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MacCallum House, Mendocino, CA

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Hit the Refresh Button on the Home Office

Remote Working on the Coast of California

You know that saying, whistle while you work? The wisdom behind this cognitive tool is that it unburdens the mind from performance pressure and anxiety, thus preventing mental overload and unleashing productivity. One lesson from the Covid pandemic was that merely changing one's scenery might have the same positive effect. While some of us moved to different locations in our house, others moved across the country to start a new life after their remote positions became permanent. The silver lining of the pandemic and this shift allowed many of us to live a unique lifestyle and provided more work/life balance than we could’ve ever imagined while improving productivity. California provides a plethora of scenic gems where you can try your hand at working remotely. From the sunny beaches of Southern California to the majestic Redwoods, this version of "work from anywhere" will inspire you. 

San Diego is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Sheraton San Diego, Hotel and Marina offers a porch view of the Safe Harbor Cabrillo Isle and a convenient shuttle ride from the San Diego airport. When it's time for a lunch break, you're only a 20-minute walk to the famous Tom Ham's Lighthouse restaurant, which offers some of the best dishes and views in all of San Diego. Marvel at the seascape that inspired the Lighthouse's adventurous namesake, Tom Ham, to set up shop in San Diego and build a legacy of excellent dining and exceptional service.

If you're looking for a visually stimulating place with plenty of after-work activities, look no further than the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe. Renting a kayak or paddle board is the best way to explore the waters and coves and take in the breathtaking views. After soaking up the sun, bask in the Japanese tranquility and modern Scandinavian design of the Desolation Hotel, one of Tahoe's newest boutique hotels on the South Shore. Desolation Hotel encourages exploration and celebration of the natural wonders surrounding us.

For cooler temperatures and rugged natural beauty, head a couple of hours north of San Francisco to Mendocino. Hole up during your work day at the MacCollum House, Mendocino's historic Victorian hotel (which provides free high-speed WIFI), to take in the dramatic coastal views and cool ocean breezes perched alongside a stone fireplace. After work, explore the Redwoods and glass-bottom beaches that imbue this seaside hamlet with absolute magic.

Lastly, visit the quaint and charming city of St. Helena. St. Helena is known for boutique shops and art galleries and is also the home of storied wineries and Michelin-starred restaurants. For the requisite bed and breakfast experience, stay at the Inn St. Helena. Set up your workspace on the cobblestone patio while sipping coffee from one of the main street cafes. After hours, sip on craft cocktails or local wine from the historic and ambient Goose & Gander gastropub. Of course, a visit to St. Helena wouldn't be complete without a visit to a few wineries -- a standout among them being the Tuscan-inspired Castello di Amorosa (a mere ten minutes away from St. Helena in nearby Calistoga). Drink your way through the medieval-style castle and admire the sweeping views of the lush Napa Valley.

  • MacCallum House, Mendocino, CA
  • Desolation Hotel, Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Inn at St. Helena, CA
  • Sharaton San Diego Hotel & Marina
  • Tom Ham's Lighthouse
  • Mendocino, CA