Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Temecula Marks Wine Tourism Day

Temecula Marks Wine Tourism Day

The vino-rich area marks the first-ever celebration to pair the two. Read »

Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Temecula's World of Wine

Temecula's World of Wine

One of the biggest tickets of spring is all about sophisticated sips. Read »

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

Temecula's Harvest Celebration

Temecula's Harvest Celebration

Tickets are now on sale for the early November weekend. Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Horse Corn Maze

Big Horse Corn Maze

The corn's getting higher at SoCal's largest fall labyrinth. Read »

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Wine Month, Temecula-Style

California Wine Month, Temecula-Style

Wine country is holding a 30-day-long party to celebrate harvest. Read »

Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Balloons, Wine, and Temecula

Balloons, Wine, and Temecula

The wine area's biggest annual party gets the burners glowing. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Earth Day at South Coast Winery

Earth Day at South Coast Winery

The Blessing of the Vines is an annual tradition at the Temecula winery. Read »

Monday, Apr 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Temecula's Fairytale Winery

Temecula's Fairytale Winery

Disney's most creative alums have done tons of interesting things. Including the building of a Temecula winery. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Temecula's "WoW" Weekend

Temecula's

The barrel-tasting weekend turns 21. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Peltzer Pumpkins Up

Peltzer Pumpkins Up

One of SoCal's sweetest gourd-a-toriums gets the fall festivities going. 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.