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Janice was hoping to (Let’s) Make a Deal!


Can you believe Wayne Brady didn’t pick either of us out the crowd to make a deal?!?! My BFF Daune and I gave it our best shot this week at the Let’s Make a Deal taping. We brought our best outgoing selves, great energy, lots of jumping and clapping and in general acting like nuts – to be picked. But alas, we were not. I guess I shouldn’t complain…It was about 30 years ago that I did actually win the big deal of the day on LMAD, so I guess I’m 1 for 2…I thought maybe lightning would strike twice!  Anyway, it was a fun day!

The Sandcastle was amazing!

My husband and I spent part of our Honeymoon in California 42 years ago.  We wanted to go back and enjoy it again.  We really researched it, a lot, and found what was to be a wonderful, beautiful home in Newport Beach. The Sandcastle was only steps from the Ocean. The home itself was very comfortable, set with beautiful furniture. The linens and towels were top quality as well as the beds and bedding. The bathrooms were stocked with everything one might need. Shampoo, soaps, hair dryer and even magnifying mirrors for makeup application. There was also a top of the line washer and dryer with detergent included. Beach chairs, umbrellas and blankets were also included. The outside patio had a full service grill and a beautiful table, chairs and lounges. There were 2 large screen TV’s with DVD’s available and Books for reading. There was also a book that the hosts provided with information about everything that was available in the area. It was very informative and helpful. Our kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to cook, Pots Pans, cutlery, everything, if we didn’t go out to one of many restaurants within walking distance from the house along the boardwalk on the Ocean. The house was spotless beyond anything we have ever seen.  There was plenty to do too. We took a Duffy Boat around Newport Bay, and the House was centrally located as we were easily able to get to beautiful San Diago and Los Angeles where we went to the Getty Museum and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, among the many other sites in Hollywood.  Janice and Bill could not be more accommodating.  We cannot wait to return to the Sandcastle and enjoy it all again. Thanks Janice and Bill

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 5/18   Guest: Andy from Pleasantville NY, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Top Shelf!

Wonderful as advertised property! First class in every respect! My daughter and I had a fantastic time and the residence was not only comfortable but provided for all are needs plus! The recommendations and guidance were spot on! Couldn’t have been better! Cheers, Michael & Meredith

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 5/18   Guest: Michael from Scottsdale AZ, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Wonderful vacation home, the beach is right out your front door!

Our family really enjoyed our stay at the Sandcastle. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice. The house was perfect for our family of 6, including our two children and grandparents. The location is wonderful, just steps from the beach, and the pictures hardly do it justice, it is even better in person! Janice and Bill were very helpful in arranging a few excursions. And when we were just staying around the house, it was so comfortable and we loved sitting out on the front patio relaxing and barbecuing. We definitely would recommend, and hope to return!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 4/18   Guest: Sally from Los Angeles, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Welcoming, delightful home

Sandcastle owners made our stay wonderful with all of the extra touches they provided, including Easter candy for the kids! Highly recommended should you be fortunate enough to book. Thank you Janice and Bill!

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 3/18   Guest: Dolores from Los Angeles, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Great accommodations for a week’s stay

We enjoyed the Sandcastle. It was roomy enough for 3 adults and two kids without getting in each others way. Centrally located for all the things we wanted to do. Landlords were accommodating with information about places to eat and and where to go. We had a great time.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 3/18   Guest: Darlene from Bozeman MT, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Perfect Spot

The Sandcastle was the perfect spot for myself and my husband who has mobility issues. It is just steps away from the beach boardwalk which has benches for those who need to take periodic breaks while walking. The owners are extremely efficient and responsive, which makes the process so easy. We feel we were very lucky to have found it.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 2/18   Guest: Mary S from Indianapolis, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

Clean, well-appointed, well-located, good house design for a family

Very nice house for a group of 6 adults and one child. Very clean and well-equipped. We appreciated all the assorted staples and utensils that were included by the owners.

 5 STARS (out of 5)   Date of Stay: 2/18   Guest: Valerie from Delmar NY, posted on VRBO/Homeaway

California Wine Festival is coming to Dana Point – April 20/21


Wine, food, music, sea and sun. These elements create the quintessential wine tasting experience at the California Wine Festival – Orange County in Dana Point. At this sunny seaside setting, California’s best wineries pour hundreds of vintage red and white wines, complemented by dozens of the region’s top chefs and specialty food purveyors serving gourmet appetizers along with live music and an ocean view. Experience one of the California’s most popular wine festivals.

Visit the californiawinefestival.com website


FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018
Sunset Reserve & Rare Wine Tasting
Friday, April 20, 2018 6:30- 9pm
Laguna Cliffs Marriott,  Dana Point, CA
The “Sunset Rare & Reserve” Wine Tasting on April 20, 2018 will feature rare and reserve level bottles that winemakers will dust off and pour at this popular event. Top regional chefs will serve hot and cold appetizers while live bluesy jazz keeps things super cool. Ticket price includes all wine and food samples and an 18 oz keepsake wine glass.

Beachside Wine Festival – NEW TIME~
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 12:30-3:30pm (VIPs 11:30am)
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point, CA
Hit the grassy, palm-lined Lantern Bay Park to experience the quintessential California wine tasting event at our Orange County California Wine Festival grand finale. Ticket price includes all wine and food samples and an 18 oz keepsake wine glass.


“Don’t miss California Wine Festival, −one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state!”
Voted One of the Top Ten Best Wine Festivals in the USA by Americas Best & Top Ten

The California Wine Festival – Orange County will host the two-day celebration of wine and food in the quaint coastal town of Dana Point in Orange County April 20-21, 2018. An evening of rare wine tasting on Friday night, limited to 500 guests, kicks off the weekend.  Guests will sample rare and reserve super-premium wines selected especially for this popular sophisticated event.

The festivities culminate at Lantern Bay Park, when the Beachside Wine Festival takes over a peaceful palm-lined park and over 2,500 wine-loving guests sip and savor nearly 300 wines and dozens of gourmet food samplings. Craft brews will also be offered along with artisan cheeses, breads, fresh cut fruits, olive oils and much more.

The 2018 California Wine Festival – Orange County will benefit The Surfrider Foundation.

The infamous “Wedge” surf break in Newport Beach

The Wedge in Newport Beach is a hot spot for powerful and awesome surf. An area known for its shore-breaking waves, the Wedge is more a place to admire than to engage. Either way, this spot with the biggest swell in Southern California is a must see when you visit Newport Beach.

Because of the potential for 30-feet waves, you may find yourself seeing more bodyboarders or bodysurfers in action here than surfers. In fact, you may find some of the most skilled bodysurfers in all of Newport Beach at the Wedge. But you have more than the rolling sets to worry about if you get into the water. The backwash is often so strong that it creates new waves that can crash into oncoming boarders and bodysurfers.

Make sure you bring your camera to this hot spot to catch video of the impressive sets. If you want to see how the surf is before heading down to the end of the peninsula, check the Wedge cam to see if the big waves are rolling in. The best months to catch higher surf are during the summer and the fall seasons.

If you come between May 1 and October 31, you will notice that the raised black ball flag, outlawing the use of any type of board at the Wedge between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Body surfing only, no body boards, surfboards, or skimboards).

If the surf isn’t pumping when you’re there, you can always get an up close look at some of the beautiful oceanfront homes right on the sand, or you can sit at the jetty and watch the boats come in and out of the harbor.

The Wedge Newport Beach is also a hot spot for locals to catch the sunset and watch that beautiful orange orb melt into the Pacific Ocean.


1916: Army Corps of Engineers starts to build west jetty to protect Newport Harbor from storms and make the harbor entrance safer.
1936: West jetty extended from 1,000 feet to 1,900 feet after George Rogers lobbies for safer conditions. East jetty at Corona del Mar also extended.
1960s: Formally dubbed “the Hook” by body surfers in the ’30s, the spot is re-named “the Wedge” by local body surfers.
1963: San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Roger Gardner, an avid Wedge body surfer, argues against residents who want the spot closed. Danger signs posted.
1964: The Wedge is featured in the cult classic film “Endless Summer”.
1982: Fred Simpson creates the Viper fin to help body surfers catch bigger waves at the Wedge.
1993: Wedge Preservation Society persuades City Council to implement “Blackball” banning boards from 10am to 5pm May 1 – Oct. 31.

from the visitnewportbeach.com website