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Our daily look at nearby getaways
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Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 8:29 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Encinitas Sweet: Fairies Flit for Summer Solstice

Encinitas Sweet: Fairies Flit for Summer Solstice

Sparkle and glitter reign at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Read »

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Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Flavor Among Flowers: Botanic Garden Chocolate Fest

Flavor Among Flowers: Botanic Garden Chocolate Fest

Over a dozen swanky choc-a-lot chefs'll be setting up their finest squares. Read »

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Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 6:42 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Juicy Gathering: Fancy Tomato Time

Juicy Gathering: Fancy Tomato Time

Tomatomania! brings the heirloom magic to salad fans across the state. Read »

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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Battle of the Beans

The Battle of the Beans

Love your limas? Jump into a tasty cook-off in Encinitas. Read »

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Encinitas Chocolate Festival

Encinitas Chocolate Festival

Your mom have a sweet tooth and love her garden walks? San Diego Botanic Gardens might have your perfect holiday outing. Read »

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Friday, Jun 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Switchfoot Bro-Am

The Switchfoot Bro-Am

The San Diego band holds a surf contest in Encinitas. Read »

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Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 7:49 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Encinitas Garden Festival

Encinitas Garden Festival

The sweet, Shangri-La-esque community is opening a lot of its gates for visitors over one bloomy Saturday. 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.
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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.