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Big Bear Autumn: Flashlight Safaris

Big Bear Autumn: Flashlight Safaris

Explore the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, and meet some nocturnal critters, every Friday and Saturday in October. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Ojai Illumination: A Tree-tastic Artwork

Ojai Illumination: A Tree-tastic Artwork

Marvel at 28 lovely lanterns adorning one of the property's old oaks. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Bernardus Lodge: 14 New Villas & Suites

Bernardus Lodge: 14 New Villas & Suites

The tony getaway options made an early-August debut at the Carmel Valley getaway. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Monarch Beach Resort: End-of-Summer Fun

Monarch Beach Resort: End-of-Summer Fun

Mermaid swims, jazzy brunches, and Family Cardio Drumming are just a few things on the property's diversion-filled docket. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Laguna Art-A-Fair: Customer Appreciation Weekend

Laguna Art-A-Fair: Customer Appreciation Weekend

Free admission: Join the art-fun to-do's festive summer farewell. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Julefest Wine Walk: Tickets on Sale

Julefest Wine Walk: Tickets on Sale

The holidays are but a few months away, as is Solvang's sippable soiree. Read »

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 8:19 PM

NPS Centennial: Yosemite Celebrates

NPS Centennial: Yosemite Celebrates

Several nature-cool programs will mark the National Park Service's 100th anniversary. Read »

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Chalk Art: Ventura Street Painting Festival

Chalk Art: Ventura Street Painting Festival

Make for the waterfront for a look-down, look-around day of on-the-sidewalk wonders. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Ready for Foliage: California Fall Color Blog

Ready for Foliage: California Fall Color Blog

The autumn equinox is still a month off, but a popular leaf-peeping blog is up and running for 2016. Read »

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 9:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

2016 Sunset Idea House Opens

Eye "a celebration of local design" over six style-filled weekends. View gallery »

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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.