California dreamin’

It was every pioneer dream during California gold rush; it became the cradle of the student uprisings in the 1970s, before turning into the mecca of the pacifist flowery movement of the hippies.

It became the capital of cinema with Hollywood and movie stars strolling down Sunset Boulevard.

It is also the place for surfers and skateboarders who invented a unique lifestyle – under the sun, the Pacific Ocean for the horizon.

California is hip and a land of creative and entrepreneurial effervescence, innovation and the development of a promising « startup scene ». From Goggle to Tesla, this is where it all happens!

From San Francisco to Los Angeles, embark with your teens on a trip to the State where everything is possible, where any dream can come true. 

An ideal state for iconic road trips made of incredible scenery, best dining, high-end shopping, fun activities, and beach relaxation.  A summer or winter of love!  It is always a good time to be in California!


Wine Country
Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley:  gorgeous wine estates, amazing food and wine, unique wine tastings, picnics in vineyards and relaxation in deluxe hotel spas. 

Yosemite National Park & beyond:  crystal water rivers, spectacular waterfalls , dense meadows, huge granite rock formation, this is the ideal park where to hike, ski, climb, bike, or raft. 

Lake Tahoe:  surreal beauty with the reflection of the peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the sparkling emerald deep water of the lake.  You can boat, practice watersports, mountain biking, golf, tennis, hiking, camping, rafting, ballooning, horseback riding, rock climbing, bungee jumping, parasailing, skating….and of course skiing and snowmobile during the winter.

 Sequoia National Park:  home to the largest giant sequoia trees in the world

 Mammoth Lake:  alpine landscape with high peaks and flower-filled meadows.  Mountain bike, fish, hike, soak in hot springs, ski

 Gold Country:  travel back in time to Western towns, gold mines, ghost towns, elegant mansions, sleep in  a miner’s cabin, ride steam trains….


Death Valley National Park: Barren, huge, raw with the highest recorded temperature on the continent, magnificent sand dunes, a true journey into a Star Wars movie

 Joshua Tree National Park: Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together into rugged mountains, gold mining ruins, and desert plains dotted with the oddball trees.  A park where to discover an amazing desert flora, including those namesake trees, actually a type of yucca


San Francisco:  This city is so beautiful, diverse and cosmopolitan, that you will find everything you are looking for. 
Feel the cool blast of salty air as you cross the Golden Gate.  Have a special dim sum brunch.  Shop vintage at Haight Street.  Ride the cable cars.  Get spooked at Alcatraz.  Listen to sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Admire the pastel blue and pink Victorian houses.

Muir Woods:  a redwood forest where trees are rising toward the sky like a wooden cathedral. 

Highway 1:  among the most scenic roads in the world.  Discover charming coast towns, take wonderful pictures of the Pacific ocean, witness breathtaking sunsets.

Carmel: a seaside artists’ colony with a bohemian feeling and charming inns, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. 

Santa Barbara:  ideally located high above the Pacific Ocean on a hill, this former Spanish mission founded in the 18th century has a peaceful Mediterranean atmosphere.   Its whitewashed stucco houses with red tiled roofs, its palm-fringed beaches will transport you to Spain.

 Los Angeles:  the ocean and its beautiful sand beaches, shop on Rodeo Drive, eat a tacos from a food truck, visit world-class museums like the Getty Center, have fun at Universal Studio, and cruise Sun Set boulevard. 

 San Diego, La Jolla & Del Mar: A mix of historic downtowns, old missions, laid back and Mediterranean style seaside resorts, surf life style, beautiful beaches & great restaurants

Explore its natural wonder: the magnificent and misty Bay of San Francisco, the extraordinarily scenic stretch of coast near Point Reyes and its Light House, the emerald and deep blue water of Lake Tahoe, the sloping redwood forests and towering cliffs of Big Sur, the rock formations and cactuses of Joshua Tree National Park.

Discover a rich and vibrant culture. The Getty Museum, Walt Disney Family Museum, gold mining towns, The Golden Gate Bridge, the Mission San Carlos Borromèo del Río Carmelo and Hearst Castle

For foodies, from the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants to food trucks, from Chinese to Mexican cuisine, wine tasting, cooking classes in the vineyards,  from oysters farms to vegetable farms, you’ll discover the science behind food and wine pairings, learn the art of red wine blending, experience a profusion of taste as you intermingle with organic farmers and celebrity chefs.

For active travels, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, tobogganing, swimming, fishing, boating, water-skiing, mountain biking, and so on. The possibilities are endless.




Hot-Air Ballooning over Napa Valley

If you don’t mind waking up early you will have the most extraordinary view on the green, waving hills, carefully striped with vines and bordered by mountains.  

Explore a gold mine

Board the mine shuttle, and experience what it’s like to be a gold miner.     

Tour Los Angeles in a Classic convertible car 

You will be able to see everything with a 360° view as you cruise through the famous streets. You will smell all the tantalizing aromas of this beautiful city. You’ll be able to feel the energy and soul of L.A. and its residents.

Turn  into a winemaker for a day

Learn the winemaker’s art while blending your own red wine from Napa’s esteemed appellations.

Ride a cable car

Quintessential San Francisco experience, feel the wind in your hair and make sure to have your camera ready.  

Enjoy Hot Springs in a cool night in Big Sur

The Esalen Hot Springs are among  the most alluring pools in the United States. Perched above the California coast, these clothing-optional baths come with the sounds of the Pacific splashing up against the beach, and a front row view of the starry skies.     


In Napa’s finest cooking school’s hands-on class cook authentic dishes you’ll want to replicate when returning home.

Learn how to surf

Surf on the same breaks that the Beach Boys surfed in Manhattan Beach. 


Meadowood Napa Valley*****

Meadowood Napa Valley offers an elegant on-site restaurant, wine tastings, and tennis lessons. It is 5 minutes’ drive from downtown St Helena and the Meadowood Golf Club is on site.

A wood-burning fireplace and a balcony or patio are featured in each room. The marble bathrooms are furnished with a shower, and most rooms have a soaking tub.

Natural treatments and products are available at the spa. Guests can work out at the on-site fitness centre or attend a fitness class. Other activities available for guests include croquet, tennis, golf, bicycling, hiking, cooking classes, and wine experiences.

Gourmet California cuisine is served for dinner at The Restaurant at Meadowood. The Restaurant Bar & Terrace boasts a full-service bar, fireplace, and outdoor seating.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is 8 km from Meadowood Resort and Spa Napa Valley. Downtown Napa is less than 30 minutes’ drive from the property.

Calistoga Ranch*****

Nestled on 157 acres in Napa Valley, Calistoga Ranch features an on-site pool and a restaurant that serves authentic regional dishes. An outdoor rain shower is featured in each guest room.

A fireplace is featured in each warmly decorated accommodation at Ranch Calistoga. Each luxurious bathroom includes spa quality toiletries. Select rooms feature an outdoor living area with a fireplace.

You can rejuvenate in the on-site fitness centre or explore the surroundings with a free bicycle hire. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings including yoga and hiking.

If you feel like visiting the surroundings, check out Castello di Amoros and Sterling Vineyards just 3.5 km from the resort.

North Block Hotel****

Located in Napa Valley, this Yountville, California hotel boasts an on-site pool and hot tub. Spa services are available. The on-site Redd Wood Restaurant is headed by Richard Reddington, the Michelin-starred chef.

The North Block Hotel includes guest rooms with a flat-screen TV, a large soaking tub and heated floors in the bathroom. Each room features a terrace or a patio with a seating area.

The North Block Hotel is nearby French, Italian, Pacific Rim and California restaurants. Area activities include art galleries, museums, antique shops and bike rental facilities.

Hotel The Inn at the Presidio*****

Inn at the Presidio was the first hotel to open in the Presidio of San Francisco, a National Historic Landmark and a national park site at the Golden Gate, one of America’s most beautiful and renowned locations.

It features an inviting front porch, entrance hall with a grand central staircase, guest reception, living room/dining room for breakfast and light snacks, and an outdoor deck with a fire pit. Guests can enjoy the understated spacious comfort once reserved for Army officers.

San Francisco Proper Hotel****

Located in a historic flatiron building in the heart of Market Street, San Francisco Proper Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels offers a unique urban hotel experience. Offering free WiFi, each noise proof room includes a Proper App, a connection to all the services offered by the hotel concierge. Civic Center BART Station is just 1 minutes’ walk away.

Guest rooms at San Francisco Proper Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels include a 50-inch HDTV with Google Chromecast personal device streaming, boutique linens and cotton kimono robes. Double-layered shades keep each room dark and every room has a safe that fits a 17-inch laptop. Rooms also feature a Bluetooth custom speaker that connects a mobile device and a locally curated minibar with small-batch bottled cocktails. Bathrooms offer a walk-in rain shower and a hairdryer.

If guests prefer to dine in, San Francisco Proper Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels’s in-room dining team can deliver seasonally-driven meals from Chef Mikey Adams’ kitchen anytime

Post Ranch Inn*****

This is the perfect place for seclusion.  The cabins and cottages are overlooking a rocky-ridged slip of Californian cliff. These recycled-redwood rooms offer total comfort, starry nights, amazing views and a wood-burning fire.  Sierra Mar restaurant offers divine dining and the three heated infinity pools spa is the ideal place to receive  a soothing treatment.

Hotel Belmond El Encanto*****

Offering sweeping Pacific Ocean views, this boutique hotel is 5 minutes’ drive away from Central Santa Barbara. It boasts an outdoor pool, a spa and wellness centre and an on-site bar and restaurant. All spacious rooms include free Wi-Fi.

A flat-screen cable satellite TV is featured in all guest rooms at El Encanto. Rooms include a minibar, a fireplace and a seating area. All rooms offer garden views.

A 24-hour reception is provided to guests of El Encanto. A business centre with fax and photocopying services is available. Guests can unwind at El Encanto’s on-site fitness centre as well.

With 3.2 km of this hotel guests will find attractions such as Santa Barbara Mission and Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens. Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course is 10 minutes’ drive away.

Hotel Kimpton Canary****

This stylish Santa Barbara hotel features an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and a lounge with stunning views. Centrally located State Street is 5 minutes’ walk away. Each guest room includes free WiFi.

Styled in plush white linens, each room offers a flat-screen cable TV, a yoga mat and an en suite bathroom with luxury bath amenities. Bathrobes and make-up mirrors are also provided. Gourmet treats in the honor bar are offered in each room.

Fresh farmer’s market vegetables, fresh seafood and central coast wines are features at the onsite restaurant, Finch & Fork. An evening wine hour and morning coffee, tea and snacks are provided to guests.

Château du Sureau

The Château du Sureau is the ideal place from which to explore the waterfalls and granite domes of Yosemite National Park, one of America’s most spectacular natural sites. This majestic hotel is reminiscent of the finest European châteaux. Its elegant interior, with guest rooms named after herbs and flowers, is resplendent with antiques, tapestries and artworks. The restaurant showcases the freshest Californian produce in sophisticated dishes packed with flavor and accompanied by the region’s best wines. If you are lucky enough to visit on July, you will be treated to the Elderberry Harvest Dinner, a fabulous five-course feast in honor of the château’s namesake

Mondrian LA Hotel****

Located in the heart of the Sunset Strip, this West Hollywood hotel offers unique rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of Los Angeles while enjoying a poolside cocktail at the famed Skybar.

Mondrian Los Angeles in West Hollywood offers stylish guest rooms which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding areas from the LA skyline to the glittering Hollywood Hills. Enjoy a spa-like experience beneath a rainfall shower. Room amenities include flat-screen LCD HCTVs with full cable access, a minibar, fully equipped work areas and boutique bath products.

Inspired by Hollywood’s golden age, Ivory on Sunset celebrates the spirit and essence of this iconic Los Angeles neighborhood and offers panoramic views of the city. Open for dinner daily and weekend brunch, as well as weekday breakfast and lunch, Ivory on Sunset celebrates California cuisine with fresh market-driven ingredients. A selection of house-infused and signature cocktails will both echo and complement Ivory on Sunset’s cuisine.

The Los Angeles Mondrian offers an outdoor pool with underwater music. Guests can work out in the fitness centre. A business centre with fax and photocopying services is available.

Hotel Chateau Marmont*****

Meadowood Napa Valley offers an elegant on-site restaurant, wine tastings, and tennis lessons. It is 5 minutes’ drive from downtown St Helena and the Meadowood Golf Club is on site.

A wood-burning fireplace and a balcony or patio are featured in each room. The marble bathrooms are furnished with a shower, and most rooms have a soaking tub.

Natural treatments and products are available at the spa. Guests can work out at the on-site fitness centre or attend a fitness class. Other activities available for guests include croquet, tennis, golf, bicycling, hiking, cooking classes, and wine experiences.

Gourmet California cuisine is served for dinner at The Restaurant at Meadowood. The Restaurant Bar & Terrace boasts a full-service bar, fireplace, and outdoor seating.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is 8 km from Meadowood Resort and Spa Napa Valley. Downtown Napa is less than 30 minutes’ drive from the property.

Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica****

Adjacent to Santa Monica Pier, this hotel overlooks the ocean and the Los Angeles International Airport is 14.5 km away. It features an outdoor pool with hot tub and an on-site restaurant. Modern rooms offer a 50-inch flat-screen TV.

A minibar and an iPod dock are included in every spacious room at Hotel Shangri-La. The rooms feature hardwood floors, warm colors and free Wi-Fi. A marble bathroom is also provided.

Dine at Shangri-La Hotel’s restaurant, The Dining Room. It offers signature menu items from a raw bar, gourmet flatbreads and desserts. 24-hour room service is also offered.

Fitness and business facilities are located on-site for guest convenience.

This hotel is 5 minutes’ drive from shopping at Santa Monica Place, and 18 minutes’ drive from the University of California Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles, the Staples Center, and Hollywood are all within 25.7 km..

Shutters on the Beach******

Located directly on the beach, this Santa Monica, California resort features 2 oceanfront restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa. Each elegant room provides a spacious spa bath.

Providing luxury white linens, every room offers plush bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries at Shutters On The Beach. Styled in hardwood floors with a refined Tibetan rug, each room provides an iPod docking station and a 42-inch flat-screen TV. An in-room library is offered. Select rooms offer a balcony.

Boasting a panoramic ocean view and an oversized elegant white fireplace, One Pico offers seasonal cuisine on intimate tables with blue plush chairs. The beachfront café, Coast offers a casual atmosphere with a bar and lite bites. Featuring a heated terrace with an ocean view, the Living Room features afternoon tea, cocktails and a full menu of freshly prepared morsels.

A poolside outdoor hot tub is offered. Valet parking is provided. A gift shop is also available at Sutter On the Beach Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Pier is just 5 minutes’ walk down the beach. Los Angeles International Airport is 14.5 km away from Shutters On The Beach

La Quinta Resort & Club*****

This luxury resort features 41 pools, 53 hot tubs, 23 tennis courts, and spacious rooms with a flat-screen TV. It is 3.2 km from downtown La Quinta and 32.2 km from Palm Springs International Airport.

Guests of La Quinta Resort and Club have access to a variety of recreation facilities, including 5 championship golf courses, tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Spa La Quinta offers massage and facials.

Dining options at La Quinta Resort range from fine dining at Morgan’s in the Desert to authentic Mexican cuisine at the Adobe Grill. Ernie’s Sports Bar and Twenty6 also have full bar menus.

Free Wi-Fi and a refrigerator are standard in every room at the La Quinta. All rooms are decorated with 1920s-inspired décor and include air conditioning.

Free parking is available at the resort, which is a 4-minute drive from the La Quinta Museum. Shopping is available on site or in Old Town La Quinta, 1.9 km away..

La Valencia Hotel****

Combining old-world charm with modern amenities, this Mediterranean designed La Jolla hotel is 20 minutes’ drive from San Diego International Airport. It boasts elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi, features an outdoor pool and has 2 restaurants located on-site.

Each stylish room at La Valencia Hotel includes a flat-screen TV, a minibar and tea and coffee-making facilities. Rooms are decorated in soft colours and include guest bathrobes and complimentary toiletries. Select rooms offer lush garden or panoramic Pacific Ocean views.

Guests at Hotel La Valencia have the option of dining at The Med, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, or at Café la Rue, which is open from 11:00 am until midnight daily.

Torrey Pines Golf Course is 15 minutes’ drive from this hotel.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa*****

Located among the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, this beautiful, natural resort features a full-service spa, golf course and top-rated tennis courts. Free Wi-Fi is available at the resort.

The Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa offers bright rooms with spacious windows and a lush garden patio. A fireplace, flat-screen cable TV and a DVD library are included.

The Restaurant at Rancho Valencia serves fine cuisine in an elegant Mediterranean setting. Guests have views of the surrounding valley from inside the restaurant or out on the terrace.

Free use of bicycles, croquet equipment and bocce equipment is offered to all guests. A fitness center, 2 pools and yoga classes are also available.

The Rancho Valencia Resort is 12.9 km from downtown Del Mar and 22 minutes from Black Mountain Park. San Diego International Airport is 39.3 km away.

Farmhouse Inn****

Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, central to Napa and Sonoma wine country and over 500 wineries, this family owned boutique inn features a Michelin-starred restaurant and renowned spa on site. Free WiFi is included

All rooms at the Farmhouse Inn include fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, luxurious premium bedding, refrigerators, seating areas. A luxurious private bathrooms offers a spa bath or steam shower.

Complimentary concierge services at Farmhouse Inn are provided. An outdoor pool and hot tub are available for guest use.

The Farmhouse Inn is centrally located just 90 minutes’ drive north of San Francisco, with the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa just 15 minutes’ drive away. The Sonoma Coast Beaches and redwoods are 30 minutes’ drive away..

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