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Ahh, Ojai

Tucked away in a valley filled with orange groves fewer than 90 miles from central Los Angeles is the village of Ojai-an oasis from stress, home to artists, health devotees and other urban escapees. Surrounded by burnished peaks, its grasses green in spring and gold in summer and fall, the Ojai Valley was the setting for Shangri-La in the 1937 Hollywood movie The Lost Horizon. It is still a place where you can retreat from a fast-paced lifestyle to find serenity on oak-shaded paths.

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A Day in Half Moon Bay

Twenty minutes from the metropolitan sprawl of San Francisco, over foggy green hills and down a winding road to the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find the little farming community of Half Moon Bay.

Originally called San Benito, Half Moon Bay was established with the distribution of Spanish mission lands in the form of land grants by the Mexican government in the mid-1800’s. Because it is cut off from the rest of the world by the mountains of northern California’s Coast Range, the town retains much of the simple charm of its origins.

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A Night Out in Portland

Sometimes you’re thirsty and you just don’t know what you want. Luckily, the bar scene in Portland offers a great variety of different hot spots in which to wet your whistle.

Begin your night out at the Horse Brass Pub, located in a predominantly residential neighborhood on SE Belmont. Beer is the main attraction here. This local hangout tends to be loud and crowded and beards and blue jeans are the fashion; in a word comfortable.

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