You’ll note the horses before you spy a single grapevine on your drive into Carmel Valley, a pastoral wine country with evident ranch land roots. Yet tucked between the stables and cowboy saloons are a few compelling gems to build a weekend upon. Like California’s other brand name valleys, the region promises a breezy, food-and-wine filled escape amidst sunny, natural splendor.
When I was offered the chance to stay at the W Hotel for a night, I was thrilled (who doesn't love a night downtown?) but also a touch apprehensive (rumors swirl of it still being stuck in the late '90s). Much to the relief of my inner spoiled brat, the W is still the place to stay if you want to party, play, and—if you must—sleep.
California offers a bounty of beauty at every turn. With so many well-known destination spots, as well as oft overlooked gems tucked away behind every curve of Highway 1, there's a perfect adventure for all.
Even in the rain, Big Sur is a remarkable place to explore. We holed up here recently on a particularly showery weekend, which didn’t stop us from exploring beaches and redwoods or foraging for high gastronomy. (It also didn’t stop us from bunkering in our room, fireplace ablaze, for cozy afternoons).
Palm Springs and the other desert cities that are its neighbors are quickly evolving and adapting to the desires of a new generation of tourists (and Coachella-goers) from all over California and beyond. The last few years have seen a bevy of older hotels transformed into hip new boutique destinations, and new restaurants have been popping up catering to the demanding palates of Bay Area and Los Angeles weekenders.
With recent reports stating that SF-based Airbnb could soon be worth over $20 billion dollars, it stands to reason that local hosts are also cashing in on the booming room-share economy. Right? As one of the most popular Airbnb destinations (and least affordable cities in the U.S.), we wondered just how much a SF resident can make by renting their apartment on the website.
The natural volcanic hot springs in Calistoga were originally discovered by the Wappo tribe more than 500 years ago; their rumored healing powers remain a draw today, along with venerable wineries, classy eateries, and luxury resorts. Knowing this, we have just two words to describe this gem of a town: Napa, who?
With Memorial Day around the corner, we've got long weekend getaways on the brain—and the beautiful little town of Ojai is top of mind. Only 45 minutes south of Santa Barbara, nestled in a lush, green valley, with bewitching orange blossoms filling the air, Ojai is all about unwinding, good food, and indulging in some good old R&R. Plus, rumor has it that this special corner of the globe has positive cosmic energy, so get ready to align your chakras.
It’s an age old tradition. From Japan to Iceland to the dusty backcountry of the American west, people have been soaking up the geothermal magic provided by wild hot springs since time immemorial. Interested in taking the ancestral dip? These wild hot springs will be at your service, au natural.
Established in 1890, Sequoia is California's first National Park, and it, along with its impressive neighbor, King Canyon Park, offer a weekend's worth of exploring, hiking, and taking in the sights.