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Recent California reviews

  • Good value and home base for exploring San Diego

    "It is evident that, Kent, the live in owner, takes great pride in his jungle theme creation. This is a well cared for multi-unit complex and Kent is a gracious and very responsive owner/property manager. Upon our arrival, Kent pointed out a large unsightly crescent shaped stain in the living area carpet. The kitchen is adequately equipped for preparing meals and entertaining. The 'Terrace' unit feels somewhat dark and dated inside but evidently other reviewers feel that these design choices complement the retro jungle theme of this property. In this vein, despite the generous size windows in the living room, the interior shows darker than the photos Though very quiet during the day the faint noise of footsteps and a TV could be heard in the evening. The property is in a great location with proximity to down town districts, Balboa Park and the zoo."
    Guest: Bill & Judy Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 24, 2014
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  • Amazing!

    "Well, I've never in my life had a vacation rental like this one! We've been to some nice places, but this is just over the top with unforgettable views and everything you could ask for! Waking up each morning, it was great to listen to the waves crashing and just watching the ocean from the living room and balcony. I feel grateful for being able to enjoy such an amazing place in a great location with my family. All the other reviews are accurate...immaculate and beds very comfortable...I highly recommend!"
    Guest: Kristen C. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 1, 2014
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  • Very nice cabin

    "I spent the weekend with friends in this very nice cabin. I spoke to the owner a couple of times before the stay and she was very friendly and helpful. I've stayed in other VRBO properties before and by far Marta was the best owner. The cabin is everything that was stated, very clean, good view of the mountains, and a great hot tub. After I left Marta was over the top helpful in helping me retrieve a Netfix DVD I left in the cabin. I recommend staying there."
    Guest: dana m. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 16, 2014
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  • Best cabin in Summit area

    "This place is absolutely gorgeous !. First class venue and close to mountains and village. I strongly recommend it .... you will truly enjoy your visit !!"
    Guest: Jamie G. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 18, 2014
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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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