<![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, 27 Nov 2015 12:59:58 -0800 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:59:58 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Meet Princess, the Redwood Fledgling]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:10:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/princesscondorventana.jpg
The baby condor, a webcam star, has grown up and flown her nest.

Photo Credit: Tim Huntington]]>
<![CDATA[Ye Olde Nevada City's Victorian Christmas]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:30:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/xmasnc8.jpg
Street fairs, songs, and the 19th-century buildings get a dose of holly and cheer.

Photo Credit: Erin Thiem]]>
<![CDATA[Trek to the Tree: Sequoia History + Holidays]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:56:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trektothetreegrant123.jpg
Venture to the General Grant to take part in a ceremony for "The Nation's Christmas Tree."

Photo Credit: Trek to the Tree]]>
<![CDATA['Best for Holidays': California Towns]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:28:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/carmelcutetowns123-horz.jpg
Sonoma, Laguna Beach, and more beautiful burgs made a "Travel + Leisure"-picked list.

Photo Credit: Visit Carmel/Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Pacific Grove Glow: Christmas at the Inns]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:17:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/pacgrovechristmasattheinns.jpg
Some of the town's quaintest B&Bs up the quaint-a-tude for a seasonal tour.

Photo Credit: Christmas at the Inns]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Purrs: Snow Leopard Celebration]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:07:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SBZooSnowLeopardFestivalSnow22323.jpg
The big cats are the stars of the snowy-fun day.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[St. Regis Monarch Beach's Winter Sandy-Land]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:39:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SandytheSnowmanSRMB1.jpg
Is this the year you finally build a snowman out of sand?

Photo Credit: Elena M. Kiryan]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Shhh: US Grant's Secret Speakeasy]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:10:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/speakeasyusgrantsecret.jpg
The grand hotel raises a cocktail to its spirited past, for one night only.

Photo Credit: US Grant]]>
<![CDATA[Santa, Sawdust, and Laguna Art]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:00:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/177*120/wintersantasawdust1.jpg
The summertime staple adds a few adorable touches for the holidays.

Photo Credit: Sawdust Winter Fantasy]]>
<![CDATA[Redwoods Rugged: Truckers Christmas Parade]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:23:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TruckersParade.MalcolmDeSoto.HLA.jpg
Thousands of bulbs'll glow upon sturdy, powerful machines, in Eureka.

Photo Credit: Malcolm De Soto/HLA]]>
<![CDATA[Flavor! Napa Valley: 2016 Tickets on Sale]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:07:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/flavornapatickets2016.jpg
The March meet-up announces its delicious dates (and a money-saving code, too).

Photo Credit: Flavor! Napa Valley]]>
<![CDATA[Sequoia Romance Package: Brisk Kisses]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 06:53:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sequoiaromancepackage12334.jpg
Chilly temps mean snuggles inside the Wuksachi or John Muir Lodges.

Photo Credit: Sequoia Romance Package]]>
<![CDATA[Surfin' Santa Visits Seaport Village]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:37:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SantainfrontPierCafe.JPG
He's more into board shorts than the classic red suit.

Photo Credit: Seaport Village]]>
<![CDATA[Quick Big Bear Sale: $15 Lift Tickets]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:55:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bigbear15dollarlift.jpg
Hoping to go up the mountain soon? This deal may persuade you.]]>
<![CDATA[New: Sugar Rush Event in Costa Mesa]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:23:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sugarrushtreat15.jpg
The focus is on artisan goodies and the sweet-makers who create them.

Photo Credit: Enrique Nunez/Sugar Rush]]>
<![CDATA[Opening Soon: V Palm Springs Hotel]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:04:25 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pshoteldebutspring2016.jpg
The chic resort will debut just ahead of the Coachella Music & Art Festival.

Photo Credit: V Palm Springs Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[The Season Sparkles Up San Jacinto]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:38:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/treetrambluenight.jpg
A celebrity tree lighting, Santa sightings, and snow are Palm Springs staples come December.

Photo Credit: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway]]>
<![CDATA[The November Mountain Story: Lots of Snow]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:07:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bigbearvillagesnow123456789.jpg
Is November 2015 actually January in disguise?

Photo Credit: Big Bear Village]]>
<![CDATA[Street Asparkle: Ventura Winter Wine Walk]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:25:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/winewalk88_vincenzogiammanco.jpg
This one is big: A street fair, a wine walk, loads of crafts, music, and more fill out this local favorite.

Photo Credit: Vincenzo Giammanco]]>
<![CDATA[Borrego Springs Resort: Early December Deal]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:17:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/borregopool9282283.jpg
A desert getaway ahead of the holidays could be in the cards.]]>
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Pumpkins at SB Zoo]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 07:42:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SBZooMeerkatpumpkin2.jpg
It's a photo-fun holiday tradition at the animal park.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Ramona Cute: Feed Pomegranates to Camels]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:15:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/oasiscamel123-horzpom.jpg
You've enjoyed the Oasis Camel Dairy's Watermelon Days? This one has a Thanksgiving Weekend twist.

Photo Credit: Oasis Camel Dairy/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[CHILL: Early Sale for Queen Mary Fun]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 07:12:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chillsaleqm12345.jpg
Ice sculptures, an ice rink, and Mr. Claus? Score some dollars off the Long Beach bash.

Photo Credit: CHILL]]>
<![CDATA[Resort at Squaw Creek: Holiday Time]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:15:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/christmasatsquawcreek234.jpg
Gingerbread houses and Santa cameos festive-up the Tahoe destination's end-of-year schedule.

Photo Credit: Squaw Creek]]>
<![CDATA[Fisherman's Wharf New: Hotel Zephyr]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:22:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TheYardatHotelZephyr.jpg
Sea-themed details and cheeky nautical touches lend the inn inspiration.

Photo Credit: Hotel Zephyr]]>
<![CDATA[Tamale Fests: Masa, Music, Merriment]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:07:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/75287822.jpg
It's the corn-husk-iest, happiest time of year.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Pints and Paddles: San Diego Fundraiser for Veterans]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:53:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pintsandpaddlessd.jpg
Kayakers'll head out around Mission Bay's Vacation Isle for a very nice reason.

Photo Credit: Pints and Paddles]]>
<![CDATA[Opening: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:08:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/snowbearsummit1.jpg
The seasonal slope debuts are coming as fast as a torrent of snowflakes.

Photo Credit: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Poolside Cinema Returns to Mr. C's]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 18:49:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wintertimepoolsidecinemamrc.jpg
The Beverly Hills hotel-based soirees are back (with a holiday touch).

Photo Credit: Mr. C's Beverly Hills]]>
<![CDATA[Cross-Country Ski Fun in the Eastern Sierra]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:13:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/skidog938232.jpg
Grab a pair of poles, breathe in fresh air, and take in the snowy landscape.

Photo Credit: Mono County]]>
<![CDATA['Gray Friday' at Dana Point Harbor]]> Sun, 08 Nov 2015 11:19:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/whalemikemeyersdanawharf.jpg
Find an epic after-Thanksgiving diversion off the Orange County coast.

Photo Credit: Mike Meyers]]>
<![CDATA[The CAN-tree Collection in Ventura County]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 08:12:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Foodsharecantreecollection.jpg
Some 300 trees built from cans will be on display over the first weekend of December.

Photo Credit: Alysia Gray Painter]]>
<![CDATA[Disneyland Holidays (Plus 'Star Wars,' Too)]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 22:04:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/smallworldholidaydl123.jpg
Sparkles, seasonal treats, and Chewbacca, too, are due.

Photo Credit: Scott Brinegar]]>
<![CDATA[New: Winter Fest at OC Fair & Event Center]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:09:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WinterFestEntranceOC.jpg
Holiday flicks, spins on an ice rink, and more fa-la-la-ing is skating for Costa Mesa.

Photo Credit: (C) AES - All Rights Reserved]]>
<![CDATA[On the Horizon: 'Star Trek' 50th Anniversary Con]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:30:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/stGettyImages-71675776.jpg
Over 100 'Star Trek' luminaries will attend the galactic gathering in Las Vegas.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Guessing Time: Big Bear Snowfall Contest]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:10:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bigbearsnowfall92832323.jpg
When will the first six inches of the white stuff fall upon the mountain?

Photo Credit: James Cassimus]]>
<![CDATA[Kimpton Hotels + Movember: A Giveback Deal]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:16:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/mov29323-horz.jpg
"Flash Yo 'Stache," help men's health awareness, and save cash on a getaway.

Photo Credit: Movember/Kimpton]]>
<![CDATA[Gold and Snow: Mono County's November Colors]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:38:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/monoaliciav4.jpg
Stunning sights are seen around June, Gull, and Silver Lakes.

Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos/Mono County]]>
<![CDATA[Mammoth's Opening Date Is Moved Up]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:53:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mammothopeningdate123.jpg
The recent (and impressive) snowfall means the lift'll begin running sooner.

Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Sudden Lake: A Death Valley Wonder]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 12:20:40 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lakemanlydv.jpg
Water is back in the famously dry national park, at least for a time.

Photo Credit: NPS/Dan Kish]]>
<![CDATA[On Sale: Christmas Train Tickets in Orange]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:06:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/santairvinetrees12345.jpg
Irvine Park Railroad is ready to choo-choo into the season.

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs Fetes the Sinatra Centennial]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:14:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sinatradavispalmsprings.jpg
The icon loved the desert city, and the city pays homage to his musical legacy.

Photo Credit: Sinatra Centennial]]>
<![CDATA[Solvang's Sparkly December Schedule]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:52:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tenley-Fohl-Photography_Solvang-Village_TFP-2.jpg
Christmastime is merry 'n major in the windmill-whimsical burg.

Photo Credit: Tenley Fohl Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Charming Chills: A Very Nevada City Halloween]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 21:21:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nevadacityhweenerin93823.jpg
The historic town loves to put out the ghosts and pumpkins.

Photo Credit: Erin Thiem]]>
<![CDATA[Broom Service Package at Shade Hotel]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:36:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/broomservicehweenshade.jpg
Need a last-minute Halloween jaunt? Hop on your stick and fly for Manhattan Beach.

Photo Credit: Shade Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Opening: Pismo Beach Monarch Grove]]> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 15:17:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/monarchsvisitpismobeach.jpg
It must be November, or nearly, in the wing-wonderful town.

Photo Credit: Visit Pismo Beach]]>
<![CDATA[Old-Fashioned Festive: La Quinta at Christmas]]> Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:16:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Christmas_Frontlaquinta.jpg
Songs, lights, and some Capra-esque cred are in store this season.

Photo Credit: La Quinta Resort & Club]]>
<![CDATA[Hallow's Eve Eve at Inn at Rancho Santa Fe]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:55:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/halloween-pumpkin-jackolantern-generic.jpg
The posh hotel offers trick-or-treating for the tots and a crab boil for the grown-ups.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Full Moon Tour at Tamarack]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 21:20:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/holidayfullmoontourtamarack.jpg
Brisk air, majestic woods, and a lunar friend make for a grand pre-Thanksgiving outing.

Photo Credit: Tamarack Lodge]]>
<![CDATA[History in Your Hand: Palace Hotel Keychain]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 08:21:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/palaceclassickeys.jpg
It's a charming homage to another age, and one that still exists, here and there.

Photo Credit: The Palace Hotel]]>