Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hearse Time in Costa Mesa

Hearse Time in Costa Mesa

An Orange County tradition gets colorful, wacky, and oh-so-seasonal. Read »

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Haunt a Hotel: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Trick-or-Treating

Haunt a Hotel: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Trick-or-Treating

The posh property offers little ghosts treats (and cocktails for grown-up ghouls). Read »

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Tanaka Farms

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Tanaka Farms

Growers'll go gourd-to-gourd for glory, in Irvine. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Desert Magic: Borrego Stardance

Desert Magic: Borrego Stardance

A time-lapse video fetes the astronomical awesomeness of the Springs. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

JazzTrax: Catalina Island's Smooth Jazz October

JazzTrax: Catalina Island's Smooth Jazz October

Saxes'll sound all across Avalon. Read »

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wine Country Charmers: Scarecrows of the SYV

Wine Country Charmers: Scarecrows of the SYV

Shopkeepers compete in the annual, oh-so-quaint autumn tradition. Read »

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Cool: The Funk Zone's Funky New Hostel

Santa Barbara Cool: The Funk Zone's Funky New Hostel

The Wayfarer has oodles of style (without the pricetag to match). Read »

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Torrey Pines Foodie To-Do Fetes California Artisans

Torrey Pines Foodie To-Do Fetes California Artisans

Celebrate the Craft is about excellent regional eats and a perfect La Jolla setting. Read »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

AI in the IE: Robots of Riverside

AI in the IE: Robots of Riverside

It's called "the biggest robot event in Southern California." Prepare, robotians. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

60 Ferraris, One Luxe Beverly Hills Deal

60 Ferraris, One Luxe Beverly Hills Deal

The posh wheels mark an anniversary, and a Rodeo Drive hotel has the vroom-vroom package. Read »

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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.