What Anji says about California

Discover California’s tangerine sunsets, redwood forests, and sun-kissed beaches. Get insider tips from our girl in the know, Anji McGrandles who has been out and about, getting the inside track on the best things to do in Cali, from epic drives along the Big Sur, to discovering the best wineries through to the latest wellness trends and experiences.

Anji has created a ‘live like a local’ guide that is jam-packed with hidden gems as well as the newest openings, ensuring your trip covers everything from cultural hotspots, foodie favourites, and the best shopping districts through to her favourite hiking routes.

Follow Anji on LinkedIn and explore her site, The Mind Tribe.

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    Five Most Luxurious Bars And Clubs In California

    Socializing with colleagues or on the job attempting to impress clients, you probably need top-tier luxury. If you are out on the weekend with a date or the love of your life, a dive bar will not do. In each case, the absolute best socializing places are easy to find, but you better plan carefully

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    Love And Salt

    Love & Salt is a fantastic low-key Manhattan Beach restaurant by Chef Michael Fiorelli. Their food philosophy is that food only needs two ingredients to be great — love & salt; and this philosophy can be tasted throughout their gorgeous Italian inspired menu. Their cozy atmosphere, and curated but approachable wine-list, make Love & Salt

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    Cafe Gratitude

    Located on the super cool Venice Beach, Cafe Gratitude is all about serving earnestly good Vegan fare. Everything on the menu is named after a positive affirmation. The Kale Cesar said is called “Dazzling,” the Raw Pesto Kelp Noodles is called “Liberated” while the Daily Dessert Special is called “Remarkable”. You are then invited to

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    1 Hotel San Francisco

    First welcomed to San Francisco in June 2022, 1 Hotel San Francisco is a brand-new, urban oasis hotel located near the iconic Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. The 200-room hotel is the city’s first mission-driven hotel that celebrates the beauty of the Bay Area’s natural environment and offers an urban escape in the city’s heart.

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    The Line San Francisco

    Opening in San Francisco in October 2022 at the intersection where the South of Market district (SOMA), Civic Centre and Tenderloin converge, The LINE SF hotel serves as a central hub and meeting point in the Bay Area. The LINE SF hotel endeavours to reflect the area’s complex history, culture, and spirit by exploring the

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    Canopy by Hilton

    The Canopy by Hilton is situated in downtown San Francisco, only three blocks from the Moscone Center, Yerba Buena Gardens and a host of museums to entertain you. Close by, you’ll also find many restaurants and shops to explore. Plenty of dining options are available at the hotel too, with hot and cold beverages from

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    Balboa Park

    Balboa Park is one of the most popular attractions in San Diego, California. The park is home to sixteen museums, including the Museum of Man, Museum of Art, and the Natural History Museum. The park also boasts the world-famous San Diego Zoo, where you can see over 3,500 animals from around the globe. One of

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    The Exploratory

    Located on the bustling University Avenue, the Observatory is one of the coolest music venues that San Diego has to offer. The venue opened in 1929 and has been a favorite spot for music lovers ever since. With a capacity of over 1,000 people, the Observatory has hosted countless memorable acts throughout the decades, including

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    San Diego Zoo

    One of the largest and most diverse zoos in the world, the San Diego Zoo is home to over 3,700 animals across 800 species. Families can explore habitats ranging from rainforests to deserts, and even take a guided bus tour to see the animals up close. The zoo also offers a range of different special

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    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    A top-rated aquarium located on the beautiful Monterey Bay, this educational and interactive facility is home to over 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species of fish, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, birds and plants found in Monterey Bay and other marine habitats worldwide. Families can watch sea otters frolicking, touch rays in the touch pools, and learn

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    Whale Watching

    Fancy some excitement? Try your luck at spotting the biggest animal in the world! The shoreline of SLO CAL (San Luis Obispo County) is a hotspot for whales with California gray whales, blue whales and humpback whales being the most commonly spotted species. From March to May, whales can be seen heading north along Highway

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    Joshua Tree National Park

    Explore the stunning desert landscape where two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The national park offers a fascinating variety of plants and animals which makes for great wildlife spotting for kids as they point out everything from coyotes to bighorn sheep to

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    Lake Tahoe

    Spring is one of the best times to ski in California, with sunny skies and warmer weather providing an idyllic experience for families to enjoy the less crowded slopes. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Lake Tahoe has a vast array of activities on offer including cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding, riding on a snowmobile

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    Yosemite National Park

    One of the world’s most iconic national parks, Yosemite is a must-see providing visitors of every age with over 800 miles of hiking trails, world-renowned rock climbing routes and countless activities. During the spring, families can marvel at the epic landscapes whilst bearing witness to flowing waterfalls and beautiful fields of colourful wildflowers.