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Exploring Downtown Fresno

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The downtown Fresno area of California is a place of new and exciting discoveries, filled with dining, shopping, theatre and other entertainment options. Why not book yourself into one of many Fresno hotels and spend some time relaxing and exploring this urban treasure?

Fulton Mall is a six-block long pedestrian area that has become the center of the business district. From the very early days of Fresno, this corridor has been the heart of the downtown Fresno area. In Fresno California hotels, shops, restaurants and culture abound. Fulton Mall was built in 1964 as part of an urban renewal project and is home to many of Fresno’s most historic buildings. In fact, the mall has gained international recognition as an important modernist landscape.

Market on the Mall is a certified farmer’s market that offers a wide variety of farm fresh produce and agricultural goods. The market, a cooperative venture between the Fresno County EOC, the Downtown Association of Fresno and the City of Fresno, is located on the Fulton Mall at Mariposa and, according to Mayor Ashley Swearengin, is playing a large role in the revitalization of downtown Fresno. The Market’s convenient central location and midday time make it convenient for thousands of Downtown workers, jurors, Fresno hotels, FAX bus riders, and EOC voucher clients.

The Downtown Art Hop happens the first Thursday of every month and gives people a chance to peruse galleries, studios and museums across downtown Fresno. It’s organized by the Fresno Council and offers a great opportunity to talk and interact with local artists.

Whether you live in the Fresno area or are visiting California for business or pleasure, downtown Fresno is sure to delight. Come stroll the streets, check out some art, eat some great food, buy some local organic produce, experience some hip Fresno hotels, and immerse yourself in the culture and camaraderie that is Fresno.

The Best Places to Travel in California

Friday, July 12th, 2013

La Jolla California is a favorite destination for vacationers who come and stay during the long cold winter months. Most locals consider the weather to be one of the mildest in the nation. Not too hot in summer and mild in winter. Walk along Prospect Street and enjoy a great selection of quaint stores and art galleries. Just a heartbeat from the luxurious hotels are world-class shopping and excellent restaurants. As you walk along the pathways at edge of the ocean you can see swimmers, deep-sea divers, surfers and some fishing boats all enjoying the outdoors. Listen to the waves crashing down while you picnic and play ball. This park is a popular venue for romantic La Jolla weddings.

The Torrey Pines Golf Course is home to the PGA circuit and some of the holes on the course overlook the shimmering Pacific ocean. It is also one of the most scenic golf courses on the California coastline – and one of the nation’s premier municipal golf facilities.

Outdoor Hiking and San Diego beaches are the places to be if you’re an outdoors enthusiast. Torrey Pines State Park has trails of varying degrees and you can walk all the way down to the beach or remain high on the mountain-top and enjoy a more leisurely pace. If you look into the distance you may see whale spouts as they head down the coast to Baja Mexico for the winter. Take a hat and sun glasses, also a swim suit if you want to enjoy the beach down there but I should warn you it’s a long hike back up!

The village is a great place to hike – from the north end of Prospect walking south to the Children’s Pool. There is on-going discussion about this pool as the seals have decided this is a good spot to hang out. The city has closed the pool in order to protect the seals, not sure what the status is on that.

Just south of La Jolla Shores you will find a hillside path between the luxurious homes and the ocean. From this path you will have fabulous views of the Shores beach and also a place to see people in their kayaks making their way to The Cove. If the water is calm enough you will see them go into the cover itself. It’s risky, but there are always the “risk takers”. I’ve seen people scramble out of their kayaks and climb onto the rocks to safety, coming away with cuts and scratches.

La Jolla Kayaks in the Shores is a water enthusiast’s destination. La Jolla Shores is quaint and has a number of stores that cater for the discerning traveler. You can rent Stand Up Paddle Boards and La Jolla Scuba Diving has all you need to scout the marine life. This is all just a short walk to the beach. Birch Aquarium is very close by and a great attraction for those with an inquisitive nature for ocean creatures.

Hire a bicycle and pedal your way through the Village. Get out in the beautiful San Diego sunshine and take in the coastal scenery of the caves and the cove. Visitors can enjoy the outdoors and meet up with locals to talk about the lifestyle La Jolla offers. The city of San Diego is a few minutes south to enjoy Old Town and Petco Ball Park. Sea World and the famous San Diego Zoo are just a few of the other attractions downtown.