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Our daily look at deals and getaways
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Sideways" 10th Anniversary: Wine Country Celebrates

The Santa Ynez Valley looks back at the vino-loving film. Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Santa Ynez Shuttle: The Valley Loop

Free Santa Ynez Shuttle: The Valley Loop

Hopping around wineries and restaurants? You've got a driver. Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

More Cowbell: AMGEN Goes Santa Ynez

More Cowbell: AMGEN Goes Santa Ynez

Fans'll ring the bells as the world's top cyclists zoom past. Read »

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Whole Month of Wine in Santa Ynez

A Whole Month of Wine in Santa Ynez

The winegrowers of the Santa Barbara-snug region look to September. Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Craft Beers of Santa Ynez Valley

The Craft Beers of Santa Ynez Valley

It's an area known for wine, but May is beer's time to foam. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Giddy Up: Riding the Carriages of the West

Giddy Up: Riding the Carriages of the West

Take a vintage roll through the hills of Santa Ynez Valley. Read »

Sunday, Jan 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

BBQ Bootcamp in the Santa Ynez Valley

BBQ Bootcamp in the Santa Ynez Valley

Spend a long weekend learning the 101 on grilling perfect meats. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Holiday Wine About

Solvang Holiday Wine About

It's a glittery, glass-ful (and glass-filled) stroll through a sparkly city. Read »

Saturday, Jun 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Glorious Trails of Santa Ynez

The Glorious Trails of Santa Ynez

Need a little rustic R&R? Make for a gem of a valley. Read »

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Ynez Beer Trail Map

Santa Ynez Beer Trail Map

Where do you find the best brews around a famous wine country? Check your map. 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.