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Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dances, Beer, Pastries: Solvang's Danish Days

Dances, Beer, Pastries: Solvang's Danish Days

It's that joyful, treat-packed weekend, windmill mavens, so don your clogs. Read »

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 "Sideways" Celebrations Grow

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

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

"Sideways" 10th Anniversary: Wine Country Celebrates

"Sideways" 10th Anniversary: Wine Country Celebrates

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

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Savory: Mac and Cheese Festival

Solvang Savory: Mac and Cheese Festival

The Danish burg fetes the creamiest of comfort foods. Read »

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 7:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tickets on Sale: Taste of Solvang

Tickets on Sale: Taste of Solvang

Pastries and wine. Wine and pastries. Repeat. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Taste of Solvang Fun: Sweets & Swing

Taste of Solvang Fun: Sweets & Swing

The sugar-cute village spotlights its pastry side. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Beautiful Greyhounds of Solvang

The Beautiful Greyhounds of Solvang

Sleek of coat and sweet of nature? You bet, dog buffs. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Year-Beginner of a Bonfire

Solvang's Year-Beginner of a Bonfire

Julefest ends its annual run with a mighty controlled blaze. Read »

Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Sparkliest Season, Day by Day

Solvang's Sparkliest Season, Day by Day

Julefest brims with cheery happenings; best schedule ahead. Read »

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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.