<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Worth the Drive]]> Copyright 2014 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 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:57:02 -0800 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:57:02 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th (at His Palm Springs Casa)]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:06:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sinatracentennialmodernismweek.jpg
Sip a cocktail poolside at the crooner's Twin Palms Estate.

Photo Credit: Modernism Week]]>
<![CDATA[Vegas Yuletide: Sin City's Sparkliest Season]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:03:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bellagiopolar1234345.jpg
The Bellagio gardens and a life-sized chocolate Santa lend pizzazz.

Photo Credit: Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens]]>
<![CDATA[Mountain Glow: New Year's Eve Torchlight Parades]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:23:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tahoedonnertorch12345.jpg
Tahoe Donner and other ski spots'll honor the visual tradition.

Photo Credit: Tahoe Donner]]>
<![CDATA[January Debut: "Frozen Fun" at Disneyland Resort]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:07:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/olaffrozendl12345.jpg
Olaf, Elsa, and Anna turn their sleds for Disney California Adventure.

Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Salton Sea: Winter Solstice Kayak Tour]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:51:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/saltonbird55976148.jpg
Acquaint yourself with the mysterious body of water, oar in hand.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Opening: Yosemite's Badger Pass]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:27:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/badgerpassopenyosemite123.jpg
The national park ski area has readied the runs for winter fun.

Photo Credit: Yosemite National Park]]>
<![CDATA[Rustic Seasonal: Carmel Valley Ranch Holiday]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:41:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/carmelvalleytreeseason1.jpg
A Nutcracker tea, soap-making workshops, and Santa lend charm to the nature-close getaway.

Photo Credit: Carmel Valley Ranch]]>
<![CDATA[The High Roller's Happy 12-13-14]]> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:09:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/188*120/highroller121314.jpg
Weddings on the giant Ferris wheel will be the theme of the magical Vegas day.

Photo Credit: Denise Truscello]]>
<![CDATA[Granite and Ice: Curry Village Rink Open]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:28:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/yosemitenationalparkhistoricrink123.jpg
The view, cannot be beat (nor the fresh air). Where is it? Yosemite, of course.

Photo Credit: Yosemite National Park]]>
<![CDATA[New: Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Jelly Cam]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:22:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/243*120/jellycamlive2345.jpg
Need a little diaphanous magic on your screen? You got it.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Time, Over-the-Top: Madonna Inn]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:06:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/madonnainnholiday234.jpg
Splashy Christmas meals, shopping haps, and an ice rink round out the SLO scene.

Photo Credit: Madonna Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Casita Updates Debut at La Quinta Resort & Club]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:26:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/laquintasunset12345.jpg
The storied desert property undergoes a big renovation.

Photo Credit: La Quinta Resort & Club]]>
<![CDATA[Vegas Neon Museum's December to Remember]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:51:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/neonmuseumdecembertoremember.jpg
Watch the Sin City signs sparkle with seasonal spunk.

Photo Credit: Neon Museum]]>
<![CDATA[In the Near Distance: Gray Whale Season]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:13:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/whalewatchingoxnard12345.jpg
Bundle up and be on the lookout for blowholes.

Photo Credit: Island Packers]]>
<![CDATA[New: Historic Del Mar Walking Tour]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 08:08:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/historicdelmarwalking1.jpg
Get the backstory on the buildings you pass and visit often.

Photo Credit: Del Mar]]>
<![CDATA[New: 125th Yosemite Anniversary Site]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:04:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/halfdome452872764.jpg
Want to keep track of all the celebrations? This site can help.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[General Grant Ceremony: Trek to the Tree]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:04:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trektothetreegrant123.jpg
Carolers and a military tribute salute "The Nation's Christmas Tree."

Photo Credit: Trek to the Tree]]>
<![CDATA[Encinitas Enchantment: Garden of Lights]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:11:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sdbg_rachelcobb1.JPG
Eye succulents all a-sparkle as the Botanic Gardens get to glowing.

Photo Credit: Rachel Cobb]]>
<![CDATA[Laguna Cliffs Marriott's Holiday by the Sea]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 07:02:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/lagunacliffsmarriott123.jpg
Breakfast with Santa and an IlluminOcean stay-over package festoon the hotel's season.

Photo Credit: Laguna Cliffs Marriott]]>
<![CDATA[Cypress Inn: Love on the Rocks Package]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:09:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cypressinnloveontherocks1.jpg
Cocktails, a posh room, and a kayak adventure await.

Photo Credit: Michael Troutman/DMT Imaging]]>
<![CDATA[Cats 'n Cold: Snow Leopard Festival]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:25:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/snowleopard2345645.jpg
The Santa Barbara Zoo tradition summons the flakes, fun.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[On Sale: 2015 "Pageant of the Masters" Tickets]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:10:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pageant2015painting.jpg
Tickets are available for the most hold-still-iest treat in all the land.

Photo Credit: Pageant of the Masters]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs Tram Tree: A Bright Light]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 09:50:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/treetrambluenight.jpg
Singer Jack Jones will perform the seasonal honors.

Photo Credit: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway]]>
<![CDATA[Deep Death Valley, Velvety Night Shining Bright]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:12:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/dvstarnight12345.jpg
The powerful telescopes are returning in February.

Photo Credit: Furnace Creek Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Dana Point's IlluminOcean]]> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:18:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/danapointoceanlights12345.jpg
The harbor lights up with fantastical sea creatures and holiday cheer.

Photo Credit: IlluminOcean]]>
<![CDATA[Giant Gingerbread Houses on Approach]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:07:40 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/233*120/fairmontgingerbread12345.jpg
The Fairmont, The Claremont, and other spots spotlight sugary lobby displays.

Photo Credit: Fairmont San Francisco]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Makes His Big, California-Style Water Arrivals]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:44:10 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/santaseaportvillage123.JPG
San Diego, Nick's Cove, Petaluma, and Capitola all watch for Kris Kringle's H20 hello.

Photo Credit: Seaport Village]]>
<![CDATA[Spend the Last Night of the Year on Catalina Island]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:11:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/duskavalanchamber.jpg
The famous Casino Building drops the balloons and howdies 2015.

Photo Credit: Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce]]>
<![CDATA[Starry Sleepover: Geminids, the Desert, the Night, and You]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:05:18 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/189*120/geminidskydazzle123.jpg
The mid-December sky show gets some back story, in Borrego Springs.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Vintage Vegas Package: Your Golden Gate Getaway]]> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:30:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/goldengatenighthotel1.jpg
The city's oldest inn is summoning some of that wayback Sin City vibe.

Photo Credit: Golden Gate Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Nevada City's 1800s-esque Kind of Holiday]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:13:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/victorianncxmaschamber.jpg
Top hats on, Gold Country partiers; Victorian Christmas is nearly here.

Photo Credit: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce]]>
<![CDATA[The St. Regis Monarch Holiday Sand Sculpture]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:43:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/1SandcastleStRegisMonarchBeach.jpg
Looking for an only-in-SoCal Christmas decoration? Dana Point has it.

Photo Credit: www.LilySteinPhotography.com]]>
<![CDATA[In Full Wing: Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:05:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/monarchbutterfly.jpg
That most spectacular of seasons is now fluttering.

Photo Credit: Monarch Butterfly]]>
<![CDATA[Edwardian Ball Fans: "Soiled Dove" Alights in San Francisco]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:02:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/edwardianballbarbary1.jpg
The over-the-top dinner theater people ponder the Barbary Coast's storied past.

Photo Credit: Marco Sanchez]]>
<![CDATA[December Dash: Santa to the Sea]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:14:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/santaseaimage1234.jpg
A California Christmas icon is a key player in the yearly half-marathon and 5K.

Photo Credit: Santa to the Sea]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Near the Water: Blue Lantern Deal]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:55:03 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dpbluelantern123.jpg
Take a midweek getaway and get your second night for half off.

Photo Credit: Blue Lantern Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Fall Foliage Report: SoCal, You're Last Up]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:28:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/autumnleaves_640x480.jpg
The California Fall Color blog reports on what areas are near peak color.

Photo Credit: Autumn]]>
<![CDATA[Afternoon Doldrums Dashed: The WOW Cart]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:29:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/wowcartps12345.jpg
Snacks and sips on wheels? It's a treat for guests of the Hyatt Palm Springs.

Photo Credit: Hyatt Palm Springs]]>
<![CDATA[Yosemite Tent Cabin: Pay the Previous Night's Low Temp]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:05:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/currycanvastemperature1.jpg
Bed down in a Curry Village unheated tent and see your stay-over fee freeze over.

Photo Credit: DNC Parks & Resorts]]>
<![CDATA[Glittery Water: Oxnard Parade of Lights]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:14:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/oxnardparadeoflights1234.jpg
Yo ho: "A Buccaneer's Holiday" is the 2014 theme.

Photo Credit: Oxnard Parade of Lights]]>
<![CDATA[Announced: Mega Summertime Death Valley Run]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:12:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BadwaterMarathon1.jpg
"The World's Toughest Footrace" heads from the hot national park to Mt. Whitney on its traditional course.

Photo Credit: Badwater Marathon]]>
<![CDATA[Dixieland Thanksgiving: San Diego Jazz Fest]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:44:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/redskunksandiegojazz.jpg
Happy 35th year to one of the country's brassiest bashes.

Photo Credit: Red Skunk Band]]>
<![CDATA[Palms and Pirouettes: The Del's Skating by the Sea]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:33:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/skatingdelevening123.jpg
The turret-pretty hotel's seasonal rink debuted on Thanksgiving.

Photo Credit: Hotel del Coronado]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Baby: A Giraffe Is Born]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:30:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/giraffesbzoo1234.jpg
Baby Buttercup weighed in at 186 pounds.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Lively Libations: Ventura Winter Wine Walk]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:48:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Private+Wine+Tasting.jpg
Stroll over three blocks and experience a host of grape-good tastes.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Solvang's Cozy Christmas Lead-Up]]> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:09:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/JulefestWinterfestBallerinas.jpg
"The Spirit of Giving" is the theme for the 2014 Julefest.

Photo Credit: Solvang]]>
<![CDATA[Newport Dunes Tradition: Lighting of the Bay]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:46:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/duneslightingsky123.jpg
Glittery "trees" will reflect water, starting on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Photo Credit: Lighting of the Bay]]>
<![CDATA[New Holiday Hotline: Napa Valley's Domaine Carneros]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:44:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/champ.jpg
Have a bubbly query? Ring the sparkling wine hotline.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Giant Anteater Born in Santa Barbara]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:11:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/anteatersantabarbara1.jpg
The male pup will go on view later in November.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Major Masa: Oxnard and Indio Tamale Festivals]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:47:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_071612_tamalesjpg_bim.jpg
Do you like them with squash, raisins, or neat? Chow down, tamale lovers.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>