The apples have bounced back in Oak Glen, one of Southern California’s premier growing regions. Trees are full and shops are full of fresh fare after two years of disappointing harvests tied to the drought.
“We’re good,” Nina Foster, vice president of the Oak Glen Apple Growers Assn., said by phone. “This year, we have a bumper crop.”Read more
Las Vegas channels its inner Munich this week with a string of Oktoberfest events. Whether you crave German beer or food (or both), Vegas embraces the Bavarian harvest celebration more than ever.
First off, Germany’s Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig) hosted the first Oktoberfest in Munich in 1810. It’s now a festival that draws 6 million visitors to the Bavarian city each fall.
Madame Tussauds New York offers families a break on their next visit to the wax museum. Pay for an adult ticket and you’ll receive two free tickets for children 12 and younger.Read more
Of course you’ll do Yellowstone’s Old Faithful. But you also should head 7 miles north and visit Grand Prismatic Spring. It’s the largest spring in the park, about 300 feet across, and its boiling deep blue waters, fringed with yellow and orange crust, give off billows of steam that envelop you as you pass on a raised boardwalk.Read more
If you're looking for a holiday getaway that's merry and bright, Cathie Lentz-Fryer of Orange County has a suggestion: Ship out on a holiday season cruise.
Each December for the past five years, Lentz-Fryer has sailed the rivers of Europe on an Ama Waterways cruise with a group of friends and loved it.Read more
Other attractions in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park get more attention, but I loved the time I spent on Grand Lake at the park’s western entrance. There’s a town of about 500 people alongside the water. But the lake’s greatest distinction is invisible: It’s the headwaters of the Colorado River.Read more