<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Worth the Drive]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/blogs/worth-the-drive http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Fri, 22 May 2015 22:49:37 -0700 Fri, 22 May 2015 22:49:37 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kern County Charmer: Izzy the Ghost Town Cat]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 20:48:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/izzyghosttowncat1.jpg
See something slinking around Silver City? It might be more feline than phantom.

Photo Credit: Silver City Ghost Town]]>
<![CDATA[Brut-camp: Work Out at Domaine Carneros]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:50:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/domainebrut1234567run.jpg
Get your heart rate up, and exercise on, in Napa Valley.

Photo Credit: Domaine Carneros]]>
<![CDATA[Mysterious Road Trip: Trona Pinnacles]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:32:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tronapinnacles1.jpg
Visit another solar system without leaving California.

Photo Credit: Alysia Gray Painter]]>
<![CDATA[24 Hours at Disneyland: The Need-to-Knows]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 18:13:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dlforevermainstreet1.jpg
The big 60th anniversary bash will draw many, many Mouse mavens.

Photo Credit: Scott Brinegar]]>
<![CDATA[Old-School Ojai: Pixie Lunchbox, Famous Artist]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 18:12:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sergiolunchboxojaipixies.jpg
Local resident Sergio Aragonés designs a cute keepsake for Friend's Ranches.

Photo Credit: Friend's Ranches]]>
<![CDATA[New: Carter Estate Winery in Temecula]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 20:15:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/225*120/carterestatetemecula.jpg
Jim Carter's 119-acre spread made its middle-of-May debut.

Photo Credit: Carter Estate Winery]]>
<![CDATA[Olives in Los Olivos (and Great Jazz, Too)]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 10:02:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/olivestenleyfohlphotography.jpg
The Santa Ynez Valley hamlet honors its glistening namesake.

Photo Credit: Tenley Fohl Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Locals Deal: Staycation at Shade Hotel]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 06:37:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/shade-rooms_dsr234.jpg
Need a vacation from your vacation? Your Manhattan Beach deal awaits.

Photo Credit: Shade Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Final "Sunset" Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 12:24:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/menlosunsetwine1234.jpg
The fabled "Magazine of the West" is moving, but not before one last fan festivity in its longtime digs.

Photo Credit: E. Spencer Toy]]>
<![CDATA[Food and Drink Announced: Outside Lands]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 15:10:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/outsidelandsfooddrinklineup1.jpg
Some 78 restaurants'll set up the vittles at the San Francisco spectacular.

Photo Credit: Outside Lands]]>
<![CDATA[Animals Ahoy: Pet Day on the Bay]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 09:38:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/188*120/petdaysailorhatbulldog.jpg
Is your Maltese a mariner at heart? Head out onto the Pacific.

Photo Credit: Pet Day on the Bay]]>
<![CDATA[Sierra Snow: Last Ski Call on Mammoth Extended]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 09:59:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/skimemorialday12345678.jpg
If you want to do the mountain on Memorial Day, well, now you can.

Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs Sips: "Mad Men"-Inspired Cocktails]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 09:11:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/WYDT+722+pic.jpg
The hit series is wrapping, and the stylish town is paying tribute.

Photo Credit: Monika Olszewska ]]>
<![CDATA[And the San Diego Zoo Baby Hippo Is...]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 20:13:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HippoBabyzoosd.jpg
Keepers made the big reveal about the zoo's new swimming star.

Photo Credit: Ken Bohn]]>
<![CDATA[Swinging This Way: The Big Summer County Fairs]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 13:09:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sdfair20291323.jpg
The San Diego County Fair opens on the first Friday in June.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Fair]]>
<![CDATA[Humboldt Offbeat: Grand Kinetic Championship]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 05:36:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/kinetic_tinakerrigan_.JPG
By land and by water, fanciful machines shall progress, over Memorial Day Weekend.

Photo Credit: Tina Kerrigan]]>
<![CDATA[Costa Mesa Fun: Sip Wine, Paint, and Support Creativity]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 15:41:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/surfaschuckjones1.jpg
Surfas Culinary and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity team up for a cool night.

Photo Credit: Palate and Palettes]]>
<![CDATA[King and Queen Canines: Puppy Prom]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 21:58:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/helenwdogprom9.jpg
The Rancho Santa Fe bash brought out adopted rescue dog alumni.

Photo Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[New: Terranea Resort Sea Salt Conservatory]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 15:06:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/terraneaseasalt2212.jpg
The Rancho Palos Verdes destination opens a greenhouse dedicated to salt collected near the property.

Photo Credit: Figlewicz Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Pavement Palette: Santa Barbara's I Madonnari]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 17:42:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/StreetArtSB_NCampbell.jpg
Look down, and sigh, at art-nice springtime delights.

Photo Credit: Nell Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 110th, La Playa Carmel]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 07:47:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/laplaya110.jpg
It's a celebratory century, plus a decade, at the historic hotel.

Photo Credit: La Playa Carmel]]>
<![CDATA["Phantom" Fun on Catalina Island]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 07:48:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/catalinaphantom1234567.jpg
Watch the 1925 classic in the gorgeous 1929 Avalon Casino Theatre.

Photo Credit: Catalina Island Museum]]>
<![CDATA[Animal Athletes: Hounds Surf in Huntington Beach]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 23:06:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SurfDogWesternRegionalFeature.jpg
Talented barkers show off their many skills during a competitive Purina Pro Plan event.

Photo Credit: Purina Pro Plan]]>
<![CDATA[H20-Close Dining: Avalon Restaurant Week]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 10:30:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/avalonrestaurantweekbluewater.jpg
Score a seat near the waves, or at least wave-adjacent, on Catalina Island.

Photo Credit: Bluewater Grill]]>
<![CDATA[Springtime on the Sugar Pine]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 22:07:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sugarpineyos.jpg
Enjoy a Moonlight Melodrama or go goldpanning in the Sierra National Forest.

Photo Credit: Sugar Pine Railroad]]>
<![CDATA[Tenaya Lodge: Yosemite 125th Anniversary Package]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 12:47:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/packages-lrg-yosemite-125-anniversary.jpg
Stay just south of the park, commune with nature, and journal about it.

Photo Credit: Tenaya Lodge]]>
<![CDATA[Opening Date Set: Six Flags Twisted Colossus]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 14:42:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gallerytwistedcolossus4b.jpg
The newest coaster to vroom in Valencia is just days away.

Photo Credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Beer + Chocolate at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 19:04:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/davybrownfigueroa1.jpg
Need an offbeat sweet for Mother's Day?

Photo Credit: Figueroa Brewing Company]]>
<![CDATA[Sequoia Shuttle: On the Road Again]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 21:44:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sequoiashuttle0923212.jpg
Step out from behind the wheel and get a good look at all of those spectacular giants.

Photo Credit: Sequoia Shuttle]]>
<![CDATA[Mammoth Lakes Film Fest]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 11:32:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/stevejobsmammothff.jpg
A documentary spotlighting Steve Jobs opens the film party.

Photo Credit: a]]>
<![CDATA[Crispy by the Coast: Monterey BaconFest]]> Sun, 03 May 2015 10:14:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/D8706BB13DC732386D599DDE5F25637D.jpg
Raise your Bacon Margarita to all that is snappy and salty.

Photo Credit: Monterey BaconFest]]>
<![CDATA[Furnace Creek Cosmic: Stay Near "Star Wars" Locations]]> Sat, 02 May 2015 08:38:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/227*120/starwarsfurnacecreek.jpg
The Death Valley getaway suggests celebrating May 4th in the national park.

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek]]>
<![CDATA[San Francisco Classic: Zappos.com Bay to Breakers]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 16:09:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bay87447783.jpg
May is here and the outlandish cross-San-Francisco run is nearly here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mother's Day Saturday: Chocolate Fest in Encinitas]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 13:56:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/chocolates.jpg
A walk through nature and nibbles galore? It's a nice way to celebrate.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Early Opening: Cedar Grove Lodge]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:59:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KCCedarGroveLodgeExterior.jpg
It's an early seasonal debut for the waterfall-close stay-over.

Photo Credit: Cedar Grove Lodge]]>
<![CDATA[Vista-Filled Nights at Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 13:29:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RCRANCH_firepitvalley.jpg
Festival season has wrapped; now, peaceful nights overlooking the valley are ahead at the posh retreat.

Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Prom: Rescue Dogs Party in Rancho Santa Fe]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 10:26:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PuppyProm2015123.jpg
Have a rescue pup? Want to socialize? Here's your sweet soiree.

Photo Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Garden Grove's Gargantuan Strawberry Shortcake]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:25:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/strawberrygardengrove9292132.jpg
Grab a fork -- May's famous dessert is just ahead.

Photo Credit: Garden Grove Strawberry Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Carlsbad Package: Follow The Hops Highway]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:58:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HOPS_HWY_PIC1.jpg
Visit a quartet of posh breweries (and leave the driving to someone else).

Photo Credit: West Inn and Suites]]>
<![CDATA[Green Globes of Goodness: Castroville Artichoke Festival]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:05:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/artichokedipartichokefest.jpg
Live tunes, kid to-dos, and many dippable delights await.

Photo Credit: Castroville Artichoke Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Boeing + Discovery Cube Bottle Rocket Launch]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:12:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/discoverycuberocket10939121.jpg
A day of science, laughs, and zooming fly-highers is ahead, in Huntington Beach.

Photo Credit: Discovery Cube]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Summer Pass: Palm Springs Tram Deal Returns]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:39:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/pstram123345342.jpg
Enjoy a drop of several degrees in temperature on those toastiest July days.

Photo Credit: Palm Springs Tramway]]>
<![CDATA[Rich Flavors: San Diego's Bacon & Barrels]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:50:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/baconbarrelssd1234.jpg
The San-Diego-to-Solvang meat-and-sips confab is on the horizon.

Photo Credit: Bacon & Barrels]]>
<![CDATA[Animal X-Rays: Santa Barbara Exhibit Debuts]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:04:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sbzooflamingoxray.jpg
Eye 28 radiographs at the Santa Barbara Zoo's Discovery Pavilion.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Sunday Sup: Taste of Huntington Beach]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:47:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_159421754.jpg
Help The Children's Library of Huntington Beach and find some new food go-tos.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Oxnard Appetites: Hamburger and Hops Festival]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:28:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hamburgerhops293932abc.jpg
Dig the California Beer Festival? The same people are backing this chow-down bash.

Photo Credit: Hamburger and Hops]]>
<![CDATA[Huntington Fun: Rubber Ducks Dropped Off the Pier]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:41:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ducky+Derby+2014_26.jpg
Will your lil' guy make it back to shore first? Only the tides will tell.

Photo Credit: Tatiana Walk-Morris]]>
<![CDATA[Free S.T.E.A.M.: Imaginology Family Festival]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:25:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/imaginologyocfair123.jpg
Thinking, dreaming, and big ideas flourish, in Costa Mesa.

Photo Credit: Imaginology]]>
<![CDATA[New: Queen Mary Unveils Fresh Shops]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:04:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/QMShopsHistoric.jpg
The Promenade Deck receives "a revitalized collection of boutiques."

Photo Credit: Queen Mary]]>
<![CDATA[Stay the Night: Big Bear Amgen Deals]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:30:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bb144757170+%281%29.jpg
Headed up the mountain to see the famed bike race? Save at area restaurants and businesses.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>