Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Palm Springs Cute: Family Crafting Weekend

Palm Springs Cute: Family Crafting Weekend

Kids and parents make accessories, bags, and art together at the Ace. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ace Palm Springs Summer Deal

Ace Palm Springs Summer Deal

A pool, the sun, and a cool room for a hundred bucks. Anyone up for a road trip? Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Family Cool in Palm Springs

Family Cool in Palm Springs

Karen Kimmel's Crafting Community makes for the Ace Hotel. Family relay races and arty workshops are part of the three-day bash. Read »

Sunday, Dec 4, 2011 at 9:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

John Hughes Holiday Songfest

John Hughes Holiday Songfest

Love "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" and other holiday faves? Take the holiday road to Palm Springs. Read »

Thursday, Jun 2, 2011 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Desert Days at the Ace

Desert Days at the Ace

Plans didn't gel, or coalesce, or do whatever plans are supposed to? There's still hope. Read »

Sunday, Mar 20, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

April Mardi Gras at Ace Palm Springs

April Mardi Gras at Ace Palm Springs

Didn't get a chance to do it up on Fat Tuesday? You still can, and you can raise money for music, too. Read »

Friday, Jan 21, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ace Swim Club Memberships

Ace Swim Club Memberships

If you're in Palm Springs, or visit a lot, and love splashing about, this one's for you. Read »

Monday, Jan 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Umbrellas, Bell Bottoms, and a Hip Hotel

Umbrellas, Bell Bottoms, and a Hip Hotel

The Ace Hotel has a short film contest on. Your entry needs an umbrella and bell bottoms in it. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

NYE in P.S.

NYE in P.S.

Several places are partying in 2011. Bonus: big desert skies at no cost. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Heebonism Party at the Ace

Heebonism Party at the Ace

Comedy and cavorting will rule at pool-close coming-together. 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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