Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Pageant of the Masters Salutes the Cinema

Pageant of the Masters Salutes the Cinema

The venerable "pose like art" extravaganza takes on a movie theme. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Stand Still, for Art's Sake, in Laguna Beach

Stand Still, for Art's Sake, in Laguna Beach

Love Pageant of the Masters? Tryouts are just ahead. Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Winter Fantasy in Laguna Beach

A Winter Fantasy in Laguna Beach

One of SoCal's most festive shop places boasts Santa and other festive touches. Read »

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Uncommon Mondays in Laguna Beach

Uncommon Mondays in Laguna Beach

A Laguna Beach chef pays homage to other area chefs he admires. Read »

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach Fest's 80-Day Giveaway

Laguna Beach Fest's 80-Day Giveaway

The venerable Festival of the Arts turns 80 this year. And to celebrate? They're doing a grand giveaway for fans. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

New Surf & Sand Packages

New Surf & Sand Packages

Hello, Laguna Beach. Hello, stretching near the water. Hello, sticky s'mores. Read »

Monday, Nov 14, 2011 at 6:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sweet Seasonal Shopping Spectacular

Sweet Seasonal Shopping Spectacular

Sawdust Winter Fantasy boasts one-of-a-kind gifts and plenty of twinkly splendor, too. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

45th Annual Sawdust Art Festival

45th Annual Sawdust Art Festival

The Laguna Beach summertime tradition prepares to open for another season. Read »

Friday, Jun 3, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach Art Walk

Laguna Beach Art Walk

Those lovely, lark-about summer Thursday evenings go into higher, happier gear around the LB. Read »

Monday, Mar 14, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Laguna Beach a la Carte

Laguna Beach a la Carte

The ocean-snug burg has a bevy of foodie events afoot. 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.