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Discover the San Francisco Bay Area

Food Network fans know Tyler Florence as the debonair celebrity chef who is passionate about great cuisine and living well. San Francisco residents—and foodies who flock...

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California: Luxury

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....

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California: Luxury

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...

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Single Thread

A husband-and-wife team marry California product with Japanese technique in this sumptuous Healdsburg establishment

Sonoma County offers travelers an embarrassment of riches but until recently gourmands seeking a world-class dining experience often felt...

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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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5 California Chef’s Table Experiences

Get an intimate front-row seat while dining at these California restaurants

California cuisine has long been celebrated for its use of extraordinary ingredients, from sustainably farmed produce and meats to artisanal...

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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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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,...

“Whatever you want to do in California you can—whether it’s big business, luxury travel, nature adventures, raising a family, or yes, having big fun.”
Gabrielle Reece
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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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Pebble Beach Golf Links

The iconic seventh hole of this world-renowned course is on every golfer’s bucket list

Although Pebble Beach’s seventh hole is just 106 yards, among the shortest in the sport, it’s also one of golf’s most iconic locations...

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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,...

"I love going direct to wineries to buy wine. It’s really special to get the story direct from the winemaker. You get a whole new appreciation for the craft.”
Tyler Florence
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Luxury Lodging in Big Sur

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Spend the night in spellbinding surroundings with boundless views

While Big Sur is all about nature, that doesn’t mean you have to rough it when you visit. In fact, the region boasts some of the state’s most...

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Spotlight: Napa Valley

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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...

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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...

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“My favorite splurge is a nine-course meal at The French Laundry—lots of indulgent food, lots of delicious wine, and lots of well-spent money.”
Suja Juice founder Annie Lawless
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La Quinta

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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...

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Santa Barbara's Luxury Resorts

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A host of travel magazine-worthy resorts and spas line this stretch of the Central Coast

In the mood for some perfect pampering in a breathtaking setting? Santa Barbara has plenty of ways to make sure you’re happily spoiled. Lodgings...

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Spotlight: Sonoma County

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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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Malibu

Explore a fabled beachfront town with real star power

Stretching for more than 30 miles along the Pacific and Highway One, Malibu has achieved...

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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...

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