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Located in Palm Springs, Twin Palms is a charming neighborhood that’s largely responsible for the desert town’s reputation for being a hub of mid-century modern design. The neighborhood is the area's first modernist tract, thanks to architect William Krisel who designed 90 residences for the land between 1956-1959. 

Twin Palms gets its name from the pair of palm trees that were added to all of the residences’ front laws, but the immediate visual similarities end there. Despite the tract housing, which all shared virtually the same floor plan, Krisel’s artful design choices resulted in each of the houses appearing as custom-built properties. He used various orientations, embellishments, and setbacks to give every home a unique

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Rather counterintuitively, Small Business Saturday was actually started by credit card company, American Express, 10 years ago, which offered small-business owners free online advertising during the holiday season. Despite its corporate origins, the mission has done a lot to bring awareness (and money) to the small businesses that are constantly trying to compete against monopolizing giants like Amazon. 

But shopping at a small business does more than help that business thrive; it promotes the entire local economy, keeping an average of $68 of every $100 spent in your community. So, if you want to help the little guys while cultivating community and boosting the local economy, put your holiday dollars to good use at the following businesses on November

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Bixby Knolls is an affluent Long Beach, California, neighborhood that draws many to its family-friendly feel, which is rich in historic architecture and charming shops and restaurants. 

Bixby Knolls was once 300,000 acres of land gifted to Spanish soldier Manuel Nieto in 1784. In the decades thereafter, the land was reduced by half due to Nieto's legal missteps with Mission San Gabriel friars. Several decades after Nieto died in 1804, the land was reduced further by the soldier’s heirs who divided it into six parts. One of those parts would become the land on which Rancho Los Cerritos was built, which cattle rancher John Temple purchased in 1843. 

Rancho Los Cerritos Ranch House Bixby Knolls
Rancho Los Cerritos | Source: wikipedia.org

Temple’s cattle business was

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Old Towne Orange sits on about one square mile of land around the Orange, California, plaza. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the neighborhood boasts many antique and collectible shops, specialty boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, but what truly sets it apart is its high concentration (about 1,300) of vintage buildings. 

Old Town Orange Vintage Buildings
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Most of Old Towne’s buildings were constructed between 1874-1940 after attorneys Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell acquired the 1,385 acres of land as legal fees in 1869. The two attorneys attempted to model the land’s layout after Philadelphia, designed by William Penn. Featuring two cross streets that divide the area into quadrants, the middle point

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Surrounded by mountain ranges and located about 15 miles inland of the Pacific Ocean, Ojai is a small, picturesque city of about 8,000 residents. The sleepy Ventura County destination offers a welcome refuge from the never-ending traffic and swarms of people found in many Southern California cities. 

The region was first occupied by the Chumash Indians who named the city after the Ventureno Chumash word for “moon.” In 1837, a Santa Barbara entrepreneur named Fernando Tico received the Rancho Ojai Mexican land grant, which included 17,716 acres of the city. On his newly acquired land, Tico and his family operated a cattle ranch before selling the region in 1853. The land was bought and sold by several people thereafter

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Dia de Los Muertos is an annual Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors people who have died. The holiday isn’t approached with sadness, but rather happiness and merriment as many believe that the dead awake during this time to celebrate with their living loved ones. 

The celebration is complete with dancing, parades, mariachis, and plenty of good food as droves of people come out to pay homage to those that they’ve lost. And while many people celebrate in the U.S., Mexico City is the epicenter of this holiday, so it’s the best place to experience all that it has to offer.

The holiday technically takes place on November 2nd, but formal celebrations usually begin on October 31st, when the dead are thought to be ushered in. But if you head to

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With Halloween just around the corner, a lot of us are engaging in all kinds of ways to add a little more fright to the season. And while annual haunted houses and hayrides are great for a manufactured scare, some of the braver among us are looking for the real deal.

If you’re one of these brave souls, then you might consider checking into a room in one of the following hotels. Largely believed to be among the most haunted in America, these hotels are sure to give you a memorable experience of the spookiest variety. So, go ahead and book a room… If you dare.

 

The Roosevelt Hotel - Los Angeles, CA

The Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood Haunted Hotel
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If you prefer your ghosts to be of the famous variety, then book a room at The Roosevelt Hotel in

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Somehow, we’re already midway through October, which means the Halloween season is in full swing. There are costumes to consider, parties to attend, and candy to buy. But beyond all of that, one of the very best ways to celebrate the season of spooky is by going to a killer (see what we did there?) haunted house. 

Of course, not all haunted houses are created equal; some are realistic and truly terrifying, while others are more cheesy and funny than spooky. That’s why we honed in on the best options from San Francisco to Miami, so you can be sure you’ll get all of the scares you need to properly celebrate the season. 

 

Orange County

Knott’s Scary Farm

For the month of October, Knott’s Berry Farm is transforming into Knott’s Scary Farm, the

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Founded in 2002, Austin City Limits (ACL) is an annual music festival in Austin, Texas, that draws droves of people (about 450,000) from all over the country for its seemingly endless lineup of huge bands and musicians.

Each year, the festival takes place in Zilker Park on two consecutive three-day weekends, with each day featuring concerts from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The concerts run the gamut of genres, from folk and country to rock, hip hop, and indie, so you’ll find all kinds of people enjoying what the festival has to offer. 

Austin City Limits Music Festival
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Speaking of what ACL has to offer, in addition to some of the best musical acts in the world, it features a variety of tents offering unique experiences. For instance,

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Architectural salvage stores offer treasure troves of goodies for interior and architecture enthusiasts. These stores specialize in buying and selling parts from demolished and remodeled structures, functioning similarly to vintage clothing shops but with elements for your home. For instance, you might find a beautiful chandelier, antique doorknobs, or an ornate marble mantlepiece from an architectural salvager. 

In addition to items in these stores typically being cheaper than brand new pieces, they’re often better quality too. Today’s market tends to prioritize quantity and affordability over quality, which means contemporary pieces often feature lower-quality materials and construction than many of the pieces that you might find at a salvage shop. 

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