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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Discover the Central Coast

See an all-star lineup of top golfers and A-list celebrities take to the manicured, ocean-hugging greens at this premier golf event. This ultra-prestigious tournament,...

California's Quirky Desert Lodgings
Discover the Deserts

California deserts are anything but predictable, with sites as bizarre as they are beautiful. So it’s no surprise that these dramatic landscapes are the setting for...

Mendocino Art & Artists
Spotlight: Mendocino

When the logging boom petered out, Mendocino began to fade. But in the 1950s, artists began to migrate to the nearly abandoned hamlet, establishing it as an important...

The California Questionnaire: Gabrielle Reece
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The California Questionnaire: Gabrielle Reece

The former volleyball champion and model—now an author and fitness guru—shares her California favorites

After retiring from a successful beach volleyball career, Gabrielle Reece didn’t slow down—instead, she kept adding to her résumé: mother,...

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Relax, reboot, and recharge any time of year at these 7 wellness destinations

The New Year always brings a renewed gusto to clean up our acts—physically and mentally. But in California, it’s always time to eat better, get fit, and clear away the mental clutter....

California Detox Retreats
Stanford Inn by the Sea
Spotlight: Santa Monica
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Spotlight: Santa Monica

Visit the perfect sunny strip for sand, surf, and shopping

This oceanfront city, bounded by a 3½-mi/5½-km-long beach, feels like a weekend getaway spot even though it’s only 15 miles/24 kilometers west of...

The California Questionnaire: Annie Lawless
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The California Questionnaire: Annie Lawless

The Suja Juice co-founder, yoga instructor, and wellness aficionado is passionate about her Southern California home

As one of the founders of the nation’s leading organic juice brand, Annie Lawless knows a thing or two about living a healthy lifestyle. She...

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Escape to laid-back luxury all over the Golden State

Vacations 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...

12 Splurge-Worthy Getaways
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Golfing in Monterey & Carmel
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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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Kick your neglected New Year’s resolution into high gear with a fitness-focused getaway

So maybe your New Year’s resolution to cut out sugar and run five miles a day didn’t quite pan out. Now is your second chance to jump-start the year: But this time, perhaps you can better match...

8 Jump-Start Fitness Vacations
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BMW Performance Driving School
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BMW Performance Driving School

Drive fast in an M Series BMW at a racetrack south of Palm Springs

Zooming really fast in an ultra-speedy M Series BMW may seem like one of those Walter Mitty moments that’s out of your reach. But now those need-...

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Planning a California ski vacation? It’s not all about downhilling

You know California’s mountains offer world-class skiing and boarding. But even if you’re not into bombing down the mountain on fiberglass, you can find plenty to do—including lots of luxurious...

Luxury Ski Resort Experiences
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
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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-...

Special VIP Tours
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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.
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Wake up to waves crashing on the California coast

From Mediterranean-style resorts to Craftsman-inspired hideaways, California’s luxurious oceanfront hotels offer an incredible range of ways to spend the night in style. There’s the scenery, of...

Luxury Oceanfront Hotels
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Convenient and appealing options for in-town tasting

There’s nothing quite like driving the back roads of California’s wine regions and sampling local wines at the source. But a growing number of wineries and winemakers are opting...

Urban Wineries & Wine Trails
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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...

Shopping Hot Spots
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Elegant estates, relaxed wineries, urban tasting rooms

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

Amazing Wine Country Destinations
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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...

Big City Hotels & Lodgings
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Follow celebrated routes to iconic vineyards and tucked-away surprises

With more than 4,000 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...

California's Classic Wine Roads
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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...

9 Great Glamping Destinations
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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Where to see buildings and settings fit for a king (or queen)

Think of castles, and you probably imagine a turreted wonder in Europe. But California has its own surprising crop of palaces and estates fit for a monarch, created by people with imaginations as...

California Castles
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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...

Great Places for Après-ski
Jeff Enegerbretson
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Find your favorite 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...

6 Ways to Spoil Yourself in California
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Luxury Resorts in the Desert
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 statewide

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...

12 Architectural Treasures
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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Treat yourself in the Golden State

Health and wellness are paramount in California, so it’s no surprise that the state has more than its share of high-end spas and wellness centers. Think four-star resorts in swanky beach towns,...

Ultimate Spa Experiences
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San Diego: Waterfront Dining
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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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...

The Craft Beer Boom
Dave Lauridsen
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10 getaways sure to make that special someone in your life swoon

Romance, like people, takes endless forms. Some couples splurge with champagne, candlelight dinners, and four-poster beds with all the trimmings. Others prefer a rustic retreat with a snuggle-up-...

10 Romantic Small Inns and B&Bs
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Spotlight: Napa Valley
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Spotlight: Napa Valley

Explore ultimate wine country luxury in the land where Cabernet is king

Napa Valley reigns as the land of grand estates, expansive tasting rooms, quaint towns, and elegant lodgings, many of which edge up to the...

Golf & tennis
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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.
La Quinta
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La Quinta

A golf mecca with spas and some surprising finds

This manicured complex snugged up against the pink-hued Santa Rosa Mountains is best known for world-class golf . Outstanding courses, designed by...

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Find whitewater rafting fun for all—from newbies to nerves-of-steel experts

Think of a river, and chances are you’ve got your own daydream. Maybe you want to float on inner tubes, or maybe your style is to careen through raucous rapids in an eight-person inflatable raft....

California River Rafting Adventures
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This four-day event embraces San Francisco’s global status by keeping the flavor super-local

Revel in the flavors of the ultimate foodie city as San Francisco’s premier chefs—many of them movers and shakers in the sustainability movement—strut their stuff at this festival in the ...

Eat Drink SF
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Irvine Spectrum Center
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Irvine Spectrum Center

With a Ferris wheel and Spanish ambience, this shopping center expands the definition of “mall”

Southern California is known for its sunny, open-air shopping centers, but this outdoor mall in the heart of Orange County ups the ante with...

Spotlight: Sonoma County
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Spotlight: Sonoma County

Escape to wine country with secret vineyards, cozy inns, and rich history

Spanning more than one million acres from the Pacific Ocean to the rugged Coast Range, this slice of wine-country bliss defies typecasting. Yes,...

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Find your dream setting

Picking your dream wedding location—one that reflects who you are as individuals, and as a couple—is a key part to creating your perfect celebration. California has an unmatched variety of perfect...

Perfect Places to Say "I Do" in California
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Orange County's Luxury Resorts
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Orange County's Luxury Resorts

Live like a star at posh getaways

The good life might have been invented in “The O.C.”—especially when it comes to resort destinations. With spas, elegant dining, posh lodgings,...

Ahwahnee Hotel
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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 splendor of this 1920s-era hotel. This National...

Dining in San Francisco
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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...

January-February

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

Chefs' Holidays
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Sep 1 - Sep 30
September is prime time for toasting California’s world-class wines—all over the state

Whether you’re a serious oenophile or a newbie looking to learn more about different varietals, September’s ...

California Wine Month
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