<![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 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:11:08 -0700 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:11:08 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Modernism Show & Sale: Palm Springs Opener]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:15:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/openingnightmodernismshowsale1.jpg
Want to bring some of the retro looks you find in the desert home? This is where you start.

Photo Credit: Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale]]>
<![CDATA[Hauntiest Place on Earth: Disneyland Halloween Time]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:32:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/disneylandhalloween232.jpg
The ghoulies and pumpkin treats ready for a September debut.

Photo Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer]]>
<![CDATA[Spring-Fed Pool: Death Valley Labor Day Splash]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:57:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/228*120/familyswimfurnaceresort.jpg
Dry heat + a quick getaway: The Ranch at Furnace Creek is open.

Photo Credit: Ranch at Furnace Creek]]>
<![CDATA[New: Condor Nest Cam in Big Sur]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:04:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/newcondornestcam2923.jpg
Eager to see a chick's progress? And maybe help name the baby?

Photo Credit: Ventana Wildlife Society]]>
<![CDATA[Scarecrows: Figures of Fall to Dot Big Bear]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:43:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bigbearscarecrow123.jpg
Mountain sunshine and autumn icons combine to lend the season some sweetness.

Photo Credit: Big Bear Lake]]>
<![CDATA[Seaport Village's 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' Day]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:10:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pirate_memoriessdphotography_patriciahackgomez.jpg
Don your tri-cornered hat, trill those "arrrs," and sail for San Diego.

Photo Credit: Forever Memories SD Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Del Mar Suds: Craft Beer Celebration]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:52:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/191*120/sandiegobrewcraftdelmar.jpg
Horses and hops? It's a bustling Saturday at the Thoroughbred Club.

Photo Credit: San Diego Craft Beer Fest]]>
<![CDATA[Golden Leaves: California Fall Blog]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:57:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/autumnsunshinegetty.jpg
Keep track of where the foliage action is happening around the state.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Porcupines: New Living Desert Arrivals]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:27:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/livingdesertbabyporcupines123.jpg
Coo over the recently born porcupettes, in Palm Desert.

Photo Credit: The Living Desert]]>
<![CDATA[See It: Ventura's Joyful New Mural]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:47:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/venturamural2939223.jpg
Vibrant, dance-tastic, and new: The fresh artwork graces a downtown building.

Photo Credit: ArtWalk Ventura]]>
<![CDATA[Miramonte's 'Free Cabana Rental' Deal]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:30:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cabanamiramonte1.jpg
Making for the desert during the week? You could be in the shade, by the pool, chillaxing, for not much dough.

Photo Credit: Miramonte Resort & Spa]]>
<![CDATA[99 Nifty Ways to 'Find Your Park']]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:04:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pinnaclesnps123.jpg
The National Park Service is turning 99, and its supportive foundation has ideas on how to celebrate.

Photo Credit: Pinnacles National Park]]>
<![CDATA[Old World Oktoberfest: Steins, Dachshunds, Oompah]]> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 21:34:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/oktoberfest-shutterstock_153895010.jpg
The Munich-meets-Huntington-Beach revelry runs for several boisterous weeks.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Safari West: Name That Monkey]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:39:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/189*120/safariwestname92323.jpg
Pick the perfect moniker for the baby Patas and win a free tour of the Santa Rosa preserve.

Photo Credit: Safari West]]>
<![CDATA[SIP Passport: Temecula Valley Autumn]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:50:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/243*120/siptemeculafall29293.jpg
The leaves aren't quite turning on the vines, but September deals are in bloom.

Photo Credit: Temecula Valley Winegrowers]]>
<![CDATA[A Fall-Fancy Stay Near The Winchester]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:13:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hotelvalenciasantana.jpg
Venturing to The Winchester Mystery House this October? There's a posh property within walking distance.

Photo Credit: Hotel Valencia]]>
<![CDATA[San Luis Obispo: Six New Wine Tasting Trails]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:15:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/Wine_80025893.jpg
Plotting out where to try vinos this fall? Look to an updated map.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Visit the Working Farms of Ventura County]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:58:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/venturafarmday102912932.jpg
Take a free tour at one (or more) of twenty regional farms.

Photo Credit: Ventura County Farm Day]]>
<![CDATA[Christmas in Yosemite: Bracebridge Tickets]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:39:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/yosbracebridgexmas.jpg
A national park and a long-running tradition combine over a handful of December nights.

Photo Credit: Bracebridge Dinners]]>
<![CDATA[Now in HD: Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:01:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/elkhornottercamhd.jpg
Visit the Moss Landing-close sanctuary, and its star mammals, via your screen.

Photo Credit: Elkhorn Slough Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Month-Long Feast: Santa Barbara's epicure.sb]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:16:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/catcorasbepicure1.jpg
October is the American Riviera's foodiest time of the year.

Photo Credit: epicure.sb]]>
<![CDATA[Central Coast Celebration(s): FigtoberFest]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:15:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/figtoberfest29292.jpg
Raise a September Stein in Buellton, Arroyo Grande...

Photo Credit: Figtoberfest]]>
<![CDATA[Glittery Gussy Up: Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:36:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mosaicbeverlyhills1.jpg
Longing for a chic getaway? This 49-room property recently debuted its recent refresh.

Photo Credit: Mosaic]]>
<![CDATA[Grass Valley Magic: Mondo Celtic Festival]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 23:09:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/celticfestgrassvalley1.jpg
Grab your fiddle for a large-scale jam or peruse the goodie-filled marketplace.

Photo Credit: KVMR Celtic Festival]]>
<![CDATA[OC Adult Time: Discovery Cube Cocktails]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:34:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cubeafterdarkmixology.jpg
The kid-nice science center hosts a party for the grown-ups.

Photo Credit: The Discovery Cube Orange County]]>
<![CDATA[Beautiful Bellows: Cotati Accordion Festival]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:06:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/polkacass_katyraddatz_2.jpg
Polish your polka performance and join the summertime sound soiree.

Photo Credit: Katy Raddatz]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Farewell: 'Jellies' Last Jam]]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:23:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jelliesclosingmba.jpg
The popular, three-year show at the Monterey Bay Aquarium bids adieu.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Julian & Temecula: Grape Stomp Time]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:25:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/grapesglossygetty.jpg
Stretch those toes and limber up the heels; fall's juiciest happening is on the horizon.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Danish Days Delish: Aebleskiver-Eating Contest]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:05:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/arnesfamousaebleskiver.jpg
Solvang's staple sweet steps into the September spotlight.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Ball/Arne's Famous Aebleskiver]]>
<![CDATA[Above Big Bear: Scenic Sky Chair Ride]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:32:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bigbearskychair92923223.jpg
Soak in the mountain glory (no skis required).

Photo Credit: Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair]]>
<![CDATA[Dancing, Grooves, Altitude: Idyllwild's Jazz in the Pines]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:54:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/idyllwildpines23232.jpg
It's the 22nd annual run for this fine tunes, fine times to-do.

Photo Credit: Jazz in the Pines]]>
<![CDATA[Surprise Showing: Joshua Tree August Wildflowers]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:24:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/joshuatreeaugustflowers.jpg
No need to check the calendar; a typical spring sight makes a summer cameo.

Photo Credit: NPS/Brad Sutton]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 10 Years, Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:05:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/surfdog5983903.JPG
The Dog Beach Del Mar fundraiser'll feature Fidos and their humans riding the waves.

Photo Credit: Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon]]>
<![CDATA[Borrego Nights: Summer Heat, Cool Sips, Wild Skies]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:37:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/borregodrinkssky.jpg
Find a great desert rate and eye the annual Perseids shower.

Photo Credit: Borrego Resort & Spa/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 25th Anniversary, Silver City Ghost Town]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:12:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/25thanniversaryghosttown1.jpg
The quirky Kern County destination goes in search of phantoms with its fans.

Photo Credit: Silver City Ghost Town]]>
<![CDATA[High Altitude Oompah: Big Bear Oktoberfest]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:42:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/bigbearokfest9323.jpg
Prepare for eight consecutive weekends of brews, dancing, and fresh mountain air.

Photo Credit: Big Bear Oktoberfest]]>
<![CDATA[New: California Beer Fest San Dimas Grows]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:34:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/calbeerfestsandim.jpg
The September staple stretches to two days in 2015.

Photo Credit: California Beer Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Act Fast: Bearpaw 2015 Dates Available]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 21:40:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bearpawtents2930929832.jpg
If a High Sierra sojourn is on your dream vacation list this year, you're in luck.

Photo Credit: Trevor Lee]]>
<![CDATA[OC Offbeat: Recycled Fashion Show]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:35:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/foarunway02983023.jpg
A Festival of Arts favorite makes us all rethink what we use, throw away, and wear.

Photo Credit: Festival of Arts]]>
<![CDATA[Del Mar Delish: Chili Cook-Off]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 17:54:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/chili11.jpg
Ponies, the Pacific, and piquant eats await.

Photo Credit: Chili]]>
<![CDATA[Vintage Airplanes Alight in Big Bear]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:44:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vintageAUGUST-20-2005-008II.jpg
The Big Bear Air Fair'll feature a fleet of historic planes (plus bi-plane rides, too).]]>
<![CDATA[Nab Your Pass: Napa Valley Film Festival]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 22:12:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nvffscreenoutdoors.jpg
Mid-November may be off in the distance, but spots at this cinema fave are filling up.

Photo Credit: Napa Valley Film Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Va-Voom: Ventura County Fair]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:13:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/venturacountyveges.jpg
Prized zucchini and stellar pumpkins go on display near the midway.

Photo Credit: Ventura County Fair]]>
<![CDATA[Catalina Wine Mixer: 'Step Brothers'-Inspired Soiree]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 22:11:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/descansobeachcatalinachamber1234.jpg
Descanso Beach Club has the DJs, gourmet bites, and good sips.

Photo Credit: Catalina Chamber of Commerce]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs Chic: High-Heeled Shoe Exhibit]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:29:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/psNicholasKirkwoodPump.jpg
Fabulous footwear gets the museum treatment.

Photo Credit: Palm Springs Art Museum/Nicholas Kirkwood]]>
<![CDATA[Ghost Town Gathering: Friends of Bodie Day]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 22:00:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bodiehouseagp.jpg
Behold living history presentations around the most famous ghost town in the West.

Photo Credit: Alysia Gray Painter]]>
<![CDATA[Hay Wine Country! It's Nearly Scarecrow Time]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:23:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/234*120/solvangscarecrowtenleyf.jpg
The hay-happiest sign of fall makes a big showing around the Santa Ynez Valley.

Photo Credit: Tenley Fohl]]>
<![CDATA[First of the Season: Lobsterfest Time]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:37:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lobsterfestnb93929232.jpg
You don't have to wait for September for that first buttery dip.

Photo Credit: Lobsterfest]]>
<![CDATA[Rustic Updates at Grant Grove Cabins]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 13:51:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/KC-Grant_Grove-Cabin_with_Bath_Exterior.jpg
Your rustic sequoia idyll can still happen (if you get cracking).

Photo Credit: Grant Grove Cabins]]>
<![CDATA[Mammoth Sale: 100 Days to Opening]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:48:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mammothearly100days93232.jpg
The ski resort has a special on, in anticipation of its November bow.

Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain]]>