Not everyone who goes on vacation wants to stay at a hotel—they’d prefer the extra space and full kitchens of a vacation rental. But picking out and then actually reserving and paying for a rental property can be tricky, which is why Tim Choate founded RedAwning.com, a website that brings the benefits of easy hotel-style reservations to vacation rentals. RedAwning.com offers thousands of rental properties in the US, Mexico, and Costa Rica, including studio cottages and houses with hot tubs, pools, and six or more bedrooms. A live reservations staff is on hand to answer questions both before and after you book your stay, and a concierge gives you access to exclusive perk cards and discounts on everything from wine tours to ski-lift tickets to spacecraft rentals.
Passport Central Coast celebrates the rich viticultural heritage of California's Paso wine region with all-access passes to the area's finest wineries and olive-oil producers. After clients pick up their passports at Clavo Cellars or Kaleidos winery, they embark on a delicious journey through different wineries and olive-oil producers, enjoying complimentary tastings of local reds and whites, passport stampings, and honorary citizenship at each vineyard. As guests sample crisp chardonnays, flavorful tempranillos, and robust extra-virgin olive oils, they bask in the warm, fuzzy feeling that Passport Central Coast donates part of its proceeds to a different local nonprofit each week.
Hand-thrown ceramic vases, custom-stained glass lamps, blown glass, and textiles. The Craft Festival's 200 booths boast the handcrafted bounty of artisans from seven western states. The festival, which takes place semi-annually in Reno and Las Vegas, sources strictly local work—you won't see anything imported or mass produced along its aisles. Instead, you'll find artists who are passionate about their craft, whether it's creating unique jewelry, custom painting T-shirts, or painting works of art.
Paso Robles doesn't have one climate. Instead, it encompasses a diverse cluster of microclimates and a correspondingly diverse array of wineries. The grapes that ripen on their vineyards here vary widely in flavor and harvest date, and the resulting wines are predictably eclectic even though they all hail from the same region.
With First Crush Wine Experience, wine enthusiasts can sample the region's bounty—and even stomp on its grapes. Hands-on, multi-day tours let participants follow a bottle of wine from vine to finished product and on some trips,
participants get to custom blend their own bottle of wine. The company's seminars, meanwhile, focus on topics such as honing the palate to help wine drinkers better differentiate between wine and wine-flavored Gatorade.
If you ask the team at Tri-California Events what a triathlon is all about, you might hear about swimming, biking and running, but what you?ll hear the most about is how fun they are. As each racing season emerges, the team gets to work running fun races from the mud-filled MORE Obstacle Course in the spring to Scott Tinley?s Triathlon in fall, replete with on-road and off-road options. One of their most popular events is the Wildflower Triathlon, now one of the largest triathlons in the world. During this packed event many athletes camp out for the weekend to ensure a memorable experience and to make s'mores as race fuel.
The Wine Line wants to change the way you tour California wineries. Rather than relying on regimented schedules and a set itinerary, it gives you the freedom to hop on and off a shuttle to experience new varietals at your own pace. In Paso Robles, well-versed drivers service more than 30 West Side, East Side, and downtown wineries. In Santa Barbara, they cruise along such hallowed grounds as Foxen Canyon and Los Olivos, offering about 30 wineries from which to choose. No matter where you are, you can opt to prolong your sips and wait for the next shuttle, which returns approximately every 40 minutes.