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.
Hot-air balloons and open-cockpit biplanes offer aerial tours of stunning Temecula Valley. Viticulturalist Ben Drake sheds light on what makes this region the perfect environment to grow premium wine grapes. Host Simon Kane visits an intoxicating variety of wineries, from intimate Hart Winery, to the lavish South Coast Winery. For the ultimate wine-tasting experience, visitors…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 >>
Haleakala National Park resonates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture. The park is home to endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else on Earth. Hiking through Haleakala’s stark volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical rainforest, and backcountry will reinvigorate your spirit.Watch Now >>