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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 at 7:32 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Resolution: Walk the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

Resolution: Walk the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

It's long -- 18 miles -- but not so big that you can't work up to it. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Unusual Ice Rinks of the Golden State

Unusual Ice Rinks of the Golden State

Twirl near Half Dome or try a couples' skate near the ocean. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lonely Planet Hearts the Golden State

Lonely Planet Hearts the Golden State

Two California spots get the must-visit-in-2014 love. Read »

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 9:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey County Adventure: ATVing in a Vineyard

Monterey County Adventure: ATVing in a Vineyard

The Hahn Estate offers a rather rugged way to tour the grapes. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Whiskery, Playful, Iconic: Where to See Sea Otters

Whiskery, Playful, Iconic: Where to See Sea Otters

The Monterey visitors bureau picks some favorite otter-watching locales. Read »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Ocean-Close Eerie: Monterey Ghost Stories

Ocean-Close Eerie: Monterey Ghost Stories

The Portola Hotel & Spa has a spirited package afoot for fall. Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Happy 56th, Monterey Jazz Festival

Happy 56th, Monterey Jazz Festival

Bobby McFerrin and Diana Krall will welcome autumn with sweet tunes. Read »

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Taking a Fast Raft on Monterey Bay

Taking a Fast Raft on Monterey Bay

It's a low-to-the-water ocean experience. What will you see from there? Read »

Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Salt Masterpiece in Monterey

A Salt Masterpiece in Monterey

The Monterey Museum of Art is featuring an elegant and ephemeral artwork. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Otters Return to Monterey Bay Aquarium

The refurbishment of the popular animals' two-story exhibit is complete. View gallery »

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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.