Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

SLO Summer Party: Roll Out the Barrels

SLO Summer Party: Roll Out the Barrels

Wine and summer-style good-time-having is in the forecast. Read »

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

SLO Surf 'n Sip: Wine, Waves, and Beyond

SLO Surf 'n Sip: Wine, Waves, and Beyond

Boards and beverages make the scene in San Luis Obispo County. Read »

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Savory Pasties of California

The Savory Pasties of California

Grass Valley, Long Beach, and San Luis Obispo all have doughy-good shops. Read »

Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hue-Filled Holidays at the Madonna Inn

Hue-Filled Holidays at the Madonna Inn

Could you stay in a very red room, then a very green room? You could. Read »

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Savoring the Central Coast (and Then Some)

Savoring the Central Coast (and Then Some)

Want to visit the Sunset-yummy weekend? There are tickets left. Read »

Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California's Most Famous Restroom

California's Most Famous Restroom

We don't even need to tell you where it is, right? Hint: Think SLO. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sunset's Savor the Central Coast

Sunset's Savor the Central Coast

Beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch is the setting for the Sunset sup fest. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Grist Mill Getaway

Grist Mill Getaway

There's an impressive grist mill reproduction in San Luis Obispo, and you can stay in it. Read »

Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Apple Blossom Days at the Apple Farm

Apple Blossom Days at the Apple Farm

There's a garden-y festival on Saturday, April 2. Then more springtime to-dos throughout the month. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Biking into SLO Made Easier

Biking into SLO Made Easier

A new bike path near the Madonna Inn makes a SLO visit simpler. 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.