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Huntington Beach, California, Surf City USA

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Huntington Beach epitomizes the laid back California surfer lifestyle.  In a parking lot next to their vintage VW microbus, surfers get into their wetsuits and head for the waves.

For many, the 1959 Gidget movie was their first introduction to California’s vibrant surf culture.  The real life inspiration for Gidget, Kathy Kohner Zuckerman,  grew up surfing the waves in Malibu. She told her surfing stories to her father, a Hollywood writer, and the rest as they say, is history.

Surfer on Huntington Beach
Surfer on Huntington Beach

Surfboards have become smaller and lighter and there isn’t a beach in California that hasn’t been surfed.

Things to do

International Surfing Museum, Huntington Beach
Largest surfboard ever built at the International Surfing Museum

Get the fascinating history of surfing at The International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach .  On display outside the museum is the world’s largest surfboard, used to break the Guinness World Record for the most people riding a surfboard (66). Should the record need to be defended, the giant board will come down.

Huntington Harbour Boat Rentals
Huntington Harbour Boat Rentals

For some time on water without waves, head to Huntington Harbour  Boat Rentals for a two-hour self-captained cruise of tranquil Huntington Harbour – also perfect for swimming or paddle boards.

Where to Stay in Huntington Beach

Pasea Hotel & Spa
Pasea Hotel & Spa

The Pasea Hotel & Spa is Huntington Beach’s newest luxury hotel, just a block away from the famous Pier.  All the incredible art work in the Pasea lobby has a beach theme.

"Wavelength 4" by Jorge Dubin, Pasea Hotel & Spa Lobby
“Wavelength 4” by Jorge Dubin, Pasea Hotel & Spa Lobby

The playful “Wavelength 4” by Jorge Dubin, made from 1400 flip flops, was created specifically for the Pasea Hotel & Spa.

Aarna Spa at The Pasea Hotel
Aarna Spa at The Pasea Hotel

You’re in good hands (pun intended) at the Balinese-inspired Aarna Spa in the Pasea Hotel & Spa. The skilled masseuses apply just the right amount of pressure. It’s rare to find a spa with salt water whirlpools.

Where to Eat

Tanner's Huntington Beach
Tanner’s Huntington Beach

The Acai (ah-sah-EE) Berry Bowl makes a great breakfast at Tanner’s Huntington Beach. A natural cholesterol controller, the acai  berry also has natural antioxidant properties. Head to the popular Watertable at the  nearby Hyatt Regency Hotel (reservations recommended)  for a more classic take on breakfast.

Red Table, Huntington Beach
Red Table, Huntington Beach

The Red Table has great specials for lunch. Try their pistachio-encrusted sole or the rich and tasty crab cakes  – just be sure to save room for their broken banana cream pie – best enjoyed with their caramel-flavored Kentucky bourbon draft beer.

The Signature dessert at Bluegold
The Signature dessert at Bluegold

When it’s time for dinner, it’s  a 5 minute walk to Bluegold in  the nearby Pacific City Mall. Try one of their inventive cocktails – like the “LA Confidential”  made with rye, bourbon and Pom molasses . The chef-driven California fusion menu offers a wide range of flavors. Try the wood -fired burrata pizza with fried rosemary, shaved pistachio and orange oil or the steam kettle shellfish pot in a spicy Vietnamese tomato curry (think tom yum) or even the salt-roasted beets and yellowtail sashimi.

SeaLegs Wine Bar on Beach Boulevard  also has a great selection of wine and California cuisine. Try their baked Alaskan halibut on pesto rice or salmon baked in parchment paper.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa offers guests an oasis of relaxation  just minutes away from the shops and nightlife of Scottsdale. Located in aptly named Paradise Valley,  this AAA Four Diamond Luxury Resort is sculpted into the northern side of Camelback Mountain.

Casita at Sanctuary
Casita at Sanctuary

The 105 casitas at Sanctuary feature scenic pedestrian-only walkways and discreet parking spaces, which contribute to the feeling of being the only guest at the resort. The colorful landscaping and  fragrant desert vegetation are a treat for the senses at Sanctuary.

Sanctuary’s Mountain casitas are located on Camelback Mountain and the Spa casitas surround the resort’s infinity pool and award-winning Sanctuary Spa.

Spa and Fitness Area at Sanctuary
Spa and Fitness Area at Sanctuary

The Coconut body scrub is Sanctuary’s signature spa treatment and Cheryl, the masseuse offered an additional balsamic oil hair treatment and had great skin care suggestions.

Oversized soaker tub at Sanctuary Resort & Spa
Oversized soaker tub at Sanctuary Resort & Spa

The smartly designed spa casitas have well – positioned privacy walls in their back patios so that guests can luxuriate in an oversized private tub under the stars.

The casitas contemporary interior design features polished concrete floors and a concrete sink vanity complemented by blond wood doors throughout. Walk through the sunken living room with a huge gas fireplace, out the floor to ceiling windows, to a front terrace, large enough to contain a dining table, a chaise lounge and a canopy daybed sofa.

Sunset over Infinity Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa
Sunset over Infinity Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa

Swimmers will love the beautiful infinity pool (adults only on weekends) as well as the secluded 25-yard outdoor lap pool in the fitness area at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.

The Lap Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa
The Lap Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa

One of the best sports for a total body workout with minimal impact on your joints is swimming. Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman offers tips for stroke improvement. For those looking to up their tennis game, Sanctuary continues a legacy of championship courts and professional coaches, making it the ultimate Scottsdale tennis retreat.

Sanctuary’s terraced main lawn is a gathering point for groups to socialize and watch the Arizona sunsets. For sunset dinner and drinks, try elements (reservations recommended). Chef Beau MacMillan has a creative seasonal  menu that combines Asian influences with locally sourced ingredients.

For four days this spring, April 27-30, 2017, Scottsdale will be heaven for fine food aficionados with the debut of Nirvana, a culinary festival hosted by Sanctuary.  Sanctuary’s own star Executive Chef Beau MacMillan will share the spotlight with Robert Irvine, Todd English, Scott Conant and renowned chefs and mixologists from Scottsdale’s most exciting restaurants. Nirvana will come to a rousing finale with a N’Awlins-style jazz brunch complete with live music and a Bourbon twist, serving up everything from étouffée to feather-light beignets.

As well, a celebrity golf tournament played at Mountain Shadows, pairs each foursome with a renowned chef, star mixologist or notable sports figure. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HopeKids, an organization that provides ongoing activities and a powerful support community for families who have a child with cancer or other life-­threatening medical condition.