Savvy California provides savvy tips for enjoying California day trips, nightlife and savvy living on the left coast.
We love exploring our home state, and we’re not alone. More than 70 percent of people who vacation in California actually live here like we do.
We head to the big cities and beach towns, wine country and farm country, state parks and theme parks, new hot spots and old-growth forests.
Those California clichés
California is a famously diverse state with plenty of people, places and things represented. Still, the silly stereotypes won’t quit (you know the ones).
Some call the west coast the left coast as a put down, but the savvy consider it a term of endearment. We know California isn’t perfect, but there’s no place we’d rather be.
“Peace, love & levity”
The thing is, clichés can be a little bit true. And sometimes that’s where the fun is.
As research to share with savvy readers, we’re cruising California in a convertible, wearing cliché-colored sunglasses, for a lighthearted look at all things:
Hippie dippy, fruity nutty, veggie yogi, local foodie,
Tree huggy, celebrity crushy, artsy fartsy, eco snooty,
Day trippy, trail trekky, beach bummy, surfer dudie,
Wine tipsy, bucket listy, culture quirky, indie groovy.
Love California like we do?
Join us on a journey to map out the hella fun, awesome, gnarly, chill escapes — no hate — in the great Golden State. (Layin’ on the lingo totally tongue in cheek. Savvy?)
Founder & Publisher of Savvy California
Popular on Savvy California
This month, readers are looking at tips for planning upcoming California road trips. They also want to know how they can save on tickets to California theme parks, zoos and aquariums and local museums.
Popular offers now from trusted sources (including some family packs) include:
- San Diego Zoo discounts
- Universal Studios discounts
- Legoland discounts
- Knott’s Berry Farm discounts
- Monterey Bay Aquarium deals
Savvy subscribers are also following the breadcrumbs to local arts and theater events in their California cities. Popular shows this month include Circus Vargas (touring), and anything at A.C.T. (SF), Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (L.A.), Segerstrom Center (Costa Mesa).
Kathy Summers is a California-based writer for magazines and the publisher of SavvyCalifornia.com. Her goal is to find the real stuff in life right outside our doors. To sleuth out the sweet spots, chat up the experts, hang with the locals, and share what’s great in the golden state.
She typically travels with her husband Troy, an airline pilot with a vintage race car habit, and her dog Gracie, a total
terrorist terrier and terrific road tripper.
Together Kat and Troy have called several California locations home: Troy was born in Los Angeles and went to the University of Santa Cruz. Kat grew up in Palo Alto and Costa Mesa. They got married in Lake Tahoe, and have lived for more than a decade on the beautiful San Mateo Coastside (Half Moon Bay, El Granada, and Montara) with views of the Pacific Ocean.
Magazines: Kat’s articles have appeared in Real Simple, Outside, Experience Life, Natural Solutions, Better Homes & Gardens, Consumer’s Digest, American Profile, Hemispheres, Health, Natural Health, Shape, Yoga Journal, Prevention, Fit Pregnancy, Journey, MSN.com, and many others.
Books: Her work has also been published in books by HarperCollins, Forbes Travel Guide, Mobil Travel Guide, and Rodale Books.