Restaurants open on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in the San Diego Area


Restaurants open on christmas eve and christmas day in San Diego, CA

Dining out for the holidays can be a scrumptious way to mark the year’s end. Enjoy the gift of an exceptional meal at any of these restaurants offering special menus on Christmas Eve and Day.

Where to Dine on Christmas in the San Diego Area

333 Pacific (Oceanside)

This casual-yet-upscale oceanfront spot invites you to take in a three-course dinner ($54.95, and $13.95 for children 12 and under) and evening views of Oceanside Pier on Christmas Day.

Mister A’s (Downtown)

“Tops” in fine dining, this 50-year-old penthouse establishment offers one-of-a-kind views of the skyline as well as spectacular fare. There will be a three-course menu for Christmas Eve dinner ($89.50) as well as Christmas Day brunch and dinner ($77.50).

Coasterra (Harbor Island)

Enjoy a modern Mexican buffet on Christmas Day ($64.95, and $12.95 for children 12 and under) with lovely seating overlooking the bay. Be forewarned; all reservations are for outside, and there is no weather back-up plan.

Humphrey’s (Point Loma)

This Christmas morning, indulge in a festive champagne brunch ($70, $20 for children 4-10, and free for ages 3 and under) in a modern setting on Shelter Island.

Mille Fleurs (Rancho Santa Fe)

Let the food and ambience take you to the French countryside this Christmas. The celebrated Mille Fleurs offers a prix fixe menu on the 24th and an a la carte menu on the 25th.

NINE-TEN (La Jolla)

Treat yourself to a three-course dinner the day before ($70, or $105 with wine pairings). On Christmas Day, it’s an a la carte brunch, special pastry bar, $16 bottomless mimosas, and other drink and chef specials.

Provisional Restaurant at Pendry (Downtown)

Provisional’s casual and communal dining setting will add the perfect tone to your family holiday meal. Partake in a special three-course dinner menus ($80, $25 for children 3-12) on Christmas Eve and Day.

Rustic Root (Gaslamp)

The Gaslamp’s rooftop hot-spot will serve a three-course holiday menu ($55) with house and holiday favorites.

Vistal (Downtown)

The waterfront restaurant at the new InterContinental Hotel overlooks San Diego Bay. It will celebrate its first holiday season with a decadent three-course menu ($59, and $25 for kids 12 and under) on the 24th and 25th.

 

Deb Schrakamp Helps Raise Awareness for Two San Diego Non-Profits: Voices for Children & Promises2kids


Deb Schrakamp Realtor at Willis Allen Real EstateLa Jolla, California (March 2018) – Realtor Deb Schrakamp from Willis Allen Real Estate’s La Jolla office is helping raise awareness for the Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser, benefiting the non-profit group Voices for Children. The event is being held on May 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the Del Mar Plaza. Voices for Children provides a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to every child in the foster care system who needs one, monitors every court file in the system, and advocates to improve the lives of foster children.

“I feel it’s imperative to provide much-needed support to young adults working their way through life without the support of a family,” says Schrakamp, who volunteers with Promises2kids and is also a CASA. “San Diego County has so many foster youth that need another layer of support and another voice, and that is exactly what these organizations do. I hope everyone will consider supporting this important cause by attending the Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser in May.”

The Wine, Women & Shoes event includes a fashion show, wine tastings, food tasting, design shopping, an exciting live auction and more. Tickets cost $250 and can be purchased at https://speakupnow.ejoinme.org/2018winewomenshoes.

Schrakamp says she appreciates the “give back” culture at Willis Allen Real estate and is inspired by the agents who work with a variety of charities throughout San Diego County.

To learn more about Realtor Deb Schrakamp, visit her profile, call 925-963-5151 or send email to debs@willisallen.com. Learn more about Willis Allen at www.willisallen.com.

List of New Year’s Eve Events in the San Diego Area


What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If sitting in front of the TV with a confetti popper isn’t quite what you have in mind this year, check out our list of NYE happenings all over San Diego County. Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome the New Year with a celebration you’ll never forget!

  • If an intimate dinner is more your speed, it’s the perfect time to check out one of San Diego’s spectacular eateries you’ve been wanting to try. Many offer NYE packages for a quieter celebration in a festive setting. These tend to fill up fast, so make your reservation ASAP!

 

9 San Diego Summer Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss


three mugs of beerIt’s not hard to find something worth celebrating every weekend during summer in America’s Finest City. From beers and bacon binging to dogs in costumes, check out some of our favorite festivals on tap this summer.

  • July 22, Heroes Brew Fest at Waterfront Park – This annual beer fest promises you beer, art, tech and music. The festival takes place during the Comic-Con International event weekend. So put on your best cape for the costume contest and browse over 60 breweries that will be on hand sampling their suds.
  • Aug. 6-13, Oceanside International Film Festival – There’s always time for a little film appreciation, so head to Oceanside for features, shorts, animation, documentaries and student work, as well as workshops and after-parties.
  • Aug. 13, Cardiff Dog Days of Summers – A furry friend favorite for 12 years, this free event features over 200 dog-related vendors and rescue groups, as well as pet adoptions, dog contests, kids’ activities, live music, food and more! Scurry on over to Encinitas Community Park to partake.
  • Fridays, through Aug. 18, Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Park – A Carlsbad tradition for over 30 years, this summer series features nine concerts in four parks. The events also features food vendors and activities for all ages.
  • Aug. 25-27, Carlsbad Music Festival – A three-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach,” this festival features an eclectic mix of over 60 performances of and dozens of free outdoor concerts.
  • Aug. 26-27, San Diego Spirits Festival – Why should craft beers get all love? For the ninth year, there will be plenty of craft cocktails to enjoy at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, as well as food and entertainment.
  • Sept. 2, San Diego Bacon Fest – If any food deserves its own festival, bacon is certainly at the top of our list. Alongside beer and cocktails, it’s the best way to celebrate International Bacon Day at NTC Park’s Preble Field.
  • Sept. 15-17, Kaboo Del Mar – This three-day live music festival offers world-class music, hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, craft libations and personal indulgences.
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Adams Avenue Street Fair – Though this event technically lands a week into fall, we just can’t leave out San Diego’s largest free music festival featuring 90 musical acts, a beer garden, carnival rides and festival fare.

Willis Allen’s Ashley McEvers Attends Global Luxury Real Estate Event


Ashley_McEversAshley McEvers, Willis Allen’s Business Development Manager, recently returned from the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT and the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Annual Conference at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The annual conference was part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® (LeadingRE) Conference Week, a series of events that drew an impressive audience of 2,000 real estate professionals from 25 countries. The SUMMIT is an invitation-only event that was hosted by Luxury Portfolio International ® , the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® .

The prestigious event was open only to brokers, managers and relocation professionals affiliated with LeadingRE, a selective global community of the highest quality independent real estate companies. Attendees examined the dynamic factors impacting today’s real estate market and explored ways to best meet the needs of home buyers and sellers.

Keynote speakers included John Foley, former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, who shared insights on teamwork, performance and excellence. Also featured was Josh Linkner, New York Times bestselling author, successful five-time entrepreneur, venture capitalist and national columnist, who focused on innovation and growth. Marci Rossell, LeadingRE chief economist, also shared information on the global economy and its impact on the real estate market. Additional speakers included industry thought leaders who addressed a wide range of timely topics.

The 2017 Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT kicked off by exploring the changing expectations of luxury consumers and what sales associates can do to better serve their clients and provide them with the “wow” for which they are looking. Participants engaged in a collaborative program focused on best practices for serving high-net- worth clientele.

“At these events, I have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with the best-of- the-best in luxury real estate,” says McEvers. “Willis Allen’s exclusive affiliations with companies like Luxury Portfolio International ® are just one of the ways Willis Allen distinguishes itself from other local brokerages. By sharing ideas, exploring trends and discussing ways to elevate our client’s experience through these global affiliations, we can add even more value, whether we are working with someone who is buying or selling property locally or internationally.”

Christie’s American Art Sale Previewed at $85 Million Home offered by Exclusive Affiliate, Willis Allen


Del-Dios-Art-Preview-Christies-Willis-Allen-Sansone-Daniels-2016-3Christie’s International Real Estate partnered with BBVA Compass bank to host a special preview of American art to be auctioned by Christie’s in New York on November 22.

The event was designed not only to offer guests a rare glimpse of selections from the upcoming auction but to view them in a trophy residence, Del Dios Ranch, that is also available for sale and is listed by Christie’s International Real Estate’s exclusive affiliate, San Diego-based Willis Allen.

“Such events serve to illustrate the unique client outreach and satisfaction that distinguishes Christie’s and Christie’s International Real Estate. This collaboration adds value for both art clients and real estate clients, and by partnering with a fine institution such as BBV Compass, we gain even more exposure for these important art and architectural offerings.”

                     —Zackary Wright, Executive Director, Christie’s International Real Estate.

Invited guests viewed artwork on display in the main residence of Del Dios Ranch. Selections included two paintings by Childe Hassam as well as works by William Merritt Chase, Frederick Frieseke, and others. On hand to discuss the art was Elizabeth Beaman, Head of American Art at Christie’s.

Del Dios Ranch, which sits on more than 200 acres in exclusive Rancho Santa Fe, is the most expensive residential listing in San Diego County, and is notable for its magnificent main residence in excess of 8,000 square feet, designed by architect Fred Briggs and consisting of redwood, glass, and marble, and notable for its vaulted ceilings, Arthur Elrod interiors, and a separate 4,000-square-foot indoor pool and spa.

Del-Dios-Art-Preview-Christies-Willis-Allen-Sansone-Daniels-2016-2“The event was a great way to showcase Del Dios Ranch and invite many high net-worth individuals to experience this extraordinary home in all its splendor.  We were thrilled with the additional exposure the Art event brought to the property, and we are so proud to be able to offer our clients the these exclusive opportunities through our affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate and the Auction house. “

             -Listing agents Linda Sansone and Linda Daniels

About Christie’s International Real Estate

Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach, and approximately 135 global affiliates with 31,000 real estate professionals in 45 countries. For additional information, please visit www.christiesrealestate.com.

Willis Allen’s Sean Caddell Aids in Ocean Discovery Institute’s Fundraiser


ocean discovery institute galaOnce again this year, Willis Allen Realtor Sean Caddell – who is also an Ocean Discovery Institute board member – helped Ocean Discovery raise a record amount of money in support of tuition-free science education programs for urban youth.

Annual Bubble Up! Gala 2016

Ocean Discovery’s annual black-tie Bubble Up! gala drew more than 300 business and philanthropic heroes to the Omni La Costa Resort in September. This year’s theme, Our Heroes…Extraordinary, celebrated the outstanding endeavors and achievements of both supporters and students.

Gala attendees donated $310,000, making this year’s gala the most successful to date. Proceeds from the gala will support programs and pave the way for an expansion that will provide 20,000 young people with hands-on science and conservation education every year.

Caddell, who like all Willis Allen Realtors puts a strong emphasis on community service and volunteerism, says he considered the success of the gala truly extraordinary. “It was an incredible evening that surpassed our wildest expectations,” says Caddell. “Our community of supporters truly showed their super powers – connecting to our amazing students and then raising their paddles in support of them. We are so grateful for their incredible generosity.”

Gala attendees enjoyed a lively auction, an inspiring student-infused program, and a chance to meet Ocean Discovery students to hear firsthand how the institute has impacted their journey to a scientific future. They met college graduates who are now in science careers, high school and middle school students who recently traveled to Baja California to conduct research with scientists in the field, and elementary school students who are just beginning their journey.

Bubble Up! was made possible by the support of Boeing; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; Cox Communications; KP Environmental; RECON; SDG&E; Bumble Bee Foods; On Call Staffing Solutions; and Hughes Marino.

About Ocean Discovery Institute

Ocean Discovery Institute uses science to engage young people from urban and underserved backgrounds and empowers them to transform their lives, their community, and ultimately the world as scientific and environmental leaders. For more information, please visit www.OceanDiscoveryInstitute.org.

 

WARE to Celebrate New Year’s in San Diego County


New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year. But there are many ways to welcome 2016 on Dec. 31 and January 1. Here are just four of our favorites.

For a more complete list, you can check out this article in San Diego Magazine.

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Big Night San Diego (Downtown – Hilton Bayfront)

With ten party areas, five dance floors and drinks included, this is arguably one of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties in the country. The event starts at 9 p.m. and wraps up long after the clock strikes midnight, at 2 a.m. Learn more and buy tickets.

Penguin Plunge (Del Mar)

Join the Del Mar Lifeguard Association for its annual dive into the New Year on New Year’s Day. You can join the group that runs into the chilly ocean, or just watch the fun! Find out more.

Happy Fondue Year at The Melting Pot (La Jolla & Gaslamp)

Fondue is kind of a retro (but delicious!) way to ring in the New Year, and The Melting Pot has an exclusive five-course menu at two locations in La Jolla or Gaslamp on New Year’s Eve.

Coronado (Hotel Del Coronado)

The Del does New Year’s Eve in style, with a “Havana Nights” New Year’s Eve Gala or the “Club Crown” dance party. For a more intimate celebration you can enjoy an amazing dinner and live music at 1500 OCEAN. Book a reservation now.

 

 

 

Willis Allen’s Drew Nelson Wins McNaught-Davis/Knox Award


Drew_Nelson_Knox_AwardWillis Allen Real Estate, the family owned and operated firm that was founded in San Diego County 100 years ago, congratulates Realtor Drew Nelson on winning the coveted McNaught-Davis/Knox Award from the La Jolla Real Estate Brokers’ Association (REBA).

The award was founded in 1962 and honors a truly outstanding Realtor who exemplifies personal integrity, community activity, salesmanship, service to the real estate profession, and cooperation with associates. Each year the recipient is selected by a panel of peers who previously won the award. Willis Allen Real Estate has a long history of Knox award winners, currently 9 hold the coveted title.

Interestingly, Andrew Nelson won the Knox award the year that Drew was born. And Drew won the award the year his first son, Andrew Nelson, IV, was born.

Receiving this award from my colleagues, with whom I regularly both compete and cooperate, is evidence that you can succeed by operating fairly, communicating openly and working hard to create win-win situations,” Drew says. “I am so honored to now stand among the past recipients of the McNaught Davis/Knox award, my dad included, and carry on the tradition of rewarding those qualities.”

In introducing his son at the event, Andrew shared that Drew officially started his career in real estate right after graduating from USC. “But Drew first began learning about real estate riding in the back of my car on the way home from showings when he was just five years old,” Andrew joked during the touching ceremony. “I’m incredibly proud of him – he’s not only a remarkable son, he is also an example of a true, committed professional in the highly competitive field of real estate.”

To learn more about Willis Allen Real Estate visit www.willisallen.com or visit www.drewnelsonrealtor.com for more about Realtor Drew Nelson.

Realtor Patrick Shea Joins Willis Allen’s Point Loma Office


Patrick Shea Point Loma RealtorWillis Allen Real Estate’s Point Loma branch office is pleased to announce that Realtor Patrick Shea has joined its team at 2904 Cañon St.

Shea is a seasoned salesperson and was on a team that closed over 80 transactions his first four years in real estate. “All of this experience helped me realize the commitment to customer service that is necessary to be successful and create superior customer experiences.”

Point Loma Branch Manager Judy Kettenburg-Chayka says it’s that commitment, along with Shea’s excitement for the real estate business, which sets him apart from other Realtors. “Patrick is in the business to help others and focuses on customer service and attention to detail. He has strong industry knowledge, clear communication skills and transparency in his processes. Patrick is a strong addition to our team.”

Shea says he chose to join Willis Allen Real Estate because of its “legacy and impeccable reputation for professionalism.”

Shea is an Eagle Scout and remains active with the Boy Scouts of America community. He’s also a runner and an avid baker.

To reach Willis Allen Realtor Patrick Shea please call 619-363-3209 or email patrick@willisallen.com. To learn more about the 100-year-old brokerage, Willis Allen Real Estate, visit www.willisallen.com.