<![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-usTue, 30 Aug 2016 10:05:27 -0700Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:05:27 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Yosemite Skiing: Season Pass Deal]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:47:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/yosemiteskideal232323232.jpg
Dreaming of wintertime getaways? Celebrate the NPS centennial and score a sweet discount.

Photo Credit: Aramark/Trey Clark]]>
<![CDATA[Mountain Merry: Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:31:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DSC_0228bigbearoktoberfest.jpg
Steins, songs, and supping deliciousness await autumntime revelers.

Photo Credit: Big Bear Oktoberfest]]>
<![CDATA[Lompoc Lark: Mural in a Weekend]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:28:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FeedingTime_MuralArtAlley_JasonReynolds.jpg
Join in as a master artists paints a large-scale work in one of California's most mural-y towns.

Photo Credit: Jason Reynolds]]>
<![CDATA[The Return of Madonna Inn Pink Chocolate]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:06:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MadonnaInnPinkChampagneCake.jpg
The roadside charmer's famous foodstuff took the summer off, but vacation time is over.

Photo Credit: Madonna Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Hops Hangout: OC Fest of Ales]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:12:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/anaheimfestalesgregnagel15.jpg
Enjoy foods paired with foams from 35+ brewhouses.

Photo Credit: Greg Nagel — Four Brewers]]>
<![CDATA[National Dog Day: Living Desert Adopt an Animal]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:48:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/livingdesertadoptananimal1.jpg
Show your canine affections by lending support to the Palm Desert animal preserve.

Photo Credit: The Living Desert]]>
<![CDATA[Oktoberfest at the Madonna Inn]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:09:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mioktoberfest1.jpg
Oompahs, a memorable setting, and regional brew lend the first of October flavor.

Photo Credit: Madonna Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Big Bear Autumn: Flashlight Safaris]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:09:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/generic+flashlight+generic+shutterstock_12868789.jpg
Explore the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, and meet some nocturnal critters, every Friday and Saturday in October.

Photo Credit: Murat Baysan, Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Ojai Illumination: A Tree-tastic Artwork]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:54:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IllumeByPaulFerrante2.jpg
Marvel at 28 lovely lanterns adorning one of the property's old oaks.

Photo Credit: Paul Ferrante]]>
<![CDATA[Bernardus Lodge: 14 New Villas & Suites]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:22:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bernardusRoom65.jpg
The tony getaway options made an early-August debut at the Carmel Valley getaway.

Photo Credit: Bernardus Lodge]]>
<![CDATA[Monarch Beach Resort: End-of-Summer Fun]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:41:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Green-Little-Mermaid-at-Beach-Medium-Web.jpg
Mermaid swims, jazzy brunches, and Family Cardio Drumming are just a few things on the property's diversion-filled docket.

Photo Credit: Sheroes Entertainment]]>
<![CDATA[Laguna Art-A-Fair: Customer Appreciation Weekend]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:22:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagunaartaffairlateaug27.jpg
Free admission: Join the art-fun to-do's festive summer farewell.

Photo Credit: Laguna Art-A-Fair]]>
<![CDATA[Julefest Wine Walk: Tickets on Sale]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:24:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SolvangHolidayWineAbout.jpg
The holidays are but a few months away, as is Solvang's sippable soiree.

Photo Credit: Julefest]]>
<![CDATA[NPS Centennial: Yosemite Celebrates]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:19:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/yosemitenpsdamonjoycefalls.jpg
Several nature-cool programs will mark the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.

Photo Credit: NPS/Damon Joyce]]>
<![CDATA[Chalk Art: Ventura Street Painting Festival]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:48:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/venturachalk2016_1.jpg
Make for the waterfront for a look-down, look-around day of on-the-sidewalk wonders.

Photo Credit: Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Ready for Foliage: California Fall Color Blog]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:24:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LundyFallAlicia+Vennos_Mono+County+Tourism.jpg
The autumn equinox is still a month off, but a popular leaf-peeping blog is up and running for 2016.

Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos]]>
<![CDATA[2016 Sunset Idea House Opens]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:52:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sunsetexteriorrender.jpg
Eye "a celebration of local design" over six style-filled weekends.

Photo Credit: Sunset]]>
<![CDATA[Take a Bite: Plum Festival]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:34:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/plumfest9283223.jpg
Cakes, treats, and one juicy delight are the sweet stars at Old World.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[CANFEST: World's Largest Can Beer Festival]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:19:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/canfestreno1938232.jpg
Lend love to The Reno Bike Project and enjoy some fine brews.

Photo Credit: CANFEST]]>
<![CDATA[Labor Day Splash at The Beverly Hilton]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:33:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CurvesectionofbhPool.jpg
Save up to 25% on a close-of-summer stay at the legendary property.

Photo Credit: The Beverly Hilton]]>
<![CDATA[New: Palm Sculpture in Rancho Cucamonga]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:44:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/victoriagardensartinstall.jpg
A 32-foot-tall take on a California Fan Palm made its debut at Victoria Gardens.

Photo Credit: Victoria Gardens]]>
<![CDATA[The Party at Monterey Bay Aquarium]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:24:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/the-partymba16.jpg
The Cannery Row institution serves up "ocean-friendly foods" and good times at this annual shebang.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend Along the Farm Trails 2016]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:22:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bee-rescue.jpg
Picnics, tours, and "Animal Cuddling" are on the delightful docket of this Sonoma County tradition.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Fast Fall Fidos: Dachshund Races]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:51:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/dachshundraces9289238232.jpg
The wee tail-waggers are a beloved sight at Huntington Beach's Oktoberfest.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Butterflies Hover Near Healdsburg]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:55:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/17456613.jpg
A rosy Russian River Valley spot is seeing winged critters among the petals.

Photo Credit: Lori Roberts]]>
<![CDATA[Stroll/Sip/Snack: Nevada City Uncorked]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:31:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nevadacityuncorkedethiem.jpg
Make for the historic town for an afternoon of local vinos, bites, and easy-breezy looking around.

Photo Credit: Erin Thiem]]>
<![CDATA[Creativity + Nature: hitRECord + NPS]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:48:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hitRECordpostcardsnps.jpg
The art-making group is behind a colorful postcard book, hats, and other 100th birthday stuff.

Photo Credit: NPS/NPF/hitRECord]]>
<![CDATA[Cambria Scarecrow Festival]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 07:51:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cambriadragonscarecrow.jpg
The ocean-pretty town boasts hundreds of fall figures come October.

Photo Credit: Cambria Scarecrow Festival]]>
<![CDATA[CowParade Goes SLO]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:46:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Denvercowparadeslo.jpg
"The World's Largest Public Art Event" to swish its tail on the Central Coast.

Photo Credit: CowParade]]>
<![CDATA[Borrego Days: A Desert Festival]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:45:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/gallettaborrego123.jpg
The weekend-long lark is on the sculpture-filled, ocotillo-pretty horizon.

Photo Credit: Alysia Gray Painter]]>
<![CDATA[Harvest Fest Goes on the Road]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:21:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/harvfest2016.jpg
The mondo, everything-craft show will visit several West Coast cities.

Photo Credit: Harvest Festival]]>
<![CDATA[The National Heirloom Exposition]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:26:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ExpoSquashTowerDisplay.jpg
Eye the spectacular squashes, hear from experts, try tasty tidbits galore.

Photo Credit: National Heirloom Exposition]]>
<![CDATA[Sausalito Art Fest: Labor Day Weekend Tradition]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:46:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sausalito_aHart_223+hi+res.jpg
The 64th annual happening unfurls near the water with loads of paintings, bites, and other lively to-dos in tow.

Photo Credit: A. Hart]]>
<![CDATA[Apple Days Are Ahead, Autumnists]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:04:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/appletreegetty123456789.jpg
Summer's heat is on, but Oak Glen will soon jump into fall's pie-ful pleasures.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[New Belgium's Clips Beer & Film Fest]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:23:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/clipsbrewnewbel12345.jpg
Return to 1991 for an evening via this traveling foamy fundraiser.

Photo Credit: a]]>
<![CDATA[Lighthouse Adventure: Full Moon Tours]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:50:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/palfullmoontb.jpg
Rare chance: Spy Point Arena Lighthouse by the light of la luna.

Photo Credit: Tom Birdsell]]>
<![CDATA[Sylmar Olive Festival]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:45:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/56908420.jpg
The wee fruit has its flavorful day (as does music, food, chalk art, more).

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Summer in the Desert: Miramonte Deal]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:29:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/miramontemtssunset.jpg
Steal away to Indian Wells for under a hundred bucks per night.

Photo Credit: Miramonte Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Capitola Begonia Festival]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 21:06:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/capitolabegonia212121.jpg
Flowery floats are a sweet favorite at this Labor Day Weekend festival.

Photo Credit: Capitola Begonia Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Firs & Foams: Lake Arrowhead Brewfest]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:50:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Craft+beer.PNG
If you dig the mountain town's Oktoberfest, rev up the fun early, in mid-August.

Photo Credit: Craft Beer]]>
<![CDATA[Swanky Scene: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:13:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kimbelpebbleconcours23.jpg
If you're toodling around 17 Mile Drive in mid-August, count on seeing some extraordinary cars.

Photo Credit: Kimball Studios]]>
<![CDATA[Laguna Lovely: Recycled Fashion Show]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 21:06:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/08_13_FashionShow_01.jpg
The Festival of Arts tradition spotlights togs made from "reclaimed, reused, or recycled materials."

Photo Credit: Festival of Art]]>
<![CDATA[Big Bear Renaissance Faire]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:35:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jousting+getty.jpg
Find festival fun in Fawnskin over several August weekends.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Creative Autumn: Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrows]]> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:50:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tenleyfohlscarecrowsyv12345.jpg
Local shops'll do their delightful best to spotlight fall whimsy (and maybe win some honors).

Photo Credit: Tenley Fohl Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Merry Jest: NorCal Renaissance Faire]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 21:04:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/NorCalRenFaire.jpg
Casa de Fruta will host five festive fall weekends.

Photo Credit: Northern California Renaissance Faire]]>
<![CDATA[Disneyland Diamond Celebration Wrapping Up]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:11:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PTNP379581diamondcelebration.jpg
The Paint the Night parade and a few other special to-dos will bid the theme park adieu.

Photo Credit: Paul hiffmeyer]]>
<![CDATA[New: Winchester Mystery House by Candlelight]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:07:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Candlelight-focus.jpg
Will the flicker add even more foreboding to the famous manse?

Photo Credit: Candlelight]]>
<![CDATA[The Lovely Lemons of Goleta]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:45:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lemonGettyImages-482997161.jpg
The tartest of to-dos is a sweet September staple.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Gold Rush Days]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:10:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GoldRushDaysFireBrigade.jpg
Old Sacramento's yearly Labor Day Weekend whoop-di-doo covers history, entertainment, more.

Photo Credit: Gold Rush Days]]>
<![CDATA['Carpenters Remembered']]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:40:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WOJBCarpenters-Band.jpg
Head for the musical duo's hometown for Michelle Berting Brett's heart-filled tribute.

Photo Credit: We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered]]>