Category Archives: Hotels & Destinations

The City Different

Few Western cities have preserved their past as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico. And few have more past worth preserving. This sense of timelessness—of many peoples having lived here over the centuries—is part of the reason why this city of a little over 62,000 is a major visitor draw.

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Coastal Cruzin’

The winding drive west on Highway 17 from San Jose International Airport to the Pacific Ocean serves as an informal introduction to Santa Cruz County.

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Lotusland (Santa Maria)

Santa Maria is the self-styled "barbecue capital of the world." The town keeps alive an early 19th-century tradition of California's once-vast coastal cattle ranches.

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Westside Story

It’s a complete cross-section of people here: there are surfers; there's the person in a $6,000 Armani suit; there's the young salesgirl on Rollrblades during her lunch break.

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Silicon Valley (Santa Clara)

Santa Clara’s history reflects successive California eras, starting with the Franciscan missions and evolving from agriculture to viniculture and technology. Its restored mission, farmers’ markets, museums, theme parks and nearby wineries reflect them all.

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Lotusland (Santa Barbara)

Called "The American Riviera.", like the Côte d'Azur, in both climate and topography.  For the past century wealthy sun-seekers from other parts of the country have built palatial homes and cultivated extraordinary gardens, strongly recalling a South-of-France style.

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County sprawls 2,774 picturesque square miles, with the Santa Ynez Mountains, a boundary between North County, and South County, its resort-like area anchored by the city of Santa Barbara and its luxe neighbor, Montecito.

Nights are cool, especially at the higher elevations, and days are pleasantly mild (70 degrees), even in winter.

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