Cabrillo National Monument – 2 Travel Dads

Cabrillo National Monument - 2 Travel Dads

San Diego, California is such a popular west coast destination. We all love to head to SoCal for the nearly guaranteed sunshine and beaches where you can actually swim. And the coastal vibe is so different, with bare feet everywhere and flowers blooming on the bluffs year round. Cabrillo National Monument is a great place to experience that great SoCal feeling.

Cabrillo National Monument is part of the National Parks system (#FindYourPark) and it’s perfectly located for an awesome afternoon during a San Diego visit. Planning a day out at Cabrillo includes everything from lighthouses to tide pools, picnics to National Park Passport stamps. Yep, our family has favorite activities and Southern California is the perfect spot to do all of them!

Finding the Cabrillo National Monument

A lot of people visiting San Diego are going to be playing tourist in the Gaslamp District or being fancy and lounging on Coronado Island, but there’s so much more to San Diego. The beach neighborhoods are awesome! Starting at the north is La Jolla (it’s own city) with its cove full of seals, then working the way down is Hermosa and the bluffs, and then it’s the beaches!

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Big Pines Mountain House – Gay Friendly Motel in South Lake Tahoe, California

Big Pines Mountain House - Gay Friendly Motel in South Lake Tahoe, California

ENJOY BEAUTIFUL LAKE TAHOE!

Big Pines Mountain House reinvents Hotels, offering our guests the option to “consume better”. For a very reasonable price, you’ll get your guest room, all-you-can-eat continental breakfast, free wifi internet connection, and a bunch of little extras for no extra fee.

More Than Just a Hotel:

The Big Pines creative, friendly concept offers clean, comfortable, charming rooms that won’t break the bank. Our South Lake Tahoe hotel is a medium-size property with seventy-two rooms in the heart of town, making it easy to get to everything.

Quality Plus Personality:

Big Pines Mountain House is a budget friendly Hotel that is truly unique, offering great value and fantastic customer service yearround at a very affordable price.

Our Mission:

We are committed to exceeding your expectations, creating a friendly environment and giving our customers the best value for their money.

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Artists’ Loft B&B – Gay Friendly Cottage in Julian, California

Artists' Loft B&B - Gay Friendly Cottage in Julian, California
The view from your car as you enter the Artists Loft parking

ECO-FRIENDLY JULIAN B&B, RETREAT, ARTIST LOFT

As most of you know…. all the buildings at the Artists’ Loft Inn were completely destroyed by the great Cedar Fire of 2003 in San Diego County.

The fire moved in sometime in the afternoon of the 28th of October with a fierce fire tornado that took down five of the neighboring homes as well as ours… the plants and wildlife suffered even more… we escaped with the seven cats, a few material things… and our love of the mountain.

We have rebuilt, and the new loft is a special retreat for two to four persons, with views from the peaks of the Cuyamacas to the islands off the coast of Southern California.

We’ve also taken a new approach to the bed and breakfast, and offer a private loft for working artists to use as they like.

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Restful Nest B&B Resort – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Mariposa, California

Restful Nest B&B Resort - Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Mariposa, California

AT THE GATE OF YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Welcome to Restful Nest B&B resort, a quiet getaway at the gateway to Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Our Gold Country B&B offers old California hospitality with the flavor of Provence.

Our Restful Nest is a wonderfully relaxing B&B tucked away on eleven acres of oak trees. We’re also just 40 miles from Yosemite National Park.

Each of our guest rooms offers private bath and air conditioning, and we also have a seperate guest house with wood burning stove, air conditioning, living room, bedroom and bath.

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Fern Grove Cottages – Gay Friendly Cottage in Guerneville, California

Fern Grove Cottages - Gay Friendly Cottage in Guerneville, California

FERN GROVE COTTAGES – GREAT SCONES & GRANOLA IN THE REDWOODS

Set amid beautiful redwoods and gardens, Fern Grove Cottages offers twenty vacation rental cabins – both studios and 1-2 bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and television. We also have romantic fireplaces for chilly winter nights, hot tubs, and full kitchens and wet bars in some cottages.

We serve a hearty continental breakfast each morning in our mountain lodge – enjoy it there, or take it back to your own private balcony. We change our menu each season, using fresh ingredients, and serve items including bread, homemade scones, fruit and fruit preserves, yogurt, granola, oatmeal, juices, and fresh-brewed coffee.

We have a saline swimming pool, heated to a comfortable 80 degrees in the summer. We also have a picnic area for guest use in the warmer months, including a barbeque if you want to cook your own hot meal under the trees.

Fern Grove Cottages is an easy walk to the center of Guerneville – where you’ll find a number of choices for lunch and dinner. We’re also close to the Russian River and you can enjoy golfing, ocean beaches, and the Sonoma Wine Country too. Guests are provided wine passports that allow free tastings at over 100 separate wineries in the area.

There are also kayak adventures on the Russian River available nearby, and great hiking in the Armstrong Woods State Reserve.

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Triangle Inn Palm Springs – Gay Owned Resort in Palm Springs, California

Triangle Inn - Palm Springs Gay Owned Resort in Palm Springs, California

TRIANGLE INN PALM SPRINGS – MAKE FRIENDS. MAYBE MORE

Ready for some fun in the sun?

Discover the Triangle Inn Palm Springs – the award-winning clothing optional resort for men in sunny Palm Springs, California.

You’ll love our space!

“We have created a serene, secluded environment designed especially for the enjoyment of our guests,” says Michael C. Green, one of the owners of the Inn, “from our sun-drenched tropical gardens to our sparkling pool and relaxing spa. It’s all within our unique walled compound, where fun is a way of life, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, or a fun and frisky weekend.” Michael and his husband, Stephen, live on property in the signature Triangle House, and are always around to mix and mingle with the guests. “We wouldn’t have it any other way,” Green continues. “Living onsite is part of what makes a stay at the Inn special. We feel like we’re having friends over for a backyard party. It’s really a magical atmosphere.”

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Olallieberry Inn B&B – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Cambria, California

Olallieberry Inn B&B - Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Cambria, California

OLALLIEBERRY INN B&B:
BEST B&B BREAKFAST IN USA

“This 1873 Greek Revival house is my favorite B&B in the area. The grounds are perfectly manicured but bloom whimsically. In the afternoon the aroma of baked brie and homemade bread (served during wine hour) waft through the main house and the staff does everything imaginable to make your stay special. The delicious full breakfast – accompanied by Olallieberry jam, of course – is gourmet all the way.” – FROMMER’S

Olallieberry Inn … a romantic bed and breakfast located in the seaside village of Cambria on California’s central coast. This 1865 built home is one of the oldest buildings in town and sets on the banks of the Santa Rosa Creek.

A 130 year old Redwood tree greets guests from the inn’s front entry. Lush and colorful gardens can be enjoyed from the back deck. Olallieberry Inn offers a peaceful, serene and private oasis, yet you’re just a short walk to the finest restaurants, shops and galleries and is less than 10 miles from Hearst Castle.

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Artists’ Loft B&B – Gay Friendly Cottage in Julian, California

Artists' Loft B&B - Gay Friendly Cottage in Julian, California

ARTISTS’ LOFT B&B: ECO-FRIENDLY JULIAN B&B, RETREAT, ARTIST LOFT

As most of you know…. all the buildings at the Artists’ Loft Inn were completely destroyed by the great Cedar Fire of 2003 in San Diego County. We escaped with the seven cats, a few material things… and our love of the mountain.

We have rebuilt, and the new loft is a special retreat for two to four persons, with views from the peaks of the Cuyamacas to the islands off the coast of Southern California.

One thing is to be remembered: the spirit of Julian, and of the Artists’ Loft did not perish. We and the town are much as they were, more sober, more humble but much wiser for the meeting with Great Nature.

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El Mirasol Villas – Gay Owned Resort in Palm Springs, California

EL MIRASOL VILLAS: CLOTHING OPTIONAL RESORT, GARDEN/POOLS

El Mirasol Villas is the original Palm Springs resort catering to gay men since 1975. Built by Howard Hughes in 1947, the hotel’s charm and privacy have preserved while offering the style and comfort sought by today’s gay traveler.

Walled and gated, this private resort is in the Warm Sands area, only blocks away from downtown Palm Springs, gay nightlife, hiking, shopping, casino gambling and gourmet dining.

Meandering garden paths lead to bungalows, one or two bedroom suites and studios, two gorgeous clothing optional pools and a 10 man Jacuzzi/Spa with an outdoor shower.

The hotel even features a eucalyptus steam room.All rooms have California king beds, private baths, Flat Screen wireless TV and DVD players, some with kitchens and private patios.

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The Santa Monica Pier on a Perfect Afternoon – 2TravelDads

The Santa Monica Pier on a Perfect Afternoon - 2TravelDads

Can you think of anything that is more Southern California than visiting the Santa Monica Pier? I don’t think we could name a single thing. Well, maybe a day in San Diego on the Beach surfing… But no, the Pier. Even though a day at the Santa Monica Pier seems like the most touristy and convoluted Los Angeles travel plan you can ever think of it’s actually well worth your time and a visit to LA isn’t complete without some beach time.

Yes, there are so many wonderful free things to do in the Los Angeles area and if you’re going to venture to the beach for the purpose of swimming and pretending to be from SoCal you might pick a different beach, like Manhattan Beach, but the Santa Monica Pier end beach are an ideal, easy to access destination and are just downright iconic.

Finding the Santa Monica Pier

When you ponder life in the West and the history of North America there are few things that pop out: the California Gold Rush, old west towns and cowboys, and then Route 66 and all of the struggles and stories in vintage history that are a part of it. The Santa Monica Pier is the very end of Route 66 (check out the Planet D for their Route 66 trip). As you walk out onto the pier you see the sign that calls it out.

The Santa Monica Pier is also directly next to the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as the PCH. The Pacific Coast Highway is a fantastic California road trip route.

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