<![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-usSat, 29 Apr 2017 12:21:28 -0700Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:21:28 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Catalina Swanky: Avalon Ball]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:33:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DSC_4188-%28ZF-3481-94825-1-023%29+%281%29.jpg
Find your swing-hem gown or dance-ready suit and hop a boat to the fabled island.

Photo Credit: Art Deco Society of Los Angeles]]>
<![CDATA[Love for Bodie: Benefit Concert]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:06:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BodieEricDraper15.jpg
The ghost town recently weathered some earthquakes, and a harsh winter, but there are ways to show support.

Photo Credit: Eric Draper]]>
<![CDATA[Ride for Ronnie: Rockin' Fundraiser]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:22:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RJD_Ride_for_Ronnie_MG_.jpg
Support the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund at this early-May fundraiser.

Photo Credit: Ride for Ronnie]]>
<![CDATA[Badwater Salton Sea: Mega Desert Event]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:32:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2016BWSSstart.jpg
Teams of runners'll cover 81 miles, from the low inland sea to Mount Palomar, over 28 intense hours.

Photo Credit: Badwater Salton Sea]]>
<![CDATA[Yosemite: Main Entry Gets a Reopen Date]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:59:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/halfdome178312472.jpg
Big Oak Flat Road, from the west, will once again be a way in to the national park.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Phantom Evening: Silver City Ghost Town]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:39:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/silvercitykern19328232.jpg
The atmospheric Kern County attraction seeks spirits on a springtime night.

Photo Credit: Silver City Ghost Town]]>
<![CDATA[Queen Mary Fourth of July: Tickets on Sale]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:14:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/QueenMary_52464388.jpg
Over-the-water fireworks are a shimmery staple of this festive, on-the-boat bash.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Big Sur Escape: Post Ranch Inn Reopens]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:01:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KodiakGreenwoodPacificSuite.jpg
The luxe getaway isn't yet accessible by car, but there's another way into the ocean-close hotel.

Photo Credit: Kodiak Greenwood]]>
<![CDATA[Dessert Tacos: NoHo New]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:08:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/creamicecreamtaco123.jpg
A summer-ready treat may be found at the recently opened CREAM.

Photo Credit: CREAM]]>
<![CDATA[Underwood Somis: Blueberry Picking Time]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:54:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/blueberry_cluster+722.jpg
The beloved berry makes its spring-ready Pick Your Own debut.

Photo Credit: Blueberries]]>
<![CDATA[Happy 40th, Mojave Maxine]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:50:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mojavemaxinebirthday.jpg
The California desert's springtime prognosticator marks a cakeful milestone.

Photo Credit: The Living Desert]]>
<![CDATA[Town-Big Yard Sale in Los Alamos]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:39:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LosAlamosDepotMall12345.jpg
Spend the first Saturday of May looking for bargains and treasures in the wine country burg.

Photo Credit: Los Alamos]]>
<![CDATA[Pond Skim: Mammoth Spring Fling]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:38:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mammothpondskim.jpg
Costumed boarders'll ski from snow straight onto water at this rite of April.

Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Beer Fest's Summer of Love]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:42:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/montereybeer2017123.jpg
Tunes 'n vibes'll hearken back to those fabled days of 1967.

Photo Credit: Monterey Beer Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Fishmas in Mono and Inyo Counties]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:11:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/monocountyPhotoCreditJoanneKavanaugh.jpg
A fresh Fishing Map will detail "top fishing destinations" around the water-fun area.

Photo Credit: Joanne Kavanaugh]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Earth Day Weekend: It's Big]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:30:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mattperkosbearth.jpg
Show your planet-lovely love at a heartfelt American Riviera celebration.

Photo Credit: Matt Perko]]>
<![CDATA[Dana Point Whale Watching: Mother's Day Fun]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:13:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DanaWharfwhalesightingabc123.jpg
Spend the holiday out on the Pacific, looking for blowholes and flukes.

Photo Credit: Dana Wharf Whale Watching]]>
<![CDATA[Giant Pumpkins on the Horizon]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:29:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pumpkinGettyImages-77229550.jpg
Have (really) big plans for the fall? Your first stop is right ahead.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Buellton Bash: Spring Grand Tasting]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:26:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TenleyFohlPhotographyCelebrationofHarvest_2016_TFP.jpg
The "longest running Santa Barbara County wine festival" sparkles in its 35th outing.

Photo Credit: Tenley Fohl Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Yosemite Bike Rentals: Now Open]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:28:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/yosemitebikerentalsapril.jpg
Spin your pedals in the epic valley this spring.

Photo Credit: Travel Yosemite]]>
<![CDATA[Rare Chance: Mike Grgich Winemaker Dinner]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:28:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mike-Grgichranchomirage.jpg
Spend an evening with a vino legend, in Rancho Mirage.

Photo Credit: Mike Grgich]]>
<![CDATA[The Sanctuary at Soledad Goats]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:51:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sanctuaryatsoledadgoats.jpg
Make for the Mojave spread that's home to a group of gorgeous goats, pigs, dogs...

Photo Credit: The Sanctuary at Soledad Goats]]>
<![CDATA[Newport Beach Film Festival 2017]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:44:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/nbff2015.jpg
Settle in and watch top-notch cinema at "Orange County's largest entertainment event."

Photo Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival]]>
<![CDATA[San Clemente Micro-Brew Festival]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:34:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/beer-shutterstock_63549646.jpg
The lark, hosted by Left Coast Brewing Company, will round up a caboodle of crafty brew experts (and what they like to make).

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[D23 Expo: Mouse-tastic Details Arriving Now]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:13:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/d23mousequerade1.jpg
The Anaheim-based, everything-Disney convention is making big reveals, Mouse mavens.

Photo Credit: D23 Expo]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Time at Centennial Farm]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:08:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/goats1centennialoc.jpg
Coo over piglets, lambs, and chicks, in Costa Mesa.

Photo Credit: OC Fair & Event Center]]>
<![CDATA[Temecula Spring: Blessing of the Vines]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:50:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/blessingofthevinestemecula1.jpg
Fine vinos and a longtime tradition round out April, at South Coast Winery.

Photo Credit: South Coast Winery]]>
<![CDATA[Chocolate Whimsy: Park Hyatt Aviara Easter]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:00:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chocolateturtle2017.jpg
Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Rull has created a sweet turtle and other art-amazing treats to admire.

Photo Credit: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa]]>
<![CDATA[Oxnard Awesome: Strong Wildflower Scene]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:15:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DanHardingoutsidePtMuguStatePark.jpg
Don't stow your wildflower-seeking sneakers just yet, nature people.

Photo Credit: Dan Harding]]>
<![CDATA[Dry Creek Valley: Passport Weekend]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:27:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AtSeghesioFamilyVineyardscharliegessell.jpg
Spend the final weekend of April sipping at a few of the 45 participating wineries.

Photo Credit: Charlie Gessell]]>
<![CDATA[Lake Arrowhead: Easter at Santa's Village]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:22:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/eastereggs_640x480.jpg
Two days of egg-cellent doings are set for the mountaintop attraction.

Photo Credit: Easter Eggs]]>
<![CDATA[May at Yosemite: Mondo Waterfall Wow]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:22:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/yosemite22.jpg
The "peak" moment for allllll of that H2O to come down is coming up as fast as droplets fall over the side of a mountain.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Pet Day on the Bay: Hounds at Sea]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:23:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PetDayontheBaytwodogs.jpg
Canines play captain, at least via costumes, at this annual San Diego fundraiser.

Photo Credit: Pet Day on the Bay]]>
<![CDATA[Safari Park: Baby Bighorn Sheep]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:03:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BigHorn_002_sd.jpg
The wee sweeties are capturing hearts at the San Diego destination.

Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo Safari Park]]>
<![CDATA[The Empress Hotel: Sleeping Dogs Package]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:38:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/EmpressHotelLaJolla-CA-Pet.jpg
The La Jolla getaway offers a host of interesting ways to plan your trip, including one that loves upon your pooch.

Photo Credit: Auda & Coudayre Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Edie, The Claremont's 'Canine Ambassador']]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:50:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/edieclaremont123.jpg
A Pittsburgh celebrity makes her debut at the Berkeley landmark.

Photo Credit: c]]>
<![CDATA[Two Bunch Palms: Coachella Deal]]> Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:06:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/twobunchcoachella123.jpg
Seek out serenity at a Desert Hot Springs gem.

Photo Credit: Two Bunch Palms]]>
<![CDATA[Snow Summit: Kids Ski Free (But Act Fast)]]> Sat, 08 Apr 2017 08:58:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/snowsummitkidsfreeapril16.jpg
The season isn't quite over yet, so make for the slopes with your tots (and save).

Photo Credit: Snow Summit]]>
<![CDATA[Mammoth Mountain: This Is April]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:05:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/407mammoth19212321.jpg
Guess what? There's (lots) more snow up the Sierras.

Photo Credit: Peter Morning]]>
<![CDATA[Alabama Hills Day: Eastern Sierra Celebration]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:36:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ahGettyImages-81041380.jpg
Trot your pony for Lone Pine and a party that's all about the area's fantastical hills.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[100 Years: Ojai's Big Birthday]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:27:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ojaimichael-mcfadden-06.jpg
The art-minded, Pink-Moment'd village throws a Centennial Picnic.

Photo Credit: Michael McFadden]]>
<![CDATA[Mardi Gras for Mushrooms at Morgan Hill]]> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:26:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mushgetty203232.jpg
You're sweet on fungi? A May-merry weekend is in your forecast.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Lovely Lompoc: That Wildflower Moment]]> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:28:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ExploreLompoc_Yellow_Wildflowers_Spring.jpg
Road-close blossoms are putting on the petal-perfect show.

Photo Credit: Lompoc]]>
<![CDATA[McEvoy Ranch: Alfresco Olive Oil Tastings]]> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:09:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ahp_mcevoyranch_wine+tasting_IMG_9722.jpg
Journey to a spot near Petaluma for a dippable and delish experience.

Photo Credit: McEvoy Ranch]]>
<![CDATA[Carlsbad Cute: Fashion, Flowers, and Fido]]> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:59:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IMG_7803carlsbad123.jpg
Connect with furry sweethearts at the famous Flower Fields.

Photo Credit: Fashion, Flowers, and Fido]]>
<![CDATA[Coachella Chow Down: The Eats to Expect]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:31:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/outstandinginthefieldcoachella1.jpg
Delish, gourmet eats, plus a nightly Outstanding in the Field happening, dot the foodie festival calendar.

Photo Credit: Outstanding in the Field]]>
<![CDATA[Monterey Tides 'Light My Fire' Package]]> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:25:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Monterey+Tides_Beach_Bonfire+copy.jpg
Enjoy a sandy bonfire with your sweetheart at your side.

Photo Credit: a]]>
<![CDATA[Madonna Inn Peeptini: It's Back]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:28:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/madonnapeeptini17.jpg
Sip the pink-tastic beverage at one of the state's pinkest places.

Photo Credit: Madonna Inn]]>
<![CDATA[California Wines: Down to Earth Month]]> Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:38:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/wine+country.jpg
Vineyards around the Golden State are hosting some planet-minded parties in April.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[National Parks Week: Free Entry]]> Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:37:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/joshuaGettyImages-281026.jpg
Pack your gear, your water, and your curiosity, but worry not about the admission fee to enter your favorite park.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mike Powell AllSport]]>