De Portola Wine Trail Harvest Festival Temecula

LOCAL LIVING RESOURCE for Residents, Visitors & Newcomers


The Passport Blog

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!

Wine With Friends is the Perfect 
Blend at Wiens Family Cellars!

Published by Terri Graham

Toast to being together at Wiens Family Cellars, showcasing premium big reds and wow-worthy whites in the rolling hills of Temecula Valley. The winery has expanded its outdoor patios and transformed its indoor rooms to accommodate guests. Come in today and enjoy a tasting of big reds and crisp whites. Also check out the Wine Club, featuring handcrafted wines straight from Wiens’ vast vineyards, plus regular discounts, complimentary wine-tasting, and invitations to club events. Open 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call (951) 694-9892. Enjoy A Two-For-One Wine Tasting here.

35055 Via Del […]

Kick Off 2022 With Our January Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Our January newsletter kicks off 2022 with great deals at San Diego’s shops, wineries and restaurants! Activities include San Diego Bay tours, whale watching, live concerts, family fun at area museums and seaside venues, and lots of health and fitness options. Check it all out here:

#SanDiego #SanDiegoCounty #BalboaPark #January #whalewatching #Oceanside #Carlsbad #CarlsbadVillage #Encinitas #Vista #SanMarcos #Escondido #SolanaBeach #DelMar #OldTownSanDiego #OceanBeach #LaJolla #Coronado #MissionBeach #Temecula #TemeculaValley #Ramona #winetasting #shopping #dining #thingstodo #followppsd

Sleigh the Season With Our Holiday Planning Guide!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

San Diego’s shops, wineries and restaurants are ready to make the season merry and bright! Activities include outdoor traditions such as Seaport Village’s Surfin’ Santa, Belmont Park’s Winter Wonder spectacular, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, and the return of last year’s successful drive-through Balboa Park event — “Taste of December Nights.” Read more in our Holiday Planning Guide

Shop Wine and Spirits For The Holidays!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Give the gift of exceptional handcrafted wines and signature spirits this holiday season! Local winemakers and distilleries offer in-person shopping and online stores, as well as tastings and delicious menus for visiting family and friends. These warm and inviting venues are also perfect for hosting holiday dinners, parties and corporate events. Read more in our wineries and spirits e-newsletter here:



Life’s A Fiesta at Colorful Casa de Pico in East County

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Carolyn Howard
PassPort to San Diego, Inc.

As an East County resident, I was very happy when Casa de Pico moved from Old Town to Grossmont Center in La Mesa several years back. I have been many times to lunch, dinner and happy hour at this colorful and festive Mexican restaurant. I still need to make it to Casa’s Sunday Brunch, which I’m sure is excellent! My favorite dessert is the fried ice cream. Make sure you save room, as it is well worth […]

Celebrate the Grand Opening of the New Outdoor Superstore at Jerome’s!

Published by Terri Graham



Jerome’s Furniture is celebrating the Grand Opening of their new Outdoor Superstore on Saturday, Oct. 9 inside Jerome’s Morena Boulevard and San Marcos showrooms. They will have live DJ performances in the afternoon, fun family games, and even the wildly popular Happy Ice truck will be there giving out some delicious treats! Everything you love about Jerome’s — quality, selection, and Jerry’s Price — comes outside. Jerome’s Outdoor Superstore features San Diego County’s largest selection of quality outdoor furniture, accessories, games, and more. Don’t miss your chance […]

CBX’s Skybridge Surpasses 12 Million Passengers!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Cross Border Xpress, Otay Mesa, USA to Tijuana, Mexico airport

In September 2021, CBX – the only binational airport terminal in the United States – surpassed the 12 million passenger mark!

In fact, during May, June and July of 2021 more travelers crossed the bridge than in the same months of 2019 representing an increasing demand for vacationers heading south. This impressive uptick of travelers mainly represents U.S. citizens as Mexican nationals have been restricted from entering the U.S. for non-essential travel. The numbers will likely […]

Color Your World at Carolyn’s Designer Resale!

Published by Terri Graham

Come for the clothes, stay to get styled at this authenticated designer consignment boutique carrying high-end and vintage labels for less. The carefully curated inventory reflects the store’s passion for fashion, from tailored tops and bottoms, to cocktail dresses and accessories, to sleek athleisure wear. Shop luxury labels such as Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and oh-so-many more runway-worthy brands, either in person, or from the comfort of home via Carolyn’s online shop. Consignment information is also available online […]

Fall for October’s Sweet and Spook-tacular Events in Our Newsletter!

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Fall for October’s sweet and spook-tacular events in our monthly e-newsletter! Dare to enjoy ‘spirited’ family fun, free admission for kids at area museums, tasty happenings, Oktoberfest, an outdoor furniture superstore grand opening, winery events and many more things to do! Check it all out here:


Shop The Antique Village 
For Unique and One-of-A-Kind Items!

Published by Terri Graham


Discover this treasure trove brimming with vintage furniture and lighting, wall art, estate jewelry, records, repurposed items, shabby chic, home decor and collectibles. Stroll over 70 vendor booths, containing contemporary and antique gems, like Art Deco and Mid-century decor, reupholstered designer chairs, dressers, armoires, all manner of tables and lamps, and even patio furniture. Also find Disney and holiday-themed items. Open daily. The Antique Village

850 Los Vallecitos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92069

(760) 744-8718


Enjoy the British Tradition of Afternoon Tea at The Grand Tea Room in Escondido

Published by Cathy Hendrie

By Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Around the world, Afternoon Tea bespeaks an honored tradition of elegance and refinement. Fine china, lacy linens and glove- and hat-adorned patrons add grace and polish to the occasion, whether it’s for a light meal or for a more formal affair, such as a shower, graduation or birthday.

Fortunately for San Diegans, the same experience can be enjoyed at The Grand Tea Room, a full-service tea room and gift shop in downtown Escondido. The venue, which also offers patio dining, is […]

Satisfy your South-of-the-Border cravings at Marieta’s Restaurants

Published by Terri Graham


Satisfy your South-of-the-Border cravings at Marieta’s, a Mexican favorite that customers have loved for generations. The family-owned restaurant is known for its authentic cuisine prepared with quality ingredients, sauces and dressings. Marieta’s has three East County locations (La Mesa, Alpine, Santee), all offering tacos, burritos and tostadas as well as many delicious combination platters (served with rice and beans). Popular menu choices include sizzling fajitas (beef, chicken, shrimp and combination), Enchilada Suizas (with homemade green sauce and sour cream) and Pollo Sonora. Don’t miss their lunch specials […]

Sea Hive Marketplace a Home Designer Destination and more!

Published by Terri Graham


Treat yourself and tour Sea Hive Marketplace, bringing childhood memories back to life. Showcasing 13,000 square feet of everything from vintage Levi’s to vinyl records, to Mid-century Modern furnishings and exquisite estate jewelry, this home designer destination is a truly a sight to behold. Shop over 100 dealer spaces under one roof. Also ask about their Second Saturday outdoor market. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Sea Hive Marketplace


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 […]

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 […]

Discover the San Diego Coastal Community of Ocean Beach!

Published by Terri Graham


Groove to the beat of this eclectic California beach community, famous for its half-mile long fishing pier, OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival, OB Oktoberfest, OB Holiday Parade and OB Holiday Parade. Start any visit to “OB” at the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association on Bacon Street. Smiling staffers can recommend favorite eateries, tasting rooms, shops, entertaining events and specialty services. Shopping for a special occasion? Pick up plants and order dreamy bouquets at THISTLE, a cozy 1920s cottage featuring an outside nursery stocked with […]

Nestled in the picturesque rolling hills of the De Portola Wine Trail in Temecula is Fazeli Cellars!

Published by Terri Graham

Fazeli Cellars Temecula

Behold bold reds, light whites and sweet rosés at this picturesque venue, where “Roots Run Deep.” Modern Moorish architecture and the Shiraz grape as the benchmark varietal combine to honor the Persian ancestry of welcoming owner BJ Fazeli. Dining is enjoyed in a luxurious alfresco setting from a second-floor covered patio overlooking Temecula’s panoramic valley. Savor everything from salads to flatbread from Baba Joon’s Kitchen – the winery’s A-rated Persian-Mediterranean inspired lunch destination. Patrons may also purchase wine flights, a glass or […]