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Autumn's Here and Winter Cometh:
Let's Get out There, People!

Aug2015-Oxnard-6.jpgOh the last glimpses of summer on the ocean are quite stirring to the soul. The lonely sand bucket. The walk with your toddler to dip your toes in the waves.  The setting of the sun on your last evening on vacation.  Bittersweet? Definitely.  But here's the good news. There are places in Southern California that make it feel like summer all year long. On a recent visit to Oxnard, I was wowed by the great food, fantastic voyage to the Channel Islands, and  the plethora of shopping in this tiny town. And, oh yes, the farm stands with strawberries were fabulous.  See my story called, "Healthy and Happy in Oxnard: Three Perfect Days."

 Carlsbad, another SoCal destination, is always welcoming. See Hilary Townsend's article on "Seven Reasons to Visit Carlsbad this Fall."  Aside from LegoLand, there is plenty to see and do.  

In this issue, we also go out of the country to bring you a new adventure for parents.  "Bicycling the Vineyards in New Zealand" is a must-read if you're interested in visiting this Lord of the Rings country.  What a grear time we had sipping and visiting throughout the day.  Remember that there are opposite seasons in NZ, so our fall is their spring. Don't forget!

In this issue, be sure to read:

*Monterey, San Francisco hotel specials - Deals

* Review of Five-Course Beer Dinner at Peter B's Monterey - Parent Getaways

* Azamara Cruise to Rio and Argentina - Parent Getaways

*Avalon Hybrid Sedan Review - Products

*Lexus RX350 SUV Review - Products

*Mason Jar Lids and other Handy Travel Gear - Products

*Survey on vacation renters - Consumer Lookout

*Tips for fall travels - Consumer Lookout

*Activities in the Bay Area - Calendar

Enjoy your fall adventures, and I'll see you on the trails or on the slopes!


Kathy Chin Leong

Executive Editor

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