Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 25 Years, Napa Valley Wine Train

Happy 25 Years, Napa Valley Wine Train

The iconic toot-tooter honors its big Silver Anniversary with some vino-riffic contests. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oh, It's On: Napa Valley Harvest 2014

Oh, It's On: Napa Valley Harvest 2014

Thought it might be a few weeks away? Au contraire, oenophiles. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Napa Sweet: The Love Lock Bridge

Napa Sweet: The Love Lock Bridge

Book a Valentine's ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train (and remember your lock). Read »

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 7:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Greeting 2014 on the Move: Napa Valley Wine Train

Greeting 2014 on the Move: Napa Valley Wine Train

Is the year you gussy it up and finally board the moving party? Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend: Flavor! Napa Valley

Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend: Flavor! Napa Valley

Big chefs, interesting meals, and zingy wine round out this autumn frofrafra. Read »

Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Food and Wine of Napa Valley Film Fest

The Food and Wine of Napa Valley Film Fest

What to do at the film fest if you're not catching any movies. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Red Moon, Corn Moon, Napa Valley Wine Train

Red Moon, Corn Moon, Napa Valley Wine Train

Take a ride and sip wine by the glow of a full moon. Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tickets on Sale: Flavor! Napa Valley

Tickets on Sale: Flavor! Napa Valley

The pre-Thanksgiving Week party is one of fall's most festive events. Read »

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

BottleRock Napa

BottleRock Napa

The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes are set to headline this first-time fest. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 4:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Unhand Your Phone at This Wine Country Inn

Unhand Your Phone at This Wine Country Inn

Do you really need to unplug? A Napa Valley inn has a solution. 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.