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California in a nut shell

Hotels:

San Francisco
Hotel Diva - www.hoteldiva.com
440 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
T: 415 885 0200

The best family hotel option in San Francisco

Lake Tahoe
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn - www.plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com
1920 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
T: 530 583 1576

Superb hotel in superb surroundings

Route 1
Post Ranch Inn - www.postranchinn.com
47900 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
T: 831 667 2200

One of the nicest places you will ever visit

Los Angeles
Shutters on the Beach - www.shuttersonthebeach.com
1 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
T: 310 458 4589

Luxury hotel perfectly placed on Santa Monica beach

San Diego
Tower 23 Hotel - www.tower23hotel.com
4551 Ocean Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92109
T: 858 270 2323

Modern luxury hotel with large rooms and a superb restaurant 

Restaurants and cafés:

San Francisco
Colibri Mexican Restaurant - www.colibrimexicanbistro.com
438 Geary Street (Between Mason and Taylor)
San Francisco, CA 94102
T: 415 440 2737

Delicious mexican food and frozen margaritas

The Buena Vista Café - www.thebuenavista.com
2765 Hyde Street (at Beach)
San Francisco, CA 94109
T: 415 474 5044

The best place in San Francisco for irish coffee (some even say the best in the world)

Boudin's Bakery - www.boudinbakery.com
Pier 39, Space 5-Q
San Francisco, CA 94133
T: 415 421 0185

Sourdough shapes and delicious chowders

Eddie's Café 
800 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
T: 415 563 9780

Traditional american diner complete with working jukebox

Puccini & Pinetti Italian Restaurant & Bar - www.pucciniandpinetti.com
129 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
T: 415 392 5500

Fantastic italian restaurant where the kids can create their own pizza masterpieces

Swensen's Grill & Ice Cream - www.swensensicecream.com
1999 Hyde Street (Between union Street and Warner Place)
San Francisco, CA 94109
T: 415 775 6818

Iconic long standing ice cream bar serving the best ice cream in delicious yet original flavours

Lake Tahoe
PlumpJack Cafe - www.plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com/plumpjacksquawvalleyinn/restaurant.aspx
1920 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
T: 530 583 1578

Fantastic food and wine served in a cosy restaurant at the foot of Squaw Valley resort, gorgeous

Route 1
Sierra Mar restaurant at Post Ranch Inn - www.postranchinn.com/dining/
47900 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
T: 831 667 2200

The floor to ceiling glass walls at this amazing restaurant allow a seamless vision of the Pacific Ocean for as far as the eye can see. The kids will not forget this place as they look out on stunning views whilst they eat delicious pizzas

Los Angeles
The Farm (at The Grove Mall) - www.thefarmofbeverlyhills.com
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
T: 323 525 1699

Smoothies, brownies, pancakes and coffees, great brunch spot

San Diego
JRDN Restaurant - www.jrdn.com
723 Felspar Street
San Diego, CA 92109
T: 858 270 5736

Fresh fish and delicious salads in this stylish, cool ocean front restaurant

Restaurant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla - www.mcasd.org
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 858 456 6427

Child friendly cafe serving delicious food under canopies in a leafy museum garden

Places of Interest:

San Francisco

Point Reyes National Park - www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm

Whale watching, lighthouses and stunning scenery

Muir Woods National Monument - www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm

An amazing national monument which has to be seen to be believed, expect huge trees and beautiful walks

Alcatraz Island - www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm

Famous for it's escape attempts this prison is well worth a visit. Guided tours help you imagine what life on the rock was really like. The boat trip to the island is stunning too, look over the edge and imagine swimming to your freedom

Golden Gate Park - www.golden-gate-park.com

Amazing park with a huge diversity of themed areas to explore. We loved the Japanese tea garden, look out for the bridge

Cycle Hire - www.blazingsaddles.com

Hire a bicycle and explore San Francisco. Many locations around the city to collect and drop your bike up from so visit the website to find your nearest 

The Great Mall in Milpitas - www.greatmallbayarea.com

Discount shopping for all, Converse, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and many many more

'Kid Robot' Shop - www.kidrobot.eu/
1512 Haight Street, CA 94117
T: 415 487 9000

Fantastic shop for the kids/teenagers

'Behind the Post Office' shop - www.behindthepostoffice.com
1510 Haight Street, CA 94117
T: 415 861 2507

Cool innovative fashion in this delightful store

Lake Tahoe
Swimming Lagoon at High Camp - www.squaw.com/swimming-lagoon-and-spa

Swim in the hot pool whilst the cold mountain air bites at your nose and ears. Stunning scenery at the top of the mountain with views over Lake Tahoe

Monterey
Monterey Bay Aquarium - www.montereybayaquarium.org
17 Mile Drive - www.pebblebeach.com/activities/explore-the-monterey-peninsula/17-mile-drive

Superb scenic drive thorough 17 mile drive, so many things to see and do, there will be something for everyone

Route 1
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve - www.pointlobos.org/nature/wildlife

See seals and otters swimming in the wild, amazing coastline walks too

Los Angeles
The Grove Shopping Mall - www.thegrovela.com

Huge outdoor Mall with great restaurants, cafes and of course shops

Universal Studios - www.universalstudioshollywood.com

For all thrill seekers out there

San Diego
Seaworld - www.seaworld.com

Dolphins, turtles, killer whales...

San Diego Zoo - www.sandiegozoo.org/zoo

Amazing zoo, a must see

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - www.mcasd.org

La Jolla's museum of contemporary art

Outside Santa Barbara
Solvang Traditional Danish Town - www.solvangusa.com

Traditional Danish town situated just outside of Santa Barbara

Other useful sources of information:

www.snozoneuk.com - Preparing for the snow before you go

www.goop.com - for more restaurants and shops in San Francisco especially, very good

www.lonelyplanet.com - California book especially good

www.timeout.com - San Francisco Book especially good

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