Travel

McClellan-Palomar To Close Every Other Week

by The Editors on May 11, 2010

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Carlsbadistan’s McClellan-Palomar Airport will be closed this week while workers repair 5,000 feed of runway, according to a story on 10News.com. It appears that some recent tests showed that “the existing runway could collapse” which is never good.

Renovations on the 5,000 foot runway began late Sunday night. The airport will be closed for one week to renovate 5,000 feet of runway at McClellan-Palomar airport. . . Officials said the project will be completed in five phases, which each phase taking one week, while the airport will reopen every other week to allow for normal operations.

That means the airport will be closed every other week for 10 weeks. Isn’t summer a really high traffic time for Carlsbadistan? Guess those who fly every other week are stoked.

[Link: McClellan-Palomar Airport via 10News.com]

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Carlsbad In The Wall Street Journal

by The Editors on February 11, 2010

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The Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Levitz writes up Carlsbadistan and mentions all the hotspots and what to do, where to eat, and places to stay. She doesn’t do that bad a job of it either.

About 35 miles north of San Diego, Carlsbad can entertain both beach-lovers, and those who get bored with days of surf and sand. The first of March kicks off a Southern California spring tradition—the yearly bursting of bulbs on rolling hillside at the privately owned Flower Fields. . . Carlsbad Village is full of trendy boutiques, diners, and restaurants. Locals take their dogs and grab a seat outside at The Naked Cafe.

Click the link to read the rest.

[Link: Wall Street Journal via @carlsbadcagov]

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Carlsbad Visitors Center Gets New Sign

by The Editors on December 14, 2009

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Along with the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been spent re-branding Carlsbadistan as a destination for where tourists “go for fun” comes a new sign that we think looks great.

According to Sam Ross, executive director for the organization, “the sign is a fun way to introduce our new logo to the community and the tagline that goes along with it Carlsbad Where To Go For Fun is featured on our new license tag frames that are now on sale at the Visitor Center.”

The new frames are $5.99. Stop by the Historic Train Depot at 400 Carlsbad Village Drive to pic up your own.

[Link: Visit Carlsbad]

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Floating Airport For Carlsbadistan?

by The Editors on October 26, 2009

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Adam Englund has a idea that solves most of San Diego’s airport problems: a 200 million square foot floating airport.

The structure Englund and his 40-strong group of collaborators–”pilots, naval architects, maritime engineers” as well as the standard array of finance types–are proposing is called OceansWorks Offshore Airport. The airport would be located mostly on the roof of the structure though. Below it would be four stories of open real estate open to almost limitless uses. “Hotels, restaurants, conference centers, free trade zones, distribution facilities, research facilities, universities…” Englund says, pauses for a moment, and then ticks off some more possibilities. “Even after all the space required for internal infrastructure, that leaves 200 million square feet. That’s more office space than currently exists in all of San Diego county.”

It would only cost $20 Billion and if they locked it down about 13 miles offshore at Terramar we’d be way, way into it.

[Link: OceansWorks Offshore Airport via Gizmodo via Infrastructurist]

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Photos From The Other Carlsbad

by The Editors on September 1, 2009

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Photographer Mirko Herzner spent several days creating photographs of Carlsbadistan’s sister city, Carlsbad in the Cech Republic. We should mention that the architecture definitely has us beat, but we’ve got them when it comes to waves and fish tacos. Follow the link for the entire slide show. . .

[Link: Mirko Herzner’s Photoblog]

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Legoland Now On Google Street View

by The Editors on August 18, 2009


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Legoland California has become the first theme park in the United States to be featured on Google Maps Street view, according to a press release from the park.

While scrolling through the Legoland Google Maps Street View can be a little disorienting, it is a much more economical way to visit Carlsbadistan’s most famous theme park. Oddly, the park’s management is very excited about this.

“It is absolutely thrilling for LEGOLAND California to be part of this amazing new technology,” said Peter Ronchetti, General Manager of the family theme park in Carlsbad, California. “Street View gives the viewer a vantage point that has never been available without actually being in the Park. I have no doubt this will be a valuable tool for families planning their visit.”

Or, just staying at home and enjoying the sites
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The San Diego Zoo’s Vine To Vine

by The Editors on August 17, 2009

Each afternoon at the San Diego Zoo the vines come alive with dance performance called Vine To Vine. Here is a little bit of the oddly erotic performance, but it really is better in person.

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Carlsbad May Get A New Airline

by The Editors on June 20, 2009

Feb09 14Ted Vallas the former owner of The Olympic Resort on the corner of Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real has announced that he is launching new regional airline out of the Carlsbad-Palomar Airport, according to a story on TradingMarkets.com.

The entrepreneur. . . said he plans to launch Carlsbad Palomar Airline with three to six mid-range, mid-size jets, potentially models made by Bombardier, of Canada; Fokker, of the Netherlands; and Embraer, of Brazil. . . Initial flights would include three daily flights to Oakland, with 70 seats each. Two daily flights with 50 to 70 seats would go to Phoenix and then on to Tucson, Ariz. A sixth daily flight would go south to Cabo San Lucas, a resort area at the southern tip of Baja California.

Guess there is no better time to start a business that in a economic downturn.

[Link: Trading Markets]

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Baja Doesn’t Scare These Guys

by The Editors on March 10, 2009

45464639.JpgCarlsbadistan’s Ryan Griffith, 23, and friend Denis Mikhailenko, 24, aren’t letting the Mexico drug wars keep them from a nice night out in Baja Mexico, according to a story in the LA Times. They know exactly what they’re going south for, too.

“Food, clubs, girls, cheap liquor,” says Mikhailenko. “You can live like a king for way cheaper than you ever could in a place like San Diego. And you feel wanted here.” . . . After perhaps a dozen visits over the last two years, Mikhailenko says he and Griffith figure they’re safe as long as they treat everyone with respect, break no laws and don’t go down any unfamiliar streets. And the rest of their Friday evening?” Depends on where the night leads us,” says Mikhailenko, heading out to the street.

Turns out they drove down to Ensenada, got some food and “finished the night at a strip club.” Nice.

[Link: LA Times]

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Oprah.com Suggests Legoland

by The Editors on February 27, 2009

20090220 Orig Legoland 350X263.JpgIn a feature on why it might be a good idea to vacation a little closer to home titled “Wacky Family Attractions,” Oprah.com is suggesting that people visit Legoland.

If you’re a kid at heart, plan a trip to an amusement park inspired by one of America’s all-time favorite toys—the LEGO®! This 128-acre park features 15,000 LEGO models made up of more than 35 million bricks. From a Brontosaurus named Bronte to a tiny rabbit in a magician’s hat, these creations are worth the price of admission.

We agree.

[Link: Oprah.com]

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