In the Loop


“Lonely Planet” recently announced its top 10 U.S. destinations for 2013, naming San Francisco as a strong favorite and giving it rave reviews, adding that if you need extra incentive, “the city has an ace up its sleeve — the 34th America’s Cup is coming to fog city in 2013, and big changes and upgrades afoot all along San Francisco’s heaving waterfront.” You can easily visit the City by the Bay.

Other places beckon too, and we pass them along to you in this monthly roundup of tips for short hops to nearby events and longer trips around California.

Speaking of San Francisco, the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel has created the reasonably priced “Seafood Watch” room package with accommodations and dinner for two with suggestions for sustainable menu selections, available through April 30 (; 800-233-1234).

To the northwest in Yosemite National Park, AAA four-diamond Ahwahnee Hotel welcomes 24 of America’s renowned chefs for a series of eight Chef’s Holidays between Jan. 6 and 31. Each session features a reception, cooking demos, tastings, a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour and five-course gala dinner. Outside, of course, Yosemite’s amazing winter wonderland awaits (; 801-559-4884).

To the south in Costa Mesa on Thursday. Jan. 17, raconteur and TV legend William Shatner’s 90-minute one-man show “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It” comes to Segerstrom Hall (; 714-556-2787). Then, over the Jan. 18-20 weekend, the spellbinding grandeur of “Shen Yun 2013” brings “5,000 years of Chinese Music & Dance in One Night” to Segerstrom, followed by Shen Yun appearances in Thousand Oaks on Tuesday and Wednesday Jan. 22-23 (Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Los Angeles Friday-Sunday Jan. 25-27 (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion;; 213-972-7211).

Also to the south, in Santa Ana, “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology” runs through April 21 at the Discovery Center. The interactive exhibition includes costumes, art, models and props from the Lucasfilm Archives, together with real mysteries, hidden clues and authentic archaeological artifacts (; 714-542-2823).

Looking ahead because you may want to buy your ticket in advance, Cavalia’s “Odysseo” has won accolades such as “the best show since the Olympic opening ceremonies in China” (Atlanta Journal). It arrives on Feb. 27 under the White Big Top in Downtown Burbank, off Interstate 5 (; 866-999-8111).

Throughout the state: Watch for “January is California Restaurant Month” promotions and check out for a complete listing of participating establishments, dates and cities.

Get more ideas from top speakers and representatives from hundreds of destinations — plus plenty of special deals and chances to enter for prizes — at the Travel and Adventure Show in the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13 ( A month later, you can have a similar opportunity Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24, at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show (; 800-322-9332).

Ridgecrest resident Donna McCrohan Rosenthal covers travel stories for AAA, Bakersfield Magazine and several West Coast publications. The author of 14 books, she has appeared on Oprah and A&E Biography and lectured at the Smithsonian.

Story First Published: 2013-01-02