California: Luxury

California: Luxury

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Explore Shopping in California
Los Angeles County Shopping
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...

Union Square
Spotlight: San Francisco

This elegant square circled by tall palm trees, in the city centre, is the hub for luxury shopping. Walk streets surrounding the square to jot down your anything’s-...

O.C. Shopping
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

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-...

12 Splurge-Worthy Getaways
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...

Special VIP Tours
Photo by Michael Saechang/Flickr
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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....

Great Places for Après-ski
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.
January-February

Experience one of California’s most magical settings, Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel in winter, during this intimate and outstanding event. Some...

Chefs' Holidays
Photo by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.
Golfing in Monterey & Carmel
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...

8 Great Glamping Destinations
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...

California's Classic Wine Roads
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...

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...

12 Wine Country 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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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...

6 Ways to Spoil Yourself in California
Courtesy of South Coast Plaza
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...

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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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...

Dining Hot Spots
George's at the Cove
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...

The Craft Beer Boom
Dave Lauridsen
Golf & tennis
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 premier chefs, many of them movers and shakers in the sustainability...

Eat Drink SF
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Orange County's Luxury Resorts
Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

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, five-star...

Ahwahnee Hotel
Kodiak Greenwood

Ahwahnee Hotel

Visit a noble lodge and monument to 1920s luxury

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

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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...

Big City Hotels & Lodgings
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Dining in San Francisco
Thomas J. Story/ Sunset Publishing

Dining in San Francisco

Taste world flavours 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...