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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Tanaka Farms

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Tanaka Farms

Growers'll go gourd-to-gourd for glory, in Irvine. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Opening: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Opening: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

An OC classic is all about pint-sized to-dos and lots of pumpkin choosing. Read »

Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 at 7:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Irvine Eats: A Taste of Greece

Irvine Eats: A Taste of Greece

The food-laden gathering is on year 36 -- opa! Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cruise Ship First: An On-Land Wine Fest

Cruise Ship First: An On-Land Wine Fest

Celebrity Cruises helms the "industry's first land-based" wine bash. Read »

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Easter Arrives Early in Orange

Easter Arrives Early in Orange

The Big Bunny is set for his Irvine Regional Park debut. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Strolling Among Strawberries at Tanaka Farms

Strolling Among Strawberries at Tanaka Farms

The arrival of March means that the Irvine destination is open for tours. Read »

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 at 8:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

1996 Prices: Irvine Park Railroad Turns 18

1996 Prices: Irvine Park Railroad Turns 18

The Orange playplace marks down train rides to two bucks for an entire weekend. Read »

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

UC Irvine Offers Online Zombie 101 Class

UC Irvine Offers Online Zombie 101 Class

It's fall and the nights grow longer. Are you truly prepared? Read »

Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Santa Trains Get Rolling

The Santa Trains Get Rolling

Rails with a seasonal bent are running through Orange and Fillmore. Read »

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary

The Orange-based train toots into its 16th year, with specials and fun. 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.