Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration

Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration

The Johnny Cash Music Festival proved a rollicking festival in '11. It's headed back to Ventura for more cars, guitars, and vintage pin-up style. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura Music Week

Ventura Music Week

Blues, swing, jazz, and more; one of the rockingest weeks on the coast is set to start. Read »

Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Valentine's, Vino, and Ventura

Valentine's, Vino, and Ventura

Delicious beverages and tasty eats are at the center of the holiday vineyard party. Read »

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tall Ships Head North

Tall Ships Head North

Missed these two beauties in Newport Beach? Here's your do-over. Read »

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 at 6:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Eating Ojai

Eating Ojai

Get to know the edibles of Ojai over a food-filled Saturday. Read »

Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Craftcation 2012

Craftcation 2012

Get your sew on (and your paint and your draw and your jewelry-making) in Ventura. Read »

Friday, Dec 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura Wineries Give Back

Ventura Wineries Give Back

Plan on heading up to Herzog or Four Brix? Be sure to pack some canned food to donate. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura County Harvest Passport

Ventura County Harvest Passport

Six area wineries offer discounts on fabulous flights. There are more delicious deals in the mix, too. Read »

Friday, Oct 21, 2011 at 10:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kinetic Sculpture Race

Kinetic Sculpture Race

Road skills and whimsy are the rule of the day in Ventura. Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 8:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ventura's Seaside Highland Games

Ventura's Seaside Highland Games

Please direct us to the Heavy Athletics. Thank you. 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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