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December 2023

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What's New If you're still processing the fact that the holidays are here, Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas offers an escape with several new promotions sure to slow the pace before the calendar fills with back-to- back parties. From now through the end of the year, the resort is offering 30 percent off best available rates to the local community (use code LOCAL!) as well as 20 percent off any spa treatment — mention the word "air" when booking online or by phone. The Daycation Package ($295 per person) includes a 50-minute massage or facial at Spa Alila and a day pass to access spa facilities, the oceanfront pool, and fitness center from 9am-9pm. And for the ultimate splurge — it is gift giving season, after all — the Spa Alila Membership ($2,250 per person annually) includes two 50-minute Spa Alila services, year-round savings and a host of benefits at both the spa and the resort's restaurants, and priority access to special events. What's Now For an evening that's merry and bright, head to Lightscape at San Diego Botanic Garden. On view select nights through January 1, this one-mile walking trail offers views of the garden in a whole new light. The immersive experience illuminates nights with 18 artistic light installations including Floraison, featuring hundreds of hanging poppies reminiscent of our California state flower, Night Birds with neon-lit feathers hovering among the trees, a Liquid Sky canopy created with vibrant laser beams, and the return of the selfie-worthy Winter Cathedral twinkling light tunnel, redesigned and expanded. Sip and stroll with a variety of hot and cold seasonal beverages available for purchase including hot chocolate and specialty cocktails, along with savory and sweet bites. Returning to Broadway Pier December 2-3, Makers Arcade Holiday Fair will feature 135+ local makers for a seasonal shopping experience with photo displays, live music, workshops, mini golf, face painting, a bow bar, floral bar by Chasin Bloom, an interactive art installation, and a free "make & take" station where attendees can create their own holiday wreaths. Guests can also enjoy three holiday cocktail bars, coffee by Bird Rock Coffee Roasters' "Baby Bird," and a food truck lot featuring Dang Brothers Pizza, Go Go Food Truck, Funkie Frenchi, Danny's Vegan, and more. On December 3, from 11am-3pm, Cardiff 101 Mainstreet, Beam Orthodontics, and Camera Camper Photo Booth present the 16th annual Cardiff Kringle Mingle on Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, featuring festive shopping opportunities, live music, holiday treats, and "Surfing Santa" available for photos from 12-3pm. Also getting in on the holiday activations is Amalfi Cucina Italiana's Carmel Valley location in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Upcoming events include Amalfi After Dark on December 2, an evening of enchantment when the restaurant transforms into a mesmerizing Italian nightspot. Enjoy live music, specialty cocktails, and dance the night away until 2am. The restaurant's Amalfi & Frescobaldi Wine Dinner on December 14, in collaboration with the renowned Frescobaldi vineyards, features a curated selection of wines paired with a specially designed menu. And on December 31, ring in 2024 with an extraordinary culinary journey followed by Amalfi's signature After Dark celebration featuring live music and a festive atmosphere. Makers Arcade Holiday Fair Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas LIGHTSCAPE: PHOTO BY VINCENT KNAKAL MAKERS ARCADE HOLIDAY FAIR: PHOTO BY LET'S FROLIC TOGETHER >> @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2023 41

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