Welcome to Hello California! We are a travel-inspired online lifestyle magazine dedicated to California living and dreaming. Created by Trina Hendry, a Canadian expat and hospitality expert, we provide an insider's take on California travel, cuisine and coastal living, peppered with anecdotes from an outsider trying to make her way in a new city (and country).

We believe California is a state of mind, and our goal in everything we post - from detailed travel guides and West Coast-inspired recipes to relaxed style and beachy decor tips - is to inspire you to embody the California vibe, regardless of whether you are a visitor or a local. Expect the unexpected, avoid the tourist traps and discover cool neighborhoods, fun day trips, luxury and boutique hotels, healthy recipes, weekend getaways (both in California and in nearby destinations), relaxing spas, off-the-beaten path restaurants, interesting people and more. 




In January 2014, during the worst ice storm to ever hit Toronto, I declared I was done with winter and began hatching my plan to move to sunny, winter-less California...finally. In 2015, I packed up my Volkswagen sport wagon with as many personal belongings as would fit, and headed south and then west along Route 66 for the road trip of a lifetime. I commemorated this emotional and physical journey at the end of the route, the Santa Monica Pier, and officially began my new adventure as a California girl. I have loved California for as long as I can remember, and I'm so excited to share all of my discoveries, tips, and personal anecdotes with you. 

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
— Neale Donald Walsch