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MEET OUR TEAM We are Getaway San Diego your local interactive guide to all the wonderful things you can experience in San Diego.

What makes our magazine completely different is VIDEO!

Grab your smartphone or tablet and scan our “codes” to WATCH Margi and Jeff in action around the county. We’ll take you on a tour of some of our favorite things to do in San Diego. Our promise is... We won’t ask you to spend your money where we won’t spend ours. That’s why we personally visit and review every place we recommend.

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I’m a California Girl through and through! I grew up in Orange County aka “THE OC,” graduated from the University of Southern California, and afterwards worked as an entertainment reporter/ TV Host. I interviewed celebrities on the red carpet for People Magazine, UsWeekly, and, to name a few.

My true passion has always been traveling. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to travel and explore different food and cultures from around the world, and even received my frequent flyer number at only six months old. But, no matter how much I travel, San Diego is where I always return.


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IT’S EASY TO SCAN! Grab your smartphone, iTouch, or tablet and scan QR (Quick Response) codes to watch as we show you where to eat and play in sunny San Diego. 1. Download any free QR code scanner (we recommend i-nigma) app from the Google Play market or iTunes store. 2. Open the app and hold your smartphone several inches above the QR codes in the magazine. (four to seven inches is ideal) 3. Hold your phone steady and keep it parallel to the page. Within seconds you’re directed to a short video!

During the spring you’re sure to find me at Petco Park cheering on our Padres Baseball Team, at the San Diego County Fair, and enjoying the Carlsbad Flower Fields with my extremely supportive husband Nick and our beautiful baby girl Georgia Rose who is already turning one on April 1st. I’m thrilled to be part of Getaway as both Editor-in-Chief and as co-host sharing some of our favorite spots with you.


I like to think of myself as having personality, personality, personality! I love to try anything and everything at least once – sometimes twice. Born in Central California, I moved to San Diego in 2000 and traveled to every major city in the country at least twice as a TV host for multiple networks and local TV shows.

I’ve been a brand spokesman for some of the biggest brands in the world and emcee for some of the biggest sports and lifestyle events in the U.S., such as the Super Bowl, the Final Four and our very own San Diego Padres baseball team.



Our local team is made up of a variety of ages and backgrounds working together to help you have the perfect vacation. We will never send you to a “tourist trap” because we personally explore and share what the locals love to do. Most of us were born, raised and lived here our entire lives. We love everything that the area has to offer and are thrilled to share our experiences with you.

Even with all the travel I’ve done and all the cities I’ve been to, I still say that San Diego is the most beautiful city in the country. All four seasons are stunning and exciting in San Diego, and with spring upon us what’s not to be excited about? Now, get up and let’s go play!



Welcome to beautiful Sunny San Diego! Spring is a wonderful time here in San Diego with nearly perfect weather. However, during the month of June you might experience what we call “June Gloom” when the sky is overcast in the morning. But don’t fret! It will usually burn off to clear skies for a few hours and show up again in the late afternoon. Lucky for us it’s still usually warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities - just remember to wear your sunscreen!

It may sound a little confusing, but don’t worry, we have maps in the back of the magazine and videos highlighting specific towns so you can start exploring like a local in no time.

While you’re visiting, the first thing to do is start thinking like a local. San Diego is made up of small surrounding cities with their own distinct personalities, and knowing the difference between downtown and say, Carlsbad, can determine where you want to go and what you want to do.

“We’re sure after your visit here, you’ll understand why it’s called America’s Finest City.” ~ Getaway Girl Margi

San Diego City Map > PAGE 42 La Jolla: This is an upscale area where you will find luxurious hotels, spas, shopping, fine dining, and some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s also home to the Birch Aquarium.











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Mission Bay: Home to SeaWorld San Diego, Mission Bay also has great walking paths, picnics, bonfires, and beach volleyball. There’s also plenty of fun for families with small children both in the water and on the beach - no big waves to worry about here! uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DVzlnheJqBV0%26feature%3Dshare%26lis t%3DPL06025DE8F6178A08


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Jeff & Margi enjoying Carlsbad


Carlsbad: A family-focused community that is home to LEGOLAND® and the Flower Fields. It boasts a vibrant downtown area called Carlsbad Village that is filled with great shops and restaurants. uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DVzlnheJqBV0%26feature%3Dshare%26lis t%3DPL06025DE8F6178A08

Jeff & Margi enjoying Mission Beach

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Mission Beach: Home to the Giant Dipper, the historic wooden rollercoaster built in 1925, and Belmont Park, our version of the East Coast’s Coney Island.

Old Town: The birth place of California, it’s filled with restaurants, shopping, and numerous free museums. It’s a great place to really learn about the history of San Diego.

Oceanside: It’s the most northern tip of San Diego before heading into Camp Pendleton, with a fun marina to explore.




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Pacific Beach (aka “PB”): We sometimes refer to it as Party Beach because of its fun bars and restaurants that are perfect for party hopping.



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Encinitas (also includes neighboring areas Leucadia and Cardiff by the Sea): An area of relaxed surf cities with a great variety of beaches, cool and funky shops and boutiques along Highway 101, a vibrant surf culture, yogi’s doing yoga, vegetarian restaurants and boho-chic hipsters.

Del Mar & Solana Beach: Casual and beachy towns with upscale shopping and restaurants. Del Mar is also home to the San Diego County Fair ( READ more on pg 20 - 21 ) and the Del Mar Races during the spring and summer months. uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DVzlnheJqBV0%26feature%3Dshare%26lis t%3DPL06025DE8F6178A08

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Ocean Beach (aka “OB”): Filled with beach bungalows and cottages, you’ll find a relaxed bohemian crowd who prides themselves in the variety of small businesses and locally-owned establishments. OB’s waterfront is known as Dog Beach where dogs can enjoy being leash-free 24 hours a day. Point Loma (also includes Shelter Island and Harbor Island): This is a great spot to go sport fishing or to explore the beautiful marina filled with “super yachts.” It’s also home to the Cabrillo National Monument ( READ more on pg 16 - 17 ). Hillcrest: A friendly neighborhood with numerous locally-owned businesses like boutiques, bars, clubs, restaurants and thrift stores. It’s also supportive of the gay and lesbian community and has a high population of LGBT.


North Park: Recently named by Forbes Magazine as “One of America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods.” Enjoy locally-owned and operated restaurants, art galleries and alternative boutiques.




South Park: We like to tell people that South Park is North Park for grown-ups. Where North Park is young and comes alive at night and on the weekends, South Park is a collection of indie shops, social consciousness raising coffee houses, and unique eateries, all with a slight bohemian flair. Mission Valley (aka Hotel Circle): Offers great shopping at the Fashion Valley Mall and is the place to watch the San Diego Chargers play football at Qualcomm Stadium. Balboa Park: The park offers 1,200 acres of beautiful open spaces, gardens, museums, theaters, amazing architecture, and of course, the world famous San Diego Zoo. Coronado Island: An affluent resort city which is home to Hotel Del, one of the oldest and largest of all wooden buildings in California and considered a national and California historical landmark. Coronado Beach was rated #1 in the US in 2012 according Dr. Beach, and Orange Avenue is our favorite place to take a stroll. There are also more retired admirals per square foot on the island than anywhere in the world.

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Downtown/GasLamp: Historic district in the heart of Downtown with plenty of restaurants, nightclubs, lounges and live music venues. You’ll find Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team, and the Convention Center located downtown.

Spanish tapas Local beers Fire pit Bocce ball

Chula Vista: The location of the Sleep Train Amphitheatre, the U.S Olympic Training Center, and the Living Coast Discovery Center - perfect for a family outing. 934 North Coast Hwy 101 Leucadia, CA 92024 760.230.2970

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There are a few public transportation options to help you get around to all of these great places. You can ride The COASTER along the coast from San Diego to Oceanside, and hop on the trolleys to get around downtown San Diego. While you’re here, visit our blog at to stay up-to-date on where to eat, stay and play!

Also, keep an eye out as you read the magazine for chances to watch a cool and interesting video about something fun to do, a great place to shop, or an amazing place to dine. All you have to do is scan a code with your smartphone, iPad or iTouch to enjoy an interactive experience with our Getaway Hosts Margi and Jeff while reading our magazine. Welcome to sunny San Diego and have fun exploring our wonderful city! recreation/2-stand-guys-paddle-board-lessons

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Elisa Boorman About me: I’m a laid-back San Diego native who loves anything and everything outdoor-related. I believe that good food and good wine are a quintessential part of life, and I love sharing my passion with others. If I have a favorite spot, and there are many, I will make you a believer too. Why I love San Diego: The endless opportunities for year-round outdoor adventures! Favorite Thing to do in the Spring: Visit the mountains of inland San Diego to see and smell the wildflowers in bloom. Favorite Place to Shop: Little Italy farmers market. Favorite Place to Eat in SD: Currently, Blue Ribbon Pizza Artisan Pizzeria in Encinitas What I tell my friends when they visit: San Diego’s local craft breweries are popping up left and right – take advantage! Also, almost every community in San Diego is only a 20-minute drive away; it’s so easy to explore all that the city has to offer.

Amanda Poynter About me: I’m a seasoned adventurer, world traveler, actor,


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and extreme sport enthusiast! I’ve dedicated much of my life and work to youth development and dream of combining my passion for the arts, youth, skateboarding, and travel into a most epic career. I’m a SoCal native who lives with my beautiful partner Paige and our adorable puppy.

the country. I love meeting them and inquiring about what brought them out here.

sun sets, I like to enjoy a concert downtown or take in a show at one of our local theaters.

Favorite Thing to Eat at the Fair: Chocolate covered bacon! What I tell my friends when they visit: “You will need sunglasses and a light sweater for the evenings year-round”.

Fun fact about San Diego: San Diego is home to The Star of India, the world’s oldest ship that still regularly sails!

Why I love San Diego: The fun and friendly vibe.

Favorite Place to watch the sunset: La Jolla Torrey Pines Trail

Favorite Place to Eat in SD: South Beach Bar and Grill fish tacos and an ocean view please!

Favorite Place to Shop: Pangaea in PB (Pacific Beach)

Favorite Place to watch the sunset: Mt. Soledad in La Jolla. What a beautiful view of San Diego! Favorite thing to eat at the Fair: I love the yummy cake at the Gingerbread Shop.

Favorite Place to Watch the Sunset: Torrey Pines Where you’ll find me on a Saturday: Relaxing at Dog Beach Favorite thing to do outdoors: Anything that involves a board!

Angela Hernandez About me: I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Chicago for 10 years. I dreamed of living in San Diego even when I visited. When I finally did visit, I vowed to move closer to the beach and the palm trees. Now that I have, I don’t think I’ll ever leave. I have not found more perfect weather and friendly people anywhere else during my travels. Why I love San Diego: San Diego seems to be a melting pot of people from all over

Carianne Steinman About me: I’ve lived in San Diego since I was 6 years old, and although I love to travel, I can’t imagine a better place to call “home!” I enjoy having unscheduled time so I can go on adventures and see where the day might lead me. I can have fun pretty much anywhere! Why I love San Diego: My favorite thing about San Diego is the variety it offers. I can enjoy the peacefulness of nature on the beach or a hillside, or I can get dressed up and head downtown for a fun party! I also really love the fact that Comic-Con is based here. Where you’ll find me on a Saturday: During the day, I’ll usually be checking out the tide pools at the beach or taking a stroll around the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park. Once the

Chelsea Largoza About me: I’m a San Diego native, born and raised in the South Bay. After graduating from UC Berkeley in the summer of 2012, I couldn’t wait to move back down to my hometown! I’ve studied Media Culture and Consumer Behavior at Cal, and hope to pursue a career in Entertainment Production. Why I love San Diego: Family, friends, Mexican food, and impeccable weather 24/7. Favorite Place to Eat in SD: Lolita’s Favorite Activity: Riding the Big Dipper at Belmont Park Favorite Place to Shop: Mission Valley Mall Favorite thing to do outdoors: Suspension Bridge/ hike Torrey Pines State Beach





Hannah Johnston About Me: After moving to San Diego when I was 5, I’ve spent nearly 21 years learning about and loving all that my beautiful hometown has to offer. I even studied Literature/Writing at UC San Diego, so I clearly can’t get enough of this place! You’ll usually find me toes deep in the sand at D Street or hiking Cowles Mountain with my rotties, but my favorite place to be is tucked in the back of a coffee shop, listening to local musicians. Why I love San Diego: You can literally find something fun to do every day of the year. This isn’t a small town where your neighbors know your secrets; there are fresh faces and exciting events all over the place. I love that we have different festivals every month, trendy farmers markets, an amazingly diverse nightlife, more restaurants than you can count, and famous attractions that never get old. Where you’ll find me on a Saturday: Shopping, eating, or sipping on a guava mimosa somewhere on the 101 in Encinitas. Favorite Activity: Hiking/going to the beach with my dogs. Favorite thing to do in the Spring: Attend all of the San Diego festivals and farmers markets.



Madison Teague About me: I am a 23-year-old college graduate and San Diego Native looking for my next big adventure in this awesome city. Why I love San Diego: Instead of putting on a heavy coat and scarf in the middle of January, I put my paddleboard on top of my car. What I tell my friends when they visit: Always ask a local where and what they recommend before ordering a burrito. Guaranteed they’ll point you in a life changing direction. Fun fact about San Diego: Winter is the absolute best time to watch sunsets! Favorite Place to Eat in SD: Anything coastal! Beachy breakfast shacks, like Swamis Café in Encinitas, or romantic water front restaurants like Bali Hai. I’ll eat anything; it’s the atmosphere that keeps me coming back. Favorite Place to watch the sunset: Torrey Pines State Reserve. Climbing to the highest rock and watching the ocean change colors with the sky is by far one of the coolest sights in San Diego.

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Paige Battcher About me: I’m a television host and entrepreneur who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, which means I have an appreciation for fine bourbon and the tendency to talk with strangers. I’ve played eight competitive sports, visited five continents, and lived in four countries: the U.S., The Netherlands, Thailand, and Brazil. I live in San Diego with my partner, Amanda, and our adorable fur baby, Lion Pup. Why I love San Diego: It’s like an old wooden ship, filled with everything you could ever need - from good food and hipsters to ocean breezes and more. Favorite Place to Eat in SD: Romesco! Try the short rib! Favorite Thing to do Outdoors: Cycle along the oceanfront bike lanes.

Rascha Conners About me: I was born and raised in sunny San Diego. I have a wonderful family including my husband and two children aged 10 years and 2 years. I am a Registered Nurse finishing nurse practitioner school at the University of San Diego.



Why I love San Diego: My extended family lives here and I cannot imagine life without them. I also love that in San Diego I can choose to ski in the mountains, ride dirt bikes in the desert and swim at the beach all in the same weekend! Favorite thing to do in the Spring: Visit the butterfly gardens at the Wild Animal Park. Where you’ll find me on a Saturday: Walking our dogs at Fiesta Island, drinking Chai Tea at Mystic Mocha, or watching a puppet show at Balboa Park with my children.

Stephanie Anne Lian About Me: Obviously I love to write! In the past I’ve worked in psychiatry for the military for six-and-a-half years and I am a native of San Diego. I’ve lived in New Mexico, Virginia, Washington State, Minnesota, South Dakota and Illinois. I study French and Latin in my spare time. I’m also a visual arts major (writing and film) at UCSD, and enjoy spending much of my time outdoors camping and hiking. Why I love San Diego: Of course, I love the fact that at Christmas time I went on a hike while wearing shorts and a tank top! The weather and diversity here are a great draw and eyeopener to other cultures. Favorite Thing to eat at the Fair: Hotdogs and funnel cake.

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Play Like a Local Contributors: Chelsea Largoza, Sherry Rosner, Elisa Boorman When planning a trip to San Diego, tourists like to try unique events and activities to take their vacation to the next level. Whether it’s on, in or above the water, we have great ideas on how you can not only see San Diego, but truly experience it in several different ways. San Diego Fly Rides: Get a unique look at San Diego when you take an electric bicycle tour with San Diego Fly Rides. They provide rentals, purchases and tours around San Diego’s staple spots, such as Balboa Park, Point Loma, and Cabrillo National Monument. The SoCal Riviera, their most popular tour, brings you around 12 miles of their home base of La Jolla, the “Jewel of San Diego.” Your tour guide will show you houses with vast and diverse architecture you never knew existed (and real estate prices you never imagined). Make sure to take notice of how most of the real estate is built on a cliff! Anything for a view, right? A tour of La Jolla is never complete without a stop at the beach, which is why the SoCal Riviera Tour takes you to three of them! First off, you’ll want to check out “Children’s Beach,” which some locals think should be renamed for the seals which have taken over most of the area. Next, you’ll stop by the world famous Windansea Beach. recreation/2-stand-guys-paddle-board-lessons x=42

Popular for its massive waves, and mentioned by the Beach Boys in their hit song “Surfin’ USA,” this historic beach has been home to experienced and professional surfers for decades. You’ll see the Windansea Surf Shack, now a protected historical landmark, which was frequented by real life “Beach Blanket Bingos” in the 1960s. It’s one of the spots that inspired the Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello beach party films. Finally, end the beach part of the tour at La Jolla Cove, where you can take photos and do some sightseeing. Sea lions will be playing on one side, kayakers are in the middle of the shore, and if you look far enough, you will see paragliders above the water (and maybe even a few bare backs over at Blacks beach.) After checking out the area beaches, you can finish off the day at Mount Soledad. Riding an electric bicycle makes getting to the highest point of La Jolla a breeze, soaking up 360 degree views of America’s Finest City.

In addition to getting to know your friendly tour guides, they will provide you with knowledge, history, and fun facts about La Jolla and San Diego. Their personal touch will have you feeling confident, safe, and ready for an adventure! An electric bicycle tour with San Diego Fly Rides is a one-of-a-kind experience, and should definitely be at the top of your must-do list while you’re visiting San Diego!

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Surf Divas: You can’t come to San Diego and not try to surf! Twins Izzy and Coco founded the Surf Divas School back in 1996. Initially they wanted to provide a place for women to learn comfortably in a male-dominant sport. But as the school grew, they added male and female instructors and co-ed camps for kids and individual instruction. The whole process is so easy and fun; all you have to do is show up with a bathing suit and a towel and they provide the rest. Surf Diva takes care of the boards and wetsuits, and each lesson is started with a safety talk and on-shore instruction before heading out to the water. Their instructions are so good you’ll have plenty of confidence to get onto a surf board and ride the waves. Most of the instructors are certified lifeguards who are passionate about surfing and have years of surfing experience. They offer clear and patient instruction with beginners and children, so don’t worry if you or your child is new to surfing. We checked out this place with one of our reporters who had never surfed before and by the end of the lesson she was riding the waves. Of course, there were a few falls along the way but that’s half the fun! It’s the perfect way to learn a new skill and have the ultimate and memorable San Diego experience.

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Cheap Rentals: If you’re looking for a fun yet affordable way to spend a day out on the water or explore one of our many beaches, Cheap Rentals in Mission Beach is the place to go for your equipment needs. This charming shop is stocked with every piece of equipment you could possibly need for fun-filled beach activities. Located ideally on the corner of Mission Blvd. and Santa Clara Ave., you are a hop, skip and a jump to Mission Bay and only a hop and a skip to Mission Beach. They also offer FREE surf lessons and discount group rates, making a good deal even better. They have numerous options such as surfboards, kayaks, bikes, skateboards, body boards, snorkel gear, and paddleboards, to name a few. Stand-Up Paddle boarding is a popular favorite, and locals paddle around Mission Bay while soaking up San Diego’s beautiful year-round sun. Whether you’re out paddling, kayaking or biking, you’ll definitely admire the unique vantage point of Mission Bay’s number of basins, Sea World, marine life, and the many sailboats whizzing by. Parking is a little tricky on Mission Blvd., but there are plenty of spots near the aquatic center if you continue on Santa Clara towards the bay. Make sure to fuel up at the neighboring Olive Café for delicious breakfasts and lunches, also sold at affordable prices. With so many options at such a great price, what’s not to love about Cheap Rentals? We think the name speaks for itself. For a full list of rental options, make sure to visit their website. Surf’s up!

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A Piece of San Diego History:

Cabrillo National Monument By Stephanie Lian Do you want to land in a place of voyage and discoveries and experience a piece of historical America that belongs to San Diego? In 1542 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese explorer, landed his fleet of ships on the southern tip of San Diego known today as Point Loma. This historical land piece is now a national monument named Cabrillo National Monument. Cabrillo was part of a sixteenth century expedition into what are now known as the San Diego Bay and the surrounding western area. On September 28, 1542, Cabrillo claimed this land for the Spaniards. It also marked the first arrival of non-natives (Native American peoples) to the west coast. To commemorate this historic event, you’ll find the statue of an extremely tall and proud-standing Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at the monument. The visitor center is a really cool place to start your exploration of the monument. In the center you can find rangers to answer your questions and short educational films on Cabrillo’s history. The cost is five dollars per person to drive in or three dollars per person to walk in. I suggest you drive in – it’s a long walk up to this fantastic spot. A really neat bonus is that your paid admission gets you back into the park for the entire week! And, if you happen to take public transportation like I did, then your admission to the park is included in your bus fare. The monument also houses a lighthouse (The Old Point Loma Lighthouse) dating back 150 years which still stands for viewing. The lighthouse began its operation in 1851 until it stopped serving the public in 1891.


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Incidentally, a second lighthouse was built since the first one was often missed through the thick surrounding fog. You can visit the inside of the lighthouse and take a peek at the assistants’ quarters for a glimpse into what it was like to live in a lighthouse in the 1800s. This national monument at one time also served as a fort for the United States Army and was known as Fort Rosecrans, a highly strategic military spot. While venturing around the monument, I came upon the camouflaged soldier watch post building nestled in the surrounding terrain. The monument’s large slice of land is 160 acres, housing over five tree types and California’s native sage brush plant. I took the two-mile Bayside Trail starting near the lighthouse and down along the patches of wildflowers. On the west side, I found the much-talked about tide pools where I peeked inside the blue waters of my city’s ecosystem and saw a sea anemone. I was told by the ranger it was definitely possible to see a gray fox, a raccoon, squirrels or bunnies on my walk and found that lovely birds inhabited the area as well. At one point, I spotted a Great Blue Heron near the shoreline awaiting his call to dinner. There is also a unique Whale Outlook vantage point for viewing. And, if you visit between November and April, you might catch sight of a whale during their annual migration south to the warmer lagoons of Mexico. My final tip to leave you with is this: you cannot miss the spectacular views of our Pacific Ocean, military ships and sights veering into Mexico! You’ll need at least one roll of film or a large amount of memory for your camera phone, especially one that takes in San Diego in panoramic snapshots, so you can bring home permanent memories of your visit

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FL_WER FIELDS For over 60 years, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch has showcased 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers in bright vibrant colors and a spectacular ocean view. It’s the perfect way to spend the day surrounded by nature’s beauty, and it’s also a popular wedding spot for couples ready to tie the knot. This year’s theme, “Lose Yourself in Color,” is sure to bring in large crowds during the spring season. The Flower Fields grow a wide variety of flowers alongside its ranunculus including roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias. The fields are a breathtaking sight to see but what we love most is you can bring home a great souvenir to remember your day. Whether it’s fresh-cut flowers, potted plants, bulbs or a variety of other gift items at the Armstrong Garden gift shop, you’re sure to find something memorable to bring home with you. You can really enjoy and experience the colorful, fragrant fields in a few different ways. Either walk through the rows and surround yourself with their beauty, or relax on their antique open-air tractor wagon. It’s perfect for the entire family; plus, you’ll hear the history of The Flowers Fields as you enjoy the view and fragrance of these blossoming fields.


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Did you bring the kids along? If so, they’ll get a chance to learn the growing process of these beautiful flowers. The Flower Fields offers two programs, the Seed & Bulb Growing Program and The Investigative Program. The Seed & Bulb Growing program was created to provide quality education of agriculture and gardening to preschool through second grade students. This fun and educational opportunity teaches these youngsters the growing process of sunflowers and ranunculus bulbs while allowing them the chance to get their hands dirty. What kid doesn’t enjoy playing in the dirt? Your little ones can also enjoy a guided tour of a working ranunculus farm. The Investigative Program is designed for students in the third through fifth grades which combines hands-on time with the flowers and various activities so they’ll gain a better understanding of plants and flowers. More than 120,000 people visit The Flower Fields annually, and this attraction is considered to be one of the most cherished spring traditions in San Diego County. The Flower Fields offers a wide variety of events for children, teenagers, adults and seniors including Kid’s Day on March 30; Bluegrass Day on April 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; a Canon Photography Workshop on April 6;







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Red Hat Ladies’ Day on April 13; Blues Day on April 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; a Bonsai Show and Sale on May 10-11; and a Mother’s Day Celebration on May 11, concluding the season. In addition to the above events, The Flower Fields offers you the chance to experience its many fun and entertaining attractions including a Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse; the Artist Gardens; an American Flag of Flowers; a Sweet Pea Maze; Santa’s Playground; the Carlsbad Mining Company; a Historic Poinsettia Display; and a Water Wise Farming Expo from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The Flower Fields offers you more than stunning fields of color and the best in entertainment; it’s also the perfect place to tie the knot, plan a corporate gathering or have your next special event. You can visit The Flower Fields from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from March 1 through May 11. For your convenience, The Flower Fields provides free parking, restroom facilities and accessibility for people with disabilities. These beautiful flower fields bloom for only a short time, so make sure you add The Flower Fields to the top of your must-see list this spring! Admission Adults - $12.00 Ages 62 and older - $11.00 Ages 3-10 - $6.00 Ages 2 and under - FREE! Season passes and group tours are also available. recreation/2-stand-guys-paddle-board-lessons x=42 c&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08 BlV-_qvb6c&list=PL06025DE8 view-vl&list=PL06025DE8F617 di9i7gCnU&list=PL06025DE8F

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2014 San Diego County Fair

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“The Fab Fair!” The San Diego County Fair will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the British Invasion this year. The Del Mar Fairgrounds will pay tribute to the musical acts and other popular British culture which swept the nation, and will feature two exhibitions never seen before in California. You can catch “The Beatles! - Backstage and Behind the Scenes,” a fine art photography exhibition from the CBS photo archive with 84 never-before published images of the Beatles first appearances in America in 1964, and “Give Peace a Chance,” which features photography from John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s historic “bed-in” for peace.


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The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and is the fourth largest fair in North America, drawing more than 1.4 million annually. We love the fact that there is so much to do here for the entire family, and we make it a point to visit every year. Of course, the kids love all the rides and games, and we love the big name entertainment and events happening throughout the month. There are so many things to choose from to make each day a completely new experience. The San Diego County Fair is also a long-time tradition. In 1880, a group of San Diegans organized an agricultural

EXPLORE fair to bring county farmers together to share ideas, see who had the best citrus fruit, who baked the best pie, and who had the fastest horse in various county locations until 1936, when it was moved to its present Del Mar home. You might hear us refer to it as the “Del Mar Fair” since it’s held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Many of us remember going as kids with our families and now it’s so exciting to take our own kids to experience the fun. Plus, the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean makes it a fantastic way to spend the day outside. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: Exhibits: View exhibits like Design in Wood, Fine Art, Home & Hobby, Flower & Garden Show and more. Find out who wins the blue ribbons at the competitive exhibits! recreation/2-stand-guys-paddle-board-lessons

Animals: Get up and close with the animals, enjoy animal shows, check out the farm equipment and the livestock auction where San Diego’s own youth auction the animals they have hand-raised over the past year.

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The Infield: Perfect for the whole family! You’ll enjoy contests, entertainment and more than 40 kid-sized rides made specifically for toddlers and young children.

Rides and Games: More than 40 to choose from for all ages and skill levels. The rides vary greatly from a gentle merry-go-round for children to the exhilarating sling-shot.

Shopping: Expect to find everything you’ve ever wanted or thought you might need. Car Shows: View the coolest cars on display, from woodies and classics to muscle cars and hot rods. The Monster Truck Show is also a must-see!





Food: Enjoy everything from fair classics like hot dogs and funnel cake to casual and fine dining. They even have chocolate covered bacon! Pick up a map of the food so you don’t miss a thing. There’s so much more, but you’ll have to explore it yourself to discover all the amazing things the San Diego County Fair has to offer. If you’re worried about getting sore feet from all the walking around, don’t worry – the Fair has a lift to take you from one end to the other. Although parking can be heavy and a bit of a distance from the grounds, you can take advantage of the free shuttle services and free parking lots around the area. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes and drops you off right at the entrance. You can find out where to park and pick up the shuttle by looking at the website for the fairgrounds.

You can also take the Coaster Fair Tripper which includes a round trip and Fair admission. There are late night trains north and south every day. Or, take the Shopper Shuttle, which is free with Fair admission. All entertainment is free with admission, and there is an option to purchase a reserved seat for any of the summer concert series shows.This year, we’re excited to see Smokey Robinson, Darius Rucker, Matisyahu, America, Huey Lewis And The News, REO Speedwagon, Hunter Hayes, and Jeff Dunham. So, mark your calendar and enjoy the “British Invasion” this year at the San Diego County Fair.

TIMES & HOURS: Opens Saturday, June 7 through Sunday, July 6 (closed Mondays and the first two Tuesdays)

TICKETS: Adults - $14.00 Ages 62 and older - $8.00 Ages 6 - 12 - $8.00 Ages 5 and younger - FREE! Or check out the BEST PASS EVER 24 Days for just $24! Because we know there’s no way you can see everything at the fair in only one day! to plan your getaway! 4I5A&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08

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Riverwalk Golf Club is minutes from Downtown San Diego, in the heart of Mission Valley and near famous area attractions. Riverwalk Golf Club’s 27 holes of magnificent golf and outstanding service make Riverwalk Golf Club a must play in the heart of San Diego!

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RESTAURANTS ON OUR RADAR Contributors: Margi Blash, Hannah Johnston, Marci Pascua, Carianne Steinman, Madison Teague, Elisa Boorman The restaurants in San Diego are as diverse as the people who visit them, and you’ll find nearly every kind of eatery you can imagine - from steakhouses and burger joints to fine dining and intimate cafes. Craving delicious Italian or Mexican food? No problem! We have those too. If you’re in the mood for sushi, Thai or Asian cuisine, you’re bound to find one of these amazing restaurants everywhere you look. To help you experience a taste of what San Diego offers, we’ve compiled a fantastic list of some of our favorite restaurants. Enjoy! Mille Fleurs 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe 858.756.3085, Located in the quaint town of Rancho Santa Fe just a few miles east of Interstate 5 you’ll find Mille Fleurs, a charming restaurant worth the drive. While it may sound far, it’s actually easier to get here than you might think. It’s a pretty straight shot off of Lomas Santa Fe exit. We suggest taking advantage of a GPS system because the roads are very dark at night and there’s not a lot of signage. Look for the “Inn at Sante Fe,” a good reference point to look for which is a straight shot from the restaurant. When you visit Mille Fleurs, you’ll discover an elegant yet warm and casual atmosphere. The friendly staff will seat you close to the cozy fireplace where you’ll feel as if you’re in someone’s living room out in the country in the middle of France. Jackets and ties are not required, but we suggest leaving those sports jerseys, jeans and flip-flops at home. However, we think you’ll enjoy getting a little dressed up for the evening. Ranked as one of the “Top 100 Restaurants in America” by Open Table, the restaurant offers delicious creations from Executive Chef Martin, who has been with the restaurant for 20 years and is originally from Southern Germany. Chef Martin infuses the menu with French-Californian cuisine and a taste of Germany to highlight his culture. After dinner stick around for some entertainment in the piano bar with live music, or enjoy a cocktail or two. You might want to stop by for brunch or enjoy dining on the outdoor patio under the sun next to the fountain.

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Café Chloe 721 9th Avenue, San Diego 619.232.3242, Café Chloe is a charming intimate café with both indoor and outdoor seating. The fact that it’s located on a corner with wraparound bistro tables makes it even more Parisian. The entire menu is amazing with entrees such as their Moules a la Valencienne, which are mussels sautéed with a light broth of chorizo, fennel, saffron and orange. It’s served with grilled ciabatta which you can use to soak up every last drop of the broth. You can also enjoy their Croque Madame, an open-faced ham and gruyere sandwich topped with an egg and mornay sauce, and their steak frites which are tender and moist piled high on small shoestring french fries and a small salad. As for something to drink, we suggest sipping on their lavender lemonade or a Mimosa if you want to make it an adult beverage. Want something warm? All of their coffee drinks look great including the spicy hot chocolate served in an oversized mug which gives an extra kick after each sip. Delicious! With a great wine and beer list and an extensive happy hour, we can easily see how it is the popular neighborhood eatery.

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Amaya La Jolla 1205 Prospect Street, La Jolla 858.750.3695, If you are looking for a special night filled with great food, phenomenal service and an elegant setting, Amaya in La Jolla is finedining at its best. You might recognize the name Amaya from its sister restaurant located inside the “The Grand Del Mar,” but what we love about this version, which opened in March 2013, is that the restaurant is inspired by Italian palazzos. The décor consists of elaborate ceiling and flooring, iron and crystal chandeliers, and hand-painted frescos and borders with stunning colors of a rich palate of gold, reds, rose and deep plum. Now, while that might sound over the top and stuffy, you’ll be surprised by the warm, welcoming and casual atmosphere. So, the interior may have a European style but don’t expect “Italian Food.” There’s no pasta with marinara on this menu. Executive Chef Camron Woods brings a fun adventurous side of fresh ingredients to this Contemporary American fare. In addition, Chef Woods offers daily “rustic” southern specials such as Fried Chicken or Shrimp & Grits as homage to his southern roots.  You can start your dining adventure with the Crab and Lobster Bisque which is creamy, rich and delicious, and Grilled Spanish Octopus with a harissa dressing, heirloom tomatoes with melt-in-your-mouth burrata and a refreshing basil sorbet. You might also enjoy the Scallops and Beef Short Ribs, and for a little southern taste, the Fried Quail with smoked mac ‘n cheese. While they have great craft cocktails, don’t miss their extensive wine list of 300 bottles of both global and regional offerings all under $100. Need something sweet to end your meal? We suggest their cheesecake sampler, crème brulee or red velvet cake. You can always enjoy a nice espresso or hot cup of coffee but why not take it to another level with a glass of Bodegas Olivares, Dulce Monastrell, Spain 2010 or Bricco, Guaglla, Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy 2012? If you’re not ready for your night to end, head towards the back of the restaurant into Club M and enjoy a cocktail at the bar while catching your favorite sports team on the televisions. Or, enjoy the live music and maybe even hit the dance floor. From the impeccable service, romantic, elegant atmosphere and beautiful and equally delicious food this is a restaurant not to be missed for a special night.

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Fig Tree Café 2400 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103, San Diego 619.821.2044, With this movement of eco-friendly, sustainable resources and the farm-to-table mentality here in San Diego, it’s no surprise that eateries are jumping on board and Fig Tree Café, the newest addition to Liberty Station, is no exception. The menu is littered with a variety of tasty choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner while only using fresh, local ingredients and humanely raised meats. Although there are three locations throughout San Diego, not every location serves the same menu options. When you arrive, you’ll notice an interesting fountain on the outside patio, and the smell of the white magnolias and pink Bougainvillea scaling the trellis. The restaurant is decorated in an eclectic, farm house feel the owners call “rustic industrial.” When it’s time to choose your meal, the house-made Lobster & Blue Crab Cake benedict, or “Bennie,” is a great choice along with the Grilled Turkey Panini and Greek side salad. The Turkey Panini is packed with fresh, flavorful ingredients such as bacon, avocado, and garlic aioli, and the “Bennie” is smothered in hollandaise and served with house potatoes with a crispy texture. The beer list is also impressive: Sam Smith Organic Strawberry Ale, Scrimshaw Pilsner and Bard’s Gluten Free Malt Beer just to name a few. If you’re in the mood for dessert the Fig Bread Pudding topped with vanilla ice cream is a must-try. You’ll leave happy and so will your belly - trust us!

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Underbelly 750 W. Fir Street, San Diego 619.269.4626, Downtown San Diego has become a culinary mecca for many foodies, from famous chefs once adorning our televisions sets, to mom and pop eateries serving up everything from Indian to Ethiopian cuisine. But the horizon is changing in the quiet but robust town of Little Italy and they are serving up a whole new dish - a dish called Underbelly, a craft beer and local ramen delight. Underbelly sits at the corner of Fir and Kettner in the heart of Little Italy with its large pop-up windows and seating that wraps around the corner. It’s not uncommon to see patrons lining up around the block to get a taste of all the treats Underbelly has to offer, from shucked oysters served with pickled watermelon and buns stuffed with sous vide pork belly to their infamous ramen bowl with oxtail dumplings. They offer a simple menu which is easy to understand, and if you need recommendations they are happy to help. To get started, we suggest ordering a craft beer from their list of beers which rotates often with (mostly) local selections. You can start munching on tasty appetizers as you wait for your meal, which can consist of Crispy Chicken Wings and the Tuna Tataki. For dinner, we suggest sous vide brisket and tempura eggplant and for those of you who might snub a vegetarian bao, this one might change your mind. Their ramen bowls are the main event and packed full of fresh vegetables with the option of adding condiments which not only enhance but authenticate the experience. You’ll enjoy your Japanese-inspired-with-a-San-Diego-twist ramen bowls, all the way down to the last slurp.



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By: Chelsea Largoza and Rachel Rodriguez A party never feels complete without a cake. As a whole, the cake is beautiful, festive, and a symbol of what you’re celebrating. But once it is sliced and served, it often loses its meaning. Your eyes taste your food long before your tongue does, so guests may choose not to have a slice of cake if it is not sliced and presented well; half of the cake will probably be thrown out. Cupcakes offer an alternative solution, as they are beautiful individually or as a whole set. Each cupcake is a little cake, just for you. This is the vision behind Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen, the two-time winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars who has been baking cupcakes of all flavors in Vista since 2010.

Little Cakes also updates their daily flavor list on their website if a flavor runs out. Looking for something sweet while you’re at the beach or exploring San Diego? They even have an app so you can decide what flavor you want anytime a craving hits! Available for both iPhone and Android, the app provides daily menus, a digital Frequent Buyers Card, and a full list of flavors with their ingredients. This is especially helpful for customers who may have allergies to certain ingredients.

Owner Don Hein opened up shop because he wanted to try something completely new after working in the service industry for over a decade. Since he had no formal baking experience, Hein and his staff borrowed a few recipes, including the popular Pancakes and Bacon from his brother’s cupcake shop, Yellow Leaf, which is located in Seattle, Washington. Eventually, Little Cakes went on to create their own flavors, which make up the 130 flavors on their menu today.

As cupcakes were increasing in popularity, Hein felt the need for a bakery in the North County area, and found Vista to be a perfect location. They were welcomed with open arms by the city and surrounding communities, and have since created partnerships with Mother Earth Brew Co. and other local breweries to provide stout, pale ale, hefeweizen, and other beers for cupcake flavors such as Irish Car Bomb, Drunken Orange, and Chocolate Stout.

When you walk into the bakery, you’re sure you’ve entered your mom’s kitchen. The modern country-style decor and portraits of Hein, his wife Becky, and their family, will send you into such a state of nostalgia, you will think you are visiting home for the weekend. A few select cupcakes of the day cover the counter, as if they were pulled fresh out of your oven.

It was only three months after they opened when Food Network contacted them to audition for Cupcake Wars. After much debate, Hein and his staff declined the offer. Nine months later, they received another call and decided to give it a shot! When they returned home as champions at the end of 2011, the hard part was keeping it a secret from their customers for six months, who were constantly asking if and when they were going to be on the show. That is a feat in itself!

Ask any member of the staff about one or all of their menu items, and they can tell you everything you want to know. Most of them are bakers and front-of-house servers who know the bakery inside and out. Their cupcakes are freshly baked


in-house every day, and they always have chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet on hand, plus a handful of other flavors they post on their website.

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and won again! Business has been great since, and they have also added a few of the cupcakes they created on the show to their menu - The Pearl, Princess Annie, and Daddy Warbucks. Little Cakes takes pride in prioritizing taste “above and beyond anything,” as Hein explains. Every ingredient adds to the dynamic of the flavor of the cupcake. For example, the French Toast cupcake includes a maple cupcake with cinnamon chips, vanilla buttercream, and maple syrup, ingredients which usually make up a serving of french toast. With each bite, you get a full, connected, and real taste of what it is you are eating. The taste is so real, imagine how the Mimosa and Margarita cupcakes will make you feel! If you are wondering why the icing tastes exceptionally good (without overpowering the taste of the cupcake), it’s because of their signature ingredient - Italian buttercream. Hein owes a great deal of their back-to-back Cupcake Wars win, and the bakery’s overall success, to this light and fluffy icing. The other reason for the win? The bakers, of course!

maid of honor at his wedding, brings her dog to his house every morning for a play date while they have their morning meeting. The staff members include their ideas to create their long list of flavors, and aren’t afraid to let each other know if a certain flavor isn’t the best.

A better title to describe the staff at Little Cakes is Little Family. Working together in a mere 800 square foot bakery, you can’t help but get close to each other. But this team of bakers is even closer. They all support one another, and are still able to work individually; Hein trusts each of them to carry out orders and cake tastings on their own. Anna Carlson, Hein’s manager and

Cakes will never go out of style. Your guests will more than likely eat and enjoy a slice of cake if you give it to them. Don Hein and his Little Family style up your cake by allowing guests to enjoy their slice of cake. With a cupcake from Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen, you will eat your cake, and have it too.

Never forgetting the people who brought them success, Little Cakes holds numerous events to give back to their community. Their weekly specials consist of Military Mondays, Happy Hour, and discounts on day-old cupcakes. Occasionally they will sponsor youth sports teams, and partner with organizations in the city or their Vista Village Center home to put on movie nights and other events. They recently hosted Safety Day, a fun educational event with representatives from the Vista Fire Department, San Diego Blood Bank, and Escondido Humane Center, to name a few. recreation/2-stand-guys-paddle-board-lessons


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The newest restaurant in the Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group, Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado features an exceptional menu of Italian favorites, certified prime steaks and the freshest seafood. The restaurant’s dog-friendly patio overlooks bustling Orange Avenue, and the elegant martini lounge and piano bar at Vigilucci’s Ristorante Coronado enhances your dining experience with fun, frivolity and music. You won’t want to miss this authentic Italian restaurant with its amazing food and atmosphere. recreation/2-stand-guys-paddle-board-lessons

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Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana

1300 Orange Avenue, Suite 200, Coronado, 619.522.0946.

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741 W. Washington St., San Diego, 619.295.6000.

The Red Door offers a warm and homey feel, with each dish made with hormone and antibiotic-free meat or produce locally-sourced from organic farms and their own massive garden. Stop by for their happy hour Monday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and choose from an extensive wine list.


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Señor Grubby’s

377 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, 760.729.6040.



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At Solterra Winery & Kitchen you’re treated to rustic Mediterranean tapas which you can enjoy with one of the specialty wines they produce. Their menu options are made from locally grown produce and ethically sourced meats when possible, and their wines are made in-house using grapes from locally sourced vineyards and from all over California and Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico. You can also enjoy craft beer on tap which is produced exclusively by local San Diego breweries. x=42 c&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08

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Señor Grubby’s is a casual eatery that serves delicious morsels of Mexican food in a relaxed environment. People flock to this restaurant because of the tasty food, relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. Choose from a mouth-watering variety of tacos, tortas, fajita bowls, and burritos. When you’re craving Mexican food at rockbottom prices in a laid-back, beach-style atmosphere, head over to Señor Grubby’s in Carlsbad. You won’t be disappointed!

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If you’re looking for the real deal on New York style deli sandwiches, this is the place to go. With a motto of “one bite… and you’re there,” Gandolfo’s New York Deli does just that when you sink your teeth into one of their tasty sandwiches made with stacked deli meats like turkey, ham, roast beef, two kinds of pastrami, and more. Enjoy popular sandwiches such as the Bridge Hampton, Rockefeller Reuben, Little Italy, or Yankee in the Rye. pack-america/


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Gregorio’s serves up Italian pastas and pizzas that are mouth-watering. Enjoy many of their favorite family recipes for lunch and dinner every day of the week. Gregorio’s serves up starters like meatball sliders and grilled Sicilian shrimp. You can also share bacon-wrapped scallops or fried calamari with your dinner date. The folks at Gregorio’s serve up some of the best Italian food this side of Italy from start to finish!

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300 Carlsbad Village Drive #208, Carlsbad, 760.720.1134.

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Le Papagayo

1002 North Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, 760.944.8252.

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Enjoy California Pacific Island cuisine with a Mediterranean influence at La Papagayo, where they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in elegant surroundings. You can enjoy the daily live music which starts at 7 p.m., a drink at the full-service bar, or dining on their outdoor patio. The restaurant was voted as the “Best Restaurant in North County San Diego,” and is the only restaurant in Encinitas and Leucadia with fine dining cuisine. Call for reservations.

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Wine lovers and foodies rejoice! There’s a neighborhood spot perfect for you with a friendly and casual atmosphere, quality food, plenty of wine and hand-crafted cocktails. Ignite Bistro & Wine Spot is the go-to spot to dine on delicious and unique American cuisine in an upscale environment. Enjoy outdoor patio seating, daily specials, wood-fired entrees, affordable prices, happy hour every day of the week and your favorite wine to go! view-vl&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08 view-vl&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08 di9i7gCnU&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08&index=23 Dz7gr0&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08&index=46

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Looking for a place to kick back and relax with a craft beer while watching your favorite team on television? This is the place to go! Enjoy an extensive wine selection and delicious food served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s North County’s place to watch all of your favorite sporting events and home to the 101 Whiskey Club. They offer twenty beers on tap, twenty-eight wines by the glass and a fun atmosphere. vOxI4&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08 view-vl&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08

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Little Cakes offers you fresh and fun quality cupcakes, little cheesecakes, pies, “Beckster” cookie sandwiches and cake truffles to delight your senses. They are San Diego County’s only two-time Food Network Cupcake Wars winners, and they offer over 130 cupcake flavor varieties made with only the finest ingredients. Pick up your favorite treat at the store, order by phone, download their app or have them delivered to your hotel door. c_Z9vQD0&list=PL06025DE8F6

Taste a symphony of flavors when you dine at Kasi, a fast-casual Indian restaurant offering home-style Indian food in an approachable and comfortable environment. They offer a healthy, simple menu at affordable prices with best-sellers such as Chicken Tikka Masala and Naar, with wine and beer to complement your meal. You’ll enjoy delicious meals that are good for you and made with carefully-selected spices which are blended in-house. tractions/sea-world rants/sd-tap-room rants/sd-tap-room ation/speedboat-adventures YzgYsSM383OrZA cos/arts/scott-jacobs-studio-art-gallery-framing cos/arts/scott-jacobs-studio-art-gallery-framing recreation/2-stand-guys-paddle-board-lessons recreation/2-stand-guys-paddle-board-lessons

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Enjoy a delicious meal at Sea & Smoke in one of three areas – their elegant dining room, laid-back bar and lounge area or the roomy outdoor patio. The menu is extensive and offers everything from meat and seafood to vegetarian entrees, starters, sides, gluten free options, desserts and more.

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It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to remember this restaurant’s name. Enjoy fresh fish and top quality steaks as you dine overlooking the beautiful Oceanside Pier at 333 Pacific. We love that you can also get sushi here and that it’s always happy hour in the Vodka Lounge.

1655 India St., San Diego, 619.237.9606.

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If you’re looking for a good time, the Shout House is the place to be. Talented musicians battle each other on stage at this dueling piano bar where audience involvement is required. Food and drinks are reasonable but the real reason to come is the live entertainment. Don’t forget your singing voice!

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Craving something deliciously sweet and authentically made? The Carlsbad Danish Bakery is your go-to bakery in North San Diego County. They’re the only bakery in San Diego that offers the Danish Princess cake, and all of their baked goods are made from scratch every day. You can order birthday cakes, wedding cakes, and holiday baked goods, or just pick up something sweet to eat while you’re on vacation.

Treat your taste buds to Italian heaven when you dine at Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy. From the amazing food to the great service and relaxed ambience it’s the perfect place to go for a brunch or dinner date. Enjoy a leisurely dining experience inside or on the outdoor patio. ego/restaurants/d-bar-san-diego

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409 F St., San Diego, 619.255.2800. With a “Hump Day Happy Hour” that lasts all day long, you know this place means business. The restaurant is upbeat and a superbly visual experience all in one, with a menu that sizzles with Latin flare and tantalizing options. Their wine list even includes a “Sexy” and “Tickle” category! x=42


2470 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, 619.858.8226.


This is the place to go if you’re looking for a laid back vibe, delicious tacos and tasty margaritas. They have Taco Tuesday’s, happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and free queso dip with the purchase of any menu item. They are the only restaurant in Old Town that offers $4.50 20 oz. house margaritas and the only place you can find Chingaderas (their signature appetizer) and Cheeseburger Tacos. ego/restaurants/d-bar-san-dieg


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Fred’s Mexican Café

With a vibrant atmosphere, great barfare food and plenty of drink options, this is the place to go for a taste of San Diego. Their menu even offers drinks suggestions with your food. Stop in for half-priced drinks during happy hour, or meet a few friends for brunch.



600 5th Ave., San Diego, 619.255.7373.


Pacifica Del Mar

Enjoy a culinary adventure of “sexy and sustainable” dining with a farm-to-table menu featuring delicious delights, most of them from the owner’s garden. The cocktails, the food and the wines all reflect Chef Karrie Hill’s dedication and commitment to creating delicious and sustainable meals, down to the very last detail.


Viva Bar & Kitchen

729 W. Washington St., San Diego, 619.295.6001.

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You can always find a great meal here no matter what time it is. Open 24 hours with a breakfast menu served all day long, it’s the perfect place to stop by to refuel or wind down. They offer a huge menu of affordable and delicious comfort food in large portions to satisfy any appetite – day or night. It’s also the only full-service, 24 hour restaurant in San Diego’s downtown area. ture=share&list=PL06025DE8F6 uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DVzlnh t%3DPL06025DE8F6178A08

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Pacifica Del Mar

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With amazing ocean views and delicious, fresh seafood, Pacifica Del Mar offers you an amazing dining experience. This awardwinning restaurant is passionate about seafood, and it shows in their signature dishes and raw seafood bar which features the finest and freshest from local purveyors. Their vibrant bar is a great place to unwind and relax with a drink while feasting your eyes on the spectacular coastal views…and the food, of course!

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Visit Harney Sushi in Oceanside and dine on delicious sushi accompanied by fabulous sake. They offer local and imported beers, an extensive wine and cocktail menu, and exceptional sushi served in an elegant, contemporary setting. Delight your taste buds with menu offerings such as the spicy Maui Wowie, the Seasonal Veggie Roll and the traditional California Roll. Stop by on Mondays for their all-day Happy Hour! ation/speedboat-adventures

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3964 Harney Street, San Diego, 619.295.3272.

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Enjoy a completely unique experience and exceptional sushi when you dine at Harney Sushi in Old Town. You’ll want to try everything from the sake oyster shooter tray to the delicious Old Town Roll. They have a fabulous sake, wine and cocktail menu, and for you beer fans, they offer local and imported beers. The restaurant has a cozy, intimate ambiance and the perfect setting for a date night!

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If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for both mommy and the kids, this place is it! This designer boutique offers fun and funky styles, and plenty of name brand clothing at affordable prices. Make sure to check out their newest addition for dads at the Man Cave while you’re there.

2683 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, 858.720.8449

7007 Friars Road #364, San Diego, 619.688.9113.



Combine over 200 of San Diego’s finest stores, restaurants and an 18-screen movie theater and you have Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego. See what kinds of treasures you can leave with at the end of the day. But before you go, you will want to sit and relax at one of the many restaurants. to plan your getaway!

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Westfield Horton Plaza Mall 324 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 619.231.4747. Located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Westfield Horton Plaza Mall is a unique outdoor shopping center that combines the beautiful weather of sunny California with eclectic shops and fantastic eateries people come from all over to visit. You can stroll in and out of shop after shop, from one floor to the next.

Seaport Village

While you visit San Diego for business or pleasure, you have to stop by the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. You’ll find the shopping outlet to be charming, full of great shops and conveniently located only minutes from LEGOLAND and next to the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Pick up something for yourself or a souvenir to take back home.

Embark on a royal well-being exploration at Spa Gregorie’s, where you can relax and rejuvenate your skin with facials, seaweed wraps, individual massage, couple’s massage and more. With a naturally warm and inviting atmosphere and a private, spacious treatment room filled with amazing scents, you’ll feel like royalty.

Westfield UTC Mall

4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, 858.546.8858.

Cedros Avenue Design District

444 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, 858.755.0444.


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1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.1555. Set against the backdrop of the Pacific Coast, Del Mar Plaza is a Europeanstyle marketplace, with thirty merchants to serve you. Dine in one of their unique eateries or take advantage of the many services they offer. You can’t go wrong with any of the delightful establishments in the beautiful Del Mar Plaza.


The best way to enjoy the San Diego area is on foot. Comfortable shoes can make all the difference between a happy vacation and a painful one. The innovative footwear and accessories offered at Coolest Shoes in California look great and keep your feet nice and comfy at the same time. Stop by their store in the village of Carlsbad to check out all of the styles they offer.

Come take a stroll down an amazing twoand-a-half-block stretch of Cedros Avenue that will charm and captivate you with its beauty and array of items from around the globe. As you peruse the eighty-five different shops, enjoy the ambience of this eclectic shopping adventure and find that perfect piece of art or antique item.

2710 Via De La Valle #270, Del Mar, 858.481.6672.

With over a hundred stores and an array of eateries in the Westfield UTC Mall, it is clear that there is something for everyone. Peruse through shops to find clothing, gifts, jewelry, accessories, and home décor, or enjoy the new additions and improvements at the mall.


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849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, 619.235.4014. Seaport Village is one of San Diego’s hidden treasures and only blocks away from downtown. With quaint shops, fantastic restaurants and fun attractions such as face painters, street performers, live musical entertainment, balloon sculptors, caricaturists and more, Seaport Village is a charming adventure people of all ages will enjoy.


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Multiple locations Need a base tan before hitting the beach? Itan is a one-stop shop for sun tanning and spa services like bodywraps, facials, and teeth whitening. The tanning beds have a variety of sun exposure that’s perfect for every skin type, or you can opt for a spray tan instead. Get that San Diego glow without hitting the beach!

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This outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment center is a favorite to locals with 400 new parking spaces. Stores range from art, bridal, jewelry, home & garden and more. Enjoy the day spa or free live music every Friday night. Don’t miss out on something sweet at Nothing Bundt Cakes!


937 So. Coast Hwy 101, Ste C-110, Encinitas, 760.230.4801.


Looking for the latest fashions at an affordable price? Pretty Please Fashion boutique has what you’re looking for. They offer a great selection of tops, dresses, denim and accessories in brand names such as Miss Me, Joe’s Jeans, Rubicon, Sky, Sweet Pea, Language and more. No matter your shape, size or age there’s something for everyone. Find the perfect outfit for a night out or a day spent sight-seeing in San Diego. di9i7gCnU&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08&index=23 YzgYsSM383OrZA view-vl&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08


Looking for the perfect gift idea? The Savory Spice Shop offers you gift sets or individual products ideal for gift-giving. The spices are fresh, ground weekly in small batches, all-natural and high quality. This locally-owned boutique spice shop also provides recipe cards with their spices as a fun way to learn a new recipe. They carry 160 spice blends and sell books, merchandise, local honey, salsa and tea. BlV-_qvb6c&list=PL06025DE8F6178A08

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1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346.

LEGOLAND is a great place to bring the little ones on your vacation to San Diego. Within their 128 acres of adventurous rides, hands-on attractions and family shows, the park features a fascinating Pirates Reef, Star Wars Mini-land, water park, Sea Life Aquarium and a LEGOLAND-themed hotel.

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Moonlight Amphitheater 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, San Diego, 760.724.2110.

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79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 619.231.3586.


Experience the fun of San Diego’s theater scene located in the Lyceum Theater at Horton Plaza. The staff is friendly and accommodating, the lobby offers comfortable seating and the décor is modern and artistic. You can enjoy assorted refreshments, candy and even alcoholic beverages while watching your favorite productions. x=42


Critically acclaimed and award-winning Moonlight Stage Productions, a regional theatre production company, has been selling out shows at their Moonlight Amphitheater in the North San Diego suburb of Vista for over 25 years. Nestled in the lovely Brengle Terrace Park, The Moonlight Amphitheater has been home to a diverse line-up of musical and theatrical events.


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Spa L’Auberge

1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.259.1515.


Rejuvenate with a menu that focuses on results-oriented, natural treatments inspired from the spa’s oceanfront location. Choose from one of their many services such as massage, body scrubs, facials and more. Pick up a few items from the gift shop as a gift for a loved one or yourself!


Shelter Island Marina, 2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, 619.297.7426.


The tours offered by Sail San Diego depart four times daily making it easy to fit into your travel schedule. Located at Shelter Island Marina, it’s conveniently located for harbor or ocean cruises. Once aboard, enjoy a complimentary beer, glass of wine or a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. They provide everything you need to be comfortable, including extra polar fleece jackets, blankets, hats, binoculars, sunscreen, sunglasses, wind gear and more.



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5800 The Crossings Road, Carlsbad, 760.444.1800.

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Soaring high above the earth in a hot air balloon is so much fun! Cruise over Southern California’s beautiful wine country with California Dreamin’, where you’re helped into the balloon basket, photos taken, and - with a shot of heat into the balloon - up, up, up you go!

Many of San Diego’s best museums can be found in picturesque Balboa Park, and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is one of them. You can enjoy the museum’s many features like the IMAX theater and Planetarium, educational classes, lectures, workshops, Kid City exhibition for ages 6 and under and so much more.

Come enjoy golf as it’s meant to be at Crossings at Carlsbad. With Pacific Ocean views and protected native flora and fauna, this course is a must-play while in San Diego. Voted by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 10 New Courses You Can Play,” Crossings at Carlsbad is a fun golf experience.

1875 El Prado, San Diego, 619.238.1233.

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The San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the largest indoor model railroad display in the world at 27,000 square feet, is the only accredited railroad-themed museum in the entire United States. With the work of over 320 volunteers, the intricate displays were created to exhibit a series of miniature representations of California railroads and the history behind them.

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1649 Prado #4, San Diego, 619.696.0199.

When was the last time you and your sweetheart enjoyed an actual musical dining experience? Can’t remember? Well, then you absolutely must go to Anthology in downtown. As music lovers, pamper yourself to upscale dining and a show that fits your personal preferences - from Rock, Blues, Jazz, Indie, Latin, Classical and more.


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1337 India Street, San Diego, 619.595.0300.

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Scott Jacobs Studio Art Gallery & Framing 1231 Elfin Forest Road West #111 San Elijo Hills, 760.510.9913.


Looking at a Scott Jacobs original creation makes you think you’re viewing a photograph with its realistic colors and design thanks to his special technique. Using photorealism, Jacobs creates stunning artwork for Harley-Davidson as their first officially-licensed artist and fine art for art lovers, wine connoisseurs, Harley riders, and car enthusiasts. Visit his website or stop by the gallery to appreciate the detail and talent of his work. recreation/2-stand-guys-paddle-board-lessons x=42 rants/sd-tap-room






6212 Corte Del Abeto, Carlsbad, 760.929.2225.


K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing is a fantastic place to race your family and friends on an indoor go kart race track. It’s perfect for birthday parties, bachelor parties, corporate events and other special occasions. You can also stop by any day of the week and race to your heart’s content with their Arrive and Drive sessions and earn your spot for Fastest Time of the Week or Month.


454 6th Avenue, San Diego, 619.544.9500.

Voted San Diego’s best nightclub four years in a row and located in downtown San Diego, Stingaree is obviously the top place to spend your nights out on your San Diego vacation. Experience exciting and fun laser light shows, high energy sounds, live performances, local art, fashion events and more all week long.


San Diego Hall of Champions

2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, 619.234.2544. Sports enthusiasts from all over the United States travel to San Diego to visit the nation’s largest multi-sport museum located in the historic Balboa Park. The museum displays memorabilia reflecting decades of San Diego sporting history and includes a state-of-the-art media center.

World Famous San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, 619.231.1515. When is the last time you’ve been to the World Famous San Diego Zoo? Well, it’s time to put on your sunscreen, lace up your tennis shoes, and grab the camera! With over 3,700 rare and endangered animals San Diego is home to one of the largest, most progressive zoos in the world.

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2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.7114.

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Birch Aquarium

Sharks, seahorses and eels…oh, my! Discover them all and more at Birch Aquarium at University of California, San Diego’s world-renowned Scripps Institute of Oceanography. At Birch Aquarium, in beautiful La Jolla, anyone can experience up-close and personal interaction with fascinating marine life seldom seen by the general public.

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2501 Kettner, San Diego, 619.232.4355. Nestled on the outer edge of downtown San Diego, The Casbah is a local hangout for musicians and music lovers alike to gather and experience the local San Diego music scene. It’s also the venue where legendary bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins have rocked the house.

If you are a supporter of the arts, you will love the San Diego Art Institute’s “Museum of the Living Artist.” The gallery includes solo artist exhibits and the David Fleet Young Artist Gallery, showcasing art created by the youth in schools all over San Diego.




Soar, explore, splash and play your day away at SeaWorld while you’re here in San Diego. SeaWorld will expose you to incredible aquatic life, hilarious shows, entertaining exhibits, thrilling rides and delectable dining. Enjoy hands-on exhibits that let you feed the dolphins, stingrays and sea lions. Watch one of the many shows they offer to take a load off your feet and get entertained at the same time.

Celebrate aviation and space flight history with a visit to this fun and educational museum. You can view the Atlas Rocket Exhibit, watch a 3D/4D movie in the Zable theater, or check out the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Exhibit while the kids play in the Kid’s Aviation Action hangar.

1245 7th Ave., San Diego, 619.235.0804.

Visiting San Diego for the first time? Tour San Diego in a unique way! Most people venture to the beach, but why not try kayaking through the La Jolla Ecological Preserve? Everyday California offers kayak tours, whale watching, snorkeling, and scuba diving for a fun San Diego vacation.

California Dreamin’

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, 619.234.8291.

San Diego Symphony

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2243 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, 858.454.6195.


Take the kids for a fun-filled day checking out the exhibits and collections of automobiles from the past. While the kids explore the Kid’s Spot where they can hop on a full-size motorcycle or “drive” a strippeddown race car, you can enjoy viewing the Harley Davidson motorcycle collection or the Steve McQueen exhibit.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

One of San Diego’s newest additions to the nightlife scene is FLUXX, a colorfully provocative nightclub with pulsing music, exotic motifs, a unique drink menu and an attractive crowd. Located in the Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego, FLUXX nightclub is the perfect spot for your next girl’s night out, bachelor party or birthday celebration.

500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 619.226.3901. seaworld-sandiego


2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, 619.231.2886.

1439 El Prado, San Diego, 619.236.0011.

500 4th Avenue, San Diego, 619.232.8100.



San Diego Automotive Museum

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Get a taste of culture on your vacation! During the spring season, the Symphony is showing an outstanding lineup of concerts from Beethoven’s Fifth to Elvis: A Tribute to the King. There’s something for everyone and guest musicians from around the world along with some of the most famous classical music in the repertoire.

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

851 Showroom Place #100, Chula Vista, 619.754.9782. Imagine an endless sea of trampolines connected together to form one huge trampoline surface. Whether you're eight or 80, you can’t help but want to jump on that! Sky Zone offers patented, all-trampoline, walled playing courts for a uniquely fun way to burn off energy, get fit and have fun.

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Riverwalk Golf Club

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You’ll find the Riverwalk Golf Club located in the heart of San Diego’s Mission Valley within minutes of the area’s major attractions. Enjoy outstanding amenities and exceptional service which has earned it recognition among the region’s premier semi-private golf courses. Play golf on the 27-hole course, shop in their full-service golf shop, dine on delicious food at the clubhouse or plan your next special event in their beautifully-appointed banquet venues.


1010 Santa Clara Place, San Diego, 888.553.6471.



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990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, 800.442.7847.

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Attention gamers! It’s time to put the controller down, get off the couch, back away slowly and play a real game. Suit up, grab your 100%-safe paintball marker, and coax your kids away from their electronics for an epic day of paintball combat, strategy, adrenaline and fun. Now offering an Airsoft field for the ultimate adventure and a Splatmaster park for kids ages 6 to 10. Mention GETAWAY for the Buy One Get One FREE special.

Flagship Cruises & Events

1700 Vandegrift Blvd., Oceanside, 866.985.4932.

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Pacific Beach Pacific Beach is one of the main centers of nightlife in San Diego. Garnet Avenue, between Ingraham Street and Mission Boulevard, is where many bars and restaurants are located. The nightlife in Pacific Beach caters to a younger crowd than the nightlife in downtown San Diego. So if you are looking for a fresh scene, give Pacific Beach a shot.

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La Jolla La Jolla known as the “jewel” of San Diego, is a picturesque town with a charming atmosphere. Only fifteen minutes from downtown San Diego, it boasts wonderful beaches, fine restaurants, casual eateries, and plenty of cultural activities. It’s also home to places like the Stephen Birch Aquarium and Museum, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the University of California, San Diego.  You’ll enjoy world-class shopping and one-of-akind dining with beautiful ocean views that take your breath away. With its lush natural landscape, luxurious accommodations, amazing sights and charming appeal, it’s the perfect place to indulge in the finer things in life.


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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach



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Mission Bay Mission Bay is most popularly known as home to SeaWorld San Diego, one of the most popular marinelife parks in the world, but there’s much more to explore in this popular area. Sail Bay has a wide running path and is home to the Faneul Park playground. Each night, the resorts which dot the area have live music. Sail Bay is also known as the home of the ESPN X-Games. Speaking of sports, you can always find a good game of beach volleyball going at Crown Point.


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Enjoy a casual, family-friendly community complete with miles of wide, sandy beaches, a Cape Codstyle Harbor Village, a 1,942 foot wooden pier and rich arts and cultural venues. Oceanside makes the perfect backdrop for community events ranging from cultural festivals, concerts in the park and a weekly farmer’s market. From beach cafes to local breweries and farm-to-table favorites, Oceanside

is home to a variety of one-of-a-kind dining options perfect for the entire family.Stop by the California Welcome Center in Oceanside for maps, souvenirs and discount attraction tickets.

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You came to San Diego to enjoy the coastal atmosphere. So why leave it to dine? Each of Vigilucci’s four restaurants offers a unique spin on Italian food in a distinctive San Diego setting. At Vigilucci’s you can take in a panoramic ocean view, people-watch in a bustling beach community or simply enjoy the ocean breeze from one of our outdoor patios while dining on delicious Italian cuisine. So no matter which Vigilucci’s restaurant you choose, you are guaranteed to find a table that’s set perfectly for you!

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