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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. 

Trick or Drink this Halloween in Wine Country

It’s no secret that people don’t need a reason to don a costume in San Francisco. It’s only natural then that locals go all out this time of year when Halloween rolls around. USA Today even named San Francisco as one of the best cities to celebrate Halloween. However, beyond the parties, parades, and costume contests, there are unique things to do beyond the city of San Francisco in Wine Country. Today we spotlight a few of the different Halloween activities happening in Napa and Sonoma this month.

Five Fall West Coast Road Trips

Multnomah Falls

There’s just something about this time of year that makes you want to wash your car, roll down the windows, and hit the open road. Maybe it’s the fall foliage, or maybe the fact that “summer” is in the air in San Francisco. Whatever it is, few could argue against the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and the west coast as one of the best places in the world for fall road trips. Today we spotlight a few of the best fall drives on the west coast.

How Well Does Traveling with an iPad Work?

iPad Screen Shot

To no one’s surprise, Apple’s recent announcement of the iPhone 5 came with much fanfare. While it may have brought some answers, it no doubt stirred more questions for Apple, including questions about what people can expect in the near future for the iPad. One of the main questions that always arises is about whether the iPad can replace one’s personal computer.

A Little Rock ‘n’ Roll and Wine at Cliff Lede Vineyards

Cliff Lede

Walk into your typical wine tasting room and what sounds do you expect to hear? It’s likely to be the clinking of glasses and maybe the sound of classy instrumental music. But what about Sting belting out the chorus of "Roxanne"? While you might imagine that from a dive bar on a weekend night, it’s probably not what you expect upon walking into a tasting room, and especially not one in the Napa Valley in the town of Yountville.

Five Essential Travel Booking Apps

As fun as apps like Words with Friends, Angry Birds, and Shazam may be, it’s often the practicality of an app that is most important to consumers. This couldn’t be any truer then when traveling.

Five West Coast Train Trips

There’s a certain timelessness to train travel. Maybe it’s the kid within us all who is taken back to childhood memories of playing with our toy train sets, or maybe memories of singing and dancing to Quad City DJ’s C'mon N' Ride The Train, although more likely the former. As “old timey” as it may be, there’s a certain draw to train travel, since it typically offers access to places that you just can’t get from driving. Today, we’re featuring a few of the best train trips on the west coast.

Five Must-Visit Stops on a Big Sur Road Trip

Few would argue against Big Sur as one of the great road trips, not just in America, but the entire world.  While the entire length of the California coastline is known for its dramatic landscape, rugged coastline, and sweeping views, Big Sur ups the ante. Today we highlight a few of the best stops on a Big Sur road trip.

Five Unique Tasting Experiences in Sonoma County

For many people, wine tasting may be no more than pulling their car into a winery, paying the nominal cost of a wine flight, and moving on to the next tasting room. However, there’s much more to the wine tasting experience in Sonoma. Below, we feature a few unique wine tasting experiences in Sonoma County.

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