Dubbed the "Circle City" in honor of its circular Grand Boulevard, which hosted car races in the early 20th century, this Riverside County city was also once hailed as the "lemon capital of the world." Today, the citrus groves are mostly gone but it's a thriving residential hub of 150,000 residents, and a few attractions still make it a draw for Southern Californians.
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Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa: The photograph with Tuesday's Summer Hot List in Calendar about activities in Corona showed a couple taking a dip at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa. The caption should have said the photo was from 2004. —
Hot springs spa
The indigenous Native American population bathed in the natural springs of Temescal Valley, but these days modern residents hustle into the sprawling 11-acre Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa (25000 Glen Ivy Road,  453-6489, www.glenivy.com). The spa experience is for all tastes and price levels, and includes luxurious private cabanas and massage treatments, or just spending a day in the 19 pools, saunas, mineral baths, mud baths and the subterranean grotto for moisturizing treatments.
From its humble beginnings as a family-owned farmer's market, Tom's Farms (23900 Temescal Canyon Road,  277-4422, www.tomsfarms.com) has expanded to become a retail, restaurant and family entertainment destination while still maintaining its old-fashioned charm. Weekends are the time to bring the kids for carousels, pony and train rides, petting zoo, magic shows and clowns.
With its factory nearby, the Fender Museum (365 Main St.,  735-2440, www.fendermuseum.com) is the world's only museum bearing the iconic guitar brand's name. It displays historic and art piece guitars, some signed or played by such rock luminaries as Springsteen and Steve Miller.
Say hello to the city's mayor, Steve Nolan, who also happens to run the Backwoods BBQ at two locations (4300 Green River Road,  371-7227, and 370 N. McKinley Ave.,  734-4646, www.backwoodsbbq.com) serving hearty mesquite-smoked Texas-style BBQ including their special version of the Philly cheese steak with grilled tri tip. Locals head to At My Place (1180 El Camino Road,  270-5062], www.atmyplacecorona.com) for the tapas and the nightly entertainment of dueling pianos.