13 Reasons To Love California

December 2, 2011

1. The sun shines all year long. Even in December, during a long walk in Santa Cruz.

2. California has all four seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter are present in almost every city in the state, right along with snow, rain showers, red and orange colored leaves, sun-filled and 100+ degree days.

3. Wine produced in California out-ranks all other wine-making places. Rich and full-bodied, light and fruity, deep red to crystal white, the wines here are incredible. And I’m no stranger to wine tasting

4. Our cities have more diversity than a box of crayons. San Diego reaches college students, Los Angeles is home of the Stars and Outrageous, Santa Cruz relies on the hippies, Sacramento is the governing state capitol, and way up north is Chico where the vibe has reached Playboy’s Top 3 Party Schools. San Francisco… well, that’s a whole other state in itself. But each place has a different feel and atmosphere, unique in its own beautiful way.

5. Microbreweries are abundant, producing some of the world’s tastiest beer. Sierra Nevada, Eel River,Β Bison Brewing, Pyramid Alehouse, Anderson Valley Brewing, Gordon Biersch Brewing, and SO many more… although these might just be indigenous to California. So sorry, if you’re missing out. πŸ˜‰

6. Farms, farms everywhere, and all of it to eat! I grew up in a tiny agricultural town where orchards were everyone’s front yard, backyard, or neighboring field. Each summer was filled with the sweet smell of peaches ripening in the hot sunset. Up and down California you’ll find fields, orchards, and farms covering miles and miles of land.

7. The vast richness of California, with so many towns growing fresh fruits and vegetables, makes this one awesome state.

8. Hiking in California can take you from the hot desert lands to seaside walkways to chilly mountain terrain. Beautiful, unique, and peaceful.

9. Disneyland. Need I say more?

10. CrossFit started in Santa Cruz, California. Lucky me, I’m 20 minutes from there. πŸ˜‰

11. Everything is SO close! One day you could go to the snow. The next day, the beach. The day after that, the desert. Depending on your mood, you could have any setting imaginable.

12. I grew up in California. Maybe I’m just bias, but there is a reason that it is so goddamn expensive to live here. California kisses the ocean with varying temperatures (some places SUPER cold water, other places bathwater warm) and hugs sand dunes. As you can see, it’s a very loving state, with all those hugs and kisses.

13. December 2nd, 2011 marks another sunny day in paradise.

 

What state do you live in and why do you love it?

 

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle June 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Born and raised in Cali moved to idaho 11 months ago and it has Beatiful mts and lakes too but there is no place like Northern Cali I would move back in a second . Someday I will come home

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Elissa December 5, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Great post as always! Being a native, i forget to be grateful for all wonderful parts of CA.. thanks for the reminder πŸ™‚ But, I’m w/ Mama Samaan… where’s that bathwater? LOL! Take me to it! πŸ™‚

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Todd December 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Love the list! Skiing in the sierras, camping on the coast of big sur or in Yosemite, or even desert camping in Joshua tree, truly the most unique and beautiful terrain. Another brewery to add to the list: stone brewery from SD!

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Mama Samaan December 4, 2011 at 8:28 AM

I whole heartedly agree with all of the above except #12 : where Oh where is that bathwarm water in California you are talking about??????

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Maureen December 3, 2011 at 9:56 AM

I am also a California Girl and agree with everything you wrote! I live in the Central Valley, so I love how everything is within 2 hours from me – SF, Santa Cruz, Yosemite. LOVE LOVE LOVE California!

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Pure2raw twins December 3, 2011 at 5:35 AM

sold! my bags are packed I am coming your way πŸ˜‰

I live in North Carolina and love it. Though CA sounds like a pretty amazing place as well!!! HUGS

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Natalie @ Cinnamon Bums December 2, 2011 at 8:43 PM

…you are making me homesick. luckily i will be back in less than 2 weeks!! =)

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Christin@purplebirdblog December 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Saying I’m from Texas often conjures a variety of stereotypes, but saying I’m from Austin always helps! I love my city! πŸ˜‰

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teabagginit December 2, 2011 at 4:57 PM

you know i love california, too! born and bred cali girl and i can’t imagine living anywhere else! ps – add russian river brewing company to that great microbrewery list!!!

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zoe (and the beatles) December 2, 2011 at 12:13 PM

uhg, i am so thoroughly in love with california! it’s beautiful out here today too, though i’m sick on my day off and can’t go on the hike i want to go on. bleh. anyway, love this list, lori! i love california because of the beautiful, never-ended hills and mountains beyond mountains. sigh.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 2, 2011 at 9:24 AM

I told my boss the other day that in 3-5 years I have to love on the west coast or Europe. Every time I go to Cali, I wonder why I’m not there yet.

Honestly, I do like Atlanta. Our food scene has exploded lately. There’s something amazing to eat every night of the week and a plethora of underground supper clubs. We are also lucky to have a lot of outdoor activities and some pretty decent weather. Everyone come visit me! πŸ˜‰

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amy@healthyhungryhappy.com December 2, 2011 at 9:04 AM

i DO miss california…its pretty awesome. i love how you can basically do anything you want-especially in northern cali.

we’re in colorado now which is actually almost as cool as cali. just missing the beach!! we’re loving it right now since we live so close to vail we’ve been skiing 5x in the last week so cant complain πŸ™‚

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan December 2, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Jeeeez, way to make us all jealous! πŸ˜›

Even though you already mentioned beer on this list, I’m thinking #14 should be that Banana Bread Beer. Cuz seriously, I still think about that sometimes.

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Lori December 2, 2011 at 8:57 AM

I actually ALMOST put that one down! But it’s a UK beer so that kinda doesn’t work. Although, I sometimes think about that beer and those cupcakes, too. πŸ˜‰

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan December 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Gotcha – so ok, one way or another, I need to find myself in the UK or California soon, with an oven, a grocery store, and a beer/liquor store nearby… πŸ˜‰

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