The third largest state in the United States, California has a diverse geography, climate and culture. Urban areas offer bustling shopping, cultural and nightlife experiences. A myriad of theme parks offer rides for thrills and chills. California also has some of the most relaxing natural settings in the world. A lot of tourists visit california every year. There are a lot of places to discover. When it’s time to get off those FASHION FOR HOME settees and go exploring, here are some of the most relaxing vacations to be had in California.
Just north of San Francisco’s Bay Area, the Napa Valley is the primary wine-growing region in the nation. Touring California’s premier wine country is one of the most popular activities for visitors to the Golden State. The area is also known for its fine dining experiences. The gently rolling hills and temperate climate of the Napa Valley lends itself to a leisurely vacation spent sampling wines, enjoying gourmet meals and indulging in spa treatments.
A relaxing vacation in the Napa Valley is not complete without a visit to the hot springs in Calistoga. Located in the northern mouth of the valley, Calistoga was founded by the state’s first millionaire, Sam Brannan, in the 1860s. A mud bath in Calistoga offers a uniquely relaxing experience.
For upscale relaxing vacation with heaps of charm, nothing quite matches Carmel-By-The-Sea. Located south of San Francisco, Carmel is a small, picturesque town, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The town is filled with charming inns, restaurants, shops and art galleries, and the neighboring beach is gathering place for vacationers to watch golden California sunsets.
Carmel is also home to one of the most beautiful of California’s 21 missions. The mission was founded by Father Junipero Serra, who explored the West in the 1700s, establishing missions up and down the state. A visit to Carmel often includes a visit to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, located just a few miles from Carmel. Monterey was the setting for several novels by John Steinbeck.
Situated less than 100 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a favorite destination for relaxing weekend getaways. Santa Barbara get its nickname “Riviera of the West” both from its mild temperatures and its characteristic architecture. The city passed an ordinance after a destructive 1925 earthquake that all structures feature adobe facades and red tile roofs, to keep the original ambience of the California missions. The citizens of Santa Barbara put a high value on culture, with more dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities than is usually found in a small city. Santa Barbara features beaches with wide stretches of white sand.
For a quintessential Southern California beach vacation, Huntington Beach offers an authentic experience. Known the world over as “Surf City,” Huntington Beach is the great place to relax and the Huntington Beach Pier makes watching surfers easy. Beach homes bump right up against the sandy beaches, with a paved path as the only border between them, and strolling along the path is a fun and relaxing way to observe the beach culture. It’s possible to rent some of these small beach homes, for a truly relaxing vacation, where you can turn a pair of FASHION FOR HOME settees towards the sea, relax and watch the world go by. And so your visit in california will be truly a full relaxation.