Aloha, San Diego Moms

I remember this commercial from childhood…kids screaming, dog barking, phone ringing and moms screaming “Calgon, Take Me Away!!!!!!!”

How many times have we all wished to be taken away since becoming moms? How about taking yourself to a tropical resort filled with fresh flowers and the music of the Pacific Islands for a sumptuous dinner and  Mai Tais?


You don’t need to travel all the way to Hawaii to catch the aloha spirit. Just take a little trip down to Mission Beach and escape reality for a bit like the tourists do. Each summer the Catamaran Resort sponsors sunset luaus  just like the ones I’ve enjoyed in Hawaii.

We never let a summer go by without a family trip to the Catamaran. We love being out on a warm summer night soaking in the sites and sounds of a vacation paradise from the grassy lawn that overlooks Mission Bay.

After the ceremonial entrance of the pig, a buffet of fresh salads and fruits, Kalua pig, pork loin, miso glazed salmon, guava chicken, assorted sides and fabulous desserts is served.

Funny how you can live in a place for so long and be unaware of the fun events happening around you. Until I called the Catamaran to request two luau tickets for a mom’s guide reader, I had no idea that its sister hotel, the Bahia Resort, had an annual Brazilian Carnival.

Guests are greeted with the traditional drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha, plus a visit from some of the exotic animals of the region. The bayside feast includes churrasco style Pichanha, grilled beef carved to order and many other Brazilian specialties. After dinner the high-energy music, bright colors and traditional dancing by “Sole e Mar” will take the audience on a tour of Brazil.

Honey, can we go to the Bahia this summer instead of the Catamaran?

TWO lucky mom’s guide readers will be the winners of today’s giveaway, compliments of the Evans Hotel group. The prize is either two tickets to the weeknight summer Catamaran Luau or the Bahia Brazilian Carnival. Comment below with your choice of luau or carnival and enter using this rafflecopter form.

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29 thoughts on “Aloha, San Diego Moms

  1. Lani Schiller says:

    We would live to go to the luau.

  2. Sarah N says:

    I don’t want to enter–safe those tickets for a lucky fan–but thanks for this info! I haven’t heard of either of these and look forward to checking them out! Thanks and Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Emelee baldwin says:

    Either one would be awesome for me and my other single mommy friend:)

  4. Dena Stark says:

    This sounds so fun!

  5. Patti says:

    The Brazilian Carnival sounds fun!

  6. Kara says:

    I would LOVE LOVE the Catamarian luau! We had our wedding reception there 12 years ago! Beautiful place!! xoxoxo

  7. Michele Foley says:

    My husband and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this month. I would love to go to a Luau to celebrate!

  8. Lisa Lieb says:

    Luau soumds sooooo fun!

  9. Lisa Lieb says:


  10. Marylou says:

    Either, maybe Luau?

  11. Kim says:

    Either would be great; I’d prefer the luau. Mahalo!

  12. Jennifer Rye says:

    Would love either one! Pick me, pick me! Xoxoxo

  13. Stacie says:

    Brazilian carnival would be amazing!

  14. Elvira Durflinger says:

    This would be awesome Luaus rock!

  15. Janice OConnor says:

    Could be fun!

  16. Being a mom of seven kiddos, one with severe disabilities it’s hard to get any time to get a break. I would be able to wear my dress that has been hanging in my closet for years and have only worn once :). Plus Kailua pig and spam musubi are some of my favorite foods.

  17. Christina says:

    Oh, what summer fun!!!

  18. Brenna Lawrence says:

    Fingers crossed!

  19. Amber says:

    I’d love to win the luau.

  20. Christina says:

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway!

  21. Yuly says:

    Any of the prices would be amazing and so appreciated. Due to my husband being in training and getting ready to deploy I never have time to do anything out of my routine. Good luck everyone and happy Mother’s Day!!!

  22. betty chambers says:

    It would be fun with my two kids. They are trying so hard to make this day so special since all three events are on the same day.

  23. Betsy says:

    Luau yes please!

  24. alicia says:

    Luau please, lava flow here I come.

  25. betty chambers says:

    Pick me it’s my birthday, mothers day and my husband 2nd anniversary of his death. I would love to have something great to look forward to

  26. Barbara Green says:

    Pick me, pick me..please??

  27. Barbara Green says:

    Happy Mother’s Weekend!

  28. Rebeccah Boland says:

    I lovely resort dinner would be amazing

  29. Rebeccah Boland says:

    I would love to go to the luau!

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