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Stay and Play: Where to Spend the Night and Surf in California

Hotel Solamar

It's no secret that surfing is ingrained in the history and culture of California. You can't escape it, even if you aren't a surfer yourself, whether it's the myriad of surf shops along the coast or bicyclists riding down the street with a surfboard strapped to the side of their bike. However, for those who aren't experienced surfers, taking the sport up can be overwhelming. However, a few hotels along the California coastline are making it easier for those who want to test the surfing waters. Today we feature a few of California's best hotels that mix staying with surfing.

The Ultimate One-Day Itinerary for a Taste of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Skyline

Brooklyn bound? Get started with our kind of fun.

Apple Adventures in Northern California

Apples

It’s been a busy week around the Bay. World Series fever arrived with a down pouring of rain. It’s as though someone flipped a switch and gave us an electrifying jump start to fall. With things like baseball games and Halloween keeping you busy, it’s easy to forget other fall favorites. But if your trip to the pumpkin patch left you craving another dose of country living, think apples.

Unique Budget Accommodations in California

Hicksville Trailer Palace

Here at 7x7 we are all about unique and unusual travel. We recently wrote about a few of the most unique accommodations in California, which included a lighthouse, tree house, yurt, fire lookout, and wigwam. However, as novel as unusual accommodations often are, travelers are often paying for that novelty. Today we're featuring another set of unique accommodations in California, except all of these are for the budget-conscious traveler, with each offering at least one room that is under $100 per night.

Beach Hopping in Los Angeles

Santa Monica Beach

Los Angeles isn't just red carpets and traffic jams. Crazy, I know. While it can take some navigating to get to L.A.'s beaches, once there, visitors are rewarded with those expanses of sand and water that Southern California is known for. Today we feature a few of the best beaches to visit in and around Los Angeles. 

Halloween Haunts in the North Bay

Wicked West Ghost Town of Jose Ramon Avenue

Pumpkins are popping up everywhere and the race to find the perfect costume is on. If you’re still looking for Halloween inspiration, or just hoping to unearth some haunting fun, there’s a scary selection of terrifying and family friendly options in the North Bay.

Halloween Haunts in the South Bay

Winchester Mystery House San Jose

October has arrived and the official countdown to Halloween is on. While you’re busy trying to decide on this year’s costume, there’s a scary number of blood curdling Halloween activities planned in the South Bay to get you in the terrified mood.

Weekend Long Pumpkin Party in Half Moon Bay

field of pumpkins in Half Moon Bay

This time of year it’s all about being orange in Half Moon Bay. Farm after farm in the seaside community is loaded with colorful pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, just waiting to take up residence in your window or on your front door step. In case you need more motivation to get moving in search of a great gourd to call your own, the self-proclaimed World Pumpkin Capital is throwing a party this weekend that’s worth marking on your busy calendar.

Use RelayRides for the Next Gorgeous Indian Summer Day

RelayRides

The next Indian Summer days we get will be the perfect time to go on an adventure, so don't get left in the dust! You can rent a car anytime, for any adventure you have in mind, via RelayRides, an awesome car-sharing marketplace where you essentially rent cars from your neighbors.<--break-> It's perfect for any casual car driver looking for a way to get out of town for a short time.

Top Bay Area Pumpkin Patches

pumpkin patch

It doesn’t matter whether you carve it, cook it or smash it. It just isn’t Halloween without a pumpkin. Picking out the perfect jack-o-lantern can be an all-day affair with farms around the Bay Area pulling out all the shots to attract you to their part of the patch.

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