Thank you! We had a blast and learned a lot about one another. You exceeded our expectations especially with the kids from Touissant. That was special. You have a rewarding business and I’m so glad we had a chance to work together.
"Darlynne is exacty what San Diego needs. She is a wonderful ambassador for the city and the region. Her work at Where You Want To Be Tours showcases the very best of what San Diego has to offer and she does it with class and professionalism."
-Alyson, Global Asset Protection Operations Team
It brought out everyone's competitive juices and gave some people the opportunity to come out of their reserved "shells" . . . so it worked out great for all!
-Keane, KAISER PERMANENTE
Reggie Parks, Food & Beverage Manager, MARRIOTT
"I want to thank you both and your team for the fine job you guys did for us on the scavenger hunt. I have heard nothing but great things. It was a ball! In the process, we learned a lot about PB!"
-Reint Reinders, Former President, SAN DIEGO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
"Once again your team did an amazing job and our participants loved it."
-Scott B, Daimler Trucks North America
"The scavenger hunt was awesome! It really started the day off well for our group! Thanks!"
- Leeann Kim, Executive Director/Founder, SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
"Thank you so much for everything!! The staff loved it and it was just what we needed to kick off the year! You two have been fantastic to work with and I hope we can work together again soon!!!"
-Amber B, UCSD
"We had a great time - Thanks so much for the tour, scavenger hunt and the special attention!"
-SCRIPPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
"Thank you so much. People were still talking at dinner tonight. The tour was great! You were wonderful with the insights and fun jokes. One of the people commented that they had never had such a fun activity on a trip. That made my day. You and Darlynne have been so responsive and accomodating, from the chips and water to the day by day count change. I truly appreciate your attention to detail and your professionalism. There were so many reasons for the great time. We were able to get some air, enjoy some music, get some good info on the area and enjoy a wonderful ride in a spectacular area. Plus, we had some slow peaceful times to really chat with each other. It was a great diversion from the morning meetings. What a wonderful day!"
- Diane Hooey, FRITO LAY
"Darlynne is the co-founder and co-owner of Where You Want to Be Tours and is a former co-worker from her time at KSWB TV. Darlynne may have the most engaging mix of integrity, drive, enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to teamwork I have ever seen in a single person. Her range of experience both in the workplace and as an entrepreneur is unique. But above all, Darlnne has a positive energy and a joyful perspective on people and life that is truly contageous and inspiring. With her husband they have built a business based on vision, hard work and a passion that literally began as a walk in the park. I can think of no greater professional achievement than to turn a dream into a reality. Take a tour with Where You Want to Be Tours and you will see San Diego in a new way, spend time bonding with friends or co-workers and best of all you will meet Darlynne and Marc who will make you smile, take good care of you and show you a whole new way to see the world! Like they say, it is where you want to be!"
"I met Marc & Darlynne with Where You Want to Be Tours when they led a scavenger that ended at my restaurant at the time, Napa Valley Grille. Instantly I had a connection with both Marc & Darlynne because of their bubbly personalities and true professionalism. They have a passion for their business and that shows EVERY day. They are very good at creating unique partnerships and making sure it's a "win-win" for everyone."
- Liz, THE SOFIA HOTEL
- Will Givens , Director of Branding & Integrated Marketing, KSWB TV
"Marc and Darlynne Menkin started Where You Want to Be Tours several years ago, and their business has just blossomed! I've used them on many occasions, to take clients and colleagues on tours and scavenger hunts. They know San Diego inside out, and love sharing their secret spots, whether on foot or on a double decker bus. They drop the K and keep the F....U....N!"
- Jan, McLANE RIEGER COMMUNICATIONS
”How does this sound: the sun is beginning to set, the air is fresh and cool, and you can casually stroll with a small group and enjoy finding things hidden from every day view. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon relaxing and moving around, and also a great way to entertain visitors with a tourist event that all will enjoy. The walks are designed to fit the aerobic abilities of all, they are easy jaunts on level ground but you will be surprised at the end how far you have managed to easily walk. This is a great way to spend a few hours meeting new people, visiting new places and falling in love with San Diego all over again.“
– Mimi Thompson, VISION MAGAZINE
"Thank you for a great adventure on Friday. We had a great time. I look forward to promoting your tour services to my travel industry clients! Warmest Aloha!"
- Mara McSparan, Travel Industry Sales Manager, SAN DIEGO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
"Darlynne is a highly creative, extremely professional entrepreneur. Along with her husband Marc, she provided our department with a fun, adventurous, and thoroughly well-organized teambuilding Scavenger Hunt. She has that very rare combination of high-energy optimism and absolute attention to detail, and I would highly recommend her to others."
- Nick, PROMETHEUS
"Thank you for planning such a wonderful scavenger hunt for our San Diego retreat! We had a blast going through downtown SD and seeing parts of the city that we never get to see on a regular basis. We also loved the mighty competition and had so much fun getting to work together as a team. We learned how to utilize our best assets and skills to the betterment of our team and I think we left SD that day with a boost to our spirits! Thanks for making our staff retreat one of the best in a long while!"
- Philly, BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
"Thank you so much for an outstanding event. The photo album and CDs arrived. The pictures look great "
- Joan, CEO, OFFICE DYNAMICS, LTD.
"Everyone is still talking about the scavenger hunt - it was so much fun."
- Sue, AMERICAN YOUTH HOSTELS, SAN DIEGO
"Just wanted to let you know that we received the photo album today! Pictures are great! I think we'll be spending a lot of time talking about how much fun we had instead of working! But that's what life is all about! Everyone unanimously said that the Scavenger Hunt was the best part of the two day meeting.even those that were skeptical. Please give our thanks to the rest of the Where You Want To Be team, they were all a big part of our best team event thus far!
Thanks a lot, again! We'll make sure to spread your business name around when anyone else has an event in SD."
- Tony, BOEING
" Thank you for a wonderful team building event. I continue to receive such positive feedback from everyone who participate. Y'all Rock!"
- Jade. GENENTECH
I had the pleasure to work with Darlynne of Where You Want to be Tours when I coordinated my company’s National Sales Meeting. We were looking for an activity that would be fun and at the same time foster team building for our sales representatives, as well as allow them the opportunity to explore San Diego. I received all of the above with Where You Want to be Tours! Darlynne worked with me to customize a scavenger hunt for our sales representatives in the downtown San Diego area. She worked within our time constraints, our budget, and what our goals for the event were. I did not have to worry about the entire event – Darlynne and her team took care of everything. She was always very responsive to my inquiries and extremely pleasant to work with. One of the best things about working with Where You Want to be Tours is that you will learn interesting facts about San Diego that you never knew existed! I would 100% recommend Where You Want to be Tours for anyone looking for an fun and interesting team building event for any meeting. When the opportunity arises for another team building event for my organization, I will most certainly contact them immediately to put together another successful event. It was hard to only pick three attributes from above to describe Darlynne since she posses all seven of them. Darlynne and her team were fabulous to work with and they will NOT disappoint.”
-Jennifer, NEUROCRINE BIOSCIENCES, INC.
Darlynne & Marc have created a unique company and have carved out a special niche in San Diego tourism. Their tour company offers a wide variety of experiences from personal walking tours to group scavenger hunts and other innovative team building exercises. The also offer an excellent video production service combining Darlynne's experience in television with an in depth knowledge of San Diego. They are creative, hard working and deliver a great value! Combined, Where You Want To Be Tours is a special company run by special people who offer and deliver unique and memorable experiences for individuals and groups alike.
-David Peckinpaugh, Former President, SAN DIEGO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
Darlynne, Marc and the entire team at Where You Want To Be Tours exemplifies the true spirit of San Diego & Southern California. Their tours are unique and fantastically fun. The tour guide are hospitable, full of energy and very informative about the history and culture of our wonderful city. No matter your group size or demographic, Where you want to be can create an experience that is fulfilling for each participant.
-Bay H, Meeting Planner
Marc's excellent leadership in helping organize a tour to help emphasize customer service skills through Where You Want to Be Tours was just the ticket for our staff looking for a alternative fun atmosphere to learn and enjoy the value of good customer service. I have known and worked with both Marc and Darlynne for many years and always found their enthusiasm for San Diego refreshing and inspiring. Most importantly our staff did too as evidence by the great evaluations we received from our time spent together!
-Patti G, YMCA
Marc is someone I always enjoy doing business with. He approaches work as something that can be fun, which makes him a natural tour professional. I am a lifelong San Diegan and Marc opened my eyes through his great programs to aspects of my hometown I never knew existed.”
-Brian H, SAN DIEGO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
I have worked with Marc in several capacities. All turned out to be profitable experiences and provided high, quality marketing and Public Relations exposure for me. Marc and his wife Darlynne participate in a radio and television program that we conducted from Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. Their accurate and exciting reports from the Resort created business for us as well as media impressions that are directly attributable to our relationship. I have also participated in and had my employees and coworkers participate in their San Diego Scavenger Hunts. They are great team building exercises, but for me I wanted to learn more about the neighborhoods that I was selling products in. I had my team do them to learn about the businesses in the tour areas and also for our Editorial team to learn about the current situation and past histories of the neighborhoods. I highly recommend both Marc and Darylene in any professional capacity. They are truly qualified people and as a bonus amongst the most pleasant people I have ever worked with.
-John D, San Diego AD Club