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Make a splash in Mission Bay with Adventure Water Sports

Published by Terri Graham

adventure water sports Mission Bay


Make a splash with Adventure Water Sports, with two locations on Mission Bay in San Diego! Rent Jet Skis, ski boats, a pontoon boat, stand-up paddle boards, single and tandem kayaks, beach cruisers and more for one hour, two hours, four or more. Special all-day rates for Jet Skis are available. Adventure Water Sports has two waterfront locations: The Dana Hotel (619-226-8611) and Campland on the Bay (858-581-9300). Choose your nautical adventure, then hop on and go!

Adventure Water Sports
2211 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego  (858) […]

Viejas Casino Wows Guests With Luxurious New Willows Hotel & Spa

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Health and wellness has never looked more appealing, thanks to the brand new Willows Hotel & Spa, an adults-only, all-suites luxury property at Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine.

At the recent grand opening party, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians tribal chairman Robert Welch, Jr., spoke to the years of hard work by Willows Hotel planners. He proudly told the crowd ”yesterday’s dream is today’s triumph.” Judging from the response of more than 350 guests, Viejas hit the jackpot. The elegant hotel […]

Come play with your dogs in the surf and sand, then stop at the dog wash and clean them by hand!

Published by Terri Graham

Come play with your dogs in the surf and sand, then stop at the dog wash and clean them by hand! This do-it-yourself dog wash in Ocean Beach is the answer to your doggie care dreams. All supplies are provided and they even clean up after you provide the scrubbing love. For grooming there are dryers, grooming tables with a Clipper Vac® and a dog-friendly staff to do nail trims, or to teach you how. Shop from a wide variety of accessories for dogs (and […]

Discover the San Diego Coastal Community of Ocean Beach!

Published by Terri Graham


Groove to the beat of this funky-cool California beach community, famous for its half-mile long fishing pier, annual street fair and chili cook-off, Oktoberfest, holiday parade, antiques shopping, year-round farmers market and oceanfront boardwalk. Start any visit to “OB” at the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association on Bacon Street. Smiling staffers can recommend favorite eateries, shops, specialty services and entertaining events. Essential is a stroll down Newport Avenue, home to Ocean Beach Antique District, and miss match, a women’s clothing boutique noted for chic apparel. Looking […]

Spring For Fun Things to Do In Our March Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

March is blooming with action-packed events! Check out St. Patrick’s Day fun, festivals, museum exhibits, sight-seeing activities, wine-tasting, dining and more in our newsletter!





Indulge in an entertaining and delicious dining experience as Master chefs dazzle guests at Shogun Restaurant in Kearny Mesa.

Published by Terri Graham

Shogun Restaurant



Written by: Cynthia Lamont & Cathy Hendrie

Master chefs dazzle guests with their samurai-like swordsmanship as they skillfully slice, dice, juggle, and entertain, while preparing entrées on a sizzling Teppanyaki grill.

Start with an assortment of appetizers, like lightly battered Shrimp Tempura, Pot Stickers, Spicy Edamame and much more. Savor sublime sushi rolls, prepared with everything from shrimp to tuna to crab, salmon and yellowtail. Or feast on Shogun’s signature entrées while taking in a tableside Teppanyaki cooking show. Personable chefs display amazing knife skills, flipping shrimp […]

Make your dream home a reality with Catrina Russell, Coldwell Banker’s top real estate agent in San Diego!

Published by Terri Graham




Make your dream home a reality with Catrina Russell, Coldwell Banker’s top real estate agent in San Diego, Riverside and Temecula Valley. A longtime resident of the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area, Catrina was also again named 2016 Customer Service Business of the Year by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association. Dedicated and professional, Catrina consistently exceeds her clients’ expectations. For a free, no-obligation home evaluation, or if you are considering selling or purchasing a home, contact or visit

Catrina Russell /Coldwell Banker Residential
1851 Cable St., […]

Let your imagination soar at this indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation!

Published by Terri Graham


Let your imagination soar at this indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation. The venue displays historical prop-powered planes, fighter jets and helicopters, as well as fascinating military artifacts, all while honoring the pilots who flew them. For a limited time, see exhibits on the Navajo Code Talkers and WWII Flying Ace and Medal of Honor recipient, Joe Foss. Many of the museum’s docents are retired veterans who share their personal experiences with the aircraft. Enjoy free admission (donations are appreciated) […]

Savor stupendous soups and top-of-the-line sandwiches, salads  and pastas — all made from scratch — at Prontos Gourmet Market

Published by Terri Graham



Written By: Cathy Hendrie

Savor stupendous soups and top-of-the-line sandwiches, salads  and pastas — all made from scratch — at Prontos Gourmet Market, THE place to enjoy breakfast and lunch, and pick up dinners-to-go in Carlsbad Village. Prontos features an amazing array of gourmet foods and specialty items like Angus Beef Osso Bucco, Greek Stuffed Chicken, Wild Atlantic Salmon and Lobster Macaroni and Cheese. Not to be missed is the large pastry case filled with cobblers, cakes, bars and other homemade treats. Dine indoors or out […]

Train Your Sights on the San Diego Model Railroad Museum!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

San Diego Model Railroad Museum Balboa Park

Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Engineer a day devoted to miniature heaven at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. Both San Diego locals and out-of-towners love this impressive venue, which spans 27,000 square feet of space in the lower level of the Casa De Balboa building.

The museum features six bustling train exhibits and an unparalleled attention to detail that has to be seen to appreciated. Chug along and be transported to real and imaginary railway lines with weathered and modern trains running through them.


The […]

Unearth A World Of Adventure At The San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park!

Published by Terri Graham

Museum of Man


Unearth a world of adventure at the San Diego Museum of Man, the impressive cultural anthropology museum in beautiful Balboa Park. Aside from its numerous artifacts and immersive exhibits, the museum offers tours of the California Tower, providing stunning views from 198 feet above San Diego. Visitors can trace the history of human evolution, explore the world of Ancient Egypt, learn about legendary monsters, delve into assumptions about race and much more. The museum’s newest exhibit, “Living With Animals,” takes a closer look at how […]

Mormon Battalion Historic Site a San Diego Treasure

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Mormon Battalion

Mormon Battalion Historic Site

By Carolyn Howard
Passport to San Diego

The free guided tour inside the San Diego Mormon Battalion Historical Site in Old Town is fun, interactive and impressive!

The tour guides are all friendly and extremely animated, really getting the crowd involved. There are great special effects, like interactive hologram photos which spoke to us. Learning about the journey that the Latter-day Saint families took from Iowa in 1846, and about their 2,000-mile march west to California, was so interesting. The exhibits displayed historical treasures […]

Enjoy Sweet San Diego Offerings in Our February Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Enjoy sweet  San Diego offerings in our February newsletter! Toast to Valentine’s Day dinners at area wineries and restaurants, tour museums for half price, catch a play, watch the Super Bowl at exciting venues and much more! Check it all out here:

Sunny Side Always Up at the Broken Yolk Cafe

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Broken Yolk 35 Years Logo


With apologies to the chicken, the egg comes first at the Broken Yolk Cafe. After all, the longtime restaurant’s slogan, “We’ve Got Huevos!” celebrates the egg in all its morning glory.

But eating is believing, so a quick bite at the Gaslamp Quarter location in downtown San Diego recently confirmed my thoughts about the establishment’s “eggs-cellent” culinary reputation. Needless to say (and this will be the final “eggs” pun), I was “eggs-static” when I saw the menu:

Poached, fried, scrambled, you name it, the Broken […]

Cougar Vineyard & Winery Shines at Annual Wine Judging Event!

Published by Terri Graham


By Barbara Pape
PassPort to San Diego

In a rare act of sobering (pun intended) courage, Rick and Jennifer Buffington allowed five of their favorite varietals to not only be compared side-by-side in a blind tasting with their Italian counterparts, but to also be judged by seasoned experts in the wine industry as well as 50 loyal wine club members, customers, friends, family and the press. The 3rd Annual “Cougar Meets Italy” event was held Thursday, January 18 at their boutique winery in Temecula, CA. Confidence […]

Journey Through Time As You Visit Four Museums In One Place!

Published by Terri Graham


Journey through time as you visit four museums in one place: Natural History features specimens from throughout the world. Archaeology is filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from North, Central and South America. The artifacts in Anthropology represent Native American life after 1492. The Art Wing has contemporary western art and a Chinese collection, including a jade burial suit from the Han Dynasty. Stroll through the botanical gardens, containing exotic palm trees on one side and desert plants on the other.

Heritage of the Americas Museum
12110 Cuyamaca College […]

Visit Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden

Published by Terri Graham


Find peace and enjoy meditation among the ornamental plants, colorful Koi pond and beautiful Bonsai display in this expansive Balboa Park garden. Considered to be a living work of art in Japanese culture, the garden also features a meandering path flanked by artfully arranged rocks, shrubbery and trees.  The garden is a popular venue for weddings and corporate events and  has both indoor and outdoor facilities. Docent tours are free with paid admission, and special exhibits are also a must see while visiting!

2215 Pan American […]

Fleet Science Center Has Smart Fun For Everyone!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Experiment with 100+ interactive, “do-touch” exhibits and check out fun traveling exhibitions in this inspiring science museum and planetarium in Balboa Park. Inside the Fleet Science Center you can construct marble roller coasters in the Tinkering Studio, interact with a swirling tornado, learn how to generate electricity and explore other fun science concepts!

The Fleet is also home to the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater, showing stunning nature and science films in an immersive, wrap-around screen experience.

Without leaving your seat, you’ll feel as if you’re exploring […]

Explore wonderful shops, restaurants and services at Village Faire in Carlsbad! There’s something for everyone!

Published by Terri Graham



The Village Faire Shopping Center in historic Carlsbad Village sits about a block from the ocean. Set in New England-style architecture surrounding a fountain courtyard, the center’s boutique shops include beauty, fitness, a day spa, clothing, gifts, jewelry and imports. Dining covers a wide range of cuisine, including Mediterranean, Italian, Southwestern, Californian and Japanese, not to mention burgers, gelato, smoothies and coffee. Other establishments include a surfboard shop, art galleries, real estate services and a UPS Store. A great way to spend a day exploring all […]