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Learn about San Diego’s greatest attractions and destinations. Find something new to try on the weekend, explore new areas, and taste new flavors in sunny San Diego!

Head to Kansas City Barbeque to Watch the Chiefs and Other NFL Games This Season!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego

Come to Kansas City Barbeque to watch all the Kansas City Chiefs games this season. Doors open at the downtown San Diego restaurant at 9 a.m. for morning games. The backroom holds about 40 people, and on this particular Sunday, the room was completely filled by 10 a.m.

There are five televisions, four of which were showing the Kansas City game while the other was broadcasting the L.A. Chargers game. Dominated by a sea of red and white jerseys, I was greeted […]

Dine under the sun or stars, dive into whale-watching, enjoy high-speed jet boat fun, and take in the scenery aboard the ferry to and from Coronado — all with Flagship Cruises & Events!

Published by Terri Graham



Dine under the sun or stars, dive into whale-watching, enjoy high-speed jet boat fun, and take in the scenery aboard the ferry to and from Coronado — all with Flagship Cruises & Events! The only locally and family-owned and-operated fleet, yacht charter, tour, and event company sails around San Diego Bay year-round, offering breathtaking city and harbor views.

Dinner and Sunday Brunch cruises feature a taste of local history, scenic sights, and sumptuous California cuisine from Flagship’s onboard chef. Choose indoor or outdoor seating when booking, and no matter where […]

Fall Fun Takes Flight In Our September Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Fall fun takes flight in our September e-newsletter! Enjoy Labor Day Weekend activities like cruising San Diego Bay or catching an organ concert in Balboa Park, grape stomping and wine tasting in Temecula, shopping at seaside meccas and local downtown boutiques and savoring delicious bites across San Diego County. Check it all out here:

#September #fall #SanDiegoBay #SanDiego #Shopping #Dining #SanDiego #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #SanDiegoMuseums #OceanBeach #Coronado #DelMar #Carlsbad #Oceanside #SanMarcos #Escondido #Temecula #Wineries #TemeculaValley #DestinationShopping #VintageShops #HomeDecor #sportfishing #Hornblower #FlagshipCruises #CBX #jfgsandiego #followppsd #shoplocal

Planning a trip to Mexico? Try the quick and easy CBX Cross Border Xpress.

Published by Terri Graham


CBX is an enclosed pedestrian bridge exclusive for Tijuana International Airport passengers crossing the U.S./Mexico border. Spanning 390 feet, the CBX skywalk is the first ever to connect a facility in the U.S. directly into a foreign airport terminal. Passengers check in on the U.S. side of the U.S. — Mexico border, walk the pedestrian/passenger bridge across the border, clear Mexican immigration and customs, and catch their flights at the Tijuana International Airport. 

Passengers arriving in Tijuana are equally able to cross the pedestrian/passenger bridge into […]

Enjoy Smokin’ Hot Food and Outdoor Patio at Kansas City Barbeque!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego

To commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the classic movie “Top Gun,” why not stop by Kansas City Barbeque for some delicious food and catch a Kansas City Chiefs game?  The restaurant and bar area are covered in Top Gun memorabilia, perfect for a photo opportunity.

Because everything on the menu looked so good, I ordered enough to take home. I began with the Combo Dinner of Pork Ribs & Beef Brisket served with coleslaw and onion rings. The brisket was smokey and […]

Explore Charming Shops and Restaurants While Enjoying Spectacular Skyline Views of Downtown San Diego at the Coronado Ferry Landing!

Published by Terri Graham


Explore charming shops and enjoy spectacular skyline views of downtown San Diego at the Coronado Ferry Landing! The seaside shopping village features beautiful boutiques carrying everything from designer eyewear, men’s and women’s fashions and footwear to memorabilia and seashells all surrounded by inviting seating areas to relax in the sun. The plaza is also home to fine restaurants and casual eateries, grassy lawns for picnics and even a small beach area to get your toes wet. There is live music each weekend and a Tuesday […]

Enjoy the Ride With North County Transit District!

Published by Terri Graham

North County Transit District Coaster



Sit back and enjoy the ride with North County Transit District! NCTD’s family of services includes the scenic north-south COASTER commuter train, east-west SPRINTER hybrid rail, and BREEZE bus network. In addition to transporting more than 11 million passengers throughout North San Diego annually, the COASTER and SPRINTER offer a great way to enjoy some inexpensive sightseeing. The COASTER’S double-decker cars traverse the beautiful coastline between downtown San Diego and Oceanside all day long with stops near beaches, restaurants, and boutiques. The modern and sleek […]

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 […]

Our August Newsletter is Filled With Hot Summer Events!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Our August newsletter is filled with hot summer events! Zoom or cruise across San Diego Bay. Also enjoy sportfishing in Oceanside! In Balboa Park, take note of free organ concerts – live and in person once again. Also spend time at seaside shopping meccas and local downtown boutiques, and savor delicious bites across the county. Toast to it all with handcrafted reds, whites and rosés at Temecula wineries.

#August #summer #watersports #sportfishing #SanDiegoBay #Shopping #Dining #SanDiego #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #SanDiegoMuseums #OceanBeach #Coronado #DelMar #Carlsbad #Oceanside #SanMarcos […]

Discover the Dinosaur Gallery — A Gem of a Shop in Downtown Del Mar

Published by Terri Graham

Find unique gifts, including at the Dinosaur Gallery in Del Mar. The store carries a large inventory of semi-precious minerals and crystals, jewelry, exquisite artist collectibles, meteorites, corals and shells, a 2.7 billion-year-old stromatolite found in Australia and much more. Stop in anytime from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (closed Wednesdays) and from noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Dinosaur Gallery is right next to the Del Mar Library. Call (858) 794-4855 for more information.

Dinosaur Gallery • 1327 Camino del Mar • Del Mar, CA 92014

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 […]

Cruise Into A Fun-Filled Fourth!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Happy Independence Day everyone! Many communities are back with a bang, presenting fireworks and family fun! Check out these local happenings to make your holiday weekend sparkle.

#FourthofJuly #July4th #IndependenceDay #SanDiego #SanDiegoCounty #SanDiegoBay #BigBayBoom #SeaportVillage #BalboaPark #OceanBeach #Coronado #Ramona #Oceanside #Carlsbad #NorthCounty #DePortolaWineTrail #Temecula #GoNCTD

Take note of this dynamic museum, a tribute to the love of all things music!

Published by Terri Graham

Located behind the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, this hidden gem is home to hundreds of vintage instruments and specialty exhibits held throughout the year. Live concerts at the museum feature famous international and national musicians as well as local talent. Visitors can also pick up and play instruments like keyboards, drums and guitars in a vibrant hands-on area. A walk through the museum’s chronologically organized, 100-year history of music takes center stage. Gallery tours can be self-guided or for groups, led by docents. Either way, […]

Our Summer Camps & Activities Guide is Filled With Fun All Season Long!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Our Summer Camps & Activities Guide is jam-packed with fun! Learn, experiment and make new friends at all kinds of camps, plus enjoy activities on the water and at reopened museums. Also check out live music and events at coastal dining and shopping destinations. Check it all out here:

#summer #sandiego #camps #activities #June #July #August #watersports #Shopping #Dining #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #SanDiegoMuseums #OceanBeach #Coronado #DelMar #Carlsbad #Oceanside #SanMarcos #Escondido #Ramona #seaportvillage #DestinationShopping #VintageShops #HomeDecor #jfgsandiego #followppsd #shoplocal

Splash Into Summer and Fun Things To Do in Our June Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Splash into the season with activities like kayaking and Jet Skiing, shopping for Father’s Day gifts, visiting reopened museums, dining indoors or out, sampling handcrafted cocktails and wines and many more things to do in our June e-newsletter. Check it all out here:

#June #summer #water sports #FathersDay #Shopping #Dining #SanDiego #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #SanDiegoMuseums #OceanBeach #Coronado #DelMar #Carlsbad #Oceanside #SanMarcos #Escondido #Temecula #Wineries #TemeculaValley #DestinationShopping #VintageShops #HomeDecor #jfgsandiego #followppsd #shoplocal

Leucadia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurants Serve The Best Pizza, Pasta and Salads In Town! They Deliver Too!

Published by Terri Graham



Choose from over 20 piping-hot pizzas at Leucadia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurants’ locations in Encinitas and University Town Center/La Jolla. Aside from their famous pizzas (with a choice of gluten-free crust), the restaurants are known for delicious pastas, fresh entrées, subs, salads and desserts. Each location has a full selection of cocktails, wine and local beers on draft and Happy Hours run 4–7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Both La Jolla and Encinitas restaurants include large patios, perfect for casual banquets! For reservations, delivery or catering, call […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Get hooked on Sportfishing, Whale Watching (in season) and marine science learning adventures at Oceanside SEA Center at Oceanside Harbor!

Published by Terri Graham



The outfitter offers daily Sportfishing excursions and the chance to catch yellowtail, halibut, calico bass, and much more! Choose from spectacular half-day, 3/4-day and full-day trips. Visitors wanting an offshore fishing or sea-going adventure can book an open-party ticket or private charter, will find that the OSC has the boats, experience and staff to accommodate them. Private charters can be arranged for any size group. Fishing gear is also available for rent while licenses, plus live and frozen bait are available for purchase. Reel in […]