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Recent California reviews

  • Wonderful!

    "Our little family had a great time (dogs too)! The location was excellent - just half a block from the beach. The house looks out onto a dog friendly park with a playground. It's not a large house, but well equipped and comfortable. The ocean view roof deck was a great addition. The owner was responsive to any questions. All-in-all, a great vacation property. We are already planning our return. Thanks!"
    Guest: Susan Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 29, 2014
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  • Wonderful Stay!!

    "I really enjoyed our family stay :) The place was VERY CLEAN, neat and organized...just perfect for a "neat freak" like myself. Kitty was very responsive when needed, as well as the property manager. The back yard was simply amazing with the water pond (and fish). I would definately come again and reccommend this property to anyone! Thanks Kitty :)"
    Guest: Michelle P. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 10, 2014
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  • Quiet and Secluded

    "We rented this property for a motorcycle ride home base for a 4 day weekend. All four couples thought the home was perfect. Plenty of comfy beds and the 3 baths avoided any morning bottlenecks. The house is quiet and spacious. The gated driveway provided security for our motorcycles. There was plenty of big spaces to hang out a chat in the evening. The kitchen is large and we didn't lack anything for cooking. Seemingly small details turn out to be big plus' like the dining room table can seat 10 people although our group was only 8. Overall the house is in good shape. Like our own homes there is always something that needs attending too, but here, nothing to ruin our weekend. A very clean and comfortable rental we would recommend and rent again. PS: The Los Olivos Grocery didn't have everything we needed for our menu and was very pricey. We found the Albertsons in Buellton to be the closest via Ballard Canyon Rd to avoid Solvang"
    Guest: SM&SC-77 Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 30, 2014
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  • Great house, great price

    "Kira, the owner, was very easy to talk to. She was very concerned that we have a good time in Tahoe and enjoy her house. The house has a great master bedroom. The loft and basement rooms are good for kids. The kitchen/living room are open and spacious - great for hanging out."
    Guest: Sara V. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: November 4, 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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