Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

A Sunday Sojourn in Riverside

A Sunday Sojourn in Riverside

Have a Monday off? Love the Mission Inn? You're in luck. Read »

Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mission Inn's Festival of Lights

It's a Riverside tradition that's as twinkly as all get-out. Read »

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Mission Inn by Night

Mission Inn by Night

Enjoy dinner and an evening tour of one of California's prettiest landmarks. Read »

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Tea in a Castle

Tea in a Castle

The Mission Inn in Riverside has a special way to celebrate on the Saturday before Mother's Day. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Your Valentine's Castle

Your Valentine's Castle

The Mission Inn has a bevy of February 14th-ish packages. Roses? Cupcakes? Yes, you got it. Read »

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

The Merry, Merry Mission Inn

The Merry, Merry Mission Inn

"Dazzling" doesn't begin to describe the Riverside landmark's holiday display. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Anne Rice in Riverside

Anne Rice in Riverside

Plus, the Mission Inn will offer two packages related to the author's latest novel. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Merry Times at the Mission Inn

Merry Times at the Mission Inn

How do 3.5 million+ twinkling lights look, anyway? Read »

About
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.

SPOTLIGHT SAN DIEGO

Attractions, eateries and secret spots that we won't tell the tourists about.

LA GETAWAY

Unique hotels, ethnic festivals -- yes, there are reasons to drive north.

WAKE UP IN VEGAS

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

LOAD THE CAR SEAT

When you have to/want to take the kids along.

Authors
ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has 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.
Becky Stickney Becky Stickney is an editor for NBCSanDiego.com and has been a San Diego resident for more than 12 years. She's a mom who loves to travel around the Southwest, looking for interesting places to visit and photograph.