Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

On the Harbor: Santa Barbara Seafood

On the Harbor: Santa Barbara Seafood

The Seafood & Harbor Festival boasts a stunning setting, succulent eats. Read »

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

epicure s.b.: Santa Barbara's Month-Long Foodie Feast

epicure s.b.: Santa Barbara's Month-Long Foodie Feast

A lemon fest, an avocado fest, craft beers, and prix fixe goodness? It's all on the menu. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Stink Is Now: Santa Barbara Corpse Flower

The Stink Is Now: Santa Barbara Corpse Flower

UCSB has published the visiting hours for the smelly celeb bloom. Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Corpse Flower Set to Bloom in Santa Barbara

Corpse Flower Set to Bloom in Santa Barbara

UCSB prepares for the stinky bloom (and the expected crowds). Read »

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tradition and Grandeur: Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Tradition and Grandeur: Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days

Tradition, beauty, and song: "Vaqueros y Vaqueras" is the 2013 theme. Read »

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Oysters: Shuck 'N Swallow

Santa Barbara Oysters: Shuck 'N Swallow

Three of our favorite words all in a row: oyster shucking station. Read »

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara Whimsy: Kardboard Kayak Race

Santa Barbara Whimsy: Kardboard Kayak Race

The upshot? Build a boat, see if it is seaworthy, laugh a lot. Read »

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oh La La: Paris on the Central Coast

Oh La La: Paris on the Central Coast

Dancing, food, and, yep, poodles on parade are part of le party. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara, Seen from Two Wheels

Santa Barbara, Seen from Two Wheels

There are plenty of ways to cycle around the American Riviera. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara's Big Amgen Bike Tour Welcome

Santa Barbara's Big Amgen Bike Tour Welcome

Hotel deals, places to watch, and extras dot the two-day event. 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.
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.

LA GETAWAY

People the world over book their vacations in Los Angeles. You can, too.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visiting Shamu at Sea World.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

Authors
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.