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What’s New in California: Winter 2013

San Francisco-based travel journalist and one of Lonely Planet’s top California experts, John Vlahides presents the winter 2013 edition of “What’s New in California.” From seasonal events and activities to travel trends and story ideas for 2013, the webisode features the following segments:

  • Winter Snow: The California ski season is off to a strong start with bountiful, big snow. Thanks to a recent billion-dollar-plus capital investment, California’s ski resorts have many exciting, new offerings for visitors−both on and off the slopes.
  • California Restaurant Month: January is California Restaurant Month , a time to shine the spotlight on the Golden State’s innovative chefs and eclectic, eponymous style of cuisine. The third annual statewide dining promotion features more than 30 participating destinations, where hundreds of restaurants are offering special menus and stellar values.
  • Small Batch Food Movement: The small batch food movement is thriving in California’s restaurants, with a DIY approach and no-waste ethos inspiring chefs to make everything in house and use local purveyors.
  • Awards Season: January kicks off the star-studded “Awards Season” in Southern California, with several high profile award shows and film festivals honoring the year’s best in film, television and music. Red carpet and celebrity sightings galore!
  • Set-Jetting: Forget jet-setting. In California it’s all about set-jetting. Book a guided film tour or plot your own movie tour to visit the iconic and obscure locations that set the backdrops to your favorite films and television shows.
  • Historic Trails: Time-travel along California's many historic trails, like the route the original '49ers took through Gold Country, or the El Camino Real that connects California's 21 historic missions.
  • Earth Month: Looking ahead to spring when the focus turns to all things green, April is packed with Earth Day celebrations and activities. The California Wine Institute even designated April Down to Earth Month to highlight sustainable winemaking practices—from grape to glass.
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