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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 6:21 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 »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 6:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Harvest, Humor, and Julian Wine: Grape Stomp

Harvest, Humor, and Julian Wine: Grape Stomp

Roll up those pants legs and limber up those toes, oenophiles. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Julian Starfest: Tour Palomar Observatory

Julian Starfest: Tour Palomar Observatory

The annual gathering of cosmos enthusiasts makes for the fabled sky-watching center. Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

History Happy: Julian's Joyful Fourth of July

History Happy: Julian's Joyful Fourth of July

Parades don't come more old-fashioned or full of the red, white, and blue. Read »

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pans, Picks, Legends: Julian Gold Rush Days

Pans, Picks, Legends: Julian Gold Rush Days

The Old West town's fortune-seeking past is present. Read »

Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

High Elevation Yum: Taste of Julian

High Elevation Yum: Taste of Julian

Want to know the quaint town's eats beyond apple pie? Head on up. Read »

Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wine, Wolves, Water: Daytripping Around Julian

Wine, Wolves, Water: Daytripping Around Julian

Headed up the mountain for a piece of pie? Check out to-dos beyond the fest. Read »

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Grape-Stomping Around SoCal

Grape-Stomping Around SoCal

Want to give your hand -- or feet -- a try at an age-old rite of autumn? You can. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Julian's Grape Stomp Festa

Julian's Grape Stomp Festa

Make for Menghini Winery (then unlace those shoes). Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Stars Over Julian

The Stars Over Julian

Starwatchers will gather over one August weekend. The plan? Looking 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.