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Spotlight: Monterey & Carmel

If there was only the beach, that would be enough. It’s a lovely beach, a crescent of pale sand that gives way to turquoise Pacific, backed by Monterey...

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CALIFORNIA

California attracts more than 250 million tourists each year, many of whom are eager to swim, ski, hike, and of course, sample local wines. Others map out memorable road...

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar

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Elegance reigns at this San Diego resort—with golf, horses, and contemporary French cuisine

Boasting old-world ambience and a foodie-magnet restaurant, San Diego’s Fairmont...

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Turn your next vacation into fairytale by visiting these exclusive destinations in the Golden State

On your next trip to California, vacation like the adventurous Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would. From shopping at some of Markle’s favorite stores to dining at celebrity-favorites and...

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How to Pack for a Trip to California

The lowdown on what to bring with you—and what to leave at home

California attracts more than 250 million tourists each year, many of whom are eager to swim, ski, hike, and of course, sample local wines. Others...

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Farmhouse Inn

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A casual-chic resort that delivers farm-to-table food, VIP wine-tasting, and down-to-earth luxury in the Russian River Valley

This Russian River Valley resort is famed for its Michelin-starred restaurant, ...

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Meadowood

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Savor the sophisticated elegance of this iconic destination in the heart of California wine country

Tucked away on a 250-acre private estate in the lush evergreen hills of St. Helena, Meadowood...

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Chaminade Resort & Spa

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Cuddle up at this hilltop getaway and indulge in farm-to-fork dining in the hills above Monterey Bay

If your inner escapist is yearning for Pacific vistas, forested hikes, and farm-to-table dining, this Mission-style resort in Santa Cruz’s tree-...

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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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Marina del Rey

Visit this inviting waterfront community near Venice Beach and Santa Monica for laid-back fun

Roughly six miles north of Los Angeles International Airport sits ...

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Ventana Big Sur

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Soulful elegance in Big Sur

Edge-of-the-earth views across the Pacific, wood and stone details bringing nature right into your room—...

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Top California Yoga Retreats

These unbelievable resorts offer the perfect serene getaway for yoga, meditation, and relaxation

If your desire is to improve your yoga practice and recharge in a beautiful place, California offers some world-class options any time of year....

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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...

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Luxury Picks: Corey Lee

The three-Michelin-star chef shares his favorite Golden State indulgences

Chef Corey Lee is a trailblazer in San Francisco’s food scene with his three-Michelin-star restaurant...

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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,...

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Orange County

4 Incredible Resorts in Orange County

Enjoy unparalleled views, world-class golf, fine dining, and much more at these high-end destinations

With long stretches of golden sand, prime surfing spots, excellent dining, and top golf courses, the good life doesn’t get much better than along...

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Spotlight: Santa Catalina Island

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An island retreat off the Southern California coast

Swaying palms, white-sand beaches, warmest water in summer, and melt-your-heart sunsets—that’s what you’ll find at pretty-much-perfect island...

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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 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...

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The lowest golf course in the world is Furnace Creek in Death Valley, at 214 feet below sea level.
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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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4 Awesome Wine Country Resorts

Luxurious spas, farm-to-table dining, and easy access to dozens of wineries—these Napa and Sonoma resorts offer the indulgent getaway you need

Ready for some “me time” amid decadent surroundings? Reserve your spot at one of these spectacular Wine Country resorts.

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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.