Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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.
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