In the Santa Barbara wine region, Los Olivos, Calif., hosted its inaugural Locals Love event, inviting guests and travelers to enjoy local living-inspired experiences on June 3. The block party-style affair included special vendors, live music, local foods and wine and beer experiences, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Visitors enjoyed complimentary wine tastings, wines by the glass, pop-up restaurants, local food trucks and a town-wide bocce ball tournament.
Los Olivos is located a few hours’ drive from Los Angeles and the walkable town offers a historic setting filled with trendy bars, gourmet cuisine, art galleries, boutiques and luxury accommodations. Founded in 1887, it’s now home to more than 1,000 residents, but welcomes many visitors each year as they travel the wine regions of Southern California and the Central Coast. The downtown hotel of choice is the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, which offers wine tasting on-site and an award-winning restaurant.
“Our relatively temperate weather, beautiful wine country scenery, and a multitude of open-air experiences at the town’s various businesses, make Los Olivos an optimal California summer getaway destination — as either a daytrip or a weekend jaunt,” said Liz Dodder, executive director, Los Olivos Chamber of Commerce.
Missed the June 3 event? Plan a trip for later in the year for seasonal annual festivities such as Day in the County (which celebrates the community’s agricultural past and current laid-back vibe), Oct. 20, and Olde Fashioned Christmas, Dec. 1.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
The first Saturday in May is a special time of year for comic book fans all over the country. Free Comic Book Day functions exactly like it sounds. Comic book stores across the country host a day of festivities where, regardless of whether you buy anything, you can walk away with free books.
The babymoon trend is adding to the number of women traveling while pregnant. Expecting moms often need special items to take on the road. If you plan to travel while pregnant, you may want to consider adding these products to your suitcase.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Online shopping continues to soar in popularity with more people choosing to browse an entire catalogue of options instead of making a trip to the store. It makes sense because people are busy and sometimes don’t have time to spend hours browsing a store only to buy a few outfits. When shopping online, people can buy items sporadically or fill up carts and purchase them later. Online shopping is now more than just searching on the web, it’s also swiping through an app. Apps make it easier than ever to keep up with sales, new items and trends.