Hot air balloons and open cockpit biplanes offer aerial tours of stunning Temecula Valley. Viticulturalist Ben Drake sheds light on what makes this region the perfect environment to grow premium wine grapes. Host Simon visits an intoxicating variety of wineries, from intimate Hart Winery to the lavish South Coast Winery. For the ultimate wine-tasting experience, visitors can board the Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle. Simon also visits the phenomenal Pechanga Resort and Casino, and Warner Springs, one of Southern California's best kept secrets with its fabulous thermal pools.
Simon goes beyond San Diego's most obvious tourist stops to explore this city's historical, cultural, and culinary attractions. Simon brushes up on area history at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. You'll visit Hillebrecht Avocado Farm, and check out the freshest, picked-daily produce at Chino Farms market. Simon explores the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego's premier dining, shopping, and entertainment district, and speaks with Croce's restaurant owner, Ingrid Croce, widow of singer-songwriter, Jim Croce. Your tour ends at Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park.
Welcome to the O.C! Get a panoramic view of the "California Riviera" aboard a helicopter. Costa Mesa's thriving cultural scene is represented by a visit to the spectacular Orange County Performing Arts Center. Simon tees off at some of the area's premier golf courses, including the Tustin Ranch Golf Club and he championship oceanfront Monarch Beach Golf Links. For upscale shopping and fine dining, the South Coast Plaza offers an unparalleled experience. Simon surveys the 2.8 million square feet of shopping and restaurants that serve up food from virtually every corner of the globe.