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Anderson Valley, L.A. Music Venues, Family Travel

This episode of the California Now Podcast features a scenic road trip through Mendocino County wine country

Join host Soterios Johnson as he climbs into the passenger seat alongside Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Nathan Lump on an audio road trip across the Anderson Valley. Lump, a seasoned travel veteran, talks about the freedom and sense of discovery he felt while driving from Calistoga to the Mendocino Coast. He visited friendly wineries, enjoyed memorable meals, and walked in a majestic redwood grove—and that was all before he arrived at Highway 1 and saw all of its scenic beauty.

Also in this episode, rock critic Fred Schruers taps into a lifetime of attending live gigs to reveal his top five music venues in Los Angeles. After that, Pauline Frommer shares her passion for traveling with her children and offers up some family-friendly destinations in the Golden State. Her recommendations include Highway 1, The Madonna Inn, Olvera Street, La Jolla, and Balboa Park.


Nathan Lump, Editor in Chief of Travel + Leisure magazine

Fred Schruers, longtime Rolling Stone correspondent and author of Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography

Pauline Frommer, travel author and Co-President of Frommer Media


Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Nathan Lump recounts his Anderson Valley road trip along Highway 128 to the Mendocino Coast.

Rock critic and author Fred Schruers shares his five favorite music venues in Los Angeles.

Travel author Pauline Frommer discusses the joys of traveling with kids, and shares a few top destinations.


About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis, Calif., in 2016 and is just getting to know his surroundings. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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