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Balboa Island annual ART WALK was great!

Yesterday was a gorgeous day! Perfect to do the annual art walk stroll along Balboa Island’s South Bayfront. Lots of vendors – and about six bands playing along the art walk. Couldn’t have asked for better weather…Summer is just about here! And of course the day wouldn’t be complete without taking the car ferry across the »

Surf City Nights Street Fair and Farmers Market in Huntington Beach – EVERY TUESDAY NITE

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Surf City Nights: Every Tuesday, 5-9 p.m.  Location: Main Street between Orange & PCH Events: Farmers Market, Food Vendors, Street Performers Age: All ages, family-friendly!  The warmer weather is here and it’s time to enjoy SURF CITY NIGHTS again! This weekly special event closes Main Street for a funky street fair with musical acts ranging »

Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival celebrates it’s 50th anniversary!

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      It’s my favorite summer arts/crafts festival by a long shot – and it’s only open 3 more weeks!  The Sawdust Festival features the fine art and craft of over 200 Laguna Beach resident artists. Enjoy live entertainment, art demonstrations, classes, and an outdoor cafe set in a cool eucalyptus grove.  It’s got great »

Upcoming Local Events in Newport Beach

  Planning a trip to Newport Beach in the next several months?  There’s always so much to do while visiting our local area, and here are some great local events - from April through August – that you should know about… April 21-28:                     16th Annual Newport Beach Film »

Danny Kusz, Saxophonist Extraordinaire

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Had the opportunity to have Danny Kusz and his family stay at our “Sandcastle” recently, while out here from Minneapolis to play at Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club in Seal Beach.  Not only is he the nicest guy, but boy, he plays a mean saxophone! We actually went to see him in concert there, and the »

Doheny Blues Festival – May 21 & 22

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      Home to the Best Blues Festival in Southern California, the Doheny Blues Festival has welcomed numerous legends of the genre including: B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Charlie Musselwhite, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, Little Richard, John Lee Hocker and many more. Hosted on the iconic Orange County landmark of Doheny »

SURF CITY NIGHTS – every Tuesday

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SURF CITY NIGHTS STREET FAIR & FARMERS MARKET Surf City Nights: Every Tuesday, 5-9 p.m. Location: Downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street between Orange and Pacific Coast Events: Farmers Market, Artisan Crafts, Food Vendors, Street Performers Age: All ages, family-friendly! No cost! Welcome to Surf City Nights! This weekly special event closes Main Street for a »

Trip of a Lifetime: Incredible Botswana

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WOW!  What an experience! Our trip to the Okavango Delta in Botswana was magical!  We saw animals in the wild up close and personal. LOTS of animals, REALLY CLOSE up!  An amateur photographer’s dream!  And we got a great taste of Cape Town, South Africa also.  Too bad it’s so far away…But we do want »

Chinese New Year 2015 in Manila & Hong Kong

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Welcome to the YEAR of the SHEEP (though different Asian cultures celebrate it as the Year of the Sheep or Goat or Ram (all in the same family tho))! While traveling in Asia recently, we were lucky enough to experience Chinese New Year on New Year’s Day in Manila’s Chinatown neighborhood, and watch the ceremonial Parade »

Philippine Islands vacation for Janice & Bill

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While you’re thinking about a stay at our lovely Newport Beach beach vacation home, the “Sandcastle” (or have already stayed with us – and are just checking in!), we’re taking a very different – and far away – vacation ourselves, exploring the Philippines: Manila and a few of their 7000+ islands.  The weather is warm and humid »