California

California travel ideas and tips.

The Hills Hotel in Southern California is ideally located between LA and San Diego.

Review of The Hills Hotel in Southern California

If you're planning a vacation that involves seeing some different sites around southern California, The Hills Hotel fits the bill and is easy on the wallet.
Spring skiing at Squaw Valley, CA. Spring skiing capital!

Squaw Valley is the Spring Skiing Capital

The snow gods buried Squaw Valley in 60+ feet this winter! For the first time ever, the Spring Skiing Capital of Squaw Valley will be open after July 4th!
The High Camp and Gold Coast areas at Squaw Valley offer amazing views and terrain perfect for advancing beginner skiers.

Going Green: 4 Awesome Slopes in Tahoe to Challenge Beginner Skiers

Armed with these recommendations and a classic Tahoe bluebird day, your beginner skiers will leave with warm, fuzzy feelings about the sport and be begging to get back out again.
Spring skiing deals in Western US

Spring Skiing Deals at Western US Ski Resorts

Spring skiing will be epic this year with all the powder El Nino has been dumping! Here are spring specials & events at four of my favorite ski resorts.
Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe

Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe is Tranquil, Rustic, and Full of Adventure

With the serenity and satisfaction that comes with both connecting and disconnecting, this mountain retreat allows you to get away from it all, but still have it all.
Ski rentals are easy and convenient at Tahoe Dave's in Tahoe City, CA

Ski Rental Options in Lake Tahoe

Whether you are skiing near the north shore or south shore, here are two ski rental options in Lake Tahoe that I highly recommend.

Squaw Valley 20 Years Later

We're so happy we could return to Squaw Valley after 20 years and share this magical place with our children, and we can't wait to come back again (and again!).
Aerial tram, Squaw Valley

Getting Up the Mountain: Squaw Valley’s Aerial Tram

I never knew the difference between a tram, a gondola, and a funitel until I came to Squaw Valley. Heck, I never even heard the word funitel.

Postcards from Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain

My family spent a couple fun-filled days at Heavenly Mountain last week and I've got some beautiful photos to share.
snowball fight at squaw valley

International Snowball Fight at Squaw Valley

An impromptu snowball fight on the slopes at Squaw Valley led to a conversation with a young, Russian girl and a memory my daughter will not soon forget.
Lake Tahoe

Two Weeks in Tahoe: My Favorites

We've been in Lake Tahoe a little more than two weeks and we're getting into the groove of the Tahoe Ski Bum lifestyle.
Disney wine & dine half marathon

Destination Running Races Combine Fitness and Travel

My personal motivation to exercise stems mainly from the promise of traveling to a new location. Each year I pick a destination and find a race I can run. While finishing a half marathon feels euphoric, enjoying that race in a beautiful setting, a fun destination, or with the promise of a really excellent bonus at the finish line, makes it all the more worthwhile.
Ski-in ski-out Starbucks at Squaw Valley resort

Thankful for Marriage, Challenge, and Skiing at Squaw Valley

I was terrified, even though my husband assured me I’d skied more challenging terrain before and would make it down from the precipice of Squaw Valley's Siberia Bowl in Lake Tahoe, Calif. That was nearly 20 years ago, and such has been our skiing relationship ever since. Our blissful honeymoon in Lake Tahoe was followed by season after season with him challenging me on the slopes, and me fighting it.