The Summer Go List:  Gotta have some fun in
Santa Cruz, San Francisco,
Paso Robles, Carmel


DreamInnSummer21-18.jpgThis is probably the most welcome summer ever! Few traveled in 2020, so in 2021, families are busting out of their homes. If you want to go local, we highly recommend a trip to Santa Cruz and a stay at the Dream Inn.  Check out our review of the luxury hotel and see if it fits for your family.  It is located very close to Natural Bridges, pictured here on a sunny day. 

Since it is the height of summer, now is the time to go out and do some hiking at a place without too much heat. We review the Mori Point hiking trail, ideal for everyone in the family with wheelchair access, stairs, and excellent Pacific ocean views. 

An urban city lover, are you?  Zip through our 22 Unique Things to Do in San Francisco  story to explore this City by the Bay even further.  And book a room at the new Lodge at the Presidio, a great place to bring the kids for a couple of nights at least. We recently stayed at the Lodge, and you can see our exclusive and detailed review here.  

When you consider how hard it has been for the travel industry, you will appreciate this story. Last year in Paso Robles, the new Paso Market Walk food hall and hotel-like studios opened in Paso Robles, and while it was slated to open in March, it had to be delayed and delayed.  It finally opened last August. Now the word is getting out, and we are thrilled to share it with you.  Read our view of  the Paso Market Walk and The Lofts  And find out what you can do in town in our article, "Five Reasons to Go to Paso."   

It's high time for some levity and joy.  Have kids who love fairytales and Hobbit-like fantasies?  Head to Carmel-by-the-Sea.  In our article on Carmel Cottages, you can see these charming structures from the early 20th century that are still inhabited.  

When you see the Carmel cottages, then stay overnight at the Hofsas House, great for families. See our review of Hofsas House Hotel.  You will want to book it right away. It's got a Bavarian vibe, and for the kids there's a pool and breakfast daily. A true getaway at only $145-$300 a night.  

Stay safe, stay healthy, and be good to others. 

Kathy Chin Leong
Executive Editor


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