Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Greyhounds Gather in Solvang

Greyhounds Gather in Solvang

Fans of the sleek, sweet canine make for Solvang. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Taste of Solvang Turns 20

Taste of Solvang Turns 20

Walking smorgaasboard? Wine tours? See you there. 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 »

Saturday, Dec 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Solvang Wine About

The Solvang Wine About

It's a Christmassy, cabernet-nice weekend in the walk-around village. Read »

Monday, Dec 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

That Solvang Sparkle

That Solvang Sparkle

One of the Golden State's sparkliest villages turns up the wattage. Read »

Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang's Scarecrows

Solvang's Scarecrows

Sweet on people made of straw and pumpkins? A certain town has several on display. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Danish Days

Danish Days

The man with beard and the helmet is back. Meaning? Solvang is ready to party. Read »

Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spinning Sweet Stories in Solvang

Spinning Sweet Stories in Solvang

Hans Christian Andersen tales are on stage and in the spotlight. Read »

Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 8:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Solvang Celebrates a Lit Icon

Solvang Celebrates a Lit Icon

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum is prepping a special birthday cake. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Alisal Ranch BBQ Bootcamp

The Alisal Ranch BBQ Bootcamp

The springtime bootcamp at the swank Solvang guest ranch filled up. But there are spots in the fall. 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.