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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 at 8:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day: Santa Barbara's Big Bash

The celebration of the eco-minded April holiday has deep roots in the city. View gallery »

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

The Masai Giraffe calf was born in the wee hours of March 14. Read »

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Harbor Eats: Seafood Bounty

Santa Barbara Harbor Eats: Seafood Bounty

Sunshine glinting on water and you enjoying shrimp after shrimp? Could happen. 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 »

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

Santa Barbara Bird Love: Vulture Day

One of the classic birds of autumn fiction gets its moment in the sun. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Camping Cool: Santa Barbara Silver Safari

Book a vintage beauty and round out the summer with a little R&R. Read »

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Zoo: Peek Inside the Animal Food Kitchen

Santa Barbara Zoo: Peek Inside the Animal Food Kitchen

How do the beasties' bites come together? A new area lets you see. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 7:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

50+ Libations: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest

50+ Libations: Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest

Sample some of the deepest, smokiest beverages (and learn about the sips). Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 90th, Old Spanish Days

Happy 90th, Old Spanish Days

Santa Barbara's historic summertime festival brims with parades, mercados. 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 »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
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ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She 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.