The California coast lends a sparkling backdrop to the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show where, for the 12th year running, boat enthusiasts and marine-related exhibitors converge to discuss and celebrate the latest watery wares. Snaking along the harbor's docks, show-goers wade through a trove of exhibitor booths that includes the Ocean Institute and California and Pacific Northwest Yachts. Power and sail vessels—by such makers as Albemarle, East Bay, and Ocean—model varying modes of aquatic transport, and gadget enthusiasts get first glimpse at in-water features such as electronics, fishing gear, and apparel that emboldens seafarers to take on the angry seas or finally stand up to the office drinking fountain and its aggressively unpredictable spray.
Led by lens legend Lia Segerblom, a dedicated portrait and wedding photographer, Capturing True Emotion workshops (a $250 value) provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete dominion over all their camera settings. During four hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students learn how to control depth of field by adjusting the aperture, how to compose a family portrait, how to use alternative angles to avoid red eye, and how much lighting to use when spotting yeti at the local laundromat.
Wheel Fun Rentals has provided locals and tourists with an engaging, active means of sightseeing for more than a decade. Visitors can traverse the local terrain in fun pedal-propelled vessels while soaking in oft-overlooked scenery, which would not be possible while being buckled to a car seat or an ACME rocket. With a $30 credit, customers are able to rent a wide range of vehicles by the hour, including a pedal boat, surrey, or bike (check each location page for pricing). Groups of Groupon holders can embark on land or sea adventures by renting multiple chopper bikes or a roomy single surrey (room for two children and three adults) or double surrey (room for two children and six adults).
C.B. Weseloh was tinkering on cars at his combined service station, garage, and towing service way back in the 1920s. Today, the Weseloh Auto Group continues his legacy, with nine family members working full time at various stores throughout the state. Overseeing Chevy, Kia, Nissan, Honda, and Yamaha dealerships, the Weselohs connect drivers with a host of quality new or preowned vehicles. Weseloh Nissan offers an array of express services, each of which will be completed in 30 minutes or less and includes a multipoint inspection. John Arnold heads up the service team, and Tony Gervacio and the fellas in the parts department track down Nissan brake pads for your GT-R or designer paddles for your Xterra's pet kayak.
Automated car washes come with the risk of damaging a car’s finish or convincing the vehicle to run away to Henry Ford’s birthplace. Thus, the techs at Laguna Niguel Carwash do everything by hand—or, to be precise, by soft lamb’s wool mitts. The Meguiar’s-certified carwash tackles automotive blemishes with a huge battery of products, including rainbow triple wax, tire dressing, and air freshener. A full automotive haven, Laguna Niguel Carwash also features a gas station and convenience store so that both car and driver can fuel up before hitting the road.
The caring car whisperers at Russell Fischer Car Wash primp and pamper automobiles' oil filters and tires for smooth road sailing. During the oil change, trained technicians will install a new filter and replace the aging oil pumping through each car's veins with up to five quarts of regular Valvoline oil (synthetic oil costs extra) so it sings a sweeter tune when plummeting through treacherous cul-de-sacs. The staff will also resuscitate air-starved tires with nitrogen, which can improve the car's handling, fuel efficiency, and tire-pressure retention, and increase the tires' life span to ensure they live to drive on futuristic antigravity highways. As an added bonus, Russell Fischer Car Wash provides complimentary nitrogen tire top-offs for life.