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I love beer (IPAs to be exact) and it helps that I live in San Diego with over 40 amazing breweries to its name. The hard part is getting a chance to sample all of the different local brews.
There is a new way in town to do just that through La Jolla Wine Tours (LJWT) who are now offering a Beer Train Tour. LJWT’s goal is to showcase great San Diego breweries, wineries and restaurants while making sure everyone has a fun and safe time. They offer beer and wine tours on foot, by car, and now, by train …
But I’m not talkin’ about animal encounters at the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park.
Rather, wild and mighty creatures (plus one of the most mysterious kind) can be found in East County – an expansive rural area we refer to as San Diego’s backyard. Here the great outdoors beckons and inspires folks to not only embrace, but also give back to nature by caring for and giving a home to animals great and (very) small.
Following are 5 to try:
- Howl!…The California Wolf Center, located just south of Julian, is
History that literally flies off the pages is my kind of history! The spectacular Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA) is coming to Coronado this Saturday. The ‘Crown City” is gearing up for thousands of expected spectators to view an historic “Parade of Flight,” featuring over 200 aircraft – from vintage planes to the famous Blue Angels. It’ll be the largest naval aircraft flyover since WWII… yep, you’ll be telling your grandkids about this one!
Coronado is where naval aviation began, in 1911, when aviator/inventor Glenn Curtiss trained a Navy officer to fly a seaplane from the sandy, formerly scrub-covered isle.
I thought I knew the “Crown City” of Coronado. I pretty much do – its postcard-perfect beach, charming main street, The Del and iconic bridge. But during a walkabout with Coronado Touring I found a few historic jewels in the island crown that I had never heard of before. Only two of these I haven’t seen (yet). But if you’re lucky, you just might find them all!
- Tubular… The stately Glorietta Bay Inn - former mansion home of sugar baron John D. Spreckels located across the street from the Hotel del Coronado - has a few cool secrets up its historic sleeve. One is
Just a bridge away, Coronado is full of sparkling surprises to put visitors in the holiday spirit and bring some smiles amidst the hustle and bustle of the season. Following are my five fav fun and festive finds from this fantasy island (say that five times fast!):
1. That’s amore! I love the Gondola Company at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, with their blissfully relaxing Venetian gondola rides through the Coronado Cays to view homes and boats festooned with holiday lights. It was pure magic as we glided over the calm bay waters, sipped cocktails and listened to the gondolier singing Christmas …
Last week, I had the time of my life on a San Diego Speedboat Adventures harbor tour. The new, two-hour tour allows YOU to jump in the Captain’s seat and drive a mini speedboat around San Diego Bay for a 13-mile guided tour.
My friend and I decided to share driving duties, so we each had the opportunity to put the pedal to the metal and sit back and take in the sights. Following our tour guide’s lead boat, we zigged and zagged and bounced over waves, we sped past sailboats and harbor cruises and screamed and laughed the entire …
A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my birthday with help from family and friends and so, in true Stephenie fashion, of course we had to do something awesome…Enter Brew Hop San Diego, the company that takes you behind-the-scenes for tours and tastings at some of San Diego’s best breweries (think wine tasting, but with beer… and a whole lot cooler).
San Diego is currently home to more than 30 breweries located throughout the county and quite proudly, our breweries have been dominating the craft beer scene in recent years – winning awards and gaining national and international recognition …
This just in….
Whale watching season is in full swing as California gray whales migrate down to Baja California to birth their young in warmer waters. But to our surprise, it seems that a pod of Orcas (aka Shamus) are in town for the holidays.
On a recent Hornblower whale watching tour, San Diego Natural History Museum Whaler, Karen Marshall, shares what she saw:
“Captain Bill went out to the 9 mile bank and just after we got across from the Coronado Islands we saw several Orca whales swimming out in front of helm. As we saw two …
During the months of December through April, visitors to San Diego have the unique opportunity to witness the migration of California gray whales during their 5,000 mile (say WHAT?!) migration from Alaska to Baja California where they birth their young.
Many of the whales travel within only a few miles of the San Diego coast and so, there are a number of opportunities to hop aboard to observe their amazing journey:
Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup Experience
Sail aboard the America, a historic replica of the world’s first America’s Cup winning ship and test out their “no sea sickness guarantee.” The long …