Posted January 9, 2011 by BookingBuddy
As the third largest state in the U.S., California offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking for the bright lights of Tinseltown or a wine-tasting excursion, you're bound to find it here, as the Golden State offers an eclectic mix of attractions, activities, and historic sites. The Pacific Coastal Highway, which runs along the coast, is considered one of America's most scenic drives, and is worth a visit. Find deals on holiday packages to California from the UK and save with flight and hotel packages.
The French Laundry: Nestled among the natural beauty of Napa Valley, the French Laundry seamlessly marries French cuisine with American flair. Thought by many as a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, with a price tag to boot, the restaurant provides a great deal more than simple sustenance. In fact, Chef Thomas Keller is renowned worldwide for his innovative dishes, which you can sample in the two unique nine-course tasting menus that are offered nightly.
Elan Hotel: Located between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, the Elan Hotel is in a prime location for a visit to the city, and won TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Award for 2010. The boutique hotel offers 49 rooms, which come equipped with robes, LCD flat-screen TVs, in-room gourmet coffee, and an honour bar.
Haight Street, San Francisco: Once the epicenter of hippie culture—local residents included the likes of the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin—Haight Street combines a glimpse into a groovy era while offering a unique shopping experience. The street is lined with an eclectic mix of shops, selling everything from high-end vintage clothing to handmade crafts.
Posted March 9, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Colourful neighbourhoods, flower-lined streets and delightfully cool weather make San Francisco a great holiday destination. Frisco’s various landmarks – Alcatraz, Haight Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge - have all found fame in popular culture. Explore this hilly city on foot and discover the nooks and crannies favoured by locals, or hope onto one of the city’s famous cable car system and visit its many attractions.
Franciscan Crab Restaurant – Housed in a neon-lit building on Fisherman’s Wharf, this huge restaurant serves up spectacular views with your order of tasty seafood. Despite being a ‘crab restaurant’, it actually serves up a rather extensive list of seafood, coupled with some meat and pasta dishes for those not so keen on the fruits of the sea. The Dungeness crab is the star of the show – it comes in four different serving sizes – but other seafood dishes are just as enticing.
Hearst Castle – William Randolph Hearst’s massive mansion has now been turned into a house museum. The complex is a Mediterranean-inspired wonderland filled with grand pools, sculpted gardens, and cool walkways connecting the buildings. There are five different tours around the site – visitors will get to explore different aspects of the Castle on each tour. There is also a popular evening tour, with actors dressed up in 1930s outfits to simulate the Castle’s heyday.
Hotel Monaco San Francisco – Located a heartbeat away from bustling Union Square, this luxurious hotel stands out from the crowd of chain hotels in San Francisco with its romantic, style and attention to detail. Guests will enjoy the glamourous, yet highly individual touches in the rooms – canopy beds, eclectic furnishings, and vibrant textiles help make your stay a memorable experience. Pet owners will be glad to discover the Hotel Monaco is very pet-friendly, providing pet beds and toys for your furry friend’s enjoyment. Room rates start at £130.
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