Those of us living outside California have this idea that all homes there resemble the Spelling estate: sprawling McMansions with manicured lawns and enough rooms to house a small kingdom.
But most of us would be happy with a quarter of that space–or even the guest house in the back. It’s cozy and more personal.
The California vacation rental above has that intimate feel. The one-bedroom property (a deal at just $100 during weekdays and $125 during weekends) is purpose-built for romantic getaways, where guests are likely to see deer and wild turkeys roam the meadows, and long walks are filled with the fragrances of wild flowers and a distant sound of the Pacific.
When exploring Mendocino, you’ll be awestruck by the lovingly restored 1850s Victorian houses, the dramatic sea cliffs and majestic Redwoods. You’ll also enjoy some of the local quirks like the famous Chandelier Tree–which tourists can actually drive through–and the only oceanfront botanical gardens in the U.S.A.
Here, it’s obvious that the true sights exist in Mother Nature. Just the way it should be.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.