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63025 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Limekiln State Park in Big Sur has it all—beach, woods, and history—and the trails are so short that you can actually see it all. First, follow the half-mile Limekiln Trail along a stream to four metal kilns that once fired limestone rock into...
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
71895 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
For such a remote region, Big Sur has more than its share of amazing places to stay. One of the most unique is Treebones Resort, nestled high in the foothills of South Big Sur overlooking the Pacific. The off-the-grid property offers 16 signature...
2000 Avenue of the Stars #10, Los Angeles, CA 90067, USA
The Annenberg Foundation is a community-driven institution in Los Angeles and their Space for Photography in Century City focuses solely on the art and conversation of photography. Their ability to partner with top organizations such as National...
2103 Main St, Julian, CA 92036, USA
Here at the Julian Cider Mill, located on the main street in town, you will find all kinds of goodies handmade in Julian, along with candies and goods from boutique out-of-state farms. Mostly, though, you will find jugs of Julian apple cider,...
1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036, USA
To be honest, my husband and I aren't particularly fond of wine made from Southern CA grapes. The wines from grapes grown in San Diego County typically taste harsh and raw to our palates. So after a half-dozen visits to various wineries, we almost...
615 J St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
There are a few really great places to eat in the Gaslamp neighborhood of San Diego and it can be tough as a local to find a standout among the typical touristy fare. So we were really happy when we found Water Grill. The wall have huge windows on...
Julian, CA 92036, USA
If you're a lover of wolves and near Julian, CA, I highly recommend a visit to the California Wolf Center. The California Wolf Center is a nonprofit organization committed to the support of education about wolves, as well as the preservation of...
1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
San Diego’s newest public space, the 12-acre Waterfront Park offers a large playground, wide expanses of green grass, jets of water for splashing, and great views of the skyline. Bring an umbrella—there isn’t a lot of shade...
3200 Monticello Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
When Kenzo Tsujimoto, the CEO of Capcom, one of the largest gaming companies in the world, came to Napa from Japan he had something bigger in mind than simply planting a few rows of vine and making a vanity wine. Street Fighter, you might...
4141 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
Kensington Cafe is located in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego. We come here a couple times a month when we want something early- they open at 7am- and we're on a budget. Check out this Sandy Eggan for just under $7 and it's loaded with...
650 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
Lourdes is known in San Diego county for their yummy chicken soup. People come from all over just for the soup- my husband, who loves chicken, always wants to stop here whenever we pass through on our way home from a vacation. If you're in the...
1345 Railroad Ave, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Tucked away from the main drag in St. Helena, Terra’s Michelin-starred, Asian-influenced cuisine is a much-needed departure from the chop-and-serve farm-to-table fare that dominates Napa Valley. The $75 tasting menu (black cod and shrimp...
7837 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Herringbone has beautiful indoor seating that almost feels as though you are outside on a large patio. The food is locally grown and the seafood is fresh. This building used to house the car collection of a wealthy man some time ago. When he died,...
1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Whisknladle is a hip place found in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego. All their food comes from locally sourced farms and their drinks are handcrafted. The $4 tapas during happy hour are absolutely delicious! Definitely try the bacon wrapped...
1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Established in 1882, the Chateau has been carefully restored and maintained by the Barrett family (Bo,of Bottle Shock fame, is still making the wine) and was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The winery is famous for...
2119 Main St, Julian, CA 92036, USA
If you drove over to Julian and didn't stop by Mom's Pie House to pick up a pie or other pastry, you've wasted your entire trip. A visit to Julian without stopping here just doesn't make any sense! Anita Nichols has been making pies from scratch...
203 Chautauqua Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
The Eames House, designed and inhabited by Ray and Charles Eames as part of Art & Architecture magazine’s 1940s-60s Case Study House Program, is a prime example of L.A.’s midcentury modern aesthetic. Nestled on the bluffs of the Pacific Palisades,...
1760 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Entering the spacious yet cozy outdoors patio of Home Restaurant is like a warm familial embrace. The lush canopy and central coy pond (and fountain lined with mini plastic dinosaurs) set a tranquil yet playful ambiance. The service is friendly,...
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
In the lower level of the Casa Del Balboa building in Balboa Park is one of the world's largest indoor model railway displays. There are several rooms, where you can see huge displays of trains going through miniature towns and landscapes. Parts...
901 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Vin De Syrah is a hidden place found below street level on 5th Ave in the Gaslamp District. To get here, you descend a level of stairs that takes you to what looks like a door with an owl painted on it. That is not the door—to your left will be a...
1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
The Great Maple is one of several restaurants who get their vegetables from Suzie's organic Farm here in San Diego. The meats also come from local farmers who practice sustainable farming. The ambiance indoors has a warm, open feel while the patio...
770 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Tipsy Crow is located inside a historic building dating to 1874—one of the oldest buildings in downtown San Diego. The Tipsy Crow is divided into three parts: The Underground, The Main, and The Nest. In The Underground—depending on the night—...
5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Harvard & Stone serves craft cocktails to a hip crowd discretely behind a wood door off Hollywood Blvd, away from the clubs of the Hollywood strip. In theme with the 1930s factory meets laboratory interior is the R&D Bar in the back where rotating...
2939 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
The Thirsty Crow is a dimly-lit high-end dive with over 100 whiskies and 60 small batch bourbons that skilled bartenders serve neat, on ice, or crafted into seasonal cocktails. The circular bar is lined with ingredients like homemade shrubs,...
1726 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
At Ramekin, sorbet, ice cream and baked-to-order desserts are made from scratch and served in cute mini ramekin bowls. The freshly made Chocolate Bread Pudding and Berry Cobbler are delectable and their seasonal sorbet and ice cream revives the...
30 Beckett St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Often, when I feel overly strapped to my desk, hankering for a trip to another land, I stroll into San Francisco's Chinatown. Once I'm off the main drags and into the residential neighborhoods or the commercial streets chockablock with shops...
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