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MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmers and Sunset Markets The Place to Be Thursdays All Year!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

PassPort to San Diego

For free, family fun and fabulous fare, head to MainStreet Oceanside’s Farmer’s Market on Thursdays mornings and Mainstreet’s Sunset Market on Thursday evenings. This dynamic duo of tasty and entertaining events attract thousands of Oceanside residents and visitors each week.

At the morning farmers market, stock up on fresh fruit, bread and flowers, buy handmade goods, jewelry, soaps, lotions, art, as well as artisan-baked goods, organic dips and sauces. Enjoy the ocean breezes while strolling and sampling all the offerings at this hometown […]

Make Tracks to Cougar Vineyard & Winery, Specializing in 100 Percent Estate-Grown Italian Varietals Paired with Picturesque Views of Temecula Valley.

Published by Terri Graham



Make tracks to Cougar Vineyard & Winery, specializing in 100 percent estate-grown Italian varietals paired with picturesque views of Temecula Valley. Cougar not only grows its own grapes, but also produces and bottles its award-winning wines on site. The 17-acre property on the De Portola Wine Trail features a popular tasting room, barrel room, gift shop and live music Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Order fresh salads, sandwiches, hot paninis and pizzas from Sangio’s Deli, kick back on the sunny patio, and raise a […]

Bounce Around Altitude Trampoline Park, an Indoor 26,000 Sq. Ft. Family Fun Center!

Published by Terri Graham


Bounce around Altitude Trampoline Park, an indoor 26,000 sq. ft. family fun center filled with wall-to-wall trampolines. Jump into fitness classes, reach new heights with trampoline basketball and a rock-climbing wall, get knocked off your feet on the dodgeball court and flip for the giant foam pit. The park, open daily, prides itself on being a safe, clean and fun entertainment option for active families, group parties or simply a great individual workout. Saturday Teen Night, Friday Night Friendzy, Family Fun Packs, Toddler Time […]

Explore the North County Coastal Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Discovery Center!

Published by Terri Graham

agua hedionda Lagoon



The Foundation’s Discovery Center overlooks the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, a 400-acre estuary and wetland. This 3,800 sq. ft. building is home to numerous species to interact with and exhibits throughout where docents provide educational tours. Surrounded by hiking trails that overlook the lagoon and acres of marshland, the Discovery Center is home to native birds, plants and wildlife that thrive in this beautiful glimpse of nature. The Center hosts a wide variety of events, including lectures, business meetings, gala dinners, book […]

Experience High-Flying Fun With San Diego Parasailing Adventures!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego

It was the perfect San Diego October afternoon to go parasailing! Captain Sam and his assistant Jeff led the boat of 11 passengers, two of whom were 9-year old boys, who had the time of their lives! We left out of Mission Bay and made our way to the ocean for our parasail trip which ran between the jetty to the PB Pier. Once equipped in our parasail gear, which included life jackets, we paired off for our tandem flights.

With approximately […]

Wheel Fun Rentals Coupon – $5 Off Any Bike Rental!

Published by Terri Graham


Wheel Fun Rentals Coupon – $5 Off Any Bike Rental!

Click here to download coupon and find the location nearest to you!

Wheel Fun Rentals offers everything from traditional cruiser bikes and specialty cycles to carriage-like Surreys and tandem cycles. You won’t find a wider variety of recreation rental equipment anywhere!  Take the entire family for a spin on a four-wheel Surrey cycle, cruise through your favorite park on a cruiser bike, or enjoy a waterfront adventure on one of our many types of specialty cycles. They’ve […]

Spend An Afternoon At Milagro A Panoramic 110-acre Winery in Ramona. Picnic On The Patio and Enjoy Award-Winning Wines!

Published by Terri Graham



Spend an afternoon at this panoramic 110-acre Ramona winery, bottling estate-grown Bordeaux and Italian varietals in an intimate, enchanting setting. Rolling hills and stunning sunsets provide a spectacular backdrop for weddings, private parties and other special events.

On weekends, enjoy live music and visiting food trucks, while sampling and learning about different wines in the modern and rustic tasting room. Also pick up wine-related gifts, artisan cheeses and charcuterie.

Stroll the vineyard, home to an organic farm, a fruit and nut orchard, a stunning crush house and […]

Please your palate at The Cork & Craft, at Abnormal Company, and San Diego’s only restaurant, winery and brewery in one!

Published by Terri Graham

The Cork & Craft Winery, Brewery, Restaurant



Please your palate at The Cork & Craft, at Abnormal Company, and San Diego’s only restaurant, winery and brewery in one. The Rancho Bernardo venue boasts 41 taps and an extensive wine list, inviting guests to sample some of the best beer and wine from around the world. Food is focused on serving refined plates in a casual environment. Celebrating a special event? The Cork & Craft offers options from small and intimate dinners in its library, social receptions with drinks and appetizers on a […]

Saddle Up for Laughs at Lamb’s Players Theatre Musical ‘Chaps!’

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Cynthia Lamont
PassPort to San Diego

A few friends and I wanted to see some live theater recently and the musical “Chaps!” sounded fun and entertaining.

We headed for beautiful Coronado to Lamb’s Players Theatre, a charming venue with excellent views of the stage from every seat in the house.

The show, a musical comedy set during World War II, has been very popular and
has been extended again, this time to May 19.

The storyline is simple: Tex Riley and America’s favorite singing cowboys are scheduled to perform in a […]

Catch A Bite At Anthony’s Fish Grotto. This East County Oasis and Landmark serves Famous Clam Chowders, Seasonal Fresh Catches and Crispy Fish and Chips!

Published by Terri Graham



Catch a bite at this East County oasis and landmark, serving famous clam chowders, seasonal fresh catches and crispy fish and chips with secret recipes developed by founder Catherine “Mama” Ghio. A La Mesa fixture since 1961, Anthony’s features a bucolic setting on a small private pond with an aquatic décor, a pretty patio, a bocce ball court, private cabana, and a dog-friendly dining area. Enjoy lakeside views while exploring an extensive menu that also includes succulent lobster, steaks and chicken, salads and pastas. Guests […]

Find the bed of your dreams at Everett Stunz, purveyor of luxury mattresses, bed linens, down comforters and pillows, as well as towels and bath accessories.

Published by Terri Graham

Everett Stunz La Jolla



The Everett Stunz store in La Jolla is San Diego County’s sole supplier of the revolutionary Swedish Duxiana bed, engineered to soothe back pain and discomfort. The store also proudly carries eco-friendly Savvy Rest beds made from organic latex, cotton and wool; and the Reverie mattress system, built from cushy to firm DreamCell foam springs that can be configured in infinite patterns for different body types and support needs. Customers will also find exquisite organic beechwood and Egyptian cotton linens that complete a better night’s […]

Discover San Diego County’s Eight Regional Airports.

Published by Terri Graham



Eight San Diego County regional airports provide domestic and local passenger services with facilities for aircraft storage, fuel service and maintenance:

• McClellan-Palomar Airport: (760) 431-4646

McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad is a gateway to and from San Diego’s North County. It serves the general aviation community, corporate aircraft and commercial services.

• Agua Caliente Springs: (619) 956-4800  

The facility serves residents of rural east San Diego County and visitors to Agua Caliente Hot Springs County Park.

• Borrego Valley Airport: (760) 767-7415

The airport and town are surrounded by the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego […]

Celebrating 25 years of “preserving pieces of the past.” A hidden gem near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Published by Terri Graham



Wander through the amazing San Diego Archaeological Center, celebrating 25 years of “preserving pieces of the past.” A hidden gem near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, this modest but mighty museum curates millions of artifacts documenting 10,000 years of San Diego County history. View displays on stone tools, pottery and much more. Kids will dig a hands-on artifact-matching game, an archaeology quest, pottery reconstruction and underwater shipwreck excavation. The Center hosts adult workshops and lectures, scouting programs, home school group field trips […]

Get up close and personal with reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods at EcoVivarium!

Published by Terri Graham

EcoVivarium Living Museum



EcoVivarium is an educational non-profit living museum home to over 200 rescued and donated animals. Thirty to forty Ambassador Animals are featured in the museum each day, so every visit offers new animal encounters! Guests of all ages can touch and hold snakes and lizards of all sizes, meet a tarantula and other exotic creatures at this amazing Escondido Living Museum. Educational guides are on hand throughout guests’ visits. During the summer, week-long camps focus on animal care, habitats, and STEAM-based explorations. The museum also […]

Annual Taste of Hillcrest Dishes Up Another Delicious Day!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego

Food lovers enjoyed a beautiful day along with delicious bites at the annual Taste of Hillcrest, which took place Saturday, April 13.

There were 30 purveyors of food, drink and many times both. Getting to all in four hours would have been daunting, but I did enjoy the offerings of 18 of them. I also walked the event, rather than taking the provided shuttles. Vendors often provided extremely generous samples, so I had to pace myself so as to not fill up […]

Hit your stride wearing classic, comfortable and stylish footwear from Birkenstock of San Diego.

Published by Terri Graham


Hit your stride wearing classic, comfortable and stylish footwear from Birkenstock of San Diego. Four area locations sell the iconic German sandal famous for its contoured footbed, deep heel cup and cork base lined in soft suede. The sandals range from the classic Arizona in taupe suede to a large selection of contemporary styles and colors. Always striving to find new, stylishly innovative and comfortable footwear, the stores also carry Merrell, Pikolinos, OluKai, Mephisto, Naot, Keen, Sanita, Arcopedico and Taos brands, as well as the […]