Lifestyle

Reports focusing on the latest lifestyle news and trends along California's Central Coast.

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Santa Barbara is the second most expensive city in the U.S. to spend your Memorial Day Weekend—or any summer vacation dates for that matter—according to a new survey by Los Angeles-based GoBankingRates.com. Only New York City ranks higher.

Content Director Casey Bond says the findings were not a shock.

"To be honest, I mean, most people don't know Santa Barbara for its low cost-of-living, so it wasn't too much of a surprise that it came out number two in our most expensive cities to travel to," said Bond.

San Francisco came in just behind Santa Barbara.

Americans tend to leave more earned vacation time left unused annually than any other country in the Western world. Americans also have the highest rates of anxiety, depression, insomnia and stress-related illnesses. So what are your plans for your summer? Tune in for a conversation about the value and necessity of time away from the day-to-day. Your calls with questions, comments and concerns are welcomed and encouraged.

Exploring Morro Bay

May 6, 2015
Tom Wilmer

At the far end of town is the Morro Bay State Park. 

Broadcast date: 4/21/15

What are the messages of our dreaming life? How can we learn to tap into these powerful messages from our unconscious and use them to navigate our waking lives? Tune in for a conversation with author, lecturer, and dream expert Laura Grace about the many ways to use our dreams to improve and maintain our mental health. 

Tom Wilmer

Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from The Hotel La Rose, located in the heart of Santa Rosa. The La Rose, located in the heart of the old town historic Railroad District, has been welcoming guests since 1907. Jeff Whitehead, general manager, shares insider tips about nearby activities, and the historic hotels architectural charms. Wilmer then heads over to the Hand Fan Museum in downtown Healdsburg. It’s the only hand fan museum in America and one of only three in the world.

Tom Wilmer

  

    

Join Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he discovers cool things to do and see in Amador County in the heart of California’s Gold Country. We’ll visit with Annette Reiser at the historic circa-1852 National Hotel in Jackson CA. And then we’ll meet Maureen Funk, Executive Director of the Amador Council of Tourism for an insiders look at cool things to do and see, from dining and antiquing to wine tasting in the county with the State’s oldest Zinfandel plantings, dating from the 1860s.

Tom Wilmer

The only country outside of Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday is the petite isle of Montserrat in the midst of the Eastern Caribbean. The British Overseas Territory’s flag is emblazoned with the Irish Harp and the words Erin, with an obligatory Union Jack in a corner. Pass through customs and your passport is stamped with a green Irish Clover.

Broadcast date: 2/24/2015

How is the quality of life for women key to the survival of the planet and its inhabitants? 

Tom Wilmer

Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer reports from the Heartland of America, where he explores cool things to do and see in North Platte, Nebraska. In my opinion, the heartland of America is Nebraska and the heart of the heartland is the town of North Platte. 

Visits include Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park with Superintendent Jason Tonsfelt. David Fudge, NEBRSAKAland Days’ Executive Director shares a taste of the annual event that includes live music big-stage performances, and the legendary Buffalo Bill Rodeo, proclaimed as America’s oldest rodeo.

Broadcast date: 12/22/2014

Compulsive goal seeker and best-selling author, Chris Guillebeau, follows the lives of dozens of passionate goal seekers in his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit.

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A major restoration project is underway behind a nondescript garage door at a home on the Nipomo Mesa. The large space was donated to the nearby Dunes Center as a location to work on a big chunk of a sphinx statue, buried along with other Hollywood set pieces under the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes for the better part of a century.

Restoration artist Amy Higgins travels up the coast from her home in Los Angeles to do this highly detailed work.

Tom Wilmer

    

Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, takes us to Pacific Grove to visit the Victorian inns open to the public this season.

Broadcast date: 12/1/14

Film director turned best-selling author, Frank Schaeffer, provides a paradox with his latest book: Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes in God.

Tom Wilmer

Founded as a Danish colony more than 100 years ago, Solvang has been a popular year round destination for tourists who come to experience a taste of Denmark right here on the California Central Coast. 

When the Marissa Waddell, the program manager at NPR affiliate, KCBX, told me that Solvang was recently named by Time Magazine as one America’s Most Christmassy towns, well I just had to find out for myself just why this quaint Danish village is in close company with other Most Christmassy contenders such as Santa Claus, Indiana, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. 

Clara Knapp

A long-awaited addition to the Bob Jones Trail, also called the “City to the Sea Trail,” finished another round of public review on Monday.

The popular San Luis Obispo County trail was first envisioned more than two decades ago, as an eight-mile-long, stand-alone, multi-use path connecting San Luis Obispo with Avila Beach. But to date, only a portion of that dream has been realized. 

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