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Vista launches new self-guided 50 minute podcast tour

Zevely Zone listens and learns inside tips about the place to go and what to do in Vista.

VISTA, Calif. — Visiting some place new at all times really feel just a little unusual, however what in the event you had a voice whispering in your ear telling you precisely the place to go? In this Zevely Zone, I visited Vista whereas listening to the town’s new self-guided podcast

As COVID restrictions ease, cities throughout the county try to draw guests. In Vista that begins with free parking and a podcast. Business homeowners, artists teams and the City of Vista got here collectively to create a podcast that guides guests round Vista’s downtown public artwork and historical past. I popped my headphones in and began listening. A pleasant voice informed me, “Welcome to Vista Made Tours the Podcast. Simply stroll along the sidewalks and listen, have fun and enjoy our beautiful downtown.”

As you stroll the streets of Vista, listening to the 50-minute self-guided tour, you simply match a voice with a pleasant face. “Hi, I am Colleen Kollar Smith and I’m the Operations Manager for the City of Vista’s Recreation Department,” stated the podcast. Suddenly, I used to be face-to-face with Colleen. “I heard you on the podcast,” I stated. Colleen responded, “Oh that is me.” She was born and raised in Vista and desires you to go to her hometown to get pleasure from artwork tasks like Love Locks. “We are unlocking Vista. It is open,” stated Colleen. “There is a lot of art.” Anyone can go to the exhibit and place their very own lock on the project.

The podcast is full of Vista residents providing their inside scoop. “The Avo Playhouse was built back in the late 40’s and it was where my mom had her first kiss,” stated Colleen. What occurred subsequent might solely occur in a small city. “Hi! I went to high school with all of them,” stated Colleen. Sitting side-by-side on the Curbside Café, one group with Colleen’s associates and one other with mine. “Jeff Zevely, he does the Zevely Zone, and you are being filmed right now because that is what he does,” stated Clay who as soon as appeared in a section. 

Our subsequent cease was as soon as Vista’s bus cease and the outdated Greyhound Station. “I’ve been listening to you on the podcast,” I stated to Riley Herington. She is the one taking journeys today throughout America to fill her retailer with attention-grabbing objects. Riley owns the Re-find Off Main. “I grew up in Vista, so I actually went to Vista High School. I came back to establish myself,” stated Riley.  

Next the podcast led us to The Film Hub. “This used to be the old post office,” I stated after listening to the insider reality on the podcast. Inside we met the podcast producer, Zeke Corley. “If you’ve got someone visiting take them on this tour and they will see everything that you see on a daily basis without you having to make a list or an agenda,” stated Zeke.

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Small towns are filled big shots. “Mayor Judy Ritter, nice to meet to you,” I said. Mayor Ritter shook my hand and said, “Nice to meet you.” Mayor Ritter suggests visitors walk the Vistacado Parade which is one of the longest outdoors murals in the state. “Vista is open and it’s great,” said Mayor Ritter. To prove it, we visited Beads, Crystals and More, a store owned by Phil Fischman. “You’re famous,” I stated. “You’re on a podcast.

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Phil smiled and stated, “Vista is the place to be. Vista is so delicious.” This complete group is an actual gem and by the top of your journey, you will really feel proper at house in Vista. Or because the podcast states, “It’s all waiting for you and it’s all Vista made. Well, there you’ve had it, you’ve completed the loop around Vista’s Historical District.”

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