<![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-usTue, 21 Feb 2017 23:07:33 -0800Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:07:33 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Las Brisas: New Dishes]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:27:10 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LB_Charred+Octopus_0117_08+copy.jpg
Enjoy the flavors of SoCal, and Mexico's West Coast, along with those celebrated ocean views.

Photo Credit: Allen Taylor/Las Brisas]]>
<![CDATA[Lompoc Restaurant Week: $20.17 Deals]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:33:08 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_113265007.jpg
Sup at several spots around the Santa Barbara County burg.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Magic's Afoot on the Queen Mary]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:55:45 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/qmfantasea123456.jpg
"Fantasea" returns with a flight of illusionists in tow.

Photo Credit: Queen Mary]]>
<![CDATA[Tanaka Farms: Presidents Day Strawberry Tours]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:23:04 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/strawberries1.jpg
Spend the holiday Monday learning about how the popular berry grows, in Irvine.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Swallows Day Parade: Capistrano History]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:06:42 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/swallowsparadesjc12345.jpg
A mercado starts out the festive morning in San Juan Capistrano.

Photo Credit: Mission San Juan Capistrano]]>
<![CDATA[Death Valley Pupfish: Spring Superstar]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:07:02 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dvpupfishnps.jpg
Venture to Salt Creek to spy these fin-rocking wonders.

Photo Credit: NPS]]>
<![CDATA['Beauty & the Beast' Tea at SLS Hotel]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:47:42 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/teaservice123GettyImages-84802017.jpg
The posh-pretty, whimsy-minded Beverly Hills hotel has a few fairy tale doings afoot.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Big Bear: Polar Plunge for Special Olympics]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:58:43 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/polarplunge6bblake.jpg
Raise money as you dash, in costume or a swimsuit, into the lake.

Photo Credit: Special Olympics Polar Plunge]]>
<![CDATA[Terranea Resort: Holiday Weekend Deal]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:05:40 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/terraneasunset9283232.jpg
Make for the water-close resort for Presidents Day Weekend (and save on that third night).

Photo Credit: Terranea Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Dana Point: Whale Party Time]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:35:21 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/danapointparadewhales234.jpg
How mondo is the annual Festival of Whales? It covers two weekends.

Photo Credit: Festival of Whales]]>
<![CDATA[Hummingbird Festival in Santa Cruz]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:26:40 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hummingbird-flower.jpg
Avian awesomeness shall rule, at the UCSC Arboretum.

Photo Credit: Hummingbird]]>
<![CDATA[Paso Robles New: 'Experience kukkula' Tour]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:46:30 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kukkulapaso1.jpg
Head out on a hike with winery co-owner Kevin Jussila and then enjoy a locavore brunch at his house.

Photo Credit: kukkula]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Kites at Morro Bay]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:12:43 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kite+festival.jpg
Spend some time looking up near the famous rock over the final weekend in April.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[North Lake Tahoe SnowFest!]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:16:48 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/snow928323.jpg
Wave at a parade, attend a concert, and enjoy the alpine awesomeness.

Photo Credit: Snowflake]]>
<![CDATA[Tater Tots and Beer Festival]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:27:31 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/tater-horzbeerzoranmilich.jpg
Traveling to-do: Sip a myriad of craft beers while enjoying potato-perfect bites.

Photo Credit: Ore-Ida/Getty Images-Zoran Milich]]>
<![CDATA[Beloved Cypress: A Lotusland Farewell]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:41:49 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lotuslandcypress.jpg
The Santa Barbara garden must say goodbye to a longtime friend.

Photo Credit: Lotusland]]>
<![CDATA[The Luffa Farm: Free Tour]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:43:18 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/luffafarmcentralcoast.jpg
Curious how the shower scrubbers grow? Stop by during your next Central Coast ramble.

Photo Credit: The Luffa Farm]]>
<![CDATA[Wrapping Up: That Monarch Moment]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:27:06 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/monarchgetty190322.jpg
Don't dally: The winged wonders will soon flutter away (at least for now).

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Milliken Creek Valentine's]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:27:37 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Milliken_Valday.jpg
Duos find deals/delight at Napa getaway.

Photo Credit: Milliken Creek Inn & Spa]]>
<![CDATA[Horsetail Photography: Yosemite Course]]> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:53:17 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HorsetailFallChrisF.jpg
Burnish your skills, then snap the spectacular seasonal sight, in the national park.

Photo Credit: Chris Falkenstein]]>
<![CDATA[New: Mission Inn Valentine's Lights]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:29:11 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/missioninnpool2938923212.jpg
A pink, white, and red glow will adorn the Riverside hotel during Festa Dell' Amore.

Photo Credit: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa]]>
<![CDATA[Chocolate Lipstick: A Tony Temecula To-Do]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:03:22 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ChocolateLipstick2017.jpg
A fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley includes some unusual eats (and, of course, local wines).

Photo Credit: Chocolate Decadence & Wine Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Revealed: Santa Barbara's 2017 Official Drink]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:46:41 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/2017OffclDrinkofSB_photoDanielleMethmann_VisitSantaBarbara_5377.JPG
Ginspiration Point has been named the beachy burg's big beverage.

Photo Credit: Danielle Methman]]>
<![CDATA[Tasting Trail: Solvang's Plate-Packed Path]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:04:39 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/solvangwindmillvisitcal.jpg
Seize your mid-March moment to sample from a wide swath of windmill-close favorites.

Photo Credit: Visit California/Blaise]]>
<![CDATA[Lotusland: Flowery Gem to Re-Open]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:31:40 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/220*120/LotusatLotuslandJune.jpg
The storied Santa Barbara spread'll welcome visitors in mid-February.

Photo Credit: Lotusland]]>
<![CDATA[Free: Presidents Day at the National Parks]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:23:40 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/joshuatreenpsbradsutton.jpg
Over 100 entrance fee-charging parks will waive admission on Monday, Feb. 20.

Photo Credit: NPS/Brad Sutton]]>
<![CDATA[Sequoia Splendor: A Dark Sky Celebration]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:45:38 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/sequoiaalison12345.jpeg
Commune with far-off stars and the big trees at the very same time.

Photo Credit: Alison Taggart-Barone]]>
<![CDATA[Cuddly Cove: Nick's Loves Love Package]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:27:59 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nicksvalday234.jpg
Twosomes make for the Tomales Bay getaway for holiday sweetness.

Photo Credit: Nick's Cove]]>
<![CDATA[Mendocino Majestic: The Whales of March]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:24:38 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/whalemendofest1212121.jpg
Spied a beautiful behemoth this season? There's still time at this multi-weekend party.

Photo Credit: Mendocino Whale Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Summer in Spring: BBQ & Beer Fest]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:27:30 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/240*120/BeerBaconClassic.jpg
A caboodle of eat/drink parties dot the state-big calendar.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Sip in SLO: Tasting Pass Program]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:29:47 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/winein+wine+country+use.jpg
Study up on a quartet of regional wineries during February and March.

Photo Credit: Wine]]>
<![CDATA[South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:28:04 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SLT_PolarPlunge2232.jpg
Dash into the chilly H2O and raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Photo Credit: Special Olympics of Nevada and Northern California]]>
<![CDATA[American Riviera Wow: Orchid Show]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:03:49 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/PaphiopedilumFairlyStonedChosValentineHCC-AOSgrowerDonBrownphotoRamondelosSantos.jpg
The historic blossom bash features some of the most fabulous flowers around.

Photo Credit: Ramon de los Santos]]>
<![CDATA[Petaluma New: Cheese & Cocktails]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:46:03 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/ArtisanCheeseFestivalDerrickStory.jpg
The California Artisan Cheese Festival adds a tantalizing evening to the Marchtime schedule.

Photo Credit: Derrick Story]]>
<![CDATA[Bike Tour: The Doors of Palm Springs]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:32:26 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/PalmSpringsDoorTour_PinkDoor_PalmSpringsStyle.jpg
Hop on a bike and wend past fabulous entrances. It's all happening during Modernism Week.

Photo Credit: Palm Springs Style]]>
<![CDATA[WinterWonderGrass: Tahoe String Scene]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:05:05 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3DUSTBOWLhouse1.jpg
The spring's-starting music festival revels in rootsy, bluegrass-good tunesmithery.

Photo Credit: The Dustbowl Revival]]>
<![CDATA[The Super Skunk: It's Back in May]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:25:28 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Old45Northspur1.jpg
The beloved steam engine'll roll again out of Fort Bragg.

Photo Credit: The Skunk Train]]>
<![CDATA[Condor Love: Micro Trash Clean-up Days]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:15:44 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CondorObserve.jpg
Spend a morning in Big Sur picking up refuse (before the endangered birds potentially deliver it to their nests).

Photo Credit: Ventana Wildlife Society]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Valentine's at Lindsay Wildlife Experience]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:40:08 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DSC_9906PaulHara.jpg
Ever wanted to give a homemade valentine to an animal? Here's your tot's sweet chance.

Photo Credit: Paul Hara]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Bay Aquarium: Volunteer Now]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:04:13 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TR16-204mba.jpg
Do you gush over groupers and clap over clams? Share your oceanic enthusiasms with the public.

Photo Credit: MBA]]>
<![CDATA[Merry Sierra: Nevada City Mardi Gras]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:47:19 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IMG_1693-2erinthiem.jpg
Watch the Broad Street revelries while trying to catch some beads.

Photo Credit: Erin Thiem]]>
<![CDATA[Gilroy Garlic Festival: Poster Contest]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:24:03 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/garlicgetty2038923423.jpg
Can you capture the beautiful, bite-delivering bulb in all of its flavorful glory?

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Catalina Island: Chihuly Exhibit to Open]]> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:43:38 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/New-Chihuly-02.jpg
Eye works by the glass-wonderful artist at a multi-month exhibit.

Photo Credit: NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Huge Heart: Valentine's Week in Oceanside]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:14:50 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/oceansideballoonvalday.jpg
Whale watching, a bike ride, and that ginormous balloon love-up various happenings around the town.

Photo Credit: Oceanside]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Bay: Marvel at Whale Majesty]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:01:45 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Montereybayorca123.jpg
Can't make the end-of-January party? The beloved mammals'll still be around.

Photo Credit: SeeMonterey.com]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs Snazz: Cake & Cocktails]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:30:21 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/cakeslice9028932cocktail.jpg
Indulge with historian Charles Phoenix at the Monkey Tree Hotel.

Photo Credit: Cake/Cocktail]]>
<![CDATA[Romance in the Redwoods: Trees to Slugs]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:04:24 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/redwoods123GettyImages-177068764.jpg
Connect with nature on the Sunday before Valentine's Day.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Poppy Bloom: Volunteer at Antelope Valley]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:29:43 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/poppyvolunteers932822.jpg
Want to help out in the Poppy Reserve this season? Here's your chance.

Photo Credit: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve]]>
<![CDATA[Bodie Calendar Contest: Send in Your Top Pics]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:35:20 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bodiehouseagp.jpg
Adore the ghost town? You might see your photography in the 2018 calendar.

Photo Credit: Bodie]]>
<![CDATA[Literary Lark: Riverside Dickens Festival]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:20:21 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/DickensFestival1_crDickensFestival.jpg
Bustles, top hats, and other sartorial touches'll reign at the annual lit-and-more merriment.

Photo Credit: Dickens Festival]]>