La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Celebrates Its 15th Year

R0HtUpjVCelebrating its 15th year the weekend of Friday April 12th, Saturday April 13th, and Sunday April 14th, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s will be returning to the stunning shores of La Jolla, California. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is an incredible weekend of prestigious events that takes great pride in appreciating the outstanding specimens that make up the automotive industry as we know it. With such a rich history and ever-growing population of vehicles in the world, the La Jolla Concours has made it a standing tradition to select a marque each year to honor throughout the weekend of events. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is pleased to announce that Cadillac has been chosen as the 2019 honored marque.

For the past two years The La Jolla Concours has featured some of the American Classics, including an outstanding display in 2017 celebrating a marque that spanned 59 years with the last model built in 1958: Packard. In 2018 The La Jolla Concours featured Lincoln, one of the two surviving American luxury brand automobiles from 1917 to present. Thus, it was only fitting to make 2019 Cadillac’s year. Cadillac is the oldest surviving brand in the United States, dating back to 1901. With the Great Gatsby era cars in this automotive family, in particular the Coachbuilt V-16 (1930-1940) and V-12 (1931-1937), the La Jolla Concours will be attracting attention from spectators of all ages. Cadillac’s long-standing history promises a stunning assortment of models for the 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.

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The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, in addition to Cadillac, will celebrate 100 years of Bentley, along with an exquisite showcase of over 150 spectacular automobiles from around the world. This celebratory automotive weekend will begin on Friday, April 12th with an exclusive private themed cocktail party, The Pacific Sotheby’s Concours Social Club presented by The LOT La Jolla, Ferrari of San Diego and Viejas Casino & Resort. Saturday, April 13th, will kick off with the annual La Jolla Tour d’Elegance presented by Porsche San Diego, followed by a VIP Reception on the Concours lawn that evening—the Aston Martin San Diego A Night of Steampunk presented by Fraser. Saving the most extravagant for last, the weekend will conclude with the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s on Sunday, April 14th with one of the most incredible automobile showcases in the world, a champagne and honey tasting garden, a VIP Lounge, and VIP Hospitality Suites. Staying true to tradition, we will also be featuring the La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours, which will once again be free and open to the public and will expand the show from the Ellen Browning Scripps Park into the La Jolla Village roadways displaying a variety of automobiles.

The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance proceeds will go towards La Jolla Historical Society, which preserves the history of the gem known as La Jolla. In addition to the La Jolla Historical Society, The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance benefits several additional local community nonprofit partners each year.

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For more information, to obtain a registration form or to purchase tickets to the featured weekend events, please visit www.lajollaconcours.com or call 619.233.5008.

Four Fun Outside Activities To Do This Spring

Spring has officially sprung! It’s time to put those coats away and go soak up some sun. We’ve picked out four of our favorite activities to do in La Jolla and San Diego during these beautiful spring days. 

Go  Kayaking

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Kayaking is a popular activity in San Diego, and it’s no wonder, with so many beaches and bays offering ideal conditions for gliding along in the water. If you’re visiting San Diego and want to try kayaking for the first time, you’ll find plenty of kayaking rentals and lessons available throughout San Diego. If you’re visiting La Jolla, you can launch a kayak from La Jolla Shores Beach, explore the seven La Jolla caves, paddle next to sea lions at La Jolla Cove, and swim above leopard sharks off the coast. Pay a visit to our friends at La Jolla Kayak, and tell them The Blue Book sent you! 
 
Take a Bike Ride 
Screen Shot 2019-03-22 at 12.47.48 AM The mild climate, beautiful landscape and 70 miles of coastline make San Diego the ideal place to bike for leisure and exercise. San Diego boasts more than 64 miles of dedicated bike paths, 334 bike lanes and 133 miles of bike routes. Hop on, and enjoy these beautiful spring days! If you’re eager to start biking, but don’t have a proper bike yet, California Bicycle in La Jolla is the perfect place to get a bike.
Check Out The Tide Pools

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Tide Pools are a must-see when visiting San Diego. Anyone can visit the tide pools. They’re free, fun and a terrific way to learn about the marine life that inhabits the oceans and the rocky reefs. On any given day, you may stumble upon octopus, tube snails, hermit crabs, water slugs, sea hares, sea cucumbers, sea anemone and many types of odd looking vegetation. This is a free and fun activity for the whole family! 

Have a Picnic
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After a long day of fun in the sun, you might want to relax with friends and family and have a picnic. From a beautiful shady spots with a lot of trees, to laying out a spread right on the sand, you really can’t go wrong. San Diego has so many good spots for picnics that we can’t mention them all, but you can’t go wrong with any of the following locations for a picnic.

La Jolla & San Diego Weekend Events: May 18th – 20th

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It’s going to be another wonderful weekend in San Diego and La Jolla! Gather up your family and friends, and go explore. Check out what’s coming up.

Friday, May 18th:

Movies on the Bay: Wizard of Oz
6:30 p.m., Tidelands Park
We’re off to see movies on the bay! Grab a blanket and head over to Tidelands Park on Coronado. This week, Movies on the Bay is presenting the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz.”

Saturday, May 19th:

Fiesta del Sol 2018
9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fletcher Cove (Solana Beach)
Head over to Solana Beach and get ready for a a two-day festival to kick off the summer This music and arts festival is a free event which features arts, crafts, gourmet food trucks and vendors, bounce houses, and all kinds of fun for kids. Don’t miss it!

Yoga in the City
9 a.m., The Headquarters at Seaport Village
Calling all Yogis! Grab your mat, and head to Seaport Village this Saturday for a free teacher-led yoga session presented by Scripps Health. All levels welcome!

Sunday, May 20th:

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

BYOD: Bring Your Own Dog 
12 to 5 p.m., Quartyard
Have a day out with your best friend!  Quartyard is holding a reopening party for your furry companions. Bring your dog(s) to East Village for a free event which features music and more!

 

Springing Into La Jolla This Season

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Spring is just around the corner, and there may be no better place to enjoy outdoor activities than the Greater San Diego area. A mild climate reminiscent of the Mediterranean along with lovely beaches, beautiful bays, scenic lagoons, and breathtaking canyons makes it the place for spring fun. La Jolla is located along the central coastline and is ideal if you to access the area’s possible activities. You can enjoy San Diego in new ways whether you’re a lifelong resident or a visitor. One of the great things about the area is you can enjoy yourself on land, air or sea!

Want to keep your feet on the ground? There are a great many ways to enjoy the outdoors in La Jolla. How about a trail? You can find walking trails, jogging trails, hiking trails and running trails through La Jolla and all through San Diego. Walk from the beaches and bays to the canyons and parks. If you take some of the canyon trails, you’ll be amazed. You’ll travel past waterfalls and streams and you’ll forget you’re in the city! Of course, there are tours as well! You can find guided walking tours for bird watching and nature loves as well as urban safaris and food and drink tours. You can get a guided tour in Balboa Park or you can learn a lot about San Diego’s history with a guided tour of Old Town. Let’s not forget the volleyball and basketball courts on the beaches as well as the golf courses. Like to cycle? You’ll find plenty of bike trails, too.

Want to get a bit higher? Do you love to fly? Well, there are a lot of opportunities for that as well. You can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the area with a trip on a hot air balloon. Can you imagine flying over the coastline and watching the waves lap at the beach? Want to be even more adventurous? You can go hang gliding. Fly your own glider or paraglider or fly with an experienced piolet. Go to the Torrey Pines Gliserport and get ready for an adventure. You could choose special tours and watch the sunset from up in the air, high above the sea! You can enjoy fun in the air in the San Diego Area, and there’s no doubt it will take your breath away.

Of course, you can’t really enjoy the outdoors in San Diego without thinking about the water. There are fifteen major beaches along the San Diego Coastline. From Torrey Pines in the north all the way down to Ocean Beach in the south, you’ll find great opportunities to enjoy a picnic, surfing, bodyboarding, snorkeling and more. Some are kid friendly and some are pet friendly. You’ll also find many more beaches and parks surrounding Mission Bay. Swim, explore tide pools, surf, scuba dive, snorkel, sail, row, kayak, motorboat or… the possibilities are endless! Lessons for just about everything are available as well. Of course, you could also go on a fishing trip or a mini tour around the area. There’s no lack of water in San Diego and no lack of ways to enjoy it.

Air, ground, or sea… The choice is yours. It’s all available in La Jolla and the Greater San Diego Area in the spring. Get outside and enjoy yourself!

La Jolla & San Diego Events This Weekend: July 22 – 23

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Another fantastic weather weekend is in store for San Diegan’s so why not get out and explore? There’s plenty do and see in fantastic SoCal so make the best of it with these exciting and entertaining events!

Comedian Tim Gaither
Friday and Saturday at The Comedy Store – La Jolla

Laughter is indeed the best medicine to uplift the spirits and create wellbeing. This weekend comedian Tim Gaither headlines and delivers the giggle and guffaws at The Comedy Store in La Jolla. Gaither is a well-known Vegas headliner and recently filmed an hour long special at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in front of a sold out audience. If you’re looking to tip a few back and laugh your whoopee cakes off Tim is your best bet, but beware you hecklers! Tim has performed live in every state of our fantastic union, Canada (eh?) and performed for our troops. Opening for Tim this weekend will be Andy Haynes and Jonny Loquasto. The doors open Friday at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 show and Saturday at 9:15 p.m. for the 9:45 performances. Please note this is a 21 plus drink, er, show with a two drink minimum. Tickets will only set you back an Andrew Jackson. The Comedy Store is located at 916 Pearl St. in fantastic La Jolla.

High Tide Dinner
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p.m., at Friday through Sunday at The Marine Room in La Jolla

Take a chill pill and enjoy a scrumptious and expertly prepared dinner menu as waves pound against the windows next to you at The Marine Room’s special High Tide dinner hours. This weekend, expect high tide around 8:19 p.m. on Friday, 9:06 p.m. on Saturday and at 9:52 p.m. on Sunday. Local San Diegans and visitors alike can experience the sensation of tides virtually at their table. This special event only happens on specific days of the year so make it a point to arrive early and chillax in an ambiance that alone is like a great massage. The Marine Room’s dress code is business casual, jackets and ties for men are not obligatory but fitting. The Marine Room is classy thus it does not allow beach or active wear in the dining room (t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, etc.). This fantastic weekend patrons have the opportunity to skip on over to The Marine Room located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in where else but scenic La Jolla.

Heroes Brew Fest 2017
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p.m. to 8 p.m. at Waterfront Park in San Diego

The annual Comic-Con themed event comes back to super smooth San Diego once again, only this time at the Waterfront Park. What better way to get you craft beer taste buds titillated and peep out leading exhibits from leading comic book artists? Each and every attendees of the appropriate age can try beers from dozens of breweries, including many local favorites such as Green Flash and Mission Brewery. Supporters, fans and patrons are highly encouraged to don their favorite superhero costume and take part in several contests. General admission tickets are $27 from 4 to 8 p.m. but include no beer. Say what? No worries, go for the Early Access Tasters Ticket at $57. Waterfront Park is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Convention Center and located at 1600 Pacific Highway. Be there!

Taste of the Turf Clu
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a.m. Sunday at the Del Mar Racetrack

The opening weekend of the Del Mar Racetrack’s fall season is filled with awesome perks and entertaining activities! This Sunday, make it a point to partake in an exclusive special menu when you get your dine on at the ever fashionable Turf Club in Del Mar. Celebrated Chef Brian Malarkey, one of the San Diego’s best, will prepare the menu for the exciting morning. Please note that tables are limited. A $100 ticket gets you Turf Club admission for the entire day, your choice of an appetizer, entrée, dessert and bottomless mimosas or champagne. Attendees must comply with the Turf Club Dress Code. Check out the dress code by following the link above. Children 17 years and younger will be admitted for free to the venue and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Once inside the Turf Club, cuisine and beverages for kids may be ordered from the expansive dining menu. Further information is available by calling (858) 755-1141.

Four Great Spots for Easter Brunch

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Whether you’re an Easter morning church-goer, Easter basket opener, or just appreciate good brunch, come 11am, you’re going to want to go get brunch at one of these fabulous places. Hop on down and enjoy! Cheers!

The Marine Room

(2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037)

For well over 75 years, The Marine Room has been a seaside staple in La Jolla. Long celebrated for its superb views and surf pounding outside the restaurant’s windows, the culinary embodiment of luxury draws people from La Jolla and well beyond. This Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The awesome and ever creative menu includes breakfast fare such as leek goat cheese frittata and first course options such as sweet potato orzo salad. For main courses, delectable foods include Signature Spindrift Seafood Crepes and many, many other items. A delightful and ever tempting dessert station rounds out the impressive buffet. The Easter holiday meal is priced at $72 for adults and $36 for kids. Due to the immense popularity, reservations are required and may be made quickly online here.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

NINE-TEN will be hosting a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch.  Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a very special Easter Sunday a la carte menu featuring everything from Strawberry Salad, Salmon Rillette Toast, and House-Smoked Salmon Benedict to Short Rib Hash, Shrimp & Grits, and Chilaquiles….and bottomless Mimosas for just $16 per person. If pastries and coffee are more your breakfast speed, the acclaimed Sunday Brunch Pastry Bar will be even better than ever.  Reservations strongly recommended and can be made by calling 858.964.5400.

The Shores Restaurant

Easter brunch on the water- does it get any better than that? You’ll find something for everyone with Carlsbad Strawberry and Spinach Salad and Herb De Provence Leg of Lamb. There’s also a complete children’s station for the kiddos, and plenty of tasty sides and a selection of seasonal desserts.

George’s at the Cove

(1250 Prospect St.)

A long time feature in the quaint seaside community of La Jolla, George’s at the Cove only serves brunch twice a year, and Easter Sunday is one of those special occasions. Easter brunch will commence at the charming restaurant’s California Modern area beginning at 10 a.m., as well as George’s Ocean Terrace and Level 2 beginning at 11 a.m. The menu proudly features individually priced selections such as warm French Toast at $18, a scrumptious Baja shrimp omelette for $22, and various vegetarian and vegan options, all served against the backdrop of the magnificent Pacific oceanfront view. Patrons who enjoy fine brunches are encouraged to make reservations online here.

What’s Good in La Jolla this Weekend? April 14 – 16

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Springtime is in full swing, and San Diego is celebrating the beauty of this season. Whether you’re looking to be outside in nature, or to have an Easter egg hunt, we have you covered with a weekend packed-full of activities. Have fun!

Spring Egg Hunt in La Jolla

10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center

The La Jolla Recreation Center located at 615 Prospect St. will host its annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For the price of a fast food burger with the works, or a mere $5, attendees will partake in the egg hunt and other associated Easter activities such as arts and crafts and, wow, get this, a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit. What kid doesn’t like Peter Rabbit!?

Charles Arnoldi exhibit at R.B. Stevenson Gallery

R.B. Stevenson Gallery will be presenting new paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi. The exhibition will open on Saturday, April 15th. and will remain on view through May 27th, 2016. An opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 15th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Season runs through May 14), Carlsbad Ranch

The well-renowned Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch continues its vibrant spring run, offering visitors outstanding views of bright blooms in all of their stunning and elegant glory. The fields are open each and every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and runs through May 14, 2017. Patrons will delight in nearly 50 full acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for only six to eight weeks. Ah, the short life of a flower! The celebrated fields also include various roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias. Be sure to maintain any changes on the Flower Fields website, too, because Flower Field introduces special events throughout the bloom season. You simply have to see these blooms to marvel at nature’s unmatched beauty!

Sculpture in the Garden

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Diego Botanic Garden

Running through the end of April at the San Diego Botanic Garden is “Sculpture in the Garden,” a magnificent and stunning display of 53 sculptures from 32 regional artists set against the backdrop of a lush garden. Visitors can use a map provided by the Botanic Garden and enjoy a self-guided tour of the various works of art. The exhibit is included with general admission into the garden. Adults are $14, $10 for seniors, students and active military, and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids two years of age and under get in free. Parking is available on-site for $2.

Easter Bunny Teas

2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) at The Westgate

San Diego’s premiere hotel, The Westgate located in downtown San Diego will be hosting some kid-friendly tea sessions along with traditional egg hunts this Easter weekend. The quaint Easter Bunny Teas take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Children will be thrilled to snack on mini pastries and kid-approved petit-fours paired with traditional European afternoon tea. Traditional Easter egg hunts will commence on the Riviera Terrace and children will have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny. The tea sessions are priced at $50 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and under, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Spring Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., Santee Lakes

Patrons will want to be sure to bring the entire family out to Santee Lakes this Saturday for the 14th Annual Eggstravaganza! The community event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The Spring Eggstravaganza features continuous egg hunts for kids 8 years of age and under. In addition, the annual event features carnival rides, can’t miss pony rides, crafts, Primo DJ and additional fun for one and all no matter what age. And don’t fret about the cost because the event is always free!

What’s Good in La Jolla This Weekend? April 8 -9

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La Jolla Concours D’Elegance

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ellen Browning Scripps Park

The renowned auto show returns to the lovely seaside community of La Jolla this weekend. The event runs from Friday through Sunday and features more than 150 rare, painstakingly restored vehicles. These stunning cars will be on display at the La Jolla Cove lawn against the ever magnificent Pacific Ocean backdrop. This year’s car show also includes an aviation show featuring antiquated, restored aircraft that are a must see! In addition, there will be a “champagne and honey tasting garden” where attendees may sample flights of sweet honey from various California regions. If that weren’t enough, live music and a cheese tasting zone top the event off. General admission tickets to Sunday’s party are a bargain at $70 for adults the day of the event, and a generous $30 for military and children ages 11 to 18. Kids 10 and under are admitted absolutely free.

18th Annual Tea & Tonic

1 p.m., Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

If you haven’t attended previous events, you won’t want to miss this 18th annual fundraiser! The annual Tea & Tonic benefits the Center for Community Solutions in its quest to back prevention and intervention programs focused on terminating relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking. The worthy cause begins promptly at 1 p.m. at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The event includes a charming champagne reception, a high tea service, both live and silent auctions, various raffles and live entertainment. In addition, celebrity keynote speaker, actor and former defensive player in the NFL, Terry Crews will delight attendees. Tickets are $150, with proceeds benefitting the Center for Community Solutions. Get out and be a vital part of this praiseworthy cause!

David Koechner

7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. at The American Comedy Co.

You know David Koechner, right? No? C’mon! He played the role of Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies and has also made various appearances on several TV shows such as The Office, The Goldbergs and American Dad. Oh, now you know David! This weekend comedian David Koechner takes command of the stage at downtown San Diego’s American Comedy Co. David will be headlining two shows each on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On Sunday David will do only one show at 7 p.m. (Hey, a man has to pack his bags sometime!) Tickets are a mere $18. Woot! Hey, it’s ever classy San Diego! Don’t miss it!

Fashion, Flowers & Fido Show

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Flower Fields at Carlsbad

Seeking all San Diego area trend-setters and furry fashionmonger’s! San Diegan’s will want to make a point to peep out the festivities at the barn at The Flower Fields located at Carlsbad Ranch Thursday evening. What’s in store for patrons is a charming night of fashion, foodstuffs, brewski’s and adorable pups. The night consists of designer fashions from Carlsbad Premium Outlets swaggering down a runway complemented by dogs currently up for adoption from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. All those in attendance will also have the opportunity to be treated to various food and beer tastings. Tickets are $40 per person, well worth it for a great cause for our furry friends.

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

3 p.m. at Liberty Station

Calling all wine aficionados! The biggest and leading “wine only” tasting occasion blazes into San Diego’s Liberty Station this weekend. Attendees may spend the afternoon savoring virtually hundreds of sunny California’s finest vintage and award-winning wines. In addition, the festival will offer gourmet food samples and feature live music. Please note that the event is for adults 21 years and older. Tickets begin at $95.

Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe

Easter time is here again! This free event is sure to be both a child and adult pleaser. Patrons are invited to enjoy one of the holiday’s finest traditions this Saturday by participating in an Easter egg hunt. Eggciting! In addition, the event will feature a petting zoo, a balloon artist, face painting and various crafts on the church campus. Did we mention it is free? It is! Be sure to scoot on over and revel in an eggcessivly great time for one and all and don’t forget those cameras!