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.

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

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