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Ancient Roman columns at the Hearst Castle pool, San Simeon, California.

California, covering an area of 158,402 square miles (410,000 km²) and with a population of 37 million, is the largest state of the USA in population, and the third largest in area. It truly represents the Great American Dream and Vision as manifested in its social and cultural milieu; technological and scientific development; and an environment conducive to the growth and development of human civilization in many dimensions. Although one of the legend states that once the Californian lands were populated by mythical male warriors dominated by women and ruled by the their queen Califia, which gives it its name, there are many other stories behind its name. Leaving aside the legend and the stories, the region was home to Native Americans before the Europeans reached California, and for more than 500 years, it has attracted pioneers, adventurers, settlers from all parts of Americas and all around the world. Presently, it is not only the most ethnically diversified state of the United States of America, the economy of more than 1.55 trillion $ makes it bigger than all but the top seven national economies of the world. The state’s economy is also highly diversified representing Entertainment (Hollywood), Agriculture (California Central Valley), High-tech and Information Technology (Silicon Valley), and Wine (Wine County).

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Hotels and lodgingEdit California features vacation rental properties all over California, from the desert, to Lake Tahoe and even the San Diego area! Check out our Last Minute Deals page for some serious last minute savings!

Chaminade Exquisite living. Exceptional learning. Ultimate leisure. It all comes together at Chaminade, a Santa Cruz mission-style hotel and conference center like no other.

Metro Hotel San Francisco, Divisadero Street- 319 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 USA Phone: 415-861-5364 Email: . Metro hotel is centrally located in downtown San Francisco near the Haight Ashbury and Castro neighborhoods. Metro hotel boast comfortable, clean, well-maintained, budget-friendly rooms ranging and these rooms are an exceptional value compared to other boutique hotels in San Francisco.

1801 First - Napa's Intimate Luxury Inn. 1801 First Street Napa, California 94559. Tel: 7072243739.

San Leandro Marina Inn - A San Leandro hotel near Oakland Int'l Airport. 68 Monarch Bay Drive, San Leandro, CA, 94577 Tel: 800-786-7783

Glendeven Inn, a luxury Mendocino Inn - 8205 North Highway One, PO Box 914 Mendocino, CA 95460. Phone 707-937-0083 or 800-822-4536

Desert Sun Resort - 1533 N. Chaparral Rd. Palm Springs, California 92262. Toll free: 800.960.4SUN (4786) | Local: 760-322-5800. Desert Sun Resort is the premier clothing free travel destination in the world today.

Brewery Gulch Inn. 9401 North Highway One Mendocino, California 95460 Phone: (707) 937-4752 | FAX: (707) 937-1279 | Toll-Free: (800) 578-4454. This Mendocino Bed and Breakfast is perfectly situated to take advantage of all the Mendocino Coast region has to offer.

The Hills Hotel. 25205 La Paz Road, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Phone: 949-586-5000. The Hills Hotel, a classy-chic Laguna Hills boutique hotel is incredibly accessible to the freeway, as well as Laguna Beach and other popular destinations.

Yosemite Springs . 6986 Greeley Hill Road Coulterville, CA 95311. Phone: (209) 878.3835. This Yosemite bed and breakfast offers spacious, comfortable and secluded lodging near Yosemite National Park.

Martine Inn. 255 Oceanview Boulevard, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Phone: 831.373.3388 Fax: 831.373.3896. Martine Inn is a Pacific Grove hotel overlooking the Monterey Bay. Martine Inn, a relaxing bed and breakfast in Pacific Grove.

The Casablanca Inn & Bistro.101 Main Street (corner of Beach Street) Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Phone: 831-423-1570. Casablanca Inn and Bistro, a Santa Cruz Inn, offers the sophisticated visitor a romantic lodging and dining experience in what originally was a private mansion overlooking beaches and the beautiful Monterey Bay.

Noe's Nest Bed & Breakfast | 1257 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Tel: (415)821-0751. Noe's Nest is a charming San Francisco California inn, comfortable and beautifully decorated b&b in San Francisco nestled between Noe Valley & The Mission in the heart of the city.

The Groveland Hotel. 18767 Main Street, PO Box 289, Groveland, CA 95321,, 209-962-4000. A Yosemite Hotel offering luxurious lodging, a full service bar and restaurant, plus a great Northern California conference and wedding location.

Residence Inn Costa Mesa Newport Beach 881 West Baker Street · Costa Mesa, California 92626 Phone: 714-241-8800. Located in the heart of Orange County, the Residence Inn Costa Mesa Newport Beach Hotel is just blocks from South Coast Plaza shopping and John Wayne Airport. This Costa Mesa hotel is also within close proximity to UC Irvine and the Oceanside communities of Newport, Huntington and Seal Beaches.

Santa Clara Marriott 2700 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, California 95054 Phone: 408-988-1500 The Santa Clara Marriott hotel is adjacent to California's Great America Theme Park and offers new N Standard Wi-Fi in guest rooms and all meetings spaces.

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Hotel Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Hotel creates an ideal blend of a full-service hotel and world-class sports club. 

Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa creates an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation unmatched anwhere in Indian Wells or Palm Springs.

Santa Clara Marriott Marriott Hotel is minutes from the Santa Clara Convention Center, San Jose International Airport, and located next to Intel, McAfee, and EMC. Adjacent to the hotel, guests can also enjoy all the rides and thrills of California's Great America amusement park

Costa Mesa Marriott Costa Mesa Marriott Hotel, located in downtown near the heart of the business district, the Costa Mesa Marriott Hotel is just blocks away from South Coast Plaza, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and minutes from Irvine and Orange County / John Wayne Airport.

Irvine Marriott Irvine Marriott Hotel places you in the center of it all. This hotel in Irvine, CA is ideally situated minutes from famous Orange County beaches, world-class Irvine shopping, Disney, golf, and entertainment.

Marina del Rey Marriott Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel offers a distinctly modern, yet sophisticated hotel experience.

Manhattan Beach Marriott Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel offers a resort like feel, making it easy for guests to unwind and relax.

Renaissance ClubSport Walnut Creek Hotel . 2805 Jones Road, Walnut Creek, California 94597 . Phone: 1-925-938-8700 . Enjoy luxurious full-service accommodations, a world-class spa, fine cuisine and a well-equipped fitness center at our hotel in Walnut Creek, CA, the Renaissance ClubSport Walnut Creek Hotel.


Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles, California Trump National Golf Club has reached the pinnacle of the luxury golf experience. With world-renowned restaurants, unmatched service, exclusive amenities, and the most spectacular panoramic Pacific Ocean views, Trump National has no equal.

San Francisco is home to a true gem, the Asian Art Museum, one of the largest, most comprehensive Asian museums in the Western world. Located across from the San Francisco Civic Center in a building adapted from the city's former Main Library, the museum contains over 17,000 pieces, some over 6000 years old.

de Young Museum is located in Golden Gate Park. It is home to American art from the 17th to the 21st century. Collections include the American Sculpture and Decorative Art exhibit, African Art, Oceanic Art, the Jolika Collection of New Guinea art, the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection and others.

Golden Gate Park. It is 1,017 acres (20% bigger than New York's Central Park) and has 13 million visitors annually making it the third most visited city park in the United States.

Grateful Dead House is the house that was occupied by the legendary Grateful Dead in the mid-sixties. Jerry Garcia and other band members lived at 710 Ashbury Street, at Waller near Haight Street, from 1965 to 1968, including the famed 'Summer of Love' in 1967.

Painted Ladies at Alamo Square: Between 1849 and 1915, nearly 50,000 Victorian houses were built in San Francisco and painted in bright colors that embellished their architectural details.

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BackSpace: 351 Divisadero Street, 415-355-1051. This boutique clothing store offers trendy clothing from many well-known designers.

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Bean Bag Coffee House: 601 Divisadero Street, 415-563-3634. Right on the corner of Divisadero and Hayes, Bean Bag offers a wide variety of coffee drinks, sandwiches, salads, crepes and omelets.

Bus Stop Pizza: 256 Divisadero Street, 415-626-5559. Bus Stop offers pizza by the slice or pie, delivery or takeout.

NOPA: A top 10 restaurant in SF on Divisadero and Hayes - 560 Divisadero Street,
(415) 864-8643. Serving urban rustic food and specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine.

Glendeven Inn - The Farmhouse offers gourmet Mendocino Dinners. This Mendocino Inn uses locally sourced food and choose organic at every opportunity. 8205 North Highway One, PO Box 914 Mendocino, CA 95460. Phone 707-937-0083 or 800-822-4536

Oasis Cafe - A long-time tradition of Desert Sun Resort, come and meet guests from all over the country and world in the Oasis Cafe. Free Appetizers & Drink Specials- 1/2 off Beer & Wine by the Glass.

Brewery Gulch Inn's Mendocino Restaurant focus on natural and organic ingredients in the preparation of the bountiful fare. Drawn primarily from local farmers in Mendocino County, morning and afternoon menus are crafted to feature organically-grown fruits and vegetables; free-range poultry and livestock; and herbs and edible flowers grown in the gardens at the inn.

The Groveland Hotel - The Cellar Door Wine Shop features labels including Opus, Seghesio, Caymus, Rombauer, Stag’s Leap and local wines from gold country wineries.

The Cellar Door Restaurant at the The Groveland Hotel. Savor incredible California-fresh cuisine.

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Fly is near Metro Hotel. Located at 762 Divisadero Street, 415-931-4359‎. This bar offers great food, good beer and an awesome happy hour.

The Bare Buns Nightclub, Palm Springs Nudist Night Club at Desert Sun Resort is open on special weekends and holidays.

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Napa Valley Wine Tour - Spend the day tasting wines at the private residence of a boutique wine maker.

Visit Napa Valley - Wine Country Wineries - With close to 300 wineries now in the Napa Valley, choosing only a few for your visit can be overwhelming, so we've compiled a list of some of our favorites.

Spa Services at Martine Inn. Relax and enjoy a large variety of spa treatments and massages brought into the peace and privacy of your own room when staying at this Monterey, CA bed and breakfast.

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