Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dine Inside a Carpinteria Greenhouse

Dine Inside a Carpinteria Greenhouse

Enjoy supper among the flowers of a Carpinteria petal-growing place. Read »

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Guac Is Just the Start: California Avocado Festival

Guac Is Just the Start: California Avocado Festival

Carpinteria's three-day fall bash is just ahead. Have those tortilla chips ready? Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fallbrook's Creamiest Festival

Fallbrook's Creamiest Festival

Guacamole people, your favorite eat-bash of the year is nearly here. Read »

Friday, Oct 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Carp's Avocado Love Fest

Carp's Avocado Love Fest

If it can be made with the tasty green mash, you'll eat it up the coast. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Carpinteria & Summerland Artists Studio Tour

Carpinteria & Summerland Artists Studio Tour

Peek inside two dozen creative spaces during this free, weekend-long event. Read »

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

25th Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival

25th Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Yep, there's a guacamole contest, but the pitly party has a lot more going on, too. 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.