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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Extended: CHILL Set to Not Melt Quite Yet

Extended: CHILL Set to Not Melt Quite Yet

Balmy days making you long for winter? The Queen Mary hears ya. Read »

Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary Takes a New Year's Eve "Voyage"

Queen Mary Takes a New Year's Eve "Voyage"

The permanently docked ship will recall past ports of call with a global bash. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Offbeat Holiday Finds: Patchwork Show

Offbeat Holiday Finds: Patchwork Show

Dallying still? The season's on its way; best head to LBC and find gifts now. Read »

Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

2,000,000+ Pounds of Ice, One Famous Ship

2,000,000+ Pounds of Ice, One Famous Ship

An ice-sculptured wonderland forms at a Long Beach landmark. Read »

Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Queen Mary's Hot Labor Day Weekend: Deco, Reggae, Chili

Queen Mary's Hot Labor Day Weekend: Deco, Reggae, Chili

The big boat has three major to-dos over the holiday weekend. Ready? Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Waterski to Catalina (Really)

Ready to waterski to Catalina Island? And back? Read »

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mmm, Savory: West Coast BBQ Classic

Mmm, Savory: West Coast BBQ Classic

Smoky, succulent meats are king on the Queen Mary. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Whiskey Dinner, Then a Boat Sleepover

Whiskey Dinner, Then a Boat Sleepover

The Queen Mary pours the poshest of ambers, then invites you to spend the night. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Two Royal Ships to Say Hello in Long Beach

Rare ship visit: The Queen Elizabeth is set to sail by Queen Mary. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Woof! Southern California Pet Expo

Woof! Southern California Pet Expo

Beastie buffs head for an animal-informative day at the Long Beach Arena. 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.
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.