California Now Podcast
The California Now Podcast explores the people and places that make California a unique travel experience. Host Soterios Johnson, veteran radio journalist and former host of NPR’s Morning Edition on WNYC in New York City, has recently moved to California and is using his journalism skills to learn every fascinating thing about his new home state. He interviews travel experts, chefs, local guides and many others on his journey of discovery. For more ideas on California travel, go to www.visitcalifornia.com
Spas, National Monuments, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Forbes Travel Guide recently released its Star Awards Winners, and CA spas landed at the top of the rankings. Amanda Frasier, EVP of Standards & Ratings, shares some of her top choices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more. Discover hidden gems like California’s “Serengeti” and a park with more than 700 caves with travel writer Ann Marie Brown. Then, Mechelle Lawrence Adams of Mission San Juan Capistrano, explains why March is the best time to visit. Hint: It involves some very famous songbirds.
Sunnylands, Oysters, Free Activities
It begins in the epicenter of Mid-Century Modern design: Sunnylands. The center’s director, Janice Lyle, guides us through a tour of the estate’s rich history. Then we break out the horseradish and lemon wedges for an oyster-themed lightning round with Hunter Lewis, Editor in Chief of Food & Wine. From picnic tables to high-end restaurants, Lewis dishes on the best spots to enjoy bivalves on the half shell. Travel insider Pauline Frommer highlights her favorite free—or nearly free—activities in CA.
Butte County, Temecula, San Diego County
Join host Soterios Johnson as he gets to know a Northern California region that has shown incredible resilience: Butte County. This corner of the Shasta Cascade region is recovering from last year’s Camp Fire—and your vacation dollars will play a huge role in helping it bounce back. After that, our host learns about Temecula from a local: Thom Curry, co-owner of the Temecula Olive Oil Co., reveals his favorite things to do and places to go in this Inland Empire mecca.
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