Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hue-Filled Holidays at the Madonna Inn

Hue-Filled Holidays at the Madonna Inn

Could you stay in a very red room, then a very green room? You could. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 at 6:28 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Star Bed Gets a Shout-Out

A Star Bed Gets a Shout-Out

The Madonna Inn's Yahoo room has made a gush-worthy, global list. Read »

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

Biking into SLO Made Easier

Biking into SLO Made Easier

A new bike path near the Madonna Inn makes a SLO visit simpler. Read »

Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Valentine's Spa Time at Madonna Inn

Valentine's Spa Time at Madonna Inn

The landmark hotel, famed for its lovey rooms, has a massage special on. Read »

Monday, Dec 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Feeling "Merry" on New Year's Eve

Feeling

Greet 2011 in an over-the-top room. Read »

Thursday, Nov 4, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Madonna Inn Hosts Toys for Tots Drive

Madonna Inn Hosts Toys for Tots Drive

A new, unwrapped toy gets you a discount at the San Luis Obispo landmark. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010 at 1:49 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fall Special at the Apple Farm

Fall Special at the Apple Farm

A San Luis Obispo inn offers a cozy deal for the cooler months. Read »

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

Autumn's Honorary Hotel Room

Autumn's Honorary Hotel Room

We went looking for the most autumnish room in all the land. Here's where it is. 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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