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2014 SAN DIEGO TOURISM AUTHORITY OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE

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SAN DIEGO 2014 Official Summer Visitor Guide

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BIG FUN BUILT HERE. Take your imagination on an amazing journey and enter the exciting LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ Water Park presented by Cartoon Network™. With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND® California Resort is the ultimate LEGO experience. And if you’ve ever dreamed of spending the night at LEGOLAND, now you can. The LEGOLAND Hotel has 250 LEGO-themed rooms and it’s just steps away from the Park entrance.

For discount tickets or reservations please visit LEGOLAND.com or call 877-LEGOLAND (534-6526)

LEGOLAND® Hotel

SEA LIFE® Aquarium

THE LEGO MOVIE EXPERIENCE®

Located in Carlsbad off I-5, LEGOLAND California is open daily during spring break, summer and select holiday periods and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays during select periods. LEGOLAND Water Park is open seasonally. Prices, times and schedules subject to change without notice. Visit LEGOLAND.com or call 877-LEGOLAND (534-6526) for details. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations, the Minifigure and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2014 The LEGO Group. LEGOLAND AND SEA LIFE ARE A PART OF THE MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP. TM and ®2014 Cartoon Network. A Time Warner Company. All rights reserved. THE LEGO MOVIE ©The LEGO Group & Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

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Welcome to San Diego

Mission Beach

elcome to sunny San Diego! If you’ve heard anything about our weather, you already know it’s always a fantastic time to visit. Soon you’ll discover why so many people from around the world often stop by and later call it home.

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During your stay, I invite you to indulge in San Diego’s rich food culture from fresh Mexican entrees to delectable Vietnamese cuisine. Make sure to visit our scenic landscapes, including the majestic architecture at Balboa Park and the sparkling ocean views at Mission Beach. Take in the beautiful sights and sounds on a hike through Sunset Cliffs or Torrey Pines State Reserve. At the end of the day, enjoy our vibrant craft beer scene in North Park or a quiet dinner in Little Italy. San Diego is without a doubt an endless adventure. Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back again soon. Sincerely,

Kevin L. Faulconer Mayor

Thorn Street Brewery, North Park

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Sunset Cliffs

FOUND CREATIVE STUDIO, PAUL BODY, SAM WELLS

Monello in Little Italy


Distinctly San Diego Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers you all the amenities of downtown San Diego just steps from the hotel. Indulge in local California coastal-inspired cuisine at the new open-air bayside lounge, The Pool Club, while you relax and enjoy views of Coronado Island and the San Diego Bay. Experience the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter featuring world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Visit the always-popular Seaport Village or explore the world-famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Balboa Park. The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, located on the 18th fairway of the prestigious Torrey Pines Golf Course, offers a serene, relaxing getaway and modern luxury with brand new guest rooms all with golf course and ocean views. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the hiking trails at Torrey Pines State Reserve, snorkel in the nearby La Jolla Cove or discover miles of pristine beaches. Or, take a short trip up the coastline and explore the charming communities of Encinitas or Del Mar with a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options.

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One Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92101 619.564.3333 hiltonsandiegobayfront.com

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Welcome to San Diego

SAN DIEGO TOURISM AUTHORITY 750 B Street, Suite 1500 San Diego, CA 92101 619-232-3101 / Fax: 619-696-9371 sandiego.org

VISITOR INFORMATION: 619-236-1212 / Fax: 619-230-7084 sdinfo@sandiego.org

CHAIRMAN Kevin Konopasek

PRESIDENT & CEO Joe Terzi

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING & STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS Kerri Verbeke Kapich

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING PARTNERSHIPS Brian Hilemon

CREATIVE SERVICES MANAGER Annie Pearson

here are many reasons San Diego is consistently rated one of the top vacation destinations in North America, but probably none are more significant than our optimistic spirit. With 70 miles of breathtaking beaches, friendly locals and a laid-back vibe, San Diego’s positive outlook is contagious.

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Far from being just a beach town, San Diego offers a range of opportunities that appeal to all ages, interests and budgets. A host of major events include PGA tours, restaurant and craft beer weeks, Broadway-bound hits, thoroughbred racing and more. Our vibrant neighborhoods like uptown’s North Park and downtown’s walkable Gaslamp Quarter feature lively dining, music and nightlife scenes.

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Jim Fitzpatrick

Erin Chambers Smith

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Karen Mullen

Laurie Nicoud

VISITOR GUIDE EDITOR

California’s fascinating history is brought to life in Old Town San Diego’s shops, restaurants and historic sites, and at Cabrillo National Monument, where California was first discovered in 1542. San Diego boasts a collection of world-class attractions, including SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND California and the USS Midway Museum, to name a few. Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park, is home to 17 museums and The Old Globe theater. Mission Bay Aquatic Park, with 27 miles of sandy beach shorelines, beckons water sports enthusiasts of every kind from kayaking on the bay to surfing the crashing waves. You can also take a short drive to San Diego’s East County to enjoy casino gaming and beautiful mountain and desert landscapes. Whether you are looking for a place to relax, energize, be entertained or reconnect with family and friends, San Diego offers the perfect setting. Read more in this issue from some of San Diego¹s influential locals, your Guides to the Good Stuff, as they show you the best that our town has to offer. We hope you will visit us soon!

Joe Terzi

President & CEO San Diego Tourism Authority

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Ann Wycoff

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kyle Hall, Erin Jackson, Christina Orlovsky, Shelby Stanger

CONTRIBUTING COPY EDITORS Claire Caraska, Stephanie Thompson

SENIOR DESIGNER Corey Hollister

CONTRIBUTING DESIGNER Tania Roulston

ADVERTISING ART DIRECTOR Geneen Montgomery

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Paul Body, John Dole, Dhanraj Emanuel, Luis Garcia, Jay Reilly, Sam Wells, Found Creative Studio

ACCOUNT MANAGERS Krissy Engle, Shauna Francisco

The San Diego Tourism Authority is a non-profit destination marketing organization that promotes the regional tourism and convention/meeting industries. Funded in part by our members, the San Diego Tourism Promotion Corporation with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds, the County and Port of San Diego. © 2013 San Diego Tourism Authority. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of the San Diego Tourism Authority. Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of information as of press time. However, the San Diego Tourism Authority assumes no liability for errors, changes or omissions.


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Table of Contents 8 Why Visit San Diego 12 Transportation 14 What’s New in San Diego 16 Calendar of Local Events

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Explore our craft beer culture

Features

Get outdoors with Bike and Kayak Tours

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NEIGHBORHOODS From foothills to the coastline, explore San Diego’s many diverse neighborhoods with tips and tricks on how to live like a local.

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OUTDOORS Get the insider’s guide to the best beaches, skateparks, surf spots and golf courses.

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Enjoy San Diego’s famous tacos

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Experience the heart of downtown at the Ma Manchester Grand Hyatt

CULINARY Meet our chefs, check out the farmers markets and dine at our favorite eateries.

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ARTS & CULTURE Visit our historic landmarks, missions, museums, sculptures and theaters. ITINERARIES Family fun, adventure, girls’ getaways and more.

Surfers take in the sunset in “Ca “Cardiff Delight!” by internationally acclaimed, locally based photographer Aaron Chang. Look for Chang’s new book “Sa “San Diego,” an exploration of the city from the beautiful beaches of Torrey Pines to the buzzing modern city life. Available through the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery: 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego 619-567-8088 or 415 South Cedros Ave, Solana Beach 858-345-1880 or online: www.AaronChang.com. 6 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014

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Why Visit San Diego Coronado Bridge and downtown San Diego

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WE’RE HERE FOR YOU Drop by one of our two visitor centers.

Travelers come from all over the world to visit “America’s Finest City.” And you’ll understand why after perusing this insider’s guide. WE’RE AN ACCLAIMED VACATION DESTINATION

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Whether you’re seeking cultural entertainment and urban excitement or a natural paradise and aquatic playground, San Diego has it all.

And between the friendly residents, consistently pleasant weather and welcoming neighborhood vibe, this is one big city that still feels like a small town.

Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in October 2013 revealed almost half of the 20 Best Southern California Resorts are located in San Diego County.

San Diego ranked No. 5 in a list of the Top 25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America according to a study done by Prevention Magazine (August 2013).

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miles of coastline

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public and private golf courses

diverse neighborhoods

museums

California Welcome Center Alpine 5005 Willows Road, Suite H110 (in the Viejas Outlet Center) Alpine, CA 91901 619-445-0180 Fax: 619-445-0880 CAWelcomeCTR@ sandiego.org Monday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Hours are subject to change. Discounted attraction and tour tickets available. NEED MORE INFO? GO TO SANDIEGO.ORG: The Official Travel Resource of San Diego

FOUND CREATIVE STUDIO, GREY LOCKWOOD

International Visitor Information Center 1140 North Harbor Drive (in front of the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal) San Diego, CA 92101 619-236-1212 Fax: 619-230-7084 sdinfo@sandiego.org June–September: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., daily October–May: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., daily


WELCOME TO KOALAFORNIA THE NEW AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK. NOW OPEN!

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What’s online at sandiego.org Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Visit m.sandiego.org from your mobile device to find helpful San Diego information when you’re on the go. You can also download csmartphone apps from major attractions like SeaWorld, LEGOLAND California, The San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, or find out what’s on tap at local bars. m.sandiego.org

FIND THE PERFECT ACCOMMODATIONS We’ve got everything from AAA-rated Five-Diamond resorts to camping and RV parks. You can also make reservations and find special offers on the site. sandiego.org/where-to-stay.

Explore downtown’s trendy East Village and the Gaslamp Quarter or head to the luxury enclave of La Jolla for shopping, dining, entertainment and more. sandiego.org/discover

ENJOY OUR GOLFER’S PARADISE Discover the wealth of great golf in our city, with a list of courses sorted by San Diego region. sandiego.org/golf 10 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014

North County’s Leucadia

Browse the event calendar for entertainment ideas, like concerts, comedy and cruises. sandiego.org/events

Save with discounts on tours, accommodations and attractions with special offers and coupons. Just print, clip and save! sandiego.org/coupons

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GET TO KNOW SOME OF SAN DIEGO’S COLORFUL AND UNIQUE NEIGHBORHOODS


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Transportation in San Diego FROM THE AIRPORT The San Diego International Airport is a 10-minute ride from downtown. Take a cab for about $12 or hop on the San Diego Municipal Transit System’s “Airport Flyer” (Route 992) for $2.25 (children ages five and under ride free). Car2Go operates a fleet of blue-and-white Smart Cars that you can rent by the minute, the hour or the day. A one-time membership fee of $35 is required; after that, the cost is just 38 cents plus tax per minute. (Plus, street parking is free, even at a city meter.)

GETTING AROUND TOWN The San Diego Trolley light rail system has routes to various points of interest around San Diego county, including Fashion Valley Mall, Qualcomm Stadium, downtown and the USA/Mexico border. It operates seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight and runs every 15 minutes.

A private car can deliver you to your destination anywhere in town with Uber or the more affordable UberX. Using their app, you can request a car and pay via your mobile phone.

TOURS Old Town Trolley Tours offers a guided tour with on-and-off privileges through Balboa Park, downtown and Coronado. The entertaining trolley drivers are brimming with historic facts and trivia. Group reservations are also available. GoCar Tours, San Diego’s fleet of three-wheeled mini-cars, is based in Little Italy. Enjoy a GPS-guided audio tour highlighting 100 San Diego sites.

MTS (San Diego Metropolitan Transit System) buses are a quick way to navigate the metro area. The fare is $2.25 each way, but for $5, you can buy a day pass and get unlimited bus and trolley rides. Pedicabs are available daily along most downtown streets, particularly in the Gaslamp Quarter and along the Embarcadero. The 15-minute ferry to Coronado departs from two locations: Broadway Pier and behind the Convention Center. Tickets are $4.25 each way (bikes ride free).

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Balboa Park has a free tram that provides access to the park’s museums and attractions. Park in the Inspiration Point lot and wait at Tram Central.

Go to sdmts.com to see the full schedule of the San Diego Trolley.

Another Side of San Diego Tours and Wheel Fun Rent-als offer Segway tours. You’ll see major landmarks and points of interest while having way more fun than you ever would on foot. Head up to Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad or Oceanside on the Coaster from downtown, or travel east to west in North County on the Sprinter.

AMTRAK Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner makes it easy to arrange a two-destination vacation. The train runs down the California coast, serving key locations like Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Anaheim, and makes two stops in San Diego.


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What’s new in San Diego

Loggerhead at Aquatica Waterpark

AQUATICA, SEAWORLD’S WATERPARK Last year, SeaWorld took over the Chula Vista waterpark and gave it a well-needed makeover. This Memorial Day weekend, get ready for more adrenaline fun with the opening of the Taumata Racer®, a 375-foot, high-speed, multi-lane waterslide that twists and turns in and out of tunnels. 2052 Entertainment Circle

Our ever-evolving city is sporting some exciting additions worth checking out. We’ve got new waterparks, beachfront hotels, eateries, savvy shopping and cultural destinations to further elevate your visit to sunny San Diego.

LEGO® LEGENDS OF CHIMA WATERPARK For more splashy fun, head to Legoland’s new 3-acre waterpark, opening this summer. Based on Lego’s popular product, “Legends of Chima,” the park features a massive wave pool, cascading waterfalls, waterslides and more. 1 Legoland Drive

SAN DIEGO CENTRAL LIBRARY Architect Rob Quigley’s stunning new downtown building enhances the city’s skyline with its iconic three-story dome. This cultural hub also features an outdoor terrace and art gallery on the penthouse level, an expansive reading room with sweeping bay views, a garden courtyard and free concerts in the auditorium. 330 Park Boulevard

THE GREEN BUILD AT SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Featuring eco-friendly and sustainable design, Terminal 2 has been renovated and expanded with the addition of 10 new gates, a dual-level roadway for ease of access at arrival and departure, and myriad new shopping and dining options like Phil’s BBQ and Bubbles Wine and Tapas Bar. 3225 N. Harbor Drive

STONE BREWING TAP ROOM Our airport serves more than 17 million passengers each year

Local craft beer empire Stone Brewing Co. has opened a new satellite tasting room, adjacent to Petco Park. Grab a flatbread and IPA before heading to a Padres game for a quintessential San Diego day. 793 J Street

PIER SOUTH RESORT Imperial Beach is now home to San Diego’s first beachfront boutique hotel that boasts 78 suite-style rooms and Dames Day Spa. Its coastal tavern, SEA180º, serves up Baja Med cuisine, local brews, craft cocktails and endless ocean views. 800 Seacoast Avenue

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Set in the former police headquarters, this open-air center is the gateway to a 20-acre waterfront development that includes the iconic Seaport Village. It features boutiques, galleries, toy shops and familyfriendly restaurants. 789 W. Harbor Drive

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MUSEUMS TO VISIT IN SAN DIEGO

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A day in San Diego may find you exploring the hidden treasures of the ocean or the far reaches of outer space. There is no limit to the fine examples of visual arts, historic landmarks and family-friendly museums located right here for you. Check out all the museums and find MORE discount coupons online:

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Fun in the sun Food festivals, fairs, concerts, art exhibits, horse shows, rodeos, regattas, marathons, dog surfing competitions, air shows and more fill San Diego’s 2014 calendar from April until September. Visit sandiego. org/events for even more exciting entertainment ideas.

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Rowers from around the globe sink their oars into Mission Bay at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic Regatta.

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo gets hot, hot, hot as it celebrates three decades of free weekend cultural festivities.

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Big Bay Boom

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Car connoisseurs and exotic automobiles cruise into La Jolla Cove for the Concours d’Elegance and Motor Car Classic.

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Sample the specialties of more than 50 downtown dining establishments at the two-day Taste of the Gaslamp culinary walking tour.

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Art and nature go hand in hand at the Art Alive floral exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art. Equestrian showmanship is on display as the 69th annual Del Mar National Horse Show brings its hallmarks of elegance, excitement and excellence to the fairgrounds. (Runs through May 4)

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Three cheers to craft brews at the CityBeat Festival of Beers benefiting the San Diego Music Foundation.

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Celebrate a half-century of East County cowboy culture at the 50th annual Lakeside Rodeo.

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It’s flower power in full effect at the Coronado Flower Show, the largest tented flower show in the nation.

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Music lovers rock out to more than 180 performances at the two-day Adams Avenue Unplugged free neighborhood festival. Balboa Park goes green as the eco-conscious crowd converges on the 25th annual EarthFair.

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It’s not a bird, but it is a plane— a historic one at that—at AirShow San Diego, commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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Wetsuits and wagging tails take to the waves in the Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog Competition.

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It’s the biggest crawfish, zydeco and blues festival this side of the bayou at Gator By the Bay, four days of Louisiana-themed food, music and fun at Spanish Landing Park.

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San Diego’s hipster ’hood shows its artistic flair at the North Park Festival of the Arts.

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Little Italy comes alive with aromatic smells and island flavor at the 21st annual Sicilian Festival.

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JUN It’s America’s Fittest City as runners pound the pavement cheered on by musical performances at the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon.

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Visual arts lovers are in for a veritable feast at the La Jolla Festival of the Arts on the UC San Diego campus.

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The bard is back for a new season of performances as the Old Globe presents its annual Summer Shakespeare Festival. (Runs through September 14)

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The laid-back beach town of Ocean Beach embraces its eclectic side at the annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-off.

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JUNE–SEPTEMBER San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops concert series presents contemporary music under the stars at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.


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Score a front-row seat to the night sky as the Julian Star Fest proves that there’s more to the mountain town than apples.

In this summertime tradition since 1916, swimmers brave the brisk Pacific in the La Jolla Rough Water Swim.

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Shop and stroll your way through the fabulous Hillcrest CityFest street fair.

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Break out the banjo and enjoy the jam sessions at Summergrass San Diego, at the outdoor Antique and Steam Engine Museum in Vista.

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JUL America’s Finest City celebrates America’s most patriotic holiday with Fourth of July fireworks up and down the coast— from Oceanside to the Big Bay Boom and everywhere in between.

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The Old Mission Bay Athletic Club goes Over the Line with its unique combination of partying and athletic prowess at this two-weekend event on Fiesta Island.

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San Diego’s LGBT community shows its Pride with a parade and two-day festival in Balboa Park.

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Fashionistas and film fanatics flock to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego for panels, screenings and parties at the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival.

Master mixologists pour creative craft cocktails at the sixth annual San Diego Spirits Festival at Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier.

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San Diego proves its position as a microbrew mecca with the 19th annual Festival of Beer.

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Beer steins and bratwurst abound in El Cajon at the traditional two-weekend Oktoberfest celebration presented by the German American Societies of San Diego.

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Arts, crafts, food and music fill the neighborhoods of Normal Heights and Kensington at the free Adams Avenue Street Fair.

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San Diego Bay boasts the largest tall ship festival in the West: the Festival of Sail at the Maritime Museum.

Autumn in San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a day trip to Julian to experience the annual Apple Harvest.

Downtown’s cruise ship terminal transforms into a sandcastle wonderland at the four-day U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition.

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER Are you ready for some football? The San Diego Chargers return to Qualcomm Stadium for another season’s quest for the Super Bowl.

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Superheroes, sci-fi and celebrities, oh my! Costumed characters and TV and movie stars take over the San Diego Convention Center at Comic-Con International.

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April 26–27 The streets of Little Italy are overtaken with art at the 30th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk. Making fine art available to everyone, this free two-day festival features more than 350 artists representing a wide variety of media, performance art, interactive exhibitions and a special Kids Walk with hands-on activities that inspire the imagination.

June 7–July 6 The British Invasion takes over Del Mar as the San Diego County Fair presents “The Fab Fair,” a month-long celebration of the music and culture of the 1960s. With rides, games, exhibits, concerts, shopping, food, food and more food, the fair is an annual tradition that’s not to be missed.

July 18–September 3 Hats and horses are the main highlights of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racing Season, a San Diego summer social scene staple since 1937, when Bing Crosby greeted race-goers at the gate. Today, a day at the races is equally exciting, especially considering the season’s special events, which include the 4 o’clock Friday free concert series, weekend wine and beer festivals and special in-field events.

September 21–26 Twice a year, diners take advantage of discounted prix-fixe menus offered at more than 180 restaurants during San Diego Restaurant Week. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, Restaurant Week offers two- and three-course lunch and dinner menus priced from $10 to $45 per person, allowing foodies on a budget to experience San Diego’s booming culinary scene without breaking the bank.

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SHOP DINE EXPLORE

Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery Artonage Dallmann Chocolates Eddie V’s Gelato Paradiso Geppetto’s Toys Kitson Life is Good Lolo Madison Pizzeria Mozza PreFab Puesto Seaside Paper | Home Seasons 52 Simply Local Starbucks Sunglass Hut The Cheesecake Factory Urban Beach House Venissimo Cheese Verde

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NEIGHBORHOODS

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From the desert to the sea and everything in between, San Diego County is rich with diversity and extraordinary settings. We’ve got sleepy surf towns, cosmopolitan cultural centers, bucolic farmlands, university towns, beach and bay communities, and a bustling downtown. Come explore “America’s Finest City.” Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org

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NEIGHBORHOODS

SHOP & DINE

SAN DIEGO’S NEW HQ

Downtown Vibrant hotels, unique shopping, cultural destinations and international restaurants enliven downtown. By day, it’s family-friendly. Later, the nightlife scene wakes up, drawing revelers to clubs and bars. DINING DESTINATIONS From a quick, budget-friendly bite to a full-blown fine-dining experience, the diverse downtown dining scene has your cravings covered. Some new spots to try include Kamikaze 7 Sushi Joint (411 Market Street), a sushi bar with attitude (and ten custom sake bombs); Fogo de Chão (668 Sixth Avenue), an all-you-can-eat feast of meat; and Lucky Liu’s (332 J Street), a laid-back eatery with Chinese comfort food. ACME (901 E Street) offers Southern hospitality and good eats such as fried chicken biscuits, shrimp ’n’ grits and homemade peach cobbler.

Fun Fact: The downtown stadium opened in 2004 on Tony Gwynn Drive, named for Hall of Fame outfielder, aka Mr. Padre, who played 20 seasons in San Diego.

Between downtown San Diego and the waterfront lies The Headquarters, an open-air shopping, dining and snacking wonderland. Formerly the HQ of the San Diego police department, many original details of this circa-1939 building have been preserved, including a cellblock near the public restrooms, where a wall of mug shots is displayed.

WARDROBE REFRESH Shop for fresh threads at Westfield Horton Plaza (324 Horton Plaza), or visit hip, indie boutiques in the East Village like 5&A Dime (701 Eighth Avenue) for hats, shirts and accessories, plus Rosewood (877 Market Street) and Blends (719 Eighth Avenue) for limited edition, designer athletic shoes.

Pizzeria Mozza

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HAPPY HOUR Imbibing on a budget is a cinch in the Gaslamp Quarter, where restaurants and bars offer discounts on drinks and bites as early as 3 p.m. A few standouts include half-price Balliwick frozen mojitos, margaritas and appetizers at La Puerta (560 Fourth Avenue, 3 to 7 p.m., daily); tapas and goblets of house-made sangria at Café 21 (750 Fifth Avenue, 3 to 6 p.m., daily); and mules, draft beer and house wine at Bailiwick (756 Fifth Avenue, Tue-Fri, 4 to 8 p.m.).

NIGHTLIFE Dress up and get down at FLUXX (500 Fourth Avenue), Side Bar (536 Market Street) and Rooftop 600, the swanky open-air lounge on top of the Andaz Hotel (600 F Street). Looking for a more relaxed place to party? BASIC (410 10th Avenue) has a fun vibe, great tunes and killer pizza. 20 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014

Top Dining Destinations Enjoy thin-crust, Neapolitanstyle pizzas at Pizzeria Mozza, Mexican street food and innovative cocktails at Puesto and grilled “Veninis” at Venissimo, a cheese boutique. Must-Stop Shops Head to Kitson, a pop culture boutique, and Simply Local, which stocks the wares of 57 local artisans and merchants. Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery features stunning surf shots from the world-renowned photographer. 789 W. Harbor Drive

STEWART BERTRAND

Grab the family and head to downtown’s stunning, open-air ballpark for a Padres game. Upscale concessions like the Ballast Point Beer Garden, Phil’s BBQ and Nothing Bundt Cakes are additional homeruns. 19 Tony Gwynn Drive


Rediscover San Diego, Westgate Style Unwind in the luxury of a classic hotel, San Diego’s premier urban oasis. Plan your next visit at San Diego’s iconic jewel: The Westgate Hotel. Discover a world of European Elegance where attentive service blends with award-winning California Cuisine and relax at The Westgate’s new rooftop pool & lounge area surrounded by spectacular views spanning vibrant Downtown San Diego.

Enhance your experience with a deluxe guestroom accommodation from $229 including a $100 credit to spend in the hotel during your stay.

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NEIGHBORHOODS

GLOBAL EATS

LITTLE SAIGON This six-block stretch of El Cajon Boulevard—from Highland to Euclid avenues—is full of Vietnamese restaurants with delectable dishes to discover.

Central San Diego Tight-knit communities like Kensington, La Mesa and City Heights are home to an eclectic assortment of entertainment and dining options, just off the beaten path. From an idyllic picnic at the pond, to a night of local comedy, there’s always something new to experience. VILLAGE VINO Pair an assortment of eclectic, smallbatch wines with straightforward Village Vino bites, such as artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards, at this friendly neighborhood wine bar. 4095 Adams Avenue, Kensington

CHOLLAS LAKE PARK Pack a picnic for a quiet day by the lake at this community park. Fishing (free for kids under 15), friendly ducks, wooden play structures and a mini hiking trail (just 0.8 miles) are the main draws for the pint-sized set. 6350 College Grove Drive, Rolando

LESTAT’S COFFEE HOUSE Come here for your caffeine fix during the day, or for the live entertainment at night. Open mic night (Mondays, starting at 6 p.m.) or comedy night (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.) are both great options. (Bonus: they’re free!) 3343 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights 22 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014

KEN CINEMA Independent and international films are the specialty of this historic, singlescreen movie theater, built in 1912. 4061 Adams Avenue, Kensington

BLIND LADY ALEHOUSE Locals love the thin-crust pizza and craft brews on direct-draw draft. Bring the kids: this neighborhood hangout is family-friendly. 3416 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights

LAKE MURRAY The waterfront path that loops around this sparkling lake makes the idyllic outdoor area popular for running, biking or Rollerblading. 5540 Kiowa Drive, San Carlos

VIEJAS ARENA & OPEN AIR THEATRE AT SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY In the mood for some music? Check out San Diego State University’s on-campus Open Air Theatre, a state-of-the-art, 4,600-seat outdoor venue, or the Viejas Arena, where Lady Gaga is set to play in June 2014. 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area

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Pho Hoa Enjoy fragrant bowls of pho at this authentic gem. Hoai Hue Try their steamed pork and shrimp tapioca dumplings wrapped in banana leaves. Paris Bakery Delicious banh mi sandwiches are made on fresh-baked baguettes. Minh Ky Savor an array of Chinese and Vietnamese favorites here.

BLEU BOHÉME This local gem specializes in approachable French fare. Enjoy a romantic dinner or happy hour (nightly, 5 to 6 p.m.), when appetizers, mussels and frites, and drinks are half-off. 4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington

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This is your place to meet and greet Hillcrest’s lively uptown crowd and enjoy award-winning smokehouse cuisine, daily Pitmaster specials, and our decadently early 3:30 to 6:30PM happy hour in our Lost & Found Saloon. Find out why we’ve become a local favorite for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

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Chocolat A romantic European inspired Bistro, Creperie & Cremerie Breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Sweet & savory crepes, artisan pizza baked in an Italian brick oven, salads, authentic grilled Panini sandwiches, creative pasta dishes, and tempting desserts with ingredients imported from Italy. 25-30 flavors of authentic Italian gelato, made fresh onsite daily. 3896 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 619.574.8500 | chocolat-hillcrest.com

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PACIFIC BEACH Live the California dream at this iconic beach town dotted with waterfront bars, taco stands, trendy restaurants, fashionable hotels and a lively nightlife scene. Cruise to Kono’s Café (704 Garnet Avenue) for breakfast burritos, then spend the afternoon catching waves at Tourmaline Surf Park (600 Tourmaline Street), fishing at Crystal Pier (end of Garnet Avenue) or swimming in the calm waters of North Pacific Beach (between Crystal Pier and Tourmaline). Shop for souvenirs worth buying at

Beaches With 70 miles of pristine coastline, a day at the beach is a must. But the question remains: which one? From secluded coves with calm water to spots prized for primo surfing, every beach has a unique personality, as do their vibrant seaside communities. Here are three of our favorite picks. MISSION BEACH/MISSION BAY Between the rolling surf of Mission Beach and the calm waters of Mission Bay, opportunities for fun on the water are endless. Go for a spin in a sailboat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or choose a thrilling adventure like windsurfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing or kite surfing. Seaforth Boat Rentals (1641 Quivira Road), Resort Watersports at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa (3999 Mission Boulevard) or the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (1001 Santa Clara Place) can set you up. For lunch, get sandwiches made from fresh-baked bread at The Rubicon Deli (3819 Mission Boulevard), then hit Belmont Park (3146 Mission Boulevard), a beachfront amusement center with two wave machines, a challenging ropes course, laser tag, mini golf and the Giant Dipper, a towering wooden rollercoaster built in 1925. At night, take a cocktail cruise around Mission Bay on the Bahia Belle, a Mississippi-style sternwheeler that departs from the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa (3999 Mission Boulevard), or toast some marshmallows at a beach bonfire. Look for fire pits at Mission Beach, on Fiesta Island and around Mission Bay.

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Belmont Park

Crystal Pier

This 872-footlong wooden pier was built in 1927 and stands as an important landmark of the Pacific Beach community.

SD Tap Room

Pangaea Outpost (909 Garnet Avenue), featuring more than 70 merchants and artists. For dinner, sample a plate of fish tacos—a local delicacy—at Pacific Beach Fish Shop (1775 Garnet Avenue), or knock back a few pints of local craft brews and a pizza at SD Tap Room (1269 Garnet Avenue).


OCEAN BEACH

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With its quirky shops and laidback, bohemian vibe, Ocean Beach (or “O.B.” to the locals) moves to a beat all its own. Sip smoothies from O.B. Smoothie Bar & Subs (5001 Newport Avenue) and watch surfers scale the waves, or let your pup swim, dig and frolic at Dog Beach (at the end of Voltaire Street). Take down a bacon cheeseburger at Hodad’s (5010 Newport Avenue) and treat yourself to a hot waffle ice cream sandwich at Lighthouse Ice Cream & Yogurt (5059 Newport Avenue) or a tangy guava and cream cheese pastry at Azucar (4820 Newport Avenue), a Cuban-inspired bakery. Go treasure hunting at the Newport Avenue Antique Center (4864 Newport Avenue), and browse local boutiques like Noon Design Shop (4993 Niagara Avenue) for glittering crystal earrings and home accents, and Coast Surf Shop (5023 Newport Avenue) for threads with surf cred. Stroll out onto the Ocean Beach pier to watch the sunset, then toast a perfect day with crispy Brussels sprouts, duck confit pasta and a bottle of wine at BO-beau (4996 W. Point Loma Boulevard).

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GREAT EATS BY THE BEACH JRDN Dig into some seafood or steak and watch the sun dip behind the horizon at this oceanfront spot inside the chic Tower23 hotel. 723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach

Wonderland Go here for craft cocktails and a crowd-pleasing menu of ceviche, sandwiches and snacks, served alongside gorgeous ocean views. 5083 Santa Monica Avenue, Ocean Beach

Shades Oceanfront Bistro This casual eatery, just one block from the beach, puts out a solid brunch, including Mickey pancakes for kids, plus oodles of egg dishes.

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Cannonball Sushi is the specialty at this stylish rooftop restaurant and bar in Belmont Park, steps from the sand. 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org

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North Park is a progressive neighborhood with a thriving artistic scene and cuttingedge culture. Shot by: Paul Body

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SIPS & SOUNDS ON CEDROS Belly Up Tavern Music fans gravitate to this intimate spot for its stellar lineups like Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Buffet and Snoop Dogg.

The seaside communities of North County charm visitors and residents alike with their glorious beaches, laidback beach culture and small-town feel. Each has a distinct personality from artsy Encinitas and eclectic Oceanside to posh Del Mar and design-centric Solana Beach. and catch a live concert from mid-July to early-September. 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

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PACIFIC COAST GRILL At this beachfront eatery, sunset calls for blackberry margaritas, sushi rolls or sliders, and watching dolphins frolic while the local surfers catch the last rides of the day. 2526 South Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea

DEL MAR RACETRACK Built in 1937 by Bing Crosby and his cronies, this seaside track is home to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and its famed horse races. Don a fabulous hat, bet on that favorite

Surrender into a honey papaya wrap or Tahitian stone massage at wellness haven, Place 360 (1349 Camino Del Mar). Enjoy detoxifying seaweed wraps and sea-salt scrubs at the oceanthemed Spa at L’Auberge (1540 Camino Del Mar) or venture to the Balinese-chic Bergamot Spa (775 N. Vulcan Avenue) for blissful treatments in open-air bungalows set in a lush garden.

Dinner and a movie is redefined at Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas (12905 El Camino Real) where viewers settle into comfy reclining seats and enjoy gourmet eats and cocktails. Check out Casa Sol y Mar (12865 El Camino Real) for their famed birdbath-sized margaritas and traditional Mexican fare or duck into Davanti’s (12955 El Camino Real) for rustic Italian in a cozy setting.

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Culture Brewing

Carruth Cellars Sample charismatic cabernets and chardonnays at the boutique winery.

Art, exhibits and photography celebrate the heritage, culture and lifestyle of surfing in this world-class museum. 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside

Cucina Enoteca 2730 Via de la Valle, Del Mar

320 Cedros Avenue Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria

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Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria 897 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

Culture Brewing Co. Mighty fine stouts, IPAs and lagers spill from the taps at this stylish tasting room.

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East Coast Pizza 2015 San Elijo Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Real Foods & Spirits 124 Solana Hills Drive, Solana Beach

Pandora’s Pizza 828 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

Privateer Coal Fire Pizza 1706 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside

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VISITING ESCONDIDO Treat the family to a sensational safari or an international cultural experience.

A scenic drive up Interstate 15 reveals suburban communities like bustling Escondido and Fallbrook—the self-proclaimed “Avocado Capital of the World.” San Marcos and Vista have placed themselves on the map with breweries like The Lost Abbey and Iron Fist, as well as a university. Craft beer, creamy avocados and quality education: That’s diversity at its finest just north of America’s Finest City. VINTANA

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Whether or not you’re in the market for a luxury automobile, you’ll feel like a high roller at this upscale eatery located in the penthouse of the Lexus Centre of Escondido, offering modern California cuisine and million-dollar views. 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido

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Disregard any images of dark and dingy bowling alleys. The North County outpost of this popular local chain offers one of the country’s favorite pastimes in a lively modern setting at Westfield North County mall. 200 E. Via Rancho Parkway Escondido

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Experience the feel of a British pub this side of the pond at this Rancho Bernardo establishment, which offers special beer dinners, release parties and meet-the-brewer events. 16761 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo

Hikers with cameras flock to this challenging trail in the Lake Poway Recreational Area to take their picture at “Potato Chip Rock,” a unique rock formation en route to the Mt. Woodson Summit. 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway

AVANT Savor farm-to-table, California-wine-country cuisine at this new dining destination at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park It’s the wildest spot this side of the Serengeti at the San Diego Zoo’s sister site in Escondido, famous for its tram ride and variety of experiences that allow yyou to get up close and personal with some ome of nature’s most exotic animals. A greatt place for rhino, no, cheetahh and giraffee spotting. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road

California rnia Center for thee Arts This cultural ultural center features a medleyy of performances from jazz concerts, ncerts, symphonies and mariachi chi festivals to ballet, international ational folk dance and fetching ng musicals. Workshops and activities ctivities offered for families es as well. 340 N. Escondido Boulevard

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SAN DIEGO BEACH RIDES Saddle up and pick your ideal horseback riding adventures, from explorations of the Tijuana River Valley to ocean swims on horseback or sunset rides followed by a BBQ and s’mores. 2180 Monument Road

IB SURFBOARD MUSEUM Celebrating Southern California surf culture, this outdoor art display pays tribute to 25 prominent surfboard shapers, several of whom are Imperial Beach locals. Start by strolling down 3rd Street and finish at the beach. 3rd Street to Seacoast Drive

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Navy Seals, our nation’s heros, train at Coronado Navy Base.

SLEEP TRAIN AMPHITHEATER Join more than 19,000 fellow fans at one of San Diego’s largest outdoor music venues. Big-name acts for the summer include the Vans Warped Tour, Journey and the Steve Miller Band. 2050 Entertainment Circle

Explore the charming village and beach paradise. Coronado Ferry Hop on at either of two downtown pickup locations (Broadway Pier or the Convention Center) for a 15-minute ride to the island. San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours Get the lay of the land on a guided bike tour. 1201 First Street The Gondola Company Enjoy a bottle of wine and get romantic on a traditional Venetian gondola. 503 Grand Caribe Causeway

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MISSION TRAILS PARK

East County Main Street USA is alive and well in San Diego’s East County towns of La Mesa, El Cajon and Alpine, where suburb meets small town and families enjoy dining, shopping and outdoor activities away from the hustle of the urban and beach environments. BO-Beau Kitchen + Garden

Cowles Mountain Trail

Hike up Cowles Mountain Trail for a great workout and sunset view.

BO-BEAU KITCHEN + GARDEN The popular Cohn Restaurant Group recently opened this East County outpost where “bohemian chic meets industrial elegance” or, as we like to call it, delicious bistro-style food and a fun outdoor beer garden in La Mesa Village. 8384 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa

San Diego barbecue may not have the national acclaim of its peers in Carolina or Texas, but locally, Phil’s is a star. Go hungry and leave your white pants at home. 9816 Mission Gorge Road, Santee

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BET ON IT! Lady Luck may be on your side in East County. Ante up for bingo, poker, various table games and 2,000 slot machines at Viejas Casino (5000 Willows Road). The Grove Steakhouse offers up the royal treatment via a five-course meal with wine pairings for only $75, while the buffet keeps the crowds sated with inclusive beer, wine, champagne and even a Bloody Mary bar.

PHIL’S BBQ San Pasqual Winery

Burn off all that food and drink with a day of hiking and exploring any part of this 5,800-acre regional park in East San Diego, which includes Lake Murray, the Old Mission Dam and the Cowles Mountain Trail, a popular climb that ascends to nearly 1,600 feet above sea level, offering a panoramic view of the area. 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego

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You don’t need your passport to sample wines crafted from grapes grown in Baja California. Simply stop by this La Mesa urban winery to sip your fill in a wine-making warehouse setting. 8140 Center Street, La Mesa

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EAST COUNTY BREWS San Diego’s booming craft brew experience exists out East at Manzanita Brewing Company in Santee (10151 Prospect Avenue) and Alpine Beer Company in Alpine (2351 Alpine Boulevard), the “home of pure hoppiness” and “killer IPAs.”


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BARONA RESORT & CASINO (1932 Wildcat Canyon Road) Win: Tipping the charts with more than 2,000 slot machines, Barona ups the ante with 80 table games ranging from classics like Roulette to Casino War, where the high-card wins and players can “go to war” with dealers in case of a tie. Play: Attempt the course record at one of Golf Digest’s Top 5 Casino Courses in the nation, Barona Creek Golf Club, or take lessons from a qualified PGA expert. Eat: Keep your strength up at any of 11 restaurant options including Barona Steakhouse and an all-you-can-eat buffet, or order from the Gameside Dining Menu and never miss a hand.

SYCUAN CASINO & RESORT (5469 Casino Way) Win: Take a gamble on 2,000 gaming machines, 40 table games ranging from Blackjack to Mystery Card Roulette, an off-track betting room and a huge bingo hall with smoking and non-smoking rooms. Play: Head down the road from the Casino to Sycuan Resort to tee off on three full golf courses (54 holes), play tennis or relax at the spa. Make sure to see who’s playing at the intimate, 450-capacity Sycuan Live & Up Close. Eat: Feast until your heart’s content at Paipa’s Buffet; please the whole family at Wachena, where the menu ranges from pasta to Asian specialties; or be sporty at GameDay Sports Bar & Grill with 39 TVs and video poker machines on the bar top.

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A JAUNT TO JULIAN Step back in time to the Gold Rush-era with a day trip to the mountain town of Julian, where historic buildings date back to the 1870s and happiness is found in a slice of homemade apple pie. Stroll along Main Street to explore kitschy shops and discover good eats. Pistols and Petticoats (2116 Main Street)

Old Julian Garage (2126 Main Street)

Julian Mining Company (4444 State Highway 78)

Julian Pioneer Museum (2811 Washington Street)

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Julian Pie Company (2225 Main Street)

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Menghini Winery (1150 Julian Orchards Drive)

Witch Creek Winery (2000 Main Street)

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Best Beaches With more than 70 miles of pristine coastline, you’ll find a sweet sandy spot for every desire, whether it’s adventure, family fun or a slice of SoCal culture. CORONADO CENTRAL BEACH Voted the number one beach in the country by national experts, this sand dune-rich beach with gentle waves is perfect for families, long walks and seashell collecting. At low tide, explore tide pools in front of the Hotel del Coronado, and be sure to wander into the quaint village to check out shops and grab a bite to eat.

Coronado Central Beach

Reserve. Hikers and runners at the summit can be sure to check out dolphins below and the occasional blue whales during summer. There are also free docent-led tours within the park on weekends at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that typically last a little more than an hour.

DOG BEACH, DEL MAR Dog Beach, Del Mar

TORREY PINES STATE BEACH Located at the bottom of the 300-foot cliffs of white and golden stone, this picturesque beach is a prime location for an afternoon lounging by the shore or an invigorating morning hike in Torrey Pines State

Across the street from the famous San Diego racetrack, where the San Dieguito River greets the sea, or as they say in Del Mar, the “turf meets the surf,” this broad wedge of beach has lots of room for volleyball games and a giant gathering place for furry friends. Watch for dogs and their owners practicing for the annual Surf Dog Surf-athon, where dogs ride surfboards, drawing thousands to the beach every September.

MISSION BEACH This beach has a distinctly SoCal vibe like no other. Bike or Rollerblade along the boardwalk from Belmont Park to Pacific Beach, and stop in one of the many beachfront eateries for shaved ice, tacos, ice cream or a refreshing beverage.

Started by twin sisters, Izzy and Coco Tihanyi, Surf Diva is the first all-girls surf school in the nation. Offering private and group lessons as well as camps for kids and adults of all ages (yes, guys too), Surf Diva is your go-to spot for learning to walk on water. 2160 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla 40 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014

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SOUL SURFER

Best Beaches for Surfing Whether you are just learning or a seasoned surfer spending time in the “green room,” San Diego has a wealth of world-famous surf breaks for neophytes, groms and pros.

LA JOLLA SHORES

Pacific Beach

This pristine stretch of beach just south of the famous Scripps Pier offers soft waves and a slew of surf schools, making this one of the most beginner-friendly beaches in the city. There’s also a park for kids and picnic areas all around, making it a stellar place to spend the day with the entire family. Head south to nearby La Jolla Cove, where seals frolic and lounge in the protected Children’s Pool.

CARDIFF REEF Home to San Diego’s most famous surfer Rob Machado, Cardiff-by-the-Sea boasts longboarders, standup paddlers and surfers riding every kind of board made from the ’60s to present day. Check out the infamous Cardiff Kook statue, often dressed in costume or decorated for an occasion.

BLACK’S BEACH A mecca for advanced surfers seeking the best waves off San Diego’s coast, this iconic spot is also known as San Diego’s unofficial “clothing optional” beach, so brace yourselves for some birthday suit sightings. The most popular route to the beach is down the bluffs at Torrey Pines Gliderport. It’s a steep climb and trails can be unsteady, so be cautious.

Rob Machado is an SDTA Ambassador, Guide to the Good Stuff.

Rob Machado surfing Black’s Beach

ROB MACHADO Iconic surfer and Cardiff-by-theSea local, Rob Machado travels the world chasing waves and photographing surf culture, along with serving as an environmental steward through his foundations.

Grew Up Surfing: At Swami’s in Encinitas. It’s one of the best waves in San Diego, and draws all of the best surfers in the area when it’s good. Favorite Breaks: I love surfing in what I refer to as the bubble around my house. It spans about a mile in either direction and contains numerous waves: Swami’s, Cardiff, Seaside, Pipes and more. Surf Shop: Hansen’s. Don Hansen is my neighbor, and I like to support the locals. Advice to Young Surfers: Respect the beaches and surf because you love it. When He’s Not Surfing: Nothing wrong with a nice stand-up paddle or heading inland to one of the many beautiful hikes.

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Always Takes Visitors To: See a good band at the Belly Up Tavern.


— Enjoy Ocean Beach —

Dog Beach Dog Wash is Southern California’s premier do-it-yourself dog wash with outstanding service and accessories. It is located two blocks from Dog Beach, 40 acres of sand where the San Diego River meets the Pacific Ocean. The Dog Wash is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 4933 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach, CA 92107 | 619-523-1700 | dogwash.com

1959 Abbott Street, Ocean Beach, CA 92107 1830 D Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach, CA 92107 690 1st Ave. San Diego, CA 92101

Newbreak Coffee & Cafe has been serving up the best cup of coffee, delicious breakfast & lunch for the last 20 years. It has been recommended by Trip Advisor and has won the award for best cafe consistently. The relaxed friendly atmosphere & free WIFI makes these cafes a must visit.

5059 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach CA 92107 619-222-8600 Open 11:00am - 10pm daily San Diego’s first Hot Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich, Award-winning ice cream sandwiched between two fluffy Belgium waffles, pressed together in a 390 degree iron for 18 seconds. A treat you’ll never forget. 38 flavors of ice cream. Steps away from the most amazing sunsets

Come and shop San Diego’s largest antique destination A shopping adventure like no other Quality dealers two blocks from the ocean with free parking THE source for: home owners, decorators, designers and those in the trade. 2 blocks showcasing hundreds of antique dealers Ocean Beach Antique District 4800-4900 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 92107 Open Daily | 619-222-8686 AntiquesInSanDiego.com

Ocean Villa Inn

South Coast has been one of Southern California’s premier surf shops since 1974. Wahines is the sister store for South Coast. Wahines offers a wide variety of surf clothing, footwear and accessories for all ages. Everything you need to hit the beach in one location! Come by and check us out… 5037 Newport Ave San Diego, CA. 92106 619-223-8808 southcoast.com

5142 W Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107 619-224-3481 | oceanvillainn.com Vacation with your dog! Discover this classic Southern California oceanfront inn with cozy rooms that look out at the majestic Pacific Ocean. Surf and sea breezes await you at our bohemian escape that is pet friendly located right on Dog Beach. Dog wash and fenced dog run area included. Close to Downtown/GasLamp District, Sea World and many other local attractions. Complimentary continental breakfast and Wi-Fi.

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1852 Bacon Street Ocean Beach, CA 92107 619-224-3369 | natis.sandiegan.com For the past five years, Nati’s has been voted “Best Restaurant in Ocean Beach”. We’re located 1/2 block from the OB Pier, and close to Sea World, Cabrillo National Monument, and Mission Valley. Enjoy great Food, Cocktails, Patio Dining, Parking, and Reasonable Prices. Help us celebrate our 54th year!

OB Waves Salon proudly serves the beach community. Specializing in men and women, we do cuts and color, smoothing and curling treatments, special occasion and bridal. Walk-ins are always welcome! Check out our website at OBwavesSalon.com and book your appointment online!

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riders as well as skateboarders all year long. Along with an X-Games vert ramp, there’s a concrete pool, beginner course, intermediate course and advanced BMX course. 3401 Clairemont Drive

AURA SKATEPARK, VISTA

Skateparks Skateboarding and San Diego go hand in hand, especially since icon Tony Hawk started skating in Del Mar at age nine. Check out these family-friendly skateparks. ECKE YMCA SKATEPARK, ENCINITAS The longest standing skatepark in San Diego, this family-friendly park is often filled with skateboarding’s biggest pros (Shaun White, Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek and more). Besides lessons, camps, after-school programs and clinics for kids all year long, spectators can watch skaters go vertical on the “Ramp of Dreams,” a vert ramp from the 2003 X-Games, which has made a permanent home in Encinitas. 200 Saxony Road

CORONADO SKATEPARK One of the most picturesque skateparks in the city, set underneath the Coronado Bridge with bay views, this 16,000-square-foot park is full of concrete ramps, bowls, grinds and jumps, catering to all levels of skill. 2000 Mullinex Drive

YMCA KRAUSE FAMILY SKATE/BIKE PARK, MISSION VALLEY With more than 40,000 square feet of terrain and the only fully supervised park in the city, this family-friendly park is open to BMX bikers, Rollerbladers and scooter

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HAWK’S HANGOUTS Best Skatepark: Alga Norte Skatepark in Carlsbad Ultimate Skate Shop: Witt’s Carlsbad Pipelines Family Hangout: South Carlsbad State Beach Chow with the Fam: Pizza Port Grown-up Grind: Market Restaurant + Bar in Del Mar ar

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ROBB FIELD SKATEPARK, OCEAN BEACH This is truly a dream park for any sidewalk surfer, whether just beginning or a seasoned pro, with its street course, two side-byside runs, ledges, blocks, a pump bump and an octagon. 2525 Bacon Street

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Coronado Skatepark

Tony Hawk Foundation (tonyhawkfoundation.org) has donated more than $4 million to help finance more than 525 skatepark projects throughout the United States.

The only industrial skatepark training facility in the city, Aura allows skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders to progress rapidly with its competition-style street course, world-class spine ramp, wood bowl and instructional facilities for lessons, camps and clinics (many taught by former pros). A family lounge offers free Wi-Fi, arcade games and toys for kids who just want to hang out and watch the action. 1074 La Mirada Court


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OUTDOOR GUIDE Jetpack America

The WaveHouse

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ADVENTURE PLUS Experience heartthumping fun for kids and teens. Giant Dipper A ride on this Belmont Park wooden roller coaster built in 1925 is a must-do for any thrillseeker.

Adventure Sports SUPERHERO FOR A DAY Hoverboards are still the stuff of science-fiction, but jetpacks? Those, we’ve got. Strap on a water-propelled jetpack and live out your superhero fantasies as you hover up to 30 feet above Mission Bay with Jetpack America. 1010 Santa Clara Place

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Belmont WaveHouse The simulated wave machines are always a good time, whether you take a ride or simply watch the tricks and hijinks. 3146 Mission Boulevard

COMBAT FLIGHT Strap yourself into a propeller-driven Varga VG-21 for a heart-racing combat mission led by active-duty Marine Corps or Navy fighter pilots with San Diego Air Tours. 3750 John J. Montgomery Drive, Suite D

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K1 Speed Let the kids blow off steam by whizzing around this indoor go-kart track in Carlsbad.

Thrillseekers should head to Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreational Area (outside of Borrego Springs) for the ultimate in desert dirt biking through this spectacular sculpted landscape, once an ocean bed. More advanced riders can head to Glamis to explore the sand dunes. San Diego Motorsport Rentals offers tours in both of these dirtopias. 5965 California State Route 78

Sky Zone Catch some air or play dodgeball at this trampoline park in Chula Vista.

SKY TIME Soar above the coastal cliffs of Torrey Pines on a tandem hang gliding or paragliding flight from the Torrey Pines Gliderport and get a bird’s-eye view of the mansions of La Jolla, the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the beautiful Pacific Cycling through Coast. 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive Sunset Cliffs

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For the ultimate encounter, look for 100-foot blue whales off the coast of San Diego during summer.

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Xplore Offshore Grab 10 friends and take a wild ride on this NAVY SEALcertified R.I.B. boat that can turn on a dime. It’s like an amusement park ride and revved-up Jet Ski all in one, that delivers an unforgettable adrenaline-filled spin around the bay. xploreoffshore.com

JOHN TRICE

Interested in adding a little adrenaline into your vacation? These surf, sand, sea and sky excursions across San Diego County are just the ticket.


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EDUCATIONAL FUN

MINDBENDING MUSEUMS

Attractions

San Diego Zoo

San Diego is a recreational paradise with its adventure parks, water worlds and animal experiences that speak to the child in everyone at any age. Don’t miss out on the fun. DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS

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F Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum A This Th museum, dedicated to Marine Corps aviation, hosts a great display of historic planes. T-4302 Anderson Avenue

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SEAWORLD Enjoy spectacular shows, heart-thumping rides or private interactions with dolphins, whales and even penguins at this well-run park. The Manta Rollercoaster is the ultimate rush. 500 Sea World Drive SeaWorld

AQUATICA SeaWorld transformed this Chula Vista waterpark into a llush oasis with wet rides and slides ffor all ages, plus personal cabanas ffor relaxing by the 500,000-gallon wave pool with 5-foot swells. w 2052 Entertainment Circle 2

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SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK Get up close and personal with more than 300 species of animals. Hop on a Caravan Safari, zip over the animals on a Flightline Safari or play like a monkey on the new Jungle Ropes Safari, 35 feet above the ground. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Get blown away by planetarium shows and 100 interactive science exhibits, plus IMAX films at the giant dome theater. 1875 El Prado

T world famous San Diego The Zoo’s newest exhibit, Koalafornia, Z iincludes dozens of species like wombats and wallabies, and the w largest koala bear colony outside of Australia. 2920 Zoo Drive

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USS MIDWAY Board the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century and explore the history of naval warfare, 29 restored aircraft on the deck, two flight simulators and more. 910 N. Harbor Drive

LEGOLAND This 123-acre colorful playground sports more than 60 rides, shows and hands-on attractions; a water park; dizzying displays of Lego creations and its own kid-fantasy hotel. 1 Legoland Drive

San Diego Air & Space Museum The story of aviation unfolds at this 50-year-old museum celebrating flight, space exploration and technology. 2001 Pan American Plaza

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Del Mar’s beachfront fairgrounds play host to the San Diego County Fair (June 7–July 6), the Toyota Concert Series and a two-part horse-racing season (July 17–September 3 and November 7–November 30) with free concerts in the paddock every Friday. 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography Explore the wonders of the Pacific, discover tide pools with naturalists, learn about climate change and marvel at the mystery and beauty of seahorses and sea dragons.


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OUTDOOR GUIDE Torrey Pines Golf Course

Golf Tina Mickelson, PGA professional and ambassador for Callaway Golf, weighs in on San Diego’s great golf courses. an Diego is truly a golf paradise thanks to the incredible diversity of courses and idyllic weather. Growing up in a golf-centric family with my brothers Phil and Tim, I grabbed my first club at 18 months and spent my youth in junior tournaments, playing at courses all over the city. Having made the game of golf my career, I more than appreciate what this beautiful city has to offer to golfers of all ages and skill levels. If I’m in the mood for a majestic view of the ocean I head to one of our coastal courses, with Torrey Pines Golf Course being first on my list. The waves crashing on the beach below the cliffs, the peaceful hang gliders floating by, the distant cry of seagulls and the smell of fresh salty air all help to contribute to a magical day of golf. If I really feel like getting away, I head inland, as the courses just 20 minutes east of downtown San Diego are a perfect mix of mountains and meadows with a bit of a desert feel thrown in. Steele Canyon Golf Club offers stunning views and elevated tee shots as it winds around the foothills of the Jamul Mountains. I always tell visitors to check out The Grand Del Mar resort, featuring a Tom Fazio-designed gem. It’s another favorite

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From farm-fresh produce, seasonal fare and local craft brews and wines to international cuisine, alternative eats and spirited libations, San Diego’s dining scene is vibrant and welcoming with plenty of options for every kind of diner and budget. See what’s cookin’. Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org

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La Jolla Open Aire Market

Farmers Markets

Hillcrest Farmers Market

With more than 6,500 farms—more than any other county in the nation—and an extended growing season characterized by consistent sunshine, San Diego’s farmers markets are truly stellar. Here are five of the best spots to shop local.

Let the kids run amok on the playground while you load up on fresh goodies from local farmers at the La Jolla Open Aire Market. There’s also a diverse food court, featuring everything from kebabs to cupcakes. Best bites: Fresh-picked berries from Pudwill Farms, empanadas from Papa Luna’s, creative cookies from The Cravory Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1111 Marine Street

LA JOLLA Earthly Delights (visit our Local Farmers Markets).

OCEAN BEACH This evening market with local bands, llama rides and art vendors is O.B. in a nutshell: quirky, fun and one-of-a-kind. The tempting array of multicultural eats is the main draw, so be ready to chow down. Best bites: Pasta-stuffed Italian rolls from Torpasta, spicy sambusas from Flavors of East Africa, sweet spreads from Jackie’s Jams Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., Newport Avenue between Cable and Bacon Streets

NORTH PARK This weekly gathering in San Diego’s hippest ’hood is mellower than the larger markets, but still stocked with all the essentials. Pop by for a quick bite before your craft beer crawl. Best bites: Specialty cheese from Spring Hill Cheese, Indian food from Masala Cottage, beer-spiked cupcakes from PubCakes Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., Herman Street between University Avenue and North Park Way

LITTLE ITALY Date Street transforms into a festive foodie mecca with live music and more than 150 vendors, including farm-fresh produce, artisanal foods and unique crafts and gifts at the weekly Little Italy Mercato. Best bites: Fleur de sel caramel from Praline Patisserie, live sea urchin from Poppa’s Fresh Fish, fresh-squeezed blood orange juice from Paradise Valley Ranch Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Date Street from Kettner to Union

HILLCREST

San Diego County is the Avocado Capital of the U.S., producing 40 percent of all the avocados grown in California.

With more than 175 vendors, this bustling market has the atmosphere of a street fair and a huge selection of produce, prepared foods, specialty items and artisan vendors. Best bites: Guacamole and chips from H&B Guac Shac, sandwiches from Seb’s Panini, Belgian frites from Belgium Delights Sundays, 9 a.m to 2 p.m., 3960 Normal Street

FRESH FROM THE GROUND

VISIT OUR LOCAL FARMS JUSTIN LEE

Pick fresh strawberries at Carlsbad Strawberry Company (Cannon Road and Paseo del Norte), tour and harvest veggies at Suzie’s Farm in Imperial Beach (2570 Sunset Avenue) or shop alongside local chefs at the colorful Chino Farms Vegetable Shop in Rancho Santa Fe (6123 Calzada Del Bosque). Suzie’s Farm

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CULINARY 1500 OCEAN Hotel del Coronado’s signature dining experience serves up sunset cocktails, ocean views and California coastal cuisine, with aromatic herbs plucked from their onsite garden. 1500 Orange Avenue

MARINE ROOM Waves crash against the wall of this romantic seaside favorite, set on the sands of La Jolla Shores. Equally delightful is Executive Chef Bernard Guillas’ creative contemporary French menu. 2000 Spindrift Drive

Ocean Terrace

Special Occassions Champagne and caviar; ocean views at sunset; multicourse tasting menus; dining at the mercy of the chef—whether it’s an anniversary, family gathering, birthday or celebration of success, San Diego’s wealth of enticing eateries will set the tone for a night to remember. GEORGE’S CALIFORNIA MODERN For an unforgettable experience, try TBL3, a 12- to 14-course foodie marathon where Executive Chef Trey Foshee expresses his culinary wizardry with the finest and freshest ingredients. 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla.

Enjoy an al fresco romantic rendezvous on the Ocean Terrace at George’s at the Cove in La Jolla

HUMPHREYS RESTAURANT For a memorable dinner and a show, head to this glass box dining room for modern global cuisine and then enjoy an intimate concert under the stars by big-name touring artists like Willie Nelson, or nightly music by local acts at Backstage Live. 2241 Shelter Island Drive

A.R. VALENTIEN Set in the stunning Craftsman-style Lodge at Torrey Pines—overlooking the famed golf course—this tasteful dining room spotlights the talents of Executive Chef Jeff Jackson and his delicious California seasonal cuisine. 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road

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ADDISON At Southern California’s only Five Star/Five Diamond restaurant, Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley masterfully presents contemporary French in a spectacular European-style setting. Impeccable service and a brilliant wine list enhance the elegant experience. 5200 Grand Del Mar Way

BERTRAND AT MISTER A’S Perched high atop the Fifth Avenue Financial Center, this old-school continental restaurant boasts one of San Diego’s best and most romantic ntic views of the city, Balboa Park and the glistening bay. 2550 Fifth Avenuee

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Amaya La Jolla 1205 Prospect Street

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Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant 2202 Fourth Avenue

George’s ge’s at the Cove 1250 Prospect Street

Market Mark Restaurant + Bar 3702 Via de la Valle

Mille Fleurs

Searsucker

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611 Fifth Avenue

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Five Chefs to Watch San Diego’s culinary roster is full of big names and undiscovered masters. Whether you’re hungry for a quick bite or a seven-course spread, these five chefs won’t let you down.

1RICHARD BLAIS

Top Chef All-Stars Season 8 winner Chef Richard Blais recently opened Juniper & Ivy in Little Italy. Blais offers a dynamic menu inspired by the seasonal California bounty, with everything made in an open kitchen where discerning foodies can keep a close eye on the action.

2 AMANDA BAUMGARDEN

This Top Chef Season 7 alum is the architect of the surf ’n’ turf menu at North Park’s new Waypoint Public, where she’s serving up house-made sausages, terrines and a handful of tasty desserts. Each dish has a suggested beer pairing poured from one of the 30 taps behind the bar.

3 HANIS CALVIN

The culinary mastermind behind Carnitas Snack Shack turned a walkup restaurant with no indoor seating into one of the city’s most coveted dining destinations. A haven of pork, the daily changing menu is posted online 15 minutes before opening, with tasty eats like pulled pork sandwiches and pork loin schnitzel.

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4 CHAD WHITE

Known for pushing the boundaries of San Diego’s seafood scene, Chad White orchestrates mystery pop-up dinners and the prix-fixe, roving dining operation Plancha Baja Med, with menus posted online beforehand. Or take a trip across the U.S./Mexico border to try out his new Tijuana restaurant, La Justina, offering his Baja gastrobar cuisine and jazzed-up Mexican street food.

5 WADE HAGEMAN

Wade Hageman’s trilogy of San Diego restaurants are at the forefront of the local and sustainable food movements. Always willing to go the extra mile, Hageman uses three-day fermented dough for the woodfired pizza at Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria (Encinitas), flavors his barbecue with cherry and oak at Craftsman American Tavern (Encinitas) and makes pasta from scratch at Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen (Hillcrest).

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Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza

PAUL BODY

Juniper & Ivy’s food is as spectacular as its setting, as multimillions were spent to renovate an old warehouse.


Top San Diego Chefs San Diego is home to some serious culinary talent. Meet six of our brilliant chefs.

TREY FOSHEE George’s at the Cove: California Modern (La Jolla) Cuisine: California Seasonal Standouts: Reinterpreted fish tacos; TBL3’s 12- to 14-course tasting menu Philosophy: “Each dish needs to tell a story, evoke a sense of place and have an element of surprise with either the flavor, presentation, ingredients or texture. The local ingredients reveal the feeling of San Diego.”

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WILLIAM BRADLEY Addison (Del Mar) Cuisine: Contemporary French Standouts: Coddled farm egg with black truffles; sakecured kampachi; Kobe beef short rib Philosophy: “I take my creative inspiration from the finest ingredients themselves. I’m also inspired by the teachings of revered French master chefs, especially Fernand Point, who wrote in Ma Gastronomie, ‘Refine simplicity,’ and that’s what I try to do every day.”

JAVIER PLASCENCIA Romesco / Mision 19 (Bonita / Tijuana) Cuisine: Mexiterranean Standouts: Charcoalgrilled octopus; paella; beef cheek tacos Philosophy: “Always make your next dish better than the last.”

JASON KNIBB Nine-Ten (La Jolla) Cuisine: California Seasonal Standouts: Five-course “Mercy of the Chef” tasting menu; Jamaican jerk pork belly; slow-roasted lamb Philosophy: “I utilize local and regional ingredients in a simple elegant style. I don’t over-manipulate, but rather allow the best in the ingredients to shine.”

CARL SCHROEDER Market Restaurant + Bar (Del Mar) Cuisine: Modern California Standouts: Blue cheese soufflé with pears; corianderspiced red snapper with prawn dumplings Philosophy: “It’s about the team. Having played sports all my life, I look for certain attributes in my cooks. It’s a willingness to do whatever it takes to win. Everything is about this second, this plate, which makes a night.”

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MARCELA VALLODOLID Born in San Diego and raised in Mexico, Marcella Vallodolid stars in a new Food Network show, The Kitchen, and launched (with her brother) an organic tequila called Hacienda de la Flor. Here are some of her favorite San Diego spots:

Special Occasion: Morton’s Steak House. Family Restaurant: We are a Puesto-taco-loving family. The squash blossom taco with the crusty cheese is absurdly delish.

JEFF JACKSON A.R. Valentien (La Jolla) Cuisine: Innovative California Seasonal Standouts: Chicken “Under a Brick” with Cavolo Negro; Roman-style duck breast marinated in molasses Philosophy: “Our menu changes daily depending on what’s being offered from local growers, ranchers and fishermen. I also see no reason to mask or alter any of the intrinsic qualities of these fresh ingredients, taking a ‘hands-off’ approach.”

Cheap Eats: I head to Papaya’s Fruteria in Bonita and have a ham and cheese torta or a Mexican-style fruit salad topped with cottage cheese, granola, shredded coconut and honey. Go-Tos: Sushi Ota, TJ Oyster Bar, Carnitas Snack Shack, Extraordinary Desserts for their strawberry scone and El Pescador Fish Market in La Jolla for a calamari sandwich. Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org

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INDIAN: ASHOKA THE GREAT Regulars at this Miramar mainstay make the drive out for award-winning curries, specialty dishes cooked in a tandoor (a cylindrical clay oven) and innovative desserts like homemade cheese medallions in honey rose water. An affordable lunch and dinner buffet offers variety for diners who don’t care to be limited by menu selections. 9474 Black Mountain Road, Suite G, Miramar Tip: All dishes can be ordered mild, medium or hot. Err on the side of caution.

Exotic Eats ITALIAN: MONELLO Specializing in inventive plays on Milanese street food, this Italian eatery was named Best New Restaurant of 2013 by San Diego Magazine. The crowd-pleasing menu is filled with Italian specialties incorporating imported cheeses, artisanal charcuterie and a 27-ingredient, house-made sweet vermouth. 1655 India Street, Little Italy Tip: Head in between 4 to 7 p.m. for “Milanese Aperitivo,” when each drink comes with a trio of complimentary small bites from the chef.

MEXICAN: LA FACHADA Seek out this off-the-beaten-path, turquoise-painted gem for the most authentic street tacos north of the border. Mouth-watering pork carnitas and carne asada are perfect for the uninitiated, while more adventurous selections like beef tongue and menudo will keep aficionados sated. 20 25th Street, Logan Heights Tip: Don’t be afraid to try the grilled sweet onions and peppers on the grill out front: they’re complimentary.

JAPANESE: BANG BANG Home of the famous Ryan Gosling-themed bathroom, this new Japanese restaurant is a design lover’s dream, complete with an entryway built to channel a Tokyo subway entrance. Sushi options range from traditional sashimi to more inventive options like rosemary garlic tuna rolls. 526 Market Street, East Village Tip: Stick around after your meal for one of the best electronic dance music lineups in the city. Fun Fact Bang Bang’s owner Johnny Shockey used to play professional hockey for the San Diego Gulls.

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Monello, an endearing term meaning “naughty little boy,” sits next to its brother Bencotto, another superb Italian restaurant.

BRITISH: CHURCHILL’S PUB & GRILLE Take a break from touring San Diego’s famed brewery corridor at this authentic British pub. Don’t be deterred by the reputation of British dishes; the food is sure to please hungry visitors, regardless of their beer intake. 887 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos Tip: They always offer two caskconditioned beers, so make sure to check out what’s on tap.

CHINESE: WANG’S NORTH PARK The menu at this cavernous Asian fusion restaurant is separated into flavors: sweet, spicy and savory. Selections trend toward Chinese favorites, continued on page 64

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continued from page 62 San Diegans. Menu highlights include shawarma, falafel, lebna and house-made flatbread baked in a traditional saj oven. 4237 Alabama Street, University Heights Tip: If the outdoor seating area is full, take your order to go and picnic in Balboa Park.

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but items like panko-crusted sweet and sour perch with Thai peanut sauce delve into more experimental realms. 3029 University Avenue, North Park Tip: They have separate vegetarian and gluten-free menus.

KOREAN: MANNA KOREAN BBQ This all-you-can-grill-and-eat Korean BBQ joint has grills at the table to cook the meats. Their basic buffet includes 11 cuts of meat, while the premium menu expands to include seafood and prime rib—both options come with unlimited sides. 4428 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa and 740 Nordahl Road, San Marcos Tip: There’s a two-hour time limit on each table, so the earlier you start cooking, the more you eat.

THAI: LOTUS THAI With two locations in San Diego, this modern Thai joint is a popular noontime destination because their lunch special includes an entrée, soup, salad, crispy vegetable roll and steamed rice, all for one low price. 906 Market Street, downtown and 3761 Sixth Avenue, Hillcrest Tip: Try the Tom Kha (sweet and sour coconut soup). It’s the best in town.

LEBANESE: MAMA’S BAKERY Don’t be fooled by the misleading name. This walkup Lebanese restaurant is a tightly guarded secret by discerning

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Fogo de Chao’s slow-roasted meats are prepared gaucho-style by Braziliantrained churrasqueiros.

Each table is given a card with a green side and a red side at this authentic Brazilian churrascaria. After perusing the 30-item salad bar, diners flip their card from red to green to signal servers carrying massive skewers of 16 different cuts of meat to descend with their offerings. 668 Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter Tip: Don’t be afraid to flip your card back to red if you get overwhelmed. You can always flip it back over to green when you’re ready for more.

ERITREAN/ETHIOPIAN: MUZITA ABYSSINIAN BISTRO Multiple vegetarian and vegan options are among this restaurant’s specialties, all of which pair great with a traditional honey wine called tej, favored in Eritrea and Ethiopia. The names of dishes may be hard to pronounce, but all menu descriptions are in English to facilitate ordering. 4651 Park Boulevard, University Heights Tip: Make sure to wash up before dining, as you’ll be eating with your hands.

FRENCH: BLEU BOHÈME This Bohemian-leaning restaurant plays a little fast and loose with French classics to put together delectable menu options, including mussels done six different ways and Parmesan dumplings with smoked duck bacon in a white wine sauce. 4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington Tip: Avoid difficult choices with a special three-course menu available every day from 5 to 6 p.m. and all day Tuesday. Bleu Bohème


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Alternative Eats San Diego’s diverse dining scene is bursting with plenty of options for every diner, including vegetarians, vegans and those seeking gluten-free dishes. Dig in to our top picks. chorizo, the chipotle tempeh torta or Caesar salad with vegan dressing. 3910 30th Street, North Park

Families love the giant breakfast plates at Snooze.

NAKED CAFÉ Fuel up with an egg white scramble, or treat yourself to French toast covered with toasted coconut. Locations in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Point Loma

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PEACE PIES Their raw vegan Peace Pizza with seasonal veggies on a “cheezy” flax seed crust have been known to convert even ardent skeptics. Don’t leave without a slice of the Cosmic Coconut Cream Pie. 133 Daphne Street, Encinitas and 4230 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach

RANCHOS COCINA At this local favorite, try the quesadilla with vegan cheese and house-made soy

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3940 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest and 3435 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar

Local Habit This neighborhood favorite slings gluten-free pizzas topped off with local produce. Try the chicken sausage pizza with pesto, marinated zucchini and goat cheddar. 3827 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest Extraordinary Desserts

NATIVE FOODS CAFÉ Mock meat sandwiches, nourishing Earth Bowls, heaping salads and the kid’s menu boasts everything from a black bean “Brontosaurus BurNaked Cafe rito” to soy and wheat-free mac ’n’ cheese. 27 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas and 3369 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma

MONCAI VEGAN Pop in for gigantic cinnamon rolls or a delish three-course meal, based on produce at its peak. 3131 University Avenue, North Park

Extraordinary Desserts Satisfy your sweet tooth with flourless banana cream cake, pavlova and enormous coconut cookies at this chic dessert destination. 1430 Union Street, Little Italy and 2929 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest

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TRUE FOOD KITCHEN Based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet, this healthy menu features quinoa burgers, kale salads, panang veggie curry and farm-fresh chopped salads. 7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley

From dim sum to desserts, this modern Chinese eatery wins over vegan and vegetarian diners. Try the Konnyaku noodle specialties, made with root vegetable “noodles.” 1555 Camino Del Mar #102, Del Mar

Snooze Head here for gluten-free pancakes and inventive dishes like Chilaquiles Benedict, with barbacoa beef, ranchero sauced tortillas and poached eggs, smothered with cream cheese hollandaise.


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RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE serves griddlecakes, crepes, omelets and lunch specialties. We are located in the marina district of downtown San Diego. Try the baked cinnamon apple pancake, classic eggs Benedict or the Santa Fe omelet. Breakfast and lunch are served daily from 6:30am – 2:30pm.

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San Diego has emerged as one of the nation’s craft beer capitals, home to hoppy IPAs, Belgian-style sippers and a plethora of exciting breweries to visit. We’ve got our fair share of wine as well with bucolic vineyards outside of the city that call for a leisurely day of tasting and touring. Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org

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Spirited Libations Drinking establishments across the county are elevating San Diego’s cocktail culture and blurring the line between mixologist and chef by taking advantage of local produce to create world-class cocktails.

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THE GRANT GRILL SOLACE & THE MOONLIGHT LOUNGE Belly up to the bar at Solace & Moonlight Lounge, a favorite Encinitas watering hole.

CRAFT & COMMERCE Lined with classic literature and taxidermy, C&C’s cocktail and craft beer program has been lauded in national publications like Food & Wine and GQ. Clever cocktails include rum-champagne punch bowls forr sharing and the Mexican Fire Drill, jalapeñoeñoinfused tequila with pineapple, lime, Demerara sugar and smoked salt. 675 W. Beech Street Tip: Chef Jason McLeod won two Michelin Stars at Ria in Chicago, so don’t hesitate to head to happy hour hungry.

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SNAKE OIL Local cocktail aficionado Michael Esposito founded Snake Oil Cocktail Co. in 2010 and helms this consulting firm specializing in crafting cocktail menus for bars, restaurants and events for prestigious clients like the New York Yankees and Rolls-Royce. Snake Oil recently took over the alcohol concessions at the San Diego Symphony, where they serve up the innovative with the classical. 70 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014

Offering some of the best cocktails in North County, this bi-level, modern American restaurant and bar keeps thirsts sated with everything from wine on tap to skinny cocktails made with certified organic spirits from Greenbar Collective, a sustainable distillery in Los Angeles. 25 East E Street Tip: In keeping with this bar’s reverence for The Big Lebowski, try the Dude Abides with white whiskey, Kona coffee liqueur, chilled organic coffee and half ’n’ half.

C LEVEL Just a stone’s throw from Lindbergh Field, this bayfront bar and restaurant offers one of the best views of the San Diego skyline to drink in during happy hour. Also drink in the crowd-pleasing menu of cocktails and more than 400 bottles of wine. 880 Harbor Island Drive Tip: Get into the vacation spirit with the Desi Arnaz, a medley of Cruzan mango rum, papaya nectar, mint, fresh lime and soda splash.

THE LION’S SHARE Tucked just off the beaten path downtown, this celebrated cocktail hideaway is lined with reproductions of famous works of art playfully tweaked by local artists. Drinks range from approachable classics to more adventurous numbers, like the I’ll Be Your Huckleberry with aged rum and Sriracha bitters. 629 Kettner Boulevard Tip: Gamey menu choices like kangaroo tartare and antelope sliders earned the location a spot on Food & Wine’s list of bars with the best bar food in America.

Esposito’s Favorites for Sipping and Snacking, San Diego-style Cocktail Bar: Lion’s Share Superb Libation: “Beets Me” at George’s California Modern Craft Beer Bar: Toronado—it’s a whirlwind of beer! Local Brewery: Alesmith Eatery: Whisknladle La Jolla—local farm to table with integrity Taco Shop: Las Cuatro Milpas Happy Hour Spot: Waterfront Bar & Grill

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The world famous US Grant Hotel is home to the Grant Grill and one of the best cocktail programs in town. Mixologist and sommelier Jeff Josenhans continuously updates a menu full of fresh and bottleconditioned libations mixed with ingredients picked from the hotel’s rooftop garden. 326 Broadway Tip: Try the signature US Grant Centennial Celebration Barreled Manhattan—a pre-mixed, American oak-barrel-aged cocktail made in collaboration with High West Distillery to commemorate the US Grant’s 100th anniversary in 2010.


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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Craft Brew Capital With more than 80 small craft breweries, including dozens of national and international award-winners, San Diego is abuzz over its thriving and rapidly expanding craft brew scene. Here’s a guide to some of the best breweries and beer pubs in town. STONE BREWING WORLD BISTRO & GARDENS – ESCONDIDO Stone’s immense facility boasts farm-to-table dining, award-winning gardens, brewery tours and a merchandise outlet, but in the end, it’s all about the beer. The menu is always fully loaded with draft and bottled craft suds offerings, including its signature Arrogant Bastard Ale and hop-forward, utterly fresh Enjoy By IPA. 1999 Citracado Parkway

THE LOST ABBEY Beer fans trek here from across the world for tastes of some of the most thoughtfully blended, esoteric and hard-to-come-by beery, blended, barrel-aged creations on Earth. Being in North County and ignoring this must-try-before-you-die tasting room would be as criminal as speeding through Napa without a single winery visit. 155 Mata Way

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SOCIETE BREWING COMPANY Kearny Mesa’s first brewery is a favorite of many craft suds connoisseurs, as its IPAs burst with varied hop flavors and its Belgian brews go beyond ubiquitous styles. The relaxed tasting room also welcomes dogs and small fry alike. 8262 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard

MIKE HESS BREWING COMPANY Brewer Mike Hess has expanded into a sprawling repurposed bookstore in the artsy enclave of North Park. The stylish tasting deck has board games and a bounty of tasty brews. Locals convene and imbibe at communal tables while noshing cheap eats from food trucks. 3812 Grim Avenue Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

One of the country’s best small breweries, this institution has been churning out spot-on renditions of beer styles spanning the globe since the mid-’90s. Today, the Smiths continue to diversify tasting room offerings with flavored versions of their incredible Speedway Stout, cask beers and lower-ABV offspring of the core beers. 9368 Cabot Drive

Head over to local favorite Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery for tasty suds and snacks. Try the highly drinkable Monkey Paw Hooked on Chinook and nosh on a Naughty Monkey cheesesteak with spicy serrano and onion slaw. 805 16th Street, downtown 72 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014

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GREEN FLASH BREWING COMPANY This award-winning brewery is known for its robust, take-no-prisoners beers like the Palate Wrecker, an explosive hoppy Double IPA. Here, 30-plus taps pour their creations and rotating food trucks serve up good eats. 6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard


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ALPINE BEER COMPANY Take the 30-minute cruise from downtown along Interstate 8 to the quaint town of Alpine, where you’ll find a laid-back brewery that’s revered by craft beer geeks. Hit the tasting room to sample its Nelson, a golden rye IPA, or Willy Vanilly, a tasty wheat ale that tastes like cream soda. Then head next door to the packed pub for barbecue fare paired with more good beer. Alpine’s Double IPA “Pure Hoppiness” sums up the vibe. 2351 Alpine Boulevard

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SAINT ARCHER BREWING COMPANY Craft beer meets action sports at this Mira Mesa brewery owned by pro skaters Mikey Taylor and Paul Rodriguez, surfers Taylor Knox and Josh Kerr, and photographers/filmmakers Josh Landon Jeff Johnson and Atiba Jefferson. One of your favorite surf or skate icons just might pour you a hoppy IPA or Scottish ale at this popular tasting room. 9550 Distribution Avenue

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On the craft beer scene: I am personally excited about the international recognition that San Diego has attained for being THE craft beer destination in the world. The passion and education around beer that is being cultivated throughout San Diego is outstanding. Character of San Diego-style of craft brew: San Diego is known for big-character, well-hopped beers and creative Belgianinfluenced styles. We may not have invented the IPA style, but San Diego certainly pioneered the “West Coast IPA” style. Stone Brewing Co. ethos: Don’t be different to be different; be different to be better. If you don’t like the status quo, take action to change it. Great grub and suds: The Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, of course! Along with Neighborhood, Urban Solace, Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, Ritual Tavern, Craft & Commerce and more.

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Toronado 4026 30th Street

Compelling tap lineups around town: Neighborhood, Churchill’s Pub & Grille, Urge Gastropub, Hamilton’s Tavern, Blind Lady Ale House, PB TapRoom, Pizza Port locations, Monkey Paw and Small Bar. Non-beer-related fun: Hike the Torrey Pines loop. Spectacular.

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Wine Country

Take a chauffeured winery tour or train ride with SD Beer & Wine Tours and explore our exciting wine country.

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VINO ON THE BEATEN PATH No time for a tour? No problem! Hacienda de las Rosas Winery Sample Spanish-style varietals at the winery’s secondary tasting room in Old Town.

San Diego’s mild climate is great for producing quality wine grapes. The region boasts dozens of worthy wineries, including gems hidden away in the more rugged inland terrain of San Diego’s East County. Here are some of our favorite spots to tour and taste. intensely fruity cabernet sauvignon at Eagles WARNER SPRINGS Nest Winery (18259 Chablis Road); special The high elevation of this region provides signature blends, including the “Elegante,” at excellent growing conditions for grapes, Salerno Winery (17948 Highway 67); and the along with beautiful scenery. It’s worth the Chocolate Turtle, a cocoa-kissed dessert wine, 90-minute drive to sample wines at Hawk at Turtle Rock Ridge (18351 Woods Hill Lane). Watch Winery (27054 Chihuahua Valley Road), Don’t miss family-owned Lenora Winery which has an impressive portfolio of (251 Steffy Road), which produces 30 full-bodied reds and crisp, fruity Orfila Winery different varieties of wine, from whites, made with fruit from classic merlot to full-bodied its own and neighboring zinfandel. vineyards. Also try Orrin Vineyards and ESCONDIDO/ Winery (35288 Highway RANCHO BERNARDO 79), La Serenissima The wide-open spaces Vineyards and Winery of North County Inland (35168 Highway 79) and are home to several winerShadow Mountain (34680 ies worth a visit, including Highway 79), a third-generOrfila (13455 San Pasqual ation estate with a collection Road) and Altipiano (20365 of quaint guest cottages Camino Del Aguila) in Escondido, available for overnight stays. 30 minutes from San Diego. Set on a 70-acre estate, Orfila is the region’s largest RAMONA winery, while Altipiano is known for excellent Located 45 minutes from San Diego, this quiet Italian and Rhône varietals. In nearby Rancho community in the heart of San Diego County Bernardo, the circa-1889 Bernardo Winery is a great destination for antique shopping and (13455 San Pasqual Road) has a cozy tasting wine tasting. Sample award-winning sauvignon room stocked with 30 local wines. blanc at Milagro Farms (18750 Littlepage Road); 74 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014

2754 Calhoun Street, inside Fiesta de Reyes Plaza

57 Degrees Visit this sprawling wine store in Mission Hills during happy hour (Tuesday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.) and enjoy select wines for $5/glass. 1735 Hancock Street

Carruth Cellars Taste locally produced wines made from grapes sourced from Northern and Central California wine country at this urban winery in Solana Beach’s Cedros Design District. 320 S. Cedros Avenue

Solterra Winery & Kitchen Sip winemaker Christopher Van Alyea’s robust reds aged in French oak, and enjoy rustic Mediterranean-style tapas in Leucadia’s liveliest social spot. 934 N. Coast Hwy 101


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With a vast array of theater, thought-provoking museums and enthralling historical sites, San Diego’s arts and culture scene is booming with both established destinations and new creativity. Summer calls for performances under the stars, picnics in the parks and strolls into the historic past. Art is everywhere. Immerse yourself. Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org

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Old Town San Diego State Park

San Diego is rich with blasts from the past, ranging from scenic parks stocked with architectural wonders and historical buildings to museums, missions and monuments, each with an enticing story to tell. HOTEL DEL CORONADO

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Coronado This Victorian Age beauty, with its signature red-roof turrets and white wedding-cake trim, just celebrated its 125th birthday. Coronado Island’s seaside treasure has a rich and colorful heritage, having hosted glamorous soirées for Charles Lindbergh and Edward, the Prince of Wales; film crews for Some Like It Hot; and luminaries like Errol Flynn, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and 11 U.S. Presidents, starting with Benjamin Harrison in 1889. 1500 Orange Avenue

MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO Climb aboard historic ships, ranging from an American research submarine and the HMS Surprise (star of Master and Commander and Pirates of the Caribbean 4) to the iconic Star of India, an iron sailing ship built in 1863. 1492 N. Harbor Drive

MISSION BASILICA SAN DIEGO DE ALCALÁ This Franciscan mission, founded in 1769, was named after Catholic Saint Didacus of Alcalá, a Spaniard more commonly known as San Diego. 10818 San Diego Mission Road

OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO STATE PARK Get a glimpse of life in the 1800s by exploring the 17 museums and historical sites within this compelling landmark, the first Spanish settlement on the U.S. West Coast. The 12-acre park features colorful shops, exciting eateries and early architecture like Casa de Estudillo, a 13-room adobe hacienda with 16th- to 20th-century furnishings. San Diego Avenue & Twiggs Street

USS MIDWAY MUSEUM Explore the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century, from the engine room to the control tower. 910 Harbor Drive

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Hotel del Coronado was built in 1888 at a cost of $600,000 and was furnished for $400,000.

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National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military This collection of 15 bronze military figures by Eugene Daub and Steven Whyte celebrate Bob Hope’s 50-plus years of entertaining soldiers and sailors on overseas USO tours. Harbor Drive at G Street Homecoming Stanley Bleifeld’s 7-foot bronze sculpture is a Navy sailor being embraced by his family upon his safe return from deployment. Tuna Harbor Park

BALBOA PARK This 1200-acre urban oasis is home to 17 museums, eight gardens, astounding architecture and a world-famous zoo. Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West,” Balboa Park is an exceptional cultural playground. Ride the hand-carved animals on the enchanting carousel built in 1910. Take a free architectural heritage tour. Stargaze at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Enjoy a free concert from one of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. And more. balboapark.org

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ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK With 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails, this desert oasis teeming with plants and wildlife is the largest state park in California. Check out the desert garden and pupfish pond outside the visitors center, then take a hike and spot native plants and critters, from fuzzy teddy bear cholla cacti and a rainbow of wildflowers to roadrunners, iguanas, golden eagles and bighorn sheep. Tip: Hike to Little Blair Valley to see the Kumeyaay’s red pictographs within the park.

TORREY PINES STATE NATURAL RESERVE This stunning coastal wilderness set on the sandstone cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach is the protected home of the nation’s rarest pine tree, the Pinus torreyana (or Torrey Pine). Five hiking trails serve up stunning views of sandstorm formations, wildflowers, the namesake trees and spectacular ocean vistas. At lookout points, watch for

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CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT Visiting this expansive park at the tip of the Point Loma peninsula is like a history lesson and nature expedition rolled into one. Discover the area’s rich past, dating back to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s historic landing in the 16th century, at the “Age of Exploration” exhibit in the visitors center; tour the historic Old Point Loma Lighthouse and keeper’s quarters; take in the sweeping harbor and city views along the 2-mile Bayside Trail and seek out sea creatures like anemone, tiny octopi and starfish in the tide pools. Tip: Check a tide chart or call the park to make sure you go during low tide for the best experience, and wear shoes with traction, as the algae-covered rocks can be slippery!

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MISSION BAY PARK Minutes from downtown and the airport, this 4,200-acre park with miles of meandering shoreline is a blast to explore by boat, bike or on foot. Cruise the bayfront path, play beach volleyball at Crown Point, let your pup loose on the sand dunes at Fiesta Island, watch yachts buzz around the pond at Vacation Isle Park, sip craft brews at Barefoot Bar and Grill or stay warm with a sunset bonfire. Tip: Sunset Point Park, near The Dana on Mission Bay, is a nice, quiet spot for a bayfront bonfire, with plenty of parking and an on-site restroom.

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With everything from massive murals to site-specific installations, sculpture gardens and working studios open to the public, San Diego’s visual arts scene is booming. Here are some top picks for a good dose of culture. MURALS OF LA JOLLA Take a stroll through downtown La Jolla and spot 13 of the dazzling murals splashed on private property for all to enjoy. 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla

STUART COLLECTION AT UC SAN DIEGO This sculpture garden is named after Califia, the fictional warrior queen of the mythical Island of California.

This eclectic collection of 18 public art pieces displayed on the University of California, San Diego campus includes must-see works such as a 180-ton bear constructed from giant boulders; salvaged eucalyptus trees that recite poetry; and a tiny blue house that appears to be teetering on the edge of the seventh floor of Jacobs Hall. 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla

SAN DIEGO CENTRAL LIBRARY The new Central Library is adorned with art on all nine floors, from psychedelic blown-glass dioramas in the central elevator shaft to recycled furniture upholstered with brilliant blue fabric in the reading room. A gallery on the ninth floor celebrates local artists; and the structure, itself, is a work of art in its own right. 330 Park Boulevard, downtown Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Garden

QUEEN CALIFIA’S MAGICAL CIRCLE GARDEN This whimsical sculpture garden created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle features nine totems, a whimsical serpent wall and sculptural bench seating, all adorned with striking tile mosaics. 3333 Bear Valley Parkway South, inside Kit Carson Park, Escondido

SPANISH VILLAGE ART CENTER Explore 37 studios and galleries that display the creations of more than 200 artists from the San Diego area, including painters, sculptors, jewelry designers, photographers, glass artists and more. Don’t miss the hand-blown glass demonstrations in Studio 19. 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park

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Public Art: I love the Huichol yarn paintings at the San Diego Airport as fantastic examples of indigenous art. Local Museum: The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park for its world-class exhibitions. Scenic Spot: The Gliderport above Black’s Beach for views of La Jolla Cove, dolphins and whales, hang gliders and peregrines. Surf Break: Cardiff Reef. Post-Surf Hangout: Pacific Coast Grill on the sand with views of George’s and Cardiff Reef surf breaks. Galleries: Aaron Chang Ocean Art Galleries (415 S. Cedros Avenue), The Headquarters at Seaport District (789 W. Harbor Drive). Aaron Chang is an SDTA Ambassador, Guide to the Good Life.

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STARRY NIGHT CINEMA Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Enjoy a late-night movie and a brew (or two) in their lush garden. The free event, held on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, typically features iconic comedies and cult classics. 1999 Citracado

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Outdoor Theater From the Summer Shakespeare Festival to late-night movie screenings at sculpture parks and breweries, opportunities abound for culture al fresco. MOONLIGHT AMPHITHEATRE Big laughs, romance, heart-warming musical numbers and a touch of intrigue are in store for this North County theater’s summer season, featuring Monty Python’s Spamalot (June 11–28), Mary Poppins (July 16–Aug. 2), My Fair Lady (Aug. 13–30) and Catch Me If You Can (Sept. 10–27). Pack a picnic and arrive early to dine while the sun sets before settling in for the show. 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista

SUMMER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL AT THE OLD GLOBE Choose tragedy (Othello, June 22–July 27) or comedy (The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Aug. 10–Sept. 14) at this year’s Summer Shakespeare Festival, held in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, an intimate outdoor space nestled among groves of eucalyptus trees. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park

Enjoy Broadway-style musicals under the stars during the summer at Moonlight Amphitheatre.

San Diego Museum of Art Catch a classic film screening at the museum’s “Screen in the Garden,” held on select Monday evenings during the summer inside the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park

Cinema Under the Stars Relax in a zero-gravity recliner at this outdoor theater that screens golden age and current favorites from March to mid-November. 4040 Goldfinch Street, Mission Hills

SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY SUMMER POPS The San Diego Symphony takes over downtown’s Embarcadero Marina Park South for 10 weeks of summer concerts from June 27 to August 31. Highlights include tribute concerts, pop music performances and Star Spangled Pops (July 3–5), a patriotic celebration that concludes with a spectacular fireworks show. 206 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero

LES MISERABLES AT MT. HELIX Christian Community Theatre will stage a short run of the world-famous musical in the open-air amphitheater on top of Mt. Helix during July and August. 4905 Mount Helix Drive, La Mesa 82 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014

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Community Park Screenings Heritage Park in Old Town, Robb Field in Ocean Beach and Morley Field in Balboa Park host free screenings of familyfriendly flicks under the stars from May to September. See funflicks.com for details.


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STAY The Rancho Bernardo Inn (17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive) charms with its rustic ranchstyle architecture, sprawling gardens, spa casitas and deluxe rooms. The Europeanstyle splendor and stellar service of the Grand Del Mar (5300 Grand Del Mar Court) dazzles guests looking for a five-star experience in a sprawling setting. For a cozy, intimate stay, try the 1906 Lodge (1060 Adella Avenue) on lovely Coronado Island, or check into a posh private villa or oceanfront cottage at Beach Village at Hotel del Coronado.

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PLAY Eat chocolate-covered strawberries and sip champagne while serenaded during a gondola ride with Coronado Gondola Company (4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road). Meander through bamboo groves and tropical rainforest foliage at the San Diego Botanic Garden (230 Quail Gardens Drive). Rent a vintage or exotic car from Veloce Motors (1500 Orange Avenue) and cruise up the coast. Drift above the Del Mar coastline on a hot-air balloon as the sun sinks into the Pacific with California Dreamin’ (californiadreamin.com).

US Grant Hotel A palatial icon since 1910, this historical hotel feels dreamy with its glistening chandeliers, grand ballrooms, vaulted ceilings and glamorous history— a sophisticated downtown setting for an amorous occasion. 326 Broadway

Balboa Park Say “I do” in myriad idyllic settings such as the Japanese Zen garden, Spanish Village, worldfamous zoo or The Prado. 1549 El Prado

Estancia Resort & Spa The former equestrian ranch beguiles guests with its enchanting gardens, vinecovered trellises and romantic nooks. 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road

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Head to The Del’s signature seaside restaurant 1500 Ocean (1500 Orange Avenue) for sunset cocktails on the patio and California coastal cuisine featuring a bounty of farm-fresh produce. Chef Jeff Jackson’s excellent farm-to-table cuisine at A.R. Valentien (11480 N. Torrey Pines Road) plays well with the Craftsman-style architecture and views of the famed golf course at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Try the three-course prix-fixe at Nine-Ten (910 Prospect Street) in La Jolla or superb French fare at Addison (5200 Grand Del Mar Way), SoCal’s only Five Star and Five Diamond restaurant.

La Valencia The posh “Pink Lady” sits regally on the hill overlooking La Jolla Cove. Rose gardens, tiled fountains, hand-painted murals, Spanish architecture and a seaside setting prove perfect for memorable nuptials.


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Adventure Sound sleep, nutritious meals and adrenaline-pumping activities are all essential to the perfect adventure stay. Fortunately, San Diego is flush with all three.

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STAY Head to the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines (10950 N. Torrey Pines Road) close to the famed golf course and Black’s Beach surf break. Downtown, the Courtyard by Marriot Downtown (530 Broadway), Omni San Diego Hotel (675 L Street) and the Manchester Grand Hyatt (1 Market Place) are both walking distance from countless dining options and activities on the bay. Aquatic adventurers can stay even closer to the action at Loews Coronado (4000 Coronado Bay Road) or the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa (3999 Mission Boulevard) situated on Mission Bay close to SeaWorld.

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Fly high above San Diego Bay on a water-powered Flyboard with Aquatic Aviation (2803 Emerson Street), go to battle with Marines on their own turf at The Paintball Park at Camp Pendleton (1700 Vandegrift Boulevard) or hit the water like a Navy SEAL to go whale or dolphin watching on a rigid inflatable boat with Adventure R.I.B. Rides. Paddle along the coast and into sea caves with La Jolla Kayak (2199 Avenida de la Playa). Take in the ocean views as you free-fall for a full 60 seconds from 13,000 feet with Skydive San Diego (12205 Otay Lakes Road) or hit the high seas with Sail Jada (8971 Capcano Road) and fly across the water on this classic, 65-foot Philip Rhodes Yawl from 1938.

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Girls’ Getaway Seaside hotels and rooms with a view, first-rate shopping and pampering too, stylish spots to dine and sip wine—San Diego is a sensational destination for a girlfriend getaway. STAY

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The excitement of downtown awaits right out the door of the stylish Marriott Gaslamp (660 K Street), whether you want to cheer on the Padres or bar-hop along Fifth Avenue. Enjoy waterfront living at the Hilton Bay Front which also has a swank spa (1 Park Boulevard), set between the aquatic playgrounds of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. On Coronado, Glorietta Bay Inn (1630 Glorietta Boulevard) exudes old-world charm, as the 89-room boutique hotel’s centerpiece is a 100-year old mansion with well-appointed rooms. The waterfront Coronado Island Marriot Resort & Spa (2000 Second Street) proffers stunning views of the San Diego skyline and easy access to the Ferry Landing for shopping and dining. Hip Hotel La Jolla (7955 La Jolla Shores Drive) has a great pool and restaurant scene, with Cusp perched high on the 11th floor for sunset cocktails and epic views of coastal La Jolla.

EAT In the cultural hub of Little Italy, check out Prepkitchen (1660 India Street) for craft cocktails and farm-to-table fare, Davanti Enoteca (1655 India Street) for rustic Northern Italian or Ballast Point Tasting Room + Kitchen (2215 India Street) for craft brews and gourmet bar eats. Searsucker 611 Fifth Avenue) is a hopping party scene for social communal dining, while the wine bar Vin de Syrah (901 Fifth Avenue) feels like you’ve entered an Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole with its oversized furniture and playful ambiance. For margaritas and Mexican fare, head to festive Cafe Coyote (2461 San Diego Avenue).

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Decompression: Scrub, hydrating wrap on freefloating bed and massage The Spa at the Grand Del Mar

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PLAY Design your own glass orb with succulents at Pigment (3801 30th Street) in North Park or create your own signature scent at Tijon (7853 Herschel Avenue), a La Jolla perfumery. Polish those nails at Va-Va Varnish (730 Market Street) or style those locks at Haim LTD Salon (1555 Camino Del Mar). Get Zen at Bodhi Massage & Wellness Center (3678 Fourth Avenue). End the day with wine tasting at Carruth Cellars (320 S. Cedros Avenue), or on a dinner cruise with Hornblower Cruises (1800 N. Harbor Drive) across San Diego Bay for spectacular views of the city.

Watsu: Gentle Shiatsu massage in a warm pool

Green Tea & Ginger Facial: Detoxifying bliss for glowing skin Kin Spa, Manchester Grand Hyatt

All Thai’d Up: Sugar exfoliation, herbal poultice massage and lemongrass facial Rock Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel Vin de Syrah

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Shopping Open-air malls, designer outlets, vintage shops, bazaars, haute couture and artsy boutiques—when it comes to retail therapy San Diego has it all. WESTFIELD UTC This open-air shopping paradise just received a $180 million makeover and now boasts stunning lounge settings, fountains, play areas, excellent eateries, a new ArcLight Theater, ice skating and endless great stores. 4545 La Jolla Village Drive

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NTC LIBERTY STATION The 28-acre former naval training center hosts family-friendly restaurants, galleries, studios and shops where jewelry, clothing, pottery and great art awaits. 2640 Historic Decatur Road

This cultural hub charms with trendy boutiques in colorful houses, like Love and Aesthetics (621 W. Fir Street) for paper goods, pillows and apothecary items, or Vitreum (619 W. Fir Street) for botanical glass and zen vases. Find one-of-a-kind home accents at VI Star (2355 India Street); Mexican folk art, textiles and furniture at Casa Artelexia (2400 Kettner Boulevard); and vintage surprises at India Street Antiques (2361 India Street).

CORONADO FERRY LANDING Browse more than 20 eclectic shops that host sportswear, art, jewelry, home goods, chocolates and more, but the real attentiongrabber here is the unbelievable skyline view of downtown San Diego. 1201 First Street

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With more than 200 shops and restaurants from high-end favorites like Tiffany & Co. and Gucci to trendy shops such as H&M and Anthropologie, Fashion Valley has a wealth of options for every taste and budget. 7007 Friars Road

The Bazaar del Mundo Shops (4133 Taylor Street) is a colorful showplace with Latin American folk art and crafts, jewelry and home accessories. Fiesta del Reyes (2754 Calhoun Street) is a bustling complex of shops and authentic Mexican restaurants set in Old Town State Park, the birthplace of San Diego.

SEAPORT VILLAGE This charming waterfront area is a shopping haven for souvenirs and fun gifts. Find shell, mother-of-pearl and coral jewelry along with wind chimes at the Seaport Village Shell Company, or colorful high yers and windsocks at Kite Flite. 849 W. Harbor Drive

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Las Americas Premium Outlets The upscale shopping center near the border is home to 125 outlet stores, the largest in San Diego County. 4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro

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Torrey Pines Lounge like a PGA Tour pro on the same property as the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course at The Lodge at Torrey Pines (11480 N. Torrey Pines Road), or a little further up the road at the Hilton Del Mar (15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard). Spend the day sportfishing off Point Loma, and then rest your head at the Courtyard Marriott Liberty Station (2592 Laning Road). Take advantage of downtown’s nightlife by checking into the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (207 Fifth Avenue), which hosts a rooftop pool party with big name DJs and performers on Sundays. For a taste of the beach bum lifestyle, try the Surfer Beach Hotel (711 Pacific Beach Drive) or Ocean Park Inn (710 Grand Avenue), both just steps from the sand with great views of the Pacific.

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South Beach Bar & Grille Order the grilled mahi tacos with jalapeño pineapple salsa on the side. 5059 Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach

Bull Taco aco acos are the Duck tacos way to go at this proudly inauthentic Mexican spot. 2050 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

Ramiro’s Taco Shop Some of San Diego’s best rolled tacos can be found at this no-nonsense taco shop. 4588 Mission Boulevard, Pacific Beach

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Budget A little ingenuity and research are all it takes to live it up in San Diego, even with limited funds. Many of the city’s best things are free, and a wealth of easy-on-the-wallet eateries and hospitable hotels await. STAY Enjoy the rich beauty of Coronado Island without breaking the bank at Crown City Inn (520 Orange Avenue). The budget-friendly Old Town Inn (4444 Pacific Highway) is walking distance to the action in Old Town State Park. Rodeway Inn Mission Valley (5399 Adobe Falls Road) is centrally located, clean and cheap. Affordable luxury defines The Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Boulevard)—share a full-kitchen, two-bedroom charming bungalow with friends for an excellent deal. Town and Country Hotel (500 Hotel Circle North) boasts a Mediterranean-style spa, preferred tee times for local golf and comfortable rooms.

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EAT Purchase a Go San Diego Card and save up to 55 percent on 46 of San Diego’s top attractions like SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, the Zoo and more!

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Saunter on over to Brazen BBQ Smokehouse (441 Washington Street) for Texas Tuesday and Wild Wing Wednesday dinner specials and icy brews. Savor Thai peanut noodles or a beef kimchi burrito at East Village Asian Diner (628 S. Coast Highway 101). Hit the Happy Hour fiesta at Casa Guadalajara (4105 Taylor Street) for Margs and their complimentary street food buffet. Raise a glass of Guinness at The Field Irish Pub (544 Fifth Avenue) and enjoy gastrofare like fish and chips and hearty beef stew.

PLAY Stroll sprawling Liberty Station (2640 Historic Decatur Road) where art, shopping, culture and exciting eateries all intersect. Go out midweek with San Diego Whale Watch (1717 Quivira Road) and save on Two-forOne Tuesdays, Military Mondays or Kids Half-Off Wednesdays. For the insider’s scoop on San Diego, Tour Guide Tim offers insightful and entertaining city or coastal tours (858-412-0846).

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BEST CAMPING

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Santee Lakes Whether in an RV or tent, this recreational preserve has seven lakes, ideal for fishing, picnics, bird-watching, boating and biking. 910 Fanita Parkway, Santee

Thousand Trails Pio Pico Campground Pitch a tent, hook up your RV or rent a cabin at this 180-acre playground that offers swimming, biking, ATV trails and easy access to San Diego’s attractions.

San Elijo State Beach Campground Tuck into your sleeping bag and drift off to the sounds of the crashing surf at this seaside spot in the charming coastal town of Encinitas.

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ADVENTURE TIME

TEEN SCENE 8 diversions for young adults.

Kids & Family San Diego just may be kid heaven with its world-class attractions, miles of beautiful beaches, endless recreation and entertainment. The only challenge parents have is trying to keep up with the kids as they play, learn and explore. STAY

LEGOLAND®

Kids love SPLASH ZOO for water play fun at the LEGOLAND Water Park.

LEGOLAND Hotel (5885 The Crossings Drive) is the ultimate pajama-party palace with its pirate- and princess-themed rooms, bunk beds and LEGO creations. Lush grounds, a private beach, a marina-view and bay-view rooms make Kona Kai Resort Spa & Marina (1551 Shelter Island Drive) a family favorite. Balinese-styled bungalows, boating and beach fire pits enchant the 44-acre island home of Paradise Point Resort & Spa (1404 Vacation Road). Downtown, the Ramada Gaslamp (830 Sixth Avenue) offers a portal to the excitement of the city, while the Embassy Suites Hotel San Diego Bay – Downtown (601 Pacific Highway) offers breathtaking ocean and cityscape views. Kona Kai Resort Spa & Marina

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EAT For a decadent start, gourmet maple bacon and salted caramel donuts await at the Donut Bar (631 B St.). Or head to Richard Walker’s Pancake House (520 Front Street) for Granny Smith apple and cinnamon pancakes that redefine the morning staple. Kids love the malts, burgers, game room and ’50s theme at Corvette Diner (2965 Historic Decatur Road). The waterfront Barefoot Bar & Grill (1404 Vacation Road) has a killer kid’s menu along with gourmet bites and tropical cocktails for mom and dad.

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Trapeze High Join the circus and try this flying trapeze class in Escondido. Seven Seas Adventures Helm a catamaran or enjoy a sunset cruise on the bay. San Diego Air and Space Museum Ride the U-Fly-It flight simulator at the, where the wind tunnel makes it feel like the real deal.

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Head to La Jolla Cove to snorkel with the harmless lemon sharks or kayak past sunbathing sea lions with Everyday California (2243 Avenida de la Playa). Hop on a harbor cruise with Flagship Cruises & Events (990 N. Harbor Drive) for an exciting water tour or head out to sea on a whale-watching adventure. The New Children’s Museum (200 W. Island Avenue) inspires its young visitors to think, play and create with interactive exhibitions.

California Wolf Center Observe gray and Mexican wolves at this conservation and education center outside of Julian.

San Diego Natural History Museum Check out 200 authentic artifacts from a shipwreck at the Real Pirates exhibit San Diego Bay Adventures Rev it up on a Jet Skiing spree across the bay. Cast Off Sailing Discover the power of the wind with a sailing lesson or enjoy a leisurely picnic during a harbor sail. Corporate Helicopters of San Diego Opt for an aerial adventure and fly over the Zoo, Del Mar Racetrack, coastline and more.


Watch canines hang 10 at the Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog Competition in June or at the Surf Dog SurfA-Thon at Dog Beach Del Mar in September.

PLAY WITH YOUR PUP

Traveling with Pets From pup-friendly patios and pooch-pampering hotels to dog beaches and plenty of parks to play in, San Diego is downright Fido-friendly. PARK YOUR PAWS Pet-friendly hotels have popped up all over town offering doggie delights and posh pads for pups. Downtown, Hotel Indigo (509 Ninth Avenue) and Hotel Solamar (435 Sixth Avenue) will indulge your pet with bowls for water and food, plush beds and treats. Added bonus: There are no restrictions on the weight, breed, size or number of pets. For urban overnights in the Gaslamp, The Keating (432 F Street) loves dogs and styles out pooches with plush bedding and canine turndown service. Hilton Gaslamp (401 K Street) allows two pets—each under 75 pounds—and a convenient dog park sits right in front of the hotel. Double Tree by Hilton Golf Resort (14455 Penasquitos Drive) also welcomes tail-waggers with doggie cookies and a comfy dog bed in their pet-friendly rooms. La Jolla Village Lodge (1141 Silverado Street) receives well-behaved pets and grants affordable access to the village scene, cove and beaches. Or check into Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (1380 Harbor Island Drive) and take the 3-mile path that wraps around Harbor Island, great for Sheraton Hotel dog walking along the bay and sunset strolls. & Marina Luv San Diego Surf (4439 Lamont Street) wins the blue ribbon as this pet-friendly boutique vacation rental company provides guests, both human and animal, with charming, home-away-from-home digs in the heart of Mission Beach. Two-paws up for Ocean Villa Inn (5142 West Point Loma Boulevard), located a Frisbee toss from Dog Beach. The seaside gem is stocked with amenities your pup will love, including a dog wash, communal dog run, dog patios and complimentary dog treats.

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Go for a romp around the dog parks within Balboa Park. Grape Street Dog Park (2800 Grape Street) is the largest option, and shaded by eucalyptus trees. For a game of catch, head to Morley Field Dog Park (2221 Morley Field Drive). Nate’s Point (2500 Balboa Drive) is completely fenced off and comes equipped with amenities like picnic tables and water fountains. It’s also open 24 hours a day. San Diego’s beaches aren’t just for humans to enjoy; they’re a great place for your canine best friends, too. Play fetch or doggy-paddle at one of San Diego’s dog beaches, like Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, North Dog Beach Run in Coronado, Del Mar Dog Beach or Dog Beach in Ocean Beach — all dog nirvanas.

A DOGGONE GREAT DAY IN SAN DIEGO

Start the day splashing in the surf at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, open 24 hours a day.

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Treat your pup to a doggie cookie at Azucar (4820 Newport Avenue). They’ve got plenty of “people treats” as well, including the everpopular mojito flavor.

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Have lunch at The Patio (4445 Lamont St.) in Pacific Beach, where pups can nosh on homemade dog biscuits and lap a “dawgg grog,” a healthy malty lty beverage.

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Head to Fiesta Island in Mission Bay for a bay dip and run up and down the sand and dunes.

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Do happy hour at downtown’s Sally’s Seafood on the Water (1 Market Place) patio. At Hotel Indigo (509 Ninth Avenue) A dogs and owners can mingle during “Canine Cocktails” on “Ca the rooftop patio.

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LGBT

Save the Date! GAY PRIDE: July 18–20 More than 350,000 people attend this celebration of diversity—San Diego hosts the fourth largest celebration in the nation. The colorful event includes a parade, rally and festival with gourmet food, beer gardens, cultural presentations and entertainment throughout Balboa Park and Hillcrest.

NIGHTLIFE

5 GREAT LGBT SPOTS IN HILLCREST Hillcrest is San Diego’s official “gayborhood” with eclectic shopping, myriad LGBT bars, clubs and lounges and a dynamic international restaurant scene. And while Hillcrest celebrates diversity year-round, there’s fun to be found all over town.

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Stuffed Burgers at Hash House a Go Go

EAT Indulge on Italian espressos and sweet or savory crepes at Chocolat (3896 Fifth Avenue). Hearty appetites will love the playful American comfort food at Hash House A Go Go (3628 Fifth Avenue). Enjoy authentic curry and drunken noodles at Amarin Thai (3843 Richmond Street). Live jazz complements the American contemporary cuisine at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue), while classic cocktails like Sazeracs, craft beer and gourmet bar fare can be found at Small Bar (4628 Park Boulevard).

PLAY Belly laugh at the American Comedy Company (818 Sixth Avenue), where all-star standups drop in; catch a show at Lamb’s Horton Grand Theater (444 Fourth Avenue), an off-Broadway-style gem; or take in an LGBT-themed play at Diversionary Theater (4545 Park Boulevard). Sail, sip chardonnay and drink in the cityscape with San Diego Sailing Tours (1450 Harbor Island Drive) or take a “Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones” tour of Old Town with So Diego Tours (525 Fifth Avenue).

Hillcrest Brewing Company

Hillcrest Brewing Company The world’s first gay brewery features suds and slices of brick-oven pizza. Baja Betty’s Enjoy raucous happy hours, delish Margs and Mexifresh cuisine Rich’s This place pulses with house music and gyrating go-go boys.

American Comedy Co.

Urban Mo’s Join a fun crowd for Saturday night line dancing.

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STAY A boutique hotel, Villa Capri by the Sea (1417 Orange Avenue) is an easy walk to Coronado Beach and local eateries. Downtown, the ornate and European-style Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue), fashionable W Hotel (421 West B Street) and sophisticated Declan Suites offer exciting cosmopolitan stays. Waterfront charmers include Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa (1775 E. Mission Bay Drive) for paddling, pool time and beachy fun, and Pacific Terrace Hotel (610 Diamond Street) perched above the sands of Pacific Beach. Inn at the Park (525 Spruce Street), an all-suite hotel, sits at the edge of vibrant Hillcrest, while Hillcrest House B&B (3845 Front Street) offers an amiable stay in a 1910 Craftsman bungalow.

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Little Italy

Fir St.

Date St.

County Administration Building

Date St.

Beech St.

Bus/Trolley Transfer Station

Santa Fe Train Depot E St.

Navy Pier

10th Ave.

9th Ave.

6th Ave.

5th Ave.

11th Ave.

Park Blvd.

San Diego City College

C St.

T Broadway

E St.

Lyceum Theatre Balboa Theatre

U.S. Post Office

F St.

N. Ha rb or Dr .

14th St.

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Market St.

Harbor Dr.

13th St.

Park Blvd.

11th Ave.

10th Ave.

6th Ave.

2nd Ave.

1st Ave.

Market St.

9th Ave.

G St.

G St. Union St.

State St.

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Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall

Horton Plaza

Columbia St.

G St.

F St.

Pantoja Park India St.

F St.

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3rd Ave.

Federal Building Kettner Blvd

United States Naval H.Q.

2nd Ave.

Spreckels Theatre

E St.

Front St.

Bay Cruises

T

5th Ave.

Broadway Pier/Port Pavilion

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Broadway

G Street Pier

1st Ave.

C St.

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A St.

B St.

Civic Theatre

4th Ave.

Museum of Contemporary Art T

USS Midway Museum

Front St.

San Diego Concourse

B St.

3rd Ave.

International Visitor Information Center

State St.

A St.

Cruise Ship Terminal

Ash St.

Columbia St.

Ash St.

Beech St.

8th Ave.

India St.

Kettner Blvd.

California St.

Pacific Hwy.

Maritime Museum of San Diego

B Street Pier

Cedar St.

Firehouse Museum

Union St.

N. Harbor Dr.

Cedar St.

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San Diego International Airport

East Village

New Children’s Museum

Island Ave.

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Gaslamp Quarter

J St.

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Seaport Village

Public Library

K St.

PETCO Park

San Diego Convention Center

Embarcadero Marina Park North

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SAN DIEGO MAPS North County Inland and East County

TEMECULA FALLBROOK

Pala Casino

Mt. Palomar Observatory

Pala Mission

WARNER SPRINGS

Cleveland National Forest

BORREGO SPRINGS

VALLEY CENTER S22

Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort

S22

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Valley View Casino

S2

NORTH INLAND

ESCONDIDO

Galleta Meadows Sculptures

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

OCOTILLO WELLS

S3

Santa Ysabel Mission

Menghini Winery

SANTA YSABEL

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Dudley’s Bakery

Eagle And High Peak Gold Mine

JULIAN

RAMONA

California Wolf Center

Maderas Golf Club

S2

BORREGO SPRINGS ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK

Mt. Woodson Golf Club

Cleveland National Forest

Barona Resort & Casino

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

S1

MT. LAGUNA Santee Lakes

SANTEE

Viejas Casino & Outlet Center

LAKESIDE

DESCANSO

HISTORIC

80

ALPINE

PINE VALLEY

Mission Trails Regional Park

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Sycuan Resort & Casino

EL CAJON SDSU

EAST COUNTY

Water Conservation Garden

LA MESA Lemon Spring Grove Valley

Cleveland National Forest

JAMUL

DOWNTOWN

SOUTH BAY

HISTORIC

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Golden Acorn Casino

LIVE OAK SPRINGS

DULZURA

BOULEVARD

OCOTILLO

HISTORIC

CHULA VISTA

94

JACUMBA

Toll

Sleep Train Amphitheatre

HISTORIC

U.S. Olympic Training Center

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Water Park

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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

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