Anaheim Beyond the Disney Gates

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., is the classic family vacation draw, whether you’re looking for a place to take kids or grandkids, or rediscover your own inner kid. While children may not be able to get enough of the mouse ears, there comes a time when adults may be looking for a little break, […]

Shopping Your Way Through Costa Mesa

Southern California’s Orange County is a popular travel destination because of its beaches, Disneyland and proximity to both Los Angeles and San Diego. The city of Costa Mesa is in the center of all this action and has its own unique niche as a shopping destination. From world-famous luxury brands to unique independent stores, any shopper […]

Live Out Your Sideways Dreams in Santa Ynez

Ten years ago, the movie Sideways (Fox Searchlight Pictures) introduced the world to the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley near the Central California coast. Miles (Paul Giammati) takes Jack (Thomas Haden Church) on a last week as a bachelor wine-tasting trip. Plenty of wine, fine dining and hilarity ensue as Miles and Jack become entangled […]

Costa Mesa: So Cal Sunshine and Shopping

Costa Mesa is an Orange County, California, location with access to nearby beaches and Disneyland, but also a destination in its own right as the home to the world-famous South Coast Plaza, a luxury mall that will meet any shopper’s demands. Come with Travel Brigade and we’ll tell you about VIP access at the Plaza […]

Traveling Sideways

A movie set in a unique location can immerse viewers in the onscreen scenery and culture, and spark the desire to experience it in real life. Such is the case with the movie Sideways, which was released in 2004 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall. [Read more]  

Sideways into Santa Ynez Valley

Come with Travel Brigade to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the movie Sideways, by taking your own wine-tasting trip near California’s Central Coast. In the movie, Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) go on a trip to the Santa Ynez Valley for wine-tasting and relaxation, but romance and hilarity ensue. Ten years later, […]

Santa Barbara: From the Mission to the Funk Zone

Visit Santa Barbara with Travel Brigade to enjoy beaches, boats and bikes in a town full of great dining and fun hotel options near the ocean. From the historic Mission overlooking the ocean to the Urban Wine Trail in the “Funk Zone,” to glamping in the beautiful hills of El Capitan Canyon to shopping on […]

Take Me Out: Hit the MLB West Coast Ballparks

For a sports fan searching for the authentic summer experience of food, beer and cheering on a team under the sun, baseball has to be the name of the game. Visit a Major League Baseball stadium on the West Coast for as little as $5 admission, and you’ll have the chance to rub elbows with […]

Santa Barbara: From the Mission to the Funk Zone

Visit Santa Barbara with Travel Brigade to enjoy beaches, boats and bikes in a town full of great dining and fun hotel options near the ocean. From the historic Mission overlooking the ocean to the Urban Wine Trail in the “Funk Zone,” to glamping in the beautiful hills of El Capitan Canyon to shopping on […]

Beyond the Castle

As we noted in a Travel Tramps article around this time last year [“Zion in Anaheim,” Oct. 11, 2012,City Weekly], the October fall break for Utah schools might as well be called Disneyland Break, since it’s traditionally a time when Beehive State residents flock to Anaheim for sunshine and rides. But even when you’re in “The […]