The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of California

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California's picturesque villages and small towns and its stunning landscape, from rugged sierras and fog-laced headlands to golden sand beaches and rolling oak-studded ranchland.

California is nicknamed "The Golden State," and though the name applies literally to the color of its state flower, the golden poppy, it is also a metaphor for the hopes and dreams that have lured generations of settlers. There are villages that grew up around the ...
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Overview

California's picturesque villages and small towns and its stunning landscape, from rugged sierras and fog-laced headlands to golden sand beaches and rolling oak-studded ranchland.

California is nicknamed "The Golden State," and though the name applies literally to the color of its state flower, the golden poppy, it is also a metaphor for the hopes and dreams that have lured generations of settlers. There are villages that grew up around the famed Spanish mission trail, and communities that boomed because of Gold Rush fever. There are places whose natural beauty nurtured artists and writers, and fertile valleys that were home to vintners and cattlemen.

The state is known for reinventing itself, yet a surprising number of its towns and villages still offer charming glimpses into its history and heritage. Their architecture may be quaint, historic, or gracious and their physical settings may take the breath away, but they are also vital communities, prized for their small-town values, their lifestyle, food, and wine. This book showcases the most beautiful villages and towns of California in Nik Wheeler's stunning photography and Joan Tapper's perceptive commentaries. These evoke not just historic houses, but also streetscapes, parks, and physical surroundings.

The book is divided into four regions: Northern California Coast, Northern California Mountains and Valleys, Central and Southern California Coast, and Central and Southern California Mountains and Valleys. In addition, there are photographic essays on the wine country, missions, and ghost towns, plus essential information for tourists on places to stay and to eat. 323 color photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500513682
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
  • Publication date: 9/24/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 521,330
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Tapper was the founding editor of National Geographic Traveler and editor of Islands Magazine. Nik Wheeler is the cofounder of the award-winning Insiders Guide series of illustrated travel guides. Both live in California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2007

    A beautiful book!

    Whether you are a California native or a visitor here, this book shows some of the most interesting towns in our state. People not familiar with California other than what they see on TV and in movies will be surprised to see the other side of life in The Golden State. Not only does the book have gorgeous photography, but interesting background information. I live in Sonora, the beautiful town pictured on the cover, and have been in many of the spots in this book. I can't wait to visit the rest of them after learning more from this great book.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

    The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns in California

    From cover to cover and throughout the book, there are descriptive passages and good photographs of what the title claims to present. I liked this book enough to order one for myself after receiving the one I had ordered for my friend. There are other places I might have included in this book were I the author; however, choices have to be made, and the ones made for this book are appropriate. I recommend it to anyone who likes to know about his/her state and its villages and towns.

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