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Recent California reviews

  • Fantastic Apartment!

    "We were in Venice visiting my brother, and we loved staying in this apartment. It was great for us because we have 2 boys and its really big and spacious, and has everything we need. We liked that fact that we could walk to Abbot Kinney Blvd., the beach and other Venice attractions. We never actually met a Globe employee, but everyone we interacted with over email was very helpful, especially Guillermo in Sales."
    Guest: Katie N. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 23, 2014
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  • Great!

    "This was ideal for our short stay in San Francisco. Owners friendly and helpful."
    Guest: stejawh Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 1, 2014
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  • bday getaway

    "We took our son up for his bday. It was a very relaxing weekend. Place felt like home. It was very clean cozy and well stocked. We will definatly be going back there. Its in a lil community setting but open forrest is down the street."
    Guest: stephanie c. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 14, 2014
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  • Beautiful home with everything you need!!!

    "We rented this home for the month of November. It is a beautiful home with three master suites and is stocked with everything you will need to enjoy the desert life!! The pool and hot tub are wonderful in a nicely kept backyard with all the lawn furniture you will need. Hal and Pat, the owners, have kept their homes in tip-top shape, just like you would keep your own home. It was immaculate when we arrived which we really appreciated. Cleaner than most hotels you stay in. The towels and sheets were high quality as was everything in the house. We loved how comfortable it was and the way the house is laid out. You have 2 master suites on one side of the house and another one on the other side. The living room is in the middle with a sliding glass door that goes out to the back yard. There is also a sliding door out to the back yard/pool area from the largest master suite. We are definitely going back next year to rent from Hal and Pat, but this time for a longer period. It was the perfect place, located close to everything and every place you will want to go. Absolutely one of our best vacations ever!!! You will not be sorry renting one of their homes!!!!"
    Guest: Linda Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: December 13, 2013
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California Travel Tips

Our country’s largest state by population, and third largest by area, is home to a wonderful diversity in cultures, climate and landscapes. Here are the top sites to see and things to do in California by region:

The Bay Area

The Bay Area is best known as a free-spirited locale that is home to the biggest tech giants in Silicon Valley, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft. It’s anchored by two major cities - San Jose to the south and hilly San Francisco, a major tourist destination on the north end. Here are the top things to do while you’re in the Bay Area:

- Visit the sites in San Francisco. You can’t miss the iconic Golden Gate Bridge - bike across it, walk or take an open-air tour bus to experience the massive bridge in all its glory. Visitors can also take a ferry and tour spooky Alcatraz Island. Other attractions include shopping on Fisherman’s Wharf, checking out the sea lions on Pier 39 and immersing yourself in science at The Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. If you’re traveling here in the summer, bring a jacket! SF can be blazing hot and then overcast and chilly within the same day as the famed fog rolls in.

- Head north across the Golden Gate to see the giant redwoods in Muir Woods and check out some excellent wineries in the charming Sonoma and Napa valleys.

- Visit the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium and nearby beaches San Carlos Beach Park and Pebble Beach.

- Be one with nature at Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevadas or climb the famous Half Dome and El Capitan mountains.

- Go skiing or participate in other adventure sports in Lake Tahoe, just north of Yosemite.

Southern California

SoCal, as it’s sometimes called, is one of the sunniest and most celeb-studded places in the country. There’s plenty to do and see in and around Los Angeles and San Diego, the two major cities in the area. Here are the top spots:

- If you’re traveling with kids around L.A., head to Disneyland in Anaheim - the only Disney Park built under the direction of The Man Behind the Magic himself. Or, check out Knotts Berry Farm, a perennial childhood favorite that first opened in 1940. There are roller coasters, kids’ rides, games and plenty of fun for everyone. Don’t miss dining at Mrs. Knott’s California Marketplace for the renowned fried chicken, biscuits and boysenberry pie.

- L.A. is also the epicenter of the entertainment industry. Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a tour of Universal Studios and hike in the area surrounding the Hollywood Sign.

- Catch a Lakers game or popular concert at the Staples Center

- Take a hike in the Joshua Tree National Park in the beautiful Mojave Desert.

- Southern California is also home to some excellent festivals: Coachella Music Fest in Coachella Valley, the annual L.A. County Fair and the Newport Beach Film Festival, not to mention the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. If you want to see some major celebrities, hang out in one of the cafes or restaurants on Rodeo Drive.

- If you’re traveling with kids in San Diego, Seaworld or the esteemed San Diego Zoo are excellent options, and Legoland in nearby Carlsbad will provide hours of fun.

- The valleys in central California are less-populated than the coastal areas, but one must-see is the Hearst Castle. It’s an ornate, palatial, 165-room home built for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and set among 127 acres of gardens in San Simeon, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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