Where are the best areas in the Southern California region for a new kayak owner to become familiar with kayaking? [more inside]
Family -- including my preteen cousin -- is coming to visit me in Los Angeles and I'm not sure where to bring them. Special personality snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I'm having brunch in Santa Barbara this weekend, and then driving back to Los Angeles where I live. After brunch I'd like to drive for a while into the wilderness, park my car, and then ride my rigid frame mountain bike on some scenic single track (or fire roads, sure) for a few hours before heading home. Where should I go? [more inside]
My wife has accepted a post-doc position in the University of Wisconsin system with duration of around two years. Where exactly in Wisconsin is slightly up in the air, but no matter where we end up, we have a host of questions to ask about moving there and Wisconsin life in general. Once we know where we're actually going, we may have more questions about the area, but right now I think our biggest concern is winter. [more inside]
Seeking: highly legible, attractive, informative map of southern California cities and counties, for use as an educational cube decoration. [more inside]
Since most of our family is traveling for the holidays, and we haven’t yet taken our honeymoon (we got married in October), we thought we’d take a trip ourselves. But we could use some recommendations for someplace to go. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I both have some time off between Christmas and New Years Day. We'd like to take a one-day roadtrip somewhere along the southern California coast, get a hotel, hang out on the beach a while, sleep, come home the next afternoon. We're located in Santa Monica, and on a pretty tight budget. Ideas for great little spots/hotels? [more inside]
I am a biologist moving to San Diego. My work will take me all over the state, including SoCal deserts and Baja California. There are a million natural history books out there - which ones are worth the money?
I want a good plant book for sure. But I would also love recommendations for geology, herps, birds, general natural history and anything else an outdoorsy gal might find interesting.
Are there improvements that can be done to them to improve their efficiency and safety?
Are there retrofits?
Would I be able to purchase something more modern that would directly replace the existing units? [more inside]
I'm flying down to SoCal on Saturday morning and flying back back Sunday evening after spending Saturday evening visiting with some friends in HB. I'll be flying into LAX, picking up a rental, then head south to Huntington Beach. On Sunday, I'll head north to catch the plane flight back. How can I make this easy to do, where can I stay, and what beaches might I visit along the way with the short time I have planned? [more inside]
I am in Torrance, C.A. I am flying out from LAX at 8pm. What can/should I do between noon, and getting to the airport at 7pm? [more inside]
I live in Southern California, and the housing market in my area is insane. "Starter" homes here cost between $600K-1M, and these are mostly old tract homes that have 2 bedrooms, are less than 1000 square feet, are on less than 1/6 of an acre, and need ample renovations. I'm having a hard time seeing how buying one of these at that price could ever be a good investment, or something to feel good about - even though I know this is where the market is, I can't help but think that is a huge ripoff. But people are buying, and even bidding above asking price. My question is - why does anyone think it's a good idea to spend so much to get so little? Am I just out of touch and is $750K not that much money anymore?
My mother recently passed away and we are looking to rent out a function space to have a gathering for 25-30 friends and relatives to get together, have a little lunch, trade stories, and generally remember her. Low-key is the general idea. Looking for recommendation for locations (hotels, inns, converted barns, restaurants) around North Orange County, California — or web resources that will have good listing of the same. [more inside]
I'm helping an early-older-age couple with their idea of possibly relocating from New Mexico to Southern California in the coming years. We are looking for thoughts about a region we're unfamiliar with. [more inside]
I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked.
So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really
, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
Please recommend some books about the history of Southern California. I'm specifically interested in the evolution of car culture and the L.A. area as a cultural incubator. [more inside]
These two trees
are in my friend's new Los Angeles backyard. Any idea what they are? [more inside]
What are some quirky and/or beautiful destinations within a 2 or 3 hour drive of San Diego? [more inside]
My sister's husband has probably had a psychotic break in Southern California and has gone missing. Please advise. [more inside]
What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic in Santa Monica? Are there any specific trails or routes I should be paying attention when hunting for housing? Any specific intersections to be avoided? [more inside]
My colleagues in New Jersey often refer to places as "the next town over" or "two towns down from me." I get the general idea, but as life-long Southern Californian, I feel like I'm not getting the full, nuanced meaning. [more inside]
Hello So Cal! I need doctor recommendations in the San Diego area. [more inside]
For the past three years, my wife has been sick. constant respiratory issues that have grown into asthma and whatnot. We have been dealing with it for sometime, and it dawned on us, that it started right around when we moved into our current house ( I know, we are a bit dense). [more inside]
Where can I get my cowboy on in Southern California? [more inside]
I'm looking for a secluded, peaceful cabin or hotel within cycling distance of any of the Amtrak Surfliner stations south of Los Angeles (Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Oceanside, Solana Beach, San Diego). It's for a short December getaway. Any recommendations?
I need a day trip from Los Angeles this upcoming (rainy) weekend. [more inside]
My birthday is on the 18th and I plan on taking Monday off to make it a long weekend. But that happens to be the weekend of Carmageddon
. Which, if you don’t live near Los Angeles, is when all hell will break loose because 10 miles of freeway will be closed
for a Saturday and a Sunday. Truly the end of the world. [more inside]
What's a great weekend getaway from Los Angeles at a resonable price? [more inside]
Yelp.com (or other review site): sorting by newest
restaurant in an area? Or: where do you go to find recently *opened* restaurants in Southern California (inland empire etc). [more inside]
Where, within a two-hour drive of Torrance, California, can I camp for one or two nights? [more inside]
SoCal Cycling: What's the best way to continue through Palos Verdes from Torrance Beach? [more inside]
Sober(ish) Bachelor Party in So Cal. I need help generating awesome ideas. [more inside]
Has anyone ever made Gumbo without a roux? [more inside]
I've got some doubts about our current SoCal real estate agent. At first, there didn't seem to be a problem. But recent events have made me wonder if we're wasting his time. [more inside]
Beach camping in Southern California? [more inside]
Help me with an itinerary for a 3-day camping/photo tour of Southern California. [more inside]
Looking for avian resources -- vets, toy stores, etc -- in SoCal! [more inside]
Where can I go camping within a day's drive of L.A. this coming weekend? [more inside]
Where can an adult get the "kid-on-the-monkey-bars experience" without getting arrested? [more inside]
I'll be driving from Los Angeles to the Seattle area in a few weeks. I don't want to endure the dreariness of I-5 all the way up, but I also don't want to spend too much time on the trip. Three days would probably be ideal; four would be acceptable. What route will provide the best balance of beauty/points of interest and expediency? [more inside]
Affordable conference/retreat facilities in Southern California? [more inside]
Where around socal can I meet other aspiring electronic do-it-yourselfers? [backyard imagineering] [more inside]
What's the best 1-2 yr old 4WD-capable car? Best for us means: fuel economy, reliability, non-behemoth-SUV-ness, aesthetic and reasonable cost (<$25k). Also: any knowledge about Subaru Outbacks and SoCal 4WD dealers. [more inside]
what's an awesome picnic spot in L.A.? [more inside]
Baby signing classes in Socal next week? [more inside]
Please help -- How do you buy a new car in California for cash?
Dealer has agreed to a cash deal, but at 11th hour,
insists on signing a loan agreement?!?
Help my cuz get this guy to close a cash deal. [more inside]
where can I stay in Santa Barbara? [more inside]
How do you deal with or adapt to Car Culture? Tips on driving, things to do in/with the car, strategies to deal with traffic, autos, parking, life-on-the-road in general please. Also: any specific Southern California driving/car advice. [more inside]
Buying-a-used-Car in SoCal-filter : I'm looking for good used car dealerships in the Pomona / Inland Empire / greater LA area. Also, for good independent mechanics to examine a prospective used car. Also: Examples of dealers/mechanics to avoid and general advice. [more inside]
Does anyone know how/ where to have fun in San Diego? [more inside]