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Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Movie Tour

Monterey Movie Tour

See where "A Summer Place" and "Play Misty for Me" were filmed. Read »

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Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Jazz Festival Goes on the Road

Monterey Jazz Festival Goes on the Road

The celebrated music festival spends a day in Orange County. Read »

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Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Loggerhead in Monterey

A Loggerhead in Monterey

The aquarium gets a very special, very wee new resident. Read »

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Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Finding Old Hollywood Along the Coast

Making for Monterey or the Central Coast? Discover spots with a starry past. Read »

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Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mushroom Mania, Monterey-Style

Mushroom Mania, Monterey-Style

Beverages, spa treatments, and foraging excursions? It's fall all right. Read »

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Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

55th Monterey Jazz Festival

55th Monterey Jazz Festival

One of the planet's great music confabs'll once again welcome fall. Read »

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Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Monterey Car Week

Monterey Car Week

Several headlining events draw vintage-loving auto aficionados to the area. Read »

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Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hello, Giant Pacific Octopus

Hello, Giant Pacific Octopus

He's 16 feet long, and he's in Monterey. Read »

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Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Rare Jellies in Monterey

Aquariums have never been able to keep Crown Jellies, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium found a way. Read »

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Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Brews of Monterey

The Brews of Monterey

Want to do a pub crawl? Here are some top taverns around the city. Read »

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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.