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Weekend getaway a short distance from San Diego at Playa Del Rey Beach

August 30, 2018
Need a little break? Try visiting Playa Del Rey about 121 miles from San Diego. There are many shops, great restaurants, the beautiful beach, and of course Manhattan Beach Pier. Located at the end of the pier is The Roundhouse Aquarium, open daily with free admission, with viewing and touch tanks. The beach is perfect for families as well as those who enjoy running, walking, or biking. There is plenty of volleyball nets for games and parking is fairly easy.

For more information about The Roundhouse Aquarium visit their website.











 

Comic-Con is one of the biggest events in San Diego

July 30, 2018
After many years of enjoying the people watching, free activities, and events outside of the convention center in downtown San Diego where Comic-Con is held, we finally secured a badge in 2018. My wife was able to bring our children to this huge and exciting event because of the generous child policy allowing each badge holder to bring two children, free, under 12 yeas old. Inside the convention center it is very crowded and attendees will have the opportunity to see thousands of booths related to many aspects of the comic world. For anyone planning to attend this highly anticipated event I suggest wearing very comfortable shoes, bring snacks, water bottles, and definitely a phone charger. In order to get a badge it's essential to sign up on their website at www.comic-con.org for a member ID, then watch your email closely for further instruction. In addition, make sure to apply for exclusive signings and merchandise through their website.

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Comic-Con 2018









 

We enjoyed a live show at the Worldbeat Center in Balboa Park

June 29, 2018
The WorldBeat Center in Balboa Park holds many events including Children's Summer Performing Arts & Science Camps and concerts. My family and I had the pleasure of enjoying a live show recently at this great venue. Plenty of seating, clean restrooms, and a small cafe make for a nice time. Our son is in a band through the School of Rock program which brought us to the Worldbeat Center on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. For more information including directions, hours, and events visit their website at www.worldbeatcenter.org.

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Glen Ivy Hot Springs is a perfect place to wind down and relax

May 28, 2018
Looking for a relaxing getaway? Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona is perfect for a full day of spa treatments, pools, food, and great drinks. With my wife's birthday, our wedding anniversary, and Mother's day all in May I was happy to find out about the Wellness package offered from Glen Ivy Spa. Make sure to call well in advance to book your facial, massage, and grotto treatments. It's important to call first thing in the morning as many find it hard to get through to customer service to make reservations. Keep in mind, if you decide to contact them through their website it will take a few days for a call back. To find out more visit their website at www.glenivy.com.



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Looking for a fun family event in San Diego? Visit the Lakeside Rodeo.

April 30, 2018
Good family fun at the 54th Annual Lakeside Rodeo. My daughter loves horses, so despite living in the city we try to find fun events in San Diego to be in the country and around horses. This is the first visit to the Lakeside Rodeo, not only is this a fun event, but it is a non-profit organization that donates funds to the youth of Lakeside each year.

There was plenty of parking for a fee of $5. We enjoyed the booths with cowboy hats and accessories for sale, along with spinning wheels for prizes. My son won a hat from RDO equipment. The food was affordable including beer, coffee, hot cocoa, ice cream, popcorn, and other snacks.

According to their website, LakesideRodeo.com, "Throughout the past four decades, under the leadership of the El Capitan Stadium Association, the rodeo has raised over $2 million for the youth of Lakeside, benefiting such local programs as Little League, Pop Warner, Boys & Girls Club..." Keep an eye out for dates to be announced for the 2019 Lakeside Rodeo. Bring the family and have a great time!

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Belmont Park in Mission Beach is perfect for entertaining all ages

March 31, 2018
Beach, surf, lasertag, rides, rock climbing, game booths, treats, food, drinks, you will find it all at Belmont Park. Before heading down to this area make sure to see if Groupon is offering a deal. After taking advantage of the attractions at the amusement park walk down to the beach, take a walk on the boardwalk, and have a drink at the Beach House Grill. Enjoy happy hour at the 30,000 square foot outdoor venue with tiki bars, cabanas, and fire pits. Visit www.BelmontPark.com for more information.

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Belmont Park



Lasertag in Mission Beach

Belmonty's Burger





Belmont Park Mission Beach











 

The Del Coronado is a grand hotel on the charming island of Coronado

February 27, 2018
The Hotel Del Coronado brings back great memories for me as I was a waiter there while getting my Bachelors in Real Estate and Finance years ago. Guests can enjoy perfect views of the ocean and don't soon forget the caged elevator with a very friendly operator. This beautiful Victorian hotel is situated on 28 pristine oceanfront acres. Enjoy several restaurants and bars including the Babcock & Story Bar, Crown Room Brunch, Sheerwater, Sun Deck, Eno, Sunset Bar, and a few others like the Splash Bar & Deli. This year the hotel celebrates it's 130th anniversary and has had many famous guests like Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin, and John Wayne to name a few. A couple movies were filmed at the Del as well. The most requested room #3327 is said to have a ghost because a guest by the name of Kate Morgan was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1892. In the gift shop area inside guests will find historical photographs and learn more about the hotels past. The below pictures were captured this month (February 2018) on a day off of school with the kids. For more information on The Hotel Del Coronado click here.

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Black's Beach is perfect for surfing and enjoying the sun

January 31, 2018
Black's Beach is a beautiful place to visit for a surf session or to relax on the sand. To access this incredible beach walk down the paved road near La Jolla Shores Road or hike down the dirt trail by the Torrey Pines Glider Port. There is another small path mostly used by surfers. If going with small children it may be better to take the paved road because it's a smoother walk, there is restrooms at the end before going down to the beach, and this is the part of the beach that nudity is not allowed. Lifeguards do drive up and down the beach which is nice because there is strong rip currents that people need to be aware of. There is a small shack on the side of the cliff to climb up and enjoy a small amount of shade. If you want to explore this beach make sure to walk to the oceanfront house called The Bell Pavillion also known as The Mushroom House.

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Black's Beach La Jolla



Mushroom House in La Jolla

 

Best of the best at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad

December 22, 2017
While previewing properties in Carlsbad for clients I visited the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort to see the beautiful grounds during Christmastime. Amazing decorations and atmosphere, not to mention the people were extremely friendly from the valet staff to the concierge. If you are local to San Diego this is the perfect place for a staycation or drop-in visit for a cocktail or appetizer. If staying for the night there is a parking fee, however if you are just visiting for a few hours they happily valet for free. They host many events including meetings and celebrations. The holiday season is a great time of year to visit the Four Season's and has unique dining options like High Tea, live entertainment in the Park Lounge, and gingerbread classes. Get more information by visiting aviara.park.hyatt.com. This year executive Pastry Chef Christophe Rull and his team designed an incredible chocolate Christmas tree display. The tree will be up until early January 2018 if you want to check it out.

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Four Season's in Carlsbad

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort





 

The area of Bay Park in San Diego is a much desired area in San Diego.

November 30, 2017
The area of Bay Park in San Diego is a much desired area in San Diego. There are some very popular businesses and shops such as Siesel's Meats, Starbucks, Sprouts, Bay Park Coffee, Local Krave, Bull's Smokin BBQ, JV's Mexican Food, Luce Bar & Kitchen, and Bird's Surf Shed. Having raised my kids in the area for the last 10 years I can attest to the fact that this is a very tight knit community. I see many neighbors helping neighbors and several businesses donating to local schools. In addition, it takes less than 15 minutes to get to Pacific Beach where you will find many great shops, restaurants, and of course the big beautiful beach where you can take a walk or run on the boardwalk. This is an affordable area for families that want to live within close driving distance to the beach.

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Bird's Surf Shed Bay Park











Bull's Smokin' BBQ Bay Park

JV's Mexican Food Bay Park
 
 

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