Murphys Historic Hotel in California's fascinating old gold-mining country has saloon downstairs and a gorgeous, shaded patio area. (Plus, Murphys is the CA wine country you never heard of.)

Murphys Historic Hotel in California's fascinating old gold-mining country has saloon downstairs and a gorgeous, shaded patio area. (Plus, Murphys is the CA wine country you never heard of.)

Murphys, a former mining town in California's Sierra Foothills, has an under-the-radar wine scene, picture-perfect main drag, and rad old hotel with an open-air bar out back.

Murphys, a former mining town in California's Sierra Foothills, has an under-the-radar wine scene, picture-perfect main drag, and rad old hotel with an open-air bar out back.

North of San Francisco lies a stretch of coastline that's road-trip country at its best with floating houses, oyster shucking right on the water, and one of the most special hotels in the world, @nickscove (shown).

North of San Francisco lies a stretch of coastline that's road-trip country at its best with floating houses, oyster shucking right on the water, and one of the most special hotels in the world, @nickscove (shown).

The wacky-wonderful Madonna Inn near San Luis Obispo in California. Your room might have a waterfall shower. At breakfast, coffee is served in dainty cups and water from iridescent pink goblets. And the pool has a wishing well.

The wacky-wonderful Madonna Inn near San Luis Obispo in California. Your room might have a waterfall shower. At breakfast, coffee is served in dainty cups and water from iridescent pink goblets. And the pool has a wishing well.

Bride's bouquet: pink, white and green with succulents. Rustic California Wedding Photos: Ashley + Gavin. See the photos at http://theweddingatlas.com/rustic-california-wedding-photos-ashley-gavin/

Bride's bouquet: pink, white and green with succulents. Rustic California Wedding Photos: Ashley + Gavin. See the photos at http://theweddingatlas.com/rustic-california-wedding-photos-ashley-gavin/

“If you’re staying at the Lafayette in San Diego, make sure to book one of the bungalow-style rooms out back. Each has a balcony overlooking the lap pool and courtyard. And while you’re there, check out the property’s famed Red Fox, a stately British steakhouse and piano bar with the best classic cocktails.”

“If you’re staying at the Lafayette in San Diego, make sure to book one of the bungalow-style rooms out back. Each has a balcony overlooking the lap pool and courtyard. And while you’re there, check out the property’s famed Red Fox, a stately British steakhouse and piano bar with the best classic cocktails.”

Pool is synonymous with party at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.  Find more cool places via our beautiful new app (chosen as an App Store Best New App): Spot.com.

Pool is synonymous with party at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Find more cool places via our beautiful new app (chosen as an App Store Best New App): Spot.com.

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