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Californa African American Museum LOS ANGELES, CA February 18, 2014 - Los Angeles, home to one of the largest populations of Black Americans, is celebrating the city's ethnic diversity with the launch of a three-day, self-guided African American Heritage Tour, presented by the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Board (LA Tourism). From well-known African American cultural finds like the California African American Museum (CAAM) and Leimert Park Village, to hidden historical treasures like Biddy Mason Park and the Battleship IOWA, this comprehensive guide highlights Black Angeleno's pivotal impact on the fabric of LA. The rich and varied tour begins in…
Scenic stretch of trail in summer Yountville, CA February 17, 2014 – The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) and Visit Napa Valley (VNV) have announced they will each provide $2.5 million in funding toward construction of the Napa Valley Vine Trail, a pedestrian and bicycle path spanning 47 miles from the Vallejo Ferry Building to Calistoga. The combined $5 million contribution provides 40 percent of the local funding needed to build the hiking and biking trail. "The entire Vine Trail Coalition and our 30 community organization board members are so thankful for the generosity and support that NVV and VNV are…
  TASTE News Service January 27, 2014 - Americans who watched TV in the 1950s and '60s, will instantly recognize a photo of Fess Parker in a coonskin cap. Older folks might say it's Davy Crockett, a role he played in 1954-55 for Walt Disney. Others would see him as Daniel Boone. Different American heroes, but both were frontiersmen and the look was much the same. Parker played that Daniel Boone role on NBC television for six years and the Santa Barbara hotel he founded in 1986, The Fess Parker, now a Doubletree by Hilton Resort, is celebrating the 50th…
Yosemite hikers January 23, 2024 - Visitors to Tuolumne County, California, where the northern half of Yosemite National Park is located, are finding fun in many activities they would normally have to wait to do until Spring. This area of California that ranges in elevation from near sea level in the foothills, to over 9,000 feet in the Sierra is experiencing an unusually dry and warm winter that is giving visitors and residents alike an opportunity to get out and explore trails and roads that are otherwise under blankets of snow this time of year. Miles of old railroad grade…
OAKLAND, CALIF. (December 23, 2013) - Oakland is making national headlines, garnering positive attention for attracting top restaurants and chefs, emerging technology companies and new residents. By the end of the year, Oakland will have received more than 20 positive accolades in 2013, including "Most Exiciting City in America" by Movoto, "6th Best Rising Star Destination by The Huffington Post, and "5th Hippest City in the U.S." by The Thrillist. “Oakland has always had a rich and diverse culture, great food and amazing music, and now the worldOakland's Lake Merritt at sunset is finally starting to take notice,” said Alison…
  James Rolphby Dan Clarke   Sacramento, CA December 6, 2013 - I had a beer yesterday afternoon. That in itself isn't unusual, but communing with a dead politician might be. “Sunny Jim” Rolph died in 1934 during his third year as Governor of California. Prior to his election to statewide office he spent nearly 19 years as Mayor of San Francisco. It was during that time that he became my Dad's godfather. Rolph lived at 21st and Guerrero Streets in San Francisco, my paternal grandparents' house was at 23rd and Guerrero. How well they were acquainted, I don't know.…
West Hollywood November 25, 2013 - Walk Score, a private company whose mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods, has announced that it has once again ranked West Hollywood the most walkable city in the state of California. The walkability ranking rates any address based on its proximity to nearby amenities, such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks and public transit. With a score of 89, West Hollywood’s walkability is ranked higher than San Francisco (with a score of 84), Los Angeles (64) and San Diego (49) “With its central location and compact size, West Hollywood is the ideal destination for…
  Visitors enjoy day at Jordan Estate by Dr. Liz Thach, MW   With over 350 wineries in Sonoma County open to the public, there are plenty of opportunities to stop by a tasting room and sample exquisite Pinot Noirs, dazzling Chardonnays, spicy Zinfandels, and many other varietals. However some wineries in Sonoma County are offering even more innovative experiences. Here are five “over the top” wine activities to check out the next time you’re in the area. Sip & Swim - During the warmers months, head to Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Alexander Valley where you can enjoy their…
 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…
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