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Celebrate your Birthday on Catalina Island for “free”

Yet, there are times we want to simply get away from it all. We celebrated Tom’s recent birthday with an escape to the quaint and charming Catalina Island. Birthday Specials You are in for a treat if you travel to Catalina Island on your birthday. The birthday guest receives many gifts, including a complimentary boat trip to the island and …

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San Diego Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

Having lived in SE Connecticut for years, we were “limited” access to unique culinary experiences. We craved exposure to different food ingredients and creative fare. Luckily, we landed in an area that cultivates locally sourced ingredients and has people excited to share them with others. Located on a pier next to the Seaport Village, one of our first discoveries was …

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Montage Laguna Beach A Seaside Elegance and Luxury

The valet driveway was lined with luxury vehicles and a well-groomed valet awaited our arrival. As we entered the entrance, an elegantly dressed host at the reception desk greeted us and checked us in. After registering, we were personally escorted to our room. Naturally, we had to pause first at the grand balcony that overlooks the pool and the Pacific …

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10 Barrel Aged Craft Breweries in San Diego County

One of the biggest surprises is CRAFT BREWERIES. We typically aren’t beer drinkers, but with over 100 options near home, we decided to explore the offerings. We learned that we love BARREL AGED BEER. In San Diego County, the two primary types of barrel aged beer are sour beers (typically aged in wine barrels) and strong beers (usually aged in …

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Spirits of Southern California

  By Lora Chow Since moving to San Diego County this summer, Tom and I have been pleasantly surprised by the beverage scene. Excellent urban wineries and craft breweries are plentiful. However, we noticed there are very few craft distilleries. During a search for craft spirits, Tom discovered The California Spirits Company in San Marcos, CA. Naturally, we had to go …

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Solterra Winery and Kitchen Discovery

There is no shortage of fantastic places to discover for food and beverages in San Diego County. Although we’ve only lived in the area for a short period of time, Solterra Winery and Kitchen in Leucadia, CA has become our favorite place to frequent for sipping on excellent wine and dining on fresh and delicious dishes. One beautiful sunny Southern California …

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Dining at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, CA

Unlike a traditional hotel, the residence club amenities are exclusively available to the property’s guests. This lends a sense of community to these communal areas. Opened in early May 2015, Seasons Restaurant pays homage to the local area. California, farm to table cuisine is highlighted. When thinking of local cuisine, olive and citrus are important ingredients. They are emphasized not …

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Four Seasons Aviara Residence Club, CA

It is unique to Four Seasons as it is the only all-residence property within the brand. We were happy to check out this unique property that recently underwent extensive renovation of the lobby, spa, and restaurant, exceeding $6 million. Located in beautiful and centrally located Carlsbad, Four Seasons Residence Club, Aviara is ideally situated for a Southern California getaway. We …

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Club Level Review

Tom and I decided to treat ourselves to a mini break from house hunting with a stay at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Upon check-in, we found out we were upgraded to a Club Level room. I love Club Level room amenities and was super excited. Tom, having never stayed in this room type, didn’t know what to expect. We …

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA

One place that we kept on revisiting was The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA. Initially, we were hesitant to stay at the property. This comes from us having the preconceived notion that the brand is elegant but dated. After doing some research, we learned that The Ritz-Carlton properties are actually very current and have the unofficial motto: “It’s not your grandfather’s …

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