California Getaways

The Best Kid-Friendly Museums in Northern CaliforniaNow that winter is upon us (and how), it’s time to plan some indoor getaways to get ... Read More »

Gift-Buying Getaways to Sonoma Wine CountryI’ve already done your holiday shopping for you. You’re welcome. All you need to do is ... Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to Cross Country SkiingA good friend of mine recently decided to take up cross country skiing, and the experience was so ... Read More »

The Best Winter Wildlife Watching in Northern CaliforniaIf you’re looking for something interesting and affordable to do this winter, Mother Nature is putting on ... Read More »

The Best Snow-Play Getaways to Lake TahoeSo you don’t ski or snowboard—big deal. There are plenty of other exhilarating winter activities in ... Read More »

The Top 5 Scenic Drives In Northern CaliforniaSome of the best memories I have as a kid growing up in Sacramento include piling into the ... Read More »

Matt’s Top Tips to Yosemite National ParkIt always amazes me to meet people who’ve lived in California for years and have never been ... Read More »

The Top 10 Secrets of Big SurYou know it’s there, and you know you’ve been wanting to go, yet when’s the ... Read More »

Blue Whale Watching GetawaysSPECTACULAR!! ORCAS-”KILLER WHALES!!”THE MIGHTY GIANTS “BLUE WHALES!!” HUMPBACK WHALES!! BEAUTIFUL WEATHER!! That’s a typical “Sightings ... Read More »

Top 10 Travel TipsI recently read a fantastic article in the Travel section of The New York Times on tips for ... Read More »

A Visit with The Queen MaryIf you’ve ever been to Long Beach you’ve probably seen it from a distance: the majestic ... Read More »

The Top 7 Wine-Tasting Tours in California’s Wine CountryAs the former author of Frommer’s Wine Country I’ve visited a lot of wineries in Napa ... Read More »

The 7 Natural Wonders of CaliforniaSometime we need to remind ourselves how lucky we are to be living in California. We have it ... Read More »

Huntington Beach – Surf City USACue up the Beach Boys tunes and let’s kick this off with some SoCal trivia! Did you ... Read More »

Top 5 Secret Adventures to Marin CountySpend some time in Marin County, at the “other” end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and it doesn’... Read More »

California Hotel Deals

CLIFT Hotel, San Francisco

from
$199
WEEKENDS INCLUDED!

People, this is the BEST holiday deal to the BEST San Francisco hotel we’ve ever offered. The super-luxury CLIFT Hotel near Union Square has teamed with LocalGetaways to offer this amazing holiday package: 2 Ice Skating tickets, Westfield Shopping discounts, 25% off dinner at the Velvet Room, free Wi-Fi, 2 free cocktails, and 2 free kids drinks. All this with rates starting at just $199—WEEKENDS INCLUDED!

2 ICE SKATE TIX!
2 FREE COCKTAILS!
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Carmel Mission Inn

from
$129
FREE BREAKFAST!

Our most popular deal! Score a spacious guestroom in beautiful Carmel with rates starting at just $129 per night, INCLUDING breakfast for two, two free cocktails or espressos, free WiFi, free parking, pet-friendly rooms, heated pool, hot tub, and fitness center. It’s in an ideal location with easy access to Carmel’s beaches, world-class golf courses, and Monterey Bay.

PET FRIENDLY!
HEATED POOL!
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Bodega Bay Lodge, Sonoma Coast

from
$169
FRIDAY NIGHTS INCLUDED!

Bodega Bay’s finest hotel is offering one of the BEST DEALS we’ve ever seen. Save $111 on an upgraded Deluxe Room with ocean view, private balcony, and fireplace! This exclusive offer also includes 2-for-1 tasting passes at Gourmet au Bay Wine Bar and daily Afternoon Wine Reception.

OCEAN VIEW!
$111 OFF!
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Tahoma Meadows B&B Cottages, West Lake Tahoe

from
$99
FREE BREAKFAST!

WOW! You will love the deal they’re offering at my favorite B&B in Lake Tahoe. For a little as $99 you get an overnight stay for two in a cozy cottage near the lake with a queen-size bed and gas-log fireplace, PLUS gourmet breakfast and afternoon Wine & Cheese Hour (believe me—you'll love this place). This amazing deal always books fast, so be sure to reserve a room as soon as possible.

LAKESIDE CABINS!
PET FRIENDLY!
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The Pearl Hotel, San Diego

from
$110
UBER COOL!

When we’re in San Diego THIS is where we stay. It has the perfection combination of being the most affordable of the hip/cool hotels in the city, complete with poolside “dive-in” theatre, cocktails from the lounge, onsite restaurant, and a groovy circa 1960s Don Draper atmosphere (without the cigarette smoke of course). You’ll dig it. - Matthew

HEATED POOL!
FREE Wi-Fi!
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The Laurel Inn—a Joie de Vivre Hotel, San Francisco

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$195
FREE PARKING!

Save a bundle at this chic and modern Pacific Heights hotel, one of the most tranquil & affordable places to rest your head in San Francisco (think W Hotel at half the price). You’ll love the modern decor with its Zen-like influences. Some rooms even have excellent city views. Offer includes FREE PARKING, LATE CHECKOUT, PET-FRIENDLY rooms, and easy access to the in-house Swank Cocktail & Coffee Club (which really is swank).

FREE PARKING!
PET FRIENDLY!
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Little River Inn, Mendocino Coast

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$166
WEEKENDS INCLUDED!

If you’ve always wanted to stay at Pebble Beach but couldn’t afford it, HERE is where you want to stay. GORGEOUS ocean views, big cozy guestrooms, seaside golf and tennis, superb cuisine, spa services, outdoor activities galore, a short drive to Mendocino, and the friendliest staff you’ll ever meet. This exclusive LocalGetaways offer includes a special reduced rate and even a FREE bottle of wine! Trust us—you will LOVE the pet-friendly Little River Inn and the family that runs it.

SEASIDE GOLF & TENNIS!
OCEAN VIEWS!
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Beach Street Inn and Suites, Santa Cruz

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$179
OCEAN-VIEW ROOMS!

Of all the mid-priced hotels in Santa Cruz, this one is our favorite. Cute as can be, steps from the beach, clean as a whistle, and run by a very friendly and helpful staff. Rate includes free parking and Wi-Fi, pool, BBQ facilities, and terrace. You will LOVE this seaside Santa Cruz inn.

FREE Wi-Fi!
OUR TOP PICK!
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California Event Deals

31st Annual Sonoma Valley Holiday Open House

Sonoma County
November
28
2014
November 28 and 29, Kenwood and Glen Ellen

23rd Annual Winter WINEland

Sonoma County
January
17
2015
January 17-18, Northern Sonoma County

12 Annual Chowder Day in Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay
January
31
2015
January 31, Bodega Bay

7th Annual Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival

Sonoma County
February
07
2015
February 7, Lake Sonoma
San Francisco
Love, Confusion & Singing Cowboys in Sarah Ruhl's "Late"
January
11
2015
12 more dates
Price (Price Range):
$32.00 - $37.00
$16.00 - $18.50
Walnut Creek
C.S. Lewis Fantasy "The Great Divorce" Imagines Bus Ride to Heaven
February
05
2015
1 more dates
Price (Price Range):
$54.00 - $64.00
$27.00 - $32.00
San Francisco
A.C.T.'s "A Christmas Carol": SF Holiday Fave
December
05
2014
21 more dates
Price (Price Range):
$25.00 - $110.00
$15.00 - $66.00
San Francisco
San Francisco Ballet's "Nutcracker", Set in the City by the Bay
December
15
2014
2 more dates
Price (Price Range):
$40.00 - $110.00
$23.00 - $61.00
Berkeley
The Incredible Peking Acrobats Return to Amaze and Amuse
January
24
2015
2 more dates
Price (Price Range):
$22.00 - $44.00
$11.00 - $22.00
Walnut Creek
Contra Costa Ballet's Condensed "Nutcracker"
November
28
2014
1 more dates
Price (Price Range):
$35.00
$17.50

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