Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lookie-Loo Weekend: Ojai Studio Artists Tour

Lookie-Loo Weekend: Ojai Studio Artists Tour

Picture strolling 50+ studios and chatting with the people who create within. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

April Is Pixie Month in Ojai

April Is Pixie Month in Ojai

A bright and tart fruit has a starring role throughout the month. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 7:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Sweet: Citrus Tours Open

Ojai Sweet: Citrus Tours Open

The Friend's Ranch orchard walk opens for the season. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 2:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Flavor Journey: Ojai Olive Oil Tastings

Flavor Journey: Ojai Olive Oil Tastings

Sipping, swirling, thinking, talking, repeating. Read »

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California to Go: Holiday Citrus

California to Go: Holiday Citrus

Where can you get a bit of sunshine to send to non-local loved ones? Read »

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Where They Create: Ojai Studio Artists Tour

Where They Create: Ojai Studio Artists Tour

It's the 30th anniversary for the easy-breezy, behind-the-scenes-y tour. Read »

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Emerald Iguana: Ojai's Funky Gem Gets an Update

Emerald Iguana: Ojai's Funky Gem Gets an Update

The whimsical getaway gets a refresh (but keeps its individual spirit). Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lavender's the Star in Ojai

Lavender's the Star in Ojai

The purple plant shows up in soaps, crafts, and more. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Shearing Day Up Ojai Way

Shearing Day Up Ojai Way

Hobnob with alpacas and get up close with a fuzzy rite of spring. Read »

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Orchard Tours Open in Ojai

Orchard Tours Open in Ojai

Citrus is a classic California symbol. See it up close. 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.