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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:23 PM

Santa Barbara Free: I Madonnari Festival

Santa Barbara Free: I Madonnari Festival

Watch dozens of colorful images come to life, on the ground, over Memorial Day Weekend. Read »

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Avalon Ball 2018: Early Bird Tickets

Avalon Ball 2018: Early Bird Tickets

Enchanted by this annual Catalina soiree? You can book a coveted spot to the ball far in advance. Read »

Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:16 AM

Lotusland: The Season's First Lotus Bloom

Lotusland: The Season's First Lotus Bloom

LotusFest! is still a few weeks out, but the historic Santa Barbara garden's famous namesake is making a showy showing. Read »

Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:13 AM

San Diego International Beer Fest: It's Huge

San Diego International Beer Fest: It's Huge

Count 'em up: More than 200 breweries'll show at the Junetime jamboree. Read »

Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 at 9:32 PM

37 Cloves: Gilroy Eating Contest

37 Cloves: Gilroy Eating Contest

That's the one-minute record to beat at the 2017 hot-of-mouth gathering. Read »

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Opening: Snow Summit Bike Park

Opening: Snow Summit Bike Park

Mountain biking season pops an early wheelie near Big Bear. Read »

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:04 AM

Santa Barbara's Summer-Welcoming Bash

Santa Barbara's Summer-Welcoming Bash

The city's solstice parade is among the sunniest of Golden State staples. Read »

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:49 PM

Summer Cottage: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Summer Cottage: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Book a "multi-room lakeside residence" and wile away a sun-splashed day. Read »

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Hotel Irvine: Movies in the Backyard

Hotel Irvine: Movies in the Backyard

Pay $5 and savor cinema on the property's grand lawn. Read »

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Mondavi Summer Sounds: Concert Series

Mondavi Summer Sounds: Concert Series

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Patti LaBelle, The Revivalists, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals are all on the lively 2017 line-up. 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.