About Courtney

I love fashion, Gerbera daisies, and yoga. I recently moved back to San Diego after 10 years of living in LA. I couldn't be more excited to rediscover the best activities, views, food, and more in this amazing city. My husband of two years is my partner in crime (thankfully he loves exploring SD as much as I do).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

My perfect day would start with a cup of tea (no matter the temperature outside). A breakfast burrito from Pipe's would definitely be in order. Then I'd go for a leisurely bike ride or walk at the beach with my husband. We’d eat sushi for dinner, watch a movie at home, and drink a glass of red wine.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

It’s impossible to pick one thing! I love biking, walking, shopping, dining outside.

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

Linguine and red wine. Done!

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Josh Tuner, Keith Urban, the Best of Elton John

5 to Try: Summer Events in La Jolla

Discover San Diego’s Neighborhoods with our Summer Sweepstakes. Join us every week as we showcase the best in what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in some of San Diego’s unique neighborhoods. Be sure to check back for exciting insider tips, giveaways, and more! This week’s spotlight is on beautiful La Jolla.

Poster for the 25th Annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts

1. 25th Annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts – The La Jolla Festival of the Arts, one of the top-rated art shows in the state, is taking place June 18 and 19 on the USCD east campus.  Showcasing nearly 200 award-winning local and national artists, live music, classic cars, celebrity chef food demonstrations, and a live street chalking exhibition, this event is not to be missed.

Fireworks at La Jolla Cove

2. July 4th in La Jolla – The La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation’s Fourth of July festivities kick off around 5:00 pm with a summer concert at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.  Then at 9:00 pm, the fireworks blast off from La Jolla Cove.  The best spots for watching the display are: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla Shores, and Kellogg Park.

SummerFest returns to La Jolla this August

3. SummerFest 2011The La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest kicks off on August 3 with SummerFest Under the Stars, a free concert at La Jolla Cove.  Running through August 26, SummerFest will feature more than 70 world-class performances.

James Turrell, Stuck Red and Stuck Blue, 1970, construction materials and fluorescent lights. Copyright James Turrell. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum Purchase, Elizabeth W. Russell Foundation Funds.

4. Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface – On September 25, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will open its most ambitious exhibition to date.  Phenomenal will be on view at both the La Jolla and downtown San Diego locations through January 22, 2012.

Boundless Energy at Scripps Aquarium Opening July 9

5. Boundless EnergyBirch Aquarium at Scripps’ newest exhibit, Boundless Energy, opens July 9. An outdoor, interactive exhibit exploring how we can use natural forces to power our lives, Boundless Energy features highly educational, interactive elements that encourage learning through play.

We want to send you to Birch Aquarium this summer.  Comment below by Thursday, June 16th at 10:00 am and get entered to win a family four-pack of tickets to Birch Aquarium at Scripps.


Dining Spotlight: La Jolla

Discover San Diego’s Neighborhoods with our Summer Sweepstakes. Join us every week as we showcase the best in what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in some of San Diego’s most unique neighborhoods. This week’s spotlight is on beautiful La Jolla.

Combine world-class chefs with spectacular views, and you’ve got a recipe for culinary excellence. La Jolla offers everything from exquisite fine dining, to the best in brunch and organic desserts. Here are some of my top picks for dining in La Jolla.

Rooftop dining at George's at the Cove

The Icons

Award-winning restaurants like George’s at the Cove (an oceanfront icon) and The Marine Room (a San Diego tradition since 1941) are as well-known for their exceptional cuisine as for their spectacular panoramic views.

Brocton Villa's famous Coast Toast

Brunch on the Beach

Brockton Villa has been serving award-winning breakfast, lunch and seasonal dinner service for 20 years. Not to be missed are the Crab Ipanema (eggs benedict with crab cakes served with a spicy tomato coconut sauce), and the world-famous Coast Toast.

Cups' Chris Jones chocolate-vanilla swirl cupcake with mocha frosting

Sweet Treats

Organic cupcakes, cupcake-infused ice cream and shakes, and all-natural strawberry milk on tap. Where is this heaven on Earth you ask? Cups in La Jolla, that’s where. Not only is its menu to die-for, but Cups is also recognized as the first 3-Star Green Certified Bakery in San Diego so when you eat there, you’re also doing something good for the environment (if not your waistline).

Roppongi's BLT Sushi Roll

Happy Hour and Tapas

Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar features an award-winning Happy Hour. Get half-off the full Tapas and Sushi menu daily from 3:00 – 6:00 pm on the patio. While there, don’t miss Roppongi’s take on the BLT; the Sushi Style BLT comes with crab, bacon, avocado, arugula, and tomato with a tarragon aioli.  Delicious!

We want you to experience Roppongi’s bold and imaginative New Asian cuisine. Comment below by Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10 a.m. and get entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Roppongi. Tell us, what is your favorite restaurant in La Jolla?


Neighborhood Spotlight: La Jolla

Discover San Diego’s Neighborhoods with our Summer Sweepstakes. Join us every week as we showcase the best in what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in some of San Diego’s unique neighborhoods. Be sure to check back for exciting insider tips, giveaways, and more! This week’s spotlight is on beautiful La Jolla.

Dramatic coastline. Spectacular views. World-class restaurants. These are just a few of the reasons why La Jolla is one of the most desirable locations to visit in San Diego.

The scenic La Jolla coastline

1. The Beaches

La Jolla’s big draw for locals and tourists alike is its seven-miles of dramatic coastline spanning from Del Mar to Pacific Beach.

  • Black’s Beach – A de facto nude beach and an ideal spot for watching hang-gliders soar on the thermal updrafts created by the 300-foot sea cliffs.
  • La Jolla Shores – A mile-long crescent of prime sand beach favored by active beachgoers and families. Here, small boats can be launched directly into the sea from the end of Avenida De La Playa.
  • La Jolla Cove – A protected marine sanctuary and an ideal site for scuba diving and snorkeling. The Cove’s cliffs are riddled with sea caves and is home to “Sunny Jim Cave,” the only known cave on the California coastline that is accessible by land.
  • The Children’s Pool – Some of La Jolla’s most notable residents, the seals, have taken up permanent residence at what was built as a beach for families and kids.
  • Marine St. and Windansea – Looking for the local’s beach?  Head to Marine St. Beach or Windansea, two legendary surf spots known for thunderous waves and dynamic sunsets.

Paragliding Torrey Pines

2. The Great Outdoors

La Jolla is also home to Torrey Pines, where outdoor adventurers go to experience great hiking trails, soar above the Pacific, and play golf at a world-famous course.

  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve – A day-use park offering hiking trails (for every experience level), as well as guided nature walks.
  • Torrey Pines Gliderport – The launch-site for hang gliders, paragliders and glider planes. Visitors can fly tandem (with a professional pilot) or solo (with the appropriate credentials) for a fee.
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course – A top-ranked golf destination that boasts two of the most picturesque championship 18-hole golf courses in the world. Situated on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, Golfweek Magazine heralds Torrey as one of the “Best Municipal Courses” in America.

Sculpture Garden at MCASD in La Jolla

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5 to Try This Weekend in Mission Bay

Mission French Toast. Photo by Brevin Blach

1.  Start your day off right with breakfast or brunch in Mission Bay. Put The Mission’s reputation of “best beach breakfast” to the test, or check out The Boardwalk Mission Bay (formerly The Boardwalk Bistro) where breakfast is served all day.

Sail Bay Boardwalk

2.  There are close to 14 miles of boardwalk along Mission Bay, giving you and your family ample room to play. Whether walking, jogging, biking, or skating, Mission Bay’s stunning views will not disappoint. Bring your own gear or rent equipment for a few hours.

SUP Lesson at OEX Mission Bay

3.  This weekend, get off the sand and onto the water to explore the bay’s thousands of acres of waterways. One of the most popular watersport activities in Mission Bay is SUP, or stand up paddleboard. Mission Bay’s flat waters make it the ideal spot to learn how to stand up paddle board. Rentals and lessons available at OEX Mission Bay.

The Bahia Belle

4.  Take in the bay from another vantage point: from the deck of the Bahia Belle. The Bahia Belle— a “Turn of the Century” Mississippi-style sternwheeler – offers Friday and Saturday evening cruises in April and May. Cruises depart from the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa dock.  Non-hotel guests may purchase tickets for $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 years old and under.

Wells Fargo Outrigger Challenge & Luau

5.  The Wells Fargo Outrigger Challenge & Luau returns to Crown Point Shores this Saturday, April 30th for the tenth consecutive year.  Teams of all skill-levels will compete in equipment provided by the Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club. After the race, participants will be treated to the tastes and sounds of the Hawaiian Islands.

Have you entered the Mission Bay Getaway sweepstakes yet? Enter now for your chance to win a 3-night stay in Mission Bay. The sweepstakes ends on April 30th.