The Forgotten History of Gower Gulch, Hollywood’s Western Strip Mall

Gower Gulch. Sounds like a small town in the deserts of Arizona, right? But you’d be wrong. It’s in fact a western themed small strip mall that sits at the corner of Gower and Sunset in the middle of Hollywood. But why a western theme? And just how did this corner get its name? The…

Sleep like Gene Autry at the Pioneertown Motel

After Patrick wrapped up his conference in Palm Springs, we headed to the high desert to spend a couple of nights at the Pioneertown Motel. Long time readers may be familiar with previous visits to Pioneertown, a real town originally built as a live-in backlot of sorts made exclusively for westerns back in 1946. But…

Valentine’s Month at Disneyland

This year Disneyland introduced “Valentine’s Month” to the park with extra decor, special food items, and even a scavenger hunt to celebrate the holiday of love. I’ve always enjoyed a good scavenger hunt, so Patrick and I went over to the park for the day to experience it. For those familiar with Disneyland’s Easter Egg…

Find Delicious BBQ Inside this Kitschy Faux Log Cabin of Chris & Pitt’s

My dad has endless stories of growing up in Southern California in the 1950s and 60s. Many of the places in those stories are gone, but some still remain, Chris and Pitt’s Bar-B-Q is one of them. A staple of my dad’s childhood, it was even the location we chose to meet at after my grandmother’s funeral…

The One Night Revival of Hollywood’s Favorite Honky Tonk, the Palomino Club

When people think of Hollywood, they think of searchlights rocking back and forth, glittering movie stars, and flash bulbs popping on a red carpet. But just on the other side of the Hollywood sign is North Hollywood, and the further out you go, it turns heavily industrial, and you begin to feel a long way…

Jess-Belle Vibes for Spooky Farm

So earlier I talked about Knott’s Scary Farm, both with my first day outfit, and a guide to help newbies with the event, but today I’m talking about Knott’s Spooky Farm, the family-friendly event that Knott’s Berry Farm offers on weekends. It’s a fun offering where kids can trick-or-treat, take part in fun crafts such…

Ghost Town Alive is the Real Life Version of Westworld

Are you like many and hooked on HBO’s Westworld? Yeah, same here. Do you wish you could visit Westworld? Well, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town Alive (which has returned for its third year) is the closest thing you’re going to find. Long time readers may already be familiar with Ghost Town Alive, as I have…