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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Island Ball

Catalina Island Ball

Love the old-school stylings of the big band era? Hop a boat for Avalon. Read »

Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 at 7:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Film Fest Honors Stan Lee

Catalina Film Fest Honors Stan Lee

Nope, you don't need to wait for Comic-Con to get your Spidey on. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Flying Fish Festival

Flying Fish Festival

The befinned Catalina Island celebs prepare to mark their fest's half-decade mark. Read »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Catalina Express Extends Popular Birthday Deal

Catalina Express Extends Popular Birthday Deal

People loved it and the Catalina Express staffers extended it. Done and done. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Running Across Catalina

Running Across Catalina

The Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon presents hilly challenges and amazing ocean vistas. Read »

Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Island Valentine's

Island Valentine's

Massages, bubbly, and the all-important boat ride from the mainland are part of Catalina's Sweetheart Day specials. Read »

Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Night at the Casino

Night at the Casino

Do it up big (and island-style) during the final minutes of 2011. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Nighttime Zip Line

The Nighttime Zip Line

Catalina. You, in a helmet up high. The water and the moon. Done and done and done and done. Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Black Friday on the Zip Line

Is your shopping done? Want to skip the early-morning lines? Grab a boat and head west. Read »

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

JazzTrax at 25

JazzTrax at 25

Catalina's swingingest multi-week music-athon marks a quarter century. 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.