Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lake Arrowhead Contest: Biggest Pinecone

Lake Arrowhead Contest: Biggest Pinecone

A sweet hoedown up the mountain searches for out-sized cones (for prizes) Read »

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oktoberfest Up the Mountain

Oktoberfest Up the Mountain

Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead host their annual stein-foamy shindigs. Read »

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Cycle and Cinema

Cycle and Cinema

The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival is set to roll. And, next door, over in Big Bear? The AMGEN Tour of California pedals through. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

80,000 Daffodils Abloom

80,000 Daffodils Abloom

Flowers and snow? It must be April in the mountains. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oktoberfest Up the Mountain

Oktoberfest Up the Mountain

Alpine-y breezes and mugs o' beer mark the annual lake-close lark. Read »

Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Eclectic Arrowhead

Eclectic Arrowhead

If you've ever wanted to peek inside a mountain chateau you're about to get your chance. Read »

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Beer Fests, East and West

Beer Fests, East and West

One day -- Oct. 16 -- and two beer festivals to choose from, both in lovely locales. Read »

Saturday, Oct 2, 2010 at 8:09 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oktoberfest-Close Stays

Oktoberfest-Close Stays

There are specials on, still, around Lake Arrowhead. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Getting Downright Festy in Arrowhead

Getting Downright Festy in Arrowhead

Get the dates for Arrowhead's Oktoberfest, and the brand-new Brewfest. Read »

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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.
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