February: The Little Month in the Middle of Winter

While most of the country is cold, angry and has just one weekend to get excited about, we Angelinos are stuffing new adventures into this strangely spelled month; a month that is mostly known for Ground Hogs Day and a Hallmark made up holiday. Okay, maybe I am the only one who thinks it's spelled strangely.

In any case, here are JPN’s Top 6 Adventures to put on your list to experience this February. Remember, you only have 28 days to take them all in!

#6 Joshua Tree National Park

There is no better time to visit Joshua Tree National Park than right now. It’s an easy, three-hour-drive that will put you right smack in the middle of a must-see desert experience. As a kid, I spent many nights under these stars, and those nights have never left me. And when you add to the equation that this is U2's, 30th year anniversary of their Joshua Tree record, well, quite frankly, you have yourself a built-in playlist for what inspired it.

#5 Eat Tacos, Drink Beer

The man making big noise in our amazing and vibrant regional Mexican food circles is Chef Esdras Ochoa. His newest place is Salazar. And you’re going to love it. This riverfront, vibey, modular home looking, restaurant has a large outdoor patio that just welcomes you to hang out, eat tacos and drink beer. Chef Ochoa is serving up some really tasty grilled meats and other regional offerings, which is why he is consistently being recognized for his culinary efforts. Your taste buds will thank me. It’s located in an area known as Frogtown, or what I call Silverdale. www.Salazar.com 2490 Fletcher Dr. LA.

#4 Smagasburg, LA

You probably know how much I love DTLA. It just seems to get cooler every day. I never get tired of looking for good food to eat and unusual places to shop. It’s like I am always being pushed to discover places a bit out of the way. And I found one. It happens on Sundays in the Alameda Produce Market in Downtown. It’s one long street market and it’s just filled with food, craft, vintage and design vendors. Having created this wonderful experience in, Brooklyn New York, it seems to be taking off big here in DTLA. Sundays from 10:00AM—4:00 PM. 

#3 The Street Art House

Yes, art is a huge part of the Nation, which is why I’m sharing with you the one and only Street Art House. Simply put, it is a pop up art gallery running only in the month of February. The gallery showcases the works of our LA street artists, which includes industrial furniture, clothes, limited additions and originals works. There is some really amazing expression going on out there and this is a great way to get a feel for it. You have to buy tickets and it runs 2/4-2/10. www.streetarthouse.com

#2 Grand Central Market and Art Deco Architecture Tour DTLA

DTLA is still a very uncrowded place to walk, for now. Take advantage of it and join the Los Angles Historic Society's Saturday Morning Art Deco Architecture Tour. Grab a cup of coffee and walk around our cities, deco past, present and future. When finished, the fun is just beginning, as you can then head for lunch at Grand Central Market. LA's open air food market now rivals the famous food markets from around the world. Even Gourmet Magazine named it one of the top places to eat in the U.S. I really love it. There is so much variety and all of it yummy.  https://www.laconservancy.org/events/historic-downtown-walking-tour Grand Central Market317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 Hours are 8:00 AM-10:00 PM daily

#1 Day Hike Cheseboro Canyon Trail

This winter's rain has turned our local mountains and canyons into lush, awe-inspiring, natural beauty. We have not seen these areas look like this in many years and you must experience it to believe it. The hike at Cheseboro will give it all to you in very moderate conditions. It will take your breath away with its rolling green hills, century-old oak trees, all tucked away between little Hobbit shires. Take water and always be prepared, it gets both cold and hot, all within a span of a few hours.  5792 Chesebro Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 

I would love to hear what your February adventures are or will be. Email me at  jamiepnation@gmail.com 

Let’s travel the city together.

Drive careful, I am out there!!