Save gas, enjoy local activities this Memorial Day

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Richard Perry.

■ By Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy

Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy.

The price of fuel and the hassle of long drives might be keeping you grounded. I want to share with you my short list of things to do locally.

Bee Canyon Jeep Trail to Pine Grove
My Jeep club friends shared this with me some time ago. It starts from east Hemet and climbs up around Soboba to a fresh creek and waterfall and ends up in Pine Cove (of course you’ll need a Jeep).

The Country Club at Soboba Springs
Great place to golf or have dinner at the Maze Stone, a must see and a gem of our valley.

The Ramona Bowl
Every time I have an out of town guest I take them up there even if there isn’t anything playing just to share the view of our historical stage.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
I haven’t been there in years, but I will never forget the time we started from 100 degrees to be greeted by snow and a prime rib dinner at the top of the mountain.

Cabazon Factory Outlets
Lots of choices for shopping – my teen girls can really do some damage to a credit card there.

Visit museums and you will feel smart and enlightened whether it’s our local Hemet Depot museum on Florida and State Street, or the air museums at March or Palm Springs it’s a must-see at least one time.

Farmers Market
On Harvard Street in Hemet on Wednesday and Saturday, it’s a great place to see and buy local craft wears and fresh produce (though I hear the market is temporarily inactive).

Even the drive up there is nice. Lots of fresh air with much to see and do in the friendly village.

Wine tasting
in the Temecula Valley
Okay, so you can’t bring the kids, but it is a lot of fun to do with other couples. Always remember to have a designated driver because the wine goes down smooth and the buzz creeps on up…

Diamond Valley Lake
This is a wonderful place and an important resource to our valley. I’ve been there many times for different occasions including the Habitat for Humanity Marathon (and the marathon runs there this Memorial Day). The lake and the surrounding hills have also become known for the spectacular wildflower blooms each spring and are popular among hikers.

So you see, there is a lot to do locally without burning a tank of gas.

Enjoy and Good Driving
The Hemet Car Guy

Richard Perry is the Hemet Car Guy and owner of VIP Autos in Hemet. For more information, visit

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