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Recent California reviews

  • Omaha, Nebraska

    "We rented the condo for a week and SO enjoyed it. The decor was very nice and the beds were very comfortable. Loved sitting on the back patio watching the ducks and turtles in the pond. Would highly recommend it, and the owners were very easy to deal with."
    Guest: Peter and Lynn J. Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 4, 2014
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  • Idalia

    "We loved this house, very much. nice and clean , good for families with kids. Our group consisted of 5 couples, each with a baby around 12/18 months old. Every bedroom was able to fit a pack-and-play, and every bedroom had at least a double bed for the couple to sleep on. The main floor with the living room and kitchen is spacious and made for a great play area for the babies.We would highly recommend this House to friends, families with young children , owner is very nice and responsible person. thanks!!"
    Guest: Idalia V. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 3, 2014
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  • Love this place!

    "This is a fantastic find! The place is well-stocked for short-and long-term stays, cute as can be, in a quiet building and quiet neighborhood, and within easy walking distance of restaurants, shopping, Piedmont grocery store, Peet's Coffee, and the Oakland rose garden. The owner is very responsive. It's also very easy to get on the highway from the unit, and be in San Francisco in less than 30 minutes (at the right time of day). Bus transportation is very convenient, with a bus stop a little more than a block away that takes you to downtown Oakland and the 19th Street BART station. It's great for one or two people and for working trips. I would absolutely stay here again. Thanks!!"
    Guest: Evie B. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: August 8, 2014
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  • A Very Enjoyable Family Get-Together

    "We had a great,long weekend to work on our photos from a summer family reunion. The house was very comfortable, and perfect for our group of seven. The kitchen and dining room were perfect for preparing family meals. The downstairs room was great for displaying our snapshots of the family children and grandchildren. We had plenty of room to view slides of past family trips. It was a very enjoyable home to spend time in."
    Guest: Dave Date of Stay: October 2013 Review Submitted: November 3, 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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