‘December Nights’ at Balboa Park

DecemberNIghts1Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 35th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 6, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 7, noon-11pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

There is so much to do during the festival. Museums in the park open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings. More than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will experience a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.

One thing to note is that getting to the event and parking are VERY difficult.  Expect heavy traffic and long walks to get to the Balboa Park. The Park does have public transport with pick up and drop off at certain spots downtown. Unless you arrive very early for the event, these shuttles are your best bet.

I have traveled the world and have never experienced anything quite like this festival. Pacific Coast Vacation Properties will be sponsor for the event so if you are staying at one of our  vacation homes during the weekend of December 6 and 7th, you owe it to yourself to visit this festival and visit us!

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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theater

Grinch1The holidays are my favorite time of the year and The Old Globes’ production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘ is an annual favorite for my family.  For those of you visiting San Diego during the holidays, this is a must see.  The production is to two hours of fantasy with colorful sets, wonderful costumes, and great actors.  The Grinch, in its 16th year, recreates Whoville down to the last can of Who Hash. You can even get a tour of the backstage area at the Old Globe and see where they make all the costumes for the show if you get to the show early.

Make a night of it and grab a cup of hot chocolate or an adult beverage and take a walk around the beautifully decorated Balboa Park. 

See the show the weekend of December 6 and 7th and experience ‘December Nights‘ at the park.

The show runs from November 16 – December 28, 2013. Click here for a performance calender.  

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Take a ‘Comfortable Cruise’ on San Diego Bay

SanDiegoComfortCruiseWe love telling our guests about unique things to do in San Diego and this is a great one.  I had the luxury of being invited to experience this excursion personally and I gotta tell you that I LOVED it!

San Diego Comfort Cruises is a wonderful company that offers tours in their Duffy (all electric) boats.  The boats can fit up to six comfortably. They have roll up windows so you can rest assured you will be comfortable anytime of the year. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and/or spirits and food on boat ride as well. The best thing about the Duffy boat is that it is completely silent. No loud motor or obnoxious fumes that you experience on other boats.  

San Diego Comfort Cruises offer specialty cruises such as seal tours and tours in the afternoon and evenings to see the sunset.   You can also charter special trips to see concerts at Humphrey’s by the Bay or anything else you may think of!  Many people have chartered special events for birthdays and weddings on the boat. Imagine you and and all the people you are vacationing with while in San Diego taking a cruise in an intimate boat on San Diego Bay!  

Being in the vacation rental industry, I am privy to almost every attraction in San Diego. I have to tell all of you that this is probably the most intimate and relaxing way to see San Diego Bay.  Plus the hospitality of the captain and crew is second to none.  They have extensive knowledge of the area and are happy to educate you on anything in and around San Diego Bay.

Call San Diego Comfort Cruises today to book a cruise today. Make sure to mention Pacific Coast Vacation Properties and you will receive a discount on any cruise you happen to book.  This is truly a unique, wonderful experience that you will remember for a long time. I think it is one of the ‘MUST DO’ things you must DO while in San Diego!

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Be a Superhero – Rent a JetPack

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I’ll never forget the first time I saw a man fly a jetpack at the very first superbowl decades ago. There have been thousands of flights since then but people are still amazed each time they see  someone fly one of these. For years, people thought that the technology was going to get to a point where we could all have our own jetpacks and we would fly everywhere. Unfortunately, the 60 second flight time, cost to operate, and huge learning curve, made these jetpacks to impractical to reach the masses.

That was then…Now you strap on a Jetpack and be flying in less time than your average movie!

JetPack America offers a new and unique experience in San Diego. Unlike the original Jetpacks where the ride only lasted 60 seconds, your time now is only limited by you wallet. You can pick packages that start at 15 minutes and go on up close to a full hour of flight time. Jet America also give you hands on training before your solo flight as well so you can spend your flight time flying.You spend one and one time with a certified instructor and learn all the nuances of this amazing device. They can even control your pack remotely so you are never in danger.

The jetpacks propel you up to 30 feet high and up to 30 miles per hour.  The jetpack will take you anywhere where there is water.

If you are an adrenaline junkie, it just doesn’t get better than this. You owe it to yourself to do this while in San Diego.

Watch this video of my good friend and star of A&E’s ‘Flippin San Diego’ as he takes a ride on a jetpack.

 

Pacific Coast Vacation Properties has partnered with JetPack America to offer deep discounts to our guests. Please inquire within to find out rates and availability.

Food Rock Star, Guy Fieri Savors San Diego Cuisine

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Triple D in the house!  For Guy, there is nothing better than traveling, soaking up the sunshine, and enjoying great food.  San Diego has always been one of Guy’s favorite hotspots.  As a dining destination, San Diego has limitless options and is a culinary dream come true.  There’s always something for everyone. If you’re a true fan of this rockin’ chef,  and Food Network Star, you can spend your entire stay going out to enjoy the dishes featured on Guy’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives.”  There’s nothing more exciting than to see that fire engine red ’68 Camaro pull up to your restaurant for a tasty bite!

Here are just a few of the restaurants featured on his show:

San Diego Triple D Hotspots – Guy Fieri

Click here for Triple D Hotspots

El Indio Guy Fieri

El Indio

An authentic, family-owned Mexican food restaurant and tortilla factory where father and daughter work together.

3695 India St.

San Diego, CA 92103

Tioli's Crazee Burger Guy Fieri

Tioli’s Crazee Burger

They dish out 30 kinds of burgers including ostrich, alligator and Angus beef.

4201 30th Street

San Diego, CA 92104

Hob Nob Hill 

Famous for their mouthwatering chicken n’ dumplings

2271 First Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

Studio Diner Guy Fieri

Studio Diner

Open 24/7 this restaurant dishes out awesome American classics.

4701 Ruffin Rd.

San Diego, CA 92123

Pizzeria Luigi Guy Fieri

Pizzeria Luigi

An Italian pizza place dishing out authentic thin crust pies and slices.

1137 25th St

San Diego, CA 92102

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Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill 

This restaurant, located in a fish market, and is run by two brothers.

3667 India St

San Diego, CA 92103

Hodad's Guy Fieri

Hodad’s

Open 24 hrs.  This awesome burger place is run by a former surfer, whose motto is, “No shirt, no shoes, no problem.”

5010 Newport Ave.

Ocean Beach, CA 92107

 

OB Noodle House

This place is to “die for!” They serve delicious Vietnamese and Asian Fusion that keeps you coming back for more.

2218 Cable St

San Diego, CA 92107 ‎

 

 

 

 

Environmentally Responsible San Diego

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You can spoil yourself in San Diego without overindulging. In fact, the Pacific Coast is a great place to spend the summer if you’re interested in sustainability and eco-friendly traveling. Here are some hot tips for the more environmentally conscious travelers among you.

 

JSix Restaurant is the winner of the 2011 Diner’s Choice Award from OpenTable, known for its sustainable local produce and responsible recycling programs. Christian Graves is the chef responsible for making JSix both vegan friendly and delicious. Share a delectable plate of Artisan Breads & Spreads, or hook in to the Duo of All-Natural Petamula Chicken, served with fava bean puree, smoked bacon, corn relish, and grilled chillies. Don’t forget to check the organic wine list!

 

Richard Fredrick is the founder of Mythology, an eco-boutique specializing in organic clothing, cruelty-free accessories, and all sorts of very special gifts and bath products for men, women, and babies. T-shirt prints are designed locally, prices are reasonable, and the service is friendly and helpful.

 

Grab a bike and get pedalling, to experience the best of San Diego on a beautiful summer day. San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours offer all sorts of interesting tours with experienced guides in La Jolla, Coronado, and of course, downtown San Diego. If you’d rather see San Diego from the water, their kayak tours are unforgettable.

 

About the Author: Pacific Coast Vacation Properties features a wide range of deluxe San Diego vacation homes in Coronado, La Jolla, Mission Beach, and downtown San Diego. Talk to Pacific Coast Vacation Properties about renting a vacation property in San Diego for a truly unique accommodation experience.

Explaining the San Diego Big Bite Bacon Fest

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An innovative nutritional staple of the San Diego County Fair, Father’s Day (June 16th) marks the inaugural Big Bite Bacon Fest – the first and potentially the only bacon-themed event of this sort America-wide. 35 of San Diego’s finest chefs will contribute their best bacon-based samples, matched with the finest craft beers from local California breweries. Just in case you didn’t think your San Diego vacation could get any more interesting.

 

Some of the breweries involved include Ballast Point, Ale Smith, Pyramid, and Woodchuck. You’ll see bacon delicacies from Bitchin Burger Food Truck, Solare Restorante, Tip Top Meats, and Pete’s Firehouse BBQ, among other vendors. Watch out for bacon-flavored root beer and bacon-wrapped corn dogs. There’s a lunch and a dinner session, with bacon contests, beer samplings, dancing, singing, and other pork-related festivities on the cards. Watch out for the feisty Porkchop and save some room for a day at the San Diego County Fair, as admission is included in the Bacon Fest entry price.

Fine out more about the Big Bite Bacon Fest here!

 

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