Newport Boat Show opens April 28

The 38th annual Newport Boat Show will be held at Lido Marina Village from April 28 to May 1. This is the West Coast’s largest in-the-water collection of big boats and yachts assembled in one convenient, picturesque location.

This is a showcase for large, luxurious yachts, as well as a wide selection of 35- to 65-foot pleasurecraft. At the Newport Boat Show, visitors will have an opportunity to step aboard each vessel — including nearly 250 of the world’s top luxury motoryachts, sportfishers, family cruisers, sportyachts, long-range passagemakers and trawler yachts.

Show-goers can explore more than 400,000 square feet of floating dock exhibits and boardwalk displays.

Lido Marina Village is located at Via Lido and Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach, one block south of Pacific Coast Highway.

Show hours are: noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

Admission is $12 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Free offsite parking and continuous shuttle service will be available. Visit for details.

Marriott La Jolla plans big Easter weekend

Diego Marriott La Jolla is planning its own Easter parade of delectable
dishes from the kitchen of Chef Matt Porter, on Sunday, April 24, with
an Easter Holiday Menu starring stuffed leg of lamb and citrus spiral ham accompanied by roasted wild mushrooms, chilled
salad, concluding with an array of desserts.


California-Inspired menu in the hotel’s
signature dining room, 4240, will be served from 11 am to 5 pm and
ispriced at $39.95 per person, $35.95 for seniors, and $12 for
youngsters to 12
years of age.  Kids younger than age 5
are free, and tax and gratuity are additional. 
The menu includes beverage.
For restaurant reservations,
call 858-597-6319.

 A special
$79 Easter weekend rate (based on space availability) will be available to
guests from April 21-24, 2011. (Booking Code MS2). Advance purchase is required
and restrictions apply. 

 For information and
reservations about Easter/Spring rates, visit San Diego Marriott La Jolla at, 1-858-587-1414 or 1-800-228-9290 in the US. The hotel is located at 4240 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego, California
92037 USA

 Guests staying at the hotel on Easter weekend will also
find on their doors a special basket of Easter treats.  They will also have the chance to participate
in a drawing to receive a certificate for a Weekend Stay for two
(excluding tax gratuity and incidental charges) at the beautiful San Diego
Marriott La Jolla.  Entry forms are
available to guests at the front desk and at 4240 Restaurant.

Dining Encounters of the best kind

Encounter Restaurant, the
intergalactic-themed restaurant located inside LAX’s iconic Theme
Building, has earned its spot on the list of best airport

51478-res.jpg placed the restaurant on its
list of top 10 favorite domestic airport restaurants, calling it,
“… a 1960s Star Trek set gone Technicolor, serving ‘art-food’
(American classics in oddball visual arrangements) that’s
simultaneously hip and kid-friendly.” placed Encounter on its
list of Ten Best Airport Restaurants in the World. Esquire, whose
list includes the likes of Seoul-Incheon International Airport,
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and London Heathrow Airport, said of
Encounter, “With its Star Trek-meets-Austin Powers decor (not to
mention menu) and a lighting design by former Disney Imagineers, this
recently refurbished restaurant has to be seen to be believed.”

Food and Wine has also given Encounter the nod, including it
on its “Ultimate Airport Dining Survival Guide: Best Airport
Restaurants,” while listed Encounter in its “Where to Find
the Best Airport Food” story.

The 50-year-old landmark LAX Theme
Building, recently finished a three-year, $12.3-million renovation,
which included a unique seismic retrofit involving the installation
of a rooftop tuned mass damper containing 600 tons of steel
(equivalent to the weight of two Boeing 747s), which was the first
time in the U.S. that a TMD was installed at the top of a building.

Mission Bay Getaway Sweepstakes begins

With spring break here, it’s the perfect time to
escape to San Diego. Kids and kids at heart will love playing on the
beach and exploring museums and attractions like the San Diego Zoo,
LEGOLAND and SeaWorld.

This April you can enter the Mission Bay Getaway Sweepstakes for your
chance at a 4-day/3-night getaway which includes lodging at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, tickets to SeaWorld, paddle board lessons from OEX Mission Bay, and dinner at Miguel’s Cocina.

Enter now!

Even without the sweepstakes, there’s no need to break the bank with our 50 Free Things To Do This Spring in San Diego. Check out the great hotel deals on offer and book your spring getaway.