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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 12:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tickets on Sale: 2015 Big Sur Foragers Festival

Tickets on Sale: 2015 Big Sur Foragers Festival

Mushroom mavens learn the intricacies of gathering the goods for supper. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 1:59 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Feathers in Flight: A Condor Celebration

Feathers in Flight: A Condor Celebration

See a condor and a few raptors and help out the majestic, big-winged bird. Read »

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Greeting the New Year on the Edge of the World

Greeting the New Year on the Edge of the World

Hooting-it-up in the middle of a crowd is fun, but some quiet is lovely, too. Read »

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hiking the Carmel Highlands

Hiking the Carmel Highlands

A Hyatt deal sends you out to the trails with a picnic and a guide, too. Read »

Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Surfing Days at the Ventana Inn

Surfing Days at the Ventana Inn

A Big Sur lodge teams up with Billabong on a water-nice package. Read »

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Sur Marathon

Big Sur Marathon

One of the most scenic runs in the world fills up fast. Read »

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Sur Condor Tours

Big Sur Condor Tours

Mighty wing span, mighty flight; people are booking up the oh-so-popular condor outings at Big Sur. Read »

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

Big Sur's Stunning Hikes

Big Sur's Stunning Hikes

Wildflowers, waterfalls, and, oh yes, the beach. Find your ideal day stroll. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Condor Viewing Tour

California Condor Viewing Tour

Tours were suspended with the closure of Highway One at Big Sur; now they're back on. Read »

Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

OC Marathon

OC Marathon

Take a swift jog by the Upper Newport Bay estuary. Read »

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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.