FALL is HERE!
The kids are back in school and the weather is just right. One of our favorite Fall destinations is the CENTRAL COAST for its lack of crowds and friendly wineries. Fog dissipates offering clearer days than in the Summer. Many local wineries participate in 'Open House' when tastings are offered for FREE. Popular destinations include Pismo Beach, Hearst Castle, Morro Bay, Cambria, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Paso Robles and more.
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
We only list Hotels and Restaurants that we've personally patronized or those with the highest consumer ratings. Whether you're seeking five-star or budgeted, you'll find the best places on our site. If a hotel or restaurant is popular with tourists but doesn't receive high consumer ratings, you won't find it here. We point you to the places that the locals go. You'll also find tips on preferable rooms at hotels and menu choices at restaurants. So visit our HOTELS page for the perfect place to stay and our RESTAURANTS page for that perfect meal.
SAN DIEGO - Fall can be a great time to visit our favorite California Big City. Walk the Gaslamp Quarter, an historic portion of downtown that is reminiscent of Gold Country towns in the Western Sierras, but with much more entertainment and unbelievably good restaurants. Tour a WWII memorial and walk the deck of a decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now a museum. Catch a Padres baseball game at Petco Park. Have a slice of pizza and glass of wine before perusing art galleries in Little Italy. Take a ghost hunting tour in Old Town, where you'll find the most haunted house in America. Ride a seaside roller coaster in Mission Beach. Rent a Kayak in La Jolla and explore dozens of sea caves. Enjoy homemade apple pie and fresh mountain air in Julian. Or just relax in the sun on one of Southern California's most pristine beaches.
APPLE SEASON - Enjoy delicious apple pies, ciders, vinegars and more during apple season at one of several well-known apple regions. Visit Apple Hill located east of Placerville in Gold Country, Oak Glen located east of Riverside in the Inland Empire and Julian located east of San Diego. Each of these is a quaint foothill community with a rich history.
WINTER is COMING QUICK!
The Sierras are renowned for their snowfall and world-class skiing. Places like Tahoe, Mammoth, Mt. Shasta and the Western Sierras beckon snow lovers from around the globe.
Check out our SNOW page to find where you're going to be carving fresh tracks this season.
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Mt. Shasta - is California's northernmost major ski resort.
Tahoe - is California's largest winter playground with more than a dozen major ski resorts.
Mammoth - is a favorite of Southern California skiers.
Western Sierras - offer several major resorts between Tahoe and Fresno.
Big Bear - is a favorite with L.A. skiers due to it's close proximity.
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We're native Californians who have spent a lifetime traveling and exploring our state. We can give you local insight on popular destinations, but also let you know about the obscure, less traveled destinations that only locals of this state would know about. This is not the most extensive listing of California locations but instead, a resource of places and adventures that are sure to please you.