Worth the Trip
Our daily look at deals and getaways
Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Pirates of Ventura Harbor

The Pirates of Ventura Harbor

Did we say "Harbor"? Make that "Aarghbor." Read »

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New: Evening Harbor Cruises with Island Packers

New: Evening Harbor Cruises with Island Packers

The company known for its Channel Islands runs sticks closer to shore. Read »

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Mysteries of Cueva Valdez

The Mysteries of Cueva Valdez

Two special Island Packers trips'll head out to a Santa Cruz Island cove. Read »

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Chance: Explore a New Channel Islands Spot

Rare Chance: Explore a New Channel Islands Spot

Island Packers will make a run to a pretty and remote beach at the end of April. Read »

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 »

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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By Angela Bull

Great Scot!

Great Scot!

Put on your kilt, kick up your heels, and share in the festivities at this traditional Celtic event. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wacky Machines: Ventura Kinetic Race

Human-powered machines take to the land -- and ocean -- as a fund-raiser for the... See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Raise a Glass, Ventura: California Beer Festival

Raise a Glass, Ventura: California Beer Festival

Don't miss the final foamy stop on this mega tour's 2013 run. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura's Mega Paint Weekend

Ventura's Mega Paint Weekend

The salty air'd burg is setting up the canvases. Many, many canvases. Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura's Kinetic Sculpture Race

Ventura's Kinetic Sculpture Race

Whimsical machines, full of humor and heart, roll for a fine cause. 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.