Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Balloons, Wine, Food, Tunes: Temecula, It's Time

Balloons, Wine, Food, Tunes: Temecula, It's Time

Three days of top-notch vino and skyward sights are just ahead. Read »

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Siptacular: Temecula Valley's World of Wine

Siptacular: Temecula Valley's World of Wine

Take a first look at new spring releases throughout the region. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Local Food Celebration: Terra Madre Day

Local Food Celebration: Terra Madre Day

The worldwide event marks meals that start close to home. Read »

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wraiths and Wine: A Haunted Winery Tour

Wraiths and Wine: A Haunted Winery Tour

A Temecula winemaker goes for a terrifying (and tasty) holiday twist. Read »

Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pumpkin Days Ahead: Big Horse Corn Maze

Pumpkin Days Ahead: Big Horse Corn Maze

The Temecula fall wonderland is growin' the corn high. Ready to get lost? Read »

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hello, September: Temecula SIP Passport

Hello, September: Temecula SIP Passport

California Wine Month arrives in a splashy, buck-saving way. Read »

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Grape-Stomping Around SoCal

Grape-Stomping Around SoCal

Want to give your hand -- or feet -- a try at an age-old rite of autumn? You can. Read »

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tickets on Sale: Temecula Valley Crush

Tickets on Sale: Temecula Valley Crush

The mid-September wine soiree alights at Callaway Vineyard & Winery. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lake Skinner Fest: Lightning in a Bottle

Lake Skinner Fest: Lightning in a Bottle

Yoga, art, food, tunes, and enlightenment merge in a mondo coming-together. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 4:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Temecula Valley's Big Balloon Bash

Temecula Valley's Big Balloon Bash

The wine region's major hullaballoo is ready for lift-off. 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.