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Recent California reviews

  • A Home Away From Home

    "We chose this apartment to be close to our son and daughter-in-law for the birth of their first child. The apartment met all of our expectations and was a home away from home for the five weeks we stayed there. It was clean, very well equipped with all the necessary amenities and had a very comfortable bed. A car was not necessary as we were able to walk, or use the busses and trolleys, to everywhere we wanted to go. Brandon was particularly helpful in responding to our queries and concerns. We have no hesitation in recommending this apartment as an ideal base when visiting San Diego."
    Guest: Travelling Seniors Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 25, 2014
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  • Great little beach cottage

    "Great little place, perfect for couples or family of 4/5. 5 blocks to beach, close to restaurants and shopping. Really great, we'll be back."
    Guest: Todd E Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 31, 2014
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  • A one of-a-kind Oceanfront Get-away!

    "We have stayed in this house for two extended weekends, and it really a delightful home. It is directly on the ocean in the most charming town, Bolinas. It is a perfect home for just a couple getting away for a romantic weekend, or a family with older children/teenagers. The home is walking distance to town, short driving distance to all the interesting places in western Marin County. It was immaculate on our arrival both visits; the owner is charming to deal with; the house manager is immediately on top of any questions you might have. The house was remodeling several years ago, extensively equipped with all the things one would need, and has great outdoor space: an oceanfront deck, pool, 3 separate outdoor lounging areas, and a lawn area safe for children to play on. The sounds of the ocean will lull you to sleep. And history: this house was the original Bolinas Casino in the 1920's (beach club), and then the home of Jefferson Airplane & Grace Slick. A wonderful property, reasonably priced. We intend to go again in the early fall. 5-stars."
    Guest: Richard H. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 8, 2014
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  • College Reunion

    "So many memories! I was fortunate enough to be able to hold my annual vacation with my best friends from college here. We have been meeting yearly for 11 years now and this trip was by far the best one yet. My only regret was that the trip wasn't long enough. The private lake was awesome! Bring floaties and enjoy the sun and the surroundings. In fact one of the days down at the lake we saw a Bald Eagle. The Main and Guest House's were huge and we came with 18 people. There are so many large table for dinner we never had dinner in the same place twice. In fact for our final dinner we enjoyed the Dinner Table in the Little Vineyard. We had the heat lamps brought down there so it never got too cold. The strands of little lights really added to the beauty of an already picture perfect setting. Make sure you bring enough food and drink for the trip. You don't want to have to make the 35-45 drive out to town more then once. Princess, the property managers Dog was super friendly. She is a playful puppy about 2 years old. She played very well with the dog we brought which was a much smaller dog. The Property Managers are a really great couple by the name of Sam and Shannon. They were so great, they really added to our experience. On the first day Shannon and Sam introduced them selves to us and were pretty much out of sight the rest of the trip unless we needed them. Sam was able to give us the historical significance of the property and the owner. They had a great understanding of the land and were very helpful with any questions and accommodating with any requests we had. I would go back to Anvil Ranch in a second. Hopefully Sam and Shannon still work/live there."
    Guest: Scott L. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 16, 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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