5 to Try This Weekend: Mother’s Day Edition

Mom and Daughter at La Jolla Shores
Mom and Daughter at La Jolla Shores

Celebrate Mom...San Diego Style!

Looking for something fun to do with mom? While you can find more great Mother’s Day offers and events at, here are our 5 to Try for Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012…San Diego style:

1. Mother’s Day Kayaking

Take your Mom on a kayaking tour! Visit one of Hike, Bike, & Kayak’s two locations in La Jolla or on Mission Bay and take your mom kayaking for free! You can either rent a kayak or take a tour, either way Mom goes free with a party of 4. Reservations are required (minimum of 4 people) and space fills up fast! Offer is valid May 12-13.

2. Mother’s Day Brunch with Shamu

Relax and be pampered while you dine poolside and experience the magical bond between SeaWorld’s killer whales and their young. You have your choice of two seatings: 9:30 am or noon. Advanced reservations are highly recommended, a SeaWorld admission ticket is required but not included.

3. Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise

Treat mom to a spectacular champagne brunch on a cruise! Whisk her onboard the new Inspiration Hornblower, the largest charter yacht south of San Francisco and all mom will have to do is enjoy the scenery, music, the wonderful cuisine, and your company. Every mom will take home a free flower! Select one of two cruising times.

4. Mother’s Day Brunch at Anthology

Bring your mom to Anthology for a little live music and brunch from award winning chef Todd Allison. Listen to Anthology’s House Band Tribute to Women: From Billie to Aretha to Beyonce. No cover for kids 12 and under.

5. Mother’s Day Champagne Buffe Brunch at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

Treat your mom to a delightful Champagne Buffet Brunch. From chilled displays, salads, sliced fruit and berries, prime roast and omelets, to Chicken Marsala, oven-roasted sea bass, blueberry pancakes, smoked pork hash and desserts, South Coast Winery’s talented chefs have created a fantastic menu that mom will be talking about for years!

What are you doing for Mom this weekend?


5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. San Diego Beer Week: From November 4-13, hundreds of beer-centric events take place throughout the county during this 10-day festival that highlights San Diego’s award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs. Two capstone events are the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival’s kick-off on November 5 at Liberty Station on Point Loma and the closing event, a beer and food pairing at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla on November 13.

2. Fall Back Festival: On Saturday, November 6, experience life in San Diego in the 1800s by heading on down to the historic Gaslamp Quarter for real gold pannin’, authentic Wild West shootouts, western bands and fun interactive activities. This annual children’s historic street faire will feature ice cream eating, pig calling, spaghetti eating and a costume contest. Kids will also love the pony rides, wagon rides and a chance to visit the William Heath Davis House for a tour of the “House of a Thousand Spiders.”

3. An Evening with America: In conjunction with the Getty-initiated Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, The GRAMMY Museum, along with Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is honored to present iconic, GRAMMY Award-winning rock group America, this Friday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. Hear the band in discussion about their success as hit writers of enduring rock-folk-pop classics, their celebrated 40th Anniversary Tour and the release of Back Pages, their newest album, a collection of glimmering interpretations of timeless songs. After the interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, America will take audience questions and will perform an acoustic set.

4. Bike the Coast-Taste the Coast: On November 5th, grabe your bike and take a tour of the coast. The Bike the Coast, Taste the Coast takes cyclists 7, 15, 25, 50 or 100 miles up the coast to the Oceanside Pier, where food, beer and music await. Must register by November 4, or just join in the fun at the Pier.

5. Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend: Head up to Temecula for this two day event, November 5-6, gives ticketed guests the opportunity to visit over 30 Member wineries for a fun-filled food and wine adventure. Delicious foods and wine samplings are offered at each stop as well as barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines often not available to the general public.


5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Sicilian Festa in Little Italy

1. 18th Annual Sicilian Festival: The music, dance, culture and cuisine of Sicily come to the streets of downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood with four performance stages, a parade of costumed dancers, musicians and more, and best of all, it’s free!

2. Old Globe Theatre: Thank Globe its Friday: Kick off the weekend in style with a pre-show bash. Includes hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and dessert. This Friday you have your choice between August: Osage County or Life of Riley.

3. Wine, Blues and Brews Festival: Head up north to this annual event in Escondido that will feature live blues music on two stages, plus food and drink samples from local businesses.

4. Western Days: Grab your boots and head up to Old Town Temecula as they relive the glory days of the gun-toting Wild-West. The event features a western art show, pony and stagecoach rides, chili cook-off, live music and high-noon shootouts. Or head over to Rustic Ramona as it also embraces its Wild West roots with their annual rodeo.

The Grand Del Mar

5. The Grand Del Mar Club M Wine Tasting: Head over on Friday night for complimentary wine tastings with Wine Director Jesse Rodriguez and Friends. Complimentary tastings will be offered 6:00 to 9:00 pm (while supplies last), along with music and dancing from 7:00 pm to 1:30 am.


5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

1. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park presents Butterfly Jungle, April 9-May 8. During this four-week celebration, guests can walk through the Park’s Hidden Jungle, an African aviary, and surround themselves with thousands of butterflies of every shape, size and color. A variety of butterfly species flutter freely throughout the Hidden Jungle along with more than 100 birds, creating a realistic rainforest environment.

South Coast Winery Resort and Spa

2. This annual spring event is a must see for any wine lover out there. South Coast Winery celebrates spring on April 10th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm with a blessing of the vineyards, followed by live entertainment, a barbecue, dancing and of course wine! Interested in a wine tasting? Comment on our blog and five lucky people with receive a 2 for 1 Wine Tasting gift card. Comment by Monday, April 11, 2011 at 10:00 am pacific.

The Lindley Lopez Circus

3. Head downtown with the kids for the Shake & Shout Family Festival, Saturday April 9 at the New Children’s Museum. From urban dance with Culture Shock to circus arts with The Lindley Lopez Circus, the Shake & Shout Family Festival appeals to kids and adults alike. Additional performances include Birdie’s Playhouse, Aaron Nigel Smith, and San Diego Young Gunz. Free with museum admission.

Photo by Jessica Packard

4. The season is just getting underway in San Diego as the San Diego Padres take on the Dodgers April 8-10. Special promotions include fireworks and rally towels on Friday, Padres mesh caps on Saturday and a special Military opening day on Sunday.

Ramona Music Fest

5. A variety of music artists will light up two stages at the annual Ramona Music Fest IV on Saturday, April 9th. The music kicks off at noon and continues to 6:00 pm at Dos Picos County Park. Ten bands and solo performers are expected to entertain the crowd with everything from rock, country and reggae, to a full brass band.

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Experiencing Wine Country in Southern California Style

This past weekend, I spent the day in Temecula’s Wine Country.  Temecula is an approximately 45 minute drive from downtown San Diego and boasts a variety of vineyards.  You can pretty much have your pick of types of wines and styles: from larger wineries that feature guided tours, restaurants and spas to small family-run places, where visitors can elbow up to the oak bar to taste a Fume Blanc and Petite Syrah.

My destination for the afternoon was South Coast Winery Resort and Spa. The weather was just right to be outside sipping some great varietals.I do not pretend to be a wine expert, although I certainly enjoy drinking it.  I have lately been on a white wine kick, so I started with their 2009 Pinot Grigio.  My favorite I have to say however was their 2003 Carter Estate Private Reserve Merlot.  The description states it is a blend of blueberries and rose petals mangled with a rich chocolate, coffee earthiness that is warmed with French oak.  All I can tell you was that we really enjoyed it!  Our wine expert Brett was a great source of knowledge and did a great job and made sure we sampled some great wines.

South Coast is a great place to spend the afternoon or stay for the night.  They have a restaurant, wine tasting area, spa and fabulous villas. It’s also really well known for hosting weekend getaways, weddings, and corporate events.  It has something for everyone.

Interested in wine tasting at South Coast Winery?  Submit a comment to the blog and five lucky winners will be chosen to receive “Behind the Scenes Winery Tour and Tasting for Two” at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa.  Winners chosen Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Post by Suzzanne Ravitz.