Cozy up with that special someone under twinkling stars as you wait to board a boat that glides you along San Diego’s beautiful harbor at night. Once onboard, relax into each other’s eyes on this romantic Valentine’s Day dinner cruise, as you toast with champagne and chocolates. Dine on a three-course meal that includes filet mignon and prawns while sweet strains of music play.
The Hornblower Valentine’s “Romance” cruise costs $115 per person plus tax, gratuity included. (cocktails extra) For more details call 1-888- HORNBLOWER or go to www.Hornblower.com.
Whale Watching Tours From La Jolla Kayak
Location: La Jolla Kayak, La Jolla
Cost: $60.00 – $110
Each fall thousands of Gray Whales leave their feeding grounds in Alaska for a 6,000 mile trek to Mexico and the Gulf of California. By December they begin passing close to the Southern California coast often pausing briefly in the shallow waters near La Jolla Shores.
Whale watching by kayak is an extraordinary, eco-friendly way to experience the California Gray whale in its natural environment. La Jolla Kayak tracks sightings near La Jolla Shores throughout the winter, increasing the chance that tours will encounter whales. However, since gray whales are wild animals, they cannot guarantee a sighting every time. Tours leave twice daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and cost $65 for a single kayak and $110 for a double kayak. Wetsuits are included. Reservations are recommended particularly on weekends
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime
Badfish is a tribute band dedicated to playing the music of Sublime at a House of Blues Featured Event, with Scotty Don’t. Tickets available at Ticketmaster and at www.hob.com/sandiego. Age: All Ages
The Old Globe Featured Event
Six Degrees of Separation
Location: Downtown at The Old Globe
Six Degrees of Separation centers on art dealers Ouisa and Flan Kittredge and the young man who disrupts, and possibly enriches, their privileged, Upper Eastside lives.
Location: College/SDSU at the Cygnet Theatre
Cost: $22 – $34
Beane is an exile from life—an oddball. His well-meaning sister, Joan, and brother-in-law, Harry, try and make time for him in their busy lives, but no one can get through. Following a burglary on his apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the story behind Beane’s mysterious new love, Molly. Funny, enchanting and wonderfully touching, John Kolvenbach’s offbeat comedy is a rhapsody to the power of love in all its forms.
BOOMERS, the musical revue of a generation
Cost: $23.00 – $56.00
At The Horton Grand, in the heart of the GasLamp In the Gaslamp’s comfortable,intimate gem of a theatre, seven multi-talented performers and San Diego’s hottest band take you on a terrific ride through the greatest hits and memorable events of the baby boom decades!
San Diego Tours provides unique adventures and upscale services that take visitors beyond the typical tourist experience. Offerings include helicopter tours high above the Pacific coast, behind-the-scene tours at SeaWorld San Diego, VIP shopping excursions, jumping sand dunes on ATVs, and swimming with sharks at La Jolla Cove.
San Diego Tours works with groups of any size, interest and budget to custom fit a tour. For more information, call 619-758-5299, or visit www.anothersideofsandiegotours.com.
Romantic Valentine’s Dinner — South Coast Style
This Valentine’s Day bring your love to the Vineyard Rose restaurant at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa for a truly spectacular pairing of fine wine, great food and, of course, ROMANCE while enjoying the warm heartfelt tunes of our classical guitarist. Then simply sit back and enjoy the moment as our talented team of staff members and “cupids” take care of the rest. Reserve by calling: 951-587-9463 Ext 7230.
Visit a Wine Cellar in the Heart of Downtown!
Our Authentic Wine Cellar atmosphere and beautifully appointed demonstration kitchen is in a central downtown location just steps from the Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park and the major hotels, make the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center the only stop for wine and food discovery.
Learn cooking tricks of the trade or how to taste like a pro. We offer a wide array of food and wine classes, scheduled regularly or customized for your next group event. Add an incredibly unique touch to your next event by allowing us to host it.
We are entering a brand new year that has already made history with the Inauguration of our first African American President! I include myself among many proud Americans in welcoming this new President into office.
I too, believe this will be a year of immense change. I start this year off with the hope that we can all work together as a country and achieve our dreams. After all, this is what our Country is founded on. We are known throughout the world for our determination to persevere throughout the most challenging conditions, and come out strong.
Last year was a devastating year for so many people. Many of my loved ones suffered from extreme financial hardships. We are all aware of the impact of the economy on our beloved city. It is because I have witnessed so many struggling, that I am determined to help as many people as possible in the upcoming year.
I encourage anyone that has any questions at all about their homes, no matter what the circumstances, to please feel free to contact me.
If you are afraid of losing your home, if you have questions about how much your home is worth, or if your dream is to buy a home but the possibility seems so far out of your grasp, please call me. I will do everything that is possible to help you fulfill your dreams!
I will close this with a quote from the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that states,
“Take the first step…You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Together, let’s all take the first step towards a New Year that will be full of happiness for all of us, and together we will make our dreams come true!
With all the doomsday news and prophesies in the housing market today, there are rays of light in San Diego! But we knew that!
As most of us know, the coastal areas are highly treasured, Rancho Santa Fe is a demographic standout economically, Downtown had property sales prior to the completion of some construction, and University City has great schools.
Where you buy depends on your priorities, but traditionally home values increase on the coast first, and then fan out to the east. Conversely, when prices decrease, the east starts the downtrend and the coast is the last to feel the downturn.
Once the market pivots (despite the known Real Estate cycle lasting about 8-10 years) the unprecedented loss of confidence and economic downturn has made picking the bottom of this market nearly impossible.
Further, San Diego, is demographically aberrant, with our beautiful weather and coastline, aging of the population nationally, and tourism, San Diego is one of the most volatile markets in the country.
To complicate matters, we expect an influx of at least another million people over the next ten years. Don’t miss an opportunity to own here, by erroneously trying to time the market.
Volatility = unpredictability.
Once our new president settles in and helps restore confidence in the economy, prices here may increase at a prohibitive rate. With rates at historical lows, and home prices still at lows in other parts of San Diego, it may be time to buy.
Once the train (appreciation) leaves the station, many so-called market timers will be left behind.
Reason No. 1 is our temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. The sun shines 9 of every 10 days, and the Pacific Ocean is just miles away. We San Diegans enjoy the “good” life year round!
We love our outdoor activities – it is possible to go water skiing one day and snow skiing next; golf or play tennis; go sailing, scuba diving, or surfing; deep sea fishing or fresh water fishing; horse back riding or hot air ballooning -the possibilities are endless.
Entertainment options are varied and diverse- A quick drive takes you to the Wild Animal Park or a few minutes the other way and you can tour several well known wineries. How about dinner out at one of the many restaurants on Restaurant Row, and then on to our Performing Arts Center for an evening of entertainment. It’s easy to have fun when every day is beautiful!
For those who love wet and noisy fun, take your motor home or a tent and camp at the bay to enjoy two days of Thunderboat races or the Red Bull Air Races. Next…check out the world famous Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park in the winter when the weather is STILL pleasant, and there are fewer people.
And remember- Spring comes in February!! The sports enthusiast will enjoy the San Diego Padres, and of course the San Diego Chargers. Again, the possibilities are endless.
You can’t miss the avocado and citrus groves because agriculture is big business in North San Diego. The quaint town of Fallbrook boasts the distinctive title of the “Avocado Capital of the World” and is the home of the annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival. The local homeowners love their own small groves and gardens too – year round.
We recently overheard one of our home buyers (from the “cold country” in Canada) say “I can’t believe this” as he pointed out a living cherry tomato plant (an impossibility where he came from). Our weather is really something to be proud of!
Watch for Reason No. 2
We’ll be writing again soon with more reasons why people move to North County San Diego…
How many places in the USA can you stop by your son’s and daughter’s in-laws home and see your grandchildren swimming in their swimming pool?!
Right here in San Diego!
While most of the USA is living in frigid temperatures we are basking in the sun! You don’t have a pool? How about visiting one of our beautiful beaches or parks?!!!
This is Paradise!