Review: Palomar Hotel

10740 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 475-8711 Description  Situated in Westwood, home to UCLA and many a movie premiere, the Palomar LA Westwood is earth-friendly with a healthy does of chic. The Kimpton property abides by the brand’s longstanding EarthCare program, meaning  recycling program, low flow water systems, energy efficient lighting, and many other environmental initiatives. The pet-friendly rooms (from $240) are comfortable and stylish, and the property offers [&hellip

Review: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

1800 West Balboa Boulevard Newport Beach, CA 92663 (800) 222-6675 Description Get back to nature (without roughing it) at Newport Dunes Resort. An RV campground with one mile of beachfront, the facility also offers an array of cottages, from simple “camping cottages” to larger “luxury cottages” (from $85 per night). Everything you need to enjoy a fun time away is available here, from kayak lessons and rentals to a [&hellip

Review: Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel

1800 West Balboa Boulevard Newport Beach, CA 92663 (800) 222-6675 Description The Bay Shores Peninsula boasts that it’s just 75 paces from the beach. Indeed, this friendly, affordable hotel is tucked on the narrow peninsula between the ocean and the bay. It’s an unassuming spot, everything you’d want a beach hotel to be, with a rooftop sun deck, sun-kissed style, and friendly touches like fresh-baked cookies and a library [&hellip

Review: Balboa Bay Club & Resort

1221 Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA 92661 (949) 645-5000 Description Newport Beach’s only waterfront property provides the ultimate in luxury, with elegant rooms a relaxing spa, and a variety of upscale dining options. Rooms have individual patios or balconies and look out at the water. Read about more things to do in Newport Beach. Directions From the airport, take bus 76 to the Newport Transit Center. Pick up bus 1 [&hellip

Review: Safari West Adventures

3115 Porter Creek Road Guest Entrance: On Franz Valley Road Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (707) 579-2551 Description Bust out your binoculars and khakis and get ready for an encounter with lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!). Okay, so you won’t actually meet any of those predators at the Safari West Wildlife Preserve (and, fashionistas, you don’t have to dress “rugged,” either)—but that doesn’t mean you won’t have an unforgettable [&hellip

Review: Bass Pro Shop

1356 Bass Pro Drive Manteca, CA 95337 (209)825-8400 Description Boats, guns, bows, knives, tents, accessories galore. Manteca’s mammoth Bass Pro Shop is one of the best outlets for stocking up on outdoor gear. Complete with indoor archery range, “country store” candy and snack shop, live fish ponds, arcade shooting range, and arguably more outdoor equipment than anyone could ever need, this place is a must visit when in Manteca. Read [&hellip

Review: Hotel La Rose

308 Wilson Street Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707) 579-3247 Description The only hotel in Sonoma County to make the list of Historic Hotels of America, the lovely Hotel La Rose opened in 1907 in response to a massive late 19th-century influx of folks visiting the area in search of gold. The four-story hotel still shines in its original wainscoting, plus the staircase from the San Francisco Cable Car Barn, which [&hellip

Review: The Vineyard Creek Hyatt Santa Rosa

170 Railroad Street Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707) 284 1234 Description Located in historic Railroad Square, the Vineyard Creek Hyatt in Santa Rosa provides with top-quality lodgings within walking distance of many of Santa Rosa’s downtown attractions. A red-tile roof and lush sculpture garden give the hotel a Mediterranean feel. Rooms (from $169 a night) are comfortably appointed, and the hotel’s luxurious amenities include a pool, hot tub, and outdoor [&hellip

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