Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jun 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bocce Ball and Fine Bevs

Bocce Ball and Fine Bevs

It's the big second weekend for the Santa Cruz Vintners' Festival. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 1:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Blues Festival

Santa Cruz Blues Festival

Boz Scaggs and a host of strummers bring the vibes to Aptos Village Park. Read »

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

It's the 25th go-around for one of the area's foot-stomping-est hullaballoos. Read »

Monday, May 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wild Card Weekdays at Santa Cruz Film Fest

Wild Card Weekdays at Santa Cruz Film Fest

Haven't made the cineparty yet? There's a wallet-nice weekday option. Read »

Monday, May 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Express

Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Express

Roaring Camp Railroad, the redwoods, and over 70 local wines are part of the big day out. Read »

Monday, Apr 4, 2011 at 1:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Film Fest Kick-Off

Santa Cruz Film Fest Kick-Off

The fest's just over a month away, but the high-glam gala-ing is beginning. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pathway to Pinot Paradise

Pathway to Pinot Paradise

Take a "self-guided tour" through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Severino's Snags Chowder Crown

Severino's Snags Chowder Crown

Couldn't make the creamy competition? You can still visit some of the victors. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Film Fest Passes on Sale

Santa Cruz Film Fest Passes on Sale

We're two months out from the cineparty; line up those passes pronto. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sips of the Santa Cruz Mountains

Sips of the Santa Cruz Mountains

Over a dozen Santa Cruz Mountains wineries are hosting a feast. 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.

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