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Quiet Places will delight both the active explorer and the armchair traveler as the author blends practical travel information with history, wildlife, and personal anecdotes. He takes the reader through old-growth forests, across bubbling brooks, into dark, narrow chasms, and in search of the best village greens. Focusing on unspoiled places, he covers the state from the Northern Berkshires and towns along the Housatonic River to the trails near spectacular Quabbin Reservoir to the rocky coast of Cape Ann. Each of the 16 trips details what you might see along the way, where to find the cosiest B&B, and fascinating details of local history. Phone numbers are also included. Come discover some of Massachusetts' secret spots and learn what makes them so special. Waterfalls Romantic hideaways Scenic backroads Favorite B&Bs Lesser-know historic sites Hiking and biking trails Wildlife watching Secluded hilltops Best birding spots Boat cruises Fascinating history.Ê "The measure of Tougias' talent is his ability to let the reader see through newly openend eyes. He shows nature and place through a magic glass, from a new angle." Springfield Union.Ê "Tougias writes in a clear, down-to-earth style." Boston Globe. "Different from other travel books in that it's a little bit travel, a little bit history, and a little bit personal diary."Ê Dartmouth Chronicle.Ê "An interesting and charming book where Tougias writes free and poetic. He recounts his experiences in a concise and welcoming way." The Standard Times

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California, Here We Come

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Don & Marjorie Young


HUNTER PUBLISHING, INC.

E-mail: michael@hunterpublishing.com


Hunter Publishing, Inc.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this book is correct, but the publisher and authors do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or any potential problem caused by information in this guide, even if these are a result of negligence, accident or any other cause. All opinions expressed in this book stem from the authors' personal experience only or from those of her contributors; consequently, neither they nor the contributors can be held accountable for a reader's personal experience while traveling.

Don Young

 

Getting Around

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Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed in San Diego Bay in 1542 and claimed the region for Spain.

Cabrillo

When the early Spaniards marched out of Mexico, across what we now know as Arizona, and into California in 1769, it was for the expressed purpose of reaching the Pacific Ocean. The first phase of that expedition ended when they reached present-day San Diego.

Here, Father Junipero Serra built the first Spanish mission, Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first in a string of 21 missions that eventually would stretch all the way to the Monterey Peninsula. This, then, is the birthplace of California, and California has not forgotten its roots. 

Father Junipero Serra

Nowhere in the state is the Spanish influence felt more strongly than it is in and around San Diego. Nowhere is the lingering influence of Mexico felt more prominently. One needs to look no farther than the names of the towns (San Luis Obispo), the streets (avenida, calle, camino), the rivers (rios) and mountains (montaas) to recognize the legacy of those early pioneers. The Spanish-style architecture remains. The Mexican-flavored foods remain. The telephone book proliferates with surnames like Garcia, Rodriguez, Hernandez, Ochoa and Gomez.

 

Touring

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Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed in San Diego Bay in 1542 and claimed the region for Spain.

Cabrillo

When the early Spaniards marched out of Mexico, across what we now know as Arizona, and into California in 1769, it was for the expressed purpose of reaching the Pacific Ocean. The first phase of that expedition ended when they reached present-day San Diego.

Here, Father Junipero Serra built the first Spanish mission, Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first in a string of 21 missions that eventually would stretch all the way to the Monterey Peninsula. This, then, is the birthplace of California, and California has not forgotten its roots. 

Father Junipero Serra

Nowhere in the state is the Spanish influence felt more strongly than it is in and around San Diego. Nowhere is the lingering influence of Mexico felt more prominently. One needs to look no farther than the names of the towns (San Luis Obispo), the streets (avenida, calle, camino), the rivers (rios) and mountains (montaas) to recognize the legacy of those early pioneers. The Spanish-style architecture remains. The Mexican-flavored foods remain. The telephone book proliferates with surnames like Garcia, Rodriguez, Hernandez, Ochoa and Gomez.

 

Adventures

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The original town, founded in 1882, grew up around the railroad depot, but in June 1986, four small communities Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain and Cardiff-by-the-Sea united to form the new Encinitas along six miles of coastline between two lagoons.

San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., 619/436-3036, includes 30 acres of canyons and sunny hillsides, rare plants, a waterfall, self-guided trails, banana palms and America's largest collection of bamboos. It is one of the world's most diverse and botanically important plant collections. A chaparral area on the grounds serves as a natural bird refuge. Tours are available, and there is no admission charge on the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Encinitas North Coast Chamber of Commerce, 138 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas 92024, 619/753-6041.

Taylors Herb Garden, 1535 Lone Oak Rd., 619/727-3485, is the West Coast's largest herb grower.

Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Dr., 619/945-4919 or 726-1340, originally was one of six ranchos claimed by Mission San Luis Rey. The last 1.9 acres of an original 1845 Mexican land grant were purchased by the city in 1989 and the house was furnished with turn-of-the-century antiques. Guided tours are available and docents weave tales of the walled skeleton, the lady in white and the prized stallion. Annual events include a quilting show, a treasure sale, a Victorian tea, Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May, a cherished Mexican holiday), Family Day, Pioneer Luncheon, Ice Cream Social and the Holiday Home Tour.

 

Where To Stay

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The original town, founded in 1882, grew up around the railroad depot, but in June 1986, four small communities Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain and Cardiff-by-the-Sea united to form the new Encinitas along six miles of coastline between two lagoons.

San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., 619/436-3036, includes 30 acres of canyons and sunny hillsides, rare plants, a waterfall, self-guided trails, banana palms and America's largest collection of bamboos. It is one of the world's most diverse and botanically important plant collections. A chaparral area on the grounds serves as a natural bird refuge. Tours are available, and there is no admission charge on the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Encinitas North Coast Chamber of Commerce, 138 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas 92024, 619/753-6041.

Taylors Herb Garden, 1535 Lone Oak Rd., 619/727-3485, is the West Coast's largest herb grower.

Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Dr., 619/945-4919 or 726-1340, originally was one of six ranchos claimed by Mission San Luis Rey. The last 1.9 acres of an original 1845 Mexican land grant were purchased by the city in 1989 and the house was furnished with turn-of-the-century antiques. Guided tours are available and docents weave tales of the walled skeleton, the lady in white and the prized stallion. Annual events include a quilting show, a treasure sale, a Victorian tea, Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May, a cherished Mexican holiday), Family Day, Pioneer Luncheon, Ice Cream Social and the Holiday Home Tour.

 

Where To Eat

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The original town, founded in 1882, grew up around the railroad depot, but in June 1986, four small communities Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain and Cardiff-by-the-Sea united to form the new Encinitas along six miles of coastline between two lagoons.

San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., 619/436-3036, includes 30 acres of canyons and sunny hillsides, rare plants, a waterfall, self-guided trails, banana palms and America's largest collection of bamboos. It is one of the world's most diverse and botanically important plant collections. A chaparral area on the grounds serves as a natural bird refuge. Tours are available, and there is no admission charge on the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Encinitas North Coast Chamber of Commerce, 138 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas 92024, 619/753-6041.

Taylors Herb Garden, 1535 Lone Oak Rd., 619/727-3485, is the West Coast's largest herb grower.

Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Dr., 619/945-4919 or 726-1340, originally was one of six ranchos claimed by Mission San Luis Rey. The last 1.9 acres of an original 1845 Mexican land grant were purchased by the city in 1989 and the house was furnished with turn-of-the-century antiques. Guided tours are available and docents weave tales of the walled skeleton, the lady in white and the prized stallion. Annual events include a quilting show, a treasure sale, a Victorian tea, Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May, a cherished Mexican holiday), Family Day, Pioneer Luncheon, Ice Cream Social and the Holiday Home Tour.

 

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