Daily Archives: April 27, 2013

Travel Review – Carlsbad, CA

While visiting San Diego and Carlsbad, California for my Nephew’s wedding on the beach, I decided to stay a few days extra and experience a different side of California.

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As my previous visits to California have been to Los Angeles / Hollywood, I was pleasantly surprised to find the “laid back” California lifestyle that is portrayed so often in film and television.  From the Farmers Market (more on this later) to the various beaches, we were so enchanted, we wanted to stay there and send for the the rest of the family.  The shear volume of walkers, joggers, and bike riders on an early Saturday morning was astounding.  Nearly every cafe and coffee shop had people sitting and standing and taking in the fresh air and views.

The wedding site was on the South Ponto Beach, 20130413_160631an area with powdery sand and tall cliffs.  My daughters loved climbing the sandy trails to explore the areas carved out by the wind.  The plants and animal life were abundant, and varied.20130412_153253 20130412_155845

The ocean was fairly calm the time we spent there, at both high and low tides, with waves barely breaking the 4 foot high mark.  The water was too cool to venture very far out without a wet suit.  The surfers did not seem to mind and we often saw surf lessons being administered by some of the local surf shops.

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And now for my favorite part – the food.  The availability of fresh produce virtually every day helped us to make good use of the full kitchen we had at our condo at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Spa20130413_073304We ate all but the wedding reception meal in our room, using fruits and vegetables from the local Farmer’s Market.

One morning, I made a variety of the skillet eggs recipe20130414_090722we blogged about several months ago with fresh asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, potatoes, sausage and eggs.

Another day for lunch, we blackened some fresh tilapia 20130414_145019on wheat toast with spinach and smoked provolone.

The highlight of one of our dinners was the carrots I had purchased earlier that day from the Farmer’s Market in the Carlsbad Village Shopping Center.  My daughter asked if I had put butter on the carrots, and I had the joy of explaining that when carrots are pulled from the ground when they are at their peak of ripeness, they naturally have a buttery flavor and that I had not even seasoned them.

The favorite part for me was the sweet fresh strawberries we picked up from the Carlsbad Strawberry company.  While we could have picked our own berries, we opted for the already picked.  After we devoured all three quarts in an afternoon, we ended up driving back to pick up another sleeve of 3 quarts for the evening and the next day.  Nothing in the world compares to a massive strawberry, picked in the early morning, bursting with sweetness.  I can only imagine hitting the Powerball as being sweeter than that.

Now about our condo…..amazing.  20130414_075622Two showers, one bedroom, and a fold out king were more than ample for my two daughters and me.  Flat screen TV, two sinks, and a lanai made for plenty of entertainment options for me while my daughters were getting ready for the day.

The resort had two pool areas, one exclusively for adults, and another geared towards the kids.  The hot tub was a welcome relief after long days of shopping and playing on the beach.  In fact, it was also good after a 3 mile run to the beach and back.  And after breakfast.  And after lunch.  We liked the hot tub, can you tell?

All in all, from the Outlet Mall to the Forum (think “Bradley Fair” with palm trees), we had a great time at the shopping venues.  In fact, the order taker at the Starbucks at the Outlet Mall knew our order by heart by the third day.  Great service.  I wish he lived in Wichita so I could hire him for a secret project at the new Mercedes-Benz building.  Or an Airport Shuttle Driver.

I am looking forward to going back to Carlsbad soon and taking the rest of the family.  definitely worth the time and money to go back.

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Acura Choices

2013 ILX 5 Speed Automatic Featured Special Lease

$199 per month for 36 months. $2499 total due at signing.

Includes down payment with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, titles and fees. For well-qualified lessees.

Closed-end lease for 2013 ILX 5 Speed Automatic vehicles (DE1F3DJW) available from March 5, 2013 through April 30, 2013, available to customers who qualify for the Acura Financial Services Super Preferred or Preferred credit tier. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. MSRP $26,795.00 (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title fees, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $23,524.46. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $7,524.00. Option to purchase at lease end $16,344.95. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by April 30, 2013. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, and 20¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more. See your Acura dealer for complete details.

2013 MDX 6 Speed Automatic Featured Special Lease

$399 per month for 36 months. $2499 total due at signing.

Includes down payment with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, titles and fees. For well-qualified lessees.

Closed-end lease for 2013 MDX 6 Speed Automatic vehicles (YD2H2DJNW) available from March 5, 2013 through April 30, 2013, available to customers who qualify for the Acura Financial Services Super Preferred or Preferred credit tier. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. MSRP $44,175.00 (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title fees, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $38,694.29. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $15,804.00. Option to purchase at lease end $24,296.25. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by April 30, 2013. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, and 20¢/mile over 10,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more. See your Acura dealer for complete details.

Porsche Lease Specials

© Porsche of Wichita   11212 East Kellogg   Wichita, Kansas 67207   800-362-0943
The 2013 Porsche Boxster. Lease for $599 per month.

Be two places at once.
On the road and off the grid.

Escape to new realms of performance in the 2013 Boxster. A two-seat tribute to record-setting roadsters of the past. But like nothing you’ve seen before. With its push-button retractable roof and athletic mid-engine balance, the new Boxster connects you to every subtle nuance of the pavement. And the sheer ecstasy of open roads ahead and open skies above. Porsche. There is no substitute.

*Actual lease price determined by your authorized Porsche Dealer; your payments may vary. Closed-end lease offered to qualified lessees with approved credit by Porsche Financial Services through participating U.S. dealers. Must take delivery by 6/30/2013. Estimated payments based upon MSRP of $60,260 (includes destination charge) for a Model Year 2013 Boxster with the following options: Metallic Paint, Premium Package, 19-inch Boxster S Wheels, Bose Surround Sound System, Satellite Radio, and Six disc CD changer. Price excludes title, taxes, registration, license fees, insurance, and maintenance. Lease payments of $599.21 for 24 months total $14,381.04 and are based on capitalized cost of $54,230 (requires dealer contribution which could affect price). Total due at signing $4,509.21 (first month’s payment, acquisition fee of $895, and capitalized cost reduction of $3,015). No security deposit required. At lease end, lessee pays excess wear, $.30/mile over 20,000 miles and $350 termination fee. Purchase option at lease end $44,592.40 plus taxes. Specific vehicles and options are subject to availability and your price may vary. For additional information see your participating authorized Porsche Dealer or visit Porsche.com/usa.

Offer expires 06-30-2013
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Jaguar F-Type

2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible

Now in stock and available for TEST DRIVES!!!  Call (888) 260-4510 to set up YOUR VIP Test Drive…

The standard features of the Jaguar F-TYPE Base include 3.0L V-6 340hp engine intercooled supercharger, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, driver and passenger side airbag head extension, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, and an ABS and driveline traction control.

2014 Jaguar
F-TYPE Convertible

Starting at: $69,000

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Aggressive exterior styling, a reimagined interior and a suite of pioneering safety features help the two-door side of the E-Class family flex its already formidable muscles.

Key Features

  • New exterior styling, with more aggressive lines and single-rib front sports grille
  • New LED headlamps with integrated LED Daytime Running Lamps, and new LED taillamps
  • New interior featuring a redesigned dashboard and gauges, plus new upholstery colors and combinations
  • Advanced 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • Sophisticated AGILITY CONTROL® and sport-tuned Dynamic Handling suspensions
  • Available 4MATIC® all-wheel-drive technology
  • Next-generation ATTENTION ASSIST® driver drowsiness monitor
  • New PRE-SAFE® PLUS for added protection in rear-end collisions
  • Optional Driver Assistance Package featuring DISTRONIC PLUS® adaptive cruise control with Steering Assist and PRE-SAFE® Brake, plus Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • Available PARKTRONIC with enhanced Active Parking Assist

Spring Cleaning

2013 04 29 Detail Special

April Lexus Incentive Enhancements

With only a few days left in April, Lexus has enhanced several programs to the best pricing of the year!

RX 350 lease pricing is enhanced to bring lease pricing down $15-$20 per month depending on mileage allowances and other factors.

GS 350 lease pricing has been reduced an average of $30 per month, depending on mileage allowances and other factors.

CT 200h lease pricing now has a $0 due at signing option for lease guests and a 0.9% APR option for purchase guests.

As there are many options and factors, exact pricing can only be determined at the Dealership.  Stop in before April 30th for all the details.

And if for some reason you do not SEE this offer until May, stop by anyway to see what we can do to help you drive off in a brand new Lexus!