Holiday Gifts and Bucket List Musts

Give the gift of an experience. Now more than ever, “time” has become such a precious and cherished commodity. We all live such crazy and busy lives, that when we have the opportunity to relax and unwind, spending time with those that we love the most and creating once-in-a-lifetime memories with them, has become our most prized possessions. As we embark on the holiday season, take a moment to truly think about your loved ones and consider what it would be like to give a “gift of experience” this holiday season. Remind your friends and family what it is like to use their phone to take adventure-filled photos instead of checking endless work emails. The Oceanside Experiential Gift Guide is a sampling of bucket list worthy experiences that are all within easy reach and sure to be favorite gifts for years to come.

2014 Oceanside Tourism Summit

VISIT OCEANSIDE ENCOURAGES “NO FEAR” INNOVATION AT ANNUAL TOURISM SUMMIT Awards Given To Local Champions; Mira Costa Student Receives Scholarship Oceanside, Calif.- May 8, 2014: Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau hosted its 4th annual Tourism Summit today at the new SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oceanside. Set to the theme of “No Fear, Innovate,” the

Oceanside Transforming Visitor Scene in 2014

OCEANSIDE TRANSFORMING VISITOR SCENE IN 2014 WITH CITY-WIDE IMPROVEMENT AND MILESTONE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS Summer Visitors Will Enjoy an Updated Downtown, New Beachside Hotel and Flagship Craft Brewery Among Other Things Oceanside, Calif.- February 27, 2014-  Oceanside, San Diego’s North Shore (dev.visitoceanside.org), is making waves in 2014 with city-wide development and improvement projects aimed at increasing

“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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New and Notable in Oceanside-Summer 2012

NEW & NOTABLE IN OCEANSIDE, SAN DIEGO’S NORTH SHORE- SUMMER 2012

Oceanside, Calif.- May 14, 2012- Summer is heating up in Oceanside, San Diego’s North Shore. From hotel deals to new dining and activities, here’s the scoop on what not to miss in Oceanside this summer.

Getaway Deal
With hundreds of rooms- from 10-bedroom luxury seaside homes to vintage coastal cottages- right on the sand, Oceanside’s BeachFront Only vacation rentals make the perfect home base for a summer getaway by the sea. Those looking for a deal this summer can enjoy 25% off rentals the week of June 16-22 and August 24-30. The discount applies to any length of stay between those dates, except two-night weekend stays. Promo code: SUMMER25VO. www.beachfrontonly.com.

Tsunami Skydivers Opens In Oceanside
Thrill seekers in search of adventure will delight in Oceanside’s newest offering: skydiving. Tsunami Skydivers will operate out of The Oceanside Municipal Aiport and cater to both first-time and experienced divers. Skydivers will go to 12,500 feet and enjoy a one-of-a-kind, breathtaking aerial view of the coast. It’s the closest you’ll get to coastal skydiving in Southern California! Operations are expected to begin by July 1, 2012.

Complimentary Museum Admission Days
This summer, visitors can check out Oceanside’s most popular museums for free. Each Tuesday, admission is complimentary at the hip Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) and at the popular California Surf Museum. One new exhibit not to be missed is OMA’s Cruisin’ Califas: The Art of Lowriding. Debuting May 13, this exhibit explores the Lowrider cultural phenomenon that originated in Southern California. Full-sized Lowrider cars, motorcycles and bicycles will be on display, as well as over 50 paintings, sculptures and photographs inspired by Lowrider culture. www.oma-online.org

Grunion Run- Fun for the Whole Family
Visitors can delight in a true Southern California summer beach experience by trolling the beach late at night in search of the grunion. Each June, July and August, the beaches of Oceanside play host to thousands of slippery fish who land on its shores after nightfall. Grunions leave the water at night to spawn on beaches beginning on nights of the full and new moons. Spawning typically takes place over four consecutive nights. As waves break on the beach, grunions swim as far up the beach as possible making for an awe-inspiring sight. Expected dates for the 2012 summer grunion season are: June 4-7 and 19-22; July 4-7 and 18-21; August 1-4 and 17-19. For more information visit: www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/grunionschedule.asp#runs

Stone Brewing Co. To Open Oceanside Tasting Room
Just a few blocks from the pier, North County’s award-winning Stone Brewing Co. has plans to open an Oceanside store just in time for the summer season. Stone Company Store- Oceanside will offer beer tastings, as well as a selection of merchandise and bottled brew for purchase. Expected opening is July 2012. www.stonebrew.com

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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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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Visit Oceanside Unveils New, Interactive Visitor’s Guide

Visit Oceanside Unveils New, Interactive Visitor’s Guide

Video Vignettes of Local Personalities Showcase Oceanside From An Insider’s Perspective

Oceanside, Calif.- May 30, 2012– Just in time for summer, Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau has unveiled an all-new, interactive Visitor’s Guide, with a local’s insight through creative and insightful “My Oceanside” vignettes.

The redesigned, pocket-sized guide offers a lifestyle-oriented approach to visiting Oceanside with sections on family fun, recreation, arts and culture, dining and shopping. New for this year are QR codes throughout the guide that link to short video vignettes of local personalities such as pro surfer Julie Cox, director of the California Surf Museum, and Roddy Browning, Oceanside resident and owner of the hot spot The Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen. Through these “My Oceanside” vignettes, visitors get to know the city through the unique perspective of locals. Vignettes can also be viewed through the Visit Oceanside YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/visitoceanside

“We are excited about the QR codes because they allow us to provide visitors with a human, emotional connection to the Oceanside experience without adding bulk in pages,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “And yet, despite these new mobile tools, many visitors continue to want something tangible that they can easily reference. The new design accommodates that by being smaller and more compact making it easy to travel with, pack or stick in a pocket.”

Each year, Visit Oceanside receives approximately 30,000 requests for guides from travelers planning to visit the area. The Visitor’s Guide provides a comprehensive list of accommodations and things to do, as well as a calendar of events and important city landmarks. The guide can be requested through at the Visit Oceanside website at www.mail-forward.org. A pdf version of the guide also will be available for download from the website by July 1.

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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Oceanside Celebrates Local Craft Brew at Beachside Beer Festival

Oceanside Celebrates Local Craft Brew at Beachside Beer Festival

Breakwater Brewing Company celebrates 4th anniversary by hosting a craft beer festival on July 21

Oceanside, Calif.- July 2, 2012–  Oceanside’s Breakwater Brewing Company is celebrating its 4th anniversary by bringing together the best craft beer in the county during a beer festival on July 21, 2012. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oceanside Junior Seau Amphitheater just steps from the beach. Guests will enjoy award-winning craft brew, music from hot local bands, delicious eats from local food vendors and, of course, spectacular ocean views.

“San Diego is a hotbed for some of the best craft beer in the country,” said Billy Sager, bar manager/event coordinator at Breakwater Brewery. “What better way to celebrate our anniversary than by bringing together our local talent and celebrating the success of our region.”

Tickets are $30 and include a commemorative glass and ten 4-ounce tasters from beer companies including Ballast Point, Coronado, Pizza Port, Green Flash, Manzanita, Stone, Karl Straus, Latitude 33, Lost Abbey, Iron Fist and Breakwater Brewery. Guests will also have access to local food booths provided by Main Street Oceanside’s Sunset Market.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be sold for $45 and include a VIP tasting session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., festival T-shirt, commemorative glass, ten 4-ounce tasters and appetizers from Breakwater Brewery’s kitchen.

Radio station 94.9FM is sponsoring the festival entertainment, which will include performances by local bands including Oceanside’s The Barnwell Shift, Maren Parusel, Hills Like Elephants, The Beautiful View, Gone Baby Gone and Scott Mathiasen.

Tickets can be purchased at www.breakwaterbrewing.com or at www.ticketderby.com. Since the amphitheater is a short two blocks from the Oceanside transit center, guests are encouraged to ride the Coaster to the event.

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. www.mail-forward.org.

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Getting Away Together Instagram Photo Contest

Visit Oceanside Giveaway Mirrors Family Vacation Experience Documented on PBS Series “Getting Away Together”

Viewers Can Submit Photo To Be Entered To Win Three-Night Stay in Oceanside, California

Oceanside, Calif. – September 10, 2012Oceanside, Calif., San Diego’s North Shore, is celebrating its showcase on the PBS reality series Getting Away Together by giving away a vacation package to one lucky family. Viewers can watch as the Hatch family from Utah gathers for the ultimate beach vacation in the Oceanside episode of Getting Away Together, then submit a photo depicting “Why We Need A Vacation” to be entered to win a similar experience. The show is currently airing in markets across the U.S. including Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Reno, Salt Lake City and New York.

“Oceanside’s beautiful beaches and variety of attractions and adventures make it an idyllic family vacation destination,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Perfect for extended families are the wide selection of vacation rentals, which include multiple bedrooms, kitchens and a sense of comfort under one roof.”

From September 10 to October 15, 2012, viewers can submit photos that reflect “Why We Need a Vacation” on Instagram with tag @visitoceanside and hashtag #oceansidegetaway. The prize package includes a three night stay in a four bedroom oceanfront vacation rental in Oceanside, Calif. from BeachFront Only Vacation Rentals. Also included in the prize package are four tickets to San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a three hour sailing tour leaving from Oceanside Harbor for two people aboard the Obsession, $30 gift certificate to Oceanside’s Thursday night Sunset Market and a $20 gift certificate to 101 Café.

Getting Away Together Oceanside Episode

The Oceanside episode of Getting Away Together 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, 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.

For more information and a current show schedule, visit www.gettingawaytogether.com.

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 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.

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New and Notable for Visitors to Oceanside in Fall 2012

New and Notable for Visitors to Oceanside,California
San Diego’s North Shore

FALL 2012

Oceanside, Calif.- November 7, 2012– There’s always something new to discover in Oceanside, San Diego’s North Shore. New and notable this fall include the long-awaited groundbreaking for a beach hotel and restaurant, two new waterfront dining options and exciting new offerings for outdoor enthusiasts.

HOTEL NEWS

Construction Begins On New Beach Hotel

Construction of the new 149-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott just steps from Oceanside beach and pier officially kicked off with a groundbreaking on September 18. The 40-million dollar project is slated to open in January of 2014 and will be Oceanside’s newest destination for business and leisure travel. The five-story hotel is a contemporary modern piece, which will include a street level seafood restaurant and a roof-top swimming pool. The property is located at 110 N. Myers St. and Mission.

Award of Excellence for Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina

Travelers will be pleased to know that the Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina recently received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2012 Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award. The hotel is one of only 102 properties within the Americas chosen from the IHG system of more than 4,500 hotels for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of operation — from quality to customer satisfaction. A 2012 Torchbearer trophy, the company’s symbol of excellence, will be on permanent display at the hotel.

DINING NEWS

The Tin Fish Oceanside Pier

Hungry beach goers have a new dining option just steps from the sand. The Tin Fish Oceanside Pier restaurant recently opened beneath the pier on The Strand in Oceanside. Formerly a McDonald’s, the remodeled site includes patio seating as well as the restaurant’s signature blue roof. Patrons enjoy delicious fish tacos, fish n’chips, salads, sandwiches and more. www.tinfishoceanside.com

D’Vino Café & Wine Bar

Oceanside Harbor is home to a chic new café, D’Vino Café & Wine Bar. The Italian café has large windows with views to the waterfront, a sleek bar and scenic outdoor patio. A combination of new vogue cuisine and Italian fusion, the menu includes items such as Bone-In Pork Chopsicle, Italian Nachos and Fennel and Cuttlefish Salad. The café also serves gelato, Italian pastries and beer and wine flights.

ADVENTURE / ACTIVITY NEWS

Biplane Rides

Fun reaches new heights with Coastal Aero Scenic’s new vintage biplane operation based out of Oceanside Municipal Airport. Passengers ride in a 1941 restored Waco Biplane and are treated to breathtaking views of the coastal landscape.

More Bike Trails

Oceanside has become even more bike friendly with the completion of a new trail from Wisconsin Avenue to Tyson Street. The new route will soon connect to a public trail project from Oceanside Boulevard to Tyson Street. Oceanside is the only city in San Diego County to be named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. With ample trails and great bus and rail connections, visitors can get anywhere in and through Oceanside by bike.

Sand Replenishment

Beach lovers will have more sand and wider beaches in Oceanside this spring thanks to SANDAG’s (San Diego Association of Governments) 2012 Regional Beach Sand Project that will place 1.4 million cubic yards of beach quality sand on regional beaches. The project began in early September and continues through October.

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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Holiday Fun in Oceanside

Community and Visitors Enjoy Tree Lighting, Music Concerts,
Parade of Lights and more

 Oceanside, Calif.- November 26, 2012– Oceanside, San Diego’s north shore, will buzz with holiday fun throughout December. Events include:

Oceanside Tree Lighting at Regal Center Plaza
Thursday, November 29
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Oceanside kicks off the holiday season with a grand Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on November 29 at downtown’s Regal Center Plaza at 401 Mission Street. This free event includes holiday music, milk and cookies, fun family crafts and a surprise special guest. For information, visit www.oceansiderec.com.

Holiday Jazz Concert at Oceanside Museum of Art
Thursday, December 6, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit at Oceanside Museum of Art’s next 333’s Jazz at the Museum featuring Allison Adams Tucker on Thursday, December 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Playing with her quartet featuring Danny Green on piano, Evona Wascinski on upright bass and Julien Cantelm on drums, Tucker will be playing a selection of world jazz, weaved together with a fun holiday mix of classic jazz songs and stories from around the world.

Join OMA and 333 Pacific Restaurant for this dynamic jazz series with a new improved cocktail format. Guests will enjoy gourmet appetizers, desserts and specialty wines throughout the show with plenty of room for dancing and mingling. Admission to the concert is $20 for OMA members and $30 for non-members. Visit www.oma-online.org or call (760) 435-3721 for reservations, or get your tickets at the door the night of the event. Seating is limited.

2nd Annual Christmas Concert at Mission San Luis Rey
Friday, December 7, 2012
7:00 p.m.

Jump start your Christmas spirit by enjoying your favorite Christmas Carols! The Old Mission San Luis Rey is hosting its 2nd Annual Christmas Concert, performed in the Historic Church by LEGACY and the St. Charles Borromeo Church Choir, conducted by James Drollinger, on Friday, December 7th from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The concert will be followed by a dessert reception in the Sacred Garden. Tickets range in price from $40 to $60 per person. Register online at  www.sanluisrey.org or call (760)757-3651, ext. 161. The mission is located at 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside.

Parade of Lights at Oceanside Harbor
Saturday, December 8, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dress up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd. One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point, you can see the parade twice.

Holiday Home Tour
Sunday, December 9, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library are pleased to present the annual Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 9, 2012 with self-guided tours taking place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This year’s event will feature five enchanting Oceanside homes festively decorated for the holidays.  The highlight will be two Roberts Cottages at one destination location.

Tour participants are invited to stop at the Civic Center Library, located at 330 North Coast Highway, for refreshments, a variety of holiday shopping opportunities at the better-than-ever Gift Boutique, and dancing and singing entertainment.  There will also be chances to win amazing auction prizes. Tickets are $20 each. They can be purchased at the Civic Center Library at 330 North Coast Highway or at the Mission Branch Library at 3861 Mission Avenue. Ticket purchases are tax deductible and all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library. For more information, please call (760) 435-5600.

Holiday Sunset Market- Downtown Oceanside at Pier View Way
Thursdays in December
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Each Thursday in December, shoppers at the Sunset Market will be treated to the Downtown Holiday Gift Market with hundreds of unusual and exotic gift ideas from around the world. The Certified Farmers Market section features farm fresh produce and floral items plus a myriad of gourmet food items to take home for holiday parties. Strolling carolers add to the merriment. Kids are delighted by pony rides, face painters and a jump house. Sunset Market is located in downtown Oceanside at Pier View Way. For information, contact Main Street Oceanside at (760) 754-4512 or visit www.msoceanside.com.

Chanukah Festival at Oceanside Civic Center
Wednesday, December 12
5:30 p.m.

The Chabad Jewish Center presents the annual Chanukah Festival at the Oceanside Civic Center that includes a giant 15 foot Menorah, performance by the children of Chabad Hebrew School, craft activities, hot latkes, decorate-your-own donuts and special popcorn activities. Free admission. Civic Center is located at 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information, visit www.jewishoceanside.com.

Tsunami Skydivers First Annual “New Year’s Revolution” Boogie
December 26–31, 2012

Oceanside’s Tsunami Skydivers offers a week of fun promotions including a complimentary freefly skills camp for all levels on December 26 and 27, beach jumps for experienced skydivers on December 28, and helicopter jumps for experienced skydivers on December 30. For more information, visit www.tsunamiskydivers.com.

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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Dana Porter Higgins Joins Visit Oceanside

Dana Porter Higgins joins Visit Oceanside as Senior Sales Manager

Oceanside, Calif. – November 30, 2011– Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau has hired Dana Porter Higgins as senior sales manager. Higgins brings more than 15 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing to her new role and will be responsible for overseeing all group sales efforts for the bureau.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dana to our team at Visit Oceanside,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Dana will play a key role in helping Oceanside to expand its role in the social and group meetings market.”

Higgins most recently served as director of marketing at the luxury Cal-A-Vie Health Spa in Vista, Calif. Specializing in business development, event planning and client retention, her career history includes sales and marketing positions at Marbella Country Club, San Juan Capistrano; Visco Entertainment Group, San Diego; The University Club, San Diego; and The Meadows Del Mar.

Higgins attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and holds a degree in hospitality management. A San Diego native, she currently resides in Oceanside with her family. In her free time, Higgins is a volunteer with the San Diego chapter of the American Cancer Society and is co-chair of its Associate Executive Partnership Council. Dana can be reached at dana@mail-forward.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 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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Media Contacts:
Shae Geary or Lori Kennedy
JLK Communications
Shae.geary@sbcglobal.net

Lori_kennedy@sbcglobal.net

760-941-4121

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