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Lowell Farms: America’s First Cannabis Cafe

After California passed the legalization of recreational marijuana use, Los Angeles has been abuzz with speculation of how the popular plant will be integrated into its many hospitality spaces. With only a handful of properties approved for a cannabis license, hospitality concepts are being created to embrace newfound opportunities for guests to experience some of the most innovative concepts in the world. With Lowell Farms now open, a precedent will soon be set for how similar hospitality concepts will operate in a new era of cannabis consumption.

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The Country’s First Cannabis Cafe

Officially open since October 1st, West Hollywood’s new Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe has been awarded the title of being the country’s first cannabis cafe–a concept brand new to the hospitality scene in response to California’s passage of recreational cannabis use in 2018. The highly-coveted license required to run the business received over 300 applicants, but was only approved for eight new venues in West Hollywood. 

 

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Dishes Made to Complement the Heightened Senses

Unlike weed dispensaries, Lowell Farms is approved for on-site consumption of cannabis in the form of flowers, vapes, pre-made edibles, concentrates and extracts. Alcohol consumption and CBD food or drink aren’t available due to state law, but that won’t stop guests from taking a bite from their delicious food menu created by Chef Andrea Drummer. Dishes made to complement the “heightened senses” of cannabis include a fried chicken sandwich, candied pork belly, brussels sprouts and a dessert plate, with items expected to be rotated seasonally. Non-alcoholic mocktails made with fresh ingredients are also available as a refreshing touch.

 

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The Setting

The trendy space consists of a dining cafe, lounge, and smoking patio along with a retail shop. It isn’t just limited to those wishing to light up, as the property also includes a non-smoking patio and the cafe is open to the public. Along with plenty of plants throughout to keep the space fresh, a custom air-filtration system helps keep smoke away from nearby residents, keeping the party contained to the Lowell Farms property.

 

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Lowell Farms

The impressive venue is filled with natural foliage and a rustic, vintage design modeled after the Lowell Farms product brand. The Santa Barbara County-based company joined with LA’s renowned Houston Hospitality along with Una Mas bartending team to create the perfect combination of experiences. Guests are greeted by “Flower Hosts” who provide tableside service to help them choose from the variety of strains. A “Dab Bar” is available for more experienced smokers who already know their favorites. Reservations are good for an hour and a half with cannabis sales ending at 10pm, but guests are able to bring their own products in for consumption until 2am.

 

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Come One, Come All

The venue’s initial reservations were fully booked, but now have openings throughout the day for guests to come and enjoy the space. The property is expected to draw in not only locals, but patrons from neighboring states where open marijuana consumption is not yet legal. Whether it be local residents or those travelling to Los Angeles from around the world, Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe makes history and kickstarts a new era of hospitality with the integration of cannabis.

 

 

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Photo: Lowell Cafe

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Photo: Lowell Cafe

Photo: Lowell Cafe

Photo: Lowell Cafe

Wine and Dine at The Best Restaurants in San Francisco

San Francisco is known for its beautiful architecture, vibrant culture and innovative tech landscape, making it one of the most interesting cities in the world. With impressive restaurants on every corner, there are plenty of places to take in a quality dining experience during your visit to the Bay. Make the most of your business trip or vacation when you indulge in some of San Francisco’s best restaurants.

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Flour + Water

The seasonal menu at Flour + Water keeps guests coming back for more to enjoy this inviting, classic restaurant with a neighborhood feel. Situated in the Mission District, you’ll taste some of the best pasta in San Francisco made with unique combinations of vibrant flavors. Their newer sister restaurant, Flour + Water Pizzeria, is also a go-to for a taste of a delicious pie.

 

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Photo: Flour + Water Pizzeria

Ayala

You’ll find delicious seafood creations at Ayala, located at the Hotel G in Union Square. Sky-high ceilings create an enviable ambiance to enjoy their menu of fish, shellfish and an impressive raw bar. Your dining experience is topped off with a buzz from their menu of freshly-made cocktails. 

 

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Photo: Ayala San Francisco

Monsieur Benjamin

The flavorful dishes at Monsieur Benjamin are sure to please your palate with Parisian fare in the heart of Hayes Valley. The modern reinventions of French classics, including steak tartare, escargot and frog legs, bring new life to traditional recipes. This bistro won’t disappoint during your next French cuisine craving.

 

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Photo: Monsieur Benjamin

Fiorella

If you’re in the mood for Italian, Fiorella in Outer Richmond is the place to go with wood-fired pizzas and antipasti made by Brookyln-born chefs. Order from their diverse wine list to bring even more flavor to the savory selection. Their wallpaper featuring the faces of San Francisco icons makes this outpost a neighborhood staple, along with its newer sister restaurant Fiorella Polk Street.

 

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Photo: Fiorella

Tartine Manufactory

As an extension of its Bakery predecessor, the Mission’s Tartine Manufactory has grown to be a local favorite for unparalleled pastries by day and an appetizing dinner menu by night. The bright and airy atmosphere complements the fresh fare of sandwiches and salads alongside its dreamy evening ambiance filled with the scent of seasoned vegetables and meats.

 

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Photo: Tartine Manufactory

Nopa

The rustic environment at Nopa brings authenticity to your dining experience with American, Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cuisine. Anyone who can appreciate a good burger will enjoy their signature dish paired with delicious craft cocktails. 

 

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Photo: Nopa San Francisco

Liholiho Yacht Club

The Hawaiian cuisine at Nob Hill’s Liholiho Yacht Club keeps guests returning to enjoy the sophisticated, fun environment. The exclusive spot keeps reservations filled due to its mouth-watering menu featuring ingredients like kimchi, peanuts and pineapple, evoking Asian influences with a Californian flair.

 

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Photo: Liholiho Yacht Club San Francisco

Marlowe

This inviting eatery brings a lively energy to its Soma surroundings with a bustling clientele of revelers. Sink your teeth into their menu of mouth-watering favorites ranging from signature brussels sprout chips to a noteworthy hamburger.

 

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Photo: Marlowe San Francisco

a Mano

It’s first-come-first-served at this restaurant in Hayes Valley, known for its long line of guests ready to be wined and dined. They may not take reservations, but their Italian cuisine is worth the wait with items like pizzas, pastas and even a signature fried chicken to satisfy your tastebuds. Grab a table along the sidewalk outside for perfect people-watching in the city.

 

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Photo: a Mano San Francisco

Delfina

This busy go-to in the Mission requires a reservation to enjoy its California-Italian style dining. With two decades of bringing quality plates to the area, Delfina offers up a solid menu of wood-fired pizzas, arancini and spaghetti that will make you never want to leave.

 

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Photo: Delfina San Francisco

Kin Khao

Union Square’s Parc 55 Hotel is home to Kin Khao, a contemporary spot with a menu of flavorful Thai classics. With homemade curries and sauces, this Michelin-starred restaurant has proven itself worthy drawing guests into its Tenderloin neighborhood for authentic Bangkok-inspired eats.

 

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Photo: Kin Khao San Francisco

Little Creatures

While known to be more of a brewery than a restaurant, this Australian brand brings a delicious menu of pizzas, mussels and more giving bar food a unique, Aussie twist. Pair a flight of beer with an order of lamb ribs to experience this new addition to Mission Bay, just a short stroll from the Chase Center.

 

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Photo: Little Creatures San Francisco

Angler

This spacious, waterfront restaurant thrives in offering Soma guests delectable, family-style plates ranging from a full raw bar to dishes roasted over an open, wood fireplace. Whether you prefer your protein from land or sea, Angler’s menu includes both with roasted octopus, hot chicken-style rabbit and antelope tartare bringing exotic flavors straight to your table.

 

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Photo: Angler San Francisco

Octavia

A neighborhood restaurant with a Michelin-starred menu, Octavia boasts a casual elegance perfect for a night of dining in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. The evolving menu of charming plates brings in guests to enjoy the relaxed, welcoming environment.

 

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Photo: Octavia San Francisco

Beretta

This San Francisco classic is a must-try during your stay, with delectable pizzas and pastas along with finger food to accompany seasonal cocktail creations. Open until 1am, a rarity in the city, dinner can easily shift into a night of toasting drinks at this local favorite in the Mission.

 

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Photo: Beretta San Francisco

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Enjoy California Living with a Luxury Private Villa Rental

California is known around the world as a place of beauty, luxury, and culture. With popular cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, California receives an influx of travelers each year who want to soak up the sun and excitement. With so many beautiful and unique areas in the state, you’ll have plenty of options to choose which spot is best for you to take your next vacation. Take a look at the best areas of California to book a private villa rental for your next relaxing getaway.

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Laguna Beach

A small coastal town in Orange County, Laguna Beach is a luxurious area known for their many art museums, beaches, coves, and an abundance of well-kept gardens. There are also plenty of well-known areas for surfing and hundreds of miles of trails for hiking. Laguna Beach is world-renowned for being a pristine community with some of the most beautiful landscapes in California.

 

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Beverly Hills

World-recognized shopping and luxury living are just a few of the many things the 90210 is known for. Home to many celebrities and other high profile residents, Beverly Hills caters to individuals who appreciate a stylish hideaway in a prime location. You’ll be in close proximity to internationally known restaurants, unparalleled shopping on Rodeo Drive and the hustle and bustle of the adjacent West Hollywood neighborhood.

 

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West Hollywood

West Hollywood is known for its busy nightlife scene and famed Sunset Boulevard, but there is plenty more to experience in this area of Los Angeles. Visit an art exhibit or a museum, go shopping on Melrose Avenue, or check out the array of fine dining with world-famous chefs to make your visit one to remember.

 

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Malibu

Located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu serves as a luxurious hideaway for some of the area’s most well-known citizens. The variety of high-end shopping and dining, combined with endless outdoor activities such as surfing and hiking, makes it an attractive destination for anyone to enjoy. You’ll still be in close proximity to Los Angeles’ many neighborhoods making Malibu the perfect place to vacation.

 

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La Jolla

The chic city of La Jolla is known for its rugged coastline and beautiful, lush landscapes. Visit its two world-renowned golf courses at Torrey Pines Golf Course that sit right above the ocean, or take a bike ride on the many trails that wind around the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. For dinner, check out some of the internationally known restaurants such as The Lot or Duke’s. The abundance of beauty to be discovered in and around La Jolla make it an ideal vacation destination.

 

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Lake Tahoe

On the border of California and Nevada is where you’ll find the pristine and beautiful Lake Tahoe. With three million guests annually, this is a hotspot for vacationers all over the country. Water skiing, kayaking, biking, and golf are all on the agenda for a vacation spent away with a private home at Lake Tahoe.

 

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Palm Springs

Located in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California, Palm Springs is widely regarded as a popular vacation spot where Los Angeles citizens love to get away. The city’s mid-century modern architecture makes for stylish rental properties, along with natural hot springs and a variety of spas, golf courses, and shopping centers at the core of what makes Palm Springs such a desirable location. Walk down Palm Canyon Drive to discover vintage boutiques and delicious restaurants, or head out of town a short way to enjoy miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.

 

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s biggest draw is the weather, with 300 days of sunshine each year. Stay in a traditional Spanish-styled villa and go whale watching or explore the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. Santa Barbara also has a multitude of wineries within driving distance for a relaxing afternoon out, or find a rental with a private pool for a stunning way to take in the coast.

 

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Beachside Hotels Perfect for a California Surfing Vacation

Beautiful beaches are one of California’s biggest attractions, and with those come great opportunities to catch some waves. Surfing has been a popular activity for Californians since the early sixties, and for good reason. If you’re interested in catching some of these world-famous waves, take a look at the best luxury hotels to stay in while you search for your next monster wave on some of the most picturesque private beaches in the world.

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Post Ranch Inn

Even though Big Sur’s biggest attraction is the beautiful nature, you don’t need to rough it camping to enjoy the inviting landscape. Post Ranch Inn offers guests ultra-luxurious rooms and private houses carved into the cliffs, a top tier spa, and world-class dining within walking distance. After a full day of ripping waves, you’ll feel perfectly relaxed and at home in the Post Ranch Inn.

 

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Photo: Post Ranch Inn

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

If you drive an hour south of San Francisco, you’ll be met with immense luxury and privacy in the form of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. Private, gated beaches and constant waves create the perfect spot to bring the board out and experience the ocean in a unique way. When you’re finished on the water, swim inland to try out one of the hotel restaurant’s many same-day catch dishes like roasted local black cod.

 

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Photo: Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Stately and elegant, The Lodge at Pebble Beach greets guests with views overlooking some of California’s most pristine private beaches. It also has a view of and one of golf’s most famous landmarks, the oceanfront 18th green on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Head inside and get ready to be truly pampered. Fireplaces in every room along with huge picture windows overlooking the ocean, a private spa, and restaurants serving up the day’s catch are just a few perks guests can take advantage of.

 

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Photo: The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Malibu Beach Inn

Located on a stretch of oceanfront property known as “Billionaire’s Beach,” the Malibu Beach Inn is situated alongside a bevy of high rent real estate. Take a quick walk to Carbon Beach or Surfrider Beach to catch some unforgettable waves. Malibu and Santa Monica sit just 20 minutes away if you feel like hanging up your wetsuit and experiencing some of California’s coolest beachside cities.

 

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Photo: Malibu Beach Inn

Hotel Del Coronado

If you’re looking to get away for an oceanside escape, check out the small island paradise known as Coronado, that’s just a stone’s throw off the coast of San Diego. Sitting atop it all is the island’s crown jewel, the Hotel Del Coronado. You might think you’ve walked into an old war fort, but you’ll soon find yourself being treated in one of the most luxurious hotels in California. Check out the beaches that surround the whole landmass, or rent a bike and explore the charming community.

 

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Photo: Hotel Del Coronado

Elk Cove Inn & Spa

Drive a bit north of San Francisco and you’ll stumble upon a tucked away bed-and-breakfast in the small community of Elk. Known for its privacy and luxury, Elk Cove Inn & Spa sits just above some beautiful stretches of beaches that give surfers great opportunities to catch the perfect wave. If you look carefully enough, you might even catch a group of migrating whales or sunbathing sea otters.

 

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Photo: Elk Cove Inn

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The Best Fine Dining in Santa Monica

With its unparalleled weather and sophisticated, beachy culture, Santa Monica is a world-renowned destination that serves up a variety of attractions for visitors and locals alike. If you’re looking for a special place to enjoy a fine dining meal, there are plenty of options for you to get a taste of a quality menu. You’ll have an unforgettable experience when you visit any of these Santa Monica fine dining destinations.

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Melisse

A favorite in the industry, the cuisine at Melisse is worth the visit with a refined menu of French-American dishes. The world-class service and lively atmosphere have kept guests coming back for more than twenty years, and is sure to see even more success with an upcoming remodel of the classic brand.

 

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Photo: Melisse

Elephante

This destination has become a hot spot on the Westside with its menu of coastal Italian dishes. The rooftop view overlooking the ocean adds to the atmosphere with craft cocktails being served up at this indoor-outdoor space. Head there for a trendy crowd who loves to mix and mingle while watching the beachside sunset.

 

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Photo: Elephante

Rustic Canyon

If you’re a fan of farm-to-table, Rustic Canyon is the place to visit with a menu of fresh ingredients that make up the variety of comfort food inspired dishes. The shareable small plates pair perfectly with a glass of wine as you refresh your mind and body with a healthy meal.

 

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Photo: Rustic Canyon

Cassia

This critically acclaimed go-to is known for its delicious and unique menu of French-Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll be sure to enjoy the mouth-watering seafood dishes of things like prawns, snow crab and scallops that are served fresh thanks to the Santa Monica location.

 

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Photo: Cassia

Michaels

This long-standing Santa Monica destination is known for its seasonal menu with innovative flavors. The outdoor patio with lush greenery provides a nature-filled ambiance as you enjoy the California cuisine nade with ingredients from local farmers’ markets.

 

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Photo: Michael’s

Milo & Olive

This delicious Santa Monica favorite serves up Italian dishes like wood-fired pizzas and appetizing pastas. They even have espresso concoctions and a selection of pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy their creative plates in the simplistic setting that’s sure to keep your mouth watering.

 

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Photo: Milo & Olive

Dialogue

You’d never expect to find this upscale location hidden in the bustling Santa Monica Promenade. The 21-course tasting menu created by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Beran is filled with imaginative dishes creating a meal to remember. The minimalist setting ensures that all the attention goes to the food creating a photo-worthy visual presentation.

 

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Photo: Dialogue

Tar & Roses

Come to Tar & Roses with friends or for a date night to share a meal of charcuterie plates, cheese and wine that will put you in the Santa Monica spirit. The bustling restaurant is known for its fusion of American, Asian and Mediterranean vibes with delectable flavors.

 

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Photo: Tar Roses

Via Veneto

What better way to get a taste of Italy than by heading to this enjoyable Santa Monica locale. You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of Rome at this destination perfect for a gourmet dining experience. The romantic environment puts a charming touch on your night out along with an Italian staff that creates an authentic experience.

 

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Photo: Via Veneto

Little Prince

If you’re in need of a brunch destination, head to Little Prince to embrace their airy, Santa Monica setting. The sandwiches and pancakes are sure to hit the spot thanks to their fresh, natural ingredients. You’re sure to find a trendy crowd ready to dish out a taste at this delightful go-to.

 

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Photo: Little Prince

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The 8 Best Hiking Spots In and Around Los Angeles

When you think of Los Angeles, you might think of beaches, the near-perfect weather, or the movie industry, but for LA locals, great places to hike would be a part of that list too. With hiking’s rise in popularity as a fun exercise, more and more trails seem to be popping up out of nowhere. Whether you’re an avid hiker who hopes to summit Everest, or looking for a Sunday afternoon stroll, there’s an LA trail for you. Here are some of the best hiking trails around the city for you to spend your next sunny day out.

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Paradise Falls, Wildwood Park

Skill Level: Amateur – Intermediate

Tucked into Thousands Oaks, you can find the pristine Wildwood Park. Within Wildwood park you can take a 2-mile hike with no pit stops, or a 4.5-mile hike with a few breaks overlooking the beautiful vistas of Stagecoach Bluff. Once you get to Paradise Falls you’ll find a 40 ft. waterfall that offers a great place to rest and take pictures.

 

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Echo Mountain

Skill Level: Intermediate – Expert

This 5-mile round trip trail in Altadena is sure to give you a challenge. Steep switchbacks and little to no shade trees make for a long and demanding hike, but the end result will be worth the struggle. Near the turn around point, there is a landscape of beautiful old ruins that would be perfect for a family lunch or photo moment.

 

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Eaton Canyon

Skill Level: Intermediate

Eaton Canyon is known locally as the hiking spot to be in North Pasadena. A 3-mile round trip and not much elevation change makes for a brisk and easy hike. At the turn around point, you can access the Eaton Canyon lower waterfalls to enjoy the scenery after your workout.

 

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Santa Susana Pass

Skill Level: Amateur

This amazing hiking trail located in a historical park in Chatsworth offers a great route along a trail that has been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans and early settlers. Throughout the park, you can find Native artifacts, old broken down stagecoaches, and great views of the valley.

 

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Malibu Creek State Park

Skill Level: Amateur – Expert 

Used as a set for multiple TV shows and movies throughout Hollywood history, Malibu Creek State Park offers a wide variety of hiking and walking trails for hikers of any level. The beautiful and lush landscape makes for a serene setting to reconnect with nature. The park was the site of the revent Woolsey fires but has since been reopened.

 

Photo: Malibu Creek State Park / San Fernando Valley Audubon Society

Runyon Canyon

Skill Level: Amateur – Intermediate

Known for its see-and-be-seen culture, Runyon’s multiple hiking trails lead all the way through the Hollywood Hills within the 130-acre public park. Animal lovers will appreciate that you can bring your dog here to roam free without a leash. The three trails vary in length so there’s a route for everybody to enjoy. The variety of overlooks and rest areas give you plenty of opportunities to take a break and enjoy the landscape.

 

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Wildwood Canyon

Skill Level: Amateur

This moderately easy 2-mile round trip hike offers great views overlooking the city, multiple dedicated picnic spots, restrooms, and drinking water available throughout the hike. This Burbank trail makes for a photo-worthy spot with amenities to keep you comfortable along your workout.

 

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Mount Baldy

Skill Level: Expert

Mount Baldy is the Everest of LA area, being the highest point in San Bernardino County. No true hiker can stay away from Mount Baldy, as it is a difficult hike but offers incredible, breathtaking views of the valley below. If you’re up for the challenge, Mount Baldy is waiting for you, just make sure you’re prepared for the daring ascent.

 

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The 7 Best Wineries to Visit in California

California is globally known for its exceptional wine, and for good reason–some of the best wines in the world come out of the Golden State. When deciding where you should spend your Sunday afternoon wine tasting session, it can be overwhelming to choose with such a massive number of wineries throughout California. To help in your decision-making process, take a look at some of the best California wineries that will be the perfect spot for you to toast glasses.

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Sterling Vineyards – Napa Valley

Sterling Vineyards is known to be a Napa Valley legend. They started producing wine in 1969 and has been internationally known and award winning since 1981. Offering breathtaking views of the Valley, art galleries, wine production viewing areas, and classic Greek architecture along with incredible wine, Sterling Vineyards is sure to end up with another visit.

 

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Malibu Wines – Malibu

When thinking of winemaking areas in California, people are quick to think of Napa Valley and Sonoma rather than Los Angeles. However, Malibu Wines may change that perspective for you. If you ever need a break from the hustle and bustle of LA life, just take a quick trip north for stunning views of the countryside and some excellent wines.

 

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Melville Vineyards & Winery – Santa Ynez Valley

This Mediterranean-style villa is the perfect weekend escape for anyone who loves great wine and a picnic with a view. With an expertly styled tasting room and an expansive patio along with a large lawn right next to the vineyard, you can truly enjoy your tasting any way you would like.

 

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Heitz Cellar – St. Helena

Heitz Cellar is truly a cornerstone of American winemaking. This 375-acre estate is a large part of the reason Martha’s Vineyard became internationally known for great wine. If you appreciate learning about the history of the wine you’re drinking, you will love this iconic destination.

 

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Tablas Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles

If you’re interested in the conservation and preservation of the planet, Tablas Creek Vineyard is a place you simply must check out. Along with their award-winning wines of all varieties, they are the global leader in earth-conscious practices while growing and harvesting their grapes.

 

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Au Bon Climat Winery – Santa Barbara

Ranked as one of the top wineries in all of America, Au Bon Climat Winery has been producing some of the country’s best wines for more than 30 years. If you’re ever fortunate enough to taste some of Jim Clendenen’s fabled wine, it’s a taste you won’t soon forget. This incredible reputation along with stunning views of the estate’s countryside vineyards has earned Au Bon Climat Winery global recognition.

 

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Round Pond Estate – Rutherford

If you’re looking for more of an experience than just a simple wine tasting, you’ll need to check out Round Pond Estate, known for their great wine as well as exceptional wine-related activities. During your outing, you can expect to create their own custom blend of wine alongside winemaker and owner Jaime Dowell. If you visit during the fall season, you can participate in the grape picking process and watch as the winemaking takes place. This immersive experience is a must for anybody with a taste for quality wine.

 

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Have Fun in the Sun at California’s Best Music Festivals

California boasts some of the best weather in the country which makes it the perfect host for lively music festivals each year. People from all over the world gather in the thousands to enjoy their favorite artists underneath the California sunshine. From artsy independent groups to well known pop stars, you can see your favorite hits performed live along with crowds of cheering fans. These music festivals are sure to bring you fun in the sun during your next trip to California.

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Coachella – Mid-April

Officially titled the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, this world-renowned event is known for its stylish crowd and unparalleled lineup of artists. Thousands flock to the Coachella Valley desert to not only dance under the sun to their favorite music, but also to take in the art and cultural aspects of the exciting event. Camping out in tents on the campground or renting a luxury villa with a group of friends is also known to enhance the experience along with attending the numerous sponsored events and parties throughout the area.

 

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Photo: Coachella Music Festival

Outside Lands – Mid-August

One of Northern California’s most iconic festivals, Outside Lands is an exciting event held annually in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The quirky and mystical theme makes for an artistic escape with plenty of musical performances along with food, drinks, art and comedy. The diverse lineup includes favorites across the music landscape in rock, hip hop, pop and more.

 

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Photo: Outside Lands / Adrian Spinelli

FYF Fest – Late Summer

This two-day festival has boomed in popularity through the years with top notch lineups attracting Los Angeles locals for an end-of-the-summer celebration. The variety of acts including big name music veterans and indie favorites makes for an eclectic mix that everyone can enjoy. With plenty of food vendors, art installations and a beer garden, FYF attendees get an exciting taste of summer at LA’s historic Coliseum in Exposition Park.

 

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Photo: FYF Fest

Lightning in a Bottle – Mid-May

While music is the main focus for this event, attendees get a well-rounded experience through talks led by worldly experts, hands-on workshops, healing sessions and more. You’re sure to be entertained through the various activities occurring throughout the grounds ranging from dining experiences to live painting to performance art. The Location in the hills of Monterey County also provides a coastline for you to take a dip in the lake while enjoying the melodies.

 

Photo: Lightning in a Bottle

Photo: Lightning in a Bottle

Kaaboo Del Mar – Mid-September

This three-day event based in San Diego prides itself in bringing new experiences to the table through entertainment, art and hospitality. Watch some of the world’s best rock and roll artists on stage while getting a taste of their artisanal fare with wine, craft beer and signature cocktails to match. Contemporary art installations will stimulate your senses with original pieces on display including some created live on-site.

 

Photo: Kaaboo Del Mar

Photo: Kaaboo Del Mar

Treasure Island Festival – Mid-October

Head to the Bay Area to experience Oakland’s two-day Treasure Island Festival, fully stocked with buzzworthy indie music acts and appealing headliners. You’ll never have to choose between two performances as set times never overlap, letting you jam out to each and every artist while overlooking the water of the San Francisco Bay.

 

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Photo: Treasure Island Music Festival with Santigold

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