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The Top 20 Winter Escapes on Airbnb

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

We’re right there with you—in the mid-winter doldrums and itching for an escape. Visions of beachside bungalows or cozy mountain cabins led us to Airbnb, where we picked 20 amazing places for the perfect California getaway.

Catalina’s Hidden Gem

There’s something about being on an island. There’s also something about being on an island when the town you’re in only has about 250 folks who call it home. No crowds, no waits. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city lining Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island is for you.

LA’s Best East-Side Yoga

Yoga in LA

Everyone knows about the stellar yoga to be had on the west side of Los Angeles—Vinnie Marino, Shiva Rea, and Bryan Kest draw A-list celebrities to the mat within a stone’s throw of the ocean. But the east side has its own quiet vinyasa scene going on. Here are the top spots to get flowing without hopping on the 10.

Bay Area Parks Worth a Winter Visit

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Exploring the seemingly endless number of great parks in the Bay Area may seem like a summertime thing, but if you stop and think about it, it makes perfect sense. This is the time of year when we could all benefit from the peace and quiet most parks have to offer.

A Winter Wonderland Below the Teton Range

Driggs, Idaho

As the masses, in pursuit of powder, flock to tapped-out tourist destinations, the in-the-know quietly make haste to Idaho, where the hidden enclaves of Teton Valley—including the one-road town of Driggs—are the snow seeker’s best-kept secret.

Hollywood Meets Gold Country

Columbia State Historic Park

Hollywood gets its inspiration from all walks of life, history included. Gold Country is loaded with history, so it makes sense the two would cross paths. Many movies and television shows have called Gold Country home, but along with making some fun movie buff trivia, Tinseltown helps bring history to life for Tuolumne County visitors every day.

5 Beaches for the Christmas Visit List

Año Nuevo State Park

Sunny skies and mild temperatures make day trips to the beach a year round possibility in the Bay Area. And there’s no better time to take advantage of a little surf and sand than over the holidays. Whether you’ve got some extra time off, or are looking to escape the holiday craze, here’s some great beaches to put on your Christmas visit list.

Año Nuevo State Park

Four Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Travelers

Incase Luggage

With Christmas just days away, we're down to the wire as malls, department stores, and boutique shops are full to the brim yet again with last-minute shoppers. If you're like us, you may still be lacking a gift or two for people on your list. For those travelers on your holiday shopping list, we've put together this round up of a few last-minute gift ideas.

Bay Area Holiday Hotel Deals

North Block Hotel Lobby

For many people, this time of year is for spending time with family, opening presents, and eating more sugar cookies then your stomach can hold. However, for others, it's a time to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays to take a vacation. For those looking for the best of both worlds, we've put together this round-up of area hotels that are mixing the holidays with vacation. 

Two Sense: I'm Not Ready to Give Up My Travel Flings for My Fiancee

I am engaged to a woman 15 years my junior. She's smart, pretty, and loyal. We have created a solid relationship based on shared interests, communication, and trust. But for some time, I've enjoyed the company of a wide range of women, especially when I travel. This company often involves sex, though not always. It has become part of my identity as a man, and I don’t want to entirely give it up. It brings me great joy and a constant sense of adventure, which is important as I'm nearing 40. My problem is that I can't tell my girlfriend. She simply is not mature enough to understand that lifelong monogamy is just not right for everyone. She would leave me for sure, which would devastate me. But on the other hand, I feel like I'm violating the sense of trust that we have developed. What should I do?

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