Redding, CA: Shape Up In Shasta Cascade

The breathtaking Shasta Cascade region offers world-class rivers, lakes and trails making it the perfect location to shape up with a plethora of outdoor activities....

Long Beach CA: Hotel Maya

Paying homage to this mysterious culture stands the Hotel Maya along the harbor in Long Beach. Complete with the unique and spectacular architectural style of the stepped pyramids, Hotel Maya welcomes guests into their "village" of modern structures assembled to create this luxurious seaside resort.

Murphys, CA: Murphys Haunted Hotel

When you arrive in the authentic town of Murphys, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, the locals will ask about where you are staying. If your response is Murphys Historic Hotel, expect the response to be, Haunted! That hotel is haunted!

San Diego, CA: The Keating Hotel

Southern California. Italian design. Ferrari. Stainless steel. Maserati. Bang and Olufsen. Rain showerheads. Just one of these by itself is damn sexy. Put them all together, add a king-sized bed, and you have the uber sexy Keating Hotel.

Arrowhead, CA: Mountain Swimming Hole

Nothing beckons the old days of hiking up the mountains to a nearby waterfall and jumping into the water feet first. Local photographer Sam Katz brings us back to those old memories with a look back.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wofford Height, CA: Kern River Brewing Company

For a Kern Valley cruise, start in Bakersfield, California, near the Meadows Field Municipal Airport on the corner of 7th Standard and Airport Dr. Head North through the grassy scenery until there is a Y split about 12 miles out. Go left, you only have one decreasing radius turn, but it's a dangerous one. The first half has very bad road conditions whereas the latter half has great road conditions and is one of the grippiest roads. Other than that Y split, everything else has signs and is pretty obvious. You will finish at Lake Isabella in Wofford Heights.

If you want to stay a night in Wofford Heights, the Mount and Lake Hotel is a mile off the lake and offers some of the amenities of an upscale hotel, but in a cozy, intimate setting. Each room is rustic and different and kitchenettes are available. There are great fishing and hiking opportunities. Less than 5 miles from the hotel is the Kern River Brewing Company Brewpub. KRBC is Kernville's first brewpub.  This makes KRBC much more than just a restaurant; it's an attraction in itself. Keeping the names of the beer local, they provide a simple yet diverse menu.  Kern River Valley residents and visitors alike have found themselves at home.

For more information, visit Mount and Lake Hotel and KRBC online. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Santa Monica, CA: The Bella Vista

For great views of the beach and the mountains, take a cruise from Santa Monica, on the Pacific Coast Highway to Las Flores Canyon Road through the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu Creek State Park. See the Valley and the ocean from a whole new perspective. There are lots of twists and turns and some residential traffic on this short, 17 mile ride, but it is so beautiful.

In the center of the mountains, there is a beautiful bed and breakfast to spend a night or weekend. The Bella Vista is a relaxing California bed and breakfast, located in Malibu Canyon, just five miles from the Pacific Ocean coast. They pair stunning views with comfortable accommodations to give you an unmatched vacation experience in this Ranch style home. Three rooms are available and all are kid and pet friendly. All rooms have satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and each guest receives breakfast in the morning.  The meals include fruit, fresh baked scones, cinnamon-raisin waffles or breakfast crepes.

For more information, visit The Bella Vista online. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Carlsbad, CA: The Pelican Cove Inn Bed and Breakfast

Start in Murrieta at Clinton Keith Rd which is off Interstate 5 just north of Interstate 5 and 15 junctions. This route covers a rise from the freeway up and through the Cleveland Forest then down a very steep hill to winding roads through orchards and ranches of Fallbrook. Continue on to more hilly, winding roads all the way to Carlsbad on the coast. This road is suitable for all bikes but is best enjoyed at a leisurely 40-50 mph.

Carlsbad is a relaxing vacation destination with a quaint Village which offers numerous unique shops and restaurants for you to experience. The Pelican Cove Inn Bed and Breakfast is located two blocks from the beach and three blocks from the Village of Carlsbad.  There are 10 guest rooms, all with fireplaces, featherbeds, private entrances and private bath. They serve a hot breakfast every day during your stay and you are welcome to eat in the inside parlor, take a tray to your room, the garden-patio or the sun porch.

Spend some quality time at the Coyote Bar and Grill right up the street in the Village of Carlsbad. Come and enjoy the live entertainment every night; bands, DJs and karaoke on Mondays and Tuesdays. Delicious lunch special and an extensive dinner menu are prepared nightly. Happy hour is from 4pm to 6pm every day.

For more information, visit Pelican Cove and Coyote Bar andGrill online. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

San Luis Obispo, CA: Petit Soleil Bed and Breakfast

For a gorgeous ride through some beautiful rolling hills, start in Bakersfield and head west on CA Highway 58. Gas up in Bakersfield because there are no stops along the way. Take the Highway up through the hills. Giant sweepers with multiple changes in elevation run through pastoral farmland for more than an hour. Cross roads and driveways are few and far between and traffic is always light. Near the end of the highway comes up to the east side of San Luis Obispo.

When you reach San Luis Obispo, otherwise known as SLO, be sure to visit the Bubble Gum Alley. This tourist attraction is known for its accumulation of used bubble gum on the walls of an alley. It is a 15-foot high and 70-foot long alley lined with chewed gum left by passers-by. Located in the beautiful downtown district at 733.5 Higuera Street, it's a must see.

For a great nights rest, visit Petit Soleil, Bed and Breakfast, an unforgettable delight only five blocks from downtown San Luis Obispo. Step inside the cobblestone courtyard and find yourself transported to the rustic charm and colors of Provence. The hosts have tried to recreate a feeling of European comfort and ease, with touches of whimsy, in the newly remodeled Bed and Breakfast. Freshly brewed coffee and a full gastronome breakfast will be served to you each morning in the inviting dining room, or in the sun filled back patio. Every evening you can relax and enjoy a tasting of Local and French wines paired with delectable appetizers.

For more information, call Patit Soleil at 805-549-0321.