Berlin named one of Top 5 Urban Beaches

The members and editors at have curated the
Top 5 Urban Beaches.”

While Berlin is noted for its art scene and nightlife, it has never been famous
for its beaches. The term widely used
in Berlin is “beach bar,” and they’ve been popping up along the Spree River
since 2002.

While these are not necessarily city-created urban beaches, we can’t
discount them as part of the phenomena, especially since there are almost
thirty of them in the summer! The first documented “beach bar” was Strandbar
Mitte, which is still open today, conveniently located across from Museum

Another popular spot is Oststrand, the city’s largest urban beach,
where visitors can also relax on the deck of an anchored ship along the river
bank. Oststrand is located near the former Berlin Wall and the East Side
Gallery, so a sight-seeing trip could easily turn into a beach day here.

the central station and the government district, there is Capital Beach, so all
the various sectors of the city have their own beach bar. In general, Berlin’s
beach bars are open from April to September, with Strandbar Mitte and Oststrand
opening as early as 10 am daily.

For more details check out visitberlin.

Save up to 25 percent at Disneyland resorts

Save Up to 25% on a Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

Don’t miss this late summer offer! When you book a stay at a
Disneyland Resort Hotel most nights Sunday through Thursday, you can
save up to:

  • 25% at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • 25% at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
  • 20% at The Disneyland Hotel

In addition, you can save up to 20% on some weekend rates.

Offer Details

  • Book July 17 through September 29, 2012
  • Visit from August 12 through September 29, 2012 says campgrounds still have vacancies for Labor Day has also identified campgrounds that still have vacancy over
the holiday weekend

Campgrounds across California are gearing up for
Labor Day weekend with a variety of activities that include everything from
outdoor barbecues to live entertainment and outdoor movies.

But while
many campgrounds are sold out for the holiday weekend, has
compiled a statewide listing of campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that still
have spaces available.

“There aren’t a lot of them, but there’s enough to
make it worthwhile for last minute planners to see what we’ve got,” said Susanne
White, a spokeswoman for the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds,
which hosts, a statewide travel planning
website. includes travel information and links to
privately owned and operated campgrounds all over California as well as an
updated list of campgrounds that still have vacancy over Labor Day

To find them, click on the “Discover California” tab on the
upper left section of the homepage. Then click “Places to
Go” and click on “Labor Day Weekend” to find a listing of campgrounds, RV parks
and resorts with holiday weekend vacancy.

The Four Preps perform tonight in Catalina Casino

Four Preps
perform at the Avalon Theater in the famed Catalina Casino, tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. singing a repertoire that includes their signature song “26
Miles Across the Sea, co-written by The Preps’ Bruce

Lauded by Dick Clark as the “first surfer hit,” “26 Miles…” was one of
many subsequent hits that earned them eight gold singles, three gold albums, and
during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Tickets for the concert are now on
sale at

Mendocino Coast hosts studio discovery tour

Enjoy some of the
most beautiful scenery that the northern California coast has to offer while
visiting the personal studios of many of the area’s most unique and talented

The 2012 Studio
Discovery Tour takes place on Labor Day weekend (September 1-3) and the weekend
before (August 25-26).

This free, self-guided tour along a 25-mile
stretch of Highway 1, from Sea Ranch to Little River, is the perfect way to
spend a leisurely day or an entire weekend. The participating artists you meet
along the way are happy to demonstrate the making of their art and share their
unique vision. or

Orange County Great Park hosts summer sounds Aug. 23-25

The Orange County Great Park’s 2012 Flights & Sounds
Summer Festival
delivers three evenings of musical Americana with
a special
Made in America Weekend,
August 23 through 25.

Flights & Sounds Summer
musical tour around the world returns home with a very special
Made in America Weekend,”
said Beth Krom, Chair of the Orange County Great Park. “Visitors to the Great
Park will have a unique opportunity to experience a wide range of American
music, including classic rock, blues, swing and Motown.”

Made in America Weekend
kicks off Thursday, August 23 at 8:15 p.m. with Jim Washburn’s Guitar
a one-of-a-kind guitar program featuring the John Jorgenson Quintet
and bluesman Junior Watson at the Palm Court Arts Complex. Guests will enjoy
Jorgenson’s dazzling guitar work and his mastery as a clarinet player and
vocalist. Also performing is Junior Watson, who delights with a unique guitar
voice that melts diverse styles into one all his own.

can get swinging on the dance floor with the popular Pete Jacobs Band on Friday,
August 24 at 8:15 p.m. at the Great Park Dance Concourse. Famous for his Wartime
Radio Review, local bandleader Pete Jacobs mixes big band
swing with Motown and classic rock in a multi-generational dance party. Arrive
early at 7:45 p.m. for free dance instruction by Atomic Ballroom.

by popular demand, the Grammy Award-winning Del McCoury Band headlines
Made in America Weekend
with McCoury’s high, lonesome
vocals and a knife-sharp band that keeps the bluegrass flame alive on Saturday,
August 25 on the Runway Stage. 

New app lists top 100 tourist sights in Germany

Top 100 is the name of the new app launched by the German National Tourist Board
(GNTB), which visitors to Germany can use to find out about the country’s top
100 tourist sights.

At the beginning of the year, the GNTB conducted a survey
among travellers in Destination Germany to find out what they considered to be
their personal highlights. Tourist attractions in all 16 federal states are
included in the Top 100.

A new
page on Germany’s most popular sights has been launched on the official GNTB

The app can be downloaded
for free at, where further information is also provided.

Win a Rhine river cruise from Viking River Cruises of Los Angeles

Win a 2013 river cruise for two including roundtrip air from Viking River Cruises of Los Angeles. Visit all the highlights of the legendary Rhine in just 8 days.

Germany, see the many charming castles commanding the riverbanks as you sail by,
and tour both Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelberg Castle.

Cologne, the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and experience the
lush landscape of the Black Forest region.

Also, explore Holland’s famous
windmills and waterworks, encounter multicultural Strasbourg in France, and take
part in the inviting nightlife in Rudesheim’s Drosselgasse. On this itinerary
you see a lot-without spending a lot of time.

Viking River Cruises trip for two includes:

  • 8-day cruise with river-view
    stateroom and 6 guided tours
  • All meals: 7 breakfasts, 6
    lunches & 7 dinners including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and
    Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  • Old World HighlightsTM: Dutch cheese & jenever tasting, Alsatian
    Flammkuchen cooking demonstration
  • Culture CurriculumTM: The Dutch Masters, Dutch sjoelen (table
    shuffleboard), German language lesson, The European Union and much more
  • Roundtrip coach flights for two.
  • To enter, visit their web site at

Win a dream tour of Germany from German National Tourist Board

Southern Californians have a chance to compete for
their very own dream tour
of Germany
until the end of August . The ‘Dream Tour of Germany’ contest is part of a new
social media campaign through the German National Tourist Board.

The board is promoting the
outstanding value for money offered by holidays in Germany. The app is being integrated
into the
GNTB’s international Facebook pages
but participants can also play on the
GNTB’s website.

in Germany offer high quality and above-average standards at an
affordable price,” explained Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of
the German National Tourist Board. “Through this campaign, we aim to draw attention to the
value for money offered by holidays in Germany and to give an immediate
boost to the tourism market.”

Big Easy comes to Millbrae this Labor Day

“Big Easy” comes to Millbrae for this huge Labor Day weekend event as
more than 100,000 festival lovers transform the charming downtown
streets into a Mardi Gras-style feast featuring two sun-splashed days
of live music with headliners The
Sun Kings, Evolution, Replica, and Delta Wires.

A juried show features 250
professional artists and craftmakers showing their latest handcrafted

There’s also festive food and drink, premium wines, microbrews, margaritas and
mojitos, artisan
specialty food, a microbrew tasting tent, an organic and green product
showcase, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, the
“Classically Cool Car Show” and tons of fun for kids with the Streets
With Talent Music & Dance Showcase and a myriad of amusements in
Free admission. 

For more information, call 650-697-7324/Web: