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For one reason or another, I have spent much of my life living in resort communities. Never have I experienced such an embracing beauty like Carlsbad. The complete physical, cultural and spiritual atmosphere here is bar none.

SummerHouse Carlsbad Hosts Aaron Chang Art Exhibit

SummerHouse Carlsbad – Zephyr’s 35-unit luxury beach condo community hosted a special art exhibit for world famous surf photographer Aaron Chang. Named one of the top five sports photographers by American Photographer magazine, Chang specializes in ocean and surf photography and has had his work published around the world.

Around Town

Mom isn't likely to go get a spray tan on her own, so a stop at Blush Tan is the perfect surprise to give her a little added glow. Blush’s chemical-free products comprise top notch ingredients (free of all oils), providing a natural look in just 15 minutes. Trade in the normal mani-pedi rendezvous for an appointment at Blink Lash…

A Cup of Happiness at La Costa Coffee

In all the 5-star reviews of the La Costa Coffee Roasting shop, nestled in the inward facing corner of the Plaza Paseo Real, one word sticks out: “retro.” If you recall and miss the days when having a cup of coffee was more about a great roast, great company, and a relaxing atmosphere rather than finding the perfect pour over,…

Alice in Wander-land

As children, we all heard the story or watched the movie Alice in Wonderland. Alice was walking down a path and reached the forest where there was a big tree covered in signs pointing to different forks in the road, and she stopped in her tracks, faced with a big decision. “Which way should I go?” she said, rhetorically speaking.…

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

The most stylish gals know casual does not equate to lackluster. Catering to mavens of California cool, Tucci Del Mar celebrates the effortlessly chic with a strong focus on denim, wardrobe staples and lust-worthy home decor. Beach babes flock for indie brands Frame, Figue and The Lady & The Sailor, while city dreamers acquire jewels and sneakers from indie designers…


There are five key pillars to health, but most of us only focus on a few. Then we wonder why we have trouble losing weight, have low energy, frequent colds, too much stress, poorly behaved children, body pains, etc. We have to remember that health is like a building, and if one of the pillars is not strong, your health…

Gear Up For Summer, Oenophiles!

With summer right around the corner, beautiful “light on the palate” wines that will pair beautifully with all your barbeques and beach days are on their way. The first thing to remember while enjoying wine is that this is your journey. Begin to understand what it is you like about a wine. Nuances that you may be drawn to or…

Man About Town: JR Phillips

Another gorgeous morning after an overnight drizzle, another day living in paradise. I am not the only one who can attest to the fact that Carlsbad is a true gem. JR Phillips, along with his wife Marie and three children, has called the city home for the past 19 years. At his family residence, I am greeted warmly while JR…

Fifth Annual Taste of Bressi

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s Fifth Annual Taste of Bressi Festival (presented by George and Meryl Young) boasted over 500 guests and raised over $25,000 for the Club’s impactful after school programs. It was a fun-packed afternoon with 34 beer, wine and food vendors. Photography Victor Goodpasture

Bird on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…

Agua Hedionda Hosts Tip Top Run

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation hosted the annual Tip Top Run featuring World Water Day. The event celebrates the eradication of Caulerpa taxifolia and helps to raise friends, funds, and awareness about the amazing resource that is the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Over 300 runners and festival goers participated.

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa. Celebrating business excellence in the community, awards recognized local businesses and entrepreneurs for Community Impact, Growing Business, Technology and Innovation, and several other categories. Photos by Jeff Kassebaum, Jeff Kassebaum Photography.

Pacific Ridge School Event Encourages ‘New Perspectives’

A crowd of nearly 500, including Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall and Carlsbad Community and Economic Development Director Glen Van Peski, were left inspired by Pacific Ridge School’s Designing New Perspectives event, which featured presentations by celebrated engineering advocate Deanne Bell and world-renowned National Geographic photographer DeWitt Jones.

Be a Difference Maker

I remember the first time I watched passively as my child failed. My six-year-old son was on the pitcher’s mound. The only training he had until that moment was a ten-minute pep talk from his coach and a few practice throws before the game. I remember how small and eager he looked. The air was still. My mouth twitched involuntarily…

Mother’s Day 

Planning to celebrate in Carlsbad? Here are some of our recommendations for area restaurants in the city where you and mom can enjoy a special day together. Whether planning a feast with the family or some alone time for mom with her girlfriends, these lovely restaurants provide a few great options: