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Our daily look at nearby getaways
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM
By Alysia Gray Painter

Inn Town Campground: Reservations Open

Nevada City new: Pitch a tent or do a bit of glamping at a spread that's well-situated to the town's walkable pleasures.View gallery »

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Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM
By Alysia Gray Painter

Ye Olde Nevada City's Victorian Christmas

Street fairs, songs, and the 19th-century buildings get a dose of holly and cheer.View gallery »

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Friday, Oct 30, 2015 at 10:21 PM
By Alysia Gray Painter

Charming Chills: A Very Nevada City Halloween

The historic town loves to put out the ghosts and pumpkins.View gallery »

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Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM
By Alysia Gray Painter

Nevada City's Ye Olde Victorian Christmas

Nevada City's Ye Olde Victorian Christmas

Carolers, clip-clopping horses, and pretty decorations lend 19th-century flavor. Read »

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM
By Alysia Gray Painter

Nevada City's Crimson and Gold Fall

Nevada City's Crimson and Gold Fall

Predicting the change of colors is a bit daunting, but the rewards? Plentiful. Read »

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM
By Alysia Gray Painter

The Soapbox Racers of Nevada City

The Soapbox Racers of Nevada City

An offbeat town's zippiest summer event will soon roll. Read »

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.