San Diego, California - Visit California has proudly announced the winners of its Second Annual Eureka! Travel Writing Awards.

After carefully reviewing nearly 60 entries submitted across six categories, judges, including guest judge and industry professional Laurie Armstrong, Media Relations Director for the U.S. and Canada at the San Francisco Travel Association, named articles written in Meetings Focus, Washington Post, and American Forces Radio Network among this year’s winners.

The second-annual Eureka! Travel Writing Awards honor remarkable editorial work in 2013 by California-based travel writers, showcasing the state’s natural beauty and enviable lifestyle. Visit California’s panel of judges carefully selects winning editorial contributions that have inspired visitors to enjoy the state’s laid-back atmosphere, diverse regional landscapes, distinct culinary culture and engaging activities. By enticing visitors to explore both iconic and undiscovered destinations statewide, these storytellers communicate valuable information to potential travelers throughout North America.

“Many travel writers, bloggers and broadcast producers have traveled the globe, but choose to call the Golden State home,” said Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “The pride these media have for California’s diversity and culture truly shines through in these homegrown stories, which inspire visitors to come and dream big in California.”

Maria Lenhart of Meetings Focus magazine won the Grand Prize for her story “California Land of Plenty,” which highlights The Golden State as a perfect travel destination for successful business meetings and events. The piece was submitted in the “Magazine Feature” category and achieved the overall highest score of any submission. For her work, Lenhart will enjoy a luxurious two-night stay at Cavallo Point in historic Sausalito, and a dinner for two at the lodge’s acclaimed Murray Circle restaurant — one of the Bay Area’s top culinary destinations. Cavallo Point features breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay; certified LEED Gold, the elegant, environmentally sustainable luxury lodge has 142 Historic and Contemporary rooms and suites, most with fireplaces.