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New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around Town

By Elle | Canyon Lake Events

Put on your party hat(s) and dancing shoes for these upcoming New Year’s Eve Celebrations!  The only problem you’ll have is picking out which one you’ll be going to!

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Light Up Your New Year’s at the Lighthouse Restaurant right here in Canyon Lake!  From 8:00 pm until 1:00 am on the Eve of the New Year, you can enjoy libations and dancing to a live DJ’s sounds.  Hors d”oeuvres will include shrimp cocktail, vegetable crudité, pesto bruschetta, cheese plates, fruit displays, stuffed mushrooms and Italian sausage, mini beef and chicken teriyaki, pot stickers, stuffed jalapeño poppers, mini assorted dessert choices and a complimentary champagne toast.  Tickets for this event is $30 per individual.  You can pick up your tickets at the Lighthouse Restaurant and make sure to call 951.244.6841 ext 771 to make reservations.

A Senior New Year’s Eve ~ Canyon Lake

Another Canyon Lake New Year’s Eve Party is the Senior’s New Year’s Eve Party celebrating New Year’s Eve on Central Time!  The party starts at 5:00 pm and held at the Canyon Lake Senior Center.  There will be music, fun and food for a ticket price of $25 per person.  Tickets are available at the Association’s Member Services Office.

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Pepe’s Mexican New Year’s ~ Canyon Lake

Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina just outside of the Main Gate here in Canyon Lake is hosting their New Year’s Eve Party where seating times are at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm (they ask that when you make your reservations to specify your seating time).  There will be dancing music provided by “On The Roxx” so get ready to dance the night away, too!  There are 3 different packages to choose from.  Package 1 is drinks from 9:00 pm until midnight with a glass of champagne to toast in the New Year for $50.  Package 2 includes prime rib or chicken cordon bleu dinner in the dining room and reserved seating in the bar, drinks from 9:00 pm until midnight with a glass of champagne for the toast.  Price of package 2 is $75.  Package 3 is $100 per person which includes all of package 2 with your personal cocktail server for drinks in the bar.  Each of these packages does not include the price of shots.  Please note that when making reservations, your credit card will be charged and there will not be any refunds.  Call and make your reservations by dialing 951.244.7373.

The Sports Stop New Year’s Eve Buffet ~ Canyon Lake

A buffet on New Year’s Eve?  What a great idea!  Nonstop fun and nonstop food at the Sports Stop!  The buffet will include fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, shrimp cocktail, tri-tip, chicken marsala, garlic mashed potatoes, salads, desserts including cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce AND triple chocolate brownies!  Brunch starts at 5:30 pm and price per person is $18.99.  Brunch also includes midnight champagne to ring in the New Year!  So think about partying it up at The Sports Stop for New Year’s Eve!  After all, it’s just outside the Main Gate here in Canyon Lake!

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An Old Town NYE Celebration at Baily’s ~ Old Town Temecula

Baily’s Nightclub New Year’s Eve Bash will be a night full of fun with two levels of people, three full bars and music from DJ Ruffnek and DJ A-Lyfe, Gogos Jazmine, Felicia & Kimmy Jayy!  There will be party favors and champagne for the New Year’s Toast.  It will be an “unforgettable experience” as their invitation states!  Presales tickets are available for $20 per person ($30 per couple as an online sale from Dec 15-28).  Click here for presale tickets if you’re interested!

Winery NYE Choices ~ Temecula

Head down to Winery Town in Temecula for a New Year’s Eve Celebration of fun!  Here are just a couple of wineries to check out for New Year’s Eve!

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starts at 7:00 pm with the beautiful music of Missy Andersen.  Hang out with friends and the fun Miramonte staff and close in on 2014 til midnight!  There is no cover charge for this event so make sure to come early and grab yourself a table under the stars (by a heater).  🙂  You’ll for sure have a grand ol’ time!

  • Wilson Creek Winery

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has their very own Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Celebration where you can boogie the night away with Jimmy Jones and the Disco Inferno.  There will be lots of food stations set up for you party animals as well as an open bar, live entertainment such as go-go dancers, a DJ and a countdown to midnight!  Oh, not to mention, there will be champagne, too!  We can’t forget that!  Tickets are $190 and $170 for Wine Club Members.  Check out the Wilson Creek Winery’s website to make reservations.  Please note the prices above do not include tax or gratuity.

reservedTesoro’s Italian Cuisine’s Dance and Foodie NYE Celebration ~ Murrieta

Looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year closer to Canyon Lake and enjoy a great sit-down meal?  How about Tesoro Italian Cuisine in Murrieta?  Tesoro’s New Year’s Eve Celebration starts at 8:00 pm and includes a full course special dinner and champagne to toast in 2014.  The appetizer choices are fried calamari and chorizo-stuffed dates wrapped in maple bacon.  Salad will be strawberry spinach drizzled with a champagne vinaigrette.  Entree choices are filet mignon and fresh lobster or prime rib or Chilean sea bass with champagne risotto and asparagus and to finish you off, killer dessert choices of tiramisu and pumpkin cheesecake to boot!  Dance to jazzy Motown music played by TMK and the Allstars all night.  Prices are $80 per person (prepaid), $85 at the door (the night of).  Call for reservations 951.609.1266.  $40 deposit is required to hold your reservations.  The venue is quaint and small, so make sure to get your name on the list to ensure you get a good seat!

We’re sure there are more parties around town that you can choose from, but these are the ones that we knew about and wanted to share.

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Now, we all know the goal is to have a great time ringing in the New Year, but let’s make sure to stay safe and sound.  So, please don’t drink and drive and write down these numbers in case you need some transportation after a night of celebrating.

  • Let’s Roll Taxi ~ 951.223.8294 (Canyon Lake)
  • Blue Crown City Cab ~ 951.973.6011 (Menifee)
  • Yellow Cab ~ 951.296.0007 (Murrieta)
  • Finish Line Taxi ~ 951.473.0333 (Murrieta)
  • Blacks Taxi ~ 951.551.8847 (Temecula)
  • Red Top City Cab ~ 951.694.3333 (Temecula)

Have a great New Year, all and let’s make 2014 an even better one!

 

 

 

Last Minute & Unique Ideas for Christmas Gifts

By Elle | Canyon Lake Business

Are you a last minute shopper?  I think we all have had our share of the rush to get a present at least once or twice in our lifetimes!  So, we’ve compiled a few ideas to help you get the job done…..and fast!  We’ve also added some unique to the area gift ideas in case you are wanting to give that special person a present that is more relevant or personal to their taste(s).

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Just outside the Main Gate in Canyon Lake, you can stop by Stater Bros.  They’ve got a huge array of gift card choices that include Disney, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen and if you’re not able to decide; they’ve also got American Express and VISA gift cards in various amounts.

Flowers for the Ladies

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While you’re at Stater Bros, they’ve got a floral department like no other grocery store.  There are bouquets of loose flowers, bud vase arrangements and silk floral pieces you can choose from.  You’ll also find some small potted green live plants that are decorative and appealing to the eye.  What makes Stater Bros.’ floral department unique is you’ll also find some home decorations which would make for great Christmas present ideas, too.

Themed for the Holidays

Looking for a themed present for a Christmas Tree decorating party or a themed decoration for a friend’s rooster-inspired kitchen?  Take a short jaunt over to Just 4 Gifts:  Whimsical Gifts in the Canyon Lake Towne Center just outside the Main Gate.  They have a huge collection of gifts for all occasions and they are running a 30-50% Christmas Sale which gives you more money left over for more gift-buying!

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If you’ve got a golfer on the list, then the Canyon Lake Golf Pro Shop may have just the right thing.  Golf wear for men and women of all sizes are available at the Pro Shop, golf caps, golf accessories and sometimes you’ll even find some golf-inspired decorations for the home!  Any golf enthusiast would appreciate any of the choices found at the Canyon Lake Golf Pro Shop.

Foodie Fest

Locally, the Canyon Lake Lighthouse Restaurant offers gift cards that you can present to someone on your list who’s a known foodie or food-aholic.  There’s also Kelly’s Diner and Hana Sushi at the Canyon Hills Shopping Center and they also have gift cards available.  You can’t go wrong presenting these local restaurant treats as a gift because there are times when you’re just not in the mood to drive too far and eating locally makes it so much easier on us “lazy” people PLUS when it’s a free meal, it’s even more of a treat and the food is even more delicious because it was a gift!

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Know anyone who likes to dabble in a glass of wine at times?  Temecula Valley Wine Country just down the I-15 has a whole array of wineries to choose from!  Miramonte Winery has a Sangria Club that turns even the most macho wine enthusiasts into sangria-obsessed groupies.  Oak Mountain Winery is known for their award winning flavored champagne and for their first Sunday of the Month Pet Fairs.  You might want to check out their Wine Club for a pet-loving wine dabbler.

Adrenaline Junkie

Ahhh, the joy of doing something wild and crazy is a gift that adrenaline junkie in your life will never forget.  How about a sky diving package?  There’s SkyDive Perris and they’ve got these December Specials available.

  • Fly with Santa Special for $100 ~ Four wind tunnel flights and a DVD of your tunnel flights and a Christmas stocking (can be shared with two people)
  • Holiday Special $234 ~ A tandem jump and a basic video of your tandem jump
  • Then, there’s the Sensory Overload (yikes!) Special for $279 which includes two wind tunnel flights, a tandem jump and a basic video of your tandem jump
  • Santa Deluxe Package for $303 ~ Two wind tunnel flights, DVD of your tunnel flights, a tandem jump, a basic video of your tandem jum and 10% off at the Bombshelter Bar and Grill

Wow, that takes the wind out of me….  Just kidding!  Gift certificates are available at 1-800-SKYDIVE or 951-657-1664.

Alright, another physically enduring gift that’s just down the road is Pole Position Gift Passes.  If you know someone who likes to drive fast and has fantasies of driving NASCAR, then gifting a session or two at Pole Position would be a great gift idea.  What they’ll get is go-cart racing in an indoor racetrack.  You can present someone with a pass for a session(s) or a membership!  Memberships start in the $40 range which might be the way to go.  Check out their packages at their website.  There are locations close by in Murrieta and Corona, too!

So, that about sums it up for last minute and unique gift ideas!  Hope it sparks you to get out and do some shopping!  We’re headed out to finish some of our last minute shopping ourselves right after this post!

Merry Christmas all!

Mission Inn Festival of Lights

By Elle | Featured

courtyard lightsTis’ the season for Christmas cheer, when we play and listen to Christmas music, start to see Christmas lights strung up on buildings brightly lit up and colorful, and people are wrapped up and bundled just like the Christmas presents under the tree…  There are Christmas events that have become tradition such as watching Christmas Parades and watching Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies.  One of the area’s most popular places to visit during this Holiday Season is the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside which is about a forty minute drive from Canyon Lake.

What happens at The Festival of Lights?  Once the sun goes down, the historic Mission Inn is transformed into a beautiful holiday vision ~ the entire property is decorated in splendorous Christmas decor, lit with over 4 million lights plus a spectacular fireworks display.  The Mission Inn’s 21st Annual Festival of Lights is running through January 4th, 2014.

The extravaganza also includes appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest mistletoe measured at 12 feet by 8 feet, more than 400 animated figures, snow, horse-drawn carriage rides and of course, the beautifully lit and decorated Christmas Tree located in the lush and elegant hotel lobby.

mission inn festival of lights on canyon lake socalIf you’re thinking of dining at the Mission Inn while you’re there to view this Holiday spectacle, being a 4 diamond hotel; you’ve definitely got fantastic dining choices to boot!  There’s Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood where you can indulge in top notch meals, there’s delicious signature comfort food at the Mission Inn Restaurant ~ where you can dine indoors or outdoors situated in the Spanish-inspired courtyard garden area of the inn, or you can get that Italian cafe feel at Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro.  Additionally, there’s the eclectic lounge type of aura at 54 at Duane’s where you can taste great wines paired with sushi and tapas and to close up the night, have a signature cocktail at the Presidential Lounge ~ appropriately named since it formerly served as a guest room for President Roosevelt and was the venue for Richard and Pat Nixon’s wedding.  Let’s not forget dessert at Casey’s Cupcakes!  Now….  If you’re thinking of staying the night (or two), there’s the Inn’s superior in-room dining via room service which is served from 6am-11pm and 6am-1am (Fri & Sat).

During the Festival of Lights timeframe, the Mission Inn is featuring eleven various all-inclusive room packages from their Holiday Lights and Delights room package to one called Santa’s Suite.  The others are appropriately named as well and details can be found on the Inn’s Festival of Lights webpage.  We can’t forget to mention that the Mission Inn has special Christmas and New Years Dining, too!

So, make sure to check out the Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights this holiday season and give you and your family a treat!  Happy Holidays!

Your Weekend in Canyon Lake August 3rd-4th

By CanyonLakeSoCal | Canyon Lake Events

Here it is the peak of summer and it won’t be long until kids are back in school.  There are lots of great events in and around Canyon Lake this weekend for kids, adults, and especially music lovers.  Get out and enjoy!

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Kid’s Fishing Derby| 6:00 am – 2:30 Saturday

Canyon Lake Kids Fishing DerbyIt’s time for the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby again at Holiday Harbor.  Bring the kids out and see who can hook the biggest fish.  There will be awards, food, instruction and a full day of fun for the whole family.  Registration is from 6:00 am – 8:00 am at Holiday Harbor.  Check the Friday Flyer for more details.

2 for $20 Menu’s at the Lighthouse and Country Club | Friday and Saturday Nights

Friday nights at the Country Club and Friday and Saturday nights at the Lighthouse feature great 2 for $20 dollar menus.  You get soup or salad, entrée, and dessert for 2 people – it’s pretty hard to be for a cheap date night.  There’s usually a little bit of on stage entertainment as well including the band “Luv Bucket” tonight at the Country Club.

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National Night Out Menifee | Saturday 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

An event designed to promote community involvement and awareness.  Police and firefighters will be on hand to provide information on crime prevention and safety.  There will be a police K-9 demonstration and picnic.  Activities are planned at La Ladera Park 2:00 – 4:00 and Discovery Park 5:00 – 7:00.

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311 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre | 7:00 pm Friday

Catch this one-of-a-kind rock band from Omaha perform some of their best hits like “Amber”, “Love Song”, and “Down” among others.  Also hitting the stage tonight with 311 are Cypress Hill and G.Love & Special Sauce.  Should be a rowdy night for all you rockers and rappers out there.  Tickets are available online for $19.50 and up.

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Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival | Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Bring your appetite for this 3rd annual event that features over 50 food trucks all in one place.  There will also be over 60 craft beers to enjoy with your food in addition to other beverages offered by vendors.

San Diego Padres vs. New York Yankees | Friday 7:10pm, Saturday 5:40 pm, Sunday 1:10pm

Since you’re going to San Diego to feed your face, why not swing over to Petco Park and catch a ball game?  The Yankees flew a long way for this series so go check ’em out Friaday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Costa Mesa / Orange County

Styx at Orange County Fair | Friday 8:15pm

Styx OC FairThe OC fair has been in full swing at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds for almost a month and the musical entertainment has been top notch this year.  This weekend you can catch Styx with Tommy Shaw and the boys at the Pacific Amphitheatre.  Since 1999, Styx has been touring almost continuously and have performed live more than all of the previous years.  There are also 3 great tribute band performances this weekend honoring Sublime, Pink Floyd and The Beatles.  Check the Fair website for official times, tickets and info.

 

*Featured Image Attributed to US Army Corps of Engineers

Dog-Friendly Eateries And Parks In And Around Canyon Lake

By Elle | Featured

dog friendly in canyon lake Have you ever wanted to take your dog out with you, but didn’t know if your destination(s) would be dog-friendly or not?  Have you ever wondered if there were any dog parks nearby or if there were any coffee-shops that allowed dogs on the premises or at the least, around their patio areas? Well, here’s a list of dog-friendly eateries/coffee shops and dog parks that we’ve put together covering Canyon Lake and the surrounding areas.  We’ll be posting a more detailed list of dog-friendly restaurants at a future date.

Keep in mind that your dog(s) should be well-mannered for the safety of others….and of course, yours, too.

Though these places are considered “dog-friendly”, it’s always a good idea to bring water, snacks for the pup(s) and perhaps, a collapsable drinking bowl with you. Additionally, always bring a leash regardless of a no-leash notation.

Canyon Lake:

  • Sports Stop Pub & Grill (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Canyon Lake has four parks that allow leash-only dogs on the grounds. They are:
    • Eastport Park, Emerald Park, Harrelson Park and Lions Park. Though all four are regulated to leashed dogs only, Eastport Park is in the planning stages to eventually have a fenced-in, no-leash section for dogs to run and play in. Bookmark this post for future updates.

Canyon Hills:

  • Grapes and Tomatoes (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Baskin-Robbins (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Hana Sushi of Canyon Lake (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Canyon Hills Dog Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in areas. There are separate sections for large and small dogs.)

 Lake Elsinore:

  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio table area only). Sometimes, they even put out a doggy water bowl for the visiting pups!
  • Starbucks on Grape Street (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio area only). Sometimes, if you go through drive-through and they see you have a pup in the car, they’ll give you some doggy treats!
  • Hell’s Kitchen (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio area only)
  • Morgan Trail is a moderately easy, 6 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest that will take 2.5 hours to complete. Leashed dogs are allowed on this hiking trail.
  • San Juan Loop Trail is a 2 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest which would take an hour to complete. Leashed dogs are allowed on this hiking trail.
  • There are three Lake Elsinore City Parks that have designated unleashed dog areas.
    • Canyon Hills Community Park, Mc Vickers Pak and Rosetta Canyon Community Park.

Menifee:

  • Countryside Marketplace Outdoor Eating Area ~ Chipotle, Panda Express, Subway, Starbucks, Trio BBQ (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio area only)
  • The Breakfast Club (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio area only)
  • Aldergate Park has a huge no-leash dog play area.  Here’s a Youtube video we found (filmed in 2011) that shows some furry pups playing at Aldergate.
  • Menifee Dog Park – Dogs are allowed to play off-leash in designated areas. The park is located near Newport and Murrieta Road

Corona:

  • The Shops at Dog Lagos is a dog-friendly outdoor mall.  Up to 30 stores allow dogs inside (as long as they are leashed).  These shops will have stickers indicating so on their windows.  Leashed, well-mannered dogs are also welcome in the common areas.
  • Dairyland Dog Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in areas).  Nearby restrooms, picnic tables, water features.
  • Harada Heritage Dog Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area with separate section for smaller pets)
  • Dog Park at Butterfield Stage Trail (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)
  • Parkview Meadows Dog Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)dog ready to eat

Murrieta:

  • HoneyCutt Farms (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Torrey Pines Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)
  • JC Pooch Park (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)
  • Fisherman’s Camp Trail is a moderately easy 6.5 mile hike in Cleveland National Forest 3.5 hours to complete. covering 38,000 acres; it is the largest in the forest.  Leashed dogs are allowed on this hiking trail.
  • Santa Rosa Plateau’s Sylvan Meadows Multi-Use area allows leashed dogs, horses and mountain bikes along the North side of Clinton Keith Road.  In addition to entrance fee, there is a $1 charge for each pet.

Wildomar:

  • Teak Woods Bar and Grill  (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)

Temecula:

  • Bailey’s Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room)
  • Churon Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room and outdoor areas.  The Inn does not allow dogs)
  • Oak Mountain Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room and outdoor areas)
  • Frangpani Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room, outdoor areas and lower picnic area)
  • Miramonte Winery (allows leashed dogs in the tasting room and outdoor areas)
  • Hart Winery  (leashed dogs are welcome)
  • Palumbo Family Vineyards  (leashed dogs are welcome)
  • Dog Park Cafe (Restaurant for dogs – people bring their own food.  Pet supplies and groomer on the premises as well)
  • Front Street Bar and Grill  (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Bushfire Grill  (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Gershon Bachus Vintners offers seated wine tastings. (leashed dogs are welcome)
  • Temecula Hills Winery (leashed are dogs welcome)
  • Temecula Dog Exercise Area (unleashed dog park includes plenty of room for dog owners to relax while pets romp and play)
  • Carol’s (Sundays Only – leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor dining area)
  • Marie Callendar’s (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Lazy Dog Cafe  (leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor patio dining area only)
  • Redhawk Dog Park at Redhawk Community Park  (unleashed dogs are invited to play in designated fenced-in area)

NOTE:  Please feel free to contact any of these locations to gather details on their dog-friendly status before you make a visit ~ just to make sure they meet your expectations!  We also recommend checking out reviews on Yelp, too; so you’ll hear what other dog-lovers have to say about these dog-friendly places!.

If we missed a dog-friendly locale, please let us know below and we’ll add it to the list!  Thanks so much for visiting!