Places to stay in California - Hotel and Lodging Recommendations
A former military bedroom community, Alameda features some decent restaurants
and authentic blue collar atmosphere, but honestly, this isn't a spot
you'd want to make a romantic weekend out of. There are better spots
like Calistoga,or a Murphys,
California bed and breakfast B&B in the Gold Country Wine Area,
Mendocino and many other places.
Ground zero to the most innovative dining of the last thirty years,
whose influence has been felt around the world, from New York to Paris
to Barcelona. Berkeley is a mecca to lovers of exquisite food and fine
Located in the heart of wine country, Calistoga is a small town reknown
for it's cozy places to bed, restaurants, and fantastic spas. If you
enjoy hours of massage and mud baths and the full spa treatment, you
can hardly do better than visiting Calistoga. A great place to unwind
and go home with happy memories.
Cute little town. Not really a romantic destination, though.
Home to e-Loans. Not much else here.
A charming town along the northern coast, stay at a riverside Bed and
Breakfast and dine outdoors overlooking the harbor as the seals playfully
romp below! Fort Bragg makes a good place to stay and discover the greater
Why? Stay in a nicer town like San Leandro if you have to be in this
neck of the woods for business.
There really isn't anything in Fresno, so it's probably best to avoid
it. Nothing romantic here, but it's a decent place to stay if you are
on your way to somewhere else and need to stop for the night.
The garlic capital. Be sure to visit during their Garlic
Festival in the last full weekend of July every year. If you're
into garlicky food and old fashioned food and fun during the daytime
then do visit. Makes for an active getaway that will provide lots of
fun and smiles. Not your typical weekend getaway but it's a fun thing
for couples and even families to do.
If you can't say something nice then don't say anything?
Charming and bewitching little town with dozens of greate places to
stay and dine. Healdsburg makes an excellent place to bed while exploring
the surrounding wine country. Do visit Healdsburg.
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Lake Tahoe is known as a ski and casino destination. However there is
much more to do, eat and see here year round. If you like nature, rent
a cabin near the lake in the summer and enjoy cool evenings sipping
chardonnay while dinner cooks on the outdoor grill. Oh yeah... Lake
Tahoe is for lovers, indeed.
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Mendo county, known for it's laid back attitude and fine eating and
beautiful sights. Come spend a weekend near the coast, avail yourself
of scores of cute cottages and B&Bs. Mendocino is a fine place to
experience a mellow and romantic getaway. There are some wineries nearby
as well as wine bars.
Beautiful Mill Valley is close to Mount Tamelpais and Muir Woods. Not
really a destination in itself, although it does have some decent restaurants
and bars downtown, Mill Valley is a place to stay if you want some place
quiet and charming and safe with excellent weather, with proximity to
San Francisco, the woods, Sausalito, and close enough even for daytrips
to the Wine Country. A great alternative to staying in San Francisco,
a short twenty minute drive from Mill Valley.
A wonderful Central Coast destination, Monterey features many wonderful
hotels and B&Bs. Try to choose one that is close to the action downtown.
You're here to be spoiled so splurge on a lodging location in proximity
to the restaurants and activities you may enjoy best. Don't forget that
Monterey also features a fun cannery area includes a lovely aquarium
just perfect for strolling and remembering how to be idle and have fun.
Close by are a number of decent seafood restaurants. Not top class,
but excellent tourist fare for lunch. Monterey is close by to many wineries,
A hidden gem with many surprising qualities, it's a city with many fine
restaurants, too many to count, including gems that will blow satisfy
the most discriminating palate such as A
COTE , the Wood
Tavern and many many other fine restaurants.
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Pronounced passo ro-bulls, Paso is well known to Southern Californians
as a great place for a weekend getaway. This is a wine and food type
of place to visit. Spring and fall are wonderful times to visit. Summers
are very hot so be sure to pack a cooler in your trunk for your wines
if you're going to be hopping from winery to winery buying wines, that
way your wines won't spoil. Many of the wineries here are world class
and compare favorably with the best from France and Napa. Known for
Rhone varietals and Zinfandel, with a smattering of unusual wines such
as the Portugese varietals grown at Justin
Winery. In fact you can even stay at the beautiful Justin
Winery B&B and avail yourself of their swimming pool then sate
yourself at their gorgeous restaurant
with sumptuous foods. Delighfully romantic.
Paso Robles is in the Central Coast region of California's wine region.
It's about five or so hours from San Francisco and Los Angeles, so it
makes a good place to stop if you're traveling betwee the two cities.
Paso Robles is a fine destination for a romantic weekend.
Known for it's proximity to Silicon Valley and San Francisco International
Airport, it's a good place to stay if you're out here for business.
It's also known as a port of entry for cocaine and heroin so it's not
really a romantic getaway destination.
A charming bedroom community that is a suburb of Sacramention. Not really
a destination in itself unless you enjoy staying in a city that resembles
the one you're getting away from.
The capital of California. Not really a tourist destination and most
people go there because they have to, not generally by choice.
The city on the hill, seven hills to be exact! San Francisco is a popular
tourist destination. Many of the hotels and lodgings can be expensive
at any time of year because of the brisk convention business generated
by the Moscone Convention Center. However there are countless B&Bs
that have loads of charm with prices that are often less than some of
the more expensive hotels. Try Noes
Nest in San Francisco's charming Noe Valley neighborhood. Located
away from the downtown grit and noise in one this city's bedroom neighborhoods,
discover great restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner. SFO, San
Francisco's airport is actually located South of San Francisco. Expect
a half hour drive to San Francisco with most taxis charging about forty
dollars for the ride.
Home to an international airport and a popular convention center, San
Jose is the gateway to Silicon Valley with proximity to all the major
internet and technology companies. Downtown San Jose featuresa few ok
restaurants but this isn't my first choice for a romantic getaway. However
if you're planning a business and pleasure trip, then you can't go wrong
with staying at one of the major downtown hotels. Avoid at all costs
any of the small family run chain motels that lie outside of downtown
San Jose. They are nowhere near anything useful, the food at nearby
chain restaurants is atrocious and gut wrenching, and the service at
these budget motels ranges from indifferent to hostile. Please, do yourself
a favor, stay at one of the lush major hotels downtown and be pampered
and enjoy fine dining at one of the hotel restaurants.
Located in the East Bay, with proximity to several prominent cities
such as Berkeley, Danville,San Francisco, and Oakland. Easy access to
Oakland International Airport. Not a destination in itself, nor recommended
A charming town formerly home to orchards now built up with homes. A
bedroom community of sorts that was home to Peanuts creator, Charles
Schulz. Sebastopol is a short drive to all the major wine growing regions
of Napa and Sonoma Counties and makes for an inexpensive base of operations
if you're going to be spending three days or more exploring the wine
growing region and value quiet.
A popular romantic destination, South Lake Tahoe features everything
from motels, hotels, B&Bs, and luxury homes called cabins that can
be rented for a most romantic getaway. In the winter expect snow and
skiing, in the spring and summer you will find warm weather with lots
of activities centered around the beautiful lake including hiking, boating,
and fishing. As well there is lots of great dining and proximity to
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This is a small town that is still growing. Not really a destination,
it's a central location for bedding down while investigating the nearby
Anderson Valley, Mendocino and Philo wineries, and you'd rather spend
your money on good wines than on a fancy place to stay. Neaby Philo
is a small hamlet/village but more romantic and central to the winery
action and doesn't cost much more than staying in Ukiah.
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