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Oct 15, 2020

Construction Work To Close Lanes Of PCH During Overnight Hours

Road crews will be repairing slabs and completing slurry seal work on a four-mile stretch for the next four nights beginning Wednesday.

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Oct 04, 2020

14 things to know about Hyatt’s Ventana Big Sur

The Ventana Big Sur is an Alila property, located just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur, California. Hyatt acquired Alila in 2018, and ever since then, my now-fiancée and I have had our eyes set on visiting what’s arguably Hyatt’s nicest resort in North America.

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Oct 02, 2020

A Visual Tour of the Mullin Automotive Museum

Nestled in the seaside city of Oxnard, California, a short stroll from the Pacific Coast Highway, the Mullin Automotive Museum is home to a treasure trove of Bugattis and Delahayes. Given the current restrictions in the state of California, though, the Mullin Automotive Museum is closed until further notice. That, however, is not an excuse for you to miss out on a visual tour of one of the finest French car collections in the world.

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Sep 30, 2020

Hotel Shangri-La

The Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica overlooks the Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica Beach and is a short walk from Santa Monica Pier.

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Sep 24, 2020

Billie Eilish's producer brother Finneas, 23, drops $5.2 million on small Malibu beachfront home

He's a music producer best known for his work with younger sister Billie Eilish.

And now Finneas O'Connell, 23, has splashed out $5.2 million on a small beachfront home in Malibu, Variety reported Wednesday.

The property is located on Pacific Coast Highway at Las Flores beach, a little way south of the Malibu Pier and celebrity hotspot Nobu.

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Sep 20, 2020

Wildfires hit tourism industry still reeling from pandemic

This is supposed to the time of year for clear skies in Morro Bay. The fog, when it comes in at all, usually lifts by noon, says Mary Robinson the owner of Paddlesports Morro Bay.

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Sep 19, 2020

Take up surfing during the pandemic? California Surfing Day is a good chance for a cultural intro

One of the unexpected outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic: the surge in surfing.

Since the pandemic hit earlier this year, people have sought refuge outdoors to escape the confines of their homes. The vast ocean, where you could find space in the salt water, became a place people felt safe.

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Sep 18, 2020

Seal Beach salons reopen again after COVID-19 shutdowns

Shut down. Reopen. Shut down. Reopen.

That’s the roller coaster hair and nail salon owners in Seal Beach have experienced the past six months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We finally get to reopen which is something we’re excited about,” Nick Pham, owner of Solara Nail Bar on Pacific Coast Highway, said in an interview this week.

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Sep 16, 2020

Pacific Coast Highway in California

The Pacific Coast Highway in California book shows in historic photos the building of the Pacific Coast Highway from its earliest beginnings in 1911.

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Sep 16, 2020

One of the city’s largest parklets gets the Long Beach mural treatment

A striking new mural by two local artists was recently completed on one of the city’s largest parklets—the temporary structures that have become widespread as a way to give restaurants the ability to serve patrons outside—by adding some fall colors and a vibrant look to the cluster of shops and restaurants just off Pacific Coast Highway and Anaheim Street.

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Sep 11, 2020

Alcatraz Has Re-Opened

It used to be that no one wanted to go to Alcatraz. The infamous prison was home to only the most notorious criminals. Now, it's San Francisco's most popular attraction and part of one of the most visited national parks in the country. And after closures due to COVID-19, Alcatraz is ready to welcome visitors again—with some changes to keep you safe while visiting the prison.

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Sep 06, 2020

Getty Center, Villa Won’t Reopen Before January

The Getty Center and the Getty Villa will not reopen until at least January 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 public health restrictions.

The Getty Center, which is perched in the hills of the Pacific Palisades above the 405 Freeway, and the Getty Villa, located off Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, have both been closed since March.

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Sep 01, 2020

Cardiff-bound TUI Flight from Zakynthos Advised to Quarantine

Passengers on board a TUI flight from the Greek island of Zakynthos to Cardiff in Wales, were advised to self-isolate after at least seven people tested positive for Covid-19.

The new coronavirus incidents at 16 on Monday come after at least 11 out of 30 teenagers from the UK who vacationed on the same island contracted coronavirus last week.

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Sep 01, 2020

Covid-19 Measures Announced for Heraklion on Crete

Greek authorities, on Monday announced emergency restrictions for the region of Heraklion on the island of Crete, in efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

As a result, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection has imposed a ban on all public events including parties, outdoor festivals, religious/church gatherings and open-air “laiki” markets.

Furthermore, all shops must remain closed between midnight and 7am; all forms of public gatherings of more than nine people are prohibited in public or private spaces, while a maximum of four people is allowed at restaurant or café tables (six if they are family members).

In addition, face masks are mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public areas.

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Sep 01, 2020

Greek Culture Minister Says Fire-hit Mycenae to Reopen Soon

Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni assured that the archaeological site of Mycenae, which was evacuated on Sunday due to a wildfire that broke out in the area, would open soon.

Mendoni visited the popular tourist attraction and one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, on Monday, to assess the damage.

“The damage to the archaeological site was the least possible,” said Mendoni of the wildfire which started near the Treasury of Atreus before spreading to the central site.

“The museum – which is closed for precautionary reasons – and the archaeological site will open soon,” she said.

The blaze broke out on Sunday near the tomb of Agamemnon, the king of Mycenae, and was put under control by 9pm.

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Sep 01, 2020

This Map Will Take You To The Best 'Eat On The Beach' Restaurants In California

There's something magical about enjoying a fantastic meal with a stellar view, especially of the ocean. This map will take you to the best beachfront restaurants in California for the perfect foodie road trip. You and your besties can pack up the car and hit the road in search of the best beachside burrito.

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Sep 01, 2020

Life in the slow lane: Man travels 3,600 miles coast-to-coast in a 1929 Ford Model A along famed Route 66, where speed limits rarely break 45mph

A 30-year-old New Hampshire native has driven across Route 66 in the height of summer in a 1929 Model A, taking in the famous sights in just nine days while rarely breaking 45mph.

Ryan Tebo – who had never been beyond Pennsylvania – spent several days driving from New Hampshire and arrived at the route's eastern branch starting point in Chicago, Illinois on August 13 and made it to Santa Monica, California in the three-speed manual by August 22.

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Aug 31, 2020

Highlighting the California Native Nations: A Road Trip from San Diego to Monterey

Tongva singer-songwriter and poet Kelly Caballero finds her place in the history of California—plus, shares the only itinerary you’ll need for a road trip from San Diego to Monterey.

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Aug 28, 2020

Six Dishes That Tell The Story of San Francisco’s Chinatown

Was the inventor of San Francisco’s famous Hangtown Fry — a scramble of eggs, oysters and bacon — really a gold miner in Placerville celebrating his good fortune with the most expensive meal he could order? Or did the dish actually descend from the Teochew-Cantonese oyster omelet that Chinatown restaurants serve to this day? There’s no documentation to prove either claim, but San Francisco does have a long history of rewriting its legends to erase the Chinese immigrants who built the city alongside Forty-Niners and Mission priests.

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Aug 19, 2020

An Old Bike and the Sea: A first ride on Highway One

Northern California’s Pacific Coast Highway might be the best use of asphalt anywhere. From expansive ocean views to the west, to often fog-shrouded hilltops to the east, this north coast section of the roadway splits coastal prairies, tunnels through cypress groves, twists into stream gullies and, around turns, repeatedly prompts an involuntary “Oh, my!” no matter how many times I’ve ridden it.

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Aug 14, 2020

The Most Gorgeous Peninsulas in the United States

Monterey Peninsula, California

California, here we come! Monterey, located on the Golden State’s famous Pacific Coast Highway, welcomes visitors with its million-dollar vistas. Highway 1 winds along the stunning, rocky shoreline of California’s central coast. Get all the Big Little Lies vibes with the world-renowned view of the famed Monterey Bridge. Expect to see pristine golf courses, hills blanketed with wildflowers, the sun setting over white sand beaches, and crashing waves along the rocky cliffs. The Monterey Peninsula is also home to Carmel-by-the-Sea, one of the most romantic small towns in America.

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Aug 14, 2020

‘Hidden Huntington Beach’ TV show explores Surf City’s eccentric history

Chris Epting pedals his bike right by the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center almost every morning. Yet until last week, he had never noticed the four pelican sculptures perched atop poles in the parking lot off Pacific Coast Highway.

“They were hiding in plain view,” Epting said. “Now that my radar is more tuned in, I’m seeing things I’ve never seen before. Once you start exploring the history of your community, the way you look at it is forever altered.”

That was the impetus for his new program, “Hidden Huntington Beach.” Produced for the city’s cable television channel, the show takes viewers back in time, revealing whimsical clues that paint a picture of the distant and not-so-distant past.

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Aug 11, 2020

Miranda Lambert Reveals Her Next Road Trip Destination

Miranda Lambert and husband Brendan McLoughlin recently took a trip up the East Coast to visit their family in New York, and the country star revealed the destination she'd like to explore next during a recent interview with Taste of Country Nights. "We want to do the whole California coast thing," she said, adding that she has a few work commitments in September.

"After that, maybe," Lambert said. "You gotta have time to do that, but that's what we have right now is time." The 36-year-old added that she "would love" to take a trip up the Pacific Coast Highway. "I've never gotten to do it... I travel for a living but I don't see much," she admitted. "So this is the way to sort of actually experience things."

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Aug 06, 2020

Malibu Beach Inn Receives GBAC Star for High Standards for Cleanliness and Prevention

Malibu Beach Inn, the luxury boutique hotel nestled on the sands of the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Malibu, is recognized by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), receiving a Certificate of Accreditation, the GBAC STAR. The GBAC STAR, the gold standard of prepared facilities, acknowledges Malibu Beach Inn’s efforts to establish and maintain an infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks and establishes and maintains proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices as well as highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation.

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Aug 06, 2020

Michael Bilokonsky on the Top 7 Motorcycle Routes in the United States

State Route 1 – California

Last but not least is State Route 1, otherwise known as the Pacific Coast Highway, in sunny California. Michael Bilokonsky is a huge fan of this route owing to the fact that it stays along the water almost the entire time. The route is over 600 miles in length and spans nearly the entire coast of California. It’s a very easy ride because of the slower speed limits and traffic, which makes it ideal for beginners. It can also easily be tackled in bits and pieces, and almost every smaller section still offers breathtaking views of the wild Pacific Ocean. State Route 1 passes through many towns and major cities along the way, so you won’t have any issues finding a restaurant or a place to stay at night.

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Recent Articles

  1. Construction Work To Close Lanes Of PCH During Overnight Hours

    Oct 15, 20 04:35 AM

    Road crews will be repairing slabs and completing slurry seal work on a four-mile stretch for the next four nights beginning Wednesday.

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  2. 14 things to know about Hyatt’s Ventana Big Sur

    Oct 04, 20 03:57 AM

    The Ventana Big Sur is an Alila property, located just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur, California. Hyatt acquired Alila in 2018, and ever since then, my now-fiancée and I have had our eyes s…

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  3. A Visual Tour of the Mullin Automotive Museum

    Oct 02, 20 04:18 AM

    Nestled in the seaside city of Oxnard, California, a short stroll from the Pacific Coast Highway, the Mullin Automotive Museum is home to a treasure trove of Bugattis and Delahayes. Given the current…

    Read More