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San Francisco Dining, Channels Islands, Luxury Hotels

What happens when an intrepid food critic is asked to consume 13 Michelin stars worth of cuisine in the space of four days in San Francisco? Amanda Frasier pulls back the curtain on Forbes Travel Guide’s influential luxury ratings program and describes California’s three triple Five-Star rated properties. Author Ken McAlpine shares insights on Channel Islands National Park, an archipelago off the Central Coast that’s rich in wilderness and isolation.


Atlas Obscura, Packing Tips, Wine

Episode No. 2 of California Now kicks off with a conversation with Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras, a man who specializes in surfacing curious and wondrous travel destinations. Pauline Frommer offers up a few packing tricks she has assembled over a lifetime of travel as co-president of Frommer’s. Acclaimed wine writer Jon Bonné talks about his latest book on wine culture, The New Wine Rules and shares some of his favorite wine destinations in the Golden State.


Bucket Lists, Craft Beer, San Andreas Fault

Patricia Schultz, author of 1000 Places to See Before You Die talks about bucket list travel and offers up some Golden State destinations. The director of Craft: The California Beer Documentary, Jeff Smith, takes listeners on a road trip organized around some of his favorite craft breweries. Bob Schneider from Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours discusses his company’s San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour, an experience that transports visitors into a world of geological marvels in Greater Palm Springs.


Big Sur, Waterfalls, Oakland

Samantha Brown, PBS host of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love talks about the gorgeous views along Highway One and raves about the area’s iconic destinations and also celebrates some of the hidden gems in the region and shares her insights about how to experience them. Outdoor expert and author Ann Marie Brown, offers essential advice on chasing waterfalls in the Golden State, including what to wear and where to go. And finally, acclaimed chef Tanya Holland takes listeners on a tour of her...