We can now kiss 2016 goodbye, the year filled with an abundance of happiness, sadness, ups and downs, and welcome 2017 with open arms. As January starts the new year with some rain, snow, brandings, ropings and barrel races, traveling around California this time of year is something we all are fond of. From Chowchilla to Corona, there is an array of jackpots, roping and rodeos spread across our Golden State. And while you travel, don’t forget to take advantage of the beautiful marvels California has to offer.

If you are ready to trade in your cowboy boots for some skis or a snowboard, it is said that some of the best ski resorts in Cali are Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley and Kirkwood. And if you prefer to grab a cocktail and admire from within next to a warm fire, Mammoth and North Star are exceptional resorts for family and friends. 

You may get tired of the rain and snow, so taking a road trip along our coastline is something to consider. Places like Santa Cruz, Morro Bay, Monterey and San Diego offer great dining and lodging. This is also the time of year that the Monarch butterfly begins mating along the coast in eucalyptus trees which is a magical sight. If you haven’t been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you are missing out! 

Maybe you’re a food connoisseur and enjoy fine wining and dining. Yosemite National Park offers special tastings and wine pairings prepared by some of America’s most renowned chefs. 

Regardless of whatever you fancy, let your travels take you beyond the arena. Go live your dreams up and down California. 

The author of the blog, California Dreamin’ (www.calidreamin.com), Amy Witt’s articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world. A fashionista, cowgirl and journalist, Amy strives to motivate and inspire people around the world.

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