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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jan 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Duo of Dine-Out Deals

A Duo of Dine-Out Deals

It's nearly Restaurant Week to north and south. Here's what's on the menu. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 8:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Second Century Soiree

Solvang's Second Century Soiree

Love you your quaint village? Help it welcome the next 100 years. Read »

Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at 7:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Los Olivos Day in the Country

Los Olivos Day in the Country

One of wine country's sweetest small towns throws an autumn-flavored party. Read »

Monday, Aug 8, 2011 at 9:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

First-Ever Peruvian Horse Ranch Tour

First-Ever Peruvian Horse Ranch Tour

Santa Ynez Peruvian Horse Ranches open up to visitors; you'll meet hundreds of maned beauties. Read »

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Ynez Valley Trails Week

Santa Ynez Valley Trails Week

Join a beer trail or a wine trail or a sweets trail. Then get walking or riding or sipping. Read »

Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 7:28 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Beyond the Garden Gate

Beyond the Garden Gate

Stroll through the patches and pretty plots of Santa Ynez Valley. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rolling Through the West

Rolling Through the West

It's a rare chance to ride with a 20-mule team. Giddy up! Read »

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lake Cachuma Will Open to Kayaks

Lake Cachuma Will Open to Kayaks

Oh, and to canoes, too. It's a change of policy, and just in time for warmer weather. Read »

Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Santa Ynez Valley Free Museum Day

Santa Ynez Valley Free Museum Day

Over a half dozen institutions are waiving admission for a day. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wine Around in Santa Ynez Valley

Wine Around in Santa Ynez Valley

A trio of wineries are breaking out the barrels. 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.
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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.