Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Free September Yoga at San Francisco Kimpton Hotels

Free September Yoga at San Francisco Kimpton Hotels

Have a few travel knots around the shoulders? Get rid of 'em, gratis. Read »

Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

San Diego Skate: Fall on Your Ice

San Diego Skate: Fall on Your Ice

A grown-up getaway takes on a dash of wintry giggles. Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Bit of Home in a San Diego Hotel

A Bit of Home in a San Diego Hotel

The Hotel Solamar will add a photo of a loved one to your hotel room Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Home-Brewing Meets the Boutique Hotel

Home-Brewing Meets the Boutique Hotel

Hotel Solamar adds some flavorful foam to San Diego's rising beer scene. Read »

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your Own Hotel for New Year's Eve

Your Own Hotel for New Year's Eve

San Francisco's Hotel Palomar can be all yours for a night. Really. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

London Hotel in San Francisco

London Hotel in San Francisco

The Sir Francis Drake raises a special cocktail to the Olympics. Read »

Sunday, Apr 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kimpton's Cuddliest Contest

Kimpton's Cuddliest Contest

The boutique hotel chain's annual pet photo contest is back on. The prizes are bark-worthy, too. Read »

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kimpton's Summer of Pride

Kimpton's Summer of Pride

The boutique hotel chain is taking a cool 15% off the rate at every hotel on select days. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spring Break San Francisco Deal

Spring Break San Francisco Deal

Reserve your room at a participating hotel by April 18 and get up to 20% off. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Kimpton Hotels EarthCare Week

Kimpton Hotels EarthCare Week

Pop-up eco art shows, farmers market feeds, and candlelight wine hours are on the menu. 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.