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Dock & Dine In The Beautiful Newport Harbor—Just In Time For Summer Fun!

Motoring around the Newport Harbor is an idyllic adventure. The charming homes line the waterfront promenades, the seals are barking, pelicans are gliding above, and we smile and wave at our fellow boaters and kayak paddlers. And boating often turns to dining in one form or another. Here we find 12  great choices for “dock side” dining in Newport Harbor.  With waterfront access, here are some of the...

Right In Our Own Backyard…Shimmering Hotel Pools and Patios In Newport Beach

 

Here’s a summer newsflash! Let’s agree to put the car keys away and not book those airline tickets. We can stay right here in Newport Beach and enjoy some of the best “resort” experiences one could dare to imagine. An impromptu stay-cation can be the perfect recipe for enjoying a carefree summer getaway with the family, or perhaps a romantic respite for just the two of you. Here we have sleuthed our way around town to find hotels with newly renovated pools, resort games...

A Perfect 3-Day Getaway To Central Coast & Carmel

Here We Come Fun! We have not found a better way to relax than to just “press pause” for a few days. We find three days is the perfect number. We can easily book Riley at the dog-sitter for a short stay, we don’t have to make a hundred phone calls or reservations and our refrigerator does not need to be emptied. We just lock up the house and go! And best of all, this seems to get us out of our routine. We do not have all the distractions, errands and projects that...

Be A Hero…Creative Gift Ideas For A Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And this year with the 14th of February on a Tuesday, it is quickly becoming a week-long celebration---from the weekend prior, to Valentine’s and all the way through to the following weekend!

Opening a beautifully wrapped present is always joyful. And in talking with many locals we found that “spending time together” and “being creative” ranked high on the list of thumbs up for Valentine’s gift-giving. So here we have...

Tips & Tricks To Fast Track Your Trip To Del Mar Racetrack-2016

Thru Labor Day (Sept. 5th) and The Bing Meet will run November 11-December 4, 2016!

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. So I raised my hand and said, "Heck yeah! I would love to follow my friend Patty, a pro at the pony track, down to Del Mar." And lucky you, my faithful readers, you get to take advantage of learning some tips and tricks that will make this easy-peasy for you to replicate from Orange County, CA. This article offers...

Take An Electric Bike Tour Along The Spectacular North San Diego Coast

From Carlsbad To Encinitas….Pedaling Is A Breeze On An Electric Bike with Pedego of Carlsbad!
Carlsbad is a seaside resort city occupying a 7-mile stretch of glorious Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, California. Locals referred to it as "The Village by the Sea" and it is a mega-tourist destination. {As a quick frame of reference, the city is 90 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. It is sandwiched between Oceanside to the...

8th Annual LobsterFest at Newport Dunes-Sunday 8/7/16

This event is organized by the LobsterFest Foundation and is hosted by the Newport Dunes Water Front Resort and Marina. This beach party benefits two organizations: Leadership Tomorrow and the Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The LobsterFest at Newport Beach is now in its 8th year, and is a celebration of summer designed for fun, entertainment and most importantly to raise funds for deserving charities. www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com  

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Summer Movie Nights Under The Stars @ Hotel Irvine

Summertime in Orange County means flip flops, warm evenings, outdoor dining, and sheer fun. Starting July 22, and throughout July & August, Hotel Irvine is bringing back “Movie Nights in The Backyard”!! Last year’s crowd loved watching their favorite films on the lawn with a huge screen----while picnicking on a summer night under the stars. So repeat it is… only better…. with a 16-foot giant outdoor movie screen, great barbeque inspired cuisine, popcorn, treats and all-in-all,...

Meet Me At “The 4th Street Market” in Santa Ana

Who doesn’t like the smell of espresso coffee wafting through the air? This is what welcomes me as soon as I open the door to this mega-food emporium. I enter the 4th Street Market, and no matter what time of day or night, I just know to come hungry! Portola Coffee Lab—home of gourmet coffee. Score! As I navigate my way around the loop, I feel like I am back in college, yup, on “the quad”. I am surrounded by food stands, and greeted by friendly, artsy...