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Drives and Destinations

Boarder enjoys fresh snow this weekBy Daniel Pistoressi March 10, 2016 - This winter's monster El Niño continues to deliver on the slopes of Lake Tahoe with this week's storm snowfall totals cresting the five-foot mark at summit elevations. Powder-coated skiers and snowboarders are currently reporting the best conditions of the entire season, an epic winter that has already seen more than 400 inches of snowfall, with another round of powerful storms on track to deposit multiple feet of snow over the weekend.
San Diego skyline TASTE News Service, March 8, 2016 - The Sundance Film Festival held in the winter and the Cannes Film Festival held every spring may be known for drawing film fans to their annual celebrations, but cinephiles can find something to love in San Diego throughout the year. With more than a dozen specialty festivals screening everything from horror to fashion, and from LGBT- to Hispanic-themed films, San Diego is emerging as a leading destination for film lovers in the world. Following are a few of the many film festivals that can be found in San Diego throughout…
Imagery Estate Collection Curator and SSU art professor emeritus Bob Nugent and assistant curator Kara Sybesma, left, and SSU University Art Gallery Exhibitions Coordinator Carla Stone, right, with a piece from the collection by Tony Speirs at the winery. TASTE News Service March 1, 2016 - The fine art gracing the labels of Imagery Estate Winery's unique wines began 30 years ago as a project between a Glen Ellen winemaker and Sonoma State University art professor. Now, the highly regarded, 442-piece Imagery Estate Winery Permanent Collection comes full circle to Sonoma State University thanks to a generous gift from the Benziger…
Allan Houser (American Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994), Force, 1990. Vermont marble, 26.5 x 26 x 27 inches. Crocker Art Museum, promised gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D. By Matthew Guillory February 11, 2016 - There is a lot happening at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum as it heads into the second half of 2016 - exhibitions include glass (from ancient Roman to contemporary American), photography, colonial art, sculpture and European drawings. Talks, walks and the like are great ways to learn a little more about the art on display. At their monthly noontime “Lunch & Learn,” museum docents dive deep into a…
Morro Bay oyster harvesterTASTE News Service, January 14, 2015 - San Luis Obispo County, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's breathtaking Central Coast, offers an assortment of locally-sourced and produced food and drink. The area's range of coastal and inland influences is demonstrated by its broad assortment of gastronomic treats ranging from fresh foods, innovative spirits, unique craft beers and much more. The destination is overflowing with an abundance of great products found only on the Central Coast.   Locally Sourced Foods Flourish in San Luis Obispo County There are a wide variety of new and…
A breaching Gray Whale TASTE News Service, January 6, 2015 – Winter ‘til spring is the time to see Gray Whales. From mid-December until April, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. They typically spend several months in the warm Baja California waters, time for their young to grow strong enough to make the journey home, before making their way back north again in the Spring. It is the longest known distance any mammal migrates on an annual basis and…
TASTE News Service December 9, 2015 - Located just five miles from Disneyland, 10 miles from Huntington Beach and 20 miles from Los Angeles is the town of Buena Park. The city is home to entertainment, interactive dinner shows and one-of-kind shopping. Here are a few facts about this Orange County city you may not have known: 1. The Boysenberry was born in Buena Park In 1926, Walter Knott created the Boysenberry - a hybrid of the Loganberry, blackberry and raspberry. The boysenberry was first sold at his roadside fruit stand which eventually grew to a restaurant and later America's…
A typical Santa Barbara courtyard TASTE News Service, December 3, 2015 — Looking for a unique way to celebrate the winter holidays? One way is to escape to Santa Barbara to rediscover your joy and cheer. Voted “Best Beach Town” by Sunset magazine in its inaugural travel awards in May 2015 and one of Condé Nast Traveler's “30 Best Small Cities in America” in its Readers' Choice Awards, Santa Barbara is located 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coastline.
TASTE News Service, November 11, 2015 - Direct flights from Orange County into Sonoma Wine Country will begin on March 16, 2016, according to Alaska Airlines. Flights from Orange County will depart at 12:15 p.m. and arrive at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa at 1:46 p.m. Flights from Santa Rosa will depart at 12:40 p.m. and arrive in Orange County at 2:11 p.m. John Wayne Airport will be the second airport that offers non-stop flights from the Los Angeles basin. The other is LAX. Other destinations are Portland, San Diego, and Seattle. John Wayne Airport…
Preparing just a little paella at Dashe Cellars TASTE News Service November 1, 2015 - Visit Oakland, the city's destination marketing organization, has announced the debut of the Oakland Urban Wine Trail, showcasing 10 wineries within the city's limits. The wineries cover a 10-mile radius throughout Oakland and the trail is walkable and easily accessible by public transportation. What makes Oakland's trail unique? Variety in an already different location. Oakland's urban wineries are housed in renovated warehouses and offers visitors tasting rooms in industrial neighborhoods, artist community spaces, and even waterfront locations. Oakland vintners source their grapes from throughout California…
TASTE News Service, October 29, 2015 - From these classic movies --High Noon, The Great Race, Back to the Future III and Big Valley, to television series that brought the big outdoors into American living rooms such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Lassie, a small area in Northern California has played a big role: creating lifelike settings and story lines to recreate early America. For Tuolumne County, set against the backdrop of Yosemite National Park in Northern California, the job was easy. As early as 1919, filmmakers recognized the area as a valuable and convenient source for…
Pirates Dinner is theater kids will enjoy TASTE News Service, October 23, 2015 - Buena Park is a popular tourist destination that offers year-round mild climate and proximity to Disneyland, shopping and beaches. In fact, Buena Park's award-winning attractions, restaurants and hotels have earned it the distinction as one of the “Most Fun Small Towns” in America by Rand McNally. Among the city's biggest attractions is Knott's Berry Farm. It has been honored with the prestigious Linsberg Applause Award, an accolade said to acknowledge the best amusement park in the world. Knott's attractions include one of the world's longest and…
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