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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hands-On Harvest: Sonoma Valley CRUSH

Hands-On Harvest: Sonoma Valley CRUSH

Sample fermenting wine and engage in behind-the-scenes-y fun. Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

World's Ugliest Dog: Enter Your Sweetie Now

World's Ugliest Dog: Enter Your Sweetie Now

The Sonoma-Marin summertime favorite is ready for your favorite Fido. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Historic Hotels of America (and California)

Historic Hotels of America (and California)

Three Golden State properties join a past-perfect lodging group. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Concierge for Northern Sonoma Wine Country

A Concierge for Northern Sonoma Wine Country

The Wine Road introduces a new online concierge, to help with planning. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Lovable, Photographable, Soon: Ugliest Dog Contest

Lovable, Photographable, Soon: Ugliest Dog Contest

Have a snaggle-toothed hound? There's still time to enter. Read »

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

One of the planet's sweetest and strangest pup shows is coming around again at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Read »

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Squee Alert: Ugly Dog Time

Squee Alert: Ugly Dog Time

It's time for the Sonoma-Marin Fair, which means some truly adorable pup sightings. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The "Dark Side" of Sea Ranch

The "Dark Side" of Sea Ranch

Looking for the perfect sky-watching spot? Look north. 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.