Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

First Blue Whale of Season Spotted

First Blue Whale of Season Spotted

An Condor Express sighting gets whale fans aflutter. Read »

Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM
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By Britt Peterson

Ready, Set, Retreat

Ready, Set, Retreat

Revive your "chi". Visit or become a member at S.B.'s newest relaxation center. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ecotopia in Santa Barbara

Ecotopia in Santa Barbara

April is full of planet-nice events in the spot where Earth Day was born. Read »

Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 6:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

La Valencia's Wine Series Opens

La Valencia's Wine Series Opens

The Pink Lady is lining up the glasses for all sorts of libations. And chocolate, too. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Jeeping, Cupcaking, and Wining

Jeeping, Cupcaking, and Wining

Still looking for a bigger way to mark Valentine's Day? Hit the vineyards. Read »

Friday, Feb 11, 2011 at 3:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Car-Free Discounts

Santa Barbara Car-Free Discounts

Take a train, ride the bus or cycle in, and get some excellent deals. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Film Sips in Santa Barbara

Film Sips in Santa Barbara

If you're headed for the SB Film Fest, and like wine, best save your ticket stubs. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Super Santa Barbara 2

Super Santa Barbara 2

A contemporary art exhibition is opening. Read »

Saturday, Jan 1, 2011 at 8:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

James Franco at SBIFF

James Franco at SBIFF

The "127 Hours" actor will appear at the Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival. Get those tickets now. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Holiday Happiness Package

Holiday Happiness Package

Hotel Oceana has a seasonal deal. Bonus: bike cruisers for the borrowing. 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.