Category: California

The USA - a destination for all seasons

The USA – a destination for all seasons

It shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise that a continent-sized country has something to see all year round, but British visitors to the USA do still tend to trend towards the obvious places in the obvious months. Nothing wrong with that, per se, because there are very good reasons for going to, say, New York […]

5 unusual facts you probably didn’t know about Carmel-by-the-Sea

5 unusual facts you probably didn’t know about Carmel-by-the-Sea

Visitors to this sleepy California coastal town come for the fresh sea air, charming English-style architecture, white sand beach, cozy inns and great food. Situated on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean with towering pine and cypress trees, Carmel by the Sea has a distinctive natural beauty all its own. Lurking just below the surface, […]

European cheat sheet for wonderful, winey weekend in Napa, CA

European cheat sheet for wonderful, winey weekend in Napa, CA

If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco and you’d like to add on a couple of relaxing days to experience wine country but you’re in the throes of a dilemma trying to choose between the different regions, to say nothing of the hundreds of wineries, then the short answer is choose Napa. Napa is […]

Top 10 places in the world for whale watching

Top 10 places in the world for whale watching

The mysterious behaviours and complex curiosity of whales have intrigued humans for centuries, with their lamenting song coupled with an elegant dance. The migration pattern of whales brings seasonal opportunities across the world to spot whales dancing in their natural habitat - the long journey taken by the Pacific Gray whale from Siberia and Alaska down to […]

Planning a trip to Southern California?

Planning a trip to Southern California?

What’s new in Southern California? Lots! If you’re planning a first timer’s trip to Southern California in the next few months (when the weather is sheer perfection) you probably already know that you want to spend a day at the beach and perhaps even do a little surfing. And of course, you’ll want to see […]

Photograph of the week: Full moon in Death Valley

Photograph of the week: Full moon in Death Valley

A full moon rises over the Badwater Basin salt flats in Death Valley National Park, California. At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater is the lowest point in North America. The vast, surreal crust of hexagonal shapes change constantly as salt crystals form, expand and then become eroded with wind blown dust and passing rain […]

Short stay: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, California, USA

Short stay: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, California, USA

Housed in a decidedly commercial building, the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco might, at first glance, lack the character of some of the city’s other finer hotels, but, with a traditionally warm smile housed in the chain’s Asian roots, infused with the calmly unique nature of this fine American city, the hotel retains not only a very […]

Short stay: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, California, USA

Short stay: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, California, USA

There is something about grand finance buildings built in the late-19th and early-20th century, later reconverted into luxury hotels, that just brings out the best of architecture. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, located in upscale Nob Hill and opened in 1991 following an extensive renovation, is no different. Perched atop one of the city’s most famous […]

Short stay: Taj Campton Place, San Francisco, USA

Short stay: Taj Campton Place, San Francisco, USA

San Francisco has many unique districts, but its beating heart is the small square-ish block of Union Square. Pitting luxe designer stores against boutique outfits, high-end restaurants against cafes, delis and brasseries, and art galleries against museums, the centre is abuzz with tourists and locals alike; and smack-bang in the middle of the Union Square […]

Top 10 experiences for food lovers

Top 10 experiences for food lovers

Food and travel are the two loves of our lives, and there’s nothing quite like the appetite to ignite that spark of wanderlust, from the incredible street food in Mexico’s bustling capital to uncovering the hidden local hotspots in Vietnam. So we’ve scoured the globe searching for our favourite culinary experiences, from truffle hunting in […]

4 experiential gift giving ideas for the festive period

4 experiential gift giving ideas for the festive period

Some people are just not easy to buy gifts for at Christmas. When faced with the dilemma of buying a gift for someone who already seems to have everything, the easiest thing to do is to buy a gift that can be treasured for years to come - and by that I mean a memory rather than a physical […]

The 5 best National Parks in the world

The 5 best National Parks in the world

The world is filled with a staggering amount of natural beauty, taking the form of unique rock formations or expansive forests which are home to some of the rarest animals. It is important to protect these places, to ensure that they remain undisturbed and stand the test of time. Of all the national parks out […]

The best free attractions in the US

The best free attractions in the US

You don’t have to spend a fortune to see some of America’s best sights and sounds. There is a plethora of attractions which are free to enjoy, from some of the country’s most famous landmarks to fascinating museums and art galleries. We’ve searched the US for its best free attractions and grouped them into this […]

5 experiences not to miss in California’s Mendonoma

5 experiences not to miss in California’s Mendonoma

Mendonoma, the coastline from Sonoma County to Mendocino County, is not just a place to escape the stresses of life (being just 100 miles north of San Fran). It introduces you to a different kind of lifestyle – one that revolves around nature, one that is sensitive to, and exists with, its surroundings. Here are 5 […]

Top 10 most romantic luxury honeymoon destinations

Top 10 most romantic luxury honeymoon destinations

Chances are that newly-weds would feel the love even if they spent their honeymoon in a caravan in a parking lot, but most tend to set their sights a little higher. Here are our top ten tips for the most romantic luxury destinations for post-wedded bliss, and without even a car park in sight. Sumba […]

5 of the best things to do in Los Angeles

5 of the best things to do in Los Angeles

‘Seven suburbs in search of a city’, a ‘constellation of plastic’ and ‘less culture than a pot of yoghurt’ are just some of the disparaging descriptions of the City of Angels. It definitely has that ‘Marmite’ reaction but we think the following famous five all fit into the ‘love it’ rather than ‘loathe it’ category. […]

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