VIA Approved!


Beautiful Balboa Park on the cover of VIA!


San Diego made the cover of VIA, the publication of AAA Clubs up in Northern California, with an awesome story in the January/February 2011 issue detailing how to visit without breaking the bank.  They found it was easy to visit on a budget!

The article, titled “San Diego Bargains,” talks about all the great winter deals available for AAA members (from any club!) but it also highlights offerings that are fun and free for everyone, like the Little Italy Mercato on Saturdays, hiking at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Balboa Park’s amazing gardens and free organ concerts every Sunday at Spreckles Organ Pavilion.  Plus, great deals like the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation’s $10 walking tours

To read the story for yourself, just click here

You’ll need to input a Northern California ZIP code to access the article – use 94597.

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About Kate

I own, and use, a library card, a record player, a sewing machine and a meat smoker.  Ride my bicycle every day and will, sometimes, wear my roller skates in the house. Have a wealth of useless knowledge – for which you will be thankful when we’re teamed up in Trivial Pursuit.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?

Hike through the spring wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Watch the July 4th fireworks over San Diego Bay. Eat Julian Apple Pie a la mode and check out the autumn leaves. Ice skate and enjoy the twinkling holiday decorations at the Hotel del Coronado. All in the same day.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to be able to stop and restart time like that Twilight Zone episode back in the 80’s, “A Little Peace And Quiet,” but, you know, without the a-bomb at the end. Basically, I just want to avoid waiting in lines.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Brunch, without a doubt. Also, cocktails by the pool, outdoor movies in Balboa Park, scouring the swap meet for vintage finds, hanging out on the patio at the Casbah between sets, lawn games and backyard barbecues.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Give me uni plucked from the sea by local divers, a warm, crusty loaf from Bread & Cie, luscious Carlsbad strawberries, sweet local lobster in season and creamy Fallbrook avocados. And, most definitely, a grass-fed beef burger with Winchester gouda and a cold San Diego craft brew.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

Honestly, I buy my records at the thrift store and depend on my husband to download new music. Lately he's been stacking the deck pretty heavy with 90's indie rock, bluegrass covers and drone metal.  Go figure.

For more San Diego dining dish, follow Kate on Twitter @katebuska.

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