Anne Sage, author of Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want (Chronicle Books, $30) shares a few of her Cali faves:
Peppers MexiCali Cafe, Pacific Grove Cozy up on long pine benches and count the hundreds of framed capsicum varietals while you wait for the best chile relleno this side of the Rio Grande. Cardinal Village Resort, Bishop Their cabin-kitsch sensibility isn’t a carefully crafted, faux-retro effect, but rather a decades-old real deal. Mira Mira, S.F. Enjoy the graphic pastel decor while you browse the hard-to-find independent, foreign labels. Arroyo General, L.A. The tented canvas ceiling and the apple crate merchandise displays lend a fly-by-night feel to this home goods store.
Written and edited by ANDREA STANFORD.
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