San Diego Easter Brunch Guide 2017

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 16! If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious Easter Brunch at one of the many wonderful San Diego restaurants, this guide is for you!

L’Auberge Del Mar

The Del Mar resort (located at the historic site of the former Stratford Inn and Hotel Del Mar) has been a beach-side staple of North County for decades. The resort’s Coastline Easter Brunch Buffet will be served on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Make a reservation by calling 858-793-6460 or visit www.laubergedelmar.com.

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The Prado in Balboa Park
Celebrate Easter at The Prado located in the heart of Balboa Park. This year, Champagne Buffet Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   For more information visit their webpage.
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Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel Del Coronado’s Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom will each host Champagne Brunch buffets on Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively, complete with live musical entertainment.  Visit their website to make reservations.

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The Marine Room

For 75 years, this seaside staple in La Jolla has been known for its incredible views and the pounding surf that creates dramatic displays outside the restaurant’s windows. On Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make a reservation visit their webpage.

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The Westgate Hotel
Celebrate Easter in San Diego at the Westgate Hotel where guests are invited to enjoy holiday fun and relaxation in Parisian style. The hotel will be full of Easter joy at its festive Easter Champagne brunch from 10 a.m to 3 p.m Visit their page to make a reservation.
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The US Grant
From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the US Grant will host its Easter Brunch Buffet.  Entertainment includes photos with the Easter Bunny and live music.  To make a reservation, visit their page.
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Pacifica Del Mar
Enjoy brunch with an ocean view! Pacifica’s brunch includes classic items like Smoked Pork Shoulder Hash as well as Pacifica favorites like Ruby Red Tuna Tartare. Visit their website to make reservations.
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Lakehouse Hotel & Resort & Decoy Dockside Dining 
Dine dockside this Easter at the Lakehouse Hotel between 9:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m. The brunch buffet will include hand-carved meats, breakfast favorites, a chilled seafood display, and dessert bar. More information can be found here.
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Georges California Modern
Celebrate Easter Sunday with La Jolla’s best views and a very special brunch filled French Toast with Chino Farms strawberries, Cauliflower Rigatoni, Snapper Crudo, Baja Shrimp Omelet, Eggs Benedict with Meyer Lemon Hollandiase, and more. Visit their website to make a reservation.
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Chandler’s Oceanfront Dining
Celebrate Easter Sunday at Chandler’s between 10:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m for a celebration fit for the whole family.  Enjoy brunch classics, ocean views, face painting, an egg hunt, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Click here for more information!
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 Fairmont at The Grand Del Mar
Celebrate Easter at The Grand Del Mar Resort from 10 a.m to 2 p.m  with Chef de Cuisine Joshua Dorfner with everything from pre-round pick-me-ups to late-night cravings. He satisfies hungry diners with his delicious, approachable cuisine that keeps you coming back for more.  To book a reservation click here!
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608 Oceanside 
Enjoy Easter Brunch with your family at Oceanside’s newest hot spot, 608. Book your reservations early to ensure a spot.
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Inn at Rancho Santa Fe 
Come celebrate Easter at the beautiful Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The Inn is located on 21 acres of  lush lawns, flowering gardens, and winding pathways that create a charming and tranquil atmosphere. Click here for more information on this elaborate brunch buffet that will occur from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
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Rancho Valencia
Celebrate Easter Sunday at Rancho Valenica’s signature restaurant, Veladora from 10:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m. There is something for the entire family with their signature holiday brunch and a fresh batch of holiday activities. Click here for more information on this special event.
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The Pinteresting Five: Valentine’s Day Decor

Decorate your home and get in the Valentine’s Day spirit with some simple, yet creative decorations! Create pieces for your mantel or front door that are romantic, yet classy!

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Pinteresting Five: Modern Holiday Decorations

Five fresh ideas for modern holiday decorations!

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2016 San Diego Holiday Lights Guide

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Make sure to visit these San Diego Locations for beautiful holiday lights spectacles this year!

North County Inland

CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH, 92128
Fairway Village, east and west sides of Stoney Gate Pl. 80 homes decorated in “Holiday Magic”. Dec. 10-Jan.1, 5:30-10:30 pm.

ESCONDIDO, 92027
2609 Meadowlark Ln. An inflatable world for Christmas with over 35 inflatables and 1,000 lights. Candy canes for kids on Fri. & Sat., 6-9 pm. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5-10 pm. Dec. 24-26, 9am-10pm.

POWAY, 92064
12631 Stoutwood St. Off Twin Peaks Rd. & Deerwood St. Nicknamed “The Griswolds.” Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-10 pm weekdays, 11 pm weekends.

Hickory Ct./Hickory St., 12659 Butterwood Ct. and Rockrose Ct. All off Twin Peaks Rd. & Silverset St. named “Candy Cane Courts.” Entire cul-de-sacs are lit up. Dec. 10-24, 6-9 pm.

RAMONA, 92065
23542 Bassett Way. “Happy Lights Ramona” with 30,000+ lights animated to music on 106.9 FM using 996 computer channels to control the lights. Nov. 24-Jan. 1; Sun-Th, 5:30-10 pm; and Fri & Sat, 5:30-11 pm.

RANCHO PEÑASQUITOS, 92129
Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd. “Christmas Card Lane.” Also enter off Twin Trails Dr. & Carmel Mountain Rd. Dec. 9-31, dusk-10 pm.

SAN MARCOS, 92069, 92078
1639 Knob Hill. Off Nordahl Rd. Between Tam O’ Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr.; 29th year of decorating. 100,000+ lights plus themed displays. Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 5-9 pm. See Santa Dec. 14-23, 6:30-8 pm. www.ChristmasOnKnobHill.com

North County Coastal

CARLSBAD, 92009, 92011
7607 Romeria St. Nicknamed “The Carlsbad Christmas House”. Walk up to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, surfing Santa, Snoopy skating and three snow machines. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 4-31, 5-9 pm.

6646 Elegant Tern Pl. Real Santa’s mailbox for the kids and treats nightly. Santa writes back a free personalized letter to each child. Free community event Dec. 17 with cotton candy, crafts, bubbles and a special guest. Dec. 3-25, 5-10 pm.

OCEANSIDE, 92056, 92057
1615 Quiet Hills Dr.
Lights synchronized to over 10 songs on 87.9 FM.  http://ChristmasOnQuietHills.com

2329 Snead Dr. Lights, lights, lights, Santa arrives by hot air balloon, nativity scene, animated elves and Santa village light display. Walk up to see a Christmas scene in the garage. Dec. 5-31, 5:30-9 pm.

1562 Peacock Blvd. Rudolph, Christmas trees and lights. Dec. 10-Jan. 5. 5:30-10 pm.

Holidays at LEGOLAND, California. Enjoy live entertainment, twinkling lights, festive holiday songs and dancing with LEGO Friends Live, snow flurries, nightly fireworks Dec. 26-31, and the annual Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Nov. 25-Jan. 1. 760-918-5346. www.LEGOLAND.com

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights. Boats decorated in holiday lights circle Oceanside Harbor. Dec. 10, 7 pm. 760-722-5751. www.oceansideyc.net

San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”. 125,000+ lights illuminating the Garden. Horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, holiday crafts, visits with Santa and marshmallow roasting. Dec. 3-23 and 26-30, 5-9 pm. Adults, $15-$20, children 3-12, $5. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 760-436-3036. www.SDBGarden.org

South Bay

CHULA VISTA, 91910, 91911, 91914, 91915
Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 59th year of decorating 55+ homes. Dec. 10-26, 5-10 pm.

PARADISE HILLS, 92139
2160 Reo Dr. 14th year of decorating. Nov. 21-Dec. 31, 7pm-midnight. On Dec. 17, free cookies and cocoa, 6:30-9 pm and Santa will be there from 6:30-8 pm.

CORONADO, 92118
Hotel del Coronado.
Hotel del Coronado Celebrate the magic of the holidays as America’s beachfront legend transforms into a winter wonderland of ice and lights, sparkles and snowflakes. With its magnificent outdoor ice skating rink and DELights, The Del is celebrating all things shiny and bright. Join friends and family for lavish feasts, Victorian teas, festive parties and holiday traditions. 1500 Orange Ave. 619-522-8490. www.hoteldel.com

Downtown San Diego

Luminaria. Trees, lamp posts, roofs and courtyards all decorated with lights. Along 30th St. and Fern St. from Juniper to Grape to Beech. Nov.27-Jan. 1. www.SouthParkScene.com

The Forward House in Bankers Hill. Experience the sight and sounds of the season at 108 Ivy St. (1st & Ivy). Built in 1905 for Mayor John Forward Sr, adorned with lights every season since 1998. Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 5–10 pm. 619-533-7904. www.amsecmortgage.net

San Diego Central

BALBOA PARK
Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo. Celebration of Lights and Carol of the Jungle Bells light experiences, Twinkle Light Trolley and live entertainment. Dec. 10-Jan. 2, 9 am-8 pm (til 5 pm Dec. 24). 619-231-1515. www.sandiegozoo.org

CLAIREMONT, 92117
Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. “Clairemont Christmas Park”. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 1-24.

5404 Mt. Burnham Dr. Features a 96-channel animated light display to 98.5 FM. North Pole village display, train and animated figures display in garage. Dec. 12-31, 6-10 pm.

EL CERRITO, 92115
4210 E Overlook Dr. Nicely decorated home includes 4-ft snowmen, lights, an English phone booth, nutcrackers, life-size sleigh and non-toxic falling snow. Dec. 5-Jan. 5, dusk to 10 pm.

MIRA MESA, 92126
8866 Cassioepia Way. Decorated house with a Disney theme. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.

10780 Foxwood Rd. Decorated house with a Scooby Doo theme. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.

11505 Elbert Ct. Decorated house with a PAW Patrol theme. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.

SCRIPPS RANCH, 92131
Stonebridge Parkway and Merritage Ct. Nicknamed “Merry-tage Court”, entire street lit up with fun themes. Dec. 1-31, 5:30-9:30 pm.

TIERRASANTA, 92124
5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta at Via Playa De Cortes. 100,000 lights and decorations all sequenced and animated to music at 106.1 FM. Nov. 26-Dec. 26, 6-10 pm. www.belardolights.com

10927 Baroque Lane. A Winter wonderland with  shooting star display, animated ski village, miniature village, snowmen and more. Dec. 9-28, 6-10 pm.

San Diego Coastal

POINT LOMA, 92106
Garrison St. & Chatsworth. Off Rosecrans. “Garrison Street Lights”. Dec. 1-31. dusk-10 pm.

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. Over 100 vessels. Begins on Quivira Basin. Dec. 10, starts at 7 pm. 858-488-0501. www.mbyc.org

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. 45th Anniversary. “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years” theme. Dec. 11 & 18, 5 pm. Starts off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado. www.sdparadeoflights.org

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. SeaWorld is decked out with more than a million holiday lights and a 40-ft. tree with an animated light show. Also visit Rudolph’s Christmastown and Snow Hill with real snow, Dec. 17-Jan. 1. Nov. 19-Jan. 1. www.seaworldsandiego.com

Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Walk the Temple grounds and enjoy more than 130,000 lights and nativity scenes. Free. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5-11 pm. San Diego Temple, 7474 Charmant Dr., UTC.

East County

EL CAJON, 92020, 92021
Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. Dec. 7-26, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.

11456 Pegeen Pl. “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme, complete with Jack, Sally, Zero, the Mayor & Oogie Boogie. Santa may make a surprise visit. Dec. 5-Jan. 1, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm and Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.

1838 El Pico Dr. Off Hacienda Dr. 53rd year decorating the 20-ft. star that’s 100 ft. up. Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Also see a 55-ft. train. Dec. 8-31, dusk-10 pm.

9777 Valley Ranch Rd. Cul-de-sac of lights programmed to 89.1 FM/87.9 FM. Giant dazzling trees, twinkling stars and a Winter Wonderland of computerized light and music shows. Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 5-10:30 pm.

1552 Cajon Greens Pl. Light-o-rama with a 20-ft. tree, thousands of lights, leaping arches, yard decorations, roof slopes of lights and video projector. Nov. 25-Jan. 2, Sun-Th, dusk-10 pm and Fri-Sat, dusk-midnight.


LAKESIDE, 92040

10248 Paseo Palmas Dr. 20+ houses nicknamed “Tinsel Town.” Dec. 5-25, 5:30-9 pm.

13518 Appaloosa Dr. 48 channels of lights dancing to 88.1 FM. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5-10 pm.

LA MESA, 91941, 91942
6266 De Camp Dr.
22-ft tree of light and more. Lights dance to Christmas songs. Dec. 1- 25, 5-9 pm.

9367 Urban Dr. Decorated with lots of lights and inflatables. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.

7817 Quince St.House lit up. Donations for Humane Society accepted. Dec. 6-31, dusk-10 pm.

8045 Stadler St. Inflatables matched with traditional illuminations. Dec. 1-24, dusk-10 pm.

LEMON GROVE/LOMITA, 91945
689 Meadowbrook Dr. Off Jamacha Rd. South of Lemon Grove. Occasional sightings of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, dusk-10 pm.

2618 Sheri Lane. Cul-de-sac turns into Santa Claus Lane. Light show at 6:30 pm and every 30 minutes on 89.9 FM. Dec. 1-31, 5:30-9:30 pm.

SANTEE, 92071
Starlight Circle/Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off Magnolia. Many homes lit up. Dec. 17-26, dusk-10 pm.

9325 Pebble Beach Dr. Displays on house and yard set to music. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.

9435 Saint Andrews Dr. Santee’s gingerbread house with over 12,000 lights. Nov. 28-Jan. 1, dusk-10pm.

9773 Roe Dr. 27,000 Christmas lights dance to 10 songs over 128 computer channels. Food Bank and St. Jude donations accepted. Dec. 3-Jan. 2. Sun-Th, 6-10 pm and Fri & Sat, 6-11 pm. www.DBChristmas.com

SPRING VALLEY, 91977
4037 N. Bonita St.
Lots of lights, music and decorations. Dec. 15-Jan. 5, dusk-11 pm.

Pinteresting Five: Holiday Porch Decorating Ideas

Beautiful porch decorating ideas you will love this holiday season!

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Pinteresting Five: Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Hosting a meal for the whole family or just for a few close loved ones? Here are some ideas for your Thanksgiving table ideas to inspire you to make it a holiday to remember!

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2016 Thanksgiving Dinner San Diego Guide

It’s almost time to prepare for Thanksgiving again! Everyone wants to enjoy a feast and make memories, but some don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen preparing for it. We’ve gathered a list of a few of the best restaurants and hotels that would be more than happy to make your Thanksgiving a special one!

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George’s California Modern

You can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at California Modern courtesy of executive chef Trey Foshee and chef de cuisine Jonathan Bautista! This wonderful dinner includes a 3-course meal consisting of Diestel turkey breast, Niman Ranch roasted pork loin, plus Chino Farms strawberries, black sesame semifreddo and mochi cake. This will only be served on Thursday, November 16. Visit their website here!

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A.R. Valentien

Eat at the Lodge’s signature restaurant this Thanksgiving! Enjoy freshly made cuisine from world renowned chefs with your entire family and friends! For more information about A.R. Valentien, visit their website here.

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Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar

If you are looking for a more of a romantic atmosphere with your significant other this Thanksgiving, this restaurant is perfect! Enjoy a candlelit dinner this Thanksgiving with delicious entrees! Visit their website here for more information.

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Addison 

Enjoy a luxurious, eight-course thanksgiving meal prepared by the world renowned chef, Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for a unique dinner combination of classic Thanksgiving dishes paired with chef’s specials you can’t get anywhere else! For more information, visit their website here.

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Marina Kitchen

Enjoy a farm to table style dinner this Thanksgiving at Marina Kitchen! This is the perfect place to enjoy a family meal with delicious food options for both parents and children. Enjoy Thanksgiving classics such as squash, roast turkey, ham and assorted fruits in this cozy and serene restaurant. Visit their website here!

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Mister A’s 

Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with an breathtaking view of the San Diego Skyline! Sit back and relax while expert chef Stephane Voitzwinkler, creates Thanksgiving courses with her own unique twist! Check out their website here.

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Millle Fleurs 

This Thanksgiving enjoy Chef Martin Woesle’s specially curated three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu, which includes palate pleasers like a Musquee de Provence pumpkin risotto and oven roasted Diestel Farm turkey with all the fixings! For more information, visit their website here.

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Carne Prima 

Enjoy a three course Turkey dinner which includes a starter, turkey, and chef’s special desert! Click here for more information.

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Grant Grill 

This Thanksgiving, the US GRANT Hotel is serving up two unique dining experiences. Choose from a four-course turkey dinner or an all-encompassing Thanksgiving Buffet from executive chef Mark Kropczynski! For more information, visit their website here.

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Coasterra 

Have a 3 course Thanksgiving meal at Coasterra! Choose from main course choices of  free-range Sonoma turkey or an 8 oz. center cut filet mignon! More information on their website here.