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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 9:14 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sip LBC: Long Beach's First Beer & Spirits Week

Sip LBC: Long Beach's First Beer & Spirits Week

Let generously sized Happy Hours and interesting food-bev pairings reign. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Gyro, Ouzo, Dance: Long Beach Greek Festival

Gyro, Ouzo, Dance: Long Beach Greek Festival

The "By the Sea" celebration turns 65 in 2014. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bob Hope: Queen Mary Remembers the Legend

Bob Hope: Queen Mary Remembers the Legend

An exhibit celebrating the "American Treasure" is in Long Beach through January. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bacon Gets Creative at the Queen Mary

Bacon Gets Creative at the Queen Mary

Want to see strips turned into edible art? Head for Long Beach. Read »

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

One Summer, Two Stops: Big Bite Bacon Fest

San Diego County Fair and the Queen Mary are about to get salty-sizzly. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golden State Inns Make Wacky Top Ten

Golden State Inns Make Wacky Top Ten

The Featherbed Railroad and the Queen Mary make the Hotels.com cut. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Queen Mary Mmm: West Coast BBQ Classic

Great brush-wielding chefs shall 'Q it up, in Long Beach. Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Barkworthy: SoCal Pet Expo

Barkworthy: SoCal Pet Expo

"Tons of exhibitors" are due for the LBC animal con. Read »

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 7:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary ScotsFestival: Games, Tartans, Whisky

Queen Mary ScotsFestival: Games, Tartans, Whisky

Cabers shall be thrown and dances shall be danced. Read »

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Steampunk Symposium Sails for the Queen Mary

Steampunk Symposium Sails for the Queen Mary

Invention-building and bustle-parading are on tap for the big ship. 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.
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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.