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Drives and Destinations

 Oct. 18, 2013 – San Francisco’s travel industry awaits autumn like Hollywood looks forward to the Academy Awards. The November issues of top publications such as Saveur, Conde Nast Traveler and Esquire include prized lists of top destinations, hotels, restaurants, chefs and other attributes. San Francisco frequently scores well in these lists and 2013 is no exception. In the November issue of Saveur, San Francisco was awarded Experts' Choice: Best Markets & Artisan Shops in the magazine’s Culinary Travel Awards. Saveur’s panelists singled out San Francisco as the world’s best city for food markets and artisan shops not only for…
By: Tracy Pattin Sinatra appeared at the Players Club in the '40s From the glamorous film stars and infamous mobsters of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, to the flamboyant rock stars of the 60s and 70s, West Hollywood is known for its fascinating cast of characters over the decades. They dined, drank, romanced and lived here. Many are gone now, but are their spirits still hanging around? Strolling and partying the night away? According to some…oh yeah. Here are some great spots to see, hear or feel a spirit or two around town: 1. The Den - 8226 Sunset Blvd.…
Duck monument in Viansa courtyardSANTA ROSA, CA, October 4, 2013—Vintage Wine Estates announced today the purchase of Viansa Winery and Marketplace effective October 4, 2013. Another gem in the company’s rapidly expanding portfolio, the picturesque estate is situated upon a hilltop at the entrance to Sonoma Valley in Sonoma County, California. Viansa combines the joys of wine, cuisine and world-class hospitality, making it an attractive asset to acquire. “We are pleased to have Viansa Winery as part of the family and the gateway to our Napa and Sonoma properties,” said Pat Roney, President, Vintage Wine Estates. Included in the sale…
  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sept. 25, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Sonoma Land Trust (SLT) now have the next key piece to a North San Francisco Bay wetlands restoration project, after being awarded $538,000 by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA). The funding is part of a total $1.5 million request for the multi-phase Sears Point Restoration Project, which will enhance and restore tidal marsh habitat and seasonal wetlands and grasslands in the San Francisco Estuary. “It’s incredibly exciting to break ground on a site that hasn’t been touched by tidal waters for more than 100 years,” said Renee…
  Los Angeles skyline by night. Los Angeles September 9, 2013 - The new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at LAX offers an array of new dining, retail shopping and passenger amenities for travellers of all ages and travel styles. Read on for a sample of itineraries that best fit your travels. FAMILY TRAVELERS - Layovers at the airport can be tough, especially when you're looking for activities the whole family can enjoy. Luckily the new terminal at Los Angeles' airport has a ton of options for families such as: SANRIO - Kids' will marvel at this wonderland of tiny…
Visitors seeking a unique wine region have flocked to the Paso Robles area for years. With more than 270 wineries to choose from, there’s no shortage of wine experiences in California’s “Rhone Zone.” And now that experience starts the moment guests enter their rooms. Robert Hall room at Paso Robles Inn.The Paso Robles Inn has launched a unique wine partnership with local wineries. The concept involves infusing various winery characteristics into the décor, ambience and amenities of each of the deluxe mineral spa rooms – starting with the unique naming on the guest room door.Eighteen deluxe mineral spa rooms at…
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – September 7, 2013 – The City of West Hollywood has launched “The Pickup Line,” a trolley service that offers free and fun transportation to WeHo's legendary nightlife and dining hotspots, while enabling visitors to enjoy a green and car-free Los Angeles experience. The weekend nighttime trolley runs along Santa Monica Boulevard on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. The Pickup debuted on August 16, and has attracted more than 1,400 riders per weekend. “The Pickup is our newest effort to make West Hollywood even more walkable,” said West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land.…
Benton Crossing Road off US Hwy 395. Photo: Mono Co. Tourism MONO COUNTY, Calif., (Aug. 8, 2013) – There’s a quiet highway that runs through the Eastern Sierra Nevada with excursions, adventures and treasures around every curve. It’s a drive so spectacular that USA Weekend recently listed it one of the top five road trips in America. U.S. Highway 395 runs from Southern California to the Canadian border, but it’s the terrain through California’s Eastern Sierra that makes the route a must for every road tripper. The highway’s diverse terrain of high deserts and mountain valleys, lakes and streams includes…
Downton San Diego viewed from Harbor Island. Photo by Joanne DiBona SanDiego.org Nearly perfect weather, palm-lined beaches and a friendly, easy-going vibe make San Diego the quintessential Southern California (SoCal) experience. California’s second largest city also offers vacationers the ideal home base for exploring the entire SoCal region with easy access to nearby Anaheim, Los Angeles, Temecula Valley and neighboring Mexico.With direct flights from nearly 50 major U.S. and Canadian cities and a manageable, centrally located airport in the heart of downtown, arriving in San Diego is quick and hassle-free. Visitors can check-in and begin their vacation shortly after landing…
  Michelle Titus with a fine Fall River trout.Women gather in the Shasta Cascade region of northeast California each summer to learn how to throw bugs.  They’re participants in fly fishing programs run just for women at Antelope Creek Ranch on the northeast side of Mt. Shasta near Tennant and Clearwater Lodge at the Pit River in Fall River Mills. Michael Caranci of The Fly Shop in Redding, which operates Antelope Creek Ranch says, “We’ve held a three-day fly fishing school for women for well over a decade now. It’s loads of fun, and without the pressure of having guys…
Young coyote surveys from a desert ridge. Despite its name, California’s Death Valley National Park is a place full of life. This 3.3 million-acre is home to more than 1,000 plant species, 51 species of native mammals, 307 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, three species of amphibians and five species and one subspecies of native fish within Death Valley National Park. “We frequently hear from guests who are surprised at just how lively Death Valley truly is,” said Phil Dickinson, director of sales and marketing for Furnace Creek Resort, which includes two distinct lodging options, a variety of…
  Del Mar is a city best navigated in the mindset of a local. A coastal community located twenty minutes north of Downtown San Diego, Del Mar teems with restaurants, beaches, and activities beloved by residents who know where to be and when. This intimate guide to discovering Del Mar sheds insight on how to capitalize on everything this beach town has to offer. The Beach, But Not Where You Think: The anchor of the Del Mar coastline is Powerhouse Park, which provides spectacular views, rolling grassy hills for picnics, and playgrounds for the little ones. But for a more…
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