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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

157 Pounds of Newborn Giraffe Love

157 Pounds of Newborn Giraffe Love

The San Diego Zoo says hello to the 157-pound newborn. Read »

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zoo Animals Open Wishlist Surprises

Zoo Animals Open Wishlist Surprises

The Santa Barbara Zoo beasties have an enrichment toy dream list. Read »

Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Orcas Frolic Near Ventura

Orcas Frolic Near Ventura

The large pod was spied in the Santa Barbara Channel. 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, Dec 8, 2015 at 3:23 PM
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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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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.