Thursday, April 30, 2009

Things To Do On Mothers Day San Diego

Make Mothers Day a day to remember by taking mom out for day trip. Restaurants will have lines, flowers soon fade and chocolates have too many calories. Mom will be happy with any of these gifts but spending the day with family she will a gift she will never forget. Here are some suggestions on unique places and things to do on Mothers Day in the San Diego area.

Julian Historic Gold Town - Julian is famous apple pies and apple orchards. Located In the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains east of San Diego this 1870s gold rush town is about a two hour drive from San Diego. Getting there is half the fun on this Mothers Day Drive.

Quail Botanical Gardens - Lush gardens located on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas. Features rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rain forest and California native plants. Kids Seeds will enjoy the Seeds of Wonder Children's Garden. The lookout tower has a great view of the coast.

Keys Creek Lavender Farm Mother’s Day Special. Mom’s receive a free gift. One per mom. While supplies last. The lavender fields are nestled in a serene valley described as "at the end of nowhere", provide a picturesque setting for Mothers Day. Birds chirping, babbling brooks and row upon row of lavender and rosemary.

The Flower Fields (Carlsbad) Final day the season the Flower Fields honor Moms on this special day. You won't want to miss this colorful display of flowers in Northern San Diego County.

Hotel del Coronado Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch buffet is available in the oceanfront Ballroom and in the magnificent Crown Room from 9am – 3pm. The elegant buffet will feature a variety of culinary delights, live entertainment and a rose for each mom. A special children’s buffet will be available for the little ones. Cost is $74 for adults and $32 for children ages 6-10 (not including tax and gratuity). Children 5 and under eat free.

Hornblower Cruises San Diego Bay Breathtaking views of the San Diego harbor. Come aboard a Hornblower Cruise and create the perfect gift for mom… excellent cuisine, superb service and a luxury cruise with some of the most beautiful views in the country.

Mother's Day Sleepover San Deigo Zoo Mothers are given a first class ticket to meet Zoo animals from around the world. A buffet dinner with wine will be served, while a musician playing classical guitar entertains you. The following morning, you’ll awaken to a champagne mimosa delivered to you. After a hot breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to take an early morning walk to visit an animal behind the scenes before ending your whirlwind around-the-world tour.

Wine Tasting Mothers Day Many of the local wineries in Temecula and Escondido are having Mother's Day Celebration with brunches, live entertainment and of course wine tasting. Take a drive out to Southern California's wine country and make this Mothers day a special one.

Mother's Day Brunch At the Wild Animal Park Celebrate Mom’s special day with family and friends at the Zoo’s Mother’s Day Brunch. Enjoy the casual elegance of the Treetops Room as you make selections at the omelet bar or choose the pepper-dusted smoked salmon from the generous entree choices. The cost is $34.95 for adults and $17.95 for children ages 3–11

Mother's Day That's The Spirit Get in the spirit this Mother’s Day, with a 4-course brunch and champagne pairing at Harrahs Rincon San Diego. 1pm Brunch in the Bordeaux Room, featuring LIVE entertainment. $75 per person (tax and gratuity included)Reservations Required

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

California Strawberry Festival Oxnard

California Strawberry Festival Oxnard
The California Strawberry Festival is being held on May 16 through May 17 in Oxnard, California. Oxnard is located 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. This is the 26th season for the festival and it is jam-packed with family fun. Delicious strawberries served every way imaginable, are only a taste of the fun available at the weekend celebration along California’s Strawberry Coast. Beyond the concert performances, there’s the Strawberry Promenade with cooking and berry decorating demonstrations, 300 Fine Arts & Crafts booths, Strawberry land For Kids with rides and attractions, gooey contests, the Star Berry Hunt, and more. General admission is $12, seniors 62+ at $8 and children ages 5-12 at $5. Kids 4 and under are free. Active military and dependents with ID are $8. Special VIP tickets can be purchased in advance. Hours are 10:00a.m. to 6:30p.m. both days. Advance tickets can be purchased via the website at www.strawberry-fest.org. The free Park & Ride “Strawberry Express” shuttles from convenient locations off the 101 Fwy make getting to the Festival a breeze. Amtrak also helps keep it green with a special Festival weekend “kids ride free” discount promotion (shuttles meet the trains). Parking is also available for $5 on site at Strawberry Meadows of College Park (3250 S. Rose Avenue in Oxnard).

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Laguna Mountain Recreation Area


Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is loacted 50 miles east of San Diego and 5500 feet above sea level. Popular activities today include camping, hiking, picnicking, snow play, horseback riding, scenic driving, photography, and nature study.

Hiking trails within the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area are:
Pacific Crest Trail - 37 miles (foot & horse)
Horse thief Trail - 1.2 miles (foot)
Espinosa Trail - 6.4 miles (foot, horse & mountain bike)
Noble Canyon - 10 miles (foot, horse & mountain bike)
Desert View Nature Trail - 1.2 miles (foot)
Kwaaymii Cultural Trail - 0.5 miles (foot)
Lightening Ridge Trail - 1.3 miles (foot)
Indian Creek Trail - 9 miles (foot, horse & mountain bike)
Big Laguna Trail - 5 miles (foot, horse & mountain bike)
Wooded Hill Nature Trail - 1.5 miles (foot)
Sunset Trail - 4 miles (foot)
Pioneer Mail Trail - 3 miles (foot, horse & mountain bike)

Located 50 miles east of San Diego, California. Take I-8 to Sunrise Highway Exit. Go approximately 13 miles to Laguna/El Prado Campground, just beyond the 26 mile marker. Stop at entrance for campground information and site location.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum Buena Park Closed

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum Buena Park Closed
Ripley’s “Believe It or Not!” Museum in Buena Park has quietly shuttered its doors for the last time. The 10,000 square foot “odditorium” housed Robert L. Ripley collected treasures. Among the many unique objects on display wee a work of art made entirely of clothes dryer lint, a flea circus with fleas in costume, shrunken heads. The more than 300 exhibits at the Buena Park location have been moved to Florida, where they will be refurbished. For sale signs are up and the huge sign along the Beach Blvd. has been covered up. All pre-purchased discount tickets, gift certificates or coupons for the Buena Park location will be honored at the Ripley's Believe It or Not in Hollywood.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Things to do on Mothers Day San Francisco Bay Area

Treat your mother to a day at a Bay Area Museum. Seventeen San Francisco area museums plus the San Francisco Zoo invite you to visit for free on May 10, 2009 Mothers Day.
Asian Art Museum
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Chabot Space & Science Center
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Exploratorium
Judah L. Magnes Museum
Lawrence Hall of Science
Legion of Honor
M. H. de Young Museum
Museum of the African Diaspora
Oakland Museum of California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Jose Museum of Art
Tech Museum of Innovation IMAX Movie
Zeum
The San Francisco Zoo 2009 Mother’s Day event offers free admission to all Zoo visitors and gives Bay Area families an opportunity to visit and explore one of the city’s historic gems.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Los Angeles BBQ Festival Festival 2009


If you like L.A. BBQ Festival, and who doesn't, on May 9 and May 10th from 12 noon to 6 pm it will be BBQ heaven. The Los Angeles BBQ Festival returns to Santa Monica with the best barbecue from around the country, beer garden, and live entertainment. This year's BBQ festival will be even bigger and better than ever before, with more pit masters, more food, and longer hours! The event will still be located on the Santa Monica Beach, just North of the Santa Monica Pier.
This year's participating pit masters

Bryan Bracewell, Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, TX
Beef Brisket & Sausage & Pickles & Onions

Butch Lupinetti, Smack Your Lips BBQ, NJ
Pulled Pork & Smoked Beans

Joey Sutphen, Texas Thunder BBQ, TX
Beef Brisket & Coleslaw

Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill, Murphysboro, IL & Memphis Championship Barbecue, Las Vegas, NV
Baby Back Ribs & Beans

Jonathan Burrows, Mr. Cecil's BBQ, Los Angeles, CA
Beef Ribs & cucumber/tomato salad

LC Richardson, LC's, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Spare Ribs & Baked Beans

Melinda Race, Bristol Farms, Los Angeles, CA
Chicken and Veggie Skewers

Each plate of barbecue will be $10.

L.A. BBQ Festival Discount Tickets
Full Price: $10.00 - $50.00 Discount Price $5.00 - $30.00

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Water Park

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
If you didn't already have enough reason to stay at the water front Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. This Surf City hotel has just completed a one of a kind water playground along the Orange County coast. The water park has water slides, two fire pits, pool cafe and bar, and a children’s wading pool and Jacuzzi. Guests of the new Slyders water playground will enjoy private poolside cabanas, equipped with TV and Internet access, and access to Shubee’s Poolside Bar and CafĂ© for the perfect escape from the sun. Seasonal day passes for non-resort guests will include access to both resort pools, a reduced parking rate for the day, and complimentary pool towels and toys. Camp Hyatt activities are also available to keep little ones entertained with fun activities such as hair braiding, temporary tattoos, dive in movies, and cookie decorating. A convenient Birthday Party package secures a private cabana, a selection of lunch packages, cake service, and more.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa is located in the heart of “Surf City, USA,” and features 517 tastefully appointed guestrooms, including 57 suites, offering guests sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort is also home to three restaurants, including The Californian, a AAA Four Diamond

Sunday, April 19, 2009

San Diego Wild Animal Park Zip Line

Zip Line
San Diego Wild Animal park in Escondido has installed a zip line that allows a rider to fly over the Asia and Africa field exhibits. The whole zip line experience lasts about 1.5 hours. Park visitors purchase a ticket and step on a scale, recessed in the ground, to confirm weight parameters that must be between 75 and 250 pounds. After signing a liability release waiver, guests enter an orientation area, where they watch a short video showing how to take off and land. They'll learn to put on a harness before heading to a practice deck, where they will try a Training Flight Launch that lasts about 20 seconds. Then, guests will board an open-air safari vehicle and travel 12 minutes up a winding one-lane road to the Flightline Launch.
Flightline: 3,677 feet long, 421-foot drop in elevation. Average speed: 31 to 56 miles per hour; the Flightline ride lasts between one and two minutes. Minimum age to ride the zip line is ten years old. Park entrance fee is required plus the cost of the zip line.
San Diego Wild Animal Park Discount Tickets
Wild Animal Park
Flightline $64 (members) to $70; parking, $9
Phone: (760) 747-8702
Online: sandiegozoo.org

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Flight Deck Air Combat Center Anaheim

Flight Deck Air Combat Center Anaheim
Flightdeck Air Combat Center is one of Southern California’s most unique entertainment destinations. Looking for a fun activity while visiting Disneyland or Orange County then check out flight deck. If you always wondered what it would be fly a fighter jet in combat then this adventure is for you. Take control of an authentic F-16 jet fighter and experience the thrill of aerial maneuvers, air-to-air combat, and carrier landings in a full size flight simulator. Enjoy the experience of being a Top Gun pilot without ever leaving the ground. All flights include flight suit, pre-flight briefing and instructions, mission in full scale flight simulator and radio com with pilots.
Flightdeck Air Combat Center 1601 S. Sunkist St. #A Anaheim, Ca. 9280 Hours Tuesday -Thursday 3pm to 7:30pm Friday and Saturday 12:00 noon to 7:30 pm Sunday 12:00 noon to 6 pm

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Greystone Mansion Hollywood

Greystone Mansion Hollywood
Greystone Mansion is located in Hollywood California. The mansion is one of many huge estates in the area and at one time was owned by oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. The City of Beverly Hills purchased the estate in 1965, in 1971 the property became a city park, and in 1976 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The house and grounds are often used in film and television. The house's descending staircase is one of the most famous sets in Hollywood.
Greystone is now a public park, and is also used as a location for special events. The estate is popular as a filming location due to its beauty, manicured grounds and Beverly Hills location. Some productions contribute to the upkeep and renovation of the mansion. Greystone Mansion is also the location of 'The Annual Hollywood Ball' where hundreds of celebrities gather each year for a grand fashion show, dinner and auction to raise money for the Pure Foundation, helping children in need around the globe. The million dollar gathering also includes live performances by leading artists.
Greystone Mansion 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Ticket line phone number: (310) 285-6850
Tickets: $30 Tours - $50 Lectures - $25 for groups of 20+

Friday, April 10, 2009

Camarillo Promenade near the Camarillo Premium Outlets

Camarillo Promenade
The Camarillo Promenade is located just south of U.S. Highway 101 adjacent to the Camarillo Premium Outlets. Grand opening is April 23, 2009. The Promenade will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony, special in-store offers and live entertainment beginning at 9 a.m. that day, according to officials from the Chelsea Property Group. The festivities will continue through April 26. The Promenade is 220,000 square feet, while the Premium Outlets is 454,000. The new center will have 45 stores and restaurants, bringing the total to 165. Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th will relocate its current store from the Premium Outlets to a larger space in The Promenade. Other new stores will include Johnny Rockets Restaurant, Tommy Bahama, Columbia Sportswear and Converse Footwear. Camarillo Premium Outlets

Friday, April 03, 2009

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park If your looking for a total escape Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park is the place for you. This unique California State Park has no roads and is only accessible by boat. "Where the waters come together" is a translation of the native American word Ahjumawi. The waters which come together are Big Lake, Tule River, Ja-She Creek, Lava Creek, and Fall River. Together they form one of the largest systems of fresh water springs in the country. Boaters, canoeists and hikers can explore the waterways, pools and lava flows. The park is also an excellent site for wildlife viewing, photography, picnics and overnight camping.

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
P.O. Box 2430
Shasta, California 96087-2430
Phone: 530-225-2065

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

SeaWorld San Diego - Adults at Kid's Price

SeaWorld San Diego
Here is a great deal for spring SeaWorld San Diego Adults at Kid's Price. These discount tickets are valid April 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009. Buy them anytime this month and you have all summer to use them. Adult full price tickets for SeaWorld San Diego are usually $65.00 but for a limited time adults can get in for the kids price off only $55.00.
SeaWorld® San Diego is one of the world's premier marine adventure parks with 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters. More than 80 million visitors have explored the mysteries of the sea here, with up-close animal interactions and exhilarating thrills.
You can print your discount ticket from home, sail past the ticket both and get started on all the fun right away.
Click here for SeaWorld San Diego - Adults at Kid's Price

Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area

Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area is a great place to for a day trip or a weekend off-roading adventure. The Hollister SVRA has over 6,000 acres of oak, grasslands, and chaparral to drive around. The SVRA is divided into two areas: Lower Ranch for motorcycle and ATV use and the Upper Ranch for 4x4s.
REGISTRATION
Current California off-road vehicle registration (green and red stickers) or highway registration are required at all times when operating OHVs on public lands. Funds generated from OHV registration along with a portion of the state gas tax are used for the acquisition, development, and operation of OHV areas throughout California.
CAMPING
Facilities: The Upper Ranch has two family campgrounds, Sycamore and the Obstacle Course Camp. Each campground accommodates about 60 people. The Lower Ranch has five campgrounds. All camp sites have flush toilets. Walnut Camp in the Lower Ranch and Sycamore Camp in the Upper Ranch have showers. Camping at Hollister Hills requires no reservations and all sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you are planning going to the Upper Ranch call ahead to make sure there are no special events going on during that time.

Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
7800 Cienega Road
Hollister CA 95023
+1 (408) 637-3874