Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hallo-wine Party at the Spine-Chilling Del

Hallo-wine Party at the Spine-Chilling Del

Fine vino and frightful visions rule the hotel's Crown Room. Read »

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Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coronado Oompah: The Sunniest Oktoberfest Around

Coronado Oompah: The Sunniest Oktoberfest Around

The Del's deck'll serve up brews, schnitzel, fall festiveness. Read »

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Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Coronado Ups the "Oz"

Coronado Ups the

Shops along the island's main thoroughfare pay tribute to Baum's fantasy work. Read »

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Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hotel Del's Comic-Con Cocktails

Hotel Del's Comic-Con Cocktails

The Coronado landmark raises a pop culture toast to convention goers. Read »

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Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 55th, "Some Like It Hot"

Happy 55th,

The seminal comedy gets a party on Coronado Island. (Where else?) Read »

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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 6:44 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Landmark Hotel's New Pet-Ready Programs

A Landmark Hotel's New Pet-Ready Programs

Traveling with a particular pal? They'll get arf-worthy additions, at the Del. Read »

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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Landmark Gets Beachier

San Diego Landmark Gets Beachier

Chaise lounges and fringed umbrellas will debut in time for summer. Read »

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Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Some Like It Hot" Sweetheart Gala

Three guesses as to where this movie-ready bash'll take place. Read »

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Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Greeting the New Year on the Edge of the World

Greeting the New Year on the Edge of the World

Hooting-it-up in the middle of a crowd is fun, but some quiet is lovely, too. Read »

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Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Staying the Day (and Not the Night) at the Del

Staying the Day (and Not the Night) at the Del

Enjoy the pleasures of the season, even if you haven't booked a room. 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.