Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Art Meets Autumn: Golden State Scarecrows

Art Meets Autumn: Golden State Scarecrows

A trio of towns around the state put out their most creative fall figures. Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

December in October: Solvang Julefest Tickets

December in October: Solvang Julefest Tickets

It's been called one of our country's "Most Christmassy" towns. Read »

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Sweet 'n Surreal Scarecrows of Solvang

The Sweet 'n Surreal Scarecrows of Solvang

The town's fourth annual contest is ready to get decorating. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Danish Days: Be a VIP

Solvang Danish Days: Be a VIP

This is year one for the "Dane for a Day" package. Read »

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Sweet: Danish Days

Solvang Sweet: Danish Days

It's year 77 for the history-, music-, and aebleskiver-rich celebration. Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Craft Beers of Santa Ynez Valley

The Craft Beers of Santa Ynez Valley

It's an area known for wine, but May is beer's time to foam. 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 »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Pastry-Filled Weekend

Solvang's Pastry-Filled Weekend

Tickets are on sale for the quaint village's March feast. 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 »

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.