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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 at 5:08 PM

Baby Time at Centennial Farm

Baby Time at Centennial Farm

Coo over piglets, lambs, and chicks, in Costa Mesa. Read »

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Temecula Spring: Blessing of the Vines

Temecula Spring: Blessing of the Vines

Fine vinos and a longtime tradition round out April, at South Coast Winery. Read »

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Chocolate Whimsy: Park Hyatt Aviara Easter

Chocolate Whimsy: Park Hyatt Aviara Easter

Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Rull has created a sweet turtle and other art-amazing treats to admire. Read »

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Oxnard Awesome: Strong Wildflower Scene

Oxnard Awesome: Strong Wildflower Scene

Don't stow your wildflower-seeking sneakers just yet, nature people. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 9:27 PM

Dry Creek Valley: Passport Weekend

Dry Creek Valley: Passport Weekend

Spend the final weekend of April sipping at a few of the 45 participating wineries. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 7:22 PM

Lake Arrowhead: Easter at Santa's Village

Lake Arrowhead: Easter at Santa's Village

Two days of egg-cellent doings are set for the mountaintop attraction. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 1:22 PM

May at Yosemite: Mondo Waterfall Wow

May at Yosemite: Mondo Waterfall Wow

The "peak" moment for allllll of that H2O to come down is coming up as fast as droplets fall over the side of a mountain. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 1:23 PM

Pet Day on the Bay: Hounds at Sea

Pet Day on the Bay: Hounds at Sea

Canines play captain, at least via costumes, at this annual San Diego fundraiser. Read »

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 10:03 PM

Safari Park: Baby Bighorn Sheep

Safari Park: Baby Bighorn Sheep

The wee sweeties are capturing hearts at the San Diego destination. Read »

Monday, Apr 10, 2017 at 9:38 PM

The Empress Hotel: Sleeping Dogs Package

The Empress Hotel: Sleeping Dogs Package

The La Jolla getaway offers a host of interesting ways to plan your trip, including one that loves upon your pooch. 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.