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Did you know that the Pebble Beach Pro-Am started when Bing Crosby invited a few friends for a round of golf, a clambake, and a chance to raise some money for charity? That was back in 1937.
Today this popular tournament takes place on the verdant cliffs of Pebble Beach over-looking the lapping waves and vast vistas of the Pacific Ocean, attended by over 150,000 spectators along with millions of online and TV viewers.
It's so big, it takes over three premier golf courses in the area: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course, and Spyglass Hill Golf Course.
Events include Practice Rounds on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week; then the First, Second, Third, and Final Rounds on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
In 1860, gold seekers were mining at Big Blue Gold Mine on the Kern River where alcohol wasn't allowed at the mine. Well, that was not to be tolerated, so an enterprising miner supplied a couple of barrels of whiskey on a flat south of the mine site - tada, Whiskey Flat!
The adventurous spirit of those Wild Western days is recaptured annually during Kernville's 59th Whiskey Flat Days celebration as it promises to be raucous and rowdy!
Visit Whiskey Flat Encampment for living history representations of cowboy gunfights, horse shoeing and doctoring, saddle and leather making, a Wells Fargo station, saloon, bath house, beautifier, hygienist, and Wild West story tellers.
Enter the Whiskerino, Epitaph, or Frog Jumpin' contests.
Spend time in Kern Valley Indian Camp to learn about authentic Native American Hand Games, crafts, basket making, drumming, beading, singing and dancing, ancestral artifacts, building of huts, food, native plants used by Native Americans, open fire pits used for cooking, and Native American story telling.
Activities throughout the weekend include a western parade, carnival rides, gunfighters, a rodeo, melodramas, music, vendors, a Whiskey Flat Mayor's Race... the Old West comes alive in Kernville this weekend!
The Ball is masked, the food is Cajun, the parade is raucous, and the beads are freely shared in Nevada City next weekend.
Start your weekend at Saturday night's Costume Ball, 8:00 pm to midnight, and party to lively music from the Holcomb Brothers band! But don't sleep in too late on Sunday or you'lle miss the rest of the party...
The party continues on Sunday with oh, so much more fun - the Mardi Gras Street Faire runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Parade along Broad Street brings gaily dressed societies with their floats, bands, and beaded necklaces, and the Carnevale has fun, food, and beverages along with music, drummers, belly dancers, and a bounce house from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Catch the tulips in bloom next weekend at PIER 39's annual Tulipmania celebration! It starts on the 13th and and continues through February 21, 2016.
Enjoy over 39,000 tulips in bloom along with many other seasonal favorites like the pretty little Johnny Jump-ups! You're sure to be WOWed by the vivid colors and exotic arrangements spilling over throughout both levels of the pier!
Participate in guided landscape tours to learn how the displays are created, and bring your fanciest camera gear for optimal photo ops! There's also a self-guided tour map you can download from the PIER 39 website.
After the free guided tour, enjoy complimentary refreshments at Trish's Mini Donuts.
The sun is out, temps are rising, Springtime is in the air, and it's time for the annual Cloverdale Citrus Fair, February 12-15. The theme this year: Pirates of the Fair'ibbean - highlighted by the Downtown Parade on Saturday, Feb 13 at 11:00 am.
Citrus activities include Lily Lemon and Oran Orange, the Citrus Fair Queen program, Orange Surprise, Orange Juicing, and Lemon Delight contests.
Of course, there are all the other things you would expect from a great fair: Gourmet Chef Shows, poultry and animal judging, carnival rides, a Family Fun Zone, food tastings, wine tastings, musical entertainment, and carnival food booths.
Celebrate Valentine's Weekend with a special two-day wine tasting event in Madera: it's the 2016 Wine and Chocolate Weekend.
Visit wineries along the Madera Wine Trail to sample excellent locally produced wines. A very special treat for Valentine's Day weekend includes chocolates that pair with the wines, live musical entertainment, displays of local artists, and scrumptious food tidbits!
Don't miss this opportunity to sample Madera wines - be sure to take some wine home to share with loved ones and friends, too!
For more about the area, visit Discover California's Great Central Valley.
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Yosemite has ahead-of-their-times lodging choices. Take Yosemite Cabins for instance-they're a bit more rustic, but they sure seem like the fore-runner to the luxury Kenyan safari tents of today!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with your sweetheart in Lodi Wine Country this February 13th & 14th during Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend.
Travel from winery to winery while taking in each of the winery’s hosted activities such as wine and chocolate pairings, live music, barrel tasting and cellar tours.
Oh, and did we mention the fabulous wine? Yes, there will be plenty of award-winning wine to keep your taste buds and significant other happy…very happy!
Special things happening in the Santa Cruz area for Valentine's Day Weekend, and they won't wreck your diet!
Natural Bridges State Park & Beach offers five hours of entertaining and educational activities that highlight the migrational patterns of butterflies, birds, and whales with talks, skits, active games, live music, educational booths, and crafts. This event is from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, February 13th at 2531 West Cliff Drive - bring your own picnic lunch or purchase one there.
On Sunday, February 14th, Big Basin Redwoods State Park hosts a romantic two-hour guided walk through the redwoods starting at 11:30 am. You'll learn about courtship and romance rituals of some of our favorite plants and animals - banana slugs, redwood trees - could their love be any more wild? Meet at Park Headquarters (21600 Big Basin Way) prior to start time.
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Solano County boasts three of America's favorite theme destinations: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of only 12 Anheuser Busch Breweries, and Jelly Belly's home factory!
It all began in 1990 when a few Fresno County wineries partnered up to celebrate Valentine's Day. Now every year the wineries of the Twin River Vintners Association continue the tradition and celebrate the joy of love, wine. beer, and chocolate with different festivities on Valentines Day weekend.
Twin Rivers Vintners Association invites you to come experience their most magical weekend of the year with the annual wine and chocolate event February 13 and 14.
Visit the website and print out the map. Then, simply choose a winery to begin your wine tasting journey and go at your own pace.
Each winery has something unique to offer and on this special weekend, they not only have their signature wines and craft beers, but vendors for a little Valentine’s Day shopping, food, entertainment at select wineries, and of course, chocolate.
Walk along the waterfront of Jack London Square on the second Saturday of any month and you'll stumble upon a delightful open-air market with all sorts of treasures to browse.
Jack of All Trades Market brings together a good variety of indie designers, artists, vintage clothiers, antique purveyors, and makers who offer many unique and one-of-a-kind handcrafted wares, collectibles, and never-before-seens for sale.
But the best part is the setting (Jack London Square on the waterfront? Yeah!), the colorful characters, dog and people friendly vendors who are always ready to spend a little time with you, food trucks for food and craft beer, and live music to soothe the soul. All in all, a unique and interesting way to spend a second Saturday.
For more about the area, visit Discover Alameda County.
Downtown Benicia is the place to be on Saturday, February 6th, for their Wine & Chocolate Walk - a tasting of fine wines and chocolate pairings throughout the downtown district.
Up to 20 different merchants will be pouring red, white, and sparkling wine in their shops, providing an enjoyable outing before Valentine's Day. So come along and join in on the fun.
Stroll along First Street with your glass in your hand, tasting the finest pairings of wines and chocolates while you socialize with the shop-keepers and enjoy browsing the wares!
Forget Anchorage - head on up to Chester, California this weekend, February 6-37, 2016, for the Chester Winterfest Sled Dog Races where competitors will vie for a $1000 Purse!
It's a raucous scene around Lake Almanor about this time each year, as the mushers and their well-trained sled teams arrive from all over the West and gear up for the big events.
Participants are excited to return to this eventful contest and greet old friends and new; the dogs are absolutely beside themselves with anticipation - barking, squealing, howling, and lurching against their harnesses - the whole town is jumping with excitement and expectation.
And this event isn't just for race participants! Spectators will find much to cheer about, watching the amazingly professional race teams strut their stuff throughout the day with 7 race categories, six different distances, and classes for almost every conceivable combination of dog numbers and distance runs. So come and join the fun...
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February 6, 2016 marks the 18th year that the Sacramento Association of Museums has presented Sacramento Museum Day to the citizens of and visitors to California's state capitol city.
Many Sacramento area museums and local venues will be participating in this year's Museum Day activities, including the California State Railroad Museum, the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, the California Automobile Museum, the Sacramento Children's Museum, the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, and even the Sacramento Zoo, and Fairytale Town in Land Park.
Designed to entice everyone in the community to enjoy the city's vast offerings of art, history, science, and wildlife, this special day of free and reduced-pricings offers a unique opportunity to experience all of the past, present, and future offerings that our capitol city provides. So plan to get out there on Saturday and take advantage!
For more about California's state capitol, visit Discover Sacramento California. To see photos of Sacramento, including Old Sacramento, the Fab 40s, William Land Park, and more, check out our Facebook albums.
San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinese community in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of China, so it stands to reason they would be The Bomb when it comes to Chinese New Year celebrations!
In the Lunar Year of 4714, San Francisco has a month's worth of festival activities to usher in the Chinese New Year, starting with a mini-procession and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, January 30 along Chinatown's Grant Avenue.
Festivities continue with the Flower Market Fair; Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Pageant; basketball jamboree; Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball; and the ever popular traditional Chinese New Year Parade and Community Street Fair.
For more about San Francisco and Chinatown, visit Discover San Francisco, Chinatown, the Neighborhood, and Chinatown, the Tourist Attraction. For photos of San Francisco, check out our Facebook album, Random Photos.
With their plans to launch the inaugural Half Moon Bay Crab Fest this month necessarily put on hold thanks to Mother Nature's toxins in the water that ruined this year's crab season, organizers have switched focus and launched the SOS Seafood Fest:Sustaining Our Seas instead. But what does that mean for festival goers?
SOS features delicious food truck and booth offerings from amazing restaurants and chefs; intoxicating wines, small-batch craft beers, and SOS refreshing specialty cocktails; awesome musical entertainment on the SOS Mavericks Music Stage; the SOS Seafood for Thought Chefs Pavilion for cooking demonstrations by top chefs, and a thought-provoking conversation involving seafood sustainability experts and how we can protect our oceans and the foods that we harvest from them; the Cool Coastal Marketplace with ocean-inspired arts, crafts, local water sports businesses, pre-packaged gourmet foods, and ocean advocate organizations; and the Fin-Tastic Funzone for the kids.
Gary Brown Enterprises has brought the Northern California Home & Landscape Expo to Cal Expo in Sacramento - the largest three-day show in California - for more than 18 years!
More than 35,000 homeowners from the Greater Sacramento Area that includes five surrounding counties, pass through Cal Expo's gates to see hundreds of exhibits showcasing the latest in products and services for your home and garden.
This highly popular event brings just about everything you could possibly need to build, remodel, or redecorate - whatever your home project.
For more about Sacramento, visit Discover Sacramento California. To see photos of the Sacramento area, check out our Facebook album, Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days, Sutters Fort, Land Park Neighborhood, Sacramento's Fab 40, and Sac's Downtown and Midtown Victorians.
Known as The Festival of the Bay, Treasure Island Flea supports local artists and entrepreneurs. Since its beginnings in 2011, it has become NorCal's largest monthly get together for collectors, artists, crafters, designers, and food trucks. Treasure Island Flea also features local musicians and entertainers, AND it boasts two full bars!
Attended by crowds of around 15,000, Treasure Island Flea hosts over 400 local vendors, including antiques and collectibles, indie designers, makers, food start-ups, and vintage.
Bring the kids too, for games and activities. Can you say, scavenger hunt, pony rides, petting zoo, stilt walkers, and face painters? They're all part of the fun AND your three dollar price of admission!
I always know when the time for Chico's Snow Goose Festival is fast approaching for a couple of reasons. The weather starts getting really cold (for us), and I can hear the Sandhill Cranes flying over my house as they head south for the winter. (And I know when winter is about to be over, as they pass over again on their way back north!)
The 17th Annual Snow Goose Festival in Chico, January 27 – 31, 2016, will again celebrate the spectacular winter waterfowl migration in the North Sacramento Valley.
These birds - millions of geese, ducks, swans, and other species - travel hundreds and thousands of miles every year from their summer nesting grounds in Alaska, Canada, and Siberia to reach warmer climes from California to the tip of South America.
They fly what is known as the Pacific Flyway - a major migratory path that includes the Great Central Valley of Northern California - which provides many wetland resting and feeding stops that are essential to their survival. Stops like the natural wetlands and flooded rice fields of the Shasta Cascade area.
Chico's Snow Goose Festival shares the story of this magnificent migration through over 70 field trips, workshops, and other activities - many of which are free.
Discover what it was like when James Marshall found gold in the Sierra foothills, several miles east of Sutter's Fort, on January 24, 1848!
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is hosting a celebratory event on Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 168 years after the original event - which will include live music, guest speakers, a living history program, gold panning, tin punching, food and more.
For more about the gold in California, visit Discover the California Gold Rush, Discovery of Gold, How to Pan for Gold, and Northern California Gold Rush Sites. To see photos of Marshall Gold Discovery SHP, check out our Facebook album.
In Chico and Butte County, we've got the Snow Goose Festival, which offers field trips and other fun stuff involving migratory birds. (More about that tomorrow!)
In Galt - "Winter home of the regal, red-browed Sandhill Crane" - we have the 9th annual Winter Bird Festival, with birding tours, guest speakers, and free family fun involving more migratory birds!
Many migratory and resident birds call Galt their winter home. The Winter Bird Festival steering committee and volunteers hope that you will find this festival to be an exciting and educational opportunity to celebrate the Winter Birds and habitat we all call home.
If you're a budding nature photographer, you won't want to miss the Zenoptic Wetlands Dawn Photo Tour with Lon Yarbrough!
Visit San Rafael this weekend for one of the largest gem, jewelry, and bead shows in the U.S.A.
With over 60 vendors, you'll find high-quality gems, beads, crystals, and minerals in all shapes and sizes to choose from - and at manufacturer prices! Offerings also include fine jewelry, costume jewelry, gemstones, beads, crystals, precious metals, plus tools, jewelry supplies and boxes all under one roof!
Berkeley Restaurant Week opens today. With 23 restaurants participating, you're sure to find several that will get you drooling to take advantage of this fine opportunity to try something new or revisit an old friend.
Whether your preference is Easy Creole in Ashby Arts; original Downtown gathering spot, Five; Julia's at Berkeley City Club in Telegraph Ave; or Tigerlily Berkeley in Gourmet Ghetto, you'll enjoy special prices on lunch and/or dinner menus.
Rated one of the Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals by Coastal Living Magazine, the Mendocino Crab, Wine & Beer Fest is also one of our Top 10!
Devour your favorite (safe) crab recipes at local crab feeds, winemakers' dinners, wine competitions, crab cruises, cooking classes, cioppino feeds, and anything but crab... cake cook-offs, along with lots of other seafood! Many restaurants and inns celebrate with specials and events throughout the county.
Go whale watching and sport fishing out of Noyo Harbor, don your bib for a tasty and safe crab feed at the Fort Bragg Fire House, hop on the Skunk Train for wine tasting and crabby bites, enjoy Mendocino stories and music, grab a spot on a bench for the Pentecost Hall Cioppino Dinner, join in on one of the All You Can Eat Crab Feeds, vote for your favorites at the Anything but Crab...cake Cook-off - that's just a few of the fun activities taking place throughout the Mendocino coastal area from Friday through the end of January!
With over 100 of The City's best restaurants participating, San Francisco Restaurant Week offers specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at fine establishments from Fisherman's Wharf to Nob Hill.
Just a few examples include Pescatore in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, DOSA on Fillmore, Bob's Steak and Chop House in the Financial District, Bisou French Bistro in The Castro, and The Nob Hill Club at Mark Hopkins. Gentlepeople, get your napkins ready for...
Sacramento's 28th annual ISE presents the latest in adventure travel, hunting, and fishing with outdoor product showcases, seminars, archery ranges, sporting dog presentations, hands-on features, boats, tackle, hunting accessories, and experts galore who share their success secrets.
See the West's best professional anglers at the Ultimate Bass demo tank; try fly casting or tie a fly; question a game warden; ride the latest UTV; attend a dog-training demo; enter the daily Gear Giveaway... With over 630 exhibitors, there's more than something for everyone!
Because of toxins from algae up and down the California coast this season, Cinnabar Theater has postponed its annual Dungeness Crab Feed fundraiser until December 13, 2016. So mark your calendars!
Tie on a bib, grab some lemon and a fork, break out the crab implements that you bring with you, tuck into some delicious crab, and crack open a cold Lagunitas - life doesn't get much better!
Offerings include cole slaw, pasta salad, bread, and dessert along with your crab.
For more about the area, visit Discover Sonoma County.
Tuolumne County Restaurant Week starts on Monday and runs through Sunday - seven days and nights of fabulous meals throughout the area.
Many of the county's fine restaurants, cafes, teahouses, hotel restaurants, and saloons are offering special prixe fixe meals or other special discounts during Restaurant Weekend, including the 1859 Historic National Hotel in Jamestown, and Columbia Kate's Teahouse in Columbia State Historic Park.
Relive the Gold Rush with another of my Chico day trips! Historic buildings, hard-rock mining, museums, Old Towns, gold discovery site, gold panning, historic main streets-it's all on this day trip!
Have fun and eat chocolate at the Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival this Sunday! The University of California Santa Cruz Women's Club is once again bringing the best of the best chocolates to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.
Start off with a two-hour experiential workshop with Brian Wallace, entitled Chocolate Alchemy 101 workshop Quick, Crowd-pleasing Recipes for the Home Chef (Brian is the founder of Endorfin Chocolat).
Then join the festival for award-winning chocolate, winery, cupcake, ice cream, toffee, cookbook, brewery, and many other vendors, a silent auction to raise money for the Women's Club pet project, Naomi Brauner's winning Chocolate Fest poster, and the winner of the Chocoholic of the Year award.
If I asked you where downhill racing began, what would your answer be? Norway? Sweden? Maybe Finland? Some would argue that you're right, but in Johnsville, California, they claim first dibs. According to PlumasSkiClub.org, the Alturas Snowshoe Club "held their first formal race [in February, 1867] and it wasn't until ten years later that a similar ski meet was held in Norway." The race was won by Cornish Bob, who "fairly flew to victory over the 1,804 foot track on twelve foot long wooden skis."
Those skis were called longboards and Cornish Bob used a magic dope conction created by Bill Church to give him an edge over his competition. Dope is a weird mixture of very strange ingredients that was used to wax the bottom of the skis throughout the gold mining camps of Plumas and Sierra counties.
Longboard racing was most recently revived in 1990 at the Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl - three races are held annually on the third Sunday of January, February, and March. Competitors must dress in period style clothing, use only dope from authentic recipes, and they must climb the hill on foot, just as the 19th century racers did. Yet another example of California's quirky beginnings!
The races and attending hoopla are a whole lot of community spirit/family friendly fun to watch. And if you're brave enough, you can rent a pair of 12 to 14 foot skis and race helter-skelter down the hill along with everyone else.
California fancy foods star front and center at this year's Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, with 30 specialty food producers and hundreds of new products - the largest representation of any state. Offerings include spicy pickled veggies; infused nut butters; superfood snacks filled with grains, fruits, and seeds; American Indian-inspired sauces and rubs - just to whet your taste buds.
But California won't be alone. Food artisans, importers, and entrepreneurs from across the United States and around the world gather to learn about new trends, connect with other fancy fooders, champion, and nurture their companies in the ever-evolving world of artisan and craft food production.
Fancy Food Shows explore the cutting edge of food innovation!
How about combining outdoor snow play and an indoor film festival?
We're finally having a fantastic winter here in California, with lots of rain, which turns into snow at our higher elevations. And all this snow just happens to coincide with the fourth annual Lassen Film Festival this coming weekend! The festival is free with your park admission on Saturday and Sunday, and even park admission is free on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
So go out and have some fun in the snow before the festival (bring your snow clothes and gear), warm up at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center while enjoying a variety of shorts and films about United States National Parks in Northern California, night skies, flora and fauna, and more. Then go out and play in the snow some more!
For more about Lassen, visit My 3 Best Kept Northern California Travel Secrets.
Many U.S. National Parks are participating in fee-free days, meaning the fees normally charged for entrance to the parks will be waived.
And many National Park food, transportation, and lodging concessionaires are also offering special experiences and discounts to visitors, making fee-free days an even better bargain!
The next event takes place next Monday, January 18th, so... bundle up, get outdoors, and enjoy your National Parks!
For more about the area around Whiskeytown, visit Discover Shasta County; see Discover Tehama County for the Gateway to Lassen; and for more about Yosemite, see Discover Yosemite National Park. To see photos of Yosemite, check out our Facebook album, Yosemite National Park in Winter.
The 24th annual Winter WINEland begins January 16 along Sonoma County's Wine Road! All wineries will have something on sale for the weekend. Some will offer food pairing, others will have tours, some are only open to the public during this special event.
New this year is the Breakfast with the Winemaker at Longboard or Siduri on Saturday for breakfast and a casual morning of Q&A before heading out to the wineries.
Warm nibbles, a game of wine trivia, friendly spirits, wine and chocolate pairings, acoustic music, gourmet grilled cheese, white and black slushies, barrel tasting, football on the big screens, and bocce ball are just some of the pleasures that await you!
For a few months each year, elephant seals come ashore and form colonies for the purposes of giving birth, breeding, and molting...
In late November, mature males start to arrive at Piedras Blancas beach in Big Sur and and begin the fighting rituals that determine dominance, which in turn determines who gets to breed.
The females start arriving in the middle of December and continue to arrive until the middle of February. The first birthings begin about Christmastime, but the peak of the birthing season occurs during the last two weeks of January, so now's a very good time to visit!
The pups are typically born within four or five days of the female's arrival, and they weigh around 60 pounds. The pups only nurse for about 26 days, but they are nursing on the richest milk in the mammal world, giving them the sustenance they need for the coming weeks of learning to survive on their own.
See it all at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery in the southern part of Big Sur near San Simeon!
Friends of the Elephant Seals provide volunteer docents at the viewpoint to answer questions and help visitors.
Special menus and special pricing is the mantra of the month! And it's no different in Vacaville next weekend. Enjoy ten days (two weekends) to sample the fare of the diverse restaurants that Vacaville boasts. Participating restaurants include Merchant & Main, Fuso, Backdoor Bistro, City Sports Bar & Grill, Courtyard by Marriot Bistro, and Brass Tap. Deals range from a three-course prixe fixe meal to special prices on regular menu items.
The sixth annual Napa Truffle Festival gets under way next weekend - good timing for California Restaurant Month, I might add - bringing you culinary and scientific experts from the world of European and American truffles!
Activities include a truffle cultivation seminar, wild mushroom forages, winery lunches with wine pairings, truffle dog training demos, special truffle dinners, and culminate with the Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace on Monday.
Experts who are participating in this wine and truffle weekend include Host Chef, Ken Frank, owner of La Toque (Napa); American Truffle Company cultivation expert, Robert Change, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Alana McGee, wild mushroom forager, David Campbell, the team at Robert Sinskey Vineyards Truffle Orchard, and - always popular - truffle dogs, Rico and Lolo.
When Winter weather arrives in Northern California, it's time for some Winter driving tips!
Sometimes called, San Francisco's Brooklyn, Oakland boasts a diverse, dynamic, artsy, and edgy new vibe that attracts young locals to move into lower rent lofts and condos, plus big-name and new-gen kitchen-whiz-kid chefs to open new and trendy restaurants!
During Oakland Restaurant Week, which includes two weekends, you have the opportunity to enjoy 10 days of this thriving culinary scene with prix fixe menus for $20, $30, $40, and $50 price marks.
Click on the link below to VisitOakland.com to discover which restaurants are participating, check out their menus online, and even select the neighborhood and/or cuisine you want to explore.
For more about the area, visit Discover Alameda County.
The SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League) Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Nevada City and Grass Valley in California's celebrated Gold Country for its 14th year and I promise you, it's bigger and better than ever!
The theme this year is A Change of Course, putting the spotlight on water issues and the need to change our course in how we interact with our environment.
Wild & Scenic Film Fest is one of the largest film festivals of its kind, presenting 120 films, live music, workshops, art, parties, eco tours, and public events that are designed to inspire and motivate people from all over the world to take steps toward making a difference in how we interact with this third planet from the sun that we call home.
The week of January 8 through the 15th would be perfect timing! Why? Because it's Tahoe South Restaurant Week - meaning fresh seafood, gourmet burgers, decadent desserts, inventive small plates, and mouthwatering steaks... all to celebrate California Restaurant Month.
Specially-priced and Prix Fixe menus highlight Tahoe South's Made with Attitude theme throughout the eight days and nights. No need for tickets or coupons, just visit a participating restaurant(s) and enjoy your favorite special menu(s)!
Alcatraz conjures up images of the Federal penetentiary for most, but there's more of interest on Alcatraz Island than the prison. You'll find relics of the Civil War, the Indian takeover, and more!
While not technically a part of California Restaurant Month, nonetheless, Chefs' Holidays in Yosemite is a pretty good way to celebrate it!
And if you want to know what's what on the American and California Cuisine Scenes, Chefs' Holidays - held at the Ahwahnee each year in January and February - is the place to be!
You'll have the opportunity to experience a range of styles, personalities, and trends by meeting the chefs who are in the forefront of culinary innovation. Chefs like Ken Frank of La Toque in Napa; Mark Liberman of AQ in San Francisco; and Brandon Miller of Mundaka in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The sessions consist of a Meet the Chefs reception, cooking demonstrations and tastings, a Gala Dinner, and behind-the-scenes kitchen tours.
For more about Yosemite, visit Discover Yosemite National Park. For park lodging options, visit Yosemite Lodging. And to see photos of Yosemite in Winter, check out our Facebook album, Yosemite National Park in Winter.
Did you know that Sacramento was named the Next Great American Food City by Southwest: The Magazine??? True story!
Downtown, Midtown, and Old Sacramento offer up some of their best fair for 10 days during Dine Downtown at a very special price: $35 for uniquely created three-course dinners at 30 of Sacramento's best downtown restaurants. It's the perfect way to explore Sacramento's foodie scene to discover for yourself why Sac is called the Farm-to-Fork Capital!
Need more reason to check it out? Dine Downtown benefits the Food Literacy Center that teaches low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to help improve our health, community, and environment.