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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Brine It Up: Eatery Offers 60+ Oyster Varieties

Brine It Up: Eatery Offers 60+ Oyster Varieties

Grab a wedge of lemon and squeeze, oysterians. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Flower Fields, by Tractor and Air

The Flower Fields, by Tractor and Air

A new video takes bud buffs on a colorful swoop. Read »

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Fab Photo Contest: The Flower Fields

Fab Photo Contest: The Flower Fields

Crazy for the colorful Carlsbad destination? Show your bud love. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 6:55 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Straight Ahead: Carlsbad's Hue-Filled Hillside

Straight Ahead: Carlsbad's Hue-Filled Hillside

The ranunculus -- many, many, many ranunculus -- are on their whimsical way. 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 »

Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Bloom Time: Flower Fields

Bloom Time: Flower Fields

Want to see Carlsbad's most colorful sight? It's happening now. Read »

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Golf Like the Great Players

Golf Like the Great Players

The Park Hyatt Aviara offers a plush package of golfing goodies. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Early Look: The New LEGOLAND Hotel

The theme park gets its first hotel; colorful rooms and themed adventures are the... View gallery »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Sign of Spring: Flower Fields Set to Open

Sign of Spring: Flower Fields Set to Open

A Carlsbad classic gets ready to wow for another (short) season. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat

LEGOLAND's Brick-or-Treat

The costume-up party nights open at the Carlsbad theme park. 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.
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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.