LAND OF PLENTY

Travel throughout California to find an array of climates, terrains and communities. Sandy ocean beaches and rugged cliff sides make up its coastline along the Pacific. The terrain inland undulates from grassy hills down into valleys, then back up toward majestic mountaintops. Massive Sequoias and Redwoods fill forests, while the Central Valley provides abundant agriculture.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains are perfect for skiing in winter, or escaping the extreme heat of the valley in the summer. Found in these mountains are some of the most spectacular natural wonders: Mount Shasta rises up as a monolithic peak; Lake Tahoe is within a few hours’ drive of the magnificent Yosemite Valley; Mount Whitney ascends among the highest peaks to the south; nearby to the east, the land descends to the depths of Death Valley below—respectively these final two are the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States.

Missions maintain evidence of its Spanish history, while native tribes have called this land home for centuries. Immigrants filled the region during the Gold Rush, and now vibrant urban centers provide culture and connection to the world. But where the major metropolis can be sprawling with congestion, its quaint, rural towns and protected landscapes offer a quiet respite and connection to nature. California is a state that offers something for everyone.

My Personal Soul-Searching Journey to Lake Tahoe - Years ago my life took a detour, settling for a while in one of the world’s most majestic settings. From here I was able to…

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El Dorado Hills: on the Brink of Change - El Dorado Hills, once on track to be one of America’s best towns, still has an opportunity to lead the movement toward more thoughtful development.…

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Demand Elegance: Block Big Box for EDH 52 - Developers recently submitted plans to construct a large-scale commercial complex on property in El Dorado Hills at the north end of highway-50, flanking Silva Valley…

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San Diego Taste of Spain - Café Sevilla Restaurant and Tapas Bar Nestled in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego is a wonderful Spanish restaurant. During our last visit,…

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Yosemite Spring - Winter Deluge Enhanced the Beauty of this Natural Treasure Original article on Medium Yosemite Valley — photo by Caden Giaudrone Wet Winter February 2017 — according to reports, this was…

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Los Angeles - Our visit to Los Angeles over Thanksgiving reminded me of how fortunate I am, how grateful I feel… And how much there is to see…

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Brunch in Sacramento, California at Cafeteria 15L - Cafeteria 15L celebrates fresh ingredients—comfort food with a fresh, urban twist. Brunch has always been one of my favorite meals—a relaxed, late morning meal—that is…

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Hearst Castle - This lavish estate, inspired by Spanish architecture, was the ultimate achievement of architect, Julia Morgan. The Hearst Castle remains a symbol of the extravagent wealth that…

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San Diego Omni La Costa Resort - San Diego is known for great weather year-round and a relaxed beach life vibe. The mild climate can be a great place to escape to,…

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California Spanish Mission - Between 1769 and 1833, Franciscans missionaries, led by Friar Junípero Serra, established 21 settlements along the coastline of Alta California to spread the Catholic faith among…

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The Allure of the Hills - This article was written before the addition of the Silva Valley interchange. Our view of the hillside we once enjoyed, is now altered forever. But…

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Finding Ambiance in El Dorado Hills - With little over a decade of history, this new town works to cultivate a sense of culture. While its historically-inspired buildings and manicured scenery provide the atmosphere…

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Apple Hill in the Sierra Nevada - As a designer, the contrast of elements found in nature inspires my creativity. But particularly, the colors of fall are a feast for my eyes.…

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Contemporary Mediterranean-Style Design - A home that still represents the beauty of architecture today.