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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Butter's Melting: Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Butter's Melting: Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Autumn is clearly on the way 'round these SoCal parts. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fab Flicks: Newport Beach Film Festival

Fab Flicks: Newport Beach Film Festival

International flicks shine in the swanky ocean-close burg. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

100+ Savory Choices: OC Restaurant Week

100+ Savory Choices: OC Restaurant Week

Prix fixe finds and special events dot the county with deliciousness. Read »

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Newport Beach Kicks Off Lobster Festival Season

Newport Beach Kicks Off Lobster Festival Season

The LA-area biggies arrive in September, but OC starts early. Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC's Splashy Cinema Bash: Newport Beach Film Fest

OC's Splashy Cinema Bash: Newport Beach Film Fest

Studios and indies both find a spot at the week-long movie party. Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 7:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A "Bad Dog" Visits Newport Beach

A "Bad Dog" Visits Newport Beach

A 28-foot-tall canine leaves its mark on the Orange County Museum of Art. Read »

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Feasting at Five Crowns

Feasting at Five Crowns

Love the landmark Orange County restaurant? There's a contest on. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Butter, bibs, and sunshine? Here comes crustacean season. Read »

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Newport Beach Wine Festival

Newport Beach Wine Festival

Spend Memorial Day Weekend at the Balboa Bay Club tasting vino? Yes, please. Yes yes. Read »

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 7:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

"Shanghai" in Newport Beach

"Shanghai" in Newport Beach

The prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival once again attracts a caboodle of interesting and zingy flicks. 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.