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Top 6 Reasons to Plan a San Diego Winery Staycation

August 15, 2019
On a warm Saturday in August, after getting a babysitter for the weekend, we headed to Cheval Winery in Escondido. It’s a quick 40 minute drive from our house in Bay Park. The moment we entered the property lined with grapevines we felt at home. Easy parking on the gravel and a short walk to the vineyard casita and tasting room. The rustic, cozy bungalow had everything we needed including a coffee maker, dishes, refrigerator, and even a frother.

After settling in, we walked over to the Tipsy Barrel Tasting Room where we sampled 6 different wines. Our favorites, Johnny Walker Bay and Red Hot Diva, suited us. We relaxed on the comfortable sofas in the shade drinking wine and listening to live music. It was a calm afternoon, before the evening crowd, with plenty of seating.

Later we explored the grounds to revel in the fruitful grapevines, exquisite show horses, a riding arena, and llamas. The incredible orange blazing sunset added to the charm of the evening. Daytime visitors go home by 7 pm, allowing overnight guests to enjoy the serene property. The three-bedroom villa, available on Airbnb, has a terrace with tables, an outdoor television, and a stone fireplace.

We ate dinner at Vintana’s, a fine dining restaurant, the food was delicious. It’s an interesting experience as the restaurant is in the same building as a high end car dealership. The main entrance is confusing, but once you get there valet is waiting to take your car. We dined on the spacious lanai enjoying the vibrant ambiance with a live band and wonderful views of city lights. Our attentive waiter explained the menu and answered our questions. We went with the Grilled Duroc Pork Chops and Crusted Ahi Tuna.

The morning was a dream, just us and the horses, drinking our coffee surrounded by nature. It was nice getting away from responsibilities and kids. Book a trip or get more information by visiting their website at ChevalWinery.com. Weekday and weekend events include yoga in the vines, Two-Step workshops, and more. Be ready to spoil yourselves because the wine is pricey.

Top 6 reasons to plan a San Diego winery staycation at Cheval Winery::
  1. Amazing variety of distinctive wines
  2. Casita and villa available for rent, no need to drive home
  3. Quiet getaway in San Diego County away from crowds
  4. Country Two-Step Bootcamp, yoga in the vines, and wine workshops
  5. Champion show horses to see
  6. Live music
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View of outside from tasting room


Outside sitting area


Tipsy Barrel Tasting Room


Tasting Room and Luxury Villa


Sofas and tables outside tasting room


Vineyard Casita


Interior of Casita


Rows of Grapevines


Bunch of Grapes


Champion Show horses


Riding arena for horses


Llama Holding Pen


Outside sitting area


Crusted Ahi Tuna at Vintana’s
 

How to make the most of your visit to The New Children's Museum

July 9, 2019
We were excited to visit The New Children's Museum for Mass Creativity Day on June 22nd. I was looking forward to the kids having fun but dreaded looking for parking. The drive was easy, then began the constant circling of downtown streets. After 15 minutes, waiting for an older man to leave his spot, we finally secured parking. I was thrilled to see we were right around the corner from the museum. The check-in process was a breeze, and there were a ton of activities outside like coloring, painting, and attractions. The upbeat music, dancing, and tasty tacos contributed to the adventure.

Free admission was a plus, so we were ready to explore. At the entrance, there was a grand four-story house. It was overwhelming to see the rooms and interactive structures everywhere. I would say The Wonder Sound was the kids absolute favorite. Several creative rooms, little nooks, and ropes made for tons of laughter — the uplifting quotes on the walls added to the light-hearted atmosphere. My son went inside the big Whammock; it was unnerving because of all the kids. He had a difficult time getting out through one of the holes.

We spent the majority of the time at the clay studio. A staff member kept the supply of clay and tools coming. My kids made several pieces to bring home, such as a little cup and saucer. It was entertaining to see how creative the kids and parents were getting. Also, the flower truck was a massive hit because the children could let loose with the paint.

Here are some tips on how to take full advantage of the museum:
  • Get there early to find parking on the street or in the garage
  • Pre-plan the attractions you want to see because there is several to choose from and there may not be enough time to see them all
  • Have the kids wear bright colored shirts because they can get lost in the crowd
  • Bring old clothes and wet wipes because they will get dirty
  • Bring snacks and water because the food is expensive at the cafe
  • If you're a local it's more cost effective to buy the membership
  • Specific restrooms are busier than others so if the line is too long there should be another one nearby
If you are looking to get more than a day of fun at the museum, look into the camps, community programs, and toddler classes. They offer a membership that includes unlimited admission, discounts, and other extra benefits. Learn more by visiting their website at thinkplaycreate.org.

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In front of The New Children's Museum


View of the four-story house from the stairs


The Flower Truck


Near the cafe and restrooms


The Wonder Sound


The cool view above The Wonder Sound


The view from the entrance we came in


The Wammock


View from the top floor


The Tot Studio


The Clay Studio
 

Do you want to impress your guests? Nothing beats Siesel's Old Fashioned Meats

June 10, 2019
Have you ever really wanted to impress your special guests, but ended up driving around to 5 different stores settling for second best? I know I have more than once.

When I walked into the entrance of Siesel's in Bay Park, with two kids in tow, the first thing I saw was Jullian apple pies. I knew I was right where I needed to be. The fish section was right in front, which worked for me because I was preparing to make fish tacos for our guests that night. The last time I attempted to make fish tacos, with fish purchased from a different store, the fish fell apart. Thankfully dinner that night was a huge success.

There are so many options to make the perfect meal. They offer the best meats, many types of fish, side dishes, desserts, and appetizers. If you need ideas, Siesel's has a large selection of food like corned beef, sausages, chicken wings, steaks, port chops, carne asada, kabobs, and bacon.

In addition, they have a excellent deli menu for sandwiches including BBQ Pork, veggie, club, ruby, Reuben, and roast beef. Just grab and go. Also, take-home soups, sides, chips, and drinks. Make sure to check out the cheeses, dips, Julian pies, and specialty ice creams. Siesel's can satisfy the pickiest eaters. Visit their website www.bestmeatssandiego.com for more information.

You love Seisel's so much it needs to be close, like within 10 minutes from your home. Driving from across town, sitting in traffic, your guests make it to your house before you do. Time to make this your new hood. View homes for sale in Bay Park.

Siesel's
Entrance to Siesel's Old Fashioned Meats


Entrance to Siesel's


Meat and bread


Kabob's and marinated meats


Prepared meat to BBQ for tacos


Fish and side dishes


Variety of cheeses


Side dishes like pasta salad


Jullian Apple Pies


Selection of wine
 

Looking to rent first to learn the area? Check out the Alexan Alx in Downtown San Diego.

May 10, 2019
We had the opportunity to check out the Alexan Alx in the East Village of Downtown San Diego. At times clients choose to rent downtown to get an idea of the area and lifestyle before purchasing a condominium or home. The amenities include a "secret" Speakeasy, pool and spa overlooking downtown, indoor and outdoor common areas with giant TVs, a gaming room, a coffee bar, a pizza oven, barbeques and fire pits, a dog run, and a gym. The leasing office has different options, however the standard is a 15 month lease. To apply for a lease or get a tour visit alxliving.com.

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San Diego has many amazing cafe's, coffee shops, and restaurants

April 9, 2019
The beautiful City of San Diego has many options to choose from for dining, coffee shops, and cafe's. Whether you have company in town, have a meeting, or simply running errands there is a place for everyone to enjoy. We took friends visiting from Switzerland to Cafe 21 for breakfast and the food, drinks, and atomosphere were great. In addition, the S3 Coffee Bar is unique and fun offering rainbow lattes on the weekend, brunch, cookies, and so much more.





Cafe 21 Gaslamp
Cafe 21, Gaslamp Downtown San Diego








the Grounds bean bar in Pacific Beach, San Diego








S3 Coffee Bar, Mission Square Center
 

Solana Beach and Encinitas are two of the best areas in San Diego

March 18, 2019
It was another beautiful Sunday in San Diego County right after a storm came through. We decided to take a short drive to Solana Beach to take a walk along the water. Fletcher Cove Park was beautiful and has a ramp leading straight to the sand, but we ended up venturing over to the long stairway at Del Mar Shores instead. The beach was very clean and quiet. Following our amazing time at the beach we made our way to Pannikin Coffee & Tea in Encinitas. I have never been to a coffee shop with so many different treats and sweets to choose from. The coffee tasted great and the atmosphere was perfect. In addition, there is a little tea shop with crafts and items for sale.

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Great experience at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

February 7, 2019
On a beautiful January day we decided to drive about an hour away to stay at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. It's at the top of a hill overlooking the ocean and Dana Point harbor. This is a very nice hotel with many activities for kids. The harbor is a 10 minute walk where guests can enjoy many restaurants and bars. There is two pools one of which has a large hot tub, children's pool, and play area. Our room had two sliding glass doors that opened up to a large patio and view of the ocean. The staff was very friendly and beyond helpful. The breakfast buffet is a must with salmon, eggs benedict, omelets, fruit, and the list goes on. Book a room here: Laguna Cliffs Marriott.

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Get out there and fly! Go check out iFLY San Diego.

January 10, 2019
Welcome to 2019! Last year was full of wonderful experiences with amazing family, friends, and clients. One of the fun things we did was take our kids to iFLY San Diego to try indoor skydiving. They have a wonderful monthly program for kids and adults. The instructors are all very experienced, understanding, friendly, and helpful. The flight school is a great program for kids that want to go weekly. They provide pizza, drinks, and a fun easygoing environment. There is a lot to be learned from indoor skydiving including safety, teamwork, and discipline. To book a flight visit www.iflyworld.com. The video is of my brave 6 year old son flying.

 

California Wolf Center, Julian, and San Vicente Resort

December 3, 2018
We had a fun weekend celebrating my daughter's birthday in Julian. The brief trip started out with a visit to the California Wolf Center. The center is commited to helping wild wolves return to their natural habitats. There were just a few wolves on exhibit one of which was the Mexican wolf. The property was near a campground and those visiting said they could hear the wolves howling throughout the night. Those wishing to visit must call the center well in advance to book either a public or private tour. Visit their website at www.californiawolfcenter.org for more information. We then headed over to the little town of Julian where we visited many shops, had lunch at a fun diner, and ate some famous apple pie. Learn more about Julian by clicking here. After wearing the kids out we drove 30 minutes to San Vicente Resort in Ramona. The check-in process was quick and easy allowing for plenty of time to enjoy the large pool before dinner. Our room had a view of the golf course and the kids enjoyed playing on the patio and green grass. To celebrate, golf, and play at San Vicente Resort visit their website at www.sanvicenteresort.com.





















 

La Mesa Oktoberfest is a great time for people of all ages

November 1, 2018
My family finally made it to the La Mesa Oktoberfest this year, we were able to see a friend perform in his band along with other talented musicians. We were amazed by all of the entertainment offered including rides, food, live music, and of course beer. This event has been going on since 1973 and attracts people from all over San Diego County. Play Glücklich games, take the kids over to the German Kinder Karneval, grab food from the many food booths and food trucks, enjoy a drink from the Hofbrauhaus Biergarten, and much more. One of my favorite things was watching the skilled street chalk artists. They offer a VIP pass with a seperate enterence, additional restrooms, front of the line privileges, and many other benefits. Visit www.lamesaoktoberfest.org for dates and directions.

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chalk street artists



Live band

La Mesa Oktoberfest













 
 

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