Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Churros, you're the next wacky frontier on the culinary landscape. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 12:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Donuts Day at Del Mar Race Track

Donuts Day at Del Mar Race Track

Arrive early on two special mornings for pastries and a peek at the ponies. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge

The Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge

Ready to bring your best green? Or red? Get chopping/mixing, salsa-ists. Read »

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Even Bigger: Halloween Grows at Disneyland

Even Bigger: Halloween Grows at Disneyland

More Mickey's Halloween Party is in the cards for autumn 2014. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New at El Capitan Canyon: Corral Cabins

New at El Capitan Canyon: Corral Cabins

The creekside nests join the Santa Barbara property's yurts and tents. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountain Classic: Santa's Village to Re-Open in SkyPark

Mountain Classic: Santa's Village to Re-Open in SkyPark

The Skyforest favorite is getting some TLC. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Crew for a Day: Join the Historic Sierra No. 3

Crew for a Day: Join the Historic Sierra No. 3

Hop in the cab of a Gold Country favorite (and get to work). Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Julian Starfest: Tour Palomar Observatory

Julian Starfest: Tour Palomar Observatory

The annual gathering of cosmos enthusiasts makes for the fabled sky-watching center. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pre-Bastille Day Bash: Santa Barbara French Fest

Pre-Bastille Day Bash: Santa Barbara French Fest

Poodles, can-can dances, and Parisian treats abound at Oak Park. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Del Mar Racing: The Opening Day Hat Contest

How over-the-top is your topper? Best make for Del Mar for Opening Day at the... See Full Gallery »

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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.