Bodie: California’s Most Authentic Ghost Town

“Good-bye God, I’m going to Bodie,” wrote a little girl whose family was moving to the most infamous Gold Rush boomtown in California. And if you think that’s creepy, what until you see what’s left of Bodie, one of the most authentic ghost towns in the entire West. Located about 20 miles northeast of Yosemite […]

Northern California’s Top Lighthouse Tours

One of the best outdoor getaways in the Bay Area is the Point Bonita Lighthouse in Marin. “Bonita” means pretty or beautiful in Spanish, and the term couldn’t be more appropriate. Crossing the new 132-foot-long footbridge toward the lighthouse, you have a phenomenal view of the rugged cliffs and Pacific ocean to the west, and […]

ACE Hotel Rooftop Pool, Los Angeles

Girls’ Getaway to Downtown LA

Sipping frozen daiquiris always tastes better in a pool on a hot day, especially if that pool’s on a sexy Los Angeles rooftop with 360 degree views and surrounded by stunning architecture. So there we were at the ACE Hotel Los Angeles, five ladies on a weekend getaway to celebrate my friend Julia’s exciting move […]

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Gold Country California

Yosemite & The Gold Country: A 4-Day Dream Getaway

Add to the list of things you never knew existed in California’s Gold Country is a German Baptist apple farm and bakery that makes the best apple turnover you’ve ever had (even their playground—complete with a miniature train—is road-trip-worthy). And if you don’t quite care for hard apple cider, that’s because you’ve never been to […]

Huntington-Beach-Pier-Featured-Image

Huntington Beach ~ Surf City USA

Huntington Beach dominates the California coast with 10 miles of uninterrupted beach bliss. A mixture of classic California surf scene and modern outdoor malls where cliques of teens coexist with families, Surf City USA continues to lure surfers who still flock here, drawn by Huntington’s legendary place in surf lore. Hawaiian-born George Freeth is credited with […]

The Queen Mary

A Stay Aboard The Queen Mary

If you’ve ever been to Long Beach you’ve probably seen it from a distance—the majestic RMS Queen Mary, one of the most beautiful ocean liners ever built and a pristine time capsule of Art Deco artistry. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967 and […]

Your Summer Getaway to Lake Shasta

Now that summer has officially started, I figured I’d write about one of my favorite family road trips we’d go on every summer when I was a kid: Lake Shasta. As usual we’d pile up the Country Squire station wagon with camping gear and comic books, then head up I-5 in the blistering heat until […]

The 7 Man-Made Wonders of Northern California

Sometimes you have to go see something simply because somebody was crazy or determined enough to build it. Take the Winchester Mystery House for example: If someone spends 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for 38 years building a nuthouse, people will line up to see it (and they […]

San Luis Obispo View from Madonna Mountain

3 Perfect Days in San Luis Obispo

We always enjoy sharing a local’s perspective on California getaways. As seasoned travelers well know, a local’s insight is always the best. This one, written by our Guest Guru and longtime San Luis Obispo resident Kathleen Forster, is sure to inspire a visit to this Central Coast gem.

Le Parc Suite Hotel's Skydeck Pool & Cabanas

West Hollywood & The Sunset Strip

Donald Fagan had it right when he sang, “Drive west on Sunset to the sea…” in the famous Steely Dan tune Babylon Sisters. But only if a stay in West Hollywood is part of the journey. Officially founded in 1984 as the 84th city in Los Angeles County, West Hollywood is a young, vibrant community with a colorful and entertaining past. In WeHo, as the locals call it, you’ll find art, shopping, museums, music, dining and people watching at its absolute best.