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Carmel VillagePalm Springs to La Quinta Food Trail, Coachella Valley, Southern California, USA

There is a neckless of towns and villages that run along the northern eastern base of the southern edge of the Coachella Valley that are home to some of the fine culinary establishments outside of the major city areas of Southern California. They are linked by Highway 111 that runs from Palm Spring to the north west all the way through La Quinta and Indio to the Salton Sea in the south east. The high season is winter time with its pleasant balmy weather and temperatures that are irresistible to those from the freezing northern climes. We love to be here on the shoulder seasons when all the restaurants are open but the floods of sun seekers have yet to stike.

The desert is a place of its own. On one side of a road you will see sand and tumble weed while on the other is green swards as far as the eye can see with water fountains, ponds and water falls and endless acres of golf courses. Its the play ground of the wealthy but home to far more every day folks who also like to eat well. So we intend to feature the best of the best as well as the best of the 2nd tier that are more every day restaurants that do what they do very well. So as we cover this region, we will share our findings with you.

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Carmel VillageCarmel-by-the-Sea, Southern California, USA

Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the most charming seaside villages in California. OK so maybe it is a little touristy, but not in the tacky, glitzy way so many destinations are today. It feels real, it is lovely to look at and be in. It is just the right size for stashing your car somewhere and walking anywhere you may want to go. It is filled with stores, small shops, art galleries, tea rooms, restaurants of all persuasions, hotels fancy and modest.

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Carmel Valley PondCarmel Valley (nr Carmel Villaage), Southern Califonria, USA

Carmel Valley lies east of the seaside village of Carmel and is quite different in character and climate. Extending right from the coast inland, this valley quickly becomes warmer and drier and is home to many wineries, restarts, golf courses and farms. At the mouth of the valley is a large and mostly attractive suite of open air shopping developments, filled with eateries, boutiques and other shopping. It also hosts the weekly farmer's market as this is a market basket valley for truck farming and organic produce as well as wine and fun. Little communities line the one road up the valley with a five star resort on one side and cattle and horses on the other. Old California rubbing elbows with new California and seemingly quite content. If the charm of the seaside village needs some relief, then this valley is perfect.


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MontereyMontery, Southern California, USA

Monterey is a city on California’s rugged central coast. Its "Cannery Row", one-time center of the sardine-packing industry, was immortalized by novelist John Steinbeck. Today, "Cannery Row" is a popular strip of gift shops, seafood restaurants and bars in converted factories, probably too touristy for many and the remnants of what it once was are few but still discernable. Equally famous is Monterey Bay Aquarium, with hundreds of thousands of marine animals and plants on display in underwater and interactive exhibits. But despite the commercialism, it still remains a marvelous place to visit and stroll and our two hotels are built right on the sea itself with incredible views and that fresh sea air. They are righ ton the "Row" and it is easy and fast to nip out for some touristing and then nip back in just as quickly. Carmel by the Sea and the Carmel Valley is just a hop, skip and a jump away for a total change of pace.


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Napa Valley, California, USAIntro Napa Valley
Located north and a bit east of San Francisco in northern California, the Napa Valley and its lesser known cousin, the Sonoma Valley, are the ambassadors of the California wine industry and its culinary anchor. Here are some of the most famous vineyards in the world, many sharing names of great old vineyards of their European parents.

 



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