<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Worth the Drive]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/blogs/worth-the-drive http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:40:15 -0700Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:40:15 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The London West Hollywood: New Family Program]]> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:30:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/familyprogram028230232.jpg
A kid-sweet arrival gift and more delightful details are part of the package.

Photo Credit: The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills]]>
<![CDATA[Mammoth Mountain: Ski, Bike & Golf in a Day]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:45:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/skibikegolfmammoth2017.jpg
Can you do all three in a day? Find out, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Summer's Juiciest Gift: Sacratomato Week]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:54:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sacratomato293823.jpg
The sauce-ready, sandwich-ready, salad-amazing fruit is the honored star at a capital city eat-around.

Photo Credit: Sacratomato]]>
<![CDATA[Garden Court Hotel: Take the Lift Home Deal]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:58:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gardencourtlift123.jpg
Spend a Friday through Sunday night at the Palo Alto stay-over spot and save.

Photo Credit: Garden Court Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Pop: Morrison Hotel Gallery Exhibit]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:07:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Grace+Slick+by+Elaine+Mayes.jpg
Calling upon the 50th anniversary concert? Check out stellar snapshots from 1967.

Photo Credit: Elaine Mayes]]>
<![CDATA[New: Locally Focused Hotel Book Programs]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:19:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Laurel-Inn-Model-Room-037-horz.jpg
Find a book that reflects the lit character of the area at The Inn Above Tide in Sausalito and The Laurel Inn in Presidio Heights.

Photo Credit: The Laurel Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Wellness Retreat: Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles]]> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:02:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RCYoga6Lo.jpg
Practice those yoga poses steps from the pool at the Global Wellness Day gathering.

Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles]]>
<![CDATA[The Rosy Oyster: Hollywood Roosevelt New]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:02:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RosyOysterJasonChang-X2.jpg
Hankering for some swanky bivalve tastiness? There's a fresh spot in Tinseltown for just that.

Photo Credit: Jason Chang]]>
<![CDATA[Four Seasons Westlake Village: Global Wellness Day]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:20:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/YogaRoseGardenFSWestlakeVillage.jpg
Join a Sunrise Cycle group or a Morning Mindfulness session, at the luxe resort.

Photo Credit: Barbara Kraft]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Ynez Wine Tasting: The Summer Pass]]> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 05:25:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/santaynezvalleysummerpass12345.jpg
What date should you go? That's up to you, as long as your vino-riffic outing happens before the last day of August.

Photo Credit: Santa Ynez Wine Country Association]]>
<![CDATA[The Living Desert: Early Hours Start]]> Sat, 03 Jun 2017 11:49:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/livingdesertsummer2017.jpg
Arrive at the Palm Desert-based animal park at 8 a.m. for a peek at the a

Photo Credit: The Living Desert]]>
<![CDATA[Bracebridge Dinner: Get Your Ticket Now]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 21:48:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bracebridge-dinner-93_1000x667.jpg
Ye olde Yosemite fun: Join the medieval merriment this December.

Photo Credit: Golub Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Tustin Tradition: Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 22:27:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/chili+and+cornbread.JPG
A happy 33rd anniversary to a spicy showdown.

Photo Credit: Lars Howlett]]>
<![CDATA[Piquant in Paso: Olive Festival]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 21:26:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/56908420.jpg
Two June-nice days, so many oils to try.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Cape Rey Carlsbad: Summer Adventures]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 21:26:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/capereysummeradventures123.jpg
LEGOland deals, special seasonal sips, and other light-of-heart doings are on the hotel's calendar.

Photo Credit: Cape Rey Carlsbad]]>
<![CDATA[Desert Sublime: Korakia Pensione]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 15:11:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/korakia+pensione.palm+springs0293232.jpg
The "hidden Mediterranean Oasis in the heart of Palm Springs" is offering a number of specials.

Photo Credit: Korakia Pensione]]>
<![CDATA[Opening: Crystal Cave at Sequoia National Park]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 09:15:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CrystalCaveSequoia.jpg
The weather has warmed up and a seasonal wonder is ready for its annual hello.

Photo Credit: Wuksachi Lodge]]>
<![CDATA[Turtle Awareness Day at Santa Barbara Zoo]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 23:12:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/turtlepondsantabarbarazoo.jpg
Continue to observe World Turtle Day via a caboodle of cute and conservation-minded activities.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Animals for Armed Forces Weekend]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 08:10:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/helenwoodwardanimalcentermemorialday.jpg
"Approved military families" will see their adoption fees waived over Memorial Day Weekend, at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Photo Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 40th, Ojai Art in the Park]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 21:52:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ojaijoe-virnig-02.jpg
The creative community starts the summer with a grand, look-around, buy-something-beautiful bash.

Photo Credit: Joe Virnig]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Free: I Madonnari Festival]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 22:23:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/iMadonnari_EndangeredSpeciesoftheWorld_PhotobyLuisMedina.jpg
Watch dozens of colorful images come to life, on the ground, over Memorial Day Weekend.

Photo Credit: Luis Medina]]>
<![CDATA[Avalon Ball 2018: Early Bird Tickets]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 13:45:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/avalonballcatalina029342903232.jpg
Enchanted by this annual Catalina soiree? You can book a coveted spot to the ball far in advance.

Photo Credit: ADSLA]]>
<![CDATA[Lotusland: The Season's First Lotus Bloom]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 09:16:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/lotus2017lotusland.jpg
LotusFest! is still a few weeks out, but the historic Santa Barbara garden's famous namesake is making a showy showing.

Photo Credit: Lotusland]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego International Beer Fest: It's Huge]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 09:13:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-500405144.jpg
Count 'em up: More than 200 breweries'll show at the Junetime jamboree.

Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[37 Cloves: Gilroy Eating Contest]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:32:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/garlic+cloves.jpg
That's the one-minute record to beat at the 2017 hot-of-mouth gathering.

Photo Credit: Garlic ]]>
<![CDATA[Opening: Snow Summit Bike Park]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 11:49:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/snowsummitbikeparkopen17.jpg
Mountain biking season pops an early wheelie near Big Bear.

Photo Credit: Snow Summit Bike Park]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara's Summer-Welcoming Bash]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 07:04:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/summersolsticesantabarbara02923232.jpg
The city's solstice parade is among the sunniest of Golden State staples.

Photo Credit: Photo by Steve Hospodar/courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Cottage: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 21:49:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HyattLakeTahoe_Cottages.jpg
Book a "multi-room lakeside residence" and wile away a sun-splashed day.

Photo Credit: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe]]>
<![CDATA[Hotel Irvine: Movies in the Backyard]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 11:11:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hotelirvine928322233.jpg
Pay $5 and savor cinema on the property's grand lawn.

Photo Credit: Hotel Irvine]]>
<![CDATA[Mondavi Summer Sounds: Concert Series]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 12:42:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mfrantiGettyImages-485889423.jpg
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Patti LaBelle, The Revivalists, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals are all on the lively 2017 line-up.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Shark Search: New Dana Point Tour]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 07:35:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sharkboatdanapoint.jpg
Sightings have gone up, and the fin-seeking OCean Adventures Catamaran is heading out on Saturdays.

Photo Credit: Frank Brennan]]>
<![CDATA[Cavallo Point Lodge: Summer of Love]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 07:05:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Michal_Venera_CAV.jpg
The historic hotel is helping guests get into the wayback groove of '67.

Photo Credit: Michal Venera]]>
<![CDATA[Double Eagle Resort: Free Alfresco Yoga]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 11:18:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/doubleeaglefreeyoga.jpg
Commune with the epic peaks as you downward dog at the June Lake getaway.

Photo Credit: Double Eagle Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Renaissance Indian Wells: Sunny Deals]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 07:44:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/renaissanceindianwells2017.jpg
Need a pool, some warmth, and a whole lot of money-saving goodness? It's on.

Photo Credit: Renaissance Indian Wells]]>
<![CDATA[Lavender Love: The Purple Golden State]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 07:40:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lavGettyImages-89261459.jpg
Ojai, and a number of ranches, will spotlight the fragrant favorite in the weeks ahead.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 09:56:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jazz5909323-horz.jpg
Jump-start June in the glorious, walkable, wine-lovely town.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/David Silverman/Brendon Thorne]]>
<![CDATA[Pawmicon: Superheroic Fundraiser]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 17:27:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Pawmicon2013-CapAm.jpg
The Saturday-before-Comic-Con tradition loves upon cape-wearing canines in need.

Photo Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[The Flying Fish of Catalina Island]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 06:18:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/flyingfishvisitcatalina.jpg
The season for spying this Avalon-adjacent marvel is straight ahead.

Photo Credit: Visit Catalina]]>
<![CDATA[LEGOLAND New: 'Force Awakens' Display]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 16:51:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ANewHope_MinilandKW-9.jpg
The new Miniland Model Display's Finalizer is a wowza 16 feet in length.

Photo Credit: LEGOLAND]]>
<![CDATA[Paso Pinot & Paella Festival]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 05:55:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/paella11.jpg
It's the 14th annual festivity spotlighting the classic Spanish dish and one of its perfect complementary sips.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 15th, The Lodge at Torrey Pines]]> Sun, 14 May 2017 14:06:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lodgeattorreypines15th.jpg
A luxe package and a special tasting menu are two of the treats on the La Jolla hotel's anniversary calendar.

Photo Credit: The Lodge at Torrey Pines]]>
<![CDATA[Pawsport Napa Valley: Fidos + Vinos]]> Sat, 13 May 2017 11:45:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pawsportnapavalley.png
Invite your pup (or tell him you'll see him later) for a fundraising wine to-do in wine country.

Photo Credit: Pawsport Napa Valley]]>
<![CDATA[Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 11:18:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Riviera_Palm_Springs_203628_Cantala_Restaurant.jpg
Choose from more than 100 desert-cool eateries and find a toothsome deal.

Photo Credit: Cantala Restaurant]]>
<![CDATA[AvoMargFest: Morro Bay Fiesta]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 07:43:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/avo02823223-horz.jpg
Find your guac-perfect dish, and lime-loveliest sip on the Saturday after Labor Day.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Phillip Nealey]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Baconfest: Summer Sizzle]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 07:30:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/bacon_Awesome.jpg
Spend the first Saturday of summertime at this savory, salty shindig.

Photo Credit: Bacon]]>
<![CDATA[Glacier Point Road: Now Open]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 05:56:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gppeopleGettyImages-452872764+%281%29.jpg
It's one of the classic signs of summer, but take note: It's still wintry up there.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mono County: Photo-Perfect Spots]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 20:33:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/monolakesunset12345.jpg
Spring has arrived at (most of) the breathtaking Eastern Sierra region.

Photo Credit: Mono County]]>
<![CDATA[Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 20:42:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MorninglaunchChipMorton.jpg
A spectacular sky show, a line-up of vino tastings, and The Motels and more are on the stage of this big balloon bash.

Photo Credit: Chip Morton Photography]]>
<![CDATA[National Trails Day: Find Your Path]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 09:37:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CTTC170307094236_045maxwhittaker.jpg
The American Hiking Society event takes in a deep breath of air, and the view, on the first Saturday in June.

Photo Credit: Max Whittaker]]>
<![CDATA[Kinetic Grand Championship: Whimsy Machines]]> Sat, 20 May 2017 07:31:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kinetic2016tinak.JPG
Outlandishly imagined vehicles will roll — and float — in Humboldt County.

Photo Credit: Tina Kerrigan Photography]]>