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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 »

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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.