Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Thursday, Aug 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's historic fiesta prepares to twirl into August. Read »

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Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Wine Festival

California Wine Festival

Reserve wine tastings and glass seminars are part of this traveling party. Read »

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Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

Seventeen tasting rooms + one great passport? 101, here we come. Read »

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Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice

Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice

The city's famously fabulous festival and parade welcomes summertime. Watch for the inflatables. Read »

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Friday, Jun 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Summer Wine

Santa Barbara Summer Wine

A series of rooftop wine tastings signal the warmest season in the American Riviera. Read »

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Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Vintners' Festival

Santa Barbara Vintners' Festival

A four-day weekend features the artists behind our favorite labels. Read »

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Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Microbrews of the American Riviera

The Microbrews of the American Riviera

Santa Barbara and its environs are very much associated with wine, but a half dozen of microbreweries are making a sudsy statement. Read »

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Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Baby Tamarins in Santa Barbara

Baby Tamarins in Santa Barbara

Twin golden lion tamarin babies? We're driving to the Santa Barbara Zoo immediately. Read »

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Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

It's another starry party with loads of tasty sides to boot (yep, Film Feast, we're looking at you). Read »

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Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Car-Free Discounts

Santa Barbara Car-Free Discounts

Biking/strolling around the American Riviera? There are good deals aplenty. Read »

About
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.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.