Author Archive for Jocelyn Murray

avatarJocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.
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Temecula Valley Wine Country

Temecula Valley Wine Country

December 29, 2010 No Comments Ahh… the vineyards… rolling hills with green vines, heavy with succulent fruit. A hot golden sun beating down upon the soil, as the sweet earthy fragrance fills the senses. The vineyards of Temecula Valley are located about an hour’s drive inland from our Carlsbad beach resort where we were vacationing.  We took our time, visiting only 2 wineries ...

 

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

December 29, 2010 No Comments  The Flower Fields of Carlsbad are 50 acres of blooming beauty on a hillside overlooking the sea.  Located at 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008, they are a short 10 minute drive from the Tamarack Beach Resort by the Sea where we stayed with our family.  Walking through these fields is an absolute delight.  We spent ...

 

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

December 29, 2010 1 Comment Located about a 50 minute drive from Carlsbad, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (previously called the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park) is a family favorite. The park is located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027 (www.sandiegozoo.org/park).  With so many wild animals to see in a preserved replica of their own natural ...

 

Legoland, Carlsbad California

Legoland, Carlsbad California

December 29, 2010 No Comments There are so many fun things to do while in Carlsbad, one of them is taking our 2 children to Legoland, located at One LEGOLAND Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008. A ten minute drive from our hotel at the Tamarack Beach Resort by the Sea, we make it a point to spend one day there every ...

 

Tamarack Beach Resort by the Sea – Carlsbad, CA

Tamarack Beach Resort by the Sea – Carlsbad, CA

December 29, 2010 4 Comments About a 1 ½ hour’s drive south of Los Angeles California, or about 30 minutes drive from San Diego, Carlsbad is a charming seaside town with plenty for families to see and do.  My family and I have gone there countless times for several reasons: its proximity to our home in Los Angeles, its seaside appeal, ...

 

La Brea Tar Pits – Page Museum

La Brea Tar Pits – Page Museum

October 4, 2010 No Comments For an up close and personal encounter with mammoths and saber-toothed cats while in Los Angeles, visit the Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits.  The address is 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90036 and their phone number is (323) 934-7243. A fun and fascinating place, the La Brea Tar Pits is unique in that it ...

 

Skiing Holiday in Keystone Colorado

Skiing Holiday in Keystone Colorado

September 27, 2010 1 Comment Our skiing holiday in Keystone, Colorado of February 2007 was cold and eventful. As natives to Southern California, the temperature change was a bit shocking. We just happened to be traveling at a time of year when blizzards were commonplace and getting snowed in was very likely to happen. We flew from LAX International Airport ...

 

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

September 26, 2010 2 Comments There is something almost magical about visiting the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. From its grand entrance with the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops, to its fantastic exhibits surrounded by gleaming marble tiled floors and ornate molded ceilings, this museum offers something for the whole family.   The 15 permanent exhibits are very realistically displayed and ...

 

Vail Winter Vacation at Lion Square Lodge

Vail Winter Vacation at Lion Square Lodge

September 14, 2010 4 Comments Our holiday in Vail, Colorado was by far one of the best skiing vacations we have enjoyed yet. It was mid January 2009 and we flew non-stop into Vail’s Eagle County Regional Airport from Los Angeles where our shuttle driver was waiting to take us to the Lion Square Lodge in Lionshead Vail. Big Mountain ...

 

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Casa Marilu Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Casa Marilu Puerto Vallarta Mexico

September 4, 2010 No Comments In October 2002, we spent a glorious 5 days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This was the first time we avoided hotels and opted for renting a luxury home with a staff that included butler and chef services. Our daughter, and only child at the time, was 7 months. We traveled and stayed with my parents, ...

 

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