Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

90th Birthday: Cypress Inn Celebrates Doris Day

90th Birthday: Cypress Inn Celebrates Doris Day

The movie star's Carmel getaway fetes her big day in big ways. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Whiskery, Playful, Iconic: Where to See Sea Otters

Whiskery, Playful, Iconic: Where to See Sea Otters

The Monterey visitors bureau picks some favorite otter-watching locales. Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lavender and Honey Harvests in Carmel Valley

Lavender and Honey Harvests in Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Ranch gives guests a hands-on, odor-sweet, bee-ful experience. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Carmel Getaway Gives Back on Every Room

A Carmel Getaway Gives Back on Every Room

Stonepine Estate Resort commits 20-percent of revenues to charity. Read »

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hiking the Carmel Highlands

Hiking the Carmel Highlands

A Hyatt deal sends you out to the trails with a picnic and a guide, too. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Carmel's East End Wine Row

Carmel's East End Wine Row

Spend a day tasting vino through one of Carmel's most charming stretches. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Making for Monterey or the Central Coast? Discover spots with a starry past. Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hollywood in Carmel

Hollywood in Carmel

The Cypress Inn marks the Carmel Film Festival with old-style cocktails. Read »

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea

Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea

Strolling one of the planet's prettiest nooks and tasting vino? Okay. Read »

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Bees at Carmel Valley

Queen Bees at Carmel Valley

Little buzzing honey-makers are part of a Mother's Day package at soft-hilled, Carmel-close ranch. 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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