Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Wave Waterpark Prepares to Open for The Season Plus Special Events

 The City of Vista’s Wave Waterpark offers two special event days during its first week of its 2019 summer season. On Mon., May 27, The Wave hosts its first Military, Fire, and Law Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Active or retired military, fire, or law enforcement officers enjoy complimentary admission as thanks for their service. Valid active duty or retired ID must be shown at the gate to receive one free admission for each ID and up to six additional tickets for $9.95 with each valid ID. Dependent ID's are valid for discount admission only.

On Thurs., May 30, The Wave hosts Home School Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with discounted admission tickets for $9.95. Students can present their report card at the gate to receive one discounted ticket for themselves and their parents.

The Wave Waterpark is open daily from May 25 through Sept. 29. Hours vary and are available on the Wave’s website or by phone. Admission is $20.95 for visitors 42” and taller, $16.95 for under 42”, seniors age 60 and over are $13.95, Happy Hour for all heights and ages is available the last two hours the park is open for $9.95, ages two and under are free, military with I.D. is $13.95. Season passes are available for $74 per person, or $69 per person for a family of four. For more information, visit, or call (760) 940-9283.


The Wave Waterpark is the City of Vista’s popular summertime attraction featuring a slide tower, flow rider, rip tide slide, floating river, competition pool, and spray park. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Wave also offers camps, swim lessons, junior lifeguard program, scout programs, CPR and water polo classes, and group and birthday programs. During non-season, the Wave is open for lap swimming and rentals. The Wave is recognized for its extensive safety training programs and safety records. The Wave is a Five Star recognized facility by Star Guard Elite, an industry organization providing comprehensive lifeguard training programs for the waterpark industry.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Taylor'd Skin Studio and The Acne Spot San Marcos for All of Your Skincare Needs

The Acne Spot opened over 7 years ago in the heart of San Marcos, offering corrective skin care and facial services alongside a growing Acne Program.  With the success, they quickly became the place in San Diego for acne-sufferers to go for Clear Skin! They also opened a second location just last year in Temecula. Owner and operator Nicole's history with acne began not as a teenager, but as an adult. After becoming a Licensed Esthetician, she sought out the best treatment for her own acne-prone skin and became a Certified Acne Specialist with the Face Reality Acne Program- the first in San Diego County! She found that she could clear all forms of acne in about 3-6 months- no pills, no doctor’s visits, no harmful medications.  They provide a complete topical treatment plan with products that not only benefit the skin but go to work to eliminate breakouts without all the dryness and discomfort of medical treatments.  They educate their clients on how their diet effects their skin and acne; and educate about lifestyle considerations that could be effecting their skin; they also educate about sun damage and caring for your skin at all ages. The Acne Spot loves to celebrate when their patient's skin clears (a 95% clear rate).

As the business grew, they saw a need to add services that would benefit all clientele.  Their recent renovation and expansion added a whole new service menu and guest experience.  They are now a dual-branded skin care clinic: The Acne Spot and Taylor’d Skin Studio! Taylor’d brings the spa experience to the brand. Their Relaxation Lounge is a quiet waiting area for our Taylor’d clients to decompress and enjoy a beverage and a warm, relaxing neck wrap while they wait for their facial service. Their menu of services includes a variety of treatments for all skin types and skin concerns: aging, sun damaged, pigmented, uneven texture, fine lines, or relaxation and maintenance. Beyond their targeted and results-oriented services, Nicole knows that what makes their business truly special is their team and company culture. It is full of talented, knowledgable and caring Estheticians and Acne Specialists. They are a family of dedicated professionals that care about our clients and their success and I know that passion comes through in each client interaction.

Please look them up for all of your skincare needs!  I also want to thank Taylor'd Skin Studio AND The Acne Spot for being community partners with Around The Town and sponsoring my May 1st, 2019 Super Supporter Giveaway!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Riddle Routes- A Fun, Inventive, New Entertainment Option Hits Carlsbad

I want to introduce you to a newer North County business, Riddle Routes. Started in Bend, Oregon, with three routes, you can now find them in California with routes in Carlsbad, Big Bear and Palm Springs. 

I took the Riddle Route challenge starting my quest in Carlsbad, totally unsure what the experience would be like. Suggested teams are 2-4 people, so we double-dated and made it a team of 4. The routes are designed to be about 2 miles of walking, 2 hours of time with 22 stops. You purchase the package online for $38 (this fee covers the whole team), which I feel is very reasonable and certainly less expensive than going to a movie. Once you pay you are given a link to access your route, using your smartphone to get your clues. 

The whole thing was put together very cleverly, and you can tell the designers of Riddle Routes are teachers. Let’s just say I was thankful for the help of my teammates when the riddle involved math!  As you go from point to point you are looking for specific things, solving riddles and problems and doing a lot of teamwork. We saw some points of interest that we knew about and others that we were learning about for the first time. After you get to each destination and solve your riddle, you’ll learn some fun facts about that specific location or business. So, with Riddle Routes you are having fun, exercising and getting fresh air, working with others, using your brains and learning new things about the area you are in.

We all agreed that it was a lot of fun and interesting as well. I would wholeheartedly recommend that everyone do this with their family or friends. It was a great day followed by a nice dinner in The Village. I did not take pictures (whaaat?) as I don’t want to give away the route. I want it all to be new and fresh when you give it a try.

Does this sound like something you would want to do? For more information and to purchase your Riddle Route go to:  Be sure to use code: BARB$10 to save $10!