Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountaintop Learning: Explore Mammoth

Mountaintop Learning: Explore Mammoth

Get to know the history and geology of the big mountain. Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Skunk Train Fun: Camping on the Noyo

Skunk Train Fun: Camping on the Noyo

Board the Skunk Train and make for a former logging camp. Read »

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Helping Music Education: Petaluma Music Festival

Helping Music Education: Petaluma Music Festival

The genre-roaming party lands on the first Saturday in August. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pacific Picnic: World's Biggest Salmon BBQ

Pacific Picnic: World's Biggest Salmon BBQ

Head for South Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg to get your fish fill. Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Walnut Creek Wildlife Hospital: Peek Behind the Scenes

Walnut Creek Wildlife Hospital: Peek Behind the Scenes

Watch staff perform exams and treat beasties galore, from snakes to raccoons. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island Beach Parties

Catalina Island Beach Parties

Savor sun and sand on an out-in-the-ocean burg. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 5:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mill Valley's Gourmet Good Times

Mill Valley's Gourmet Good Times

Over 60 wineries'll pour at the summer party's 33rd go-around. Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sonoma-Marin Fair World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Sonoma-Marin Fair World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Want to have a say about the sweetest Sonoma-Marin mug? Act now. Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 6:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Street Painting Pop-Up Meets '40s California

Street Painting Pop-Up Meets '40s California

Several Golden State artists'll show their Madonnari skills, in San Rafael. Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Santa Ynez Shuttle: The Valley Loop

Free Santa Ynez Shuttle: The Valley Loop

Hopping around wineries and restaurants? You've got a driver. Read »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Trip 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.