Pioneer Village ~ Yosemite, CA

The next time you find yourself near the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite, take a moment to seek out the little hidden gem tucked in the nearby woods ~ Pioneer Village. This quaint area was created from structures that were located throughout the park over different eras and they were moved together to create this history center to honor the […]

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Chateau du Sureau ~ Oakhurst, CA

I originally visited Chateau du Sureau, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux family, in the Fall of 2014 and was very impressed with this luxurious property (see review here). When I had the opportunity to visit the property again, a few months later in December, I didn’t hesitate to make my reservation. Located in the Northern Califorinia […]

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Gold Rush Country, CA

On a recent visit to the Gold Rush country in Northern California, I visited a few quaint towns and thought I would share the charm of this historic area. Murphys Murphys is a tiny town being called “the next Napa” due to all the vineyards and wineries that have infiltrated this area. The quaint main street has become a […]

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Mendocino, CA

Mendocino Written by Susan Edel Fade in: Int. Downtown Mendocino on a picture perfect day SUSAN (strolling the sidewalk window shopping) ******************** Ok, ok…that might be the closest I ever get to a Hollywood script but Mendocino certainly is no stranger to the limelight of Hollywood. Many movies have been filmed in and around this […]

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Elk, CA

Don’t blink when you drive through the very quaint town of Elk because you might miss it. Seriously. But what’s the saying ~ tiny but mighty ~ and that is exactly true about this town. What once was a bustling lumber town in the late 1800’s with over 2,000 residents, is now a tiny town left with a rich history and […]

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Brewery Gulch Inn ~ Mendocino, CA

While reading Travel and Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best List, I came across something that caught my attention. The #20 on this world’s best list is a 10 room inn located in Mendocino, CA ~ The Brewery Gulch Inn. Being familiar with the small town of Mendocino, I was intrigued by this achievement and felt that I had to explore this quaint inn. […]

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Chateau du Sureau, Oakhurst

Nestled in the Sierra foothills of Oakhurst, CA, less than thirty minutes from Yosemite Park, resides an unsuspecting property that could be something right out of a fairytale. The Estates by the Elderberries is a compilation of a first class restaurant, Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant; a luxury 10-room hotel, Chateau du Sureau; a private villa, Villa Sureau along with the most recent addition […]

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Tarantula Festival ~ Coarsegold, CA

A Tarantula Festival? Yes, really! Who knew?! There’s nothing I love more than serendipitously running across something different and fun. During my visit to Oakhurst this past weekend, I came across this cute town called Coarsegold. Situated in the California Gold Country foothills among the mighty oak trees, this tiny town has maintained its California […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage

The Palm Springs area has always held special memories for me. I have very fond recollections from the time I was a young girl taking annual trips with my family; driving down with a car full of friends for Spring break; to eventually evolving into a more mature girl’s spa-weekend getaway. All extremely good times. […]

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Solage, Calistoga

The Napa Valley is a world-renowned destination for wine lovers and general travelers alike. This California wine region is scattered with too many to count wineries, eateries and luxury resorts. In this saturated market of quaint hotels, charming B&B’s and luxury properties, I have to hand it to Auberge Resorts for establishing not one, not two […]

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