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L.A. Road Trip to Find Food Stars and Celebs

L.A. Road Trip to Find Food Stars and Celebs
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Take this culinary tour of the Los Angeles area to search for celebs, and find ways to work up an appetite for star-quality food.

Trip length: 3 days
Total distance: 158mi/254km

DAY 1
Downtown Los Angeles. Power-lunching goes seasonal, inventive, and delicious at Craft , where Top Chef star Tom Colicchio draws in celebs like Nicole Kidman and Warren Beatty with avocado salad with tomatillos and spiced peanuts and hanger steak with celery root and chanterelles. INFO Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau ; 213/236-2300

Griffith Park (13mi/22km; 34min). Work off lunch in surprisingly wild and rugged Griffith Park , with 53 miles of trails offering spectacular vistas of the entire L.A. region, and some of the region’s best looks at the iconic Hollywood® sign. INFO City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks ; 323/913-4688

Pasadena (16mi/26km; 28min). Take in broad sweep of American styles in this handsome community. First, stroll palm-lined streets lined with elegant American Craftsman-style homes, then sit down to a meal straight out of the 1960s at Pie ‘n Burger . Make sure you save room for sweetly delicious strawberry pie. INFO Pasadena Chamber of Commerce ; 626/795-3355

DAY 2
San Marino (2mi/2km; 4min). The Huntington Botanical Gardens are a feast for the eyes, with spectacular themed plantings including the aromatically enticing Chinese Garden, known as the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. INFO The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens ; 626/405-2100

Simi Valley (45mi/73km; 52min). Follow Highway 118 through the Santa Susana Mountains—if you’re a Bonanza fan those dramatic rock outcroppings might look familiar—they served as a frequent backdrop for the popular series. At the Limon Latin Grill , make lunch a fiesta with wraps, guacamole, and tamales. INFO Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce ; 805/526-3900

Thousand Oaks (17mi/27km; 20min). Explore the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area , known for its year-round wildflowers and stunning views. A foray into the western part of the recreation area offers easy hikes and a chance to visit the Satwiwa Native American Indian Cultural Center. INFO Santa Monica National Recreation Area ; 805/370-2300

DAY 3
Camarillo (10mi/15km; 12min). Settle in for breakfast at ZZYZX Café , where offerings are as unusual as this small eatery’s name. Choose from Steak Benedict, a Cajun omelet, or piña colada pancakes—or just rely on the usual breakfast standbys if you’re not feeling quite so adventurous. INFO Camarillo Chamber of Commerce ; 805/484-4383

Ventura (17mi/27km; 24min). Be sure to pack the binoculars for a visit to sand dunes and other habitats at McGrath State Beach . More than 200 bird species, some quite rare, are attracted by the park’s lush Santa Clara River ecosystem and freshwater McGrath Lake. INFO McGrath State Beach ; 805/968-1033

Oxnard (11mi/18km; 18min). Savor fresh, seasonal ingredients and rustic cuisine at Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars . Organic corn tortillas and even the kosher lamb “bacon” are house-made. Also visit the California Welcome Center for more information about the region. INFO Oxnard Convention and Visitors Bureau ; 805/385-7545

Ojai (27mi/44km; 33min). Continue along the Ventura County Wine Trail , accessing over a dozen wineries along the way, until you hit Ojai, a quaint town with a Spanish-style town center and appealing shops and galleries. INFO Ojai Visitors Bureau ; 888/652-4669
 

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