Travel & Adventure

California’s 5 Best Small Towns

Tourists are often drawn to destination hubs like Los Angeles and San Francisco, but it’s actually California’s small towns that boast the most character and charm. Here are five small towns you should detour to on your next West Coast adventure.

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Sonoma County’s The Farmhouse Inn

Somehow, The Farmhouse Inn manages to be rustic and romantic, grand and intimate, luxe and laid-back all at the same time. Voted both the 2017 “Best Hotel in Northern California by Conde Nast Traveler and 2018 “Best Hotel in California” by Travel & Leisure – not to mention named to the Forbes Travel Guide Verified Luxury List, the Inn actually got its start thanks to hops (a k a the key ingredient in beer), neither grapes nor wine, as one might expect given it is in Sonoma County.

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The Best of Santa Barbara

What do Oprah Winfrey, George Lucas, Drew Barrymore, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Costner, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres have in common? They’ve all chosen to make Santa Barbara – commonly called the American Riviera – home.