Many people consider Lake County’s Harbin Hot Springs as one of the most relaxing retreat spots in the world. Located at southern tip of scenic Lake County in northern California’s famed wine country, Harbin Hot Springs is a renowned outdoor spa. Harbin’s pools have been beloved for their magical and serene qualities since the resort’s establishment in 1870 and for centuries prior when the springs
By Joe Kukura on Mar 23, 2015
The North Coast wine country’s most distinguished wineries will break out all the stops for the 11th annual Lake County Wine Adventure, May 15-17, 2015, in Lake County, California. What you think of as laid-back wine country will transform into “wine, live music, gourmet food and theme party” country, as 26 participating wineries throw simultaneous celebrations, with this year’s event scheduled fo
By Joe Kukura on Mar 23, 2015
The 29th annual South by Southwest conference, now known simply as SXSW, has become a must-attend event in the music, film and tech industries. Still held in it’s original location of the Austin Convention Center, the conference has now grown so large that it spreads all over the city of Austin, Texas. This year’s SXSW is scheduled March 13-22, and we’ve prepared this little guide for SXSW travel
By Joe Kukura on Mar 12, 2015
School is cool when it involves award-winning wineries, bird watching in sensational scenic habitats and staying at a restored 19th century luxury hotel. But those are the perks of a Road Scholar education in Lake County, California, home to the cleanest air in America among many natural wonders. Road Scholar is a long-running educational travel and tourism program offering “study tours” of unique
By Joe Kukura on Feb 25, 2015
Add some glamor to your camping by glamping—an up-and-coming camping trend that adds some flair and extravagance to setting up camp in the great outdoors. Glamping is “roughing it” without the rough edges, adding creature comforts and retro charms to your camping experience. Glampers often camp out in 1940s to 1970s-era vintage trailers and teardrop campers, though some are known to erect large te
By Joe Kukura on Feb 23, 2015
While the Academy Awards will take over our national imagination on Sunday, the semifinalists for the “Oscars of Food” were announced this week. The James Beard Foundation announced will select the winners of the 25th Annual James Beard Award on May 4 at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. The nomination list is long and represents culinary excellence for all over the country, from Maine to Hawaii.
By Barry Eitel on Feb 19, 2015
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By Joe Kukura on Apr 17, 2015
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