Take A "Sideway's" look at the region affectionately known as "the American Riviera." Filmed here, the Oscar-nominated film has invigorated interest in this thriving wine region. Host Simon Kane savors all the flavors of Santa Barbara, with its vibrant arts scene, farmers markets, and specialty shops. A high-light is meeting the legendary Fess Parker, who starred as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the 1950s and '60s, but is now best known as the proprietor of the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa in Los Olivos.
Say "Hello" to the California coast's rising star. Author and historian Richard Sennett reveals Ventura's heritage of fountains, and points out the Ventura courtroom that inspired dynamic lawyer Erle Stanley Gardner to create his Perry Mason books. Stroll, cycle or skate the Promenade, and "hang ten" at Surfer's Point. Other "peak moments" include exploring Ventura's atmospheric Main Street, and selecting from more than 140 wines from around the world at Weaver Wines.
The sky's the limit in this glittering, trendsetting and culturally diverse city that continually reinvents itself. Simon visits with world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, creator of "Fusion"- style cuisine, and acts out his Oscar fantasies during a guided tour of the Kodak Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony. Simon also goes on a 2 a.m. roll at the hip Lucky Strike Lanes and joins the late night crowds at Pink's Hot Dog Stand. Explore the spectrum of shopping districts, from tony Rodeo Drive to funky Melrose Avenue.