Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 at 6:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Eating Ojai

Eating Ojai

Get to know the edibles of Ojai over a food-filled Saturday. Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Friendly Friend's Ranch

Friendly Friend's Ranch

Sweet on citrus? Make for Ojai for a kid-sweet, info-laden tour. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Valley Inn's Serenity Season

Ojai Valley Inn's Serenity Season

Bliss out (instead of stress out) in Ojai. Read »

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Salute! Beer Festival

Salute! Beer Festival

Snack on "gourmet pub fare" and good libations at the Ojai Beverage Co. 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 »

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 4:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

25th Annual Ojai Wine Festival

25th Annual Ojai Wine Festival

Relax next to pretty, shimmery Lake Casitas and try the best of the region. Read »

Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 7:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai's Art in the Park

Ojai's Art in the Park

The venerable al fresco exhibit is part of a larger cultural weekend. Read »

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Libbey Bowl Grand Opening

Libbey Bowl Grand Opening

An Ojai venue gets a second chance, thanks to the work and funds of hundreds of locals. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ojai Storytelling Festival

Ojai Storytelling Festival

Tellers of tales will weave fantastic scenarios in a fairytale town. 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.