Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Giddy Up: Riding the Carriages of the West

Giddy Up: Riding the Carriages of the West

Take a vintage roll through the hills of Santa Ynez Valley. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Stay-Over Deals

Solvang Stay-Over Deals

Whether you're headed for Taste of Solvang or not, there are options. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coming to Wine Country: Bacon & Barrels

Coming to Wine Country: Bacon & Barrels

A brand-new Los Olivos weekend is all about strips and sips. Read »

Sunday, Jan 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

BBQ Bootcamp in the Santa Ynez Valley

BBQ Bootcamp in the Santa Ynez Valley

Spend a long weekend learning the 101 on grilling perfect meats. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Vaquero Day in Santa Ynez

Vaquero Day in Santa Ynez

California cowboys, past and present, get the celebratory spotlight. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Holiday Wine About

Solvang Holiday Wine About

It's a glittery, glass-ful (and glass-filled) stroll through a sparkly city. Read »

Friday, Sep 7, 2012 at 4:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Ynez Wine Collectors Week

Santa Ynez Wine Collectors Week

It's the first outing for a wine country week focusing on collectors. Read »

Saturday, Jun 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Glorious Trails of Santa Ynez

The Glorious Trails of Santa Ynez

Need a little rustic R&R? Make for a gem of a valley. Read »

Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Ynez Valley Weekend Pass

Santa Ynez Valley Weekend Pass

Making for one of California's prettiest corners over Mother's Day Weekend? Buy your pass before you go. Read »

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Ynez Beer Trail Map

Santa Ynez Beer Trail Map

Where do you find the best brews around a famous wine country? Check your map. 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.