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Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in California, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

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Croce’s Park West. San Diego

Croce’s Park West. For those of a certain age Jim Croce will be remembered as an American folk singer & songwriter of such classics songs as Time in a Bottle and Bad Bad Leroy Brown. Croce sadly died in a plane crash in 1973 at the age of just 30 shortly after moving to San Diego with his wife and singing partner Ingrid. Some 40 years later his legacy lives on in the restaurant and live music venue Ingrid Croce first opened in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in 1985.

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Bertrand at Mr A’s. San Diego

I knew when the Maître D offered the choice of black or white napkins we were in for a special night. Situated in the heart of San Diego’s financial district, Bertrand at Mr A’s affords probably the most spectacular views of any restaurant in the city. During daylight hours, the office block where the restaurant is situated is a bustling centre, but entering the deserted building at night you feel as if you have been given access to a secret location.

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The Movie Colony Hotel. Palm Springs

I have to admit I was feeling a little star struck. One minute I was standing next to this fabulous Albert Frey designed mid century modern wing of the Movie Colony Hotel and the next, I’m finding out it had real celebrity history.

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Best golf courses with spas

The world’s best golf courses offer an unrivaled  playing experience; lush rolling fairways, glass quick sculpted greens and total respect. Does it get any better? It does if you can enjoy a relaxing luxury spa after your round.

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A holiday in Death Valley? Believe me you’ll kill for it.

Just a short drive from Las Vegas, Death Valley as an alternate a resort destination as you could possibly imagine.

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