Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hikers' Bus: Skyline to the Sea Trail

Hikers' Bus: Skyline to the Sea Trail

A Santa Cruz bus service takes hikers to the start of the famous hiking route. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Speedy Flight: Hummingbird Days

Speedy Flight: Hummingbird Days

The eensy garden stars get the fast-wing love, in Santa Cruz. Read »

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 100th, Santa Cruz Wharf

Happy 100th, Santa Cruz Wharf

The ocean-snug landmark gets the full centennial treatment. Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 10:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Tastings: Santa Cruz Wine Passport

Rare Tastings: Santa Cruz Wine Passport

Dig tasting at wineries that are usually shuttered to the public? This is your deal, then. Read »

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spicy Times: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off

Spicy Times: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off

It's an ocean-close rite of fall (and totally tasty to boot -- er, spoon). Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Spooky/Fun/Sweet Trains of October

The Spooky/Fun/Sweet Trains of October

Roaring Camp, the Skunk Train, and a Sacramento engine prepare to take to the rails. Read »

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mole & Mariachi Fest: Helping the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe

Mole & Mariachi Fest: Helping the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe

A Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks fundraiser brings tunes, food to the historic spot Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Beer Week

Santa Cruz Beer Week

The California Beer Festival will cap a stein's worth of special events. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Wines, French Eats, and the Rails

Santa Cruz Wines, French Eats, and the Rails

A rustic party features tunes, an auction, and a charming setting: Roaring Camp. Read »

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

It's a Boardwalk Kind of Summer

It's a Boardwalk Kind of Summer

Eat sticky foods, get sand between your toes, and revel in some sun. 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.

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