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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 7:53 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dana Point Majesty: The Toshiba Tall Ships

Dana Point Majesty: The Toshiba Tall Ships

An impressive confab of colossal vessels hove into the harbor. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Beachy Breezes: California Wine Festival

Beachy Breezes: California Wine Festival

The two-stop sip scene lands in Dana Point at the end of April. Read »

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:24 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dana Point's Whale Moment

Dana Point's Whale Moment

Two weekends, lots of haps, and one blowhole-y superstar make waves. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Elephant Parade Bids Farewell

The pachyderm artworks says bye to Dana Point with an auction.View gallery »

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Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

History Ahoy: Tall Ships on the Horizon

History Ahoy: Tall Ships on the Horizon

It's a Dana Point tradition made for the camera (and a good pair of sea legs). Read »

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dana Point Whale Festival

Dana Point Whale Festival

It's the 41st outing for the Dana Point Festival of Whales. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 at 7:16 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Dana Point Festival of Whales

Dana Point Festival of Whales

California Gray Whales are the stars of the two-weekend party. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Bay Whale Days

Big Bay Whale Days

Here come the whale-wonderful fests. First up: San Diego. 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.