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Our daily look at deals and getaways
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 »

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 »

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 »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Rare Day: Pups Inside the Botanic Garden

Rare Day: Pups Inside the Botanic Garden

Grab your best furry bud and stroll through an Encinitas wonderland. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Botanic Garden Twinkles Brightly

The Botanic Garden Twinkles Brightly

Garden of Lights is a tradition at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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By Angela Bull

Party in the Back

Party in the Back

The Wavecrest Woodies bring together over 300 classic rides in one of the biggest meets of its kind worldwide. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Botanic Garden Fairy Festival

Botanic Garden Fairy Festival

The San Diego Botanic Garden welcomes winged revelers, big and small. Read »

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 »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Lush Gardens of Encinitas

The Lush Gardens of Encinitas

What's behind those walls and gates, anyway? You'll get your answer at a special annual tour. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Botanic Garden Valentine's Day

Botanic Garden Valentine's Day

Love nature and want a more unusual Valentine's Day? Get to Encinitas. Read »

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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.