With an average temperature of 72 degrees, San Diego is the ideal place to visit during the holiday season. Although Southern California doesn’t experience much snowfall, that doesn’t prevent the locals from getting in the festive spirit.
Christmas in the Park-Poway December 14: The event features a tree lighting ceremony, visits from Santa, train rides, live music, theatre performances, food, treats, crafts and more.
Spreckels Organ Pavilion; in Balboa Park; 2pm every Sunday: The pavilion features the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ, a San Diego landmark.
Shop Solana Beach; Through December 15: The local boutiques and restaurants offer special discounts and promotions throughout the holiday season. Visit Highway 101 or the Cedros Design District to find one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family.
Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights; December 14, 2013: This popular boat parade circles the harbor, featuring a wide variety of vessels all brightly decorated for the holiday season.
Apple Season in Julian; Throughout December: Drive to the mountain town to sip hot apple cider and sample a piece of legendary pie. You’ll also experience carolers and a living nativity scene during this time of year.
We encourage you to visit Winners Circle during this magical time of year and experience all the festivities our local area has to offer. Please click here to make a reservation.
If you’re away from home for the holidays, but still craving comfort food, the recipes below will satisfy your soul.
These easy, breezy recipes can be prepared in a refrigerator or on a stove top. If you’re staying somewhere like our resort, that has these amenities in every room, you’ll have one more thing to be thankful for: a delicious, homemade meal.
Honey Goat-Cheese Wrapped Grapes
- 1 package red grapes
- 1 lb. Chevre with Honey (if you don’t like goat cheese, you could use a milder soft cheese)
- Large handful of walnuts
Wash the grapes and dry thoroughly. Gently wrap the cheese around individual grapes, carefully covering the entire grape. Toast, then chop walnuts. Next, roll the cheese-covered grapes in walnuts (you may want to gently press the walnuts into the cheese for extra coverage). Chill before serving.
Pan Seared Turkey and Vegetables
4 turkey cutlets, about 1 1/2 pounds total
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 ½ cups chopped mixed vegetables, such as split brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and small yellow potatoes, all cut into 1/2 to 1-inch pieces
Pinch of dried red chile flakes
1 to 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups homemade or storebought low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoons fig, cranberry or lingonberry preserves
Season the turkey cutlets with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch Oven over high heat until shimmering. Add the cutlets and cook until browned on one side, about 4 minutes, then flip and repeat on the other side. Remove and set aside.
In the same skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the vegetables and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring. Season with salt, pepper and chile flakes, if using. Add the rosemary sprig, and place the lid on the pot. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 mins. Place turkey cutlets on top of vegetables. Cover pot and continue cooking until vegetables are tender and turkey registers 155°F on an instant read thermometer, 1 to 3 hours or longer. Transfer to a serving platter and tent with foil.
Wipe out the skillet and return to medium-high heat. Add the butter and flour, whisking to combine. Add the broth and bring to a boil, whisking together until thickened, about two minutes. Season with salt and pepper. If desired, swirl in fig preserves and serve with the turkey.
Graham Cracker Crust
One package of Cream Cheese
Powdered Sugar (to taste)
One can of cherry pie filling
Mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar, pour into the pie crust, pour cherry pie filling over the mixture, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
It’s that time of year! The San Diego County Fair has begun. This year’s theme is “GAME ON!”, a nod to all types of games—from video games to old school game shows.
Although the theme changes each year, the San Diego County Fair (aka the Del Mar Fair) offers the same fun and excitement each time.
There are rides, food vendors, live concerts, educational exhibits and even horse shows!
This year, the fair will be offering One Price Rid Days on June 19, 20, 26 and 27.
Musical acts include Colbie Caillat (performing June 21), Train (performing June 27) and Adam Lambert (performing July 2).
Don’t miss the fun for all ages at the San Diego County Fair. The Del Mar Fairgrounds are just across the street from Winners Circle Resort.
For more information, visit www.sdfair.com.
Winners Circle Resort, a mid-sized hotel and timeshare property, today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
“We are very excited to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Jaquelyn, Assistant General Manager, at Winners Circle Resort. “We strive to offer our guests a positive experience, and this award is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”
“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”
About Winners Circle Resort
Winners Circle Resort is just minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Del Mar, CA and offers spacious studio, one and two-bedroom suites complete with private patio or balcony. Ideally located near the Del Mar racetrack, 20 minutes north of the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and other attractions, the Winners Circle resort is perfectly situated to make the most out of your trip to San Diego. Just 15 minutes south of Legoland, and only one mile from the Beach, the Winners Circle Resort offers accommodations unequaled in the surrounding area.
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