Take a Closer Look- Story Ideas 2012

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Togethering: Family friendly Oceanside is the highlight of an upcoming episode on a new PBS travel series called “Getting Away Together.” The show highlights the best places in the U.S. for families- both extended and immediate- to vacation together. Oceanside was chosen for its stellar beach front vacation rentals, coastal location and range of activities for the entire family.

Athletic Tourism: Oceanside not only boasts an impressive list of elite events from Ironman qualifiers to professional surf contests, but is also a sought after training ground for cyclists, runners and swimming enthusiasts.

Vintage Oceanside: From the Mission San Luis Rey and the Top Gun House to the historic 101 Café and Surf Museum’s Vintage Surf Swap Meet, Oceanside is rich in California history both ancient and contemporary.

Luxury – Absolutely – Laid Back Luxury: Though best known for its laid back coastal cool, there’s luxury to be found from beachfront accommodations with gourmet kitchens, hot tubs, putting greens and fire pits, to ocean view dining options and private sailing charters.

Couples Retreat: Couples therapists Gerry and Margo Dye of LIFE Marriage Retreats choose Oceanside as one of only five locations for their couples retreats due to the abundant natural beauty and wide range of activities from captaining a small electric boat and enjoying a romantic cruise for two around Oceanside Harbor to paddling out at sunset for a front row seat to the green flash. Life Marriage Retreats

When Pigs Fly: Oceanside’s newest gastropub, The Flying Pig, is steadily earning rave reviews for its celebration of everything pig.  Favorites include Molasses-braised pork belly, bacon-studded mac n’ cheese and an ice-cream sundae with candied pork belly on top. The Flying Pig Pub and Kitchen

Surf Is King: Oceanside lays claim to some of the area’s best and most consistent surf spots. It’s also home to the California Surf Museum, which has debuted two new exhibits that captures the radical changes in surfing and skateboarding during the late 1960’s. Upcoming in 2012 is a new exhibit featuring the works of surf photographer Aaron Chang. California Surf Museum

The Art Scene: Oceanside Museum of Art continues to raise the bar with unique exhibits in 2012 including Contemporary Art Wins a Beachhead: The La Jolla School of Arts, 1960-1964; Quilt National; and an exhibit of underwater photography. Oceanside Museum of Art

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Oceanside, California Hotels Top Choice for ‘Getting Away Together

Oceanside, California Hotels Top Choice for ‘Getting Away Together’
Cool Sea Breezes of the Pacific Southwest Ideal for Family Vacations, Reunions

Oceanside, CA – February 6, 2012 – Get away together and explore the world with friends and family to create a vacation experience with memories to last a lifetime. Whether it’s a close place to start or thousands of miles away, the cool sea breezes of the Pacific Ocean and pristine Oceanside, CA lodging make the west coast an ideal location for a sharing vacation time with family and friends.

Boasting miles of breathtaking beaches, remarkable sunsets, fantastic water sports, theme parks and attractions, there’s something for everyone along California’s southern west coast and with spacious accommodations at family-friendly Oceanside, California hotels like the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Oceanside, friends and families can easily find a comfort zone for unforgettable fun.

Conveniently located just minutes from Oceanside Beach, LEGOLAND and Sea Life Aquarium, families booking accommodations utilizing the Courtyard’s Oceanside CA hotel suites and well-appointed guest rooms won’t have far to go to create fun-in-the-sun filled days that will entice both young and old. All hotel rooms are appropriately furnished for comfort and convenience and include a microwave, refrigerator and coffee/tea service. Whether staying in one of the hotel’s comfortable guest rooms or spacious hotel suites, all guests enjoy the luxury of resting on thick mattresses topped with crisp cotton linens and plenty of pillows. Each room also features a 32-inch LCD HDTV and a large desk with plenty of outlets for keeping electronics charged and ready for capturing vacation memories.

Offering value-added amenities such as complimentary high-speed Internet access and free on-site parking, families and friends will find this Oceanside, CA hotel’s relaxing lobby a great place for bringing everyone together and The Bistro’s variety of hearty and healthy breakfast and dinner menus are ideal whether sitting down for dinner or hurrying off to the beach. The Bistro proudly serves Starbucks® coffee and specialty drinks and offers craft beers and quality wines for a relaxing interlude at day’s end. Added family fun can be found poolside around the hotel’s inviting outdoor pool, relaxing comfortably around the outdoor patio fire pit with a glass of wine or in the lobby theatre for family entertainment and sporting events over a big screen TV.

About the Courtyard San Diego Oceanside Hotel

The Courtyard San Diego Oceanside is a stylish choice among hotels in Oceanside, CA welcoming travelers with gracious accommodations and exceptional service. Striving to pamper guests with everything they need for a comfortable hotel experience, the Courtyard, located just 40 miles from San Diego International Airport, provides guests with a boarding pass station, business library and convenient Market for last minute or late night needs. A state-of-the-art fitness center is also available so travelers can stay in shape whether on the road for business or pleasure.

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CONTACT: Courtyard San Diego Oceanside
3501 Seagate Way · Oceanside, California 92056 USA
1-760-966-1000

New and Notable in Oceanside- Spring 2012

New and Notable in Oceanside, San Diego’s North Shore- San Diego 2012
High profile Ironman race returns and popular sushi restaurant goes green

Oceanside, Calif.- February 2012– Oceanside, San Diego’s North Shore, is welcoming spring with new restaurants, attractions and events that capture its fun, coastal essence. Here’s a look at what’s new and notable for spring 2012:

Harney Sushi Goes Green Using Only Sustainable Seafood

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In an effort to be more environmentally responsible and minimize the restaurant’s impact on our oceans, Oceanside’s Harney Sushi recently became the first sushi restaurant in San Diego to feature 100% sustainable seafood on its menu. The sustainable seafood transition of the menu includes eliminating certain types of traditional sushi ingredients that are unable to establish systems of sustainability due to over fishing. Harney Sushi is part of a growing population of consumers who strive to eat in a way that not only nourishes the body, but the planet as well. www.harneysushi.com

Elite Athletes Descend on Oceanside for Ironman 70.3

Oceanside’s natural coastal playground is the site of the Ironman 70.3 California on March 31, 2012. The race course includes a 1.2 mile swim in Oceanside Harbor, a one-loop 56 mile bike course that includes the challenging hills of Camp Pendleton and a 13.1 mile run through the costal neighborhoods of Oceanside. www.ironman.com

Artists@Work- New Program at Oceanside Museum of Modern Art

In addition to offering free admission every Tuesday and a host of new exhibits in 2012, Oceanside Museum of Art has introduced a new program called Artists@Work. Offered on the second Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m., the program allows guests to get a first-hand look at the creative process as they watch an artist produce an original artwork. The creative happy hour features a different artist each month and includes complimentary appetizers and no-host beer and wine bar. www.oma-online.org.

Beach Break Café Opens Second Location

This spring, Oceanside’s favorite, locally owned breakfast place, Beach Break Café, will open a second location at the Oceanside Harbor. Famous for funky, surf décor and specialties like Banana Crunch French toast, the café will be located on Harbor Drive South next to the Harbor Gift Shop and offer a fun, fresh new reason to “hang” at the harbor. www.beachbreakcafeoceanside.com

Water Housings and Vintage Surf Swap Meet at The California Surf Museum

California Surf Museum’s exciting lineup of spring events includes a historic look at camera water housings with renowned surf photographer Aaron Chang on March 31 and the 2nd annual Vintage Surf swap meet on Saturday, April 28 featuring surfboards, surf memorabilia and vintage collectibles. www.surfmuseum.org

About Oceanside

Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. With 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor, California’s longest wooden pier and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is an ideal place for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding and more. The city also boasts a number of important cultural attractions including Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art.

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of your travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Spring Fever Remedy – Oceanside, California

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Spring Fever Remedy – Oceanside, California

Getaway packages and convenient location make Oceanside a popular
Spring Break escape

Oceanside, Calif.- March 2012- Oceanside, San Diego’s North Shore, has the cure for spring fever. This classic, Southern California beach town sets the stage for a fun Spring escape with seasonal hotel packages to suit any budget and a central location that is within easy reach of San Diego’s top family attractions including Legoland California and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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Oceanside’s Spring Getaway packages range from luxury beach front homes to economical seaside hotels. Among Oceanside’s hottest spring hotel deals are:

Beach Front Only

With more than 50 beach front properties ranging from one bedroom bungalows to ten bedroom luxury mansions and within walking distance of downtown Oceanside, Beach Front Only is an exciting vacation experience for families and vacationers traveling with pets. Beach Front Only’s Spring Promotion includes 25% off any stay between March 9 and April 15, 2012. For more information, visit www.beachfrontonly.com or call 1-888-338-0061.

Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort

Situated directly across from the picturesque Oceanside Pier and its wide sandy beach, Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort offers contemporary condo-style vacation rentals with a fun, surfer-chic décor. This spring, the hotel is featuring a Book Early and Save Promotion that allows visitors to receive a free upgrade to a two-bedroom unit when they book a one-bedroom. The offer is limited to availability for stays between May 13 and June 14, 2012. Rooms must be booked by April 30, 2012. For more information or reservations, call the hotel 866-826-6240 or visit www.extraholidays.com.

Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina

Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina is a brand new, contemporary hotel within walking distance to Oceanside Harbor and beach. Amenities such as wireless hi-speed Internet access, outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, an onsite, full-service restaurant and room service await guests this spring. The hotel’s Spring Package includes special rates starting at $139 per night and a $20 breakfast voucher each morning. The package is valid from April 1-30, 2012 and can be booked at http://bit.ly/stayspring.

For more Oceanside getaway deals, visit www.mail-forward.org.

Centrally located along the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. Oceanside highlights include:

  • – Over three miles of sandy beach shoreline
  • – Longest over-water wooden pier in California great for strolling, fishing or watching local surfers catch the pier-break’s epic waves
  • – Quaint New England-style harbor with restaurants, shops, and variety of activity options from boat rentals to harbor excursions
  • – Cultural excursions including the “King of Missions” San Luis Rey, Oceanside Museum of Art and the California Surf Museum
  • – Popular weekly daytime and sunset market featuring several blocks of fresh regional produce, international food booths, local entertainment and regional souvenirs
  • – Nearby San Diego’s top family attractions including 10 minutes to LEGOLAND California and 30 minutes to SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park

About Visit Oceanside

To assist with every aspect of visitor travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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Become a Volunteer!

Would you like to become a California Welcome Center-Oceanside volunteer?

We are sure you will be pleased with the new friends you will make and the interesting people you will meet from all over the world.

Please complete the Volunteer Profile and return it to the Welcome Center.

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Carla Noble
California Welcome Center-Oceanside Manager
(760) 721-1101
carla@mail-forward.org

California Welcome Center-Oceanside

“Welcome to Oceanside!” is what you will hear when you enter our charming center…

The California Welcome Center- Oceanside assists visitors from all over the country and from all around the world. With just one stop, visitors can find:

  • Local, Regional and State Maps
  • Visitor Guides
  • Purchase Discount Tickets to Major Attractions
  • Make Hotel Reservations
  • Shop For The Perfect Souvenir

We receive more than 100,000 visitors each year, and fortunately we have a fantastic group of volunteers who generously donate their time in order to keep the Welcome Center open 7 days a week.

Our volunteers are so enthusiastic and eager to provide helpful information!

California Welcome Center-Oceanside

928 North Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054
(800) 350-7873

Accommodations

Special Room Rates for 2014 RAAM Participants, Friends and Family We are so thrilled to have Race Across America returning to Oceanside on June 10 & 14, 2014. Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitor’s Bureau has coordinated special group room block rates just for you!  Please click here to see a list of accommodations.

Welcome to Oceanside!

Welcome to Oceanside 2014 Race Across America participants, friends and family! We are so excited that you will share this incredible athletic journey with us. Conveniently located between San Diego and Los Angeles, Oceanside makes for the perfect home base while you explore all that Southern California has to offer. Request an Oceanside Visitors Guide before you get

“Togethering” in Oceanside, CA. A Highlight of Summer Travel Season.

“Togethering” In Oceanside, Calif. A Highlight of Summer Travel Season

New PBS Show Showcases Trend of Traveling with Extended Family with One Episode Taking Place in Oceanside.

Oceanside, Calif. – April 2, 2012– As busy work and home schedules mean families are spending more and more time apart, vacationing together or “togethering” in meaningful locales has become an increasingly popular trend. The new PBS reality series “Getting Away Together” explores this travel phenomenon with an episode taking place in Oceanside, Calif. Viewers can currently watch the episode online at http://www.gettingawaytogether.com/destination/oceanside-california

The Oceanside episode follows three generations of the Hatch family from Utah who gather together for a Southern California beach vacation. Home base for the 46 family members is a stunning, oceanfront, 10 bedroom vacation rental that is part of Beach Front Only’s collection of rental accommodations in the city. The home’s amenities include an ocean front patio, two hot tubs, two ocean view rooftop decks, two gourmet kitchens and 10 bedrooms each with its own bathroom.

The show captures the Hatch family enjoying time at the beach, taking surf lessons and hanging out at the house. It also shows the group venturing around town to places such as Oceanside Harbor, California Surf Museum Oceanside, downtown Sunset Market, Oceanside Pier and the nearby San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The family also fueled up at some favorite local joints including the 101 Café.

“Oceanside is the ideal location for families vacationing together. It’s accessible and has beautiful scenery, as well as a fun variety of attractions and adventures,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Making our city even more enticing is the wide selection of accommodations, including rental homes, which are perfect for extended families looking for multi-bedroom accommodations, kitchens and a sense of comfort under one roof.”

Vacation rentals are one of the fastest-growing hospitality categories in North America, with groups of friends and families discovering them now more than ever. In each episode of Getting Away Together, a new group of travelers is featured as they unwind with meaningful travel experiences in fun locales, with vacation rentals as their home base.

“Staying in a professionally managed vacation rental home is a unique lodging option which allows families and friends to stay together, under one roof, in a fully furnished home,” said Alex Risser, president of Vacation Rental Managers Association. “One of the core issues facing the vacation rental industry remains the lack of awareness surrounding the lodging option. Getting Away Together is an ideal outlet for increasing awareness and serves as an educational tool for traveling patrons, which in turn, increases tourism revenue dollars for each destination the series features.”

There are millions of vacation rental choices across North America, from individual owners to professional companies who maintain and service vacation rental properties and their guests each day which includes all of the proper inspections, secure reservation services, housekeeping, landscaping, laundry, etc. Professional vacation rental companies provide all the benefits of other lodging options with additional amenities and value, including extra values or coupons for local activities, shopping and dining, as well as free rental cars, gift cards, home features and more.

About Oceanside

Centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Southern California coastline, Oceanside is considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside’s central location offers visitors an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. With 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor, California’s longest wooden pier and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is an ideal place for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding and more. The city also boasts a number of important cultural attractions including Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), the California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. Visit www.mail-forward.org.

About Beach Front Only

Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals currently manages over 50 oceanfront properties in north county San Diego, ranging from one bedroom beach bungalows to ten bedroom luxury mansions on the sand. Beachfront Only strives to maintain a superior quality in each home, while providing professional and personal service to make each vacation experience unique. For more information visit www.beachfrontonly.com.

About Getting Away Together

The first season of Getting Away Together will profile 13 dynamic travel destinations and is sponsored by The Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) as part of its Discover Vacation Homes awareness initiative, as well as TripAdvisor® and CSA Travel Protection.

The series is being produced by the Emmy Award-winning PineRidge Film & Television Company, who has proven travel series success with Great Hotels, Great Vacation Homes, Passport to Europe and more. Getting Away Together portrays the professionally managed vacation rental experience in an authentic and informative manner.

For PBS station listings of Getting Away Together air times, first-season episode previews, full webisodes, best-kept trip secrets, tips and other resources, visit www.GettingAwayTogether.com.

“Like” the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GettingAwayTogether to get the latest show updates, exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and to connect with fellow travelers and experts, or join the conversation on Twitter at @getawaytogether.

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Visit Oceanside Presents First Scholarship and Recognizes Outstanding Industry Partners at Annual Tourism Summit

VISIT OCEANSIDE PRESENTS FIRST SCHOLARSHIP AND RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING INDUSTRY PARTNERS AT ANNUAL TOURISM SUMMIT

Oceanside, Calif.- May 16, 2012- At its second annual Tourism Summit on Tuesday, May 15, Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau named its first scholarship recipient and recognized key industry partners with awards for hospitality partner of the year, tourism partner of the year and volunteer of the year.

Francois Thonnard, Recipient, Visit Oceanside Scholarship
Francois Thonnard was named the first recipient of Visit Oceanside’s $1,000 student scholarship. Thonnard, a student of Mira Costa College’s hospitality department, was recognized for his outstanding academic achievements and his volunteer service at the California Welcome Center in Oceanside. The scholarship is funded by the Tourism Marketing District for Oceanside.

Michele Bragalone, Hospitality Partner of the Year
Michele Bragalone, director of sales of Western Pacific Region for Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, was honored with the Hospitality Partner of the Year Award. She was recognized for always being a team player and her numerous contributions to furthering sales and marketing efforts.

Captain Tom Aguigui, Tourism Partner of the Year
Captain Tom Aguigui of the Oceanside Police Department was given the Tourism Partner of the Year Award for his work in building a stronger partnership between the Oceanside Police Department and the visitor industry.

Pamela Andrus, Volunteer of the Year
Pam Andrus received the Volunteer of the Year Award and was recognized for her many hours of service to the California Welcome Center Oceanside.

About Visit Oceanside
To assist with every aspect of your travel needs, Oceanside is home to one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers and the Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB/California Welcome Center Oceanside is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit www.mail-forward.org.

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