Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden State Purple: Lavender Days

Golden State Purple: Lavender Days

Paso Robles'll go purple and fragrant, for a day. Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lavender and Honey Harvests in Carmel Valley

Lavender and Honey Harvests in Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Ranch gives guests a hands-on, odor-sweet, bee-ful experience. Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lavender's the Star in Ojai

Lavender's the Star in Ojai

The purple plant shows up in soaps, crafts, and more. Read »

Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Lavender Getaway

Ojai Lavender Getaway

Love lavender? 'Tis the season in a certain sweet-smelling town. Read »

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai's Purple Party

Ojai's Purple Party

If you love your lavender, make for its annual sweet-scented festival. Read »

Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Valley Lavender Festival

Ojai Valley Lavender Festival

Lavender lore, lavender cooking, lavender cleaning. Lav lovers gather and celebrate. 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.