Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Winchester Mystery House Christmas

It's got a spooky rep, but when San Jose's famous Victorian mansion puts on its... See Full Gallery »

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 6:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Halloween Calling at the Winchester

Halloween Calling at the Winchester

Hot weather? Pah. A certain San Jose house is already dreaming of cool 'n creepy October nights. Read »

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Winchester-Style Friday the 13th

Winchester-Style Friday the 13th

Another spooky date? Another ringing of the San Jose landmark's bell. Read »

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wild West Winchester

Wild West Winchester

A certain famous mansion raises some dust over Memorial Day Weekend. Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Jose's Spookiest Bell

San Jose's Spookiest Bell

What's Friday the 13th mean at the Winchester Mystery House? Why the ringing of the bell, of course. Read »

Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fright Nights at Winchester Mystery House

Fright Nights at Winchester Mystery House

It's a spooky house at one of the world's most famously spooky destinations. Read »

Monday, Sep 19, 2011 at 8:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Winchester Illuminated

The Winchester Illuminated

Poke about one of the state's most storied mansions with only a flashlight in hand. Read »

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Avatar, the Winchester, and You

Avatar, the Winchester, and You

The Joie de Vivre hotel has a package that includes two tickets to the mysterious house. Read »

Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM
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By Mathew Luschek

The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House

Mysterious mansion or bad architect? 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.