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Recent California reviews

  • Location location location!

    "While this isn't the most up to date condo with all the luxurious amenities. It has everything you need to have a great get away. Plenty of beds, although we opted for the couch over the futon upstairs. The fireplace can heat the whole condo very quickly, and the upstairs even quicker. Easy walk to the village or just hop across the street and grab the bus or trolley. The buses can pretty much get you anywhere and come often. The spa is directly across the parking lot and fills up quick after a day on the slopes. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back. Only downside is that there is no wifi here."
    Guest: Nicole M. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 12, 2014
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  • Perfect Beach House!

    "The beautiful Sea Nymph is everything a beach house should be. We have stayed at the Sea Nymph four times over the last four years, and we are eager to return next winter. The photos on this web site truly reflect what you will see, but there are some things a photo won't tell you: the sound of the surf at night, the smell of the sea air, and the warmth of the large sunny deck (even in the winter). The house is perfectly located right at the beach end of the main street through Carmel. A leisurely stroll will get you anywhere in the village in ten minutes and in ten seconds to the beach! The light-filled Sea Nymph is artfully furnished and decorated. The house has an exceptionally well-provisioned kitchen (with a new smooth stovetop, oven, and microwave), a large flat-screen TV and good cable and WiFi service, and abundant quality linens. We share the Sea Nymph with our dog, but there is no evidence that dogs have been in residence. The carpet is shampooed after each tenant. Gardeners come by once a week to keep the garden tidy and the flowers watered. The personable owner takes obvious pride in the house and takes very good care of it. He lives in Carmel and is always available."
    Guest: Janet M. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: February 6, 2014
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  • my idea of perfect

    "I just stayed at the Whitney house with a couple of friends to celebrate our birthdays. It was perfect and I can't wait to return with my family. The house appealed to me on every level... the floor plan (all rooms open to the outside and you have to go outside to go from the living room to bedrooms), the scale of the windows, the view, the location, the handmade details, the sense of history, the shade of blue trim, the proximity to hikes, the proximity to saltwater oyster bar, the dock and all the steps and benches leading down to it, the fireplace, the yard/meadow, the books on the shelves. I can't wait to go back. I'm so glad I found this place!"
    Guest: Aliza Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 26, 2014
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  • Excellent!

    "This was positively the best choice we could have made for our vacation. My wife, myself and our toddler enjoyed every minute of our week stay. The cottage was everything we were hoping for and more: cozy, comfortable, charming, and in an ideal location. Close enough to the beach (the day pass to Anchor Bay campground beach was such a nice perk!) but also comfortably secluded on a forested hillside. Anchor Bay itself was a great central location for day trips in the region and visits to the local beaches and coast communities. I have to say, the people of the area are some of the friendliest and welcoming that we've encountered anywhere. It was a pleasure knowing we had such a great 'home-base' to return to after our outings. It was a major plus that our 3 year old could play outside safely on the grounds around the cottage and explore without us worrying too much. For him especially, this was an absolute paradise! His highlight was seeing deer from the surrounding woods. We really appreciated that many essentials and extras were provided. We found the bed in master bedroom to be very comfortable. My only minor gripe would be Internet access. I found that I could connect somewhat consistently with a Macbook and several mobile devices *only* in a small radius of the house from bedroom to deck. But really, the point is to relax and soak in the beauty of the area not do too much staring at screens, so no biggie. Pluses like the fabulous deck, hot tub, hammock, media center and telescope to view the ocean were icing on the cake. I can't recommend this vacation spot enough! We loved it, and hope to return in the future."
    Guest: Leila M. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 15, 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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