Monrovia Canyon Falls

The falls at Monrovia Canyon. Hiking to the waterfall was a fun Sunday day trip. So peaceful. This award-winning park operated by the City of Monrovia Community Services Department is situated in the San Gabriel Mountains at an elevation of 1,300 feet. Year-round springs...

Wednesday Santa Monica Farmer’s Market

The Santa Monica Farmers Markets were established by then-Mayor Ruth Yanatta-Goldway. The inaugural Santa Monica Farmers Market opened Wednesday July 11, 1981 in Santa Monica's downtown retail district with goals of providing reasonably priced, high quality produce to the city's population, and bringing more foot...

Wildwood Canyon Park

Who wants to spend hundreds of dollars a year on a gym membership when Mother Nature gave us California's glorious and varied landscape to explore for free, right? Some of the spots get talked about more than others, while others just sit quietly, doing their...

Historic Greystone Mansion and Park

Incredible getaway for a lazy afternoon - free and SO close! img src="https://thebienstockgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/6a0133ed0f392b970b01543615d868970c-800wi.jpg" alt="Greystone Mansion4-juliewrightlandcompany" width="500" height"375"/> In 1926, Edward Laurence Doheny gifted his son Edward "Ned" Laurence Doheny Jr., and his daughter-in-law Lucy, with a 12.58 acres parcel of land. Greystone mansion was built on this...

Marshmallow Skewers

Fun No-bake Treats! Melt chocolate and margarine in a double boiler. Dip marshmallows in melted chocolate and then in toppings. Cool to set chocolate and toppings. Thread onto skewer. A big hit! You can pick almost anything to dip the marshmallows in. ...

A Dozen Simple Bagels

I took the recipe from the King Arthur Flour website, which I really like. (By the way, best thing to order from that website is precut sheets of parchment paper - lifesaver for baking). I would modify the recipe next time - not sure what...

Fryman Canyon Loop

Centrally located and a very nice alternative to Runyon Canyon! It is a short, 3 mile loop that isn't very crowded. Located in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains on the north side of Mulholland Drive, it offers spectacular views. Address: 8401 Mulholland Drive, Studio City Fryman Canyon...