Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
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, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Post Ranch Destination Lunch

Post Ranch Destination Lunch

Drive to Big Sur for a midday meal? Call it a delicious day trip. 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 »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Point Sur Moonlight Walk

Point Sur Moonlight Walk

The Point Sur Lighthouse Tours are about to begin for 2012. Ready for an atmospheric nighttime ramble? Read »

Monday, Nov 7, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Sur Half Marathon

Big Sur Half Marathon

A scenic Sunday run by the craggy shores of Pacific Grove and Monterey? Yes, please. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 at 8:34 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

An auction and a Grand Public Tasting are highlights of the party's third annual outing. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Esalen International Arts Festival

Esalen International Arts Festival

San Francisco-based artist Meklit Hadero will perform at the Big Sur celebration. 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 »

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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.
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.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

Pools and glow-in-the-dark margaritas and dice and nice suites. Oh yeah. You're going.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals, warmer weather -- yes, there are reasons to head south.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

From wine tasting in Temecula to visitng Shamu at Sea World.

BAY'S BEST

Culture, wine, boating, hiking, beachcombing, museums. You don't have to drive far to get away.

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