<![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-usMon, 27 Mar 2017 15:40:37 -0700Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:40:37 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Omni La Costa: Splash & Stay Package]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:00:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/splashandstayomnilacosta123.jpg
Pondering some pool time? Go Carlsbad (and don't forget your swimsuit).

Photo Credit: Omni La Costa]]>
<![CDATA[Winchester Mystery House: Share Your Story]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:05:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/9-12-2013-winchester-mystery-house.jpg
If you're a fan of the spooky San Jose landmark, and have a tale to tell, you can.

Photo Credit: Geoffrey Eisler]]>
<![CDATA[Morro Bay Favorite: City-Wide Yard Sale]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:17:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/shutterstock_5901136.jpg
Loads of vintage-cool, need-this-now stuff'll be out around the water-close village.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Wowza: Pacific Grove's Magic Carpet]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:28:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pacificgrovemagiccarpet1.jpg
The incredibly colorful flowers get to bursting around the start of April.

Photo Credit: See Monterey]]>
<![CDATA[Now Open: Forestiere Underground Gardens]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/forestierestairs1.jpg
The Fresno wonder debuts for the warmer season.

Photo Credit: Forestiere Underground Gardens]]>
<![CDATA[Wildflowers + Rails: Solano County Spring]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:59:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Wildflowertrainfairfield12912.jpg
Pass by fields dotted with goldfields and sheep's sorrel, near Fairfield.

Photo Credit: Wildflower Train]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Sonoma County Farm Weekend]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:04:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/goatsdawnh.jpg
Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies returns (commence cooing).

Photo Credit: Dawn Heumann]]>
<![CDATA[Tasty Time: Calistoga Food and Wine Event]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:36:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Chloe-Jackman-Photography-CSFAW-2016-104-1024x681+%281%29.jpg
Dig the wine country destination? Here's your two-day chance to get acquainted with its cuisine-and-quaff scene.

Photo Credit: Chloe Jackman Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Creative at Heart: AGRO Art Contest]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:42:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/artichokes+produce+pete.jpg
The quirky competition will happen at the annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival.

Photo Credit: Artichokes]]>
<![CDATA[Housekeeping Camp: 2017 Opening Date]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:59:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/housekeepingcampopens2016.jpg
You need some Yosemite time in a traditional camp-style setting? You got it.

Photo Credit: Aramark]]>
<![CDATA[The Garland: Spring Beer & Wine Block Party]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:46:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fire_Deck_Final123.jpg
The season has sprung, and the stylish North Hollywood hotel is ready to celebrate outdoors.

Photo Credit: The Garland]]>
<![CDATA[Guac Delish: Fallbrook Avocado Festival]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:03:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/guacamole+dip+3434.jpg
Prepare to dip a chip — and then another, and another — at this annual alligator pear party.

Photo Credit: Guacamole]]>
<![CDATA[Oak Glen Apple Blossom Festival]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:04:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/abGettyImages-73947985.jpg
Do you adore the community's apple-fun fall days? Here's the spring-sweet party.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs Tram: High-Elevation Hikes]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:28:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hikingbootsgeneric123.jpg
Catch the famous ride up the mountain and then set off on your pine-pretty trek.

Photo Credit: Hiking Boots]]>
<![CDATA[Laguna Niguel Mega Eggs: Spring Tradition]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:10:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DSC07956.jpg
The hand-painted artworks will be on display at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

Photo Credit: The Ritz Carlton, Laguna-Niguel]]>
<![CDATA[Rare Chance: Spend the Night on the USS Iowa]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:17:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DSC07244ussiowanight.jpg
Join a "sleepover excursion" on the San Pedro-based landmark with the LA chapter of Atlas Obscura.]]>
<![CDATA[Sandpiper Wallpaper: Monterey Sweet]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:00:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/western-sandpipers_d-medium-sd.jpg
The March, computer-nice gift from the Monterey Bay Aquarium depicts a serene beach scene plush with pretty pipers.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Old Sac: New 'Gold Fever!' Tours]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:12:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GoldFeverDaynaWergedal.jpg
Play a character and dig deeply into what living in the time of the Gold Rush was like.

Photo Credit: daynastudios]]>
<![CDATA[Underwood Farms: Spring Easter Fest]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:20:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/28540_388664491125_8102265_underwood.jpg
The Moorpark animals-and-agriculture spread will host the Easter Bunny over several days in April.

Photo Credit: Underwood Family Farms]]>
<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day at Skypark at Santa's Village]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:10:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/stpatrickssantasvillage.jpg
Tunes and Irish eats'll be the holiday themes at the Lake Arrowhead attraction.

Photo Credit: Skypark at Santa's Village]]>
<![CDATA[Ojai Fresh: Pixie Month Specials]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:12:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pixiesmoira-tarmy-04+%282%29.jpg
It's downright a-peeling; enjoy the village's vivacious fruit in all of its many forms.

Photo Credit: Pixies]]>
<![CDATA[Strawberry Fest: Sweet Cooking Showdown]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:07:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Strawberries3.jpg
Have a zingy recipe for the Berry Blast Off Contest? Glory and prizes await.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Wildlife Learning Center: St. Patty's Party]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:35:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pattyswildlife17Party.jpg
Spend the afternoon learning about cool reptiles at the Sylmar animal preserve.

Photo Credit: Wildlife Learning Center]]>
<![CDATA[Los Olivos Adorable: Lucy & Lady]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:03:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IMG_4537jwoeste.jpg
The wheat-hued Brussels Griffons are the official welcome crew at a garden decor-and-more shop.

Photo Credit: Alysia Gray Painter]]>
<![CDATA[Taste of Solvang: Wine & Beer Walk]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:42:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tenleyfohlwinebottleschilling123.jpg
Pastries do rule at this popular yearly event, but so do libations with local flair.

Photo Credit: Tenley Fohl Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Cider Summit: Bay Area Beverage Bash]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:36:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/apple+cider+getty.jpg
The Presidio's the place to try a line-up of deep-toned, fruit-forward brews.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Fresno County Blossom Trail]]> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:56:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/blossomGettyImages-113619914.jpg
Eye trees at their most spring-splendid. Where to go? Sanger, Reedly, and other communities around the county are putting on a marvelous March show.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Champagne on Main: Ventura Wine Walk]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:32:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Champagne_71864724.jpg
April breezes, Saturday smiles, and lots of bubbles fill the annual outing.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mermaid Month at Ventura Harbor Village]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:44:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vharbor-horz.jpg
A host of activities related to the sea-based superstars are popping up around the area.

Photo Credit: Ventura Harbor Village]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Adoption Fair: 'Cookies and a Critter']]> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:06:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GirlScouts_01_wtext12345.jpg
Girl Scout Cookie season is winding down, but not before the Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts a cute, do-good, treat-tastic party.

Photo Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[After the Storm: A Big Sur 'Fun'-raiser]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:27:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BigSur2visitcaliforniamylesmcguinness.jpg
Want to lend love and support to the community? Call upon Carmel on the last Saturday in March for an evening of spoken word, more.

Photo Credit: Visit California/Myles McGuinness]]>
<![CDATA[Historic Hotels: 'Spectacular Spring Savings']]> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:57:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/claremontat100.jpg
Book a stay at The Claremont in Berkeley, La Valencia in La Jolla, or another member hotel, and save.

Photo Credit: Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Island Packers: Whale-Awesome Adventures]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HumpbackTail_IslandPackers_DougMangum.jpg
The season for Pacific Grays hasn't bid us farewell quite yet.

Photo Credit: Doug Magnum]]>
<![CDATA[Mammoth Mountain: Memorial Weekend Deals]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:27:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/febNEW_SNOW_PMM_0001.jpg
Mid-spring skiing is on up the mountain, as are the savings on lodging.

Photo Credit: Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Fairy Tale Fun at Santa Barbara Zoo]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:22:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SBZooPrincessDayFrog.jpg
Princesses, pirates, and others will be out to "Save the Frogs."

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Spear Soiree: Asparagus Fest]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:59:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/20091225st1226stchristmas05.jpg
The oh-so-spring party is an April staple on the Stockton calendar.

Photo Credit: Chris Preovolos]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs New: La Serena Villas]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:33:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/desert192812912.jpg
The built-in-1933 property re-debuts as a new desert-cool getaway.

Photo Credit: Peak Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Base Camp: Desert Festival Glamping]]> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:42:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/basecampAS6A7100-copy+%282%29.jpg
The lodging pop-up will include well-appointed tents for those attending Coachella and Stagecoach.

Photo Credit: Base Camp]]>
<![CDATA[West Coast BBQ Classic: New Categories]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:47:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/BBQ.jpg
Bacon and sweets get starring roles at the Queen Mary mmm-mmm bash.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Daffodil Hill: Opening Date Announced]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:38:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/daffodil-days1.jpg
The Amador County destination has weathered some wintry days; now sunshine-hued blossoms are ahead.]]>
<![CDATA[MOXI: Santa Barbara's Newest Museum]]> Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:04:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/moxisbopen.jpg
The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation makes a stylish debut.

Photo Credit: MOXI]]>
<![CDATA[Mountain Mmm: Taste of Julian 2017]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:59:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/applepie93828121.jpg
Take a "self-guided culinary tour" and get to know the vittles of the historical burg.

Photo Credit: Apple Pie]]>
<![CDATA[Tomatomania! Delish Tour on the Roll]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:06:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Tomatomaniasign123.jpg
It's that time of year, lycopene lovers: Get your info, your seedlings, and your heirloom love on at a location near you.

Photo Credit: Tomatomania!]]>
<![CDATA[Desert X: Mega Art Show]]> Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:04:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/desertxartshow1.JPG
Cruise around the Coachella Valley and see astounding installations from a host of artists.

Photo Credit: Desert X 2017]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Giant Sea Bass: Aquarium Charmer]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:31:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AOPseabass_9419wByRobinRiggs.jpg
The wee fish, which will grow quite large, is now on view in Long Beach.

Photo Credit: Robin Riggs]]>
<![CDATA[New: Kite Fest at Carmel Valley Ranch]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:12:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kitebutterflysky12345.jpg
The inaugural party, set for the first day in April, includes a host of old-fashioned pleasures.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Death Valley Flowers: Buds Are Springing]]> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:10:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dvgolden1GettyImages-52383459.jpg
Globemallow and other springtime flora are beginning to pop up around the national park.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Railtown 1897: April Rides Opening]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:22:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RT1265Diesel.jpg
Toot-toot among the wildflowers of the Sierra foothills Gold Country.

Photo Credit: Railtown 1897]]>
<![CDATA[MarsFest: Interplanetary Desert Adventure]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:10:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/183*120/3235346.jpg
Steer your saucer for a cosmic, science-cool Death Valley meet-up.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Butterfly Jungle: Opening at Safari Park]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:40:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Butterflyjungle2016sd.jpg
A preview dinner and special breakfast are on the 2017 roster.

Photo Credit: Ken Bohn]]>