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National Plan Your Vacation Day
Californians prepare to stand up for time off on 2018 National Plan for Vacation Day

By Kristen Bonilla
Posted 12 days ago

As part of U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off coalition, Visit California is participating in National Plan for Vacation Day on Jan. 30, 2018.

In today’s always-on U.S. work culture, vacation is often one of the first and biggest casualties. And though the Golden State is home to some of the most beautiful destinations and iconic attractions in the world, California has some of the worst vacation habits in America, with 61 percent of Californians surrendering a total of more than 90 million unused vacation days annually. This stockpile of unused vacation time threatens workers’ productivity, creativity and energy, and for destinations and businesses, tapping into that latent potential has tremendous implications for California's travel and tourism industry.

California takes center stage in this year’s National Plan for Vacation Day campaign, with four new videos from Project: Time Off featuring travel expert and TV host Samantha Brown filmed along California’s iconic coastline. As one video states, it’s “a lot better than your cubicle.” Visit California encourages industry partners across the state to join in sharing these videos on social to drum up support ahead of National Plan for Vacation Day and to entice fans with California’s “glorious sunshine.”

National Plan for Vacation Day is a no-cost way to encourage Americans to take their time off — and ideally, to spend that time as a tourist in the Golden State. Individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once, and report greater levels of happiness. 

With the launch of the new web series, “California 101,” Visit California is giving travelers the tools they need to plan an amazing vacation. The 35 visually stunning videos launched this month are as informational as they are inspirational, allowing visitors to click through to web content for a deeper dive into trip planning.

Throughout January, Visit California’s earned team is pitching targeted media in key markets and family-focused digital influencers, utilizing the research from Project: Time Off and showcasing California as the perfect destination to spend those much-deserved vacation days.

Join Visit California and Project: Time Off in promoting National Plan for Vacation Day and encourage Americans to declare their vacation days for the rest of the year, at the start of the year. Get started with our National Plan for Vacation Day Toolkit, which includes: 

  • A localized press release template
  • California-specific P:TO statistics pamphlet
  • NPVD talking points from P:TO
  • A new Vacation Planning Calendar Tool from P:TO
  • Social media examples and tips, plus a link to the official P:TO Thunderclap
  • Travel expert Samantha Brown #PlanforVacation Day video links
  • Out-of-Office Dos and Don’ts


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Check out what's on the menu for 2018 California Restaurant Month

By Lisa Martinez
Posted 23 days ago

Starting Jan. 1, hundreds of California restaurants will set their tables for diners looking to get a taste of the Golden State during California Restaurant Month. 

The annual promotion returns for its eighth and biggest year yet Jan. 1-31, with chefs across the state rolling out prix fixe menus paired with exclusive dining promotions and experiences. This year’s celebration includes 37 participating destinations.

“We’re excited to kick off 2018 with California Restaurant Month, a celebration that highlights the depth of California’s culinary diversity,” said Visit California President and CEO Caroline Beteta. “Destinations up and down the state are celebrating local flavors from seafood and wine to garlic, pomegranates and even cheeseburgers, showcasing culinary experiences that are exclusive to the Golden State.”

See what's on the menu at all of the different culinary happenings being held throughout the month, and be sure to visit the California Restaurant Month hub for real-time destination updates and additional details. 

Northern California/Bay Area

Alameda | Alameda Restaurant Week (Jan. 12-21)

Alameda’s up-and-coming restaurant scene is gaining attention with Michelin recommendations, Zagat ratings and other culinary accolades. Wine and dine in Alameda, take a stroll down one of its historic business districts and catch a film at the historic Alameda Theatre.

Berkeley | Berkeley Restaurant Week (Jan. 18-28)

Berkeley, the epicenter of California Cuisine and birthplace of the farm-to-table movement, is proud to announce the sixth annual Berkeley Restaurant Week with special-value prix fixe lunch menus for $20, and additional specially priced dinners for $25-35.

Calistoga | Calistoga Restaurant Week (Jan. 21-28)

During California Restaurant Month in conjunction with Napa Valley Restaurant Week, participating Calistoga restaurants will offer a week of specially-priced lunch and dinner menus.

Concord | Concord Comfort Food Restaurant Week (Jan. 19-28)

During the first Concord Comfort Food Week, each participating restaurant will provide a featured menu item reflecting the concept of comfort within Concord’s diverse culinary culture. No tickets necessary – just ask for the Concord Comfort Food Restaurant Week menu to get started.

Downtown Benicia | Downtown Benicia Restaurant Week (Jan. 20-27)

Downtown Benicia celebrates California Restaurant Month with Restaurant Week in January. A dining passport offers a 15 percent discount at participating eateries (conditions may apply).

Downtown Sacramento | Dine Downtown (Jan. 12-21)

Dine Downtown, Sacramento's premier restaurant celebration, returns for another 10-day dining extravaganza. Enjoy prix fixe three-course dinner specials from the capital city's top restaurants.

Mendocino County |  Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival (Jan. 19-28)

The 10-day countywide Crab, Wine & Beer Festival provides an opportunity to partake in fine seafood, wine and beer while enjoying the region's cool weather and good company. Take part in the Crab Cake Cook-off & Wine Competition, family-style cioppino and crab feeds, gourmet winemaker dinners, wine and crab pairings, beer tasting, outdoor adventures, lodging specials, arts and performances, and more.

Napa Valley | Napa Valley Restaurant Week (Jan. 21-28)

Napa Valley Restaurant Week allows locals and visitors to dine throughout the iconic valley and experience its legendary food and wine culture. Restaurants offer multicourse prix fixe menus for lunch ($20) and dinner ($36 or $46), and guests can try out the latest culinary hot-spots or revisit old favorites all week long. 

Oakland | Oakland Restaurant Week (Jan. 11-21)

Experience Oakland’s trendy culinary scene during Oakland Restaurant Week. For 11 days, participating restaurants will offer special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at various price points.

San Francisco | San Francisco Restaurant Week (Jan. 22-31)

San Francisco Restaurant Week is a celebration of San Francisco's world-class dining community. More than 100 restaurants around San Francisco will offer specially priced, multicourse lunch and dinner menus.

San Jose | #SanJoseEATS (Jan. 15-28)

Celebrate San Jose’s incredible diversity with an extensive array of culinary offerings during #SanJoseEATS. Guests can sip premier wines, imbibe craft cocktails and savor uniquely delicious dishes throughout California’s third largest city.

Sonoma Valley | Sonoma Valley Delicious!(Jan. 1-31)

Diners are invited to partake in a celebration of all things epicurean in California's premier wine country destination, Sonoma Valley.

Suisun City Waterfront | Suisun Restaurant Week (Jan. 12-21)

Experience some of the best wine, beer and food in Solano County at a value unavailable at any other time of the year in Suisun City's Waterfront District.

Vacaville | Vacaville Restaurant Week (Jan. 12-21)

Vacaville restaurants will come together with the community this January and celebrate a week of fabulous dining. Restaurant Week gives all local foodies and families the opportunity to enjoy special pricing and specialty menus from participating restaurants throughout Vacaville.

Central California

Camarillo | Camarillo Restaurant Week (Jan. 22-28)

In its first year, Camarillo Restaurant Week will give visitors a chance to take a culinary tour of the local offerings and unique flavors of the city. With over ten participating restaurants, diners can choose from the latest chic bistros, delicious craft burger spots, enticing eateries and old favorites all with prix fixe menus.

Gilroy | Gilroy Restaurant Week (Jan. 14-28) 

During Gilroy Restaurant Week, a number of local restaurants will offer unique garlic-laced dishes for diners to enjoy as part of the California Restaurant Month celebration. Participating restaurants are located in historic downtown Gilroy as well as other areas of town featuring the world-famous pungent herb on special menus created specifically for this event.

Madera County | Yosemite Madera County Restaurant Month(Jan. 1-31)

Madera County Restaurant Month is an incredible opportunity to experience some of the best wine, beer, spirits and food in the destination at an unparalleled value.

Oxnard | Oxnard Dine, Wine & Beer Week (Jan. 19-28)

Visitors and locals can experience a whole other side of Oxnard during Dine, Wine & Beer Week, which will feature everything from Oxnard's farmers' markets and chef tastings to progressive dining options, including local wines and craft beer specials. Each participating partner will feature individual special discount offerings.

San Luis Obispo County | SLO CAL Restaurant Month (Jan. 1-31)

The entire month of January is Restaurant Month in SLO CAL. Participating restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus as well as other unique offerings throughout the month. In addition to enjoying some #SLOCALEats, visitors can venture out into SLO CAL wine country to take advantage of local wine deals as well.

Santa Maria Valley | Santa Maria Valley Restaurant Week (Jan. 14-20)

The Santa Maria Valley is starting 2018 right with $20.18 specials from participating restaurants, wineries and breweries. Visitors can expect everything from wine pairings to tastings and special menu items – all for $20.18. The Santa Maria Valley is an acclaimed wine-growing region and home to the 150-year old Santa Maria-style barbecue tradition. Experience #SantaMariaStyle and #eatdrinkdomore.

Santa Ynez Valley | Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week (Jan. 21-27)

During 2018 Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week, more than twenty restaurants throughout the Valley – from the region’s up-and-coming establishments to long-time favorites – will offer special three-course tasting menus for only $20.18. A number of Santa Ynez Valley wineries will also be offering wine and small bite pairings for $20.18, and special lodging deals are available at numerous accommodations throughout the Valley.

Stockton | Stockton Restaurant Week (Jan. 19-28)

Stockton Restaurant Week gives local foodies and families opportunities to explore unique fixed-price specialty menus from participating restaurants throughout the Central Valley city.

Turlock | Turlock Restaurant Week (Jan. 19-28)

Turlock is hosting a 10-day food extravaganza highlighting some of the city’s best restaurants. Participants can expect weekly deals, such as discounted menu items, special three-course meals, drink specials and more. Diners are encouraged to snap a photo during the 10 days and use the hashtags #trw2018 and #turlockeats.

Southern California

Alhambra | Taste of Alhambra (Jan. 22-28)

Discover the many diverse restaurants in Alhambra and enjoy special offerings and deals.

Dana Point | Dana Point Restaurant Week (Jan. 21-27)

Participating restaurants in Dana Point will offer a $15, $20 or $25 prix-fixe menu.

Escondido | Dine Out Escondido (Jan. 28-Feb. 3)

From craft beer and wine pairings to local farm-to-fork delights, Escondido restaurants are serving up chef-owned culinary experiences, international flavors, and high-tea and home-cooking experiences. With over 30 restaurants participating, visitors will find amazing California cuisine as well as French, Italian, Salvadorian, Mexican and more.

Garden Grove | Garden Grove Restaurant Week (Jan. 20-27)

This year, Garden Grove Restaurant Week is all about the desserts. Local eateries, including restaurants, cafés, and bakeries, will be showcasing their best dessert for savvy diners with a sweet tooth.

Greater Palm Springs | DineGPS Presents The Chef's Table (Jan. 1-30)

Visitors and locals can take a culinary journey through Greater Palm Springs with renowned chefs across the region during The Chef’s Table presented by DineGPS. Experience local flavors, innovative cuisine and one-of-a-kind chef's favorites all served in an intimate setting hosted by the chefs themselves.

Lancaster | The BLVD Restaurant Week (Jan. 21-27)

Restaurant week on the BLVD in downtown Lancaster is the perfect opportunity for foodies, residents and visitors alike to dine locally and taste globally. Indulge with American classics along with Mediterranean, Italian, El Salvadorian, Chinese, Brazilian cuisine and more.

Los Angeles | dineL.A. (Jan. 12-26)

As part of Discover Los Angeles, dineL.A. produces its eponymous dining event that takes place twice a year and showcases the city as a premier dining destination. dineL.A.’s programs are designed to stimulate business and introduce new customers to restaurants located in the many neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.

Newport Beach | Newport Beach Restaurant Week (Jan. 15-28)

Newport Beach Restaurant Week offers diners a wide variety of culinary experiences. Participating restaurants feature a value on special prix fixe menus during Restaurant Week, with lunches available for $10, $15, $20, or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50.

Pasadena | Cheeseburger Week in Pasadena (Jan. 7-12)

Celebrate the birth of the cheeseburger in its hometown of Pasadena. Forty of Pasadena's burger joints, restaurants and lounges honor Lionel Sternberger who, in 1924, was the first to put cheese on a hamburger and serve it to a customer at the Rite Spot in Pasadena. All week long, restaurants, lounges and local burger joints will serve special cheeseburgers or offer discounts or additions.

Redondo Beach | Redondo Beach Restaurant Week (Jan. 12-26)

The two-week event will showcase Redondo Beach as a diverse dining destination where participating restaurants will offer specially priced prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner and special discounts.

San Diego | San Diego Restaurant Week (Jan. 21-28)

The 14th annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns with a feast for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. For one week only, participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person.

Santa Monica | Santa Monica Restaurant Week (Jan. 8-14)

Santa Monica Restaurant Week will highlight participating restaurants tasked with crafting healthy, custom dishes, all centered around a single ingredient. The 2018 ingredient is the pomegranate. Throughout the week, restaurant-goers will be invited to enjoy delicious dishes at many restaurants throughout town all created to highlight the pomegranate.

Temecula Valley | Temecula Valley Restaurant Month (Jan. 1-31)

Temecula Valley will celebrate Temecula Valley Restaurant Month this coming January with “Temeculafied” specialty flatbreads made from local farm-fresh ingredients at restaurants in Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Promenade Temecula and throughout the destination.


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