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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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, Jun 12, 2014 at 5:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice

Greet the longest day of the year with music, dance, and a parade. Read »

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sea-Worthy Finds: Santa Barbara Harbor Nautical Swap Meet

Sea-Worthy Finds: Santa Barbara Harbor Nautical Swap Meet

Sailboat rigging and other ocean-minded goods are up for sale. Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Springtime Sipping: Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

Springtime Sipping: Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail

The weekend after Memorial Day is filled with wine-nice gatherings. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 12:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New/Old Name: A Santa Barbara Hotel's Fresh Moniker

New/Old Name: A Santa Barbara Hotel's Fresh Moniker

Loved the Hotel Oceana? Meet Hotel Milo. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Car-Free Fun at Santa Barbara's Earth Day

Car-Free Fun at Santa Barbara's Earth Day

Hop a train to one of the oldest of the eco-nice bashes and maybe win a prize. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Beachy Breezes: California Wine Festival

Beachy Breezes: California Wine Festival

The two-stop sip scene lands in Dana Point at the end of April. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Llamas of El Capitan Canyon

The Llamas of El Capitan Canyon

An animal-sweet dose of springtime, found close to a rustic beach. Read »

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 7:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Giant Anteater Twin Born in Santa Barbara

Rare Giant Anteater Twin Born in Santa Barbara

Awww alert: The prognosis for the little guy is "good." Read »

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 »

About
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.