Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Romantic, Rustic, and Very El Capitan Canyon

Romantic, Rustic, and Very El Capitan Canyon

A cozy clutch of cabins near the coast offers some sweet Valentine's fun. Read »

Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

'Tis the Season in Santa Barbara

'Tis the Season in Santa Barbara

Parades, wine tastings, and a snow leopard fest lend the holidays cheer. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Making for Monterey or the Central Coast? Discover spots with a starry past. Read »

Thursday, Aug 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's historic fiesta prepares to twirl into August. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Wine Festival

California Wine Festival

Reserve wine tastings and glass seminars are part of this traveling party. Read »

Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

Seventeen tasting rooms + one great passport? 101, here we come. Read »

Friday, Jun 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Summer Wine

Santa Barbara Summer Wine

A series of rooftop wine tastings signal the warmest season in the American Riviera. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Vintners' Festival

Santa Barbara Vintners' Festival

A four-day weekend features the artists behind our favorite labels. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Microbrews of the American Riviera

The Microbrews of the American Riviera

Santa Barbara and its environs are very much associated with wine, but a half dozen of microbreweries are making a sudsy statement. Read »

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Baby Tamarins in Santa Barbara

Baby Tamarins in Santa Barbara

Twin golden lion tamarin babies? We're driving to the Santa Barbara Zoo immediately. Read »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
Travel Kit

GET A ROOM

Hotel deals around the Golden State that don't nab all your gold.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

Giant drive-through donuts? We got your giant drive-through donuts right here.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals, warmer weather -- yes, there are reasons to head south.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visitng Shamu at Sea World.

BAY'S BEST

Culture, wine, boating, hiking, beachcombing, museums. You don't have to drive far to get away.