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Keeping It Local: Cali Style

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Although California is one state, there is a hella big difference between Northern and Southern California. Since my radio show, The Block, is broadcast in both areas, I have done frequent traveling to both parts of the state and been wowed that even the same brand of hotels are completely different.

The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel sits atop a 150 foot bluff starring at the Pacific Ocean with views of Catalina Island, the multi-million dollar oceanfront homes where Romney's friends live and the unique, artsy city of Laguna Beach. When I am there, I feel like nothing matters, I forget about work and become completely disconnected. Although staying here midweek for work, feeling disconnected isn't exactly the point, but, if that is your goal, leaving your cellphone in your hotel room all day is common practice.

Up north, staying at The Ritz Carlton San Francisco's distinctive Nob Hill location makes me feel like I need to wake up early, start the day and hit the city. Whether on vacation or working, a hotel's location can change the whole entire trip. For business, you're close to the Financial District and an abundance of cabs (since I was told cabs in SF stay away from tourist areas). Vacationers can walk a few blocks to Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and China Town.

When on the road for business or pleasure I usually wake up with a headache, wondering where I am and needing coffee, leading to me ordering room service. However, The Ritz Carlton offers the The Club Level Lounge. The Club Level Lounge has continuous culinary offering from early morning to late at night to satisfy your every need of hunger, thirst and gluttony.

San Francisco offers a lounge that is elegant, serving regional food and drink to support the local economy. The ambiance enables guests to enjoy the atmosphere of the spirited city with views of the skyline and bay. Laguna Niguel offers a relaxed Club for guests to come and go to the beach as they please or to relax on the private balcony with a 180 degree view of the ocean.

San Francisco is a newly renovated property that allows us Southern Californians to experience a change in weather and embrace Fall and Winter. Laguna Beach enables us to be sheltered and enjoy the beach and summer-like weather year round.

No matter what your favorite season is, both hotels offer more than that and allow native Californians to stay and support community business while still experiencing a completely different culture.