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20 Things to Do near Carlsbad for under $20

20 Things to Do near Carlsbad for under $20

Carlsbad, California, is most famous for its seven miles of coastline and LEGOLAND California theme park. But North San Diego County has much more to offer than sandy beaches and LEGO-inspired rides. If you’re the kind of traveler who likes to explore out-of-the-way and budget-friendly attractions, this post is...
5 Ways a Resort Concierge Elevates Your Vacation

5 Ways a Resort Concierge Elevates Your Vacation

In the age of TripAdvisor and Yelp, asking a resort concierge for help may seem unnecessary. Today the Internet gives you immediate, self-service access to restaurant reviews, tour operator websites, and social media recommendations. Who needs a concierge? Turns out we all do! The concierge role has certainly evolved...
How to Find Cheap Airfare for Your Vacation

How to Find Cheap Airfare for Your Vacation

Cheap airfare can be elusive. A few weeks ago I found an incredible deal for my upcoming trip to Cabo San Lucas. But by the time I went back to Kayak to book the flight, gas prices had increased considerably and so had the cost of my tickets. It...
3 Common Myths about Hawaiian Food

3 Common Myths about Hawaiian Food

If your only experience with Hawaiian food is pizza with Canadian bacon and pineapple, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. Convinced that Kauai has more to offer foodies, we asked the locals to share their inside tips. Myth #1: You have to go to a...
The Best U.S. Beaches for Your Spring Break Vacation

The Best U.S. Beaches for Your Spring Break Vacation

TripAdvisor just released its list of the Top 25 U.S. Beaches, part of the 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards. We’re pleased to see that four of our favorites made the cut! Here’s a quick look at what makes these beaches extraordinary, plus recommendations for where to stay near each one....
Is North County San Diego’s New Dining Hot Spot?

Is North County San Diego’s New Dining Hot Spot?

In March 2009, Bon Appétit published “California: Food’s Golden State.” The magazine article showcased farm-to-table fare in San Francisco and quirky food trucks in Los Angeles. But when it came to San Diego, the featured restaurant was Rubio’s, a local fast food chain. C’mon San Diego, can’t we do...
7 Best Beaches on Kauai’s North Shore

7 Best Beaches on Kauai’s North Shore

With its white sand and majestic mountains, Kauai boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Even better, there are literally dozens to choose from. Kauai has 111 miles of coastline, over 50 percent of which is sandy beach. We want your Kauai vacation to be flawless....
Winter Fun in and on the Water

Winter Fun in and on the Water

Everyone flocks to the beach in summer, but there’s something about winter that shouldn’t be missed.  Perhaps it’s the slightly slower pace of life, or the gentle sun warming your face as waves roll over your toes. Whatever the reason, this is an ideal season for exploring the coast....
The Secrets of SUP

The Secrets of SUP

A few weeks ago, Rita Root at West Coast Stand Up Paddle invited me to go for an early morning paddle at Agua Hedionda, a sparkling lagoon just north of Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel in Carlsbad, California. Earlier this year, I tried stand up paddle boarding (SUP)...
Breast Cancer Survivors Find Hope and Healing with Send Me On Vacation and Grand Pacific Resorts

Breast Cancer Survivors Find Hope and Healing with Send Me On Vacation and Grand Pacific Resorts

In June 2014, ResorTime’s parent company, Grand Pacific Resorts, forged a new partnership with Send Me On Vacation (SMOV) when it sent Teresa Ponce, a 34-year-old breast cancer survivor, on an all-expenses paid family vacation to Carlsbad Beach Inn Resort in Carlsbad, California. For Teresa, who grew up in...
No Car? No Problem—A Guide to San Diego’s Alternative Transportation

No Car? No Problem—A Guide to San Diego’s Alternative Transportation

If you’ve ever visited San Diego, you know that parking is at a premium in popular areas like the Gaslamp Quarter and downtown Oceanside. But you don’t need to worry about it if you plan your trip right.  With a little foresight and minimal expense, you can use San...
Which Hawaiian Island Fits Your Vacation Personality?

Which Hawaiian Island Fits Your Vacation Personality?

For most people, Hawaii conjures up dreamy images of coconut palms, rolling waves and white sandy beaches. But did you know there are actually eight Hawaiian Islands, and that each one has its own unique feel? Some of the islands are known for their modern vibe, while others retain...
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