Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Unwind Time: Oaks at Ojai

Unwind Time: Oaks at Ojai

Greet the new year with hikes, yoga classes, and other detox-nice to-dos. Read »

Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Valley Inn Marks the Serenity Season

Ojai Valley Inn Marks the Serenity Season

The hotel has a package on full of yuletide treats and peaceful times. Read »

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Alpaca Magic

Alpaca Magic

An Ojai-close alpaca ranch is open to visitors. Want to feed one? You can. 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 »

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai's Art in the Park

Ojai's Art in the Park

A holiday weekend spent in a pretty town looking at art sounds a-okay by us. Read »

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Writer's Ojai Spa Getaway

A Writer's Ojai Spa Getaway

Need to relax more to let the words flow? This combo may help you with both. Read »

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Eclipse Party

Ojai Eclipse Party

Have your special Super Moon costume at the ready? Read »

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Storytelling Festival in Ojai

Storytelling Festival in Ojai

Tale spinners weave magical stories at an annual story-off. Read »

Friday, Mar 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Literary Festival

Ojai Literary Festival

You need your springtime book fests? Your wordy week is just ahead. 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.