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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Orcas Frolic Near Ventura

Orcas Frolic Near Ventura

The large pod was spied in the Santa Barbara Channel. Read »

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Boat Parades, from Morro Bay to Ventura

Schooners, yachts, and rafts are ready to sparkle, sail. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Remote and Away: Outer Channel Islands

Remote and Away: Outer Channel Islands

The final Island Packers boats of the year head out to the far islands. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Wacky Machines: Ventura Kinetic Race

Human-powered machines take to the land -- and ocean -- as a fund-raiser for the Turning Point Foundation.View gallery »

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Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kilts & Cabers: Ventura Seaside Highland Games

Kilts & Cabers: Ventura Seaside Highland Games

Impressive athletics and stirring bagpipes are two favorites of this annual gathering. Read »

Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Raise a Glass, Ventura: California Beer Festival

Raise a Glass, Ventura: California Beer Festival

Don't miss the final foamy stop on this mega tour's 2013 run. Read »

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Autumn's Mondo Traveling Craft Show

Autumn's Mondo Traveling Craft Show

The Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show gears up for a number of SoCal stops. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura County Fair: The Top Treats

Ventura County Fair: The Top Treats

Going for a Pig in a Poke or an old-fashioned ice cream cone? Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rides, Treats, Hall and Oates: Ventura County Fair

Rides, Treats, Hall and Oates: Ventura County Fair

Sweet midway fun: It's the third of four big summer spectaculars. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura's Mega Paint Weekend

Ventura's Mega Paint Weekend

The salty air'd burg is setting up the canvases. Many, many canvases. Read »

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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.
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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.