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Seek Out the California 'Sun' at These Four NorCal Hotels

Where: CA, United States
July 24, 2009 at 5:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Bardessono in Yountville, Calif.

As part of our Summer Reading List for Hotel Geeks, once a week, we will review a book about hotels — whether it be fiction, non-fiction, historical, auto-biographical or even just a cool coffee table book with incredible photos. These could be the perfect books to kick back with while laying poolside, or while working the late-night shift at the front desk or while entertaining friends with your high-falutin' aspiring hotelier schemes. Our latest read is of the travel guide variety but we loved these California hotel picks.

As a former long-time California resident, we were excited to learn about fellow travel writer Lena Katz’ new Travel Temptations series of books, SNOW, SIP and SUN – especially SUN: California: Delicious Destinations, Secret Hideaways, Expert Sources , since this HotelChatter contributor moved to the land of Vitamin D deficiencies, a.k.a. Seattle.

We asked Katz to dish on her fave summer vacay destinations in the Golden State. She shared with us four Northern California picks, all known for their emphasis on nature – not artificial materials.

Drakesbad Guest Ranch, Chester
“One step above 'rough' cabin camping, at an official National Historic Site inside Lassen Volcanic National Park. Rustic digs are fun in the warm summer months, while Lassen’s unparalleled terrain ensures one breathtaking moment after another.”

Bardessono, Yountville
“Has Napa gone eco? Why certainly, but that doesn’t mean guests will have to sacrifice a whit of instant gratification. Locally sourced seasonal fare, a fabulous spa, and 'artisan-crafted' décor. This is a boutique hotel to watch…or better yet, book. Stat, because it’s only going to get busier as we get closer to harvest.”

Beach House Hotel, Half Moon Bay
“Adorable California-sized version of a New England 'chic shack'--set on a bluff in one of the Bay Area's prettiest unknown beach communities.”

The Brewery Gulch Inn, Mendocino
"Built from 'sinkers' (salvaged redwoods, preserved by river silt) this tiny retreat overlooking Smuggler’s Cove is perfectly in tune with its surroundings. The first fringe of redwood forest and the stupendous oceanfront bluffs are visible from various viewpoints around the property.”

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