In the world of luxury travel, there is nothing so sensuous as a chateau. The blend of art and architecture, gardens and hospitality make chateau-style inns a favorite throughout Europe. Happily, there’s no need to travel overseas for one of these fairy tale experiences. Gracious, chateau-style accommodations are waiting to be discovered right here in California.
Icy-blue glaciers that gleam in the light; soaring pines framing turquoise rivers and lakes; and friendly folks who embrace winter sports like ice climbing, skiing, and snowshoeing. Welcome to Alberta, Canada, a long weekend destination that will give you goose bumps for all the right reasons.
It’s one of America’s smallest national parks — with one of the most photographed structures on Earth. San Francisco’s Presidio is just 1,491 acres, but its sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge draw more than 5 million visitors a year.
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Lady Gaga does it. So do Donnie Wahlberg and Glenn Close. And it’s not just celebrities. So many people now travel with pets that it’s become an industry. A survey by TripAdvisor shows 53% of all pleasure travelers sojourn with snorkies and schnauzers and other four-legged friends. You don’t have to be well-heeled to treat your Fifi like royalty.
Cars pass it each day, driving to and from Monterey on Highway 1. It’s the fishing village of Moss Landing, marked by two smokestacks from an off-line power plant. For fans of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this is a region rich with marine life. Tucked behind a few shops in this tiny town (just 25 minutes north of Monterey and around a two-hour drive from the East Bay) is a mile-deep underwater chasm called Monterey Canyon that rivals the Grand Canyon in depth, a section of the Old Salinas River Channel, and the Elkhorn Slough.
It’s especially hip to be square when you’re the eight-acre Sonoma Plaza, the vibrant town center of Sonoma, where historic sites meet top-rated restaurants, noted tasting rooms, stylish boutiques, lively farmers markets, and more.
It was the party of the year — maybe even the decade. With champagne bottles popping, downtown San Jose’s largest hotel, a Fairmont since 1987, was christened last month by Hilton San Jose as a Signia hotel — Hilton’s most upscale business brand, focused on meetings and corporate events.