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Making the most of a winter holiday in California

Los Angeles is the perfect place to go on a winter holiday in California

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Want to escape the worst aspects of winter in North America? Have you considered planning a winter holiday in California?

With electrifying cities, enchanting coastline and soaring snow-capped mountains, a trip to America’s most exciting state will serve to recharge your batteries during what is normally the most depressing time of year.

Looking to travel in comfort? Don’t put up with the hassles of staying in a hotel, as there are plenty of California vacation rentals available from San Diego to the Napa Valley.

As such, there is no shortage of luxurious spots throughout the Golden State where you can make yourself at home after an exhausting but satisfying day of activities and sightseeing.

With amenities ranging from outdoor pools and hot tubs with privileged views, to state-of-the-art electronics and furnishings, these villas will make your downtime during your California

That being said, let’s explore what California has to offer you this winter.

1) San Diego

If warmth is a priority for you and your traveling companions, be sure to base yourself in the San Diego area.

Average day time highs in January are in the mid 60’s Fahrenheit (about 18-19 degrees Celsius), but temperature can get up well into the 70’s (23-24 degrees Celsius) on the warmest days.

The ocean is a bit chilly for swimming in winter, but surfers will be perfectly comfortable if they don a thin wetsuit, as the water is typically in the low 60’s (about 15-16 degrees Celsius) during the coolest parts of the winter season.

The San Diego Zoo is a great option for families, and after dark, the Gaslamp Quarter has plenty of restaurants and nightlife options for adults looking to live it up.

2) Los Angeles

Those looking for a high-energy holiday in California will want to search for a villa in Los Angeles. Whether you want to go star hunting in Beverly Hills or on the streets of Hollywood or enjoy theme parks ranging from Universal Studios to Disneyland, there are plenty of options for travelers of all interests.

Traveling surfers will love the opportunity to match wits with local wave shredders on Huntington Beach (aka Surf City USA), while culture hounds will have their days filled by hopping from museum to museum (don’t miss the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Center, or The Broad).

3) Napa Valley

If you are going to spoil yourself during your time in California, be sure to spend several nights enjoying America’s finest food and drink in the Napa Valley.

Winter is the low season in this popular gastronomic destination, meaning that those that come here at this time won’t have to cope with the crowds that pile into this peaceful paradise during the summer and fall.

When you aren’t admiring the view of rolling hills and vineyards from your villa up in the benchlands, enjoy a variety of winery tours, dine in a number of exquisite restaurants (seven of which possess Michelin stars), or soar above the valley in a hot air balloon – the possibilities are endless!

Have An Exciting Vacation In Branson, Missouri with the Family This Year

The Thousand Hills Resort

The following is a guest post by Joseff, who is an online publisher for Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson, MO. He loves to share tips about the best places to visit in Branson Missouri and outdoor activities like golf, travel and vacations. Hope you all enjoy it! 

Traveling with the family to new places is a nice way to strengthen everyone’s bond. As the family discovers things for the first time, each family member gains new experiences and insights.

These experiences become memories that he or she can share with the rest for a long time. This is why traveling is a good bonding moment for the entire family and it is highly recommended that you plan a trip for your family too.

The Best Place for a Family Getaway

When planning a family getaway, you need to pick a place that is a popular destination for the family. This means, you need to choose a family-friendly destination because this place has everything your family needs including great accommodation, delectable cuisine, amazing attractions, and full of family bonding activities. That is why for this kind of trip, I highly recommend Branson Lodging for your vacation in Branson, Missouri.

Thousand Hills Resort

Branson Family Hotels and Resorts

A family getaway begins with a decent accommodation. Branson has hotels, lodges, and resorts that are perfect for the entire family. You can choose from budget-friendly lodges to hotels and resorts with five star ratings.

These establishments have amenities for the entire family. Some of the family friendly hotels and resorts worth noting include Marriot’s Willow Ridge Lodge, Big Cedar Lodge, Savannah House Hotel, and Twelve Oaks Inn.

Branson Attractions

A family getaway is not complete without visiting popular attractions. Branson has several of these amazing attractions for the entire family.

One of Branson’s top attractions is Silver Dollar City. It is a popular theme park filled with awesome rides and spectacular shows that the whole family can enjoy. Wildfire Roller Coaster, Outlaw Run, and Powder Keg are rides perfect for thrill-seekers in your family. There are also historical adventures in SDC such as a tour inside the Marvel Cave, an educational tour at the Hillcreek Pottery, and a look back at the life of Valley Wood Carvers.

Apart from these attractions, the family can also enjoy musical shows prepared by SDC’s in-house performers. This holiday season, these performers are set to play a series of Christmas shows.

Branson’s Family Friendly Entertainment

Branson is known around the world as a true entertainment capital. There are hundreds of theaters operating in the area especially along 76 Country Boulevard. One of the forerunner theaters is the Andy Williams Moon River Theater. It features world class acts from various performers like singers, illusionists, comedians, and actors.

Another show that will surely give your family a wonderful time is Acrobats of China. The show features stunning circus feats performed by professional acrobats and circus performers. The shows are truly jaw dropping and the production is mesmerizing. This is one show that your family will talk about for a very long time.

Branson Cuisine

Apart from wonderful attractions, Branson is also famous for its delectable cuisine. So for your family getaway, you should definitely try various dishes served by famous restaurants and cafes in Branson.

For the whole family, a perfect dining experience would be Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. The restaurant serves authentic southern cuisine. And while the whole family is enjoying their food, performers provide entertainment which involves animals and themes. Performers even include guests in one of their acts.

This is also a good opportunity for the whole family to enjoy meals from around the world. Branson has several restaurants specializing in world cuisine. If you are craving Indian food, India Clay Oven Restaurant serves excellent Indian cuisine. But if you want traditional meals, head to restaurants that serve authentic southern food like Danna’s Barbecue and Burger Shop, Black Oak Grill, and Farmhouse Restaurant.

There are plenty of reasons why you should bring the entire family to Branson (I haven’t even scratched the surface yet personally). It is up to you and your family to discover other great things in Branson, so book a trip now and enjoy a getaway with the entire family in Branson.