La Mesa travel agency is hosting 24th annual `Phyllis Trip’

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

by Rick Griffin

Phyllis Dorfman, owner of Rainbow Travel & Cruise in La Mesa, has announced that Lyon, France, will be the destination for her 24th annual, ladies-only, overseas vacation starting March 16. Cost of the seven-days, six-nights trip is $2,499 per person, which includes airfare, transfers, taxes and breakfasts. Dorfman said she expects about 60 women will join her for shopping, dining, sightseeing and cooking lessons. For information, phone (619) 464-5345, or visit Since founding Rainbow Travel in 1978, Dorfman, who has traveled to more than 100 different countries and sailed on more than 100 cruise ships, has organized annual ladies-only vacation adventures, which she calls “Phyllis Trips.” Over the years, attendees have included groups of girlfriends and relatives. Previous destinations have included Shanghai, Milan, Prague, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Athens, Madrid, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Brussels, Singapore and Buenos Aires. Rainbow Travel & Cruise is located in the heart of the La Mesa Village at 8285 La Mesa Blvd.