The Diva Does Dodger Stadium

Patti & Richard in the Stadium Club….

TheDiva at Dodger Stadium

The Diva Got Taken Out to the Ballpark
July 19, 2009
The Diva and husband Richard in the Stadium Club enjoying a sumptuous buffet–no hot dogs or cracker jacks for this Diva– and mighty fine Chard.
Our friend Tom invited us out for a Dodger-Astro game. LA won.

I was a reluctant participant at first seeing that I’m a major NY Yankee/American League fan. But the Diva on the Go is up for anything and this proved much better than expected. Largely due to the company. It was my first outing to this ballpark and I must say I was impressed.
It was Tom’s annual Georgetown U get together and began with a dinner buffet at the Stadium Club buffet followed by the game. We had nifty right field seats in section 46. Didn’t catch any balls but one did fly close and was caught by a fan. I assume he was a fan as he was cheering a lot for the home team.
Got to see Manny,who’s pictured here out in the field huddled with other players. He struck out but also got a double.
FYI: the team moved to LA in 1958 but the stadium wasn’t fully operative until 1962. It has seen many changes like a $20 million renovation in 2005 which added 1600 seats and improved dining venues as well as Martini Barnear the Dugout Club–which we didn’t get to sample.

It Happened in Monterey–New Flight from Los Angeles

It Happened in Montery….
Monterey County “Smile Recovery” Packages Sport 150+ Value Packages for Travelers- Starting May 3 Allegiant Air, LLC, is offering flights to the Monterey Peninsula Airport from San Diego and Los Angeles international airports.
This marks the first and only air service offered between these two markets; the carrier celebrates with introductory one-way fares as low as $39.00*. Allegiant Air will operate three flights weekly, departing Los Angeles and San Diego on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Total flight time is approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Reservations: 702.505.8888; The May 3, 2009 launch coincides with Monterey Convention and Visitors Bureau’s new “Smile Recovery” packages, available through May 31, 2009. More than 150 steals and deals are available county-wide including rock bottom rates at seaside inns, up to 30 percent off lodging at world class resorts, golf bargains and tasty savings on a hot list of local restaurants. Dive in, the water is just fine at Power to the Pocketbook In picture-perfect Pacific Grove, the newly-renovated Anton Inn steps up with a $100.00 off the best available rack rate. Just blocks from the 17-Mile Drive and Asilomar Beach, this quaint inn is the perfect respite for a romantic retreat. Nearby, Asilomar Conference Center puts California State Parks in the spotlight with overnight accommodations, a box lunch for two and parking pass to four local gems including Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer State Park for $169.00/dbl. In Monterey, the newly-renovated Spindrift Inn lures guests with a rock bottom $149.00/dbl. rate. Perched on the Pacific along Cannery Row, this hideaway is ideal for active travelers who want tap into kayaking Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, biking the Recreational Trail or taking in the new Secret Lives of Seahorses exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (April ’09). Nearby, Portola Hotel & Spa offers overnight lodgings and two two-day passes to the aquarium for just $149.00/dbl. If a little more luxe is in line, pop into Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa for a gracious stay in a deluxe guestroom and two rounds of golf with transport to Poppy Hills Golf Course for $258.00/dbl. Other great bets include the 50 percent off rack rates at the Chateau Coraline Retreat & Spa on the verdant River Road wine tasting trail when guest book two night’s lodging and two spa treatments. Carmel Valley’s luxurious Bernardus Lodge kicks things up a notch with a complimentary third night for guests who book two nights. The added carrot –
$100 food and beverage credit toward the lodge’s award-winning Marinus or Wickets Bistro. In Big Sur, the newly-renovated Ventana Inn & Spa puts things in perspective with a gracious 40 percent of best available rates. Check in and check out with expansive views of the Pacific coastline, co-ed Japanese tubs and stellar Allegia Spa. Seaside’s Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center is another sure bet with suite accommodations and dinner and breakfast for two for just $147.00/dbl. midweek. Golfers looking to sharpen their handicap can tee up at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. & Jr. signature course in the heart of Monterey, for $65.00/round including golf cart, Cobra golf club rental, and range balls.+
Rules of the Road
* Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by March 11, 2009 for travel completed by Sept. 30, 2009. Offer not available May 22-25, 2009 and July 2-6, 2009. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to $10.60 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $13.50 per passenger will apply when booked on A convenience fee of $13.50 per passenger, plus $10.00 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant Air call center. Purchases made at any Allegiant Air Airport Ticket Office will not incur a convenience or call-center fee. When purchased at time of booking, a fee of $15 for first checked bag and $25 for second checked bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag per person, per segment will apply. In all cases additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. +Packages based on availability, restrictions and black-out periods apply.
Monterey County is located 120 miles/192 km south of San Francisco and 345 miles/552 km north of Los Angeles along the classic California corridor. The region boasts 99 miles of prime Pacific Coastline, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, three historic missions, 40,000 acres of premium vineyards, 25 golf courses and over 200 lodging properties. Monterey County includes the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur, North County and the Salinas Valley. The Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY), just three miles from historic downtown Monterey and minutes from the area’s major attractions, is served by non-stop flights to and from Denver (DEN), Las Vegas (LAS), Phoenix (PHX), Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO).