Trip to the West Valley

Trip to the West Valley


If you’re in the western part of the Valley, spend a day enjoying an eclectic mix of dining, history and outdoor adventure. You’ll need a car to get to everything, or willingness to grab a cab to the last stop, and you should plan this trip for a Sunday to get the full experience. Get the day going by heading to the legendary Sagebrush Cantina (23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, California 92403, www.sagebrushcantina.com) for a Sunday brunch you’ll never forget. This Mexican style Cantina is a restaurant, a sports bar and sometimes a biker hangout. For around $30, you’ll get an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet with bottomless mimosas and tequila shots. The menu is all over the map, from traditional breakfast and brunch fare to traditional Mexican favorites. There’s even a hot and cold crab leg bar. Head over early and take your time.

When you can’t fit anymore into your stomach, walk down the street to the Leonis Adobe Museum (23537 Calabasas Road, www.leonisadobemuseum.org). A perfect plan if you had a few of those bottomless mimosas! It’s open until 4pm and is a great place to get a taste of the history of the San Fernando Valley. The home has been meticulously restored and there are a number of exhibits throughout the ranch.

Now that you’ve gotten more familiar with the history and culture of the area, and digested all that food and champagne, hop in the car or a cab and take a short ride over to Lake Balboa (www.laparks.org/dos/aquatic/facility/lakeBalboa.htm), where you can do pretty much anything from walk the path around the park, to cycle, fish, swim at the aquatic center, play golf or tennis, or just hang out and enjoy the weather. The park is open till sundown, so you might want a pack a picnic for dinner, if you still have room after your trip to Sagebrush. There are barbeque pits and picnic tables.




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