One of California’s original twenty-seven counties, El Dorado is the undisputed home of the Gold Rush, and, possibly the home of the American vineyard too, with vines dating back to 1849. Simon visits a number of historic sites in the county, including Marshall Gold Discovery Park, and the actual location where gold was first found. Simon also visits several wineries, including Chateau Routon, known also for its elegant Arabian Horses. In Placerville, Simon highlights locations that are worth a detour, including Hangman’s Tree Pub, and the Shafsky House, a bed and breakfast located in an original turn-of-the-century building.
The sky’s the limit in the glittering, trendsetting, and culturally diverse city of Los Angeles, a city that continually reinvents itself. Simon visits with world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, creator of “Fusion-style” cuisine, and acts out his Oscar fantasies during a guided tour of the Kodak Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony. Simon also goes…Watch Now >>
Marin County is referred to as San Francisco’s playground. Simon visits historic and beautiful communities relatively undiscovered by tourists. Marvel at Muir Woods’ towering ancient redwoods in Mill Valley. Stroll the quaint Old Corte Madera Square. Dine at some of the San Francisco Bay area’s finest restaurants in San Anselmo, and discover the rich architectural…Watch Now >>
Explore a region affectionately known as “The American Riviera.” Filmed here, the Oscar-nominated film “Sideways” has invigorated interest in this thriving wine region. Host Simon Kane savors all the flavors of Santa Barbara, with its vibrant art scene, farmers markets, and specialty shops. A highlight of your visit here is meeting the legendary Fess Parker…Watch Now >>
Monterey, California is quite possibly the greatest meeting of land, sea, and sky on the entire planet. This visual feast encompasses breathtaking Pacific coastline, dramatic Big Sur, romantic Carmel, Pacific Grove, the world-famous 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, and Monterey’s very own wine country. Simon visits historic Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and tastes wine at…Watch Now >>