<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Worth the Drive]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/blogs/worth-the-drive http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSat, 30 Jul 2016 22:29:37 -0700Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:29:37 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Raise a Glass: California Wine Month]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:43:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/winetasting7.jpg
Delicious events are springing up around the state in September.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Watermelon Festival: New Location]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:47:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/watermelon3.jpg
The fest, which celebrated its first half century a few years back, lands in the middle of August.

Photo Credit: Watermelon]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Tradition: Old Spanish Days]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:05:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/oldspanishdays90th.jpg
Dancing, shopping, and parades fill the five-day gathering.

Photo Credit: Old Spanish Days]]>
<![CDATA[Morro Bay Bash: Avocado & Margarita Fest]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:04:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/avogregorschuster-horz.jpg
Do you swoon over both flavorful classics? Make for the big rock.

Photo Credit: Gregor Schuster/clipart.com]]>
<![CDATA[Bibs 'N Butter: Newport Beach Lobsterfest]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:43:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/LobsterNewport1.jpg
The lobster parties are on approach, crustacean fans.

Photo Credit: Lobsterfest]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Bliss: Cheese Parties]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:45:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cheesebayareaaug123.jpg
If you dig the California artisan to-do in Petaluma each spring, tune into these creamy haps.

Photo Credit: SF Cheese Fest]]>
<![CDATA[Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:12:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ModernistsatSunnylands8732.jpeg
The stylish desert bash has tours, talks, more.

Photo Credit: Modernism Week]]>
<![CDATA['40s-Style Swing Night in Anaheim]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:50:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/anaheimswing19282322.jpg
Take a lesson, then dance downtown during a lively community event.

Photo Credit: Anaheim Art Crawl Experience]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Merry: Scottish Games & Festival]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:54:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ScottishFestival12343234.jpg
Caber tossing, bagpipe tunes, and other kilt-cool to-dos await.

Photo Credit: Monterey Scottish Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Bodie or Bust: Friends of Bodie Day]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:03:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/224*120/fobAlexBrowne2.jpg
Throw on your 1800s-style garb and support the beloved ghost town.

Photo Credit: Alex Browne]]>
<![CDATA[Free Days: National Park Service's 100th Birthday]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:34:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/485215315-happy-birthday-candles-cake.jpg
The end-of-summer event happens a week ahead of Labor Day.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/RooM RF, Illustration]]>
<![CDATA[Dark Sky Wonder Among the Sequoias]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:11:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/sequoiaalison12345.jpeg
Look up and be awed at the Dark Sky Festival.

Photo Credit: Alison Taggart-Barone]]>
<![CDATA[Lake Tahoe Dance Festival]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:51:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/5-Christin+HannabyJenSchmidt.jpg
Applaud leaps and twirls in a mountain-pretty setting.

Photo Credit: Jen Schmidt]]>
<![CDATA[Palomar, Julian, and the Universe]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:32:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/JulianStarfest_FB.jpg
Astronomers and sky buffs gather in and around Julian.

Photo Credit: Julian StarFest]]>
<![CDATA[Top of the Mark: Movies & Wine]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:51:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/intercontinental-mark-hopkins-topmovies.jpg
The elegant San Francisco spot is going cinematic for the summer.

Photo Credit: Intercontinental Mark Hopkins]]>
<![CDATA[Tequila & Taco Music Festival]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:15:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/teqandtacofestventurasantac.jpg
The 4th annual event takes over a spirited swath of downtown Ventura.

Photo Credit: Tequila & Taco Music Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Catalina Express: 35th Anniversary Fun]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:00:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/catalinaexpress12345.jpg
Prizes are part of the summery celebration.

Photo Credit: Catalina Express]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 25th, Fairfield Tomato Festival]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:11:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fairfieldtomato25.jpg
Summer's slipping away, but one of its flavorful stars shines on.

Photo Credit: Fairfield Tomato Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Ventura's 'Ocean Air' County Fair]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:52:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_107289284.jpg
The Pacific is nearby, and so is midway fun, and rodeo riding, and concerts...

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga in the Neon Boneyard]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:53:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/neonboneyardvegas.jpg
Need some unwind time in Las Vegas? Head for the big signs.

Photo Credit: Neon Boneyard]]>
<![CDATA[Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: Off-the-Track Fun]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:00:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TLMD-hamburguesas-generica-shutterstock_427258138.jpg
A food truck gathering, live music, and more dot the calendar.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Butter It Up: La Habra Corn Festival]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:13:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/21_943_corn.jpg
Fall is on the wind, and, with it, an on-the-cob favorite.

Photo Credit: Corn]]>
<![CDATA[Idyllwild Classic: Jazz in the Pines]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:21:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jazzinthepines.jpg
Take a break from August-warm temps and cool down while listening to fab tunes.

Photo Credit: Jazz in the Pines]]>
<![CDATA[Comic Canines: PAWmicon]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:21:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PawmiconPrinces2s.jpg
Be a superhero to a hound or kitty in need.

Photo Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Nevada City Glamping Getaway Debuts]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:58:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/inntownbrandoneverett.jpg
Dig the idea of "being away from it all," but not *too* away?

Photo Credit: Brandon Everett]]>
<![CDATA[Water Skiing to Catalina Island]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:15:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Brady-Hoggins-UpsCatalina.jpg
It's one of the most unusual and enduring showdowns of summertime.

Photo Credit: Catalina Ski Race/Brady Hoggins]]>
<![CDATA[Maple Goodies at Omni La Costa]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:35:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MapleDonuts_3449lacosta.jpg
Fall is still a few months away, but you can get the flavor at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

Photo Credit: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa]]>
<![CDATA[Summer at The Inn at Furnace Creek]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:47:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/julyaugfurnacecreek12345.jpg
It's hot outside, but the elegant Death Valley hotel is open -- with a few asterisks.

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Now Open: Rush Creek Lodge]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:17:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rushcreekjuneyosemite.jpg
"Yosemite's first new resort in over 25 years" makes its start-of-summer debut.

Photo Credit: Rush Creek Lodge]]>
<![CDATA[Living Desert: Feed the Giraffes]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:44:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/giraffelivingdesertvisitcalifornia.jpg
Long-tongue'd loveliness is afoot at the Palm Desert animal park.

Photo Credit: Visit California]]>
<![CDATA[September Sup: Newport Beach Wine & Food]]> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:59:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbeachfoodwine16.jpg
Join Chef Rick Bayless at a private cooking demo.

Photo Credit: Newport Beach Food & Wine Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Salsa Fest: Oxnard's Piquant Party]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 08:53:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/salsadipgetty.jpg
Whether you prefer the dip or the dance, you'll find your fun.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Danish Days: Pastries and Parades]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 23:21:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/arnesfamousaebleskiver.jpg
Enjoy aebleskivers, dancing, and the charms of California's windmill-wonderful town.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Ball/Arne's Famous Aebleskiver]]>
<![CDATA[Catalina Wine Mixer: Oh Yeah, It's Back]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:37:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DescansoBeachCub_Overview_Jan2015_1.jpg
It was made famous in the film "Step Brothers," but now it is a real thing, for real.

Photo Credit: Descanso Beach Club]]>
<![CDATA[Laguna Beach Must: Festival of Arts]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:17:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FOA_LookingAtArt_RonAzevedo.jpg
It's the 84th outing for the beach-close celebration of creativity, ideas, and beauty.

Photo Credit: Ron Azevedo]]>
<![CDATA[Drakesbad: Old-Fashioned Ranch Charm]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:18:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/drakesbadlassennps.jpg
Step into a stay that's sans electricity, at Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Photo Credit: NPS]]>
<![CDATA[Champagne Dinner at the Mission Inn]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 08:39:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/missioninnbeautysunsetbubbly.jpg
Enjoy a swanky sip while standing inside a California castle.

Photo Credit: Mission Inn/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Salty Snouts: Surf Dog Classes]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 22:11:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2015SurfDogClassesLinzie2.jpg
Learn to paddleboard with your pooch, in Del Mar.

Photo Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Pony Party at L'Auberge Del Mar]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:09:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/LDM_OpeningDayAfterParty_poolcloseup.jpg
Don your outlandish hat and make for a hotel bash near the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Photo Credit: L'Auberge Del Mar]]>
<![CDATA[Mammoth Food & Wine Experience]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 21:40:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/mammothfoodwinegrandtasting123.jpg
Go up the mountain for eats of the gourmet sort, and chefly demos, too.

Photo Credit: Mammoth Food & Wine]]>
<![CDATA[Opening: The California State Fair]]> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:35:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/fairridenightwheeee.jpg
The cotton-candy-iest time of the year arrives in Sacramento.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Julian's Joyful Fourth of July]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2016 16:12:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/julian4th98732.jpg
The historic burg hosts is annual parade (with all the festive trimmings).

Photo Credit: Julian Fourth of July]]>
<![CDATA[Palo Alto/Carmel: Luxe Road Trip Package]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:46:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/epiphanyhotel2121-horz.jpg
Drive a swanky set of wheels between two getaways on "The Ultimate California Road Trip."

Photo Credit: Epiphany Hotel/Carmel Valley Ranch]]>
<![CDATA[Sonoma Valley Crush: Tickets on Sale]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:24:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ticketsonsalesonomavalleycrush.jpg
Greet the grape-glorious season at 13 wineries around the valley.

Photo Credit: Kim Carroll/Heart of Sonoma Valley]]>
<![CDATA[Vintage Weekend at an Art Deco Gem]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:13:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/artdecofestqm9292322.jpg
Don your cloche and join a history-loving lark in Long Beach.

Photo Credit: Art Deco Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Thomas the Tank Engine Visits California]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:51:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3Thomas_SRR_Tracks.jpg
The iconic character has two Golden State stops ahead.

Photo Credit: Day Out with Thomas]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Bay Aquarium by Night]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/evenings-by-the-bay12345.jpg
Evenings by the Bay returns with sips, sounds, and sea-weet sights aplenty.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Crisp Jamboree: Gravenstein Apple Fair]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:38:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gravapplefair12345679.jpg
Can't wait for fall? It gets an early start, in August, in Sonoma County.

Photo Credit: Gravenstein Apple Fair]]>
<![CDATA[Canary Hotel: Sip, Sun, Stay]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:46:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/canaryhotelrooftopsips123.jpg
Head up to the Santa Barbara inn's take-it-easy rooftop for a warm-weather cocktail.

Photo Credit: Canary Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Park Ranger Uniforms: A Look Back]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:14:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/parkrangerGettyImages-185746649.jpg
Stop by a Founders Day celebration in Three Rivers for this intriguing to-do.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>