California Travel and Adventure in the West
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Castle Rock State Park, Formidable Beauty in the Bay AreaLos Gatos, CA- The Santa Cruz Mountains are beautiful. They can also be formidable and unforgiving.
Lake Oswego is Wonderfully Fun and Beautiful Lake Oswego, Oregon - Sometimes you get lucky. In what was supposed to be simply a resting point during an annual wandering of the Northwest
Lake Tahoe's Most Stunning Beach is Sand Harbor State ParkIncline Village, NV - Destination: Sand Harbor State Park. Majestically set astride the California and Nevada borders, Lake Tahoe never fails to live up to its promise.
Santa Monica: Life's a BeachSanta Monica, CA- The glowing rays of the summer sun warm your skin, the cool ocean waves crash at your sand covered feet while the playful sights and sounds of summer
Garland Ranch Regional Park: Tranquility in Monterey CountyCarmel Valley, California - The "granddaddy" of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, Garland Ranch is a fine elder statesman of parks.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Extraordinary on the California CoastCarmel Highlands, CA - Hyatt Carmel Highlands, a century's long sentinel celebrates this year and looks to the future while standing guard at the gateway to all the grandeur that is Big Sur.
Hotel Azure in South Lake Tahoe Renovates for Stylish ComfortSouth Lake Tahoe, CA - During a recent adventure to Lake Tahoe, we found comfortable, modern quarters at Hotel Azure (formerly Inn By the Lake).
Big Fish Grill in Monterey Stands OutMonterey, CA- A slight ocean breeze, a tasty meal, a cold beer, and one of the best views on Monterey's Historic Old Fisherman's Wharf at sundown is one heck of a combination.
Carmel, Big Sur are Awe Inspiring PlacesCarmel, CA- Visitors travel from far-flung corners of our globe to experience the magic that is Carmel-By-the-Sea and Big Sur.
Wine Adventures Crushes It with Feast for the SensesPlacerville, CA- Wineries in this part of California know how to throw a great party.
Joshua Tree National Park: What Are You Waiting For?Joshua Tree National Park never disappoints. One of California's treasured destinations worth exploring.
Riverside County's Beautiful Whitewater PreserveCoachella Valley, CA - Deja Vu. Once again, I found myself unprepared. The vast and natural beauty of the United States is an embarrassment of riches
Oasis outside Palm Springs: Coachella Valley PreservePalm Springs, CA- During a trip to Coachella Valley, perception and reality clashed in spectacular fashion. The desert holds many secrets and surprises
Hyatt Regency delivers Quintessential Monterey ExperienceMonterey, CA - The Monterey Peninsula...to those in the know, is sometimes all you need to say. No explanation required. The Monterey Peninsula,
Martinez is a City of SurpriseMartinez, CA - Martinez California is a colorful, vibrant and fun-filled city that is much more than what it seems.
Holman Ranch: Carmel Valley's Country StarCarmel Valley, CA - This November road trip would find us exploring the famed Holman Ranch in beautiful Carmel Valley, CA.
Hyatt Regency Monterey: Adventure in Fun and FoodMonterey, CA -Luckily for us, an invitation to take up residence at The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey was just what "the doctor" ordered.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Lake Tahoe Serves Up Fun ExperienceSouth Lake Tahoe, CA / Stateline, Nevada- Serving up positive vibes with rock n' roll energy, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Lake Tahoe is a must stop for visitors and music fans
Napa's Uptown Theatre: On LocationNapa, CA- Band of Horses trekked into Napa's Uptown Theatre last night for a stop along their "Why Are You Ok Tour".
Jackson Rancheria: Concert Venue ReviewJackson, CA- Jackson Rancheria, a little more than an hour's drive south of Roseville is a fun escape for enthusiasts who enjoy their serving of music without the typical hassles
Downtown Napa: Something to Wine AboutNapa, CA- Rolling countryside,vineyard covered hills and elegant wineries aren't the only fun places to explore when heading to Napa Wine Country.
Abalonetti Bar and Grill in MontereyMonterey, CA - On a recent visit to Monterey, we found ourselves enjoying the sights and sounds of Old Fisherman's Wharf
Beach House Restaurant in Pacific GrovePacific Grove, CA- Gazing upon the ebb and flow of the cool, clear Pacific waters as they lap against the shore of Monterey Bay as the sun gently descends toward the horizon is a damn fine way
Hofsas House in CarmelCarmel-by-the-Sea, CA- Family friendly and one of a kind. First impressions do matter and upon arrival at the Hofsas House in Carmel, we knew this was going to be
Vendange Carmel Inn and SuitesCarmel-by-the-Sea, CA- The Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites offers an ideal stop for lovebirds and would-be romantics.
Cascade Head among Best Hikes on West CoastSituated less than 90 miles southwest of Portland, Cascade Head is a UNESCO biosphere reserve sitting aside the Siuslaw National Forest a few minutes north of Lincoln City
Carmel and the Monterey PeninsulaCarmel-by-the-Sea, CA- A cool, gentle ocean breeze sweeps over your face as the rays of the sun warm your skin and a smile quickly envelops your face.
Salton Sea: Detroit of the DesertMention poverty, abandoned neighborhoods, derelict buildings, dirt cheap housing and pollution in the same sentence and most people assume the next sentence will include the word Detroit
Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage: Spring Break for the FamilyA few years back, our family stumbled upon Palm Desert for the first time. We loved it and it has become a regular landing spot for our desert adventures