do you improve your New Year’s resolution success rate?

One way is to find a place or business that will help you accomplish your ultimate goal. To get you started, we found four businesses near Whitter, CA, that can help you start the new year right.

One Body Studios

2424 West Whittier Boulevard, La Habra

MeditationOne Body Studios in La Habra is a “movement sanctuary” where yoga, Pilates, and dance classes are offered to help students engage in a healthy, supportive lifestyle. So if you’re like the majority of New Year’s resolution makers who vow to live healthier, lose weight, be active, etc., then One Body Studios might be a great place to follow through with your goals.

Featuring a variety of classes and course options, it’s easy to work your new commitment into your schedule. Contact the studio or visit their website for more information.

Tae Kwon Do USA

15035 Mulberry Drive, Whittier

Yoga and dancing not really your thing? Learn the advanced skills and techniques of Taekwondo at Tae Kwon Do USA. Just what is Taekwondo? It’s a form of Korean martial arts that goes beyond merely teaching self-defense; you’ll also learn discipline, confidence, and self-control.

Join Master Jeff Kim, a sixth-degree black belt, and his team of experts and learn a time-honored martial arts tradition that’s sure to help you stay in shape and live a healthier life. Adult classes are available to strengthen physical ability, reduce stress, and build harmony in your life. Visit their website for more information.

CrossFit Whittier

12217 Philadelphia Street, Whittier

Gloves_AndBoxerPerhaps you’re already a terrific fighter or maybe you just want to take your fitness routine to the next level in 2016. If that sounds like you, then CrossFit Whittier might be the best way to get there. This blue collar gym is all about pushing your personal limits to achieve the body and strength you might have only dreamed of before.

Not for the weak spirited, be forewarned that CrossFit can be a mentally demanding fitness program and even with a team of instructors motivating you along the way, you’ll need to be fully committed to the workouts.

With that said, CrossFit Whittier recognizes that everyone comes in at different fitness levels. They’ll work with you to tailor the workouts to be beneficial, not impossible.

Herbie’s Natural Foods

14153 East Whittier Boulevard, Suite 105, Whittier

In addition to being more active and working out, eating healthy is a big part of any good New Year’s resolution. At Herbie’s Natural Foods, you can find fresh and organic produce, foods, and natural health items. Serving the Whittier community with their healthy food items since 1993, Herbie’s was pushing organic before it became a national phenomenon.

If you really want to commit to your New Year’s resolution, this is the perfect place to stock up your pantry with fresh and organic goods.

Still Need Help?

If the change you’re trying to make was easy, you probably wouldn’t have pushed it off until New Year’s to make it. With that said, holding onto your resolution can be hard, even seemingly impossible, at times. The important thing to remember is that even if you slip up, you can always refocus and try again.

For more information about businesses and events happening in your area, check out our blog!

Best Christmas Plays Near Cerritos, CA

With the constant pressures of work and the responsibilities of home life, it can be difficult to get in to the holiday spirit. So to help you avoid becoming a Scrooge this Christmas, we found five inspiring Christmas plays that will be performed around the Cerritos area and are guaranteed to have you hearing sleigh bells and spreading good cheer.

And since we’ve already mentioned it, where better to start than with a holiday classic from Mr. Charles Dickens.

1. A Christmas Carol

StageBased on the popular novella by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol has become one of the most well-known holiday plays in history. If you’re not familiar with the story, it follows the journey of holiday-hating Ebenezer Scrooge as three spirits show him the consequences of his wicked ways. Will Scrooge learn to embrace the Christmas spirit or meet a sad and lonesome demise? You’ll have to go and see for yourself!

  • Venue: A Noise Within, 3352 East Foothill Boulevard
  • Dates: December 5 through 23
  • Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes without an intermission

2. The Latina Christmas Special

If you feel like your holidays are overrun with family drama, then you have to see The Latina Christmas Special.These tales of holidays past as told by three acclaimed Latina comedians are sure to make you feel a whole lot better about your own holiday horror stories.

Featuring Sandra Valls of Showtime’s Latin Divas of Comedy, Diana Yanez of the Margaret Cho Sensuous Woman Show, and Maria Russell of FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, this Latina Christmas event will have you laughing all the way to a new holiday attitude.

  • Venue: Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street
  • Dates: Now through December 20
  • General Admission: $30

3. Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates Christmas

christmas_lights_on_tableA new spin on this childhood classic, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates Christmas follows Tinker Bell, Peter, and Wendy as they try to thwart the pirates’ attempt to kidnap Peter Pan and deliver him to Captain Hook as a Christmas present. Watch as the excitement and danger ensues with contemporary musical numbers, choreographed performances, and high-flying stunts.

Show up an hour before the curtain and enjoy a winter wonderland, complete with crafts, fun activities, and a visit from Santa.

  • Venue: Pasadena Playhouse
  • Dates: December 9 to January 3

4. The Magic of Christmas

Renowned performance group The Young Americans presents The Magic of Christmas, a stunning Christmas musical featuring 250 cast members, 30 scene changes, more than 6,000 costumes, and 45-foot high LED walls. You and your family will find yourselves in a wintery wonderland as you enjoy a holiday performance that you won’t soon forget. Tickets are sure to go fast so reserve yours now.

  • Venue: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
  • Dates: December 11 to 20

5. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Motown

He sees the singers singing, he hears the rolling bass, he’s full of soul and ready to roll so be good for goodness sake. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Motown thanks to the Troubadour Theater Company. This fan-favorite holiday play takes you on a ride filled with wild theatrics, hilarious musical numbers, and so much more. Join friends and family for a unique parody of a holiday classic.

  • Venue: Falcon Theatre
  • Dates: December 2 to January 17

Looking for more holiday events around the Cerritos, CA, area? Check out our community page!

Holiday Markets Around Los Angeles, CA

The holidays are here, Los Angeles! That means it’s time for all of us to put on our thinking caps and pick out the best gifts for the people on our holiday shopping list. However, some people are a lot harder to shop for than others, and a little inspiration is needed to get the wheels turning.

To help you find the ideal present for everyone on your list this season, we’ve rounded up some of the best holiday markets from across the Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles Holiday Fair

bells_bowOur first stop is the quaint, lovely Los Angeles Holiday Fair. This time-honored LA tradition has become an irreplaceable holiday treat in which residents enjoy over 300 quality crafters. Officially known as the Holiday Renegade Craft Fair, the Downtown LA area will become a craft-makers hangout on December 12 and 13.

  • Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Location: Grand Park, 200 North Spring Street

Whether you’re looking for some unique home decor to gift yourself or something one-of-a-kind for that one-of-a-kind person on your list, this LA Holiday Fair is a great spot to check out. Plus visitors can enjoy a free gift plant, photo ops, music, food trucks, and much more!

Echo Park Craft Fair

The Echo Park Craft Fair isn’t your average craft market. Featuring dozens of talented fashion designers, artists, crafters, and even the occasional organic farmer, this biannual event showcases the inspiring work of local artists from across the eastern Los Angeles area.

  • Dates: December 12 and 13
  • Tickets: $10 to $16

What started as a trendy backyard bash has now become one of Echo Park’s most anticipated events, especially during the holiday season. This homegrown arts and design event will be held at Mark Sennett Studios located at 1215 Bates Avenue.

A Current Affair

giftboxhollyThis pop-up vintage marketplace has been sending shockwaves through the fashion community since its inception in 2010. In just a few years, the fashion-forward event has skyrocketed in popularity, drawing some of the hottest vintage retailers and private dealers.

  • Dates: December 12 and 13
  • Location: Cooper Design Space, 860 South Los Angeles Street

If you or anyone on your holiday shopping list considers themselves a bit of a fashionista, then this might be the only holiday market you need to attend. You’ll find everything from authentic heritage denim to luxurious estate jewelry, with prices ranging from $30 to $3,000.

Artists & Fleas

What happens when you mix a craft show with an art show with a fair with a flea market? You get the Artists & Fleas market, of course! As confusing as that might sound, the concept behind this one-of-a-kind market is surprisingly simple: Bring art and people together in an open-minded collaborative environment.

Held the third weekend of every month in Downtown LA’s Arts District, the Artists & Fleas market is the perfect opportunity to fetch some last minute holiday gifts.

  • When: December 19 and 20, 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: 647 Mateo Street (the old truck service station)

Looking for more holiday markets and events in the Los Angeles area? Check out our community page!

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Friends and Neighbors Pricing Event

The holidays are all about the spirit of giving and charity. So at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos, we’re doing something special for each of our customers throughout Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey.

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If you’re in the market for a brand new Ford, visit our state-of-the-art dealership for our end-of-the-year Friends & Neighbors Pricing Event. Through January 4, 2016, Norm Reeves Ford Superstore will sell all of their vehicles at the discounted rate that our employees’ friends, relatives, and neighbors receive. This is the perfect opportunity to get a markdown typically reserved for our colleagues and personal acquaintances. All you have to do is stop by our dealership in Cerritos, pick out the latest Ford model you want, and we’ll take care of the rest. No negotiating is required.

An Inside Deal, Now for Everyone

During the Norm Reeves Friends & Neighbors Pricing Event, you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on one of Ford’s innovative, dependable, and efficient vehicles. You may be looking into one of Ford’s athletic and sleek sedans like the 2016 Fusion or the 2016 Focus. Or perhaps you’re looking into a spacious SUV or crossover, like the 2016 Escape or the 2016 Explorer.

Whatever you’re interested in, Norm Reeves Ford Superstore has a full inventory of Ford’s latest vehicles for you to consider. Before you come in, we encourage you to look through some of our reviews and comparisons so you can decide which model is best for you. Afterwards, you can schedule a test drive with us.

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We couldn’t think of a better time to shop for a car in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey than during our Friends & Neighbors Pricing Event. Stay tuned for more discounts coming down the road, as we’ll be offering Black Friday and Final Days enhancement specials during our pricing event. But don’t wait too long. With our heavily discounted prices and markdowns, the car of your dreams may be gone if you don’t act fast!

You can get the best deal on a brand new car, truck, or SUV from Ford this holiday season thanks to our Ford Friends & Neighbors Pricing Event. Our end-of-the-year savings are unbeatable, and we can’t wait to find the perfect Ford for you.

Test Drive a Brand New Ford at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore

The Ford Friends & Neighbors Pricing Event is already underway, making the car shopping process easier for everyone in Los Angeles, Downey, and Long Beach. This is a great way to save hundreds or thousands of dollars on a new car, truck, or SUV from Ford, so we encourage you to stop by to tour our inventory at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos.

Schedule a test drive with us today! We’re located at 18900 Studebaker Road in Cerritos.

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Ice Skating Rinks Near Cerritos, CA

Looking for something different to do this weekend? Why not take to the ice and show off some of your impressive skating skills at one of the local ice skating rinks near Cerritos, CA? You can even enroll in some helpful skating classes if your skills need a little polishing.

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Either way, ice skating is a terrific way for you and your family to get out of the house and enjoy some fun family exercise. Let’s take a look at some of the top ice skating rinks in your area.

East West Ice Palace

For a royal ice skating experience, take a trip to East West Ice Palace in Artesia, CA. As the newest addition to the SoCal ice skating community, this rink features a full-size skating rink that’s fit for a king. The rink measures an incredible 200 feet long and 85 feet wide, so there’s plenty of room for you and the rest of the kingdom.

Each week, the Ice Palace opens its gates to the public for open ice skating and provides more than 600 pairs of professional skates for renting in case you don’t have your own. While you’re there, be sure to ask about their extensive list of ice skating classes.

East West Ice Palace is located at 11446 Artesia Boulevard in Artesia, CA.

Paramount Iceland

When the invention of the refrigerator threatened to hurt their ice manufacturing business, Frank Zamboni—as in the inventor of the Zamboni ice resurfacer—and his brother decided to build an ice skating rink to recover their losses. Nearly 80 years later, Paramount Iceland still stands as one of the oldest ice skating rinks in the area.

SnowBuilt in 1939, Paramount Iceland has served as the practice facility for a number of famous ice skaters over the years. Now you can skate this historic rink and enjoy a variety of special events held throughout the year.

Paramount Iceland is located at 8041 Jackson Street in Paramount, CA.

Westminster ICE

If you want to learn how to ice skate at a quality rink with professional instructors, then Westminster ICE is the place for you. Offering a variety of in-depth classes, you and your family can learn everything from ice skating basics to more advanced skating techniques.

Westminster ICE also offers a variety of specialized training courses that can help you learn ice skating techniques for hockey, figure skating, and more. Enroll in one-on-one private lessons or join a group class. Whatever you’re looking for, Westminster ICE has the ice skating class for you.

Ready to hit the ice? Gather up the family and explore these great ice skating rinks near Cerritos, CA. For information about other activities and events happening in your area, visit our community page.

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Your Guide to the Golf & Give Back Tournament

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The people of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey are practicing for the PRC Restoration Golf & Give Back Tournament, which is coming to the Lakewood Country Club on Friday, October 2. As your guide to the Golf & Give Back Tournament, we’ll be making sure that you have all of the information you need to take part in this exciting charity golf event.

Keep in mind that the date of the Golf & Give Back event is coming up soon. Read this guide and join in on all of the fun and festivities.

Golf & Give Back Tournament Details

The Golf & Give Back event is hosted by the Red Shoe Society. This group of young philanthropic professionals provides assistance to the Ronald McDonald House, so it makes sense that proceeds from the event will benefit the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

The event is scheduled for Friday, October 2 at the Lakewood Country Club. The country club is located at 3101 Carson Street in Lakewood. Interested parties can register either online or at the country club on the day of the event.

Golf and Give Back Tournament

Golf & Give Back Event Schedule

11 am: Registration begins

1 pm: Shotgun golf begins

5 pm: Evening events (dinner, auction, raffle)

Registration Info

For golfers (includes greens fee, cart fee, range balls, lunch, and dinner):

  • $150 per player
  • $125 for Red Shoe Society members
  • $600 foursome

For non-golfers (includes dinner):

  • $50 per person
  • $40 for Red Shoe Society members

About the Lakewood Country Club

The Lakewood Country Club Golf Course was designed in 1933 as a beautiful and challenging 18-hole championship course. With 7,000 yards from the back tees, the Lakewood Country Club Course is one of the longer courses in the area.

In addition to the course, golfers can find chipping greens, a practice bunker, a pro shop, and a grill/lounge for dining.

What to Wear

When picking out a top, a golf shirt is probably best. This short sleeved, collared pullover is slightly longer than your average polo, which helps it to stay tucked in after an afternoon of swinging. Button-down shirts and low-cut collars aren’t suggested golf attire.

For bottoms, a nice pair of khaki pants has become the standard, but most Bermuda-length shorts are also perfectly acceptable. What you should stay away from are jeans, gym shorts, cutoffs, and short shorts.

In terms of footwear, golf shoes are obviously the best choice, but it’s understandable that a one-time player might not want to dish out the money on a brand-new pair of golfing shoes. So a good pair of pair of sneakers should do just fine.

However, if you do plan to wear golfing shoes, keep in mind that some courses don’t allow metal-spiked shoes, so be sure to check with the country club ahead of time.

The last thing that you should make sure to wear while at the Golf & Give Back Tournament is plenty of sunscreen. Many people don’t realize just how long they’ve been out in the sun when playing golf and will get sunburned as a result.

Breast Cancer Events and Fundraisers Near Cerritos

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when people across the country join together to volunteer their time, stories, and money to help fund treatment and find a cure for breast cancer.

Here are four events and fundraisers near Cerritos, CA, for you to consider participating in.

No More Bad Days: An Evening with This Wild Life to Battle Breast Cancer

Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 pm, This Wild Life is putting on a show called No More Bad Days, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The show will be held at Chain Reaction, located at 1652 West Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim. Tickets are on sale now for $20 and include a free T-shirt. This Wild Life is an acoustic punk-rock duo with a soft and melodic sound.

OGDGC Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Fundraiser

Come to the Oak Grove Disk Golf Club on Sunday, October 11 at 8:45 am for the First Annual OGDGC Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Fundraiser. The golf club, located at 4550 Oak Grove Drive in Pasadena, is a non-profit organization that works with the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The event is open to men and women with registration starting promptly at 8:45 am, player meetings starting at 9:30 am, and tee time at 10 am. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible. Registration prices range from $35 to $60.

Halloween Hotness 2.0: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Themed Costume Party

Boogie down for a good cause at the Halloween Hotness 2.0 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Themed Costume Party, occurring on Saturday, October 17 from 6 pm to midnight. Taking place at the Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, this event also will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Tickets are limited, so make sure to register for this hot event as soon as possible. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Come join in the fun and enjoy a live DJ, drinks, red carpet arrivals, special guests, burlesque, selfie stations, dating auction, a lip sync battle, raffles, karaoke and, of course, a costume contest.

A look at some of the special guests:

  • Sophia Crawford, actress and stuntwoman Buffy, Power Rangers
  • Ashley Bank, actress, The Monster Squad
  • Jeff Cohen, actor, The Goonies

Jax Bicycle Center Breast Cancer Awareness Ride

Enjoy a great bike ride and support the fight against breast cancer with the Jax Bicycle Center Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. Scheduled for Saturday, October 24 from 10 am to 2 pm, this event features two great rides for you to enjoy.

The bike ride will begin at the Jax Bicycle Center at 26612 Margarita Road in Murrieta. All of the registration fee after the processing fee from the Eighth Annual Bike Ride will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Registered riders will receive a free BBQ lunch, beer from the Backyard Bottleshop & Taproom, and $1 a minute massages. 

Labor Day Getaways near Cerritos, CA

Believe it or not, Labor Day is just around the corner, which for many of us means a bonus day off from work and some extra time to spend with friends and loved ones. To make sure that you get the most out of this well-deserved holiday, we’ve compiled some of the best Labor Day getaways near Cerritos, CA. You can bring along that special someone, invite your friends, or go it alone for a calming and relaxing day out of the office. Whatever you decide to do, just remember that you totally deserve it.

Getaway #1:  Catalina Island

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One of our favorite parts about living in California, Catalina Island is the only coastal island retreat in the state. Consisting of a large nature conservancy and a walkable town of about 3,000, there’s still plenty to see, do, and eat at Catalina. Enjoy a day of hiking, scuba diving, or just relaxing with an escape from busy city life. Possibly the best part about Catalina is that when you’re ready to come home, you can skip the traffic jams and hop on a ferry off the island.

Getaway #2: Eureka

This quaint and quiet town on California’s northern coast features Victorian-style homes and beautiful scenery that will help you forget the zooming traffic and congestion back home. Perfect for anyone who’s a nature lover or a fan of Victorian architecture, there’s plenty of ways to unwind in and around Eureka. Stay active with fun watersports on the bay or take a stroll through Ferndale, which was used as the set for the fictional town of Lawson in the film The Majestic. Also, make sure you get a chance to travel through the redwood forests nearby.

Getaway #3: Mendocino

For the ultimate level of quiet relaxation, get lost in the breathtaking natural beauty of Mendocino County. You’ll experience dramatic cliffs that run right up to the brilliant waves of the Pacific Ocean. Escape from the monotony of everyday life with a pleasant walk on the beach or unwind at the Elk Cove Inn spa. The Skunk Train gives visitors a unique view of the area as it travels across the mountains from Fort Bragg to Willits. This destination is perfect for anyone that needs a little peace and quiet while diving into a good book accompanied by stunning natural scenery.

Getaway #4: Mono County

labor day activities near cerritos A visit to Mono County can prove to be a relaxing getaway that’s easy on your wallet. Just east of the Sierras, Mono offers visitors a plethora of outdoor activities from fishing to hiking to wildlife photography opportunities. If you’re a fan of history or just intrigued by the past, then be sure to visit Bodie, which is one of the most popular ghost towns in California. You can also plan a trip to see Bristlecone Pines, which features a unique forest of the oldest living trees in the world. Then unwind in the open-air hot springs for a relaxing soak like you’ve never experienced before.