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Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Spring Vintners Weekend

Santa Barbara Spring Vintners Weekend

Over 100 members will share their best at a mondo wine confab. Read »

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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

In Bloom: Santa Barbara Orchid Show

In Bloom: Santa Barbara Orchid Show

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is "the longest running orchid show in the nation." Read »

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Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

50th Anniversary Daniel Boone Package

50th Anniversary Daniel Boone Package

One guess as to where this getaway deal might be happening. Read »

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Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Valentine's Day in the American Riviera

Valentine's Day in the American Riviera

Get beachy or taste wine or all of the above, in Santa Barbara. Read »

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Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Weekend: Ride the Train, Save Dough

Santa Barbara Weekend: Ride the Train, Save Dough

Love the rails? Here's a discount you'll dig. Read »

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Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 7:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Movie-Worthy Meals: Santa Barbara Film Feast

Movie-Worthy Meals: Santa Barbara Film Feast

You can go to the famous film fest for movies or for meals. Or both. Read »

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Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Schooners, yachts, and rafts are ready to sparkle, sail. Read »

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Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snow Leopards of the American Riviera

Snow Leopards of the American Riviera

Santa Barbara Zoo will truck in 80 tons of snow for feline frolicking. Read »

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Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara, Sweet Stay-Overs, and Monarch Butterflies

Santa Barbara, Sweet Stay-Overs, and Monarch Butterflies

El Encanto is offering a stay-over package for lovers of winged beauties. Read »

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Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

On the Harbor: Santa Barbara Seafood

On the Harbor: Santa Barbara Seafood

The Seafood & Harbor Festival boasts a stunning setting, succulent eats. 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.