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Matthew Poole
Your California travel guru with the best tips on where to go, stay, and play throughout California. Think of me as your personal online travel agent; all you have to do is log onto
Your California travel guru with the best tips on where to go, stay, and play throughout California. Think of me as your personal online travel agent; all you have to do is log onto
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You Had Me At "1 Stick Of Butter"

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Picture you and three of your closest friends relaxing by the Silverado Resort and Spa pool after a luxurious spa treatment, followed by a day of riding your bikes to nearby wineries for an afternoon of wine tasting. Tennis anyone?

If this sounds good to you, then tell all your friends to sign up for our SPA GETAWAY GIVEAWAY, and if one of them wins, everyone wins. This incredible giveaway includes TWO NIGHTS at one of the Silverado Resort and Spa’s luxurious two-bedroom suites, FOUR SPA TREATMENTS, a half-day of bike rentals for four guests, and two-for-one winery tastings up to four persons at two different wineries.

This fun-filled giveaway is valued at more than $2,500 and includes up to four persons, so be sure to tell all your friends to sign up too!

Click this link to enter:

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The surest sign that summer has started in California is the opening of Yosemite’s Tioga Pass, Sonora Pass, and Monitor Pass. These high-elevation roads close seasonally due to winter snow, and the recent announcement of their opening has officially kicked off “Road Trip!” season.

So in honor of the hard work those Caltrans men and women do to get those passes open, this week’s getaway is one of my favorite California road trips—seven blissful days of exploring the best of Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.

Click below to get your summer road trip in gear. ~ Matthew

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As a travel writer, one of my favorite things to write about is little-known destinations that most Californians have never experienced.

Well, here’s another gem: Lake Oroville. Located 70 miles due north of Sacramento, Lake Oroville is the sleeper summer vacation spot that really does offer something for everyone: houseboating, fishing, biking, hiking, sailing, kayaking, birding, camping, dam tours, and one heck of a lively nightlife scene at the Feather Falls Casino & Lodge.

It’s the perfect Northern California getaway combo: spending a sunny day at Lake Oroville, having dinner at Feather Falls Casino's award-winning microbrewery and restaurant, enjoying an entertaining evening at the casino and live-music venue, and ending with a blissful night’s sleep in one of the lodge's uber-quiet guestrooms, with rates starting at just $79 a night.

It's one of the most fun, relaxing, and affordable vacations you can take in California. (I sometimes head up just to see the musical talent that Feather Falls Casino brings to Oroville, including country music stars and some of the best cover bands in the country).

Click the links below to start planning your annual summer getaways to Lake Oroville and the Feather Falls Casino & Lodge.

Lake Oroville -

Feather Falls Casino & Lodge -

~ Matthew

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Um, yeah—you’re going to want to win this Getaway Giveaway to Carmel that we launched today.

Heck, I want to win it, but that’s illegal, and we all know I’d never do anything illegal.

• 4-Day, 3-Night Stay for 2 at the Carmel Mission Inn
• Gourmet Buffet Breakfast for 2 Each Day
• 2 Passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
• Golf for 2 at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club
• 2 Passes to Princess Monterey Bay Whale Watching
• $100 Gift Certificate to Billy Quon’s Sur Restaurant at the Barnyard
• 2 Passes to the Refuge Hydrothermal Relaxation Spa
• 2 Passports to Carmel Wine Walk By-The-Sea

Now here’s the cool part. Once you sign up, you can use our Refer-A-Friend feature to increase your chances of winning via Facebook, Twitter, or email—all you need to do is click the buttons and the software does the rest. (I have no idea how it works. I think it might be magic.)

For every friend you refer that enters the giveaway, you automatically get another entry. And with all the people you know, your chances of winning are gonna be YUUGE!

All you need to do is click the link below and enter your email address.

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It's one of the most relaxing and romantic outdoor getaways in California—floating down the serene Merced River through Yosemite National Park.

Picture yourself basking in the warm sun. Toes dangling in the water. The occasional scenery-inducing sigh when your raft slowly turns to face Half Dome again.

And that's just one of my 11 groovy summer getaway suggestions to Yosemite and the Gold Country, one of the best road trips in California. Click the link below for more info...

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A good son would say that every day should be Mother's Day
(visualize my mom rolling her eyes as she reads this).

The point being, why wait until May 8 to spoil someone special in your life? Especially now that our all-time favorite resort in Santa Cruz, the Chaminade Resort & Spa, is offering a phenomenal deal exclusively with LocalGetaways:

▪ 15% off the resort’s best available rate
▪ A $50 resort credit to spend on spa treatments, drinks and dining
▪ And two free Chaminade Signature Patron cocktails

Perched high atop the Santa Cruz mountains with sweeping views of Monterey Bay, this 300-acre resort is a special place. Spa treatments, gourmet restaurants, hiking trails, tennis courts, croquet, yoga classes, relaxing by the pool—the Chaminade Resort & Spa has it all.

Click the link and make someone's day -

~ Matthew

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In the 8 years since I launched LocalGetaways, I've never seen a better deal to Monterey than the one our team just inked with the pet-friendly Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa.

▪ 20% off their best available room rate
▪ Gourmet breakfast for two at their onsite restaurant (a $25 value)
▪ And a bottle of Monterey County wine upon arrival

Need more enticing? How about a new state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, sexy heated pool and lounge area, free Wi-Fi, free parking, a Spanish-inspired restaurant that serves fantastico paella on Tuesdays, and walking distance to Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

All of this, starting at just $111 a night. But only for LocalGetaways guests.

We love this hotel, and you otter too (sorry—couldn’t be helped).
Click the link below to book your Monterey Bay spa+otters getaway.…/casa-munras-garden-hotel-spa-mo…/

~ Matthew

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The things I do for you people.

Like reviewing five California spa retreats just to make sure you won’t be rubbed the wrong way.

It's a tough job, but hey—I'm a giver.

Besides, it’s always nice to have something to look forward to, especially if it’s a spa getaway. It feels good just to put it on the calendar… April 23-24: “Spa Trip To Napa Valley With Karen”

Click the link below and you're half way to spa heaven.

~ Matthew

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To celebrate our amazing new hotel deal in Monterey, I've put together a list of my Top 10 favorite things to do when visiting the Monterey Bay region.

So here's the plan: 1. Open your calendar right now and find yourself a free weekend in April to take a road trip to Monterey Bay; 2) reserve a room at the Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa; then 3) create a fun itinerary using my Monterey Top 10 post and... voila!

Now you're really looking forward to April.
~ Matthew
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