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Dine Under the Sun or Beneath the Stars!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Dine out, order in, pick up curbside or carry out at San Diego’s best restaurants! Many have reinvented the concept of outdoor dining, adding decks or patios with pretty umbrellas and glowing string lights to create a safe and comfortable environment. Check out our delicious list here!

Discover San Diego’s Playgrounds!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

San Diego’s warms weather continues in September, a perfect time to explore the great outdoors! Elevate your view, paddle around our bays and explore our museums, some of which are just reopening. Read more about live and virtual fun here:

Sip and Savor in September — Wine Month!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Summer will soon come to a close but it’s a “grape” time for wine! Savor fabulous fare, and sip handcrafted reds, whites and rosés at Temecula wineries and San Diego’s urban venues, which have reopened their doors in accordance with county and CDC guidelines. Read more here:

Save On Museums and More With a Balboa Park Explorer Pass!

Published by Terri Graham



Visit amazing museums and more with a Balboa Park Explorer Pass! San Diego’s Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the United States – no other place boasts 1,200 acres, 65 miles of hiking trails, over a dozen museums, fantastic gardens, performing arts venues, and the San Diego Zoo! The Balboa Park Explorer Pass provides admission to multiple venues, and is up to a 58% savings over buying admission separately. Purchase your Explorer Pass here

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

Shop, Dine By the San Diego Bay at Seaport Village!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

By Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Nestled along the San Diego Bay with its coastal breezes and views of the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village is a stunning 14-acre waterfront shopping and dining complex in downtown San Diego. It offers eclectic shops, fine and casual dining and family-friendly entertainment.

Finding a favorite flag, trying on eco-friendly clothing or appreciating exclusive art are just a few of the offerings at the 50-plus diverse shops dotting the village. Visitors can also grab a bite at more than a dozen eateries […]

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.

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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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