Author: Christina Tetreault

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Carmel Mission Inn

Just one turn off of the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, with the ocean glimmering through the light early-morning fog leading to its property, you’ll turn in to find Carmel Mission Inn. The inviting 165-room boutique hotel is a cozy pet-friendly escape within the seaside community of Carmel.

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L’amourette Chocolat San Francisco

As you walk down San Francisco’s iconic Fillmore Street – known for musicians, festivals and luxury stores – you’ll find a colorful door frame inviting you into an intimate chocolate shop. L’amourette Chocolat, meaning “little love affair” in French, sells its handmade candies, such as truffles and bonbons, in store along with almost 30 different flavors of chocolate bars for all types of taste buds.

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The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento

Along the bustling downtown streets of Sacramento, you’ll see The Citizen Hotel–and its iconic arch. The 14-floor luxury stay within California’s first skyscraper was built in 1925, paying a tribute to the state’s and nation’s political past.


El Pueblo Inn in Sonoma

Right on the corner of Sonoma Highway and Napa Street, you’ll find a piece of Sonoma’s history. El Pueblo Inn, with a sign illuminating at dusk and decorated by green vines and luscious trees, is a Tuscan-style inn that has been serving guests since 1959.

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Restaurant of the Week: Chow San Ramon

They call it “American cookery” and not “cuisine.” Why? The chef’s intentional and inviting comfortability in every bite and in every square foot. It’s a key phrase when describing Chow – a well-known and beloved restaurant with a new home in San Ramon bringing comfort food classics and cozy charm back to the Bay Area after a three-year hiatus.