Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz's Latest "Paradox"

Santa Cruz's Latest

A new Santa Cruz hotel has an unusual welcome. Read »

Saturday, Jul 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Fringe Festival

Santa Cruz Fringe Festival

Buskery, high jinks, and clowning rule the 10-day soiree. Read »

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Ready to chat up winemakers, visit typically closed-to-the-public wineries, and try special vinos? Yes and yes and yes. Read »

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Foodies Wanted

Santa Cruz Foodies Wanted

Know your Santa Cruz supperies? You will with this West Cliff Inn package. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 7:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hummingbird Days

Hummingbird Days

Make for the Arboretum in Santa Cruz for a day devoted to wee winged creatures. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz's Chowderiest Day

Santa Cruz's Chowderiest Day

Cooks with big pots and giant ladles go clam-to-clam for creamy greatness. Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Beach and the Butterflies

The Beach and the Butterflies

Make for Natural Bridges State Park for a migration party. Read »

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival

Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival

Sample the sweet wares of over two dozen vendors, near the Boardwalk. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Homesteading 101

Homesteading 101

Want to be more DIY this year? Make for LAF (Love Apple Farms, of course.) Read »

Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wine and Crab Taste-Off

Wine and Crab Taste-Off

Celebrate the crustacean in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 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.