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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Doctor Who and the Big Cats

Doctor Who and the Big Cats

Keepers at Santa Barbara Zoo clearly are sci-fi fans (and have a sense of humor). Read »

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Santa Barbara Zoo celebrates gratitude by giving gourds to its furry residents. Read »

Friday, Nov 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

This Is Happening: Oprah's Yard Sale

This Is Happening: Oprah's Yard Sale

The "Oprah Winfrey Collection" goes up for purchase in Carpinteria. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Barbara First: Open Streets Event

Santa Barbara First: Open Streets Event

Over two and a half miles of Cabrillo Boulevard will be closed to cars. Read »

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 »

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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.