Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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 »

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 »

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 »

Sunday, Sep 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Temecula Valley's CRUSH

Temecula Valley's CRUSH

Harvest time is a-happening, and 34 Temecula wineries are gathering to mark the moment. Read »

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Taking Dad Wine Tasting

Taking Dad Wine Tasting

Does your pop know his pinots? There'll be Father's Day to-dos around Temecula. Read »

Thursday, Jun 2, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Breakfast and Balloons

Breakfast and Balloons

The Monte de Oro Winery is rising early during the Temecula sky party. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Taste of Temecula Valley

A Taste of Temecula Valley

Several local eateries will be dishing up the goods. Oh. And a few wineries, too. Read »

Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 at 7:23 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Quintet of Temecula Tours

A Quintet of Temecula Tours

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers have ideas for foodies, oenophiles, balloon buffs, and more. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

World of Wine 2011

World of Wine 2011

Temecula prepares to be WoW'd over the March 5-6 weekend. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011 at 6:32 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Temecula Valley Restaurant Month

Temecula Valley Restaurant Month

Just over a dozen restaurants and wineries are participating. Read »

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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.
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