Travel Column IN THE LOOP

(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

Travel opportunities continue to open, though restrictions remain and may have to tighten again soon. Read on for ideas for short hops and longer ones in the Golden State, but always check ahead for the latest developments before leaving home.

To the northwest on Thursday, August 19, Napa Valley Wine Train’s popular Murder Mystery Experience combines “the Mafia family wedding of the century” with a gourmet meal aboard a scenic rail journey (; 800-427-4124).

Down below in Hollywood in the former Amoeba Music Building on Sunset Boulevard, the Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit runs through January 2022. Van Gogh’s art comes to life as visitors wander through huge moving images that highlight brush strokes, detail, and color. The Southern California engagement sold over 80,000 tickets in the first week of sales (; 844-307-4644).

In Anaheim, Disneyland offers California residents specially priced three-day tickets, valid now through September for as low as $83 per day. For another discount, the Magic Key program, the new annual pass, starts Wednesday, August 25, with four tiers, ranging from $1,399 for the Dream Key to the Imagine Key, open only to Southern California residents primarily on weekdays, for $399 annually. All tiers must make park reservations in advance to guarantee their day at the park. The Disneyland website advises: “To enter a theme park, guests (ages 3 and older) will need a valid ticket and a theme park reservation for the same day and same park they want to visit. The State of California strongly recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the Disneyland Resort. Face coverings are required for all guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors, including on many attractions” (; 714-781-4565).

In Simi Valley, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library announces their only Sunset Dinner of 2021. They request face coverings except while eating. Between dining and dancing, participants may self-tour the museum, “FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda” from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Air Force One from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (; 805-522-2977).

To the south on the coast in Balboa Park, the San Diego Air & Space Museum hosts the First Annual San Diego Military Summit on Wednesday, August 18, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. “an all-day interactive summit that brings together the military and business communities for a day of workshops, keynote speakers, exhibitors, networking” and 11 different breakout sessions. SD Military Summit has something for everyone - whether you are active duty, a veteran, or a family member. Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to connect with the San Diego business community. Space is limited at each live session and is on a first come basis. All sessions will be recorded to view at a later time” (; 619-234-8291).

Story First Published: 2021-09-17