Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tart Times: Goleta Lemon Festival

Tart Times: Goleta Lemon Festival

The sunshiny fruit gets a weekend-long juice-it-up. Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free: LA's Largest Outdoor Yoga Gathering at Terranea

Free: LA's Largest Outdoor Yoga Gathering at Terranea

Downward dog alongside hundreds of others at the ocean-close resort. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Snowy Mammoth Deal Starts Early

Snowy Mammoth Deal Starts Early

Has the extreme heat got you dreaming of flakes? Make it real, snow bunny. Read »

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 8:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

180+ Restaurants: San Diego Restaurant Week

180+ Restaurants: San Diego Restaurant Week

You love the beer, the bacon, and the Sriracha. How about the city's wider restaurant scene? Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

On the Search: Fullerton Phantoms

On the Search: Fullerton Phantoms

Are you an eeker? Or a seeker of the strange? Hop on a tour and find out. Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Julian's Juicy: Apple Days Festival

Julian's Juicy: Apple Days Festival

Ready to pie it up, fruit fans? Read »

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Spicy: Sriracha Festival

San Diego Spicy: Sriracha Festival

Do you use the caliente condiment on everything? 'Fess up, then eat up. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hands-On Harvest: Sonoma Valley CRUSH

Hands-On Harvest: Sonoma Valley CRUSH

Sample fermenting wine and engage in behind-the-scenes-y fun. Read »

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 25 Years, Napa Valley Wine Train

Happy 25 Years, Napa Valley Wine Train

The iconic toot-tooter honors its big Silver Anniversary with some vino-riffic contests. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Harvest Fest: Mega Craft Fair Hits the Road

Harvest Fest: Mega Craft Fair Hits the Road

Ornaments, artworks, baked goods, more: Fall gets huge in Ventura (and beyond). 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.