Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Schooners, yachts, and rafts are ready to sparkle, sail. Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara, Sweet Stay-Overs, and Monarch Butterflies

Santa Barbara, Sweet Stay-Overs, and Monarch Butterflies

El Encanto is offering a stay-over package for lovers of winged beauties. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

On the Harbor: Santa Barbara Seafood

On the Harbor: Santa Barbara Seafood

The Seafood & Harbor Festival boasts a stunning setting, succulent eats. Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Corpse Flower Set to Bloom in Santa Barbara

Corpse Flower Set to Bloom in Santa Barbara

UCSB prepares for the stinky bloom (and the expected crowds). Read »

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Oysters: Shuck 'N Swallow

Santa Barbara Oysters: Shuck 'N Swallow

Three of our favorite words all in a row: oyster shucking station. Read »

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Whimsy: Kardboard Kayak Race

Santa Barbara Whimsy: Kardboard Kayak Race

The upshot? Build a boat, see if it is seaworthy, laugh a lot. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara, Seen from Two Wheels

Santa Barbara, Seen from Two Wheels

There are plenty of ways to cycle around the American Riviera. Read »

Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bikers Rest at El Capitan Canyon

Bikers Rest at El Capitan Canyon

Plan on cycling through Santa Barbara? Here's your luxe stay-over. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara's Orchid Extravaganza

Santa Barbara's Orchid Extravaganza

The venerable Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is set to flower. Read »

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 »

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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.