San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events – January 13th-14th

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It’s all happening in San Diego and La Jolla this new year! There’s tons of great events going on this weekend. Grab some buddies and make your plans now.
Saturday, January 13th:
Lucky Street Vintage Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1722 South Coast Highway #3, Oceanside
If you’re a vintage treasure seeker, you’re in luck! Every Saturday and Sunday, Lucky Street Productions hosts its “vintage marketplace.” The marketplace is hosted in a large warehouse filled with all kinds of goodies. Come and get it!
8th Annual San Diego Brew Fest
12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Liberty Station
Love beer? You’re in luck! San Diego Brew Fest is bringing together some of the most popular beers from around the county (and world!) Plus, there will be food trucks. That’s right. Get excited. $45 guests will get unlimited beer tastes for three hours. $55 VIP pass holders receive an additional hour.
Sunday, January 14th:
38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
2 p.m., North Harbor Drive and Ash Street
Come honor and celebrate civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., Floats and performers from around San Diego County will parade through the streets of San Diego, from North Harbor Drive and Ash Street to the Embarcadero.
Wynonna & The Big Noise
7:30 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido
Are you a little bit country? If you are, you’re in luck! Grammy-winning country music artists Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise will headline the Concert Hall on Sunday night at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. One-night-only! Tickets range from $35 to $80.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: January 13th – 14th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. This week we’re featuring six La Jolla homes. Happy house hunting!

When: Friday and Saturday 12-4PM
Where: 2131 El Amigo Road
Details:
$2,195,000. 3BR/2.5BA. Ocean view contemporary home with vaulted ceilings in Del Mar close to the beach and Village!!!!

When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1555 Soledad Avenue
Details:
$2,898,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Awe-inspiring views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla’s scenic coastline are yours to covet from this beautiful Mediterranean Villa!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
Details:
$2,495,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1740 Colgate Circle
Details:
$4,650,000. 5BR/6.5BA. This gorgeous home is a sizable, soft contemporary estate that checks off all of boxes on your wish list!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday 1-4PM
Where: 595 San Antonio Avenue
Details:
$8,000,000-$9,500,876. 5BR/5BA and 2 Half Baths. This beautiful home is prominently positioned on 100 feet of prime bay frontage in the coveted La Playa area of Point Loma!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1835 Venice Street
Details:
$1,675,000-1,775,876. 4BR/4BA. Sprawling, single-level residence on 2 legal lots in the heart of Ocean Beach!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 11-2PM
Where: 2408 Torrey Pines Road #138
Details:
$950,000. 2BR+Bonus/2.5BA. Lovely condo in the Ziani complex! Pocket listing.
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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But First, Coffee

One of the best ways to spend a rainy day is bundled up in warm clothes, and sipping on a cup of Joe at your favorite coffee shop. In La Jolla, there certainly isn’t a shortage of warm coffee houses where you can do this. Here are just some of our favorites.

Girard Gourmet:

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Girard Gourmet is a La Jolla bakery, deli and restaurant serving up freshness for breakfast, lunch and dinner- and they just recently celebrated their 30th year of being in business! This is the perfect spot to grab a fresh pastry, and enjoy a warm cup of coffee. Open daily at 7am, Girard Gourmet. Located on Girard Avenue in La Jolla village, Girard Gourmet is also a catering favorite for La Jolla residents and businesses.
Harry’s Coffee Shop:
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Harry’s coffee shop has been making visitors and coffee lovers happy since 1960. This Coffee Shop was the brainchild of Harry Rudolph and has been in the Rudolph family for more than 60 years. In addition to the delicious food and coffee, the unique collection of paintings and comfortable booths will put a smile on your face, guaranteed! Grab a friend, and go on down to Harry’s!
Goldfish Point Cafe:
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Coffee AND a view? Say no more – we’re in! Goldfish Point Cafe overlooking La Jolla Cove and the La Jolla caves offers a variety of specialty coffee drinks and pastries. Grab a cup, and hit the beach. Or if you prefer sandwiches and box lunches, the offer that as well. Goldfish Point Cafe in La Jolla delivers to La Jolla businesses, La Jolla hotels and La Jolla residences daily from 8am-3pm.
Brick & Bell: 
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The Brick & Bell Cafe is housed in a 100-year old red rustic brick house along Siverado Street, and has been a favorite hangout spot since 2003. A few perks to Brick & Bell include their famous scones (which they serve up to 1,000 per day), their early bird-friendliness (they open at 4am on weekdays), their casual and friendly atmosphere, and their tasty and affordable cup of Joe! No wonder it’s a town favorite!

Welcome to 2018! Achieve Your Cycling Goals with California Bicycle!

The following is from our friends at California Bicycle. We hope you can join them for some great rides!

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California Bicycle Store Rides are Back! For 2018 we will be rotating from 4 routes with increasing speed and elevation as the month progresses. Not to fear, all of our rides will be a no drop policy. The idea is to build fitness, confidence and comradery over a 4 week build period and help you achieve your 2018 cycling goals!

Rides will be lead by our wonderful team of ambassadors who will be there to guide you. Helmets are required and we highly recommend lights front and rear. Riders of all abilities are welcome.

The first ride of the month (this Saturday) will head to Harbor and Shelter Island. This route is very flat and will is perfect for anyone trying to ease back into cycling. Pace is social, views are amazing, times are good! Check out the route here: Strava Route

For the second Saturday we will do our well known ride to Cabrillo Monument. After and nice jaunt over the park entrance we will regroup and decide if we want to do ride down to the tide pools for a couple extra miles and a bit more elevation. Check out the route here: Strava Route

The third Saturday will go around Mission Bay and head up towards UCSD before dropping back down to La Jolla. We will ride at a casual pace over to Fiesta Island were we will regroup and do a hot lap around the island and regroup at the end. We will keep riding around the bay to Rose Canyon bike path. We can climb Gilman Avenue at a more spirited pace and ride back to La Jolla at a more casual pace. Check out the route here: Strava Route

Our Soledad and Torrey Pines route will be the last route of the month. This route has the most elevation with just over 2000ft over 28 miles. We start out by riding down La Jolla Blvd and hit the first climb up La Jolla Mesa as a good warm up. After riding around the campus we ride down to Torrey Pines. Once at the bottom we will turn around and right back up. You have the option of riding the inside (steeper) or the outside (longer) and we regroup at the top before heading back to the store. Check out the route here: Strava Route

Interested in being a cycling advocate? What inspires you to ride a bike? Want to promote bicycling as a way of life? Looking to train with individuals who will take you to the next level? Join our California Bicycle Squad! We are a group of like minded cyclist from commuters, mountain bikers, road cyclist and top level racers who want to make cycling accessible for all. Please stop by or send inquiries to info@calbike.com.

San Diego & La Jolla Events This Weekend: January 6th – 7th

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It’s all happening in San Diego and La Jolla this new year! There’s tons of great events going on this weekend. Grab some buddies and make your plans now.

Saturday, January 6th:

Willie Nelson and Family With Special Guest Lukas Nelson

8 p.m., Harrah’s Resort Southern California

You don’t want to miss the blue eyed stranger! At Harrah’s Resort Southern California the music icon Willie Nelson jams with his son, Lukas Nelson. It’s sure to be a Saturday night to remember. Don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys but feel free to let them grow up to be a musician like Lukas! Tickets to this 21+ concert start at $65.

Hamilton: An American Musical

2 p.m. & 8 p.m., San Diego Civic Theatre
You don’t want to miss this one, San Diego. Hamilton is the wildly popular Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and it will be at downtown’s Civic Theatre this month. There will be performances Jan. 6 through Jan. 28. Afraid you’ll have to work to find tickets because it’s sold out from its two Opening Day performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to every other show in the San Diego tour. At least now you’ll know why the crowds are milling about around the theater! The brainchild of Lin-Manuel Miranda and based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the show has a trailblazing score blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway as it unravels the story of America in the late 1700s all the way to today!

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!

6:30 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido

“Jungle Jack Hanna” is one of the most popular entertainers in the wildlife arena today. This live, family-friendly show in Escondido brings entertaining stories as well as videos from Hannah’s adventures around the world. “Into the Wild Live!” not only shows the beauty of nature but the incredible fun of brushing a hippo’s teeth and enjoying a meal with wombats! Let’s not forget that he’ll have plenty of furry guests. If you don’t come for jack, come for the cheetahs and the Kangaroos! Tickets range from $25 to $60.

Sunday, January 7th:

Guided Nature Walk

9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
If you’re in the mood for some outdoor fun, you’ll want to join a hike at the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP.) They provide a guided, free, 1.5-hour nature walk. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and learn about history and ecology of the park as wells as the plants, animals and geology. The walk will start at the Visitor Center and will use one of three scenic trails (The Oak Grove Loop, The Visitor Center Loop, or The Riverside Grinding Rocks.) These guided walks happen MTRP every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday and begin 9:30 a.m. Make sure you bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and \wear close-toed shoes.

Free Concert at Mission Trails

3 p.m., Mission Trails Regional Park

How about some culture? You can see Diane Mandle with her Tibetan singing bowls. This unique and beautiful concert is presented by the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and will be the first free concert of 2018. It happens at the Visitor Center Theater,and is absolutely free. The one hour concert will start at 3:00 but seating at the theater is limited so be sure to get there a little early to secure your spot!

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: January 6th – 7th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. This week we’re featuring six La Jolla homes. Happy house hunting!

When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1555 Soledad Avenue
Details:
$2,898,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Awe-inspiring views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla’s scenic coastline are yours to covet from this beautiful Mediterranean Villa!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
Details:
$2,495,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1740 Colgate Circle
Details:
$4,650,000. 5BR/6.5BA. This gorgeous home is a sizable, soft contemporary estate that checks off all of boxes on your wish list!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday 1-4PM
Where: 595 San Antonio Avenue
Details:
$8,000,000-$9,500,876. 5BR/5BA and 2 Half Baths. This beautiful home is prominently positioned on 100 feet of prime bay frontage in the coveted La Playa area of Point Loma!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1835 Venice Street
Details:
$1,675,000-1,775,876. 4BR/4BA. Sprawling, single-level residence on 2 legal lots in the heart of Ocean Beach!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 11-2PM
Where: 2408 Torrey Pines Road #138
Details:
$950,000. 2BR+Bonus/2.5BA. Lovely condo in the Ziani complex! Pocket listing.
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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La Jolla Juice Bars We Love

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It’s a new year, and it’s the perfect opportunity to start your health kick! If you overdid it on the holiday dinners and sweets, you might be feeling like you need to do a detox. La Jolla is the best place to get back on track!

Stop in for an ice-cold green juice from one or more of these insanely-awesome juice bars in La Jolla.

Juice Kaboose
7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Green Lemonade. For over 20 awesome years, Juice Kaboose has been offering La Jolla residents and visitors alike with a healthy abundance of lip-smacking green juices, and their Green Lemonade is certainly no exception. Created with fresh apple juice, fresh lemon juice, ginger, spinach, cucumber, celery, and honey, Green Lemonade is an energizing choice for any La Jolla day when you’re seeking a refreshing juice to chill with. And hey, as an added bonus, the blend of honey and ginger fuels the body’s immune system and fights off any of those nasty toxins that may be coursing through your body.

Lean and Green Cafe
7825 Fay Ave, Suite 180
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Ultimate Green. Lean and Green Cafe’s Ultimate Green juice is prepared with all organic ingredients, including apple, celery, cucumber, and spinach. Spinach is bursting with wall-to-wall antioxidants and vitamins A, C and K. Oh, too high-cal you say? Not. The Ultimate Green remains a low-calorie, healthy green! This particular drink is perfect right after surfing or after an intensive yoga session, so ask for one for your “ultimate” cool-down.

Nekter Juice Bar
834 Kline Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Greenie. This is Nekter’s signature green juice. Made fresh to order, this juice is an invigorating assortment of parsley, spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon and apple for a hint of sweetness. Parsley is a particularly favorable ingredient, because it acts as a cleansing agent by promoting optimal kidney function. The Greenie’s ingredients are rich and contain appetite suppressant veggies.

Juice Crafters
935 Silverado St
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: Green #2. Juice Crafters takes pride in their cold-pressed juices and on-the-spot made-to-order smoothies and bowls – and for excellent reason! Greener #2 is a cold-pressed concoction of kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber celery, apple and lemon. Rife with vitamins A, C, E and K, this juice has the perfect purifying properties that make it a fantastic and satisfying post-work out drink.

So drink up! Here’s to good health not just in the summertime, but all year around too! 


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San Diego and La Jolla New Years Eve Events 2018

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Get ready to light the sparklers, pop the champagne, and welcome in 2018! San Diego and La Jolla will be welcoming in the new year bigger and better than ever. See what’s happening and make your plans!

Saturday, December 30th:

Holidayfest by the Bay

12 p.m., Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Enjoy the last days of holiday fun at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The Hotel offers a outdoor ice rink for seaside skating and lots of fun for the kids with reindeer games at Rudolph’s Mini Golf, and a life-size gingerbread house (without the witch, we promise!) and festive food and drinks. The movie “Frozen” will screen at 7 p.m., and that means everyone will sing “Let It Go” well into 2018! The skating rink opens at 12 p.m. Two-hour self-parking costs $10 and an ice skating session costs $20 for adults and $15 for kids. A $5 military discount is offered.

Saturday, December 31st:

Hornblower NYE Celebration Dinner Cruise

8 p.m., Grape Street Pier, San Diego

If you’ve never taken a cruise around San Diego Bay, make this the year you do. You won’t find views of the city more magical than the ones you’ll see on this luxury yacht on New Year’s Eve. Hornblower will cruise the bay and you’ll enjoy champagne and an excellent buffet dinner.  As you board, you’ll be handed a glass of champagne to toast to the magnificent evening. You’ll hit the dance floor later in the evening and you might just find yourself dancing in the New Year. ickets cost $200.

Craft Beer New Year

8:30 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station)

You haven’t celebrated New Year’s Eve until you’ve celebrated it at a brewery, and San Diego’s biggest craft brewery, Stone Brewing Company, is having a heck of a party at their Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Liberty Station.  The $99 tab gets you three drink tokens, a specialty glass of sparkling wine, and food stations including build-your-own street tacos. You’ll also find a live band and a DJ and plenty of lawn games.  Bring in the New Year with a couple of brewskis and you’re sure to look forward to 2018 and all it has to offer.

HOB Block Party

9 p.m., House of Blues, Downtown San Diego

Having a tough time deciding what to do this year? Why not go to a party that’s a lot of parties in one? House of Blues will transform its multiple rooms and stages into individual parties. On the main stage, you can hear from “DJ Craze” and “Panic City.” “Love Come Down” and “Hek and Felt” will also spin. Right now, tickets cost $35 but act fast because they will increase to $50.

The Abbey on Fifth Avenue’s Speakeasy Celebration

9 p.m., The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Back in the Prohibition Era, a speakeasy was  an underground (and illegal) bar where people could enjoy themselves and speak easy. This years, why not experience a bit of the Roaring Twenties yourself? The Abbey on Fifth Avenue is hosting their Speakeasy Celebration. The party starts at 9 p.m. and you’ll find craft cocktails and beer, hors-d’oeuvres and casino games. The glamor of the 1920s will be in full swing, and swing is the right word because you’ll find live jazz tunes and a DJ. You don’t have to wear a costume but if you’re the adventurous type, show up in your most dapper 1920s attire. Tickets cost $79 and $139 for the VIP package, which comes with perks like early entry through a secret entrance, speakeasy style.

Big Night San Diego: New Year’s Eve Gala

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Hilton San Diego

The annual Big Night San Diego is an over-the-top celebration at the Hilton San Diego. This is the fifteenth year, and the gala includes drinks, food, dancing and entertainment across 10 different party zones. They’re famous for their countdown to 2018 as the clock strikes midnight. There are several ticket packages but main event admission with all the bells and whistles ranges from $120 to $170. 21 and older only.