<![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 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:07:23 -0700 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:07:23 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bunnies and Trains: Engines Steam Into Spring]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:15:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/roaringcampeaster12345.jpg
Roaring Camp and the Skunk Train are both making Easter weekend runs.

Photo Credit: Roaring Camp Railroads]]>
<![CDATA[New Book Features California's "Abroad" Places]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:36:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TenleyFohlPhotographySolvangCaliforniaNatGeo.jpg
Solvang, Healdsburg, and other Golden State spots made the internationally flavored roster.

Photo Credit: Tenley Fohl Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Sierra Spring: Lighten Up at Tenaya Lodge]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:01:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/226*120/PackagesHighSierraMtnBiking.jpg
Wildflowers, and outdoorsy happenings, are blooming near the Yosemite-close resort.

Photo Credit: Tenaya Lodge]]>
<![CDATA[Deals and Delights: Car-Free in the American Riviera]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:57:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sbcarfreesunset12345.jpg
Going to Santa Barbara via Amtrak? Money-savers await.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Car-Free]]>
<![CDATA[Rancho Santa Fe Sweet: Twin Foals' Fifth Birthday]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:09:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/sunnyangeltwinfoals.jpg
The rare twosome will enjoy cake and a reunion with their mother.

Photo Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Juicy April: Pixie Month in Ojai]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:02:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/pixieiguanainnojai1.jpg
The citrus favorite is everywhere, from tours to gift baskets to drinks.

Photo Credit: Iguana Inns]]>
<![CDATA[California State Parks: Earth Day Volunteering]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:39:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/SanOnofre2012.jpg
Wild and beautiful spots around the state are looking for people to pitch in.

Photo Credit: California State Parks]]>
<![CDATA[Announced: Outside Lands Line-Up]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:25:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/outsidesf150243011.jpg
Elton John and Mumford & Sons will perform at the huge San Francisco music festival.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Desert Cool: Family Crafting Fest at The Ace]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:58:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/craftingace456.jpg
The May gathering, called "a Coachella for families," is all about making cute stuff (and togetherness).

Photo Credit: Crafting Community]]>
<![CDATA[Sactown Steam Trains and Subterranean Journeys]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:38:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sacsteamtrainunderground.jpg
The historic warm-weather doings are starting up around Old Sacramento.

Photo Credit: Old Sacramento]]>
<![CDATA[Palm Springs Wheels: The Buzz Trolley]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:38:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/buzzpalmsprings123.jpg
Want to make the scene around the city's plentiful bars? You can, safely.

Photo Credit: The Buzz]]>
<![CDATA[Mousequerade: Dress Up at D23 Expo]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:20:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/d23mousequerade1.jpg
The Disney mega convention is in August, which means you best get going on that amazing costume pronto.

Photo Credit: D23 Expo]]>
<![CDATA[Swallows Day at Mission San Juan Capistrano]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:28:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/missionsanjuancapistrano12345.jpg
A sweet tradition gets its traditional due, complete with a parade.

Photo Credit: Mission San Juan Capistrano]]>
<![CDATA[Tacos to Treats: Inland Empire Restaurant Week]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:54:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/tortilla.jpg
Noshing around Corona, Ontario, Riverside? Save the bucks.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Woof Woof: Calabasas Canine Classic]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:14:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/223*120/canineclassic212022.jpg
Help out local organizations while fresh-air-ing it up with your Fido.

Photo Credit: Canine Classic]]>
<![CDATA[Soon on Sale: Next Winter's Cali4nia Pass]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:41:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bigbearpass_bigbearmountain.jpg
Get a deal and ski at a quartet of California resorts.

Photo Credit: Big Bear Mountain Resorts]]>
<![CDATA[Bubblefest: Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:29:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bubblefesteighteen.jpg
Science gets lighter than air, in Santa Ana.

Photo Credit: Discovery Cube]]>
<![CDATA[Butterfly Jungle: Wing Your Way to Safari Park]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:19:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/sdsafaributterflies23456.jpg
Eye Orange Julias, Tailed Jays, and more breeze-catching beauties.

Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo Safari Park]]>
<![CDATA[MOPA San Diego: Pay What You Wish Days]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:02:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/mopanightfacadebyjenniferderycrop.jpg
Pay five dollars? Or a hundred? The Balboa Park institution welcomes you.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Dery]]>
<![CDATA[Dream Wheels: La Jolla Concours d'Elegance]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:10:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lajollaconcourstrees1.jpg
The water-snug spectacular spotlights museum-worthy vroom-vrooms.

Photo Credit: La Jolla Concours d'Elegance]]>
<![CDATA[Support Your Local Bison: Catalina Island Conservancy Ball]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:38:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BisonCatalinaJackBaldelli.jpg
Raise funds for the furry denizens of the island while whooping it up at the Casino.

Photo Credit: Jack Baldelli]]>
<![CDATA[Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:24:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sbzoogiraffemarch14.jpg
The Masai Giraffe calf was born in the wee hours of March 14.

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[The Universe in Anaheim: "Star Wars" Convention]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:24:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/StormTrooper_84686005%281%29.jpg
Actors, screenings, and special appearances festoon the April celebration.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Madonna Inn Sells Its Vintage Bedspreads]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:55:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MadonnaInnEvening.jpg
The San Luis Obispo charmer is going for a linens refresh.

Photo Credit: Madonna Inn]]>
<![CDATA[Re-Opened: Death Valley's Zabriskie Point]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:09:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/221*120/zabriskiedvnp.jpg
The stark and stunning area welcomes visitors (and weeks ahead of schedule, too).

Photo Credit: Death Valley National Park]]>
<![CDATA[Foamy Confab: California Beer Festival]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:20:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CaliforniaBeerFestival2010.jpg
The Marin, Santa Cruz, San Dimas, and Ventura traveling bev show is setting its sights on summer.

Photo Credit: California Beer Festival]]>
<![CDATA[Wandering (and Snacking) Among the Windmills]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:23:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sweetsTenleyFohlPhotographyTasteofSolvang.jpg
If you can only call upon one culinary event during Taste of Solvang, consider the biggie.

Photo Credit: Tenley Fohl Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland by Costa Mesa: St. Patrick's Fair]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:29:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ocirishdancerscm1.jpg
Irish dancing and tunes pair up with the OC Marketplace's Green Festival.

Photo Credit: OC aaaaa]]>
<![CDATA[Pie Fest: Claremont Celebrates Pi Day]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:08:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/184*120/72669358.jpg
Don your apron and join the Apron Parade, apron enthusiasts.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Candlelit Classic: Earth Hour at Hotel del Coronado]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:35:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Candlelight-focus.jpg
The landmark hotel's fine dining restaurant turns off the lights for a romantic, planet-nice evening.

Photo Credit: candle]]>
<![CDATA[Bright Buds, Big Sky: Death Valley Spring Break]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:35:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/springbreakfurnacedv1.jpg
Dots of pink and purple near Furnace Creek add to the show.

Photo Credit: Inn at Furnace Creek]]>
<![CDATA[Ventura New: Champagne on Main]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:32:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/champagneeee.jpg
Sparkling wine gets its own spring wingding.

Photo Credit: Champagne]]>
<![CDATA[Backstage Peek: San Diego Zoo]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:00:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/backstagepasszoosd.jpg
Go in-depth and see how keepers interact with the resident beasties.

Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Borrego Bliss: Warm Days, Spring Sun, and Wildflowers]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:06:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/borregomassagepool.jpg
Eager to see what's budding in the desert? There's a petal-prett package on.

Photo Credit: Borrego Springs Resort & Spa]]>
<![CDATA[Indian Wells Idyll: Spring Break in the Desert]]> Sat, 07 Mar 2015 11:37:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/renaissanceindianwellspool1.jpg
Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa has a play-and-chillax package, spring breakers.

Photo Credit: Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa]]>
<![CDATA[Beer Camp: Go to Suds School at Sierra Nevada]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:53:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sierranevadahops293213.jpg
Here's your chance to discover the art of beer-making, from some of the masters.

Photo Credit: Sierra Nevada Brewery]]>
<![CDATA[Bon App├ętit Fest: Vegas Uncork'd]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:37:22 -0700 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]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:54:53 -0700 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 08:44:39 -0700 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 11:05:33 -0700 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 09:41:25 -0700 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, 07 Mar 2015 11:39:09 -0700 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 08:40:11 -0700 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 13:25:37 -0700 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 15:25:41 -0700 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 22:49:48 -0700 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 08:40:41 -0700 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 08:36:47 -0700 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 11:10:24 -0700 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 09:16:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2011JordanWinemakingBarrelsandTanksCreditDamonMattsonHR.jpg
The long-running hobnob covers two March weekends.

Photo Credit: Damon Mattson]]>