Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Olives Rule in Paso Robles

Olives Rule in Paso Robles

The wee fruits are the star of a daylong August confab. Read »

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 »

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

May Merry: Paso Wine Festival

May Merry: Paso Wine Festival

Four days, countless sips, one excellent stretch of wine country. Read »

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Zinfandel Rules: Paso's Spicy Weekend

Zinfandel Rules: Paso's Spicy Weekend

Love a certain zippy vino? So does the Central Coast town. Like, a lot. Read »

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sweet Stayover: Paso Robles Hotel Month

Sweet Stayover: Paso Robles Hotel Month

The wine-snug city has designated February as a time for inn-specific deals. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sailing Over the Vines: Pinot Express

Sailing Over the Vines: Pinot Express

Zip high above vines near Paso Robles. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Harvest Wine Weekend, Paso Robles-Style

Harvest Wine Weekend, Paso Robles-Style

It's one of the year's biggest parties in one of our state's biggest wine regions. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 11:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Olives Aplenty: A Paso Robles Party

Olives Aplenty: A Paso Robles Party

One August day, many tiny, glistening orbs to enjoy. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Paso 'N Pedals

Paso 'N Pedals

The cyclists of the Amgen tour will roll in, followed by the wine barrels. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 at 7:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival

Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival

Spicy sips rule the weekend around Paso parts. 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.