Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Marina Openings: Mountain Lakes Greet Spring

Marina Openings: Mountain Lakes Greet Spring

Where are you headed, water buffs? Big Bear Lake or Lake Gregory? Read »

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Bear Brisk: Polar Plunge

Big Bear Brisk: Polar Plunge

Brrrr: Winter's still on, SoCalers. Read »

Friday, Dec 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Bear Bash: Torchlight on the Mountain

Big Bear Bash: Torchlight on the Mountain

An end-of-the-year favorite gets sets the snow scene aglow. Read »

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oktoberfest Up the Mountain

Oktoberfest Up the Mountain

Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead host their annual stein-foamy shindigs. Read »

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Bear's Beer & Spirits Fest

Big Bear's Beer & Spirits Fest

Oktoberfest is still a ways off, but you can still enjoy foam up the mountain. Read »

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mountain Cool: A Big Bear Kind of Summer

Mountain Cool: A Big Bear Kind of Summer

A lake experience that isn't too far off? We'll be right up. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Winter Deals in Big Bear

Winter Deals in Big Bear

$69 a night? That's the starting point for lift and lodging packages. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Skiing at Big Bear Opens

Skiing at Big Bear Opens

Love the crisp weather? Head up the mountain for more of it. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ski Season Starts

Ski Season Starts

Gotta hit the hills? An opening day is right around the corner. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM
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By Melissa Pamer

Fall Colors and Free Gas in Big Bear

Fall Colors and Free Gas in Big Bear

If high gas prices are keeping you from heading into the mountains for some fall color, the Big Bear Resort Association has a deal for you. Read »

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.