Charles Phoenix: Southern Californialand Show!

Celebrating the Architecture of Sun, Fun and Fantasy!

Have you heard of Charles Phoenix? He is known as the “Ambassador of Americana” and is a master storyteller and entertainer. Charles takes great pride in sharing his love of Americana, especially Southern California, and all things vintage and retro. A couple of years ago, I first learned about Charles Phoenix after a friend went […]

Knott’s Boysenberry 2017 Festival

It’s a Berry Good Time!

You know it is springtime when the annual Boysenberry Festival begins at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. This festival runs from April 1 – April 23 in 2017 and is bigger than ever this year. Food – Entertainment – Activities – Shopping…there is something for everyone. It’s a “berry” good time! The boysenberry […]

Breaking News: It’s Time to Visit The Pizza Press

Pizza! Pizza! Are you ready for a custom built pizza place with old-school charm? Step into The Pizza Press and step back in time – to a time when newspapers were king and a sense of pride came from quality craftsmanship. Today, newspapers may be a thing of the past, however The Pizza Press cranks […]

Do Classic California Diners Still Exist? Yes! We Found One — 101 Café in Oceanside!

Have you ever been on an outing and then discovered a unique location that you otherwise wouldn’t have known about? This happened to me last week when we were running an errand for my husband’s work in Oceanside, about 30 miles north of San Diego. We were driving on South Coast Highway in Oceanside and […]

The Disney Gallery & Disneyana Shop | Main Street, U.S.A.

After a memorable day at “The Happiest Place on Earth” the last stop as people leave Main Street, U.S.A. is often at the Emporium to purchase some souvenirs to bring the magic home with them. These gifts typically take the form of t-shirts, hats, picture frames, stuffed animals, and the like. However right across the […]

Retro Downtown L.A. with a Disney Touch – Presented by Charles Phoenix

Southern California is world-famous for its weather, entertainment, and architectural icons. I’m a native Californian – I lived in Ventura County (north of Los Angeles) for over three decades before moving to San Diego – and I enjoy being a tourist in my own backyard. Growing up so close to L.A., I have visited some […]