<![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, 06 Mar 2015 06:18:11 -0800 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:18:11 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bon App├ętit Fest: Vegas Uncork'd]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:37:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vegasuncorkedcaesars.jpg
It's a splashy foodie party in that oh-so-over-the-top town.

Photo Credit: Vegas Uncork'd]]>
<![CDATA[All-Zinfandel Paso Robles Weekend]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:33:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bottleshutterstock123456789.jpg
The winter-into-spring sip gets its own Zinposium.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Nevada City Charm: The Inn Town Campground]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:44:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/228*120/airstreamInnTownCampgroundKatAlvesPhotography.jpg
Want to be with nature but not too far from the hubbub, too? Hang tight, campers.

Photo Credit: Kat Alves Photography]]>
<![CDATA[SLO Sip Springtime: Roll Out the Barrels]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:05:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/BarrelPourCourtesySLOWineCountry.jpg
A full month -- think the entirety of April -- will be wine-a-riffic 'round the Central Coast town.

Photo Credit: SLO Wine Country]]>
<![CDATA[Merry Murphys: Celebrate Irish Day]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:41:25 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/murphysirishdays23456.JPG
The Gold Country burg welcomes St. Patrick's Day with the wearing of the green.

Photo Credit: Murphys]]>
<![CDATA[Camp Indoors: South Lake Tahoe's Basecamp Hotel]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:42:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/greatindoorstahoe12.jpeg
Sleep inside a tent (under a roof).

Photo Credit: Basecamp Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Ritz-Carlton LA: Spa Meets Rooftop Garden]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:40:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/rclaherbroof.jpg
That basil and orange in your treatment? It was grown nearby.

Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles]]>
<![CDATA[Re-Opening April 1: The Wawona]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:25:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WawonaYosemite.jpg
The Mariposa Grove-close landmark says hello to warmer weather.

Photo Credit: DNC Parks & Resorts]]>
<![CDATA[Hotel Irvine: Board Games and Beer Flights]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:25:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/beerscrabbleGettyImagesZoranMilich.jpg
The recently updated property makes merry every Wednesday in March.

Photo Credit: Scrabble/Zoran Milich and Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chocolate Decadence and Pechanga Wine Festival]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:49:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/chocolates.jpg
February isn't over, and there is still sweetness (and sipping) to be had.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[On Sale: West Coast BBQ Classic Tickets]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:40:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/queenmarybbq908.jpg
Make for Long Beach in May for luscious, piquant meats.

Photo Credit: West Coast BBQ Classic]]>
<![CDATA[Spectacular Sunnylands: Take a Tour]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:36:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sunnylandsexterior1.jpg
The mid-'60s gem is there for you to see (plus, there's an exhibit on, too).

Photo Credit: Sunnylands]]>
<![CDATA[On Its Juicy Way: Tomatomania!]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:10:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/169*120/Tomatoes+Vine.jpg
It must (nearly) be spring: The mega heirloom gathering is almost here.

Photo Credit: Tomatoes]]>
<![CDATA[Barrel-Tasting Sublime: Sonoma's Wine Road Celebrates]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:16:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2011JordanWinemakingBarrelsandTanksCreditDamonMattsonHR.jpg
The long-running hobnob covers two March weekends.

Photo Credit: Damon Mattson]]>
<![CDATA[Quirky Free: San Diego Spring Busker Fest]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:44:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sdbuskermusic2345.jpg
Jugglers, mimes, and outlandish pavement visionaries rule.

Photo Credit: San Diego Spring Busker Fest]]>
<![CDATA[Whale Watch: Mendo Fetes the Big Mammals]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:33:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PointCabrillo12.jpg
Mendocino, Little River, and Fort Bragg pay tribute to the gentle giants.

Photo Credit: Mendocino Whale Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Disney Doings: D23 Visits Vineyards, Studios...]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:31:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/183*120/expod23mickey1.jpg
Lunches with Disney legends, studio tours, and more round out the calendar.

Photo Credit: D23 Expo]]>
<![CDATA[40th Anniversary: OC's Famous Avila's El Ranchito]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:10:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/elranchitoannewatson123.jpg
One of the OC's classic Mexican favorites celebrates in April with throwback dishes and deals.

Photo Credit: Anne Watson]]>
<![CDATA[Wee Okapi: Aww Over Amaranta at Safari Park]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:50:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/okapisafaripark1.jpg
The little calf is charming visitors three mornings a week in the African Woods.

Photo Credit: Ken Bohn]]>
<![CDATA[Living Desert: Park After Dark]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:54:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/169*120/Moon_73485956.jpg
Enjoy s'mores, a campfire, and critter visits at the Palm Desert animal park.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[First Flower Report: Joshua Tree Wildflowers]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:32:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/ActonsBrittlebushEnceliaactoniRHannawacker.jpg
An arid expanse gets colorful with the coming of spring.

Photo Credit: NPS/Robb Hannawacker]]>
<![CDATA[Feeding Frenzy Tour at Monterey Bay Aquarium]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:32:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/feedingfrenzytourmba.jpg
A "private viewing of a sea otter feeding" is just one wonder to behold.

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Desert Gem: Cabot's Pueblo Museum]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:42:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cabotspueblomuseumagp.jpg
The idiosyncratic abode, a vision of one man, is a Desert Hot Springs landmark.

Photo Credit: Cabot's Pueblo Museum]]>
<![CDATA[OC Egg Drop for National Engineer's Week]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:15:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/generic-eggs-food-generic.jpg
"Tinkerers and builders of all ages" can participate in the Discovery Cube OC fun.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Blooms: Orchid Extravaganza]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:31:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/edt-2014-orchid-152885605.jpg
Buyers, experts, and beginners gather to savor the sophisticated flowers.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Cultura RF]]>
<![CDATA[OC Restaurant Week: "Ride. Dine. Stay."]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:06:18 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ocrestaurantweek23456789.jpg
Want to get more out of the early-March foodie to-do? Anaheim has ideas for you.

Photo Credit: OC Restaurant Week]]>
<![CDATA[New: Historic Hotel Romance Super Site]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:44:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pasoroblesinnfront1.jpg
The "official program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation" has suggestions for traveling sweethearts.

Photo Credit: Paso Robles Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara's Lotusland]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:25:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LotuslandMother.jpg
The lush grounds debut with special events, plenty of blooms.

Photo Credit: Ganna Walska Lotusland]]>
<![CDATA[Winter Wonderlands Found: National Park Foundation Guide]]> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:15:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/winterwonderlands57060447.jpg
Need some snow in a spectacular setting? Get pretty picks.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Shore Hotel: Elopements and Sandcastles]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:04:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shorehotelelopesandcastle.jpg
Two different packages are in the Santa Monica spotlight.

Photo Credit: Shore Hotel]]>
<![CDATA[Valentine's in the California State Parks]]> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:16:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*126/579823_10151562163505209_1750067275_n.jpg
Get under the sun with your sweetheart and take in some nature.

Photo Credit: California State Parks]]>
<![CDATA[First of the County Fairs: Riverside Opens]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:04:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/riversidecountyfairdatesunset1.jpg
Date-loving diners, your festival is here.

Photo Credit: Riverside County Fair and Date Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Malibu Pet-A-Palooza]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:16:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/malibupooches1234567.png
Best Friends Animal Society and Malibu Country Mart are teaming on a sweet get-'em-adopted happening.

Photo Credit: Malibu Pet-A-Palooza]]>
<![CDATA[Oh, Hello Mountain Snow: There You Are]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:25:03 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mammothsnowreturnspetermorningmmsa.jpg
Stow those shorts, flakes fans; February is acting February-ish, finally.

Photo Credit: Peter Morning/MMSA]]>
<![CDATA[Drink of the Desert: Date Shake]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:40:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/189*120/hadleysdate12345.JPG
Is this your first beverage heading into Palm Springs (and your last on the way out)?

Photo Credit: Alysia Gray Painter]]>
<![CDATA[SnowFest: North Lake Tahoe's Quirky Winter Fun]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:38:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/snowfesttahoe1234567.jpg
Luaus, snow sculpting, and other high-altitude high jinks are set to go down near the big water.

Photo Credit: SnowFest]]>
<![CDATA[Pre-Sale Passports: Temecula Valley's World of Wine]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:15:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/1653639_10152056828029011_1867497276_n.jpg
The it's-almost-spring soiree is "the first regional tasting event of the year."

Photo Credit: Temecula Valley Winegrowers]]>
<![CDATA[Valentine's Day Among Our National Treasures]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:17:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/archesrobzabrowskishutterstock.jpg
The Day of Hearts happens during the Weekend of Free Admission.

Photo Credit: Rob Zabrowski/Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Joshua Tree: Your Long Weekend Tips]]> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:59:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/joshuatree-geology-NPS.jpg
With more three-dayers down the road, where will you go to explore?

Photo Credit: National Park Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Blooming Soon: The Flower Fields]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:43:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/flowerfieldsyellowpinkblue.jpg
Ranunculus, so much ranunculus, everywhere you look.

Photo Credit: The Flower Fields]]>
<![CDATA[Choo-Choo Like It's 1996: Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:22:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/trainorangeirvine345663.jpg
The cutest train in all the land marks its 19th birthday.

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Love at Carmel's Cypress Inn]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:48:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/puppylovecypressinn1.jpg
Can your tiny one do an impressive trick? You might get a room upgrade.

Photo Credit: Cypress Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Presidents Day: Rushmore Goes Yorba Linda]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:34:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NIXON_Presidents_Day1.jpg
Meet a few of our great Commanders-in-Chiefs at the Nixon Library.

Photo Credit: Nixon Library]]>
<![CDATA[Spring Prognosticator: Meet Mojave Maxine]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:22:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/livingdesertmojavemaxine.jpg
All eyes are on the burrow of The Living Desert tortoise.

Photo Credit: The Living Desert]]>
<![CDATA[Taste of Solvang: The Whole Shebang Ticket]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:36:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tenleyfohlphotographydessertssolvang.JPG
Can't stand the thought of not trying everything at the March food gathering? This is for you.

Photo Credit: Tenley Fohl Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Valentine's Getaway]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:54:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/missioninnsunsetfb.jpg
Riverside's Mission Inn & Spa has hosted numerous U.S. Presidents.

Photo Credit: Mission Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Birding Trip to Anacapa Island]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:41:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/anacapawideshot1234.JPG
Go in search of Blue-footed Boobies and American Oystercatchers, with Island Packers.

Photo Credit: Anacapa Island]]>
<![CDATA[Modernism Week for Newbies]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:40:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/modernismweeknewbies.jpg
The out-sized Palm Springs to-do doesn't have to overwhelm.

Photo Credit: Modernism Week]]>
<![CDATA[Tours Open at Friend's Ranches]]> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:58:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/toursfriendsranchesojai12345678.jpg
Mid-winter is the start of citrus time in the Golden State.

Photo Credit: Friend's Ranches]]>
<![CDATA[Sunny Supping: Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:24:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/foodandwinepalmdesert1234567.jpg
Cat Cora, Gale Gand, and a host of famed foodies will be at the spring celebration.

Photo Credit: Food and Wine Palm Desert]]>