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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Placerville, CA: Placerville Brewing Company

Placerville Brewing Company of has a cozy but spacious, family run brewpub and restaurant, renovated inside and out during the summer of 2005. Come and enjoy the fantastic food and of course the beer. Big screen TVs for sports fans, excellent wines from our local neighbors, and a few delightful ciders for those who like a citrus in their drink. Placerville Brewing Company has longstanding relationships with the highest quality grain suppliers and locally owned hops suppliers that insure freshest quality, consistent beer, and the innovative brew-pub only beers never disappoint.

For a place to stay nearby go to the Historic Cary House Hotel.  Conveniently located in the heart of Northern California wine country and directly on the way to Lake Tahoe, it is a quiet spot at the Sierra foothills. Each room has antiques and vintage furniture. Nearby is a cafĂ©, Wine tastings and a gourmet cheese shop.

If you are looking to get out of the hotel for the day there is a nice 3 hour cruise you can take through the scenery. Start in Placerville Ca on U.S.50 head east, toward S. Lake Tahoe, about 22 miles and as soon as you cross the American River make a left on Ice House Rd. This road is maintained year round and is well marked. Once you get to Georgetown, at the end of Old Town make a left on HWY 193 and you will take that south down to HWY 49 where you turn left and take 49 back to Placerville. Watch out for squirrels or even rare cases of bears. There are great views of the American River Canyon.

For more information visit Placerville Brewing Company and The Historic Cary House Hotel online. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Temecula, CA: The Palomar Inn Hotel

The Palomar Inn Hotel is a 10 room historical landmark hotel built in Old Town Temecula in the 1920's. Two rooms have private baths and full kitchens. In the Hotel is the Temecula House of Wine exclusively offering local wines. The unique setting combines the ambiance of "Old Town Temecula" and that of a small family run inn. Temecula Valley's natural beauty, mild climate, rich history, and convenient location make it a destination worth exploring. The Palomar is located in the heart of what is considered the cultural and historic center of Temecula.

Also in Old Town Temecula is the Garage Brewing Co. It is a state-of-the art 10 BBL brewery and fast casual restaurant serving fast fired pizza in an old automotive center at the edge of town. They offer up to 10 different types of fresh beer with seasonal or specials rotated in. There are also 20 other rotating tap handles so there's always a nice selection of other craft brews along with a few domestics to choose from. 

For a great route into town start in Palm Desert, right off the Route 111 and Highway 74. Keep traveling until it turns into the 371. This route gives you great scenery and a change of pace from riding the highway while still giving access to the wooded areas of Southern California. While riding through Palm Desert, it is primarily desert. At the bottom of the 74 there are switchbacks that are great for sportbikes and cruisers alike. Further in, you will come upon lush trees and foliage surrounding the road. The 371 takes you through the hills and down into the flat lands of Anza as well as bringing you to the hills just outside of Temecula. It is a great route for those who are bored of seeing the desert and like a calm ride.

For more information, visit The Palomar Inn Hotel and Garage Brewing Co. online.