Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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

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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

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

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Newport Boat Show

Newport Boat Show

Dreaming of venturing out to sea? Turn your ship toward Lido Marine Village. 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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