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Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hearse Time in Costa Mesa

Hearse Time in Costa Mesa

An Orange County tradition gets colorful, wacky, and oh-so-seasonal. Read »

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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 8:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Anaheim Fresh: The Packing House

Anaheim Fresh: The Packing House

Eaters are flocking to the historic citrus space to socialize, sip, and nosh. Read »

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Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Spooky Science: Discovery Science Center's Eek-Filled Autumn

Spooky Science: Discovery Science Center's Eek-Filled Autumn

The learning destination's seasonal exhibit is ready to goo it up. Read »

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Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Opening: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Opening: Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

An OC classic is all about pint-sized to-dos and lots of pumpkin choosing. Read »

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Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Accordions of Orange County: The Big Squeeze

Bellows are king at the OC Marketplace in Costa Mesa. Read »

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Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Celebrate in Santa Ana: OC Pride

Celebrate in Santa Ana: OC Pride

A festival, a dance tent, and other merry-fun to-dos make for a celebratory Saturday. Read »

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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 »

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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Elvis Fest: Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Elvis Fest: Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Dig out those huge sunglasses and make for Costa Mesa, Presley people. Read »

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Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Costa Mesa Comestible: The Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels Churro

Churros, you're the next wacky frontier on the culinary landscape. Read »

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Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 6:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rancho Cucamonga Eeks: The Haunted Winery

Rancho Cucamonga Eeks: The Haunted Winery

Tag along with the Haunted Orange County tours crew and look for boo-ing among the bottles. 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.
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.