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How do I recapture the relaxation of my cruise at home?

A friend and I recently went on a cruise and it was the most relaxing and restful experience of my life. I've been trying to figure out how to recapture that experience at home. [more inside]
posted by shesbookish on Apr 30, 2016 - 3 answers

US warm long weekend destination in February for solo female traveler

I am thinking about taking a solo long weekend vacation sometime in February to get away from the gloomy Pacific Northwest. Usually I would go to LA but I have been thinking of trying something else in SoCal or even elsewhere. Criteria below the fold. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Jan 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Where should I buy a cabin?

I live in Los Angeles, and am thinking about buying a family cabin. Where should we look? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Oct 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Outside the circle of fire.

I'm a field recordist and a solitude-lover. I'd like to camp in the most sound-rich environment possible for New Year's. I'm in Southern California. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Where to find exotic chocolate in San Diego/Los Angeles

This winter I'll be going to a holiday party to which I'll need to bring the most exotic chocolate I can find. Apparently some guests to this party start their search for exotic goods six months in advance because of reasons, but as I am new to this universe I'd like to at least attempt to bring something of note now that I've been allowed to join the inner circle as it were. Where in San Diego, Orange County, or Los Angeles could I get delicious but intriguing chocolate? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Dec 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Archaeological, historical sites worth seeing in Southern California

So my mom (from Ireland) will be spending September with me in California, she's been here many times and we've covered most of the West Coast on numerous road-trips. We will almost certainly do another this time, probably about 10 days travelling down the coast from San Jose to San Diego, then we'll most likely swing east through the deserts and work our way back along the Owens Valley towards Lake Mono before crossing the Sierra back to the Bay Area. Apart from finally stopping at Hearst Castle and visiting The Getty in LA (which has been closed every other time we've been in the area). We're looking for sites of archaeological, historical or geological interest. When my mom asks about archaeological sites she's thinking things like Chaco Canyon in NM. The Google has mostly failed me, so here's hoping Mefi can do better. So I'm looking for places to visit with interesting history that are reasonably accessible, (4WD and dirt roads to get there is OK), she can walk but not hike up a hill. As a bonus question, I'm pretty interested in geology and so I'm going to go find some really old rocks (they're kinda scarce in Nor Cal) and maybe some trilobite fossils. But I'd love to hear other ideas.
posted by Long Way To Go on Aug 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Event space for a (smaller) Memorial Gathering near Orange County, SoCal

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]
posted by benito.strauss on Jul 13, 2013 - 3 answers

I want to know the history of the city without a history

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]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 9, 2013 - 36 answers

seeking weird, wild & wonderful

What are some quirky and/or beautiful destinations within a 2 or 3 hour drive of San Diego? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Jan 7, 2013 - 10 answers

What do I need to know as a first-time auction attendee?

I'm interested in attending an auction in the Southern California area. I've never been to an auction before. Advice? Tips? [more inside]
posted by dede on Nov 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Missing. Please Help.

My sister's husband has probably had a psychotic break in Southern California and has gone missing. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Oct 22, 2012 - 25 answers

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic (Santa Monica)?

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]
posted by minedev on Aug 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Go down, come up, that's about it. What'cha stressing about?

I got PADI certified well over a decade ago. Since then I've lost all my paperwork, and I want to get re-certified and start diving again. Advice? [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Orange County Honeymoon - what do do, what to see?

My lovely bride and I will be married later this year. Due to scheduling issues, we'll be taking our honeymoon in January 2013, in Capistrano Beach. We need some ideas on what to see and do in and near Orange County. [more inside]
posted by zainsubani on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to find secluded, lakeside camping near Los Angeles?

Secluded, lakeside camping near Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? on Mar 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Room service is room service, and I already know what the inside of a Marriott room looks like...

I'll be in Irvine for work this coming week and will have Tuesday and Wednesday evening to myself. Please help me not waste those two nights in my hotel room eating overpriced room service. [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Nov 27, 2011 - 8 answers

A romantic weekend from LA?

What's a great weekend getaway from Los Angeles at a resonable price? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on May 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Yelp sort by New Listing - or how to find NEW restuarants?

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]
posted by lalochezia on Jan 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for advice on a place to stay in Sourthern California

Looking for recommendations on a place to stay 2/12 - 2/13/2011 for an as yet unplanned part of a California tour. Special snowflake details inside, but summary is that we'd like to be accessible to friends who live in both San Diego and Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Dec 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Pa and I want to escape the city for a few days.

Your ideas for a 3-day (preferably outdoor) adventure in southern or central California with my dad. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Dec 2, 2010 - 12 answers

Where should I eat in Palm Springs, California?

Feed me, Seymour! I'm a hard-core foodie who's going to be spending a long weekend in Palm Springs, California, and I don't want to waste a single eating opportunity. Additionally, I need a place to eat after my plane lands at 10:30 p.m. on a Friday. [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta on Aug 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me have fun at the Salton Sea.

What should I do at the Salton Sea for one or two days? I've checked out this previous post, but need more specifics on this area itself. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on May 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Questions about earthquakes in SoCal

SoCal filter: So I was pitching my tent in Anza Borrego when all the sudden it felt like I was kneeling on a trampoline. Was this (Mexicali Quake) a typical earthquake for the area? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Apr 5, 2010 - 11 answers

Arts and culture organizations by and about young people in Southern California?

What are some arts/culture organizations (or individual artists) in Southern California that produce film, video art, radio, sound art, criticism, etc. that are run by or work with young people, exclusively or primarily? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Mar 25, 2009 - 4 answers

Los Angeles to San Marcos by car: how long will it really take?

Los Angeles to San Marcos by car: how long will it really take? [more inside]
posted by holyrood on Feb 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Exotic citrus in Southern California?

What are the best places to get exotic citrus in Southern California? The catch is that this has to happen Monday or Tuesday. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Feb 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Camping in So-Cal?

Nice, private campsites in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Jul 31, 2008 - 6 answers

What's an affordable conference center in Southern California?

Affordable conference/retreat facilities in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jul 22, 2008 - 2 answers

Legal urban exploration in Los Angeles?

What are some great old buildings and derelict locations in and around the Los Angeles area that can be entered legally? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on May 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Recommendatinos for installers of PV systems in SoCal?

Looking for installer recommendations of grid-connected solar photovoltaic panels in the Southern California Edison area. [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Feb 25, 2008 - 0 answers

What's the best base for 4 days in San Diego?

Never been to San Diego: best place to stay for a brief vacation? [more inside]
posted by azure_swing on Sep 20, 2007 - 10 answers

She just wants to pay cash for a new car.

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]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Aug 22, 2007 - 29 answers

My kingdom for a horse: Trustworthy SoCal car dealers/mechanics

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]
posted by lalochezia on Jun 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Martial arts in SoCal

I would like to start training in a martial art in Glendale, Burbank, or the surrounding area. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Mar 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me chill out in Palm Springs

Looking for recommendations for spa/lodging in Palm Springs or Desert Hot Springs. [more inside]
posted by scody on Jan 2, 2007 - 4 answers

Earthquake perception

How often can you feel small earthquakes in Southern California? My girlfriend thinks I'm crazy, but I'm often convinced I've felt a small earthquake. Are there degrees of earthquake perception for different people? [more inside]
posted by SBMike on Oct 13, 2006 - 27 answers

How's the traffic?

Is there any place (online or otherwise) where I can get historical data on southern California freeway traffic patterns? [more inside]
posted by thefinned1 on Aug 4, 2005 - 3 answers

Los Angeles without a car

Los Angeles without a car. Suggestions? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by deaddodo on Feb 1, 2004 - 13 answers

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