Touring Fabulous Hearst Castle

Interested in visiting Heart Castle? Even the most jaded traveler can’t help but be amazed by the beauty and opulence that drips from every room in this remarkable house. Learn more about the history of the mansion and your five tour options, including the Evening Museum Tour and the Grand Rooms Museum Tour.

Moon Spotlight Cambria & San Simeon

Moon Spotlight Cambria & San Simeon is a compact, 73-page guide covering the seaside town of Cambria, historic San Simeon, vineyard-studded Paso Robles, beautiful Morro Bay, and world-famous Hearst Castle. Author Stuart Thornton offers seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and he includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. […]

Moon Santa Barbara & the Central Coast

Travel writer Stuart Thornton introduces you to the best of Santa Barbara and California’s Central Coast, from Santa Barbara’s stunning Spanish architecture to Ventura’s treasure-filled thrift shops. A longtime resident of the Central Coast, Thornton has plenty of unique trip strategies to offer, as well as helpful tips on the best beaches, affordable eats, campgrounds, […]

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

Coastal California’s Romantic Getaways

Crashing waves, breathtaking views, gourmet restaurants, and luxury hotels make the California coast perfect for romance. Author Stuart Thornton points you to some of the Golden State’s most romantic coastal destinations from north to south.

Coastal California Road Trip: The Sights of Big Sur

Soaring cliffs dropping to sporadic white-sand beaches exemplify the Big Sur coastline made legendary in film and literature. The region is explored via Highway 1, also called the Pacific Coast Highway, a road that hugs sheer cliffs and passes several state parks, resorts, and restaurants like Nepenthe, seemingly perched on the edge of the world.