Easy Riding on the San Luis Rey River Trail near Oceanside

November 25, 2014 4:14 pm

Whether you’re looking to test your speed, or you just want to go for a leisurely ride, the San Luis Rey River Trail is a great place to take your bike. This 7.2-mile trail, situated along the banks of the San Luis Rey River, is separate from motorized traffic and open to both cyclists and pedestrians. Free of stop signs and traffic lights, this trail is the perfect place for an uninterrupted ride or walk near Oceanside.

Dogs are welcome on the San Luis Rey River Trail. It's requested that owners keep their pets on a leash six feet or shorter and pick up any waste their four-legged friends leave behind.

Visit the Oceanside city website to learn more about the San Luis River Trail.

San Luis Rey River Trail

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See a Movie in Style at Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas

November 18, 2014 4:44 pm

See a movie in style at Carlsbad's Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas.

Start with the tickets—you reserve them online to avoid the crowds. Then there’s the lobby, which is more boutique hotel than cineplex, full of dark wood, natural light, and plush modern furniture. Come early and hang out at the bar to sip a glass of wine or a signature cocktail, watch the game, and relax. When it’s movie time, kick back in your recliner and enjoy the show. Want another drink, a burger, sushi, pizza, dessert, or more chocolate-covered popcorn? A waiter can bring it right to your seat!

Be prepared to become a regular here since locals warn that other cinemas will always fall short. Adult admission is $19, with kids and seniors $17. Naturally, drinks and food are extra.

Check Cinepolis’ website for menus, showtimes, tickets, and more information.

Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas
6941 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 827-6700

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National Parks in Southern California: Explore the Region’s Complex Eco-Systems

November 11, 2014 4:43 pm

Southern California has more to offer than famous faces and Hollywood hills. Leave the crowds behind to visit two of the finest national parks in the country.

Joshua Tree National Park
At the border of San Bernadino and Riverside counties lies Joshua Tree National Park. Roughly the size of Rhode Island, the park includes parts of both the Mojave and the Colorado deserts. The creosote bush dominates the eastern side of the park, while the western side is covered in native Joshua trees. The Little San Bernadino Mountains line the southwest edge. At a glance, Joshua Tree might appear bleak and barren, but up close you’ll see a remarkably complex ecosystem. This is also a popular destination for stargazing because of its impressively dark skies.

Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands National Park comprises five of the eight Channel Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Located off the coast of southern California, these isolated havens provide a getaway from the densely populated mainland. Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the five. Covered in caves, coves, cliffs, and sandy beaches, the 2000 census showed an official population of just two people! The island is also home to the infamous Devil’s Peak.

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