John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park

Located right near the entrance of Kings Canyon National Park in the General Grant Village, John Muir Lodge is a fantastic jumping off point for exploring the park. The lodge itself is walking distance from the visitor center and General Grant Grove, plus it has a full restaurant and a fireplace where you can make s’mores. It is […]

Sequoia View Bed & Breakfast Hotel Review

As one of only twenty or so bed and breakfast wineries in California, Sequoia View Bed and Breakfast is a fantastic spot to spend a few days. While it is close to Fresno and to Kings Canyon, it is also just a nice place to relax and enjoy your surroundings. The people who run the place are welcoming […]

Residence Inn in Downtown Sacramento Hotel Review

On my recent trip to Sacramento I had the pleasure of staying two nights in the beautiful Residence Inn. I can honestly say this is a fantastic hotel to stay at as it is clean, the staff is friendly and the location is fantastic. My room actually overlooked the rose garden that leads to the Capital […]

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Hotel Review

During a recent trip to Napa Valley, I got the pleasure of staying in the beautiful small town of Calistoga. This town is built on a series of underground geothermal areas which lead to the creation of places like the Old Faithful Geyser, Indian Springs and the Calistoga Hot Springs becoming attractions. I was able […]

Red Wolf Lodge at Squaw Valley Hotel Review

Nestled in the beautiful Squaw Valley, the Red Wolf Lodge is a great place to stay in both the winter and the summer. In the winter its ski up decks provide the opportunity to ski from the hill to your room and in the summer the lush green mountain beckons you to go outside for […]

Tahoe Beach and Ski Club Hotel Review: South Lake Tahoe’s Private Beach Resort

Located right on the water and 5 minutes drive from downtown South Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Beach and Ski Club is a fantastic spot to stay. With amenities ranging from a kitchen to a private beach with a ping pong table on it, it’s hard not to be excited about a summer vacation here. I […]

Mission Inn: Riverside’s Historic Hotel

The Mission Inn is one of the most famous hotels in California, everyone from presidents to celebrities have graced its grounds. Home to Festival of Lights, one of the best light shows in the USA, and steeped in unique history, it is a fantastic spot for a stay or a visit in Riverside. You can […]

Hyatt Westlake Hotel Review: A Great Place to Stay in the Conejo Valley

The Hyatt in Westlake is a great spot to stay with an awesome location to both food and activities in the Conejo Valley. I got a chance to spend a few days there and enjoyed my time so much (they even had s’more kits) that I wanted to share my experiences. Details Free Parking Pool […]

Victoria’s Last Resort: A Vintage, Eclectic and Awesome B&B in Cambria

As of 2018, no longer accepting reservations. As I sit here listening to Jackson Browne on vinyl while warming up by the fireplace and waiting for the French toast and banana I ordered for breakfast, I am reminded that this is not a traditional hotel, and that is what makes it so amazing. Victoria’s Last […]

Horton Grand Hotel: A Haunted, Historic San Diego Hotel

The Horton Grand Hotel is one of the most well-preserved buildings in downtown San Diego. Only minutes from the now famous Gaslamp District the Horton Grand was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 even though it is still a working hotel. I had the opportunity to stay there a few weekends […]