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Check Out Our Mother’s Day Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Show your appreciation for the inspiring moms in your life this Mother’s Day. During this unprecedented time, wow her with a virtual concert, a gift from a locally owned shop, a delicious to-go, curbside or home-delivered dish, or with a locally handcrafted bottle of wine. Also consider purchasing a gift card at Mom’s favorite restaurant to treat her at a later date. Learn more here:

Come Discover Beautiful Ramona! Great Restaurants and Places to Shop, plus Award-Winning Wineries, Golfing and much more!

Published by Terri Graham


“The H.E.A.R.T of San Diego” is Ramona, which is located 36 miles northeast of San Diego in the foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains. Venture over the mountains and you will be in the Anza Borrego desert, playground for the camping enthusiast.

The Ramona Chamber of Commerce supports the local businesses with networking opportunities and events to promote their community and guests which includes, The Annual Community Awards, Installation Dinner, Ramona Open Studios Tour, Motorcycle Events, Ramona Country Fair, Taste of Ramona, Merchants Safe Trick or Treat […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Veterans Museum at Balboa Park Displays Permanent, Rotating and Visiting Exhibits of Patriotic, Military and War-Related Memorabilia

Published by Terri Graham




Veterans Museum at Balboa Park displays permanent, rotating and visiting exhibits of patriotic, military and war-related memorabilia, artifacts, photographs and Memorial Garden. The center also serves as a host to programs that perpetuate the memories of deceased veterans or members of the United States Armed Forces and to comfort their survivors.

The inspiring Veterans Museum At Balboa Park is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Enjoy 2-for-1 on regular admission here:

Located in Balboa Park

2115 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Let your imagination soar at this indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to the history of U.S. Marine Corps aviation!

Published by Terri Graham


See 31 historical aircraft up close 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. Many of the museum’s docents are retired veterans who share their personal experiences with the aircraft. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (excluding federal holidays). Enjoy free admission (donations are appreciated) and free parking.

Flying Leatherneck […]

Jump into Summer at FUNBelievable Play!

Published by Cathy Hendrie


Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Summer is around the corner and FunBelievable is hopeful that when it’s safe to do, they will once again open their doors so kids, toddlers and older girls and boys can start sliding, swinging around and bouncing inside this exciting Lakeside facility year-round.

The colorful three-level mega play structure is the main attraction, and kids have a blast riding down tube slides, climbing rock walls, playing with tiki-figure punching bags and zipping across aerial glides. The sports arena gives future athletes the […]

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 […]

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., […]

Spring & Summer Family Activity Guide 2020!

Published by Terri Graham

San Diego Activities

San Diego’s beloved museums and cultural venues, as well as indoor and outdoor playgrounds are temporarily closed, but they invite you to stay connected online! Read on for virtual adventure challenges and activities and Summer Camp programs! As always, but especially during this uncertain time, please support these wonderful institutions by donating to them and/or signing up for memberships. We’ll strive to keep you updated with changes and will note future openings. 

Note: Due to Covid-19 regulations and future re-openings, please check each institution’s website for Summer Camp registration guidelines in the event camps are not able […]

Savor soups and sandwiches and swoon over stunning sweet creations at this beloved bakery and deli gracing downtown La Jolla.

Published by Terri Graham

Savor soups and sandwiches and swoon over stunning sweet creations at this beloved bakery and deli gracing downtown La Jolla. Celebrating 29 years of serving inspired farm-to-table cuisine, the restaurant is also famous for its specialty cakes. Owners Francois and Diana Goedhuys use fresh produce straight from their Julian farm, much to the delight of loyal customers. François, a chef who hails from Belgium, also impresses with his Italian and eight-grain breads and personalized cookies. Enjoy everything freshly baked croissants, muffins and pies, salads and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Discover North Coast San Diego’s Award-Winning Theatre

Published by Terri Graham

North Coast Repertory Theatre


Discover immense talent and exceptional productions in an intimate setting at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Nestled in the seaside city of Solana Beach, the leading arts organization is enjoying its 38th year. Producing seven diverse main stage plays and a special holiday show each year, the popular venue offers opportunities for local playwrights, actors, directors and designers. Its Theatre School also stages several works, highlighting the acting and technical accomplishments of its young students aiming for theatrical careers.

In addition to the Rep’s award-winning Main Stage season, […]

Discover a mecca of European antique and vintage furnishings at India Street Antiques!

Published by Terri Graham

India Street Antiques-Little Italy

Discover a mecca of imported European antique and vintage furnishings at this large-volume dealer in North Little Italy. Two showrooms house high-quality pieces from many respected brands, with styles ranging from Spanish Revival to Mid-Century Modern. The store has high turnover, offers freighting and delivery, and restoration services with free estimates. A destination for locals since 1991, the store is open 7 days a week and accepts all major credit cards.

India Street Antiques/Danish Modern San Diego
2361 India St., San Diego  (619) 231-3004 

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 […]

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 […]

Break bread and enjoy fine Italian specialties with friends and family at Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant

Published by Terri Graham



Break bread with friends and family at Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant, situated on the second level of the seaside shopping plaza Village Faire in Carlsbad. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Gregorio’s robust menu features everything from pasta primavera to specialty thin-crust pizzas, plus soups, salads and sandwiches. Seafood, chicken and grilled items such as the artfully prepared filet mignon round out the menu. Nosh on eggplant sliders, gnocchi mozzarella sticks and other snacks paired with signature cocktails during the popular Happy Hour […]