Escape Games Riverside

Escape Games Riverside





My husband and I have always wanted to try an escape room type experience, so when we heard that one was opening in Riverside, we were excited to try it out. We enlisted our good friends to come with us and make a night of it. You really must choose your friends wisely when you are going to be locked in a room for an hour with them.

When we arrived, Jonathan, the owner, was there to greet us. He was so kind and personable. His enthusiasm made us even more pumped for the experience. As far as customer service goes, he was a breath of fresh air. After a quick briefing on our scenario and a few tips, we were “locked” in the pirate captains quarters.

As a group we were tasked with finding clues, solving puzzles and locating the key to escape the room, all of which were pirate themed. The challenges were fun and kept you thinking. I haven’t felt that dumb and smart in an hours time since college. If you get stuck, Jonathan is in a room nearby to give you a hint or two, heading you in the direction you need to go.

Every one of us felt very accomplished when we were able to find the key and make it out of the room with no time to spare. It was an experience we will laugh about for years to come and I definitely recommend everyone try it.

Escape Games Riverside will soon be expanding to have two options for rooms. You will be able to choose from the pirate captain or the toy maker. I personally cannot wait till the next room opens so that my friends and I can return to try our skills, or lack thereof, on another escape room.

If you would like to try out the Escape Games Riverside, head to the website https://www.escapegamesriverside.com/ and use code shiningthoughtsblog for a discount when booking. Good luck and have fun!


About The Owner

Jonathan was born and raised in a little town outside of Santa Cruz California. He moved to Riverside California to finish up his education at CBU and then CSUSB. (Go Coyote’s) After receiving his degree and meeting his now wife, they decided to stay in Riverside. With access to mountains, beaches, deserts, all within an hour, they knew they would thrive here.

Both Jonathan and his wife love to visit Escape rooms wherever they go. This inspired him to open up his very own here in Riverside. With Riverside’s ever growing small business community, he knew this was going to be the perfect place to start their business.

It is people like Jonathan that help keep our city alive and we are so lucky to have him and his wife apart of our community!

Malibu Wine Safari at Saddlerock Ranch

Malibu Wine Safari at Saddlerock Ranch





Throughout our lives we take mental pictures. Moments that we will never forget. These moments are sometimes bad and sometimes wonderful. We flashback from time to time and relive them, relive the feelings associated with these moments.


This weekend I made one of those moments with my husband. The peace and quiet, the sun creeping out of the clouds, sitting on a tree swing while breathing in the fresh after rain air. Connected with one another and nature as we watched Stanley the giraffe eat his lettuce.


As parents we spend most of our time with our children. Every breath we take is to make their life the best we can. Our relationship as husband and wife is put to the side and all of our focus given to them. So when Saddlerock Ranch offered to host us for one of the Wine Safari tours, I knew it was going to be a wonderful opportunity to spend time with my husband and nurture us.




The choices for tours were fantastic, there was a fit for every budget and each tour offered something a little different from the other. We choice to take the giraffe tour which included feeding time with Stanley, a drive in an open air truck around the property and tasting 6 wines from local vineyards.


Our tour guides were Cameron and Cindy. They were both so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They made the tour that much more enjoyable with their quirky jokes and wonderful stories. You could tell that they really love their jobs and take pride in what they do.


The animals throughout the park were exotic and selfie friendly, well most of them. We were able to feed them and get up close and personal with them, something that is so rare, even at local zoo’s. Even though he wasn’t so exotic, our favorite selfie partner was a little horse that kept the alpaca’s company. He followed us along the fence and welcomed all of our pictures and rubs.


While feeding all of these well named beasts, we had one of the locally grown wines in our hands. All of which were different in taste but naturally delicious. The landscape added that extra sparkle to our tasting because of its beauty and uniqueness. There was plenty of historical stories to go with the property that were interesting and intriguing.


The highlight of the tour was getting to pet and feed Stanley the giraffe, who is famous for his role in Hangover 3. You never really understand how tall a giraffe is until you stand at his feet and look up. He was so majestic, kind and hungry. After taking our turn at feeding Stanly, we took our chances on a tree swing and took our mental picture of everything around us, including each other.

From the wine, to the staff and the animals, Malibu Wine Safari is an adventure you can’t afford to miss out on. The unique mix of wine and exotic animals makes the excitement and romance one in the same. I feel so honored that I was able to take this tour and live this experience. This date day will never be forgotten.

Book your wine safari by clicking http://www.lasafaris.com/#home and selecting, book now.