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The best Escapes of 2009

Posted: December 23, 2009 3:08 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2009 9:43 p.m.
The best of Escape from 2009. The best of Escape from 2009.
The best of Escape from 2009.

If you were clever enough to be a Signal subscriber in 2009 you benefitted from Escape's weekly coverage of what was happening in the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond.

We clued you in on concerts, plays, amusement parks, restaurants, festivals, haunts and more. With your Escape under your arm you were prepared to venture out into an otherwise confusing world, confident that we would lead you through it all.

Here are your Escape editor's picks for the best issues of Escape from 2009.

Holiday Light Tour XVI
Dec. 11 - Dec. 17

My pick for the best Escape of 2009 is from Dec. 11, the Holiday Light Tour issue. Having been the Escape editor for nearly a full year, I can think of no other cover story that incorporated more color and community spirit than the Holiday Light Tour XVI.

The annual tour allows your Signal staffers to mingle with the best people in the SCV and the result is a story that is highly anticipated in the community. Everyone is anxious to get the results of the tour and to get the maps and directions to the best-dressed homes and streets. Again this year we were happy to be of service.
Restaurant profile: Lazy Dog Cafe

Deep Blue Secrets
Nov. 6 - Nov. 12

Online Editor Stephen K. Peeples' cover story on the Aquarium of the Pacific offered up the secret that fall and winter can be the best times to visit the aquarium - and he gave you everything you needed to know to do it.
Restaurant profile: The Basil Thai Fusion

Halloween Haunts
Oct. 30 - Nov. 5

We offered up the best home-made scares and Halloween fun in the SCV on Oct. 30. Your haunted neighbors had worked hard for you and we made sure you knew where they were and what to expect.
Restaurant profile: Red Brick Pizza

Halloween Happenings
Oct. 23 - Oct. 29
In this issue Escape offered up the Halloween-related events happening all around Southern California, including the amusement parks and zoo. We even included an underwater pumpkin carving contest.
Restaurant profile: Italia Panetteria & Deli

Ramona Days
Sept. 25 - Oct. 1

Ramona Days is a special time at Rancho Camulos, near Piru. It celebrates both history and fiction relating to the 1884 novel "Ramona." Don't forget the rancho is open the rest of the year!
Restaurant profile: Nick-N-Willy's Pizza

Places to Stand
Aug. 14 - Aug. 20
Features Editor Michele Buttelman's cover story put together 25 of the best places in the SCV, as selected by herself and others, where you can stand and enjoy the ambiance. These ranged from barnyards to empty parking lots.
Restaurant profile: Bella Cucina

Summer Sizzle: Outdoor Concerts
June 26 - July 2
Outdoor concerts were making music all around the SCV this summer and Escape told you who, what, where and when. With this info you got out and met your friends for some really good times.
Restaurant profile: T-Bo's House of BBQ

Sweet Music
May 15 - May 21
Our colorful split cover began your journey to the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard and the Topanga Banjo, Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival in Agoura. And you could do them both in a weekend.
Restaurant profile: Margaritas Mexican Grill

Descanso Gardens
April 3 - April 9

Michele Buttelman took you to one of Southern California's famous botanical gardens, Descanso Gardens - just as it bloomed. Her photos enticed you to a peaceful exploration of this beauty.
Restaurant profile: Wolf Creek

March 20 - March 26

With one of the cutest covers we've ever had, Escape reminded you that Mountasia Family Fun Center has been entertaining the children and families of the SCV for a very long time.
Restaurant profile: Panera Bread

Roller-coaster Madness
Feb. 6 - Feb. 12
You were there as Escape Editor Jim Walker relived his childhood (but better this time) by riding on the roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain with a couple of coaster pros.
Restaurant profile: Backwoods Inn


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