This November and December, the scenic Mendocino Coast presents new experiences and thrilling treats that will delight every type of traveler. Un-crowded Mendocino in winter is the perfect getaway from the stresses of life. Perspective is gained at the foot of thousand-year-old giant redwoods, the ocean unfurls as far as the eye can see, and a cozy fireside warms the heart. The slower small-town pace lends itself to a laid-back holiday season.
All September long, California celebrates Wine Month with wineries, hotels, restaurants and other establishments participating, offering special events, deals, tastings and more. You have afew more days to plan a getaway!
Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos
The seamless blend of an intimate small-town hotel and the modern character that embodies the Silicon Valley. At the heart of beautiful Los Gatos California, at the base of the serene Santa Cruz Mountains, this charming hotel perfectly captures the ambiance of the historic South Bay town. Saddle up and “wine” down with the Sips and Saddles package which features deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two at the VERGE Restaurant, horseback trail ride, picnic and wine tasting at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards.
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito
Combining contemporary design with casual sophistication and bayside charm. Casa Madrona offers a luxurious spa, breathtaking views of sailboats in the harbor and the rolling hills beyond, as well as easy access to the area’s most spectacular attractions. Take advantage of the hotel’s location just miles away from the Napa and Sonoma wine countries with Casa’s Gates of Sonoma Wine Tasting Experience. The package includes luxurious hillside cottage or mansion accommodations, transportation to Ram’s Gate Winery, wine greeting and private tour with a winery sommelier, barrel tasting in the Ram’s Gate Winery Hall barrel hall, four-course seasonal food and wine pairing prepared by Executive Chef Taylr Behnam and a bottle of single vineyard wine (750mL) to enjoy in the comforts of your Casa Madrona accommodations!
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in San Diego
Sit back, relax, and enjoy Rosé Sunday at Rein. Experience this elevated pool scene paired with endless Rosé and crudité for $30 when staying overnight. New to the property, Rein Poolside Retreat is an exclusive wellness-inspired pool bar, located at the resort’s adults-only pool that offers a refreshing culinary experience with an elevated yet approachable Southern California poolside vibe. With newly minted cabanas, Rein offers a variety of handcrafted cocktails, fare inspired by the resort’s dedication to healthy living, as well as classic dishes from The Pony Room which can be enjoyed in the spa cabanas and lounge chairs or at the top of the bar.
AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, CA
Drawing on the best of wine country dining with a contemporary California mindset - inspired culinary exploration, leisurely socializing, and the freshest seasonal ingredients. In addition to expertly curated wine lists, AVANT offers six wines on tap. With on-tap offerings, AVANT is able to utilize re-usable wine casks, skipping the need for bottles, corks, cases and labels. Whether by the sip or by the carafe, the first time oxygen touches the juice is when it hits your glass. Enjoy special pairings from Regional Sommelier and Cellar Master, Joe Baumgardner, with specialties like Maine Lobster Salad and Apriori, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, 2015, and Braised Wagyu Short Rib with Turley ‘Buck Cobb Vineyard’, Zinfandel, Amador County, 2015.
Cheers to the good life! Comment below if you visit or have visited these properties, would love to hear your experience.
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Making plans for a little Valentine's Day getaway? A month ahead is a good time to begin with ideas for a memorable celebration with your love...Consider these U.S. destinations for your travel plans with your sweetheart - Maui, Idaho and, well, of course, California!
The animals and wildlife we encounter on holiday can be one of the most, memorable and distinctive features of a trip. Any great holiday involves seeing some of the local residents up close - whatever their species! Even if it is not the entire focus of your trip, incorporating some time into appreciating local wildlife can be a unique experience. Your animal-loving travel companion will thank you for it or you may be the animal lover yourself! Browse the suggestions below for inspiration on how to enjoy and appreciate the animals in your destination.
This New Year’s Day 2016, California State Parks will kick-off the 4th Annual First Day Hikes, planned at more than 40 parks across the state. The First Day Hikes are a signature event designed to offer visitors the opportunity to connect to their parks and nature for recreation, and to promote a healthy lifestyle throughout the year. The events will all take place on Friday, January 1, 2016 with California State Parks offering more than 55 options to hike, paddle or off-road ride in the redwoods, the deserts and along the coast and on beaches. The First Day Hikes are guided by State Parks staff and volunteers. Distance and rigor will vary per hike/activity, so visitors are encouraged to check out details of start times and description of hikes.
This is the fourth year California has participated in the First Day Hikes program. Last year, there were nearly 1,000 hikes across the nation, with more than 41,000 visitors participating in all 50 states. California offered the most hikes in 2015 at 53 with participants hiking more than 4,900 miles.
Scheduled California State Parks 2016 First Day Hikes include (weather permitting):
Los Angeles County
the First Day Hikes page on California State Parks website or call (916) 654-7538.