Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coming to Wine Country: Bacon & Barrels

Coming to Wine Country: Bacon & Barrels

A brand-new Los Olivos weekend is all about strips and sips. Read »

Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at 7:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Los Olivos Day in the Country

Los Olivos Day in the Country

One of wine country's sweetest small towns throws an autumn-flavored party. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fools in Love Art and Wine Party

Fools in Love Art and Wine Party

A Los Olivos winery is offering face-painting for grown-ups. Read »

Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Ynez Valley Free Museum Day

Santa Ynez Valley Free Museum Day

Over a half dozen institutions are waiving admission for a day. Read »

Sunday, Feb 20, 2011 at 8:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Margerum Winery Open House

Margerum Winery Open House

The Los Olivos vineyard is devoting a Sunday afternoon to sips and snacks. Read »

Friday, Sep 3, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

September Harvest Party

September Harvest Party

A Los Olivos wine company is hosting an afternoon of harvesty bites and bevs. 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.