Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Monday, Oct 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wine Country Charmers: Scarecrows of the SYV

Wine Country Charmers: Scarecrows of the SYV

Shopkeepers compete in the annual, oh-so-quaint autumn tradition. Read »

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Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 10th: The "Sideways" Celebrations Grow

Happy 10th: The

The parties are bubbling, like sparkling wine, around Santa Ynez Valley. Read »

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Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Sideways" 10th Anniversary: Wine Country Celebrates

The Santa Ynez Valley looks back at the vino-loving film. Read »

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Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free Santa Ynez Shuttle: The Valley Loop

Free Santa Ynez Shuttle: The Valley Loop

Hopping around wineries and restaurants? You've got a driver. Read »

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 2:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Ynez Valley Beer Month

Santa Ynez Valley Beer Month

The wine region turns to its other well-known libation for a spell. Read »

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Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

More Cowbell: AMGEN Goes Santa Ynez

More Cowbell: AMGEN Goes Santa Ynez

Fans'll ring the bells as the world's top cyclists zoom past. Read »

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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Posh Brews of the 805

Posh Brews of the 805

Swank brewhouses and an area code-named craft beer are making news. Read »

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Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Grape-Stomping Around SoCal

Grape-Stomping Around SoCal

Want to give your hand -- or feet -- a try at an age-old rite of autumn? You can. Read »

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Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Whole Month of Wine in Santa Ynez

A Whole Month of Wine in Santa Ynez

The winegrowers of the Santa Barbara-snug region look to September. Read »

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Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Craft Beers of Santa Ynez Valley

The Craft Beers of Santa Ynez Valley

It's an area known for wine, but May is beer's time to foam. 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.