<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Worth the Drive]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/blogs/worth-the-drive http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSat, 01 Oct 2016 01:58:38 -0700Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:58:38 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Craft Celebration at The Lodge at Torrey Pines]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:08:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/torreycraft19382932.jpg
Gather on the hotel's lawn for an array of elegant eats, beverages.

Photo Credit: The Lodge at Torrey Pines]]>
<![CDATA[Central Coast Suds: SLO Beer Week]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:23:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CraftBeerMcCurtain.jpg
Spend a few days among masterful brewers while chowing around San Luis Obispo.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Mondo Celtic Gathering in Grass Valley]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:42:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KVMRCelticFestJamSession1.jpg
A woodsy atmosphere and lilting tunes fill out the early fall tradition.

Photo Credit: KVMR Celtic Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Pumpkin Cute: Bernese Mountain Dog Day]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:53:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/bernesemountaindog12345getty.jpg
The romp-sweet Fidos'll play at Farmer John's in Half Moon Bay.

<![CDATA[Re-Opening: Living Desert Hiking Trails]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:22:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hikingtrailslivingdesert.jpg
Take a peaceful stroll near the Palm Desert animal park.

Photo Credit: The Living Desert]]>
<![CDATA[Dreams of Snow: Tram Contest Ahead]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:11:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/snowguesstrammtsj.jpg
Late September is a roaster, but the Palm Springs attraction wants you to think winter.

Photo Credit: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway]]>
<![CDATA[CAKE Expo: Del Mar Delights]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:07:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/birthday+cake.png
The just-before-Halloween treat to-do will cover all things baking.

Photo Credit: Birthday Cake]]>
<![CDATA[Rock On: Morro Bay Harbor Festival]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:26:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/19710_morro-bay-rock-sunsetdiscovermorrobay.jpg
It's a quintessential ocean-close gathering, with learning, libations, and more.

Photo Credit: Discover Morro Bay]]>
<![CDATA[ArtWalk Ventura: Breezy Goodness]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:55:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ventura6933504_orig.jpg
The pay-nothing self-guided walk-around is nearly a quarter century along.

Photo Credit: ArtWalk Ventura]]>
<![CDATA[Opening: Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:22:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+pumpkins.jpg
The Irvine agricultural icon'll start lining up the gourds near the end of September.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bright Bites: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:16:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3043_NBWFF_D1A_2187crpencilboxphotodotcom.jpg
The flavors are splashy, the wine is full-bodied, and the chefs shall be out in demo-delightful force.

Photo Credit: Pencil Box Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Ocean-Close Yoga at Terranea Resort]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:05:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TerraneaResortSeasideYogaGathering.jpg
Savor a sun salutation while overlooking the Pacific.

Photo Credit: Terranea Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:43:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/howloween-greatwolf.jpg
The Orange County destination is stirring up some spooky treats for guests.

Photo Credit: Great Wolf Lodge]]>
<![CDATA[Bagpipes in the Air: Seaside Highland Games]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:02:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LAScotPipeBand.jpg
Cheer for the tossing of the caber and several more traditional, kilt-cool to-dos in Ventura.

Photo Credit: Seaside Highland Games]]>
<![CDATA[History on Parade: Los Alamos Old Days]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:02:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2015LosAlamosOldDaysParadePrancingHorses.jpg
Trot for the western-spirited town for this long-running community hoedown.

Photo Credit: Los Alamos Old Days]]>
<![CDATA[Carmel-by-the-Sea Charm: Pumpkin Roll]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:38:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pumpkinrollgetty1038i2-horz.jpg
How fast does a gourd tumble down Ocean Avenue? Find out.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Carmel-by-the-Sea]]>
<![CDATA[Hollywood Dine Around: Tasty Tinseltown Package]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:59:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/0797_Cleo_GroupUnderStairs.jpg
Bop around some of the town's toniest hotspots for small bites and starry sips.

Photo Credit: Hollywood Dine Around]]>
<![CDATA[The Yosemite Facelift: Pitch In]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:19:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/halfdome178312472.jpg
Swing by the national park and help with the post-summer spiffy-up.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Queen Mary's Haunted Encounters]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:44:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hauntedencountersqm12345.jpg
Is the wait for Halloween fun making you antsy? Find a few phantoms (maybe) in Long Beach.

Photo Credit: Queen Mary]]>
<![CDATA[A Spirited Eve at Hotel del Coronado]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:52:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hallowinedel1093221.jpg
If you're a grown-up with a ghosty side, your soiree is at the surfside landmark.

Photo Credit: Hotel del Coronado]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Lantern Getaway: Suite Bliss Package]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:44:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BLI_lg_48dp.jpg
Long to look upon the ocean for a whole afternoon? This could be your room.

Photo Credit: Blue Lantern]]>
<![CDATA[Grape Stomp Time at Grgich Hills]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:29:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Couple_2grgich.jpg
A foot-stamped tee is a sweet souvenir from the squishy activity.

Photo Credit: Grgich Hills Estate]]>
<![CDATA[Festival of Lights: Early Bird Package]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:17:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/missioninnspecial2015.jpg
Planning on doing it up at the Mission Inn this holiday season? Secure your stay by the end of September.

Photo Credit: Mission Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Oktoberfest at Anheuser-Busch]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:04:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/anheuserbuschoktoberfest123.jpg
A dance performance, festive decor, and tunes bring Munich to Fairfield.

Photo Credit: Anheuser-Busch]]>
<![CDATA[Morro Bay Majesty: The San Salvador]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:01:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sansalvadorjerrysoto.jpg
Eye the tall ship up close, and even go aboard.

Photo Credit: Jerry Soto]]>
<![CDATA[Kids Free San Diego: Deal-Filled October]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:38:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GalapagosTortoisecourtesySanDiegoZooGlobal.jpg
Visit dozens of museums and attractions with your tykes (and save a bundle).

Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo Global/Ken Bohn]]>
<![CDATA[Mushroom Foraging at Saracina Vineyards]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:42:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mushroomsaracina1938232.jpg
Go in search of the tasty, earth-covered knobs of woodsy delight (and enjoy some wine, too).

Photo Credit: Saracina Vineyards]]>
<![CDATA[Carpinteria Luscious: Avocado Festival]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:22:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_avocado_and_lemon_mask_111612_ew_380.jpg
Get your fill of great guac, and then some, near the beach.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Harold & Maude Day at Western Railway Museum]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:30:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/haroldandmaude2.jpg
Eye the railroad car that was home to Ruth Gordon's irrepressible Maude, and meet an author who wrote about the classic flick.

Photo Credit: "Harold and Maude"]]>
<![CDATA[Scenic Bash: Catalina Film Festival]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:47:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PurpleHarborSunrisecatalina2983282432-horz.jpg
Over 90 works'll shine around beautiful Avalon.

Photo Credit: Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce/Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Kokanee Salmon Festival at South Lake Tahoe]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:20:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KokaneeSalmon2.jpg
It's a truly fall, and fishtastic, experience at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

Photo Credit: South Tahoe]]>
<![CDATA[Big Corn Horse Maze: Just Ahead]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:37:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/corn-maze-2015123.jpg
It's a falltime must-do for legions of Southern Californians.

Photo Credit: Big Horse Corn Maze]]>
<![CDATA[September Soiree: Temecula Valley Crush]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:29:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TemeculaValleyCreditLeighCastelliPhotography.jpg
It's an almost-fall tradition, and it is happening, with cheer and flair, at Wiens Family Cellars.

Photo Credit: Leigh Castelli Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Rush Creek New: Wine Tasting Tour]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:13:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/RushCreekHillsideVillaDeckkimcarroll.jpg
The Yosemite-close getaway introduces a vino-cool new to-do for fall 2016.

Photo Credit: Kim Carroll Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Lake Tahoe Tasty: Food & Wine Fest]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:37:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lake+TahoeAutumnFoodandWine_GourmetMarketplaceVendorFair_creditNorthstarCalifornia.jpg
Spend a few hours brushing up, bite by bite, on what lake-close cuisiniers are up to nowadays.

Photo Credit: Northstar California]]>
<![CDATA[Awwws Aplenty: Sea Otter Awareness Week]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 21:13:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/seaGettyImages-85081001+%281%29.jpg
Visit Morro Bay to eye a display, and take part in activities, in September.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Arrr: Seaport Village Landlubbers Day]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:00:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/foreverMemoriesSDPhotographyPatriciaHackGomez3.jpg
Get a jump on "Talk Like a Pirate Day" at this swashbuckling San Diego scene.

Photo Credit: Forever Memories/Patricia Hack Gomez]]>
<![CDATA[Hollywood Roosevelt: Movie-Cool Cocktails]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:46:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/publicrooseveltoldhollywoodcocktail.jpg
Quaff a "Pearamount Pictures" just steps from the fabled boulevard.

Photo Credit: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Big Bear Bevs: Fall Village Wine Walk]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:02:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/winetasting7.jpg
Welcome fall, and savor the weekend, while sipping and strolling on a Saturday evening.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Autumn + Autos: Mono County Fall Drives]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 21:32:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lakemarymammothaliciavennos.jpg
Find drive-nice stretches that include mountains, sky, and changing trees.

Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos]]>
<![CDATA[Autumn Tradition: Ojai Studio Artists Tour]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:45:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Richardamendojaitour.jpg
Call upon 50 studios in and around the arts-lush valley.

Photo Credit: Ojai Studio Artists Tour]]>
<![CDATA[Pop-Up Traveller Bar at Loews Hollywood]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:13:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/travelerbarsm.jpg
The vintage-cool elevator car'll have a month-long residency in Tinseltown.

Photo Credit: Loews]]>
<![CDATA[Ponte Winery Party: Grape Stomp Time]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 12:25:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/grapestompseasonponte.jpg
Step into a barrel and participate in a time-honored tradition.

Photo Credit: Ponte Winery]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Scene: Nevada City Film Festival]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 21:01:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ncff_92837223.jpg
Go Gold Country over the second weekend of September for "the Sundance of the Sierra."

Photo Credit: Kial James/Nevada City Film Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Haunted Mansion 2016 Gingerbread House]]> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:23:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DLHMgingerbread123.jpg
The spooky pastry changes each year; find out this season's "Nightmare" theme.

Photo Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer]]>
<![CDATA[Cape Rey Carlsbad: End of Summer Celebration]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 06:45:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/capereycarlsbad12345.jpg
Craft brews and cool tunes send the season off (poolside, natch).

Photo Credit: Cape Rey Carlsbad]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrated Song Returns to Mission Inn]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 06:25:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/missioninnhistory1234.jpg
"A Perfect Day" was written long ago at the landmark; now hear it twice nightly.

Photo Credit: Mission Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Buzz Buzz: Carmel Valley Ranch Holiday Weekend]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:44:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cvr20140601_bees.jpg
Call upon an apiary, learn about beekeeping, make s'mores, tour the organic garden, and oodles more.

Photo Credit: Carmel Valley Ranch]]>
<![CDATA[Hearst Castle: Tours Resume]]> Sat, 03 Sep 2016 07:40:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hearstcastlesunset1.jpg
The landmark closed due to the nearby Chimney Fire; now visitors are once again strolling the famous estate.

Photo Credit: Hearst Castle]]>
<![CDATA[Beach Polo Swings at The Del]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:21:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/beachpolodel.jpg
Admire ponies upon the sand over Labor Day Weekend.

Photo Credit: Hotel del Coronado]]>