Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival

Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival

Sample the sweet wares of over two dozen vendors, near the Boardwalk. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Homesteading 101

Homesteading 101

Want to be more DIY this year? Make for LAF (Love Apple Farms, of course.) Read »

Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wine and Crab Taste-Off

Wine and Crab Taste-Off

Celebrate the crustacean in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 8:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-off

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-off

Chilly October Saturday? Ask for extra jalapenos and dig in. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 5:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

Wild Gulf Prawns, Snapper Provencal, and Red Potato Enchiladas are some of the prix fixe finds. Read »

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Hearts Poe

Santa Cruz Hearts Poe

Edgar Allan gets the amore at a series of local events throughout October. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 at 3:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

100 Years, 100 Rides

100 Years, 100 Rides

An intrepid rider is going for 100 carousel rides. In a row. Giddy up! Read »

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Classic California Carousel Turns 100

A Classic California Carousel Turns 100

The lovely Looff is marking its centennial with a brass-ring-y bash. Read »

Friday, Jun 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

1907 Nights at the Boardwalk

1907 Nights at the Boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has a deal on for early-in-the-week visitors. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

TedxSantaCruz 2011

TedxSantaCruz 2011

There are still a few tickets left for the idea-laden meet-a-thon. 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.