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California — Thanks mostly to the international glamour of Hollywood and the freewheeling reputation of San Francisco, even those who have never been to California have no trouble picturing the famously diverse state. Equally a source of wonder are the Napa and Sonoma wine regions, the towering redwood forests, the dramatic coastline of Big Sur, the sheer cliffs of Yosemite, and the desolate dunes of Death Valley.

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For everything from the natural and idyllic to the urbane and hedonistic, all packed into the Golden State.

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Q&A: Tips and Tricks from the Ultimate Vacation Rental Expert

October 16, 2014 by Christine Dayao

For Lynne and Tim Martin, retirement wasn’t about slowing down -- it was about seeing the world. In 2011, the couple revealed to their family and friends that ... Read More »

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In Hotel-Scarce San Francisco, a Plush Property Offers a Deal

October 14, 2014 by Kristine Hansen

In a bustling city like San Francisco that’s an icon for tourists worldwide, scoring a hotel room for under $250 is nearly impossible. But as the city’s "Indian ... Read More »

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Five Quirky Chain Hotel Amenities

October 06, 2014 by Christine Dayao

Free breakfast, iPod docking stations, and coffee makers are nothing compared to some of the whacky hotel amenities we found.From vintage record players to pet ... Read More »

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6 Prime Whale Watching Destinations in North America

September 26, 2014 by Christine Dayao

When you think of whale watching, you might imagine sitting on a boat with a pair of binoculars, waiting for the world's biggest creatures to appear before your ... Read More »

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5 Affordable Beach Retreats in California

September 25, 2014 by Jill K. Robinson

Finding an affordable place to stay on or near a California beach isn’t easy. When you think you’ve identified the spot, it’s often pricey--or you'll find ... Read More »

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“The lowest rates for Mediterranean cruises can be found in the winter months, when temperatures hover in the 50s and ports are largely crowd-free.”

Karen Dion Freelance Editor

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