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Welcome to The Golden State of California!

The purpose of this page is to show the finer sides of California. Please feel

free to check out all of the Top 5 categories below.

If you have any recomendations in the following areas for the top 5 in each category. Please send an email to:

Top 5 Vacation Spots

  • Mt Shasta, California. An easy place for anybody to have a quick retreat.
    • Beautiful, 2000 sq. ft. custom home, built on 160 private secluded acres/ Sleeps 8. Fully furnished all all amenities. Woodstove/monitor. TV/VCR, stereo. Close to Stewart Mineral Springs.

Top 5 Restaurants

  • La Cachette Restaurant
    • Chef-owner Jean François Meteigner creates brilliant, light New French dishes (not an oxymoron)" employing fine Gallic ingredients (snails, frogs' legs, foie gras) at this "hard-to-find" "special-occasion" "gem" in Century City; no doubt "your date will be impressed" sitting at a "well-spaced table" amid "nice artwork", while enjoying a "memorable meal" (on you!) served by an "attentive but unobtrusive" staff; P.S. "save room for the warm fruit tarts." Zagat Survey
  • Dal Rae
    • It's still "the good ol' times" at this "straight-out-of-the-'50s" "oasis of fine dining" that continues to offer a Continental "menu from its early days - lobster Thermidor", "fabulous chopped salad", "steak and martinis for the boys", "even cherries jubilee" prepared tableside; though there's "no counting calories here", fans say it's a "trip down memory lane" that's "worth the trek" to Pico Rivera.
  • Ocean & Vine
    • Experience Ocean & Vine – the chic restaurant and lounge at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. With its exclusive beachfront setting, sleek furnishings, and fire-pit bar area, Santa Monica restaurant promises to become “the hottest place on the beach.” Treat your senses to an entirely new vibe, where the warmth of the coast meets the cool sophistication and style of a retro lounge. As one of the most-anticipated restaurants in Santa Monica, Ocean & Vine welcomes guests with a variety of unique design elements, including: Signature fireplace, providing a sophisticated glow of warmth Comfortable booth seating, complete with oversized pillows Popular outdoor patio, with six fireplace-seating vignettes Capiz-shell accents, adding to the natural beach décor Soft ambient lighting, clean-line architecture, and colorful wall art.
  • French Laundry Restaurant
    • Owner and head chef Thomas Keller has provided an excellent palate to satify anybody. Built in 1890's as a French steam laundry, the rustic two-story stone house is surrounded by lush country gardens. Including, a feel of Contemporary American with French influences. This restaurant only seats 62 in the Dining Room. Don't expect to just waltz in, there is a required dress including jackets are a must and No jeans, T-shirts or tennis shoes, please.

Top 5 Landmarks

  • Pier 39 in the heart of San Francisco
  • The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • Santa Monica Peir in Santa Monica
  • Redwood National and State Parks in Crescent City, California

Top 5 Ski Parks

  • Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Basics: 4500 Ski Park Hwy. McCloud, CA Schedule:Night Skiing on 14 trails and 3 lifts, Skiable Area: 425 acres, Elevation: Top: 6,890 feet, Base: 5,500 feet, Vertical Drop: 1,390 feet

Top 5 Bed and Breakfasts

  • Compassion Flower Inn (Santa Cruz, California)
    • The Compassion Flower Inn is located in vibrant and eclectic downtown Santa Cruz at the heart of the entertainment, restaurant, and retail district, only a short walk to beaches, wharf, and boardwalk. Guests love the convenience of leaving their car in our secured parking lot and walking everywhere.... [
  • Hidden Oak Inn (Sonoma, California)
    • The Hidden Oak Inn is a tastefully restored California Craftsman Bungalow built in 1914 by Ralph E. Murphy. This large, two-story house has a high gabled roof and a front porch, which is framed with Wisteria. The inn was originally a home for families and later a home for teachers and nurses during...

Top 5 Wine Country Spots

  • St. Francis Visit the brand new tasting room and taste the finest wines. 100 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa
  • Kunde Estate Winery A Family Winegrowing Legacy Since 1904. 10155 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452
  • Valley of the moon Senasational tasting room & panoramic vineyard views await you. 777 Madrone Road., Glen Ellen
  • Rodney Strong Come for a visit and taste the hospitality.Tours everyday at 11am & 3pm. 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg
  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery Tour the estate & taste wines by Francis Ford Coppola. Enjoy lunch at Cafe on site. 400 Souverain Road, Geyserville, CA

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