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Dive Into Our August Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Beat the heat and get outdoors in August! Catch a wave, kayak around our bays, or dive into swimming pool or sportfishing fun! Sign up for Summer Camp programs, both in person and virtual. Enjoy our shopping meccas, savor delicious fare, and sip handcrafted reds, whites and rosés at Temecula wineries, which have reopened their doors with safety guidelines. Also explore a brand new hotel and resort filled with cool attractions in Mission Valley. Many of San Diego’s museums and cultural venues are waiting to reopen, but invite you to stay connected online.

Note: Please check […]

Ready, Set, Summer! Our July Newsletter is Filled With Warm-Weather Fun!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Happy July! Our e-newsletter is filled with warm-weather fun! Outdoor activities like kayaking and parasailing are back, and Summer Camp programs invite kids to once again explore, learn and play! Retailers, restaurants, wineries have reopened their doors — all with safety guidelines. Mission Valley has a brand new hotel and resort filled with cool attractions. And many of San Diego’s museums and cultural venues are reopening as well. Read on and stay healthy and safe everyone!

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 […]

It’s Summer! Time To Reopen & Celebrate!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Welcome to Summer! We’re so excited to share that many retailers, restaurants, wineries have reopened with social distancing guidelines in place. Many of San Diego’s beloved museums and cultural venues are finally reopening as well. Outdoor activities like parasailing and kayaking are back, and Summer Camp programs invite kids to once again explore, learn and play! Read on and have fun this summer, San Diego!


Marvel over out-of-this-world oral care at The Super Dentists!

Published by Terri Graham

The Super Dentist Oceanside



Marvel over out-of-this-world oral care at The Super Dentists, fighting cavities and conquering crooked teeth for over 20 years in San Diego County. Families love this kid-centered practice, providing state-of-the-art pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, parent dentistry, and advanced teeth-whitening options. All five locations (with a sixth planned in Escondido) have theme-park designed lounges, games, movies and more that help kids look forward to visiting the dentist. The practice has also added a new Augmented Reality app, allowing patients to meet animated characters like “Dr. Have One […]

Get Out For Some Fun On the Mission Bay Water with Aqua Adventures!

Published by Terri Graham


Get out on the water with Aqua Adventures, with a dockside location right on Mission Bay in sunny San Diego! Rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks (single, tandem, sea, outrigger, surf ski), hydro bikes (single and tandem), and canopied Duffy boats. Rent for 90 minutes or more. Just choose your excursion, hop on and go! Glide next to Mission Bay’s inlets and isles, taking in fresh air, while spotting seal lions, dolphins and sea birds. The outfitter also offers lessons, SUP yoga on Saturday mornings and popular […]

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 […]

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 […]

Relax and Recharge at Riviera Oaks Resort and Racquet Club in Ramona!

Published by Terri Graham

Rivera Oaks Resort Ramona


The slower pace, the quiet serenity and the close proximity to some of the area’s finest wineries give this beautiful, family-friendly resort its unmatched charm and appeal. A rustic but elegant property nestled outside of town with 16 tennis courts (pros, lessons, clinics and membership), a Day Spa, fitness center, pools, jacuzzis and nearby golf and hiking trails, sits at the base of the mountains but is still only 30 minutes from San Diego. The modern accommodations are furnished condos, each with a kitchen, living […]

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 […]

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 […]