Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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

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

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 »

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Sweet: S'moresFest!

Solvang Sweet: S'moresFest!

The Graham-cracker-y treat is a new addition to the village's Julefest. 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.