Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Year-Beginner of a Bonfire

Solvang's Year-Beginner of a Bonfire

Julefest ends its annual run with a mighty controlled blaze. Read »

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Sparkliest Season, Day by Day

Solvang's Sparkliest Season, Day by Day

Julefest brims with cheery happenings; best schedule ahead. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Sweet: S'moresFest!

Solvang Sweet: S'moresFest!

The Graham-cracker-y treat is a new addition to the village's Julefest. Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

December in October: Solvang Julefest Tickets

December in October: Solvang Julefest Tickets

It's been called one of our country's "Most Christmassy" towns. Read »

Monday, Dec 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

That Solvang Sparkle

That Solvang Sparkle

One of the Golden State's sparkliest villages turns up the wattage. Read »

Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Sparkly Tree

Solvang's Sparkly Tree

Julefest has been underway, but now it is time to plug in the big tree. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 at 7:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Celebrates Julefest

Solvang Celebrates Julefest

Festive open houses and other seasonal to-dos mark the start of the holidays. 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.