California: Luxury

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Explore Shopping in California
Discover Los Angeles County

You’ll definitely want to leave room in your suitcase for L.A. shopping.

If you’re ready to whip out the platinum card, head to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, home...

Spotlight: San Francisco

This elegant square circled by tall palm trees, in roughly the middle of the city’s downtown, is the hub for luxury shopping. Walk streets bounding the square to jot down...

Discover Orange County

Shopping in The O.C. is almost as legendary as surfing. Start at expansive South Coast Plaza, California’s largest luxury shopping complex, with iconic luxury brands such...

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Escape to laid-back luxury all over the Golden State

Holidays can be about the kids, about family, about taking advantage of a work trip. But sometimes, it’s nice to be just about you. These pamper-perfect destinations make sure that you have that...

Courtesy of Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
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Check these amazing experiences off your bucket list

Kiss a beluga, see cool movie props, and learn about Walt’s secret hideaway on exclusive and behind-the-scenes tours at California’s theme parks and attractions. Here’s a roundup of worth-the-...

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Relax after a day on the slopes

Kicking back after you kick off your boots is a snow-country tradition, and there’s plenty of post-slopes fun at California’s top alpine resorts. Have a beer or warm up with an Irish coffee, dance...

Jeff Enegerbretson
The Petals body treatment at luxurious Ojai Valley Inn & Spa begins with a rubdown with powdered roses followed by a rose-gel shower and rose-oil massage.
Pebble Beach by Christina Lauren/Flickr

Golfing in Monterey & Carmel

Play along the ocean or in sunny wine country

If you’re a golfer—and why else would you be reading this—then what do we need to say? You probably already know all about the Pebble Beach Golf...

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Beautiful locations, luxurious comforts

Get the starry nights, the campfire stories, the cozy sleeping bag, and all the best parts of camping in some of California’s most beautiful settings—but without the hassle of...

El Capitan Canyon
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Get the inside scoop on California's most celebrated commodity

With more than 3,000 wineries statewide, California lets you sample award-winning wines almost anywhere you go. These classic and up-and-coming wine roads—some too packed with wineries to tackle...

Temecula Valley by Kodiak Greenwood
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Where to release your inner fashionista

Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you're in search of the perfect cocktail dress or an authentic Mexican piñata, you'll find it here. Want to sample fresh produce? Try our farmers...

South Coast Plaza
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Elegant estates, relaxed wineries, urban tasting rooms

 

Elegant estates at the end of country roads lined with vineyards? Yes. Low-key wineries housed in converted barns? Yes again. Urban wine trails with hip in-town...

Temecula Valley is known for its variety, growing and producing over 50 different varietals of wine; from Cabernet Sauvignon to Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot to Mourvedre, Viognier to Chardonnay.
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Find your favourite California indulgence

Luxury, as the saying goes, is in the eye of the beholder—or the vacationer. Indulgence for you might mean reservations at one of L.A.’s swankiest restaurants, or perhaps a chance...

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Lucas Himovitz

Luxury Resorts in the Desert

Relax at spoil-yourself spas under the desert sun

Pampering just comes with the territory in the California desert. Maybe in the old days, desert visitors had to pack in supplies and sleep on the...

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Cross iconic bridges and tour castles state-wide

Even if you don’t know the difference between a California bungalow and a Bauhaus box, you’ll get a kick out of visiting some of California’s most unforgettable bridges, buildings, and other...

Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle
At luxurious Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs, the Aqua Soma treatment combines sensual water shiatsu with underwater music in a pool heated to match your body temperature.
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Sample ultra-fresh, hyper-local, and downright amazing

When you come to California, come hungry. This is a state that seriously knows how to cook. Amazing and innovative chefs sprinkled with Michelin stars work with local farms and artisanal food...

George's at the Cove
Dave Lauridsen

San Diego: Waterfront Dining

Sunset views, fresh seafood—a perfect pairing in San Diego

With the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay at its doorstep, San Diego defines waterfront dining. Travel the coast to get a taste—literally—of what...

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April

Feel like you’re invited to one of the splashiest, most exclusive parties on the planet at this indulgent multi-day event. Celebrity chefs dish up extraordinary meals, do demos, and hang around...

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From north to south, beer is booming in California

With nearly 500 breweries statewide (and probably more by the time you read this), it’s safe to say that the craft beer movement isn’t just booming in California, it’s BOOMING—capital letters...

Dave Lauridsen
Kodiak Greenwood

Golf & tennis

Swing clubs and racquets where the pros do in the Coachella Valley

With world-class golf courses set against dramatic desert landscapes and top-quality tennis courts beneath towering palms, two sports get classy...

The lowest golf course in the world is Furnace Creek in Death Valley, at 214 feet below sea level.
August

Revel in the flavours of the ultimate foodie city, as San Francisco’s its premier chefs, many of them movers and shakers in the sustainability movement, strut their stuff big time. Farmers,...

Gamma Nine/ Eat DrinkSF
Kodiak Greenwood

Ahwahnee Hotel

Visit a noble lodge and monument to 1920s luxury

It costs a bundle to spend the night, but there’s no charge for wandering inside, taking in the splendour of this 1920s-era hotel. This...

December

Rated by The New York Times as one of the country's top holiday happenings, this glittering event is a must see in The OC during the holidays. Local boat owners lavishly decorate their vessels,...

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade by fortherock/Flickr
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World-class accommodations in world-class locations

Head to the heart of California’s cities for luxurious stays at world-class accommodations. From San Francisco’s historic hotels to celebrity hot spots in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, California’s...

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Dining in San Francisco

Taste world flavors with hyper-fresh ingredients

In San Francisco, ingredient-driven menus reign supreme. With some of the nation’s best produce at their fingertips, chefs in the City by the Bay...

November

Local and international talent gathers at the gustatory tribute to all that’s good about wine & food (and there’s beer too); the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is San Diego’s largest ...

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival by Kevin Hulett
January-February

Experience one of California’s most magical settings, Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel in winter, during this intimate and outstanding event. Some of the best chefs in the country gather here to create...

Photo by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.