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  1. 1. 38 | sandiego.org Spring/Summer 2014 sandiego.org 2014-15SANDIEGOTOURISMAUTHORITYOFFICIALVISITORGUIDESANDIEGO.ORG SAN DIEGO 378Expert Travel Tips sandiego.org IN PARTNERSHIP WITHIN PARTNERSHIP WITH ® SAN DIEGO CRAFT BEER + ADVENTURE ITINERARIES + TOP CHEFS + ARTS & CULTURE Official Fall/ Winter Visitor Guide Balboa Park's Centennial Celebration Family-Fun Attractions
  2. 2. Summer never ends in a city without seasons. Compliment your endless summer vacation with a grand location when you stay at Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego. Enjoy ocean and city views from newly renovated guestrooms, choose from eight on-site restaurants, two roooop pools, relax in the spa, plus much more; all conveniently located on the Pacific Ocean minutes from the airport, San Diego Zoo®, Legoland®, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp District. Keep the summer spirit alive and visit manchestergrand.hyatt.com or callor call 619 232 1234 for reservations. Hyatt. You’re more than welcome. ©2014 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved. MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT SAN DIEGO 1 Market Place San Diego, CA 92101
  3. 3. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 1 WELCOME TO KOALAFORNIA THE NEW AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK. NOW OPEN! sandiegozoo.org/koalaforniasandiegozoo.org/koalafornia
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  6. 6. 4 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 Welcome to San Diego W 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. During your stay, I invite you to indulge in San Di- ego’s rich food culture, from fresh Mexican to delec- table 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 The Headquarters at Seaport District Mission Beach SAMWELLS Mission Bay Sunset Cliffs
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  8. 8. 6 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 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 the San Diego Tourism Marketing District with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds. © 2014 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. 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 Rod La Branche 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 SAN DIEGO VISITOR GUIDE DIRECTOR OF CUSTOM PUBLISHING Terry Rollman EDITOR Ann Wycoff CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Erin Jackson, Christina Orlovsky, Ann Wycoff CONTRIBUTING COPY EDITOR Claire Caraska SENIOR DESIGNER Corey Hollister CONTRIBUTING DESIGNERS J. Sydnie Goodwin, Rebecca Wilson PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Geneen Montgomery CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS John Bahu, Paul Body, John Dole, Dhanraj Emanuel, Found Creative Studio, Luis Garcia, Jay Reilly, Sam Wells ACCOUNT MANAGERS Krissy Engle, Shauna Francisco SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE 707 Broadway, Suite 1100 San Diego, CA 92101 619-230-9292 sandiegomagazine.com CEO AND PUBLISHER Jim Fitzpatrick ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Karen Mullen EDITOR Erin Chambers Smith CREATIVE DIRECTOR Laurie Nicoud ® T 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 breath- taking beaches and friendly locals, San Diego’s laid-back, positive outlook is contagious. 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. 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 Di- ego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND Resort 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 with 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. We hope you will visit us soon! Joe Terzi President & CEO San Diego Tourism Authority Welcome to San Diego
  9. 9. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 7 Distinctly San Diego The Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers you all the amenities of downtown San Diego just steps from the hotel. Indulge in hand-crafted cocktails, local craft beers, and tasty bites at the new Odysea Lounge 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 JollaTorrey Pines, located on the 18th fairway of the prestigiousTorrey 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 atTorrey 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. To make a reservation visit hiltonsandiegobayfront.com or hiltonlajollatorreypines.com and enter group code: PM02 and receive 10% off your reservation + complimentary wifi. Offer expires: March 31, 2015. One Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92101 619.564.3333 hiltonsandiegobayfront.com Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hilton La JollaTorrey Pines Visit these two great locations on Facebook,Twitter & Instagram 10950 NorthTorrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037 858.558.1500 hiltonlajollatorreypines.com
  10. 10. 8 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 Table of Contents Features San Diego locals enjoy Balboa Park, photographed by Found Creative Studio (foundcreativestudio.com) ON THE COVER 21 NEIGHBORHOODS From foothills to the coast- line, explore San Diego’s diverse communities with tips on local favorites and secret spots. 39 OUTDOORS Get the scoop on our best beaches, surf breaks, family attractions, action sports spots and great golf. 55 CULINARY SCENE Meet our top chefs and dine at our favorite San Diego eateries. 72 CRAFT BEER CULTURE Tap into the local brewery scene. 75 ARTS AND CULTURE Visit our historic landmarks, museums, theaters and symphony hall. 87 ITINERARIES Romantic getaways, family fun, pet-friendly stays and more. 78 24 LUISGARCIA 4 14 16 18 Welcome from Mayor Faulconer Getting Around Town What’s New in San Diego Local Events Calendar San Diego locals enjoy Balboa Park, photographed by Found Creative Studio ON THE COVER 24 72 48
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  12. 12. 10 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 What’s Online at sandiego.org Visit m.sandiego.org from your mobile device to find helpful San Diego information when you’re on the go. You can also download smart- phone 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 Meet our SDTA Ambassadors and view their Guides to the Good Stuff: Rob Machado, Jahja Ling, Greg Koch, Marcella Villadolid and more. Look for our icon through the guide for great Instagram photo opps. FIND THE PERFECT ACCOMMODATIONS GET TO KNOW SOME OF SAN DIEGO’S COLORFUL AND UNIQUE NEIGHBORHOODS ENJOY OUR GOLFER’S PARADISE We’ve got everything from AAA Five Diamond-rated resorts to camping and RV parks. You can also make reservations and find special offers on the site. sandiego.org/where-to-stay. Save with discounts on tours, accommodations and attractions with special offers and coupons. Just print, clip and save! sandiego.org/coupons 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 Discover the wealth of great golf in our city, with a list of courses sorted by San Diego region. sandiego.org/golf Hilton San Diego Bayfront Gaslamp Quarter
  13. 13. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 11 Buy at these attractions ATLANTA | BOSTON | CHICAGO | HOUSTON | NEW YORK CITY PHILADELPHIA | SAN FRANCISCO | SEATTLE | SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA | TORONTO Prices and programs subject to change. - Good for 14 days - Skip most ticket lines Connect for current pricing citypass.com or (888) 330-5008 23%4 famous attractions 3-Day Park Hopper ® to Disneyland ® Park and Disney California Adventure ® Park Universal Studios HollywoodSM SeaWorld® San Diego
  14. 14. 12 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 Why Visit San Diego WE’RE HERE FOR YOU International Visitor Information Center 1140 N. 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., dailyTravelers come from all over the world to visit “America’s Finest City.” And you’ll understand why after perusing this insider’s guide. 33glorious beaches 93public and private golf courses 80+craft breweries miles of coastline 70 diverse neighborhoods 100 WE’RE AN ACCLAIMED VACATION DESTINATION The 2014 Trip- Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for destinations ranked San Diego as the seventh best tourist spot in the U.S. Whether you’re seeking cultural entertainment and urban excitement or a natural paradise and aquatic play- ground, 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. San Diego has 18 beautiful state parks and one federal park, Cabrillo National Monument, for family fun and exploration. San Diego County is fourth in the U.S. for number of muse- ums (248 within the county), behind Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. San Diego Museum of Art FOUNDCREATIVESTUDIO NEED HELP? NEED MORE INFO? GO TO SANDIEGO.ORG The Official Travel Resource of San Diego
  15. 15. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 13 COME PLAY WITH US! LEGOLAND® California Resort is the ultimate family destination. The Resort takes you deep into the LEGO® world with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the incredible SEA LIFE® Aquarium and the world’s first LEGOLAND Water Park. The amazing new LEGOLAND Hotel is now open with Pirate, Kingdom and Adventure-themed rooms! LEGOLAND® Hotel SEA LIFE® Aquarium THE LEGO MOVIE EXPERIENCE® For Ticket,Event and Room Reservation OffersVisit LEGOLAND.com or Call 877-LEGOLAND (534-6526) Located in Carlsbad off I-5, LEGOLAND California is open daily through September 8th and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays during select periods. LEGOLAND Water Park is now open through October 28th with some blackout days. Above offer available exclusively online. 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 Mini figure 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.
  16. 16. 14 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 Transportation in San Diego FROM THE AIRPORT GETTING AROUND TOWN TOURS AMTRAK The San Diego International Airport is a 10-minute ride from downtown. Take a cab for about $15 or hop on the San Diego Municipal Transit System’s “Airport Flyer” (Route 992) for $2.25 (children ages five and under ride free). The San Diego Trolley light rail system has routes to various points of inter- est around San Diego County, including Fashion Valley Mall, Qualcomm Stadium, downtown and the U.S./Mexico border. It operates seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight and runs every 15 minutes. MTS (San Diego Metropolitan Transit System) buses are a quick way to navi- gate the metro area. The fare is $2.25 each way, but for $5/$7, 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. San Diego recently welcomed DecoBike, the bike-sharing program with approximately 180 stations around town. Riders can pick up or drop off a bike 24/7. Go to sdmts.com to see the full schedule of the San Diego Trolley. The 15-minute ferry to Coronado departs from two locations: Broadway Pier and behind the Convention Center. Tickets are $4.25 each way. 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.) 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 historical 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. Balboa Park has a free tram that provides access to the park’s museums and attractions. Park in the Inspiration Point lot and board at Tram Central. Another Side of San Diego Tours and Wheel Fun Rentals 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’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. Wheel Fun Rentals Need a private car or limousine? Men in Black Transportation will deliver you to your destination in style, whether it’s a trip to the airport or wine tasting in Temecula. San Diego International Airport
  17. 17. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 15 Unwind in the luxury of a classic hotel, San Diego’s premier urban oasis. Rediscover San Diego, Westgate Style 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. reserve now at westgatehotel.com or 800-644-6118
  18. 18. 16 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 What’s New in San Diego Our ever-evolving city has some exciting additions worth checking out. We’ve got a new waterfront park, Sumatran tiger exhibit, a second season of horse racing and a centennial celebration. Cool off at the lovely new Waterfront Park downtown. BALBOA PARK CELEBRATES 100 YEARS In 2015, Balboa Park, often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West,” will celebrate its 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition. The park’s year-long centennial festival will highlight the region’s history, through the lenses of art, commerce, culture and technology. COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER WATERFRONT PARK This multimillion-dollar, 12-acre park set in the Embarcadero North is a creative playground for family fun with a splash pond, towering water jets, slides, climbing walls and modern play features. Grassy lawns, picnic tables and beautiful bay views add to the appeal. 1600 Pacific Highway 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 out- door 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 Blvd. SEAWORLD’S SEA OF SURPRISES SeaWorld has kicked off an 18-month celebration called Sea of Surprises™, which highlights the most memorable SeaWorld experiences from the past 50 years. It debuts a multimillion- dollar renovation and new enter- tainment for family fun. 500 Sea World Drive MORE CRAFT BREWERIES San Diego has evolved as a craft brew capital with more than 80 breweries, and by the time you read this that number will have grown. Exciting newbies like Modern Times Beer and Rip Current Brewing have further elevated the craft beer culture with Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point and Alesmith Brewing Company anchoring the scene. THEHEADQUARTERSAT SEAPORTDISTRICT Set in the former police head- quarters, 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, a gourmet chocolate spot and family- friendly restaurants. 789 W. Harbor Drive DEL MAR RACETRACK In addition to its new seven-fur- long inner turf course, the Del Mar racetrack has announced a second season of horse racing (called Bing Crosby Season) that will run November 7-30, 2014. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. TIGER TRAIL AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK In this new 5-acre forest habitat for Sumatran tigers, visitors venture into the jungle, visit an Indonesian longhouse, learn about conservation efforts for the critically endangered species and experience an up-close en- counter with these majestic cats. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road The California Tower, San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park County Administration Center Waterfront Park COREYJENKINS 14_150
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  20. 20. 18 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Fall and Winter FunOktoberfest and New Year’s Eve galas, Chargers games and college bowls, balloon parades and Mardi Gras revelery, marathons and music fests, San Diego’s schedule is action-packed with festivities, sports, arts and culture. OCT NOV DEC Tap the barrel at the two-day Temecula Harvest Celebration, sampling the newest offerings of more than 30 wineries. Shop and stroll your way along the North County coast at the Carlsbad Village Faire. Turn back time and celebrate days gone by at the family-friendly Fall Back Festival in the Gaslamp. Head to Whoville for the holidays via the Old Globe Theatre’s annual production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. (Ends December 28) Take a gander at an East County tradition, the Mother Goose Parade —the largest parade of its kind west of the Mississippi—now celebrating its 67th year on the streets of El Cajon. It’s a Dixieland delight as the San Diego Jazz Fest takes over the Town & Country Resort for its 35th year. 1-2 2 20 23 26-30 Rock out to musical legends as An Evening with Crosby, Stills and Nash comes to the Civic Theatre. Walk in the balmy winter wonder- land of Balboa Park for the two-day December Nights holiday festival. Deck your pet with boughs of holly for the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. Revel in a century-old holiday spirit at Lamb’s Players Theatre’s unique dinner show, An American Christmas, at the Hotel del Coronado. College football culminates with bowl season and San Diego is hosting the Poinsettia Bowl and the Holiday Bowl (December 27). America’s Finest City hosts Ameri- ca’s largest balloon parade, the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, as part of the Holiday Bowl festivities. Party like it’s 2015 at the all- inclusive Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve gala. Tap into your creative side at the Harvest Festival arts and crafts fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Bratwurst, beer steins and polka bands abound at the German- American Societies of San Diego’s tradi- tional Oktoberfest celebration in El Cajon. It’s a Lego Candyland to satisfy sweet teeth of all ages at LEGOLAND’s Brick or Treat Halloween-themed weekends, all month long. Admire the works of more than 150 established artists at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. Pay tribute to lost loved ones at the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Oceanside. Don your spookiest, sultriest or silliest costume, and prepare for a ghoulish good time at Monster Bash in the Gaslamp Quarter. 1 5-6 14 15-27 23 26 31 17-19 3-5 4 11-12 26 31 Throughout the month of October, look for Kids Free activities and admissions all over town, from the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park to the USS Midway Museum and LEGOLAND. Throughout the month of October, look for Kids Free activities and admissions all over town, CHRISPARYPAPHOTOGRAPHY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM the Gaslamp Quarter.
  21. 21. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 19 JAN FEB MAR Check off the final item from your holiday wish list—or get an early start on next year’s—by admiring the sweet selection of new rides at the San Diego International Auto Show. Enjoy culture at a lower cost as Museum Month offers half-price admission to more than 40 San Diego Museum Council membership museums. Get another fix of cultural flicks at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Start the day with a 5k run, then savor local flavors at the Taste of Imperial Beach, followed by a SDSU “Symphony by the Sea” sunset concert. May the luck of the Irish be with you as you go green for Guinness at the rollicking St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Balboa Park. Feast your eyes on awe-inspiring street acts at the Spring Busker Festival, as jugglers, fire eaters and mimes, oh my, amaze crowds at Seaport Village. Embrace the Jewish experience through entertainment at the 25th annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. Bob Marley may be gone, but his spir- it lives on at the Tribute to the Reggae Legends festival, now in its 34th year. Head to the French Quarter via down- town San Diego at the Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Fat Tuesday street party. Ring in the “Year of the Sheep” with a two-day San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair in downtown San Diego. Lace up your sneakers or find a spot to spectate at the scenic Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon. Movie buffs get their fill of screen- ings, workshops, panels and parties at the San Diego Black Film Festival. (Ends Feb.1) Budget- conscious foodies sample prix- fixe fare at more than 200 discounted locales during San Diego Restaurant Week. 1-4 1-28 12-22 14 7-8 5-15 16 17 21-22 18 29 11-16 FEATURED EVENTS October-January With a full lineup of touringshows,Broadway San Diego brings local theater-lovers a crowd- pleasing taste of live productions. The 2014- 15 season promises to be no different, with a range of shows for all audiences, from the high-energy, eclectic Blue Man Group and the musical magic of Jersey Boys in October, to the wildly popular Wicked in November and Decem- ber, to newcomer Dirty Dancing in January. November 16-23 Foodies, oenophiles and the craft beer crowd feast on a week of pairing dinners, celebrity chef pre- sentations, cooking demonstrations and much, much more at the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. The week- long event, held at various venues throughout the city, culminates with a grand tasting extravaganza on the Embarcadero. December 13-January 4 The world-famous San DiegoZoo jingles all the way as it trans- forms into a winter wonderland of festive fun for the whole family during its three-week JungleBellscelebration, featuring special eve- ning hours, nighttime animal encounters, a nightly tree-lighting ceremony and lighted animal displays, holiday-themed entertainment,Twinkle Light Trolley rides, Santa and more. January-March After the curtain all but closed on the San Diego Opera, the 2014-15 season aims to be bigger than ever in its 50th year, opening 2015 with Puccini’s La Bohème on January 24, and continu- ing with Don Giovanni in February and Nixon in China in March. Get tickets now for a special 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert with favorite arias, duets, ensembles and choruses with the San Diego Symphony in April. San Diego International Auto Show. 200 discounted locales March-May Spring is in the air in Carlsbad, as the Flower Fields show their beautiful face with more than 50 acres in bloom.
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  23. 23. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 21 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.” NEIGHBORHOODS FOUNDCREATIVESTUDIO Leucadia
  24. 24. 22 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 Downtown NEIGHBORHOODS DINING DESTINATIONS From a budget-friendly bite to a full-blown fine- dining experience, the downtown dining scene has your cravings covered. New spots to try include Florent (672 Fifth Ave.), a stylish brasserie in a 19th-century building; Don Chido (527 Fifth Ave.), a modern Mexican restaurant with a crudo bar; and Común Kitchen & Tavern (935 J St.), a neighborhood hangout with innovative fare. Or, dine on old-world Italian dishes at Bot- tega Americano, a sleek restaurant and market- place inside the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (1195 Island Ave.). RETAIL THERAPY Refresh your wardrobe at Westfield Horton Plaza (324 Horton Plaza), or visit hip, indie boutiques in the East Village like 5&A Dime (701 Eighth Ave.), Amy Rae Boutique (833 Mar- ket St.), Ma Cherie Boutique (425 10th Ave.), Bespoke Cut and Sew (726 Market St.) and Blends (719 Eighth Ave.). HAPPY HOUR Budget-friendly booze and bites abound in the Gaslamp Quarter, where restaurants and bars offer discounts as early as 3 p.m. A few standouts include ceviche and martinis at Spike Africa’s (411 Broadway, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m., daily); house-made infusions and gourmet bar snacks at Searsucker (611 Fifth Ave., Monday to Friday, 5 to 6:30 p.m.) and sangria, cocktails and tapas at Café Sevilla (353 Fifth Ave., Sunday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.). AFTER DARK Dress to impress and tear up the dance floor at FLUXX (500 Fourth Ave.) and Bang Bang (526 Market St.). Hit up Moonshine Flats (344 Seventh Ave.) for live music and line dancing or stimulate your senses at Bassmnt (919 Fourth Ave.), where top EDM DJs spin tunes for a packed house. WATERFRONT PARK This 12-acre public park is downtown’s new showpiece, featuring an imaginative modern playground, picnic tables and an expansive interactive fountain where kids can splash under jets that arc water skyward. 1600 Pacific Highway STROLL & ROLL WALKING AND BIKING PATHS Happening hotels, eclectic shopping, public parks and a booming dining scene infuse downtown with endless energy. By day, it’s family-friendly. Later, the area’s many bars and clubs draw a crowd of nighttime revelers. Little Italy 1-Mile Walk Take in the sights of Little Italy on this walk marked by granite plaques that starts at Union and W. Ash streets and ends at the Piazza Basilone. Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South Walk or ride along the bay from The Headquarters at Seaport District (789 W. Harbor Drive) to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (1 Park Blvd.), stopping at the North and South Embarcadero Marina Parks along the way. Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade Stroll along this scenic path that spans from Market Street to Petco Park, and see public art dedicated to the memory of Dr. King, a hedge maze and a showpiece fountain. Harbor Drive Bike up Harbor Drive towards Harbor Island. Look for cruise ships docked at the Broadway Pier and stop at Harbor Island Park to enjoy views of the downtown skyline. Waterfront Park Searsucker The Headquarters at Seaport District Bottega Americano SAMWELLS I O r d f fi a e SD Mag O
  25. 25. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 23 SHOP DINE EXPLORE Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery 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 It’s Got Everyone Talking. It takes something truly special to make people sit up and take notice… Opening in 1939 as a police headquarters, The Headquarters returns fully restored as an historic world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Delve into our intimate outdoor courtyard that boasts a flavor for every palette. A memorable day awaits you as you dine at one of our five world-class restaurants and shop at our array of specialty boutiques all located on the downtown waterfront. It is time for you to discover what everyone’s talking about. 789 West Harbor Drive San Diego | CA | 92101 619. 235.4014 theheadquarters.com SD Mag Oct 2014 v2.indd 1 9/3/14 3:35 PM
  26. 26. 24 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 NEIGHBORHOODS OCEANSIDE With everything from a showpiece pier to family-friendly restaurants and calm waters for kayaking, Oceanside is a great place to experience SoCal beach culture with the added bonus of smaller crowds and easy parking. Start the day at stunning Succulent Café (322 N. Cleveland St.) and sip lattes surrounded by artistic displays of the namesake plants. Dip your toes in the water at Oceanside City Beach, then walk to the end of Oceanside Pier, one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast, or tool around the harbor in a kayak. Head to The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza (1706 S. Coast Hwy.) for pies topped with fresh produce from the restaurant’s “roof-to-table” garden or chase Baja-inspired seaside fare with slushy margaritas at Hello Betty Fish House (211 Mission Ave.). Get a dose of culture at the Oceanside Museum of Art (704 Pier View Way) and see surfboards from past to present at the California Surf Museum (312 Pier View Way). Gather around a fire pit at the Stone Company Store (310 N. Tremont St.) and sample the brewery’s latest releases. For dinner, dine on unconventional sushi and ceviche at Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub (1815 S. Coast Hwy. 101). Fun Fact: The La Jolla Cove Swim Club hosts several social swims, including the Halloween Spookfest (October 25) and the Turkey Splash (November 22). Costumes are encouraged at both events. (Look for daily swimmers freestyling across the cove.) With 70 miles of pristine coastline and temperate weather year-round, a day at the beach is a must on any San Diego vacation. Here are three top spots for surf and sunshine. Beaches Oceanside Pier With everything from a showpiece pier to family-friendly restaurants and calm waters for kayaking, Oceanside is a great place to experience SoCal beach culture with the added and sip lattes surrounded by artistic displays of the namesake plants. California Surf Museum Hello Betty Fish House JOHNTRICE
  27. 27. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 25 SEASIDE BITES GREAT EATS BY THE BEACH Lofty Coffee Company Savor a salted caramel latte and Julian apple hand pie at Moonlight State Beach and sip your beverage by the sea. 90 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas The Shores Located steps from the surf, this beachfront restaurant in the La Jolla Shores Hotel is great for breakfast. Toast the good life with the Bread & Cie Focaccia Benedict with pro- sciutto, roasted tomato, arugula and champagne hollandaise. 8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla Raglan Public House Head to this lively Kiwi-inspired burger joint for 100 percent grass-fed organic beef and notable potables including beer cocktails like shandies and snakebites made with stout and Julian hard cider. 1851 Bacon St., Ocean Beach Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Feast on premium seafood and aged steaks while soaking in the stunning views of La Jolla Cove at this well-appointed chophouse with live jazz every night in the V Lounge. 1270 Prospect St., La Jolla LA JOLLA/BIRD ROCK Luxury homes, fine dining and designer shops line the streets of La Jolla, but the area’s dramatic coastline, which ranges from 300- foot sea cliffs to rocky reefs and sandy coves, is the region’s best attraction. Fuel up for a day of exploration with orange-scented Coast Toast at Brockton Villa (1235 Coast Blvd.) and burn off the carbs on a hike through Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve (12600 N. Torrey Pines Road) or kayaking around the La Jolla caves with Bike & Kayak Tours (2158 Avenida de la Playa). Cruise over to Bird Rock Coffee Roasters (5627 La Jolla Blvd.) for a killer cappuccino or cold brew and then pop into Mimi & Red (5630 La Jolla Blvd.) to search for accessories. Hit Puesto (1026 Wall St.) for modern Mexican street food, followed by a scoop at Bobboi Natural Gelato (8008 Girard Ave.). Explore the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla location (700 Prospect St.) and dig into farm-to-table fare at Whisknladle (1044 Wall St.) or French bistro classics at Bijou (1205 Prospect St.) for dinner, overseen by one of San Diego’s finest, Executive Chef William Bradley of Addison fame. ENCINITAS From family-centric spots to some of the best surf breaks on the West Coast, the beaches of this vibrant town, stocked with hip boutiques, yoga studios and contemporary restaurants, have something for every visitor. Start the day with breakfast on the patio at Swami’s Café (1163 S. Coast Hwy. 101). If the tide is low, stroll along the shore from Swami’s State Beach (1298 S. Coast Hwy. 101) to Moonlight State Beach (400 B St.)—otherwise, take a street route. Shop for surf gear at Hansen’s (1105 S. Coast Hwy. 101) and surf prints at Bliss 101 (687 S. Coast Hwy. 101). Get brats and beer at Regal Seagull (996 N. Coast Hwy. 101), a slice at Pandora Pizza (828 N. Coast Hwy. 101) or tacos at Bull Taco (101 N. Coast Hwy. 101) for lunch. Bliss out with a citrus cucumber pedicure at Balinese-inspired Bergamot Spa (775 N. Vulcan Ave.) and soak in the tropical scenery. Hit Fish 101 (1468 N. Coast Hwy. 101) for happy hour tacos and root beer floats (Tuesday-Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.), then share tapas and a bottle of vino at Solterra Winery & Kitchen (934 N. Coast Hwy. 101). Swami’s State Beach Solterra Winery & Kitchen Bike & Kayak Tours Whisknladle HALFFULLPHOTOGRAPHY,JOHNTRICE
  28. 28. 26 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 South Bay/Coronado HORSEBACK RIDING Trot on the beach or frolic through the flower-filled Tijuana River Valley with Happy Trails. Sunset rides are also available. 2225 Hollister St., Imperial Beach PORTWOOD PIER PLAZA Check out “Surfhenge,” four 16-20” acrylic surfboard shaped arches and the colorful collection of surfboard benches, then walk out on the pier and watch surfers ride the waves from above. 10 Evergreen Ave., Imperial Beach SEA 180° Head here for modern coastal fare served alongside sweeping oceanfront views of the Coronado Islands, South Bay and Mexico. 800 Seacoast Drive (in the Pier South Resort) TIJUANA ESTUARY Four miles of walking trails lead visitors through the breeding, feeding and nesting grounds for 370 species of migratory and native birds (including six endangered species). 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach U.S. OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER Take a free, self-guided tour of the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center and watch athletes in training. The 1-mile walking path open to the public passes by the BMX track, athlete housing, softball and field hockey fields and archery range. 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista TJ OYSTER BAR Get a taste of Tijuana without crossing the border at this cozy mariscos spot with some of the best fish tacos in town. Bonus: they’re only 99 cents each. 4246 Bonita Road, Bonita ROMESCO MEXITERRANEAN BISTRO Javier Plascencia, rock star of the Tijuana culinary world, serves as executive chef of this tapas gem. Try the Tijuana street fare like shrimp and mozzarella grilled tacos for lunch. 4346 Bonita Road, Bonita TOP PICKS CORONADO Laid-back beaches, bird sanctuaries and Tijuana-influenced cuisine are the hallmarks of San Diego’s South Bay. Come and explore this unique area, just minutes from the U.S./Mexico border. SEA 180° The Hotel del Coronado was built in 1888 for $600,000 and furnished for $400,000. Travel by Ferry Hop on at either of two down- town locations and enjoy a 15-minute ride to the island. Broadway Pier or Convention Center Brunch at the Hotel del Coronado Feast on a lavish spread in the historical Crown Room, including seafood and sushi, international cuisine, a carving station, a gourmet bloody mary bar and an astounding array of sweets. 1500 Orange Ave. Coronado State Beach Gentle waves and soft white sand make this vast beach perfect for families. At low tide, spot sea life in the tide pools in front of the Hotel Del. Hop on a Bike The best way to explore Coronado is on two wheels. Rent a bike and ride along smooth, flat paths from the Ferry Landing to the Silver Strand and all points in between. Want a tour guide? Bike and Kayak Tours’ “Tour de Coronado” hits all the hot spots. 1201 First St., Suite 215 Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge Youcan’tbeatthebrisket burgerwithtrufflefriesanda$5 craftdraftduringsocialhour. 1015 Orange Ave. NEIGHBORHOODS JAYREILLY
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  30. 30. 28 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 Central San Diego NEIGHBORHOODS BARS AND TASTING ROOMS The communities of central San Diego are home to an eclectic assortment of entertainment and dining options. From exploring unique boutiques to coffee house comedy shows, there’s always something new to do. WAYPOINT PUBLIC Approachable, seasonal fare and 30 beer taps with West Coast brews (plus bottles from around the world) draw locals and visitors to this bustling eatery. 3794 30th St., North Park HAMMONDS GOURMET ICE CREAM Stop in for a scoop (or flight!) of super-premium ice cream made in Hawaii. Flavors range from Tahitian Vanilla to Kona Coffee Macadamia Nut. 3077 University Ave., North Park BUONA FORCHETTA Authentic Neapolitan pies baked in a wood-fired oven are the specialty at this neighborhood pizzeria. 3001 Beech St., South Park SOUTH PARK BOUTIQUES Stroll tree-lined streets and shop for home décor items, clothing and accessories at indie boutiques like Make Good (2207 Fern St.), Junc. life (2209 Fern St.), Progress (2225 30th St.), The Grove (3010 Juniper St.), Mythology EcoBoutique (2365 30th St.) and Graffiti Beach (2220 Fern St.). SPRUCE STREET SUSPENSION BRIDGE The 100+-year-old bridge spanning Kate Sessions Canyon is a true hidden gem, and the only bridge of its kind in San Diego County. Spruce Street and First Avenue, Hillcrest HILLCREST CINEMAS Independent and foreign films are screened at this Landmark Theatre in the Art Deco-influenced Village Hillcrest shopping complex. 3965 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest LESTAT’S COFFEE HOUSE Both locations of this funky café are open 24/7 and have a killer selection of baked goods and free Wi-Fi. The Park Boulevard location hosts a free comedy night every Tuesday at 9 p.m. 4496 Park Blvd., University Heights and 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights Fun Fact: Waypoint Public’s chef/ co-ownerAmanda Baumgarten is aTopChefalum. FOUNDCREATIVESTUDIO,LUISGARCIA,DIANAALSINDY THE SCENE Modern Times Flavordome Quirky décor and great beer characterize this eccentric new tasting room. 3000UpasSt.,NorthPark Belching Beaver Tasting Room The Peanut Butter Milk Stout from the Vista- based brewery is a must-try. 4223 30th St., North Park Coin-Op Game Room Classic arcade games line the walls at this upscale dive bar in North Park. 3926 30th St., North Park Thorn Street Brewery Order a flight and enjoy everything from easy- drinking pilsners to bold stouts. 3176 Thorn St., North Park Hess Brewing Company Top-notchbeer,free snacksandstacksof boardgamesaboundat thisfriendlytastingroom. 3812GrimAve., NorthPark Waypoint Public
  31. 31. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 29 Hillcrest Brewing Company TheWorld’s First“Out and Proud LGBT Brewery“ specializes in handcrafted beer and stone oven pizzas with bottles, & growlers to-go! Hoppy Hour daily 4pm-6pm! 1458 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 | 619.269.HEAD hillcrestbrewingcompany.com Visit our“Family”of restaurants - Urban MO’s, Baja Betty’s, Gossip Grill & Hillcrest Brewing Company at mosuniverse.com Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria offers thin- crisp crust pizzas cooked in traditional brick ovens along with housemade Pastas, Salads, and Appetizers including Flame Roasted Chicken Wings. Dine at the smart, casual Hillcrest location on Fifth, or order for takeout or delivery if you prefer. Open daily until 10pm (11pm Fri-Sat). 3958 Fifth Ave, Hillcrest 619.260.1111 | amicis.com Chocolat AromanticEuropeaninspiredBistro, Creperie&Cremerie Breakfast,lunch,dinneranddesserts. Sweet&savorycrepes,artisanpizzabaked inanItalianbrickoven,salads,authentic grilledPaninisandwiches,creativepasta dishes,andtemptingdessertswith ingredientsimportedfromItaly. 25-30 flavorsofauthenticItaliangelato,made freshonsitedaily. 3896 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 619.574.8500 | chocolat-hillcrest.com FABB An Asian Eatery Jetlag is tacky, so come let your taste buds travel to Asia without having to leave San Diego! FABB offers a variety of cuisines such as Chinese, Thai, Sushi, Japanese and more. We also have Hillcrest’s best Happy Hour. So Day or Night, Night or Day, Come enjoy the FABB way! 3925 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 619.255.6330 thefreshasianbarandbistro.com EAT.SHOP.PLAY.STAY Brazen BBQ 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. 441 Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103 619.816.1990 | brazenbbq.com Heat Bar & Kitchen Heat Bar & Kitchen is a unique and innovative dining destination serving locally sourced cuisine and micro brews coupled with a diverse wine list hand selected from Old World and New World varietals and full bar. We invite you to create a memorable dining experience with friends and family in a casually sophisticated ambiance infused with warmth and elegance. 3797 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103 619.546.4328 | heatbarandkitchen.com Tap and Press The latest addition to the beer scene in San Diego, a unique concept of waffles and beer. With over 30 rotating beers on tap, and 75+ bottles you’re bound to find your favorite. Sweet and Savory waffles to match your craving. Come celebrate happy hour with us 4pm-7pm Daily. Cheers! 540 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 619.683.7710 | tapandpress.com facebook.com/tapandpress The Yoga Factory Turn your routine upside down with Aerial Yoga, The Yoga Factory offers a new twist on an ancient practice. Aerial Yoga is an integration of traditional yoga postures and the benefits of decompressing inversions using silk fabrics. These classes challenge and restore the body, mind and soul. 1253 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 619.719.5292 | theyoga-factory.com
  32. 32. 30 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 NEIGHBORHOODS KITCHEN 1540 Tuck into a cabana or enjoy a roman- tic repast by the fire pits at L’Auberge Del Mar’s stylish signature restaurant where Executive Chef Brandon Fortune dazzles with modern American cuisine with Southern twists. 1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar BELLY UP TAVERN Music fans gravitate to this intimate yet hopping spot for its stellar line- ups like John Hiatt, Macy Gray and Ziggy Marley. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach CARLSBAD LAGOON Jet Ski, kayak, stand-up paddle board or wakeboard on the calm waters of this water sports paradise. 4215 Harrison St., Carlsbad GREEN DRAGON TAVERN Modeled after the Boston Tavern where our forefathers planned the Boston Tea Party and Revolution, this East Coast-style eatery offers craft beers, surf ’n’ turf and American his- tory lessons in their colonial museum. 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad GEM INSTITUTE OF AMERICA Rotating exhibits and eye candy galore at the GIA Headquarters, which has 1,000 pieces on view and educational displays on minerals and gems. Call ahead for free admission. 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad CAFÉ SECRET Enjoy handmade empanadas, quinoa salads and the area’s best ceviche at this casual Peruvian café. 1140 Camino del Mar, Del Mar 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 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea For more info on North County, go to sandiego.org. The seaside communities of North County all have distinct personalities—from the quaint village of Del Mar to the savvy design district of Solana Beach—but also share commonalities like glorious beaches and small-town charm. STROLLING CEDROS AVENUE DESIGN DISTRICT IN SOLANA BEACH Gallery Hop Head to the Aaron Chang Ocean Gallery (415 S. Cedros Ave.) to see the stellar work of surf and nature photographer Aaron Chang. Across the street at Wade Koniakowsky Ocean Art Gallery (312 S. Cedros Ave.), you’ll find gorgeous seascapes and hand-painted surfboards. Shop Leaping Lotus (240 S. Cedros Ave.) is a colorful bazaar tucked in a massive multi- merchants space for clothing, jewelry, housewares and pop- culture kitsch. Design-forward SOLO (309 S. Cedros Ave.) specializes in oversized art books, letterpress stationery, mid-century modern pieces and antiques. Sip Tasty stouts, IPAs and lagers spill from the taps at Culture Brewing Co. (111 S. Cedros Ave.). dazzles with modern American cuisine with Southern twists. 1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar BELLY UP TAVERN Music fans gravitate to this intimate yet hopping spot for its stellar line- ups like John Hiatt, Macy Gray and Ziggy Marley. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach CARLSBAD LAGOON Jet Ski, kayak, stand-up paddle board or wakeboard on the calm waters of this water sports paradise. 4215 Harrison St., Carlsbad GREEN DRAGON TAVERN Modeled after the Boston Tavern where our forefathers planned the Boston Tea Party and Revolution, Aaron Chang Ocean Gallery Scallops at Pacific Coast Grill Green Dragon Tavern and Museum North County Coastal JAMESMACIARIELLO
  33. 33. Iconic surfer and Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident Rob Machado travels the world chasing waves and photographing surf culture. A dedicated environmental steward, he launched The Rob Machado Foundation, which supports and initiates educational programs focused on helping children understand their contribution to a healthy earth. His video series, “Through the Lens,” highlights his travels and the people that he meets along the way who share a love for surfing and the arts. robmachado.com ROB MACHADO SURF San Diego has a very unique vibe about it, especially North County. I grew up surf- ing a wave called Swami’s, named for the Self-Realization Fellowship on the cliff there. Swami’s is one of the best waves in San Diego, which draws all of the best surfers in the area when it’s good. I also love surfing in what I refer to as the bub- ble around my house—Swami’s, Cardiff, Seaside, Pipes, etc. The majority of the waves are reef breaks, and are really good in the winter time. Rob Machado is a SDTA Ambassador and your Guide to the Good Stuff. IDEAL SAN DIEGO DAY Wake up with the sun, take my dog down to the beach for a walk and a surf check. Paddle out and ride some waves. Head to the Sambazon Acai Cafe for some grub, then back home for some work (boring). I’ll work on some surfboards depending on where I might be heading off to on my next trip, then it’s back to the beach for an afternoon surf, followed by dinner at Rimel’s with my girl and maybe live music at the Belly Up in Solana Beach or Spreckels Theatre downtown. MEET DOUBLETREE BY HILTON SAN DIEGO DOWNTOWN 1646 Front St, San Diego, California 92101 | 619.239.6800 SanDiegoDowntown.DoubleTree.com Enjoy a warm welcome to the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown with a signature chocolate chip cookie on arrival. The DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown offers stylish conference spaces as well as contemporary guest room accommodations with harbor and city views. The hotel is located in the heart of San Diego Downtown close the San Diego Lindbergh Inter- national Airport and major attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, San Diego SeaWorld and Just blocks away from the U.S. Midway and Seaport Village. Offering complimentary shuttle to and from the airport, complimentary internet access and business center.
  34. 34. 32 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 North County Inland A scenic drive up Interstate 15 reveals tight-knit communities, acclaimed breweries, farmers markets, festivals, great golf and casinos, just north of America’s Finest City. FOUR PICKS FOR FALL FUNARTS & EATS PETERSON’S DONUT CORNER Get a supersized apple fritter, cronut or maple bacon bar at this local favorite, open 24/7. 903 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Try your luck on 1,700 slot machines or face off against other players at the card tables. Experience San Diego’s best pool party at Dive Day Club (with a swim-up bar and lazy river) and discover a treasure trove of local craft brews and high-end wines at Corked wine bar. 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center GREAT GOLF Play 18 holes at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort (17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive) Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort NEIGHBORHOODS The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve has several scenic overlooks with shaded picnic tables. or at Maderas Golf Club (17750 Old Coach Road, Poway) both top-notch courses tucked into the rolling hills of inland San Diego. ELFIN FOREST RECREATIONAL RESERVE Explore this tranquil slice of paradise with 11 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, both leisurely and challenging. 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido VINTANA 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 SAN PASQUAL BATTLEFIELD Experience a guided tour, living history program or battle reenactment (on specified dates) at this state park that honors soldiers who battled during the Mexican-American War in 1846. 15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido TAVERN+BOWL 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 COREYHOLLISTER,SAMWELLS Escondido Farmers Market Stockuponlocallygrownfruit andvegetables,fresh-roasted nuts,honey,Julianpies,gourmet sweetsandsomuchmoreevery Tuesdayfrom2:30to6p.m. GrandAvenuebetweenKalmia andJuniperStreets,Escondido Food Truck Fridays: Orfila Vineyards & Winery Get a taste of some of San Diego’s best gourmet food truck fare on the third Friday of each month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido LiveMusic: BernardoWinery Kick back with a glass of wine and enjoy live music on the tasting room patio every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum Exploreantiquefarmequipment, ablacksmithshopandold farmhouse.Thisfall’sFiberArts Fiestacelebratesweaversand spinners, October11-12. 2040NorthSantaFeAve.,Vista
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  36. 36. 34 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 EastCounty NEIGHBORHOODS Drive an hour from downtown and you’ll be transported to a totally different world with everything from desert landscapes to pumpkin patches and good ol’ apple pie. HIT THE ROAD SCENIC DRIVES 59-Mile Scenic Drive Take in the city’s greatest at- tractions on this loop that starts at Harbor Drive, travels up the coast and ends in the Gaslamp Quarter. You can power through it in about three hours, but it’s best to divide the drive over several days. (sandiego.org) Highway 80 Charming towns, hot springs, casinos and historical points of interest are sprinkled along this 200-mile drive spanning from Yuma, Arizona to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, you’ll see changing environments, from lush valleys and sand dunes to prehistoric ocean beds and mountain ranges. Palomar Mountain Loop This drive through the Cleveland National Forest to the Palomar Mountain Observatory serves up stunning views of lush vegetation and spectacular panoramas. Take Highway 76 east to County Route S7, stop- ping at lookouts along the way. Return via County Route S6, a twisty road that climbs down the mountain back to the highway. PUMPKIN PATCHES Experience a slice of rural life at Oma’s Pumpkin Patch (14950 El Monte Road, Lakeside) and Bate’s Nut Farm (15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center) during pumpkin season (late September through October). Both farms offer hayrides and fun activities for kids. THREE SISTERS FALLS The 4-mile hike from the trailhead to the falls is challenging, but worth it to experience the view of three cascading waterfalls. 14850 Boulder Creek Road, Julian GO GLAMPING Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort’s vintage Airstream trailers are a fun alternative to camping with more creature comforts. Guests get access to amenities including laundry, a fitness center and a pool. 221 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs CALIFORNIA WOLF CENTER See Alaskan and Mexican gray wolves up close at this conservation center. Or, go inside the fence on a private guided photo tour. Reservations are required. K Q Ranch Road, Julian ALL THINGS APPLE Julian is the apple capital of San Diego County. Get pie at Mom’s Pie House (2119 Main St.), a caramel apple at Candied Apple Pastry Company (2128 Fourth St.), fresh-pressed cider at Julian Cider Mill (2103 Main St.) and spiked cider at Julian Hard Cider (4470 Julian Road). Or, pick fresh fruit at local orchards like MJ Ranch and Orchard (1070 Farmer Road) and Volcan Valley Apple Farm (1284 Julian Orchards Drive). LAKE CUYAMACA This 10-acre lake, 4,600 feet above sea level, is a great place to fish, hike and play in the snow during winter. 15027 Highway 79, Julian Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Mom’s Pie House Palomar Mountain Observatory
  37. 37. Cherish life’s most memorable moments Explore the bay by day and colorful sunsets by night. Connect, celebrate and share inspiration. For more information, visit sheratonsandiegohotel.com or call 619.291.2900 Julian Chamber of Commerce 2129 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036 (760) 765-1857 | www.visitjulian.com This premier mountain getaway is just an hour east of San Diego, in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains. Take a step back in time to the days of Julian’s beginning rooted in the 1870s gold rush. Get away from the hectic rush of city life . . . discover the historic charm of Julian. VISIT JULIAN
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  39. 39. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 37 Dolphins surf off the shore of La Jolla. “21 Dolphins” ByAaronChang
  40. 40. $5 OFF* CODE SD5DA WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING ADVENTURES 2 CRUISES DAILY – 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM *VALID UP TO SIX ADULT BOOKINGS. NOT VALID IN COMBINATION WITH ANY OTHER OFFER. MENTION COUPON AT TIME OF BOOKING & PRESENT UPON CHECK-IN. EXPIRES 4/30/15. PROMO CODE: SD5DA Whale Watching & Harbor Cruises boarding at 970 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101 hornblower.com 855-552-9057 In partnership with Offer valid 10/15/14 – 4/30/15. Valid Sunday – Thursday only. Excludes all holidays. Good for one reservation only, and cannot be redeemed for multiple days at multiple camping parks. A two-night minimum is required. Excludes cabin, youth, group, caravan camping areas. Cannot be used with any other promotion or discount. Non transferable.All rights reserved. RESERVATIONS 877.565.3600•SdpARkS.ORG AT A SAN dIEGO cOuNTy pARk ATAT AA SAN dIEGO cOuNTy pARy pARy p k CAmp2NiGhTSANdGETThE3rdNiGhTfrEE! mENTiON SdCAmp14 AT TimE Of bOOkiNG 2014_VGA ad.indd 1 9/26/2014 2:29:18 PM
  41. 41. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 39 With year-round great weather and endless activities at hand, San Diego is a top-notch recreational playground. We’ve got everything from golf, hiking and biking to boating, BMX and beautiful beaches. And our world-class attractions make us a family-friendly paradise. Come play. OUTDOORS JOHNTRICE Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
  42. 42. 40 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 OUTDOOR GUIDE SURF DIVA 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 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. DOG BEACH, DEL MAR Across the street from the famous Del Mar racetrack, where the San Dieguito River greets the sea, or as they say, 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 to romp and swim. 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 relaxing by the sea or an invigorating morning hike in Torrey Pines State Reserve. Hikers and runners at the summit should watch for dolphins below and migrating gray whales from December until March. Explore the park on free docent- led tours on weekends at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that typically last a little more than an hour. MISSION BEACH This stretch of beach represents the vibrant SoCal scene. Bike or Rollerblade along the boardwalk from Belmont Park to Pacific Beach, stop by the WaveHouse (3125 Ocean Front Walk) for burgers, beers and a chance to watch the surfers get tubular, and then grab shaved ice, ice cream or tacos at the beachfront eateries. Don’t miss the acai bowls and decadent smoothies at the Swell Café (3833 Mission Blvd.). Coronado Central Beach Dog Beach, Del Mar
  43. 43. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 41 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. 1959 Abbott Street, Ocean Beach, CA 92107 1830 D Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach, CA 92107 newbreakcafe.com 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 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 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. 5142 W Point Loma Blvd. San Diego, CA 92107 619.224.3481 | oceanvillainn.com Ocean Beach MainStreet Association 1868 Bacon St, Suite A | San Diego, CA 92107 | 619-224-4906 www.OceanBeachSanDiego.com — Enjoy Ocean Beach — 1959 Abbott Street, Ocean Beach, CA 92107 •1830D Sunset Cliffs Blvd, Ocean Beach, CA 92107 • 690 1st Ave. Downtown San Diego, CA 92101 Breakfast Lunch Gourmet Coffee 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 Located one block from the Ocean Beach Pier, Raglan Public House specializes in organic, grass-fed burgers with a New Zealand twist. Try their“Cluck & Squeel” chicken sandwich, the“Blazin’Ahi”Tuna special, or their“Feeling Randy”spinach salad, which will get you in the mood! With their diverse menu and craft beer and cocktail selection, there’s bound to be something for everybody to enjoy! 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! 4989 Voltaire Street Ocean Beach, CA 92107 619.546.8999 OBwavesSalon.com 1851 Bacon St., Ocean Beach, CA 92107 619.794.2304 | raglanpublichouse.com For the past six 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! 1852 Bacon Street Ocean Beach, CA 92107 619-224-3369 | natis.sandiegan.com
  44. 44. 42 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 OUTDOOR GUIDE Best Beaches for Surfing Whether you are just learning or a seasoned surfer charging big waves, San Diego has a wealth of world-famous surf breaks for neophytes, groms and pros. GET WET AQUATIC ADVENTURES La Jolla Kayak Opt for a kayak and snorkel tour, and paddle to the Seven Caves of La Jolla Cove, and explore the Un- derwater Reserve—home to orange Garibaldi fish, friendly leopard sharks and curious sea lions. 2199 Avenida de la Playa San Diego Bay Adventures Rev up your Jet Ski and fly across the bay past the USS MidwayandundertheCoronado Bridge for a thrilling ride. 1880 Harbor Island Drive Seven Seas Adventures Helm a catamaran and cre- ate your own itinerary, or enjoy a three-hour sunset cruise and watch the sun sink into the Pacific and the cityscape light up. 1880 Harbor Island Drive Flagship Patriot Jet Boat This 30-minute, wet-and- wild ride makes touring the bay a thrilling adventure as this sleek machine has two 1400-horsepower, turbo- charged engines and can do 360-degree spins on the sea. 990 N. Harbor Drive Sail Jada Charters Sail off into the sunset in this classic, all-wood, 65-foot yacht, built in 1938. Tour the bay, spot whales off the bow or cruise along Point Loma. 1380 Harbor Island Drive LA JOLLA SHORES 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-boasts longboarders, stand-up 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. SWAMI’S This world-famous reef break in Encinitas sports fairly consistent surf year- round. It’s named for Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, who taught millions of Westerners about meditation and yoga, and his Self-Realization Fellow- ship ashram, built in 1937, which overlooks the expansive beach and waves. Rob Machado surfing Black’s Beach Pacific Beach TODDGLASER Rob Machado is a SDTA Ambassador, and your Guide to the Good Stuff.
  45. 45. Captain Your Own Adventure! www.SpeedBoatAdventures.com Call for reservations 619-294-5852 Reservations are required. Same day reservation are welcomed. Limit 4 guests per coupon. Valid through 12/31/15 Located at Cabrillo Isle Marina | 1450 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 Captain Your Own Adventure! Feel the rush of navigating your own speed boat and the thrill of a lifetime with San Diego’s newest attraction, Speed Boat Adventures® ! A guided and narrated San Diego Harbor Tour with a twist. You are able to navigate and captain your own speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following our trained and knowledgeable guides that are giving live narration through a speaker system mounted in each boat. Tours daily: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm 1717 Quivira Road San Diego, CA 92109 619-839-0128 www.sdwhalewatch.com Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid only on regular priced adult ticket. Must present this AD on day of trip. Must make advanced reservations by calling 619-839-0128. Buy One, Get One Free! Buy one full priced ticket, get one free.
  46. 46. 44 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 OUTDOOR GUIDE THE CHOPRA CENTER Set at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, the Chopra Center offers ayurvedic medicine, meditation and yoga classes, “Perfect Health” sessions, ayurvedic spa treatments and mind-body workshops to enhance one’s health and soul. Deepak Chopra lectures at certain seminars, and Western doctors trained in ayurvedic medicine are on staff. 2013 Costa del Mar Road, Carlsbad PLACE360 East meets West at this integrative lifestyle center in Del Mar that offers acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbal medicine, beauty services, fitness and training sessions, weight loss counseling and more. A team of Western M.D.s, psychotherapists, nutritionists, trainers, chiropractors, health coaches and East- ern medicine experts offer concierge-style medical services for whole body consultation and health guidance. 1219 Camino del Mar, Del Mar RANCHO LA PUERTA Set in the splendor of nature, just across the U.S. border in Tecate, Mexico, this seminal spa and legendary treatment center has offered fitness, nutrition and wellness classes, spa services and transformative lectures since 1940. Carretera Tecate-Tijuana K.M 136.5, Tecate, Mexico PACIFIC PEARL LA JOLLA Headed by Dr. Mimi Guarneri, this integrative health center employs global healing traditions with personalized Western medicine, offering disease prevention consultation, mind-body medicine, stress-relief techniques, nutritional coaching and spa treatments. 6919 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla CAL-A-VIE HEALTH SPA Vista’s stunning destination spa offers 20 different mind-body-spirit classes like tai chi, qigong, yoga, labyrinth walking and meditation in a 400-year-old chapel. Fitness and nutrition classes, detoxifying spa treatments, energy work, massage and acupuncture, too. 29402 Spa Havens Way, Vista The term spa comes from the Belgian town of Spa, famed for its mineral springs since Roman times. Spas and Wellness SPOTLIGHT ON HOLISTIC HEALTH San Diego is a mecca for health and wellness, with its myriad holistic centers and spas offering alternative therapies and integrative medicine to promote healthy lifestyles and longevity. Meet cardiologist and president of the American Board of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Mimi Guarneri of Pacific Pearl La Jolla. Reason to go beyond Western medicine Between 75 to 90 percent of diseases are related to lifestyle and environment. Natural medicine gets to the underlying cause of health challenges and creates a roadmap to mainte- nance and recovery. Alternative practice for heart health Meditation decreases the risk of a cardiovascular event by 48 percent. Advice for improving overall health Eat whole foods, stay physical- ly active and practice medita- tion on a daily basis. Foods to add to one’s diet Anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric, ginger, basil and rosemary. Fun ways to exercise in S.D. Try a hula hoop on the beach, walk Torrey Pines State Reserve or bike around Mission Bay. Favorite spot for quiet reflection and sunset Windansea Beach in La Jolla. Favorite local healthy eateries Lotus Café, True Food Kitchen and Veggie Grill. Rancho La Puerta The Chopra Center
  47. 47. Enjoy Staying in The Heart of It All RATES START AT $99 • Brians 24 Restaurant – Open 24 Hours • FREE Wireless Internet Access Available • FREE 24-hour Business Center • Walking Distance to the Convention Center Ramada-Gaslamp/Convention Center The Historic St. James Hotel 830 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 531-8877 • (619) 231-8307 fax (800) 664-4400 www.stjameshotel.com RATES START AT $79 • FREE Hot Breakfast Buffet • FREE Wireless Internet Access Available • FREE 24-hour Business Center • Walking Distance to the Convention Center Comfort Inn-Gaslamp/ Convention Center 660 G Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 238-4100 • (619) 238-5310 fax (800) 598-1810 www.comfortinngaslamp.com B Y C H O I C E H O T E L S Just step outside our front door to experience the exciting Gaslamp District. The Two Best Hotel Values in Downtown San Diego RATES START AT $119 RATES START AT $99 Comfort Inn Gaslamp/ Convention Center Ramada Gaslamp/Convention Center The Historic St. James Hotel 675 L Street • San Diego, California 92101 • 619-231-6664 • omnihotels.com/sandiego © 2013 Omni Hotels & Resorts Enjoy our newly renovated luxurious guest rooms while you experience our first class service. The only hotel in the country connected by a sky bridge to a major league ballpark, Petco Park. Steps from the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and the Children’s Museum. For reservations call 800-THE-OMNI or visit omnihotels.com/sandiego Your playing field for sun and fun! SanDiegoVisitorsGuide_7.25x4.875_bleed.indd 1 4/29/13 4:00 PM
  48. 48. 46 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 GolfFor good reason, Golf Digest named San Diego one of the top 50 golf destinations in the world. We’ve got 93 beautiful public and private courses, endless blue sky and more than 300 sunny days each year. Our emerald fairways are surrounded by rolling hills, ocean views, desert landscapes, blooming flora and sweeping mountain vistas, making San Diego a golfer’s paradise. FUN FACTS: FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN Bubba Watson was the first person to win $1 million for a first-place finish in 2011. Tiger Woods has amassed more than $6 million in winnings with seven first- place wins. Phil Mickelson is the only other golfer to take the title more than twice, with wins in 1993, 2000 and 2001. Torrey Pines’ South Course runs 7,607 yards and stands as the longest course played on the PGA Tour. The Farmers Insurance Open in 2014 raised more than $2.8 million for local San Diego charities. FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN: FEBRUARY 5-8, 2015 Each winter since 1952, top golfers have headed to San Diego to kick off the PGA Tour at an event known as the “West Coast Swing.” Since 1968, the tournament has been set at the spectacular Torrey Pines Golf Course, named for the rare gnarled tree found on the cliffs of La Jolla’s rugged coast. This high-stakes golf event, now deemed the Farmers Insurance Open, comes with major bragging rights and a cash prize of more than $1 million for the first-place winner. The tournament takes place on both of Torrey Pines’ 18-hole, championship golf courses, which are known for their stunning ocean and canyon views, and coastal bluff setting. SDTA Ambassador Tina Mickelson picks her favorite courses in San Diego. Steele Canyon Golf Club I love the elevation changes, and how nature and the mountains have such a large presence in this course’s lovely design. steelecanyon.com Torrey Pines Golf Course With ocean breezes and cliffside holes overlooking the sea, what’s not to love about this amazing coastal course? torreypinesgolfcourse.com Balboa Park Golf Course I love the history here at San Diego’s oldest public course. While playing, I can’t help but think of the many legends who have walked these fairways before me, like Sam Snead who holds the course record. balboagc.com Maderas Golf Club There’s great stillness and beauty to be found on this challenging golf course that winds through the rolling hills, rock croppings, creeks and forests of inland San Diego. maderasgolf.com FORE! BEST GOLF DAVIDW.LEINDECKER/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM OUTDOOR GUIDE Farmers Insurance Open
  49. 49. www.VisitOceanside.org Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina / MCB Camp Pendleton Area TEL: 760.231.7000 www.hioceanside.com Oceanside Harbor TEL: 760.435.4000 www.ci.oceanside.ca.us to experience next. To Request a FREE Visitors Guide, call 844.269.6554 or go to www.VisitOceanside.org Paradise on the Strand TEL: 760.277.7875 www.paradiseonthestrand.com
  50. 50. 48 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 QUADS AND DUNE BUGGIES Tear around the Ocotillo State Vehicular Recreation Area in a dune buggy or a quad from San Diego Motorsport Rentals. The vast riding area has hills (for adrenaline junkies) and wide-open spaces (for speed demons). 5965 Highway 78, Borrego Springs HANG GLIDING Get a bird’s-eye view of La Jolla, the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Coast on a tandem hang gliding or paragliding flight at Torrey Pines Gliderport. 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla SCUBA DIVING Dive deep at Underwater Park, a 6,000-acre ecological preserve in La Jolla, explore the sunken ships at Wreck Alley in Mission Beach or see enormous calico bass at Marine Room, a shallow reef between La Jolla Cove and the La Jolla Submarine Canyon named after the La Jolla restaurant. BMX The family-friendly Kearny Moto Park in Clairemont (3170 Armstrong St.) is a great spot to learn the ropes of BMX riding. Or head to Chula Vista BMX (2800 Olympic Parkway, inside the U.S. Olympic Training Center) to ride with Olympians. Bike and helmet rentals are available at both locations. SKY DIVING Cross off a bucket list item with a thrilling tandem skydive flight with Skydive San Diego. With more training, you can fly solo instead. 13531 Otay Lakes Road, Jamul JETPACKING Strap on a water-propelled jetpack at Jetpack America and live out your superhero fantasies as you hover up to 30 feet above Mission Bay, or dive like a submarine under the surface. 1010 Santa Clara Place, Mission Bay OUTDOOR GUIDE Adventure Sports BEST SKATE PARKS FUN ON FOUR WHEELS Want to inject some adrenaline into your vacation? These sea, sand and sky excursions across San Diego County are just the ticket. Robb Field Skate Park Sidewalk surfers of all ability levels go here to practice tricks on the street course, ledges, blocks, a pump bump, octagon and side-by-side runs. 2525 Bacon St., Ocean Beach Coronado Skate Park This picturesque, 16,000-square-foot park underneath the Coronado Bridge is packed with concrete ramps, grinds, bowls and jumps. 2000 Mullinex Drive, Coronado Ecke Family YMCA Skate Park The sport’s biggest pros head to this family-friendly park to ride the “Ramp of Dreams,” a vertical ramp from the 2003 X Games. 200 Saxony Road, Encinitas Aura Skate Park The only industrial skate park training facility in the city allows skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders to sharpen their skills on the world-class spine ramp, wood bowl and competition- style street course. 1074 La Mirada Court, Vista Visit sandiego.org to see a video of jetpacking in Mission Bay. Jetpack America La Jolla Cove adrenaline junkies) and wide-open spaces (for speed demons). . The vast riding area has hills (for adrenaline junkies) and wide-open spaces (for speed demons). Ecke Family YMCA Skate Park The sport’s biggest pros Golf Course and the Pacific Coast on a tandem hang Torrey Pines Gliderport , a 6,000-acre ecological preserve in La Jolla, adrenaline junkies) and wide-open spaces (for speed demons). Torrey Pines Gliderport.
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  52. 52. 50 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 DEL MAR RACETRACK Del Mar’s beachfront racetrack is now home to a second season of thoroughbred racing (Nov. 7–30) with two concerts by national acts on select Saturdays. Kids free. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar 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, Mission Bay SAN DIEGO ZOO Baby pandas, swimming Sumatran tigers, Tasmanian devils, Komodo dragons, snow leopards and the largest colony of koalas outside of Australia—there’s a reason it’s world-famous as more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals await. 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park BALBOA PARK In 2015, the world’s largest cultural urban park celebrates the centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition with exhibits and programs that explore the legacy of pioneering inventions and ideas. SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK Get up close and personal with more than 300 species of animals. Hop on a Caravan Safari, feed a giraffe, zipline over rhinos or follow the new Tiger Trail that transports you into the forests of Sumatra to witness the fascinating felines. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido 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, downtown 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, Carlsbad Don’t miss the country’s first successful panda breeding program. AttractionsSan 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. EDUCATIONAL FUN MIND- BENDING MUSEUMS 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 beauty of sea dragons. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla Museum of Making Music This museum showcases the evolution and craftsmanship of musical instruments from the late-19th century to present day, and offers hands-on workshops and live performances. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad 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, Balboa Park 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, Balboa Park MIKEAGUILERA/SEAWORLD®SANDIEGO SeaWorld San Diego Zoo OUTDOOR GUIDE
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  55. 55. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 53 “International Surfing Day” ByAaronChang Paddling out on a winter’s day in Del Mar.
  56. 56. THRILLIST.COM “HOTTEST DONUT SHOP IN THE USA” “MOST DELICIOUS DONUT IN THE COUNTRY”  EATER.COM “BEST DONUTS IN SAN DIEGO”  facebook.com/donutbar @DonutBar_SD Early birds get the best selection at this downtown sweetery on B Street. A FEW FAVORITES: blueberry with Meyer lemon glaze, salted caramel, blood orange. FREE KIDDO DONUTS on Weekends 631 B St, San Diego | #BestDonutsInTheWorld USA TODAY “BEST DONUT SHOPS IN USA” RICHARD WALKER’S PANCAKE HOUSE serves griddlecakes, crepes, omelets and lunch specialties. We are located in the marina district of downtown San Diego. 520 Front Street (Just South of Market) San Diego | 619.231.7777 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. Now open in La Jolla 909 Prospect, La Jolla | 858.459.8800 richardwalkers.com
  57. 57. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 55 From farm-fresh produce, seasonal fare and local craft brews and wines to international cuisine, alternative eats and creative cocktails, San Diego’s dining scene is vibrant and welcoming with plenty of options for every kind of diner and budget. See what’s cookin’. CULINARY SCENE SAMWELLS Lobster Roll at Ironside Fish & Oyster
  58. 58. 56 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 CULINARY SCENE Top Chefs in San Diego Meet 12 of San Diego’s top culinary talents, from fine dining chefs to those who specialize in highly approachable comfort cuisine. AMANDA BAUMGARTEN This Top Chef Season 7 alum is the architect of the menu at Waypoint Public in North Park, a neighbor- hood eatery with a surf ’n’ turf menu featuring every- thing from charred Span- ish octopus to oyster tacos. Each dish has a suggested beer pairing poured from one of 30 taps. RICHARD BLAIS Top Chef All-Stars Season 8 winner Chef Richard Blais has made his mark in Little Italy with Juniper & Ivy. A trifecta of strik- ing design, spirited scene and inventive cuisine have made this one of the city’s most popular eateries and bar scenes. WILLIAM BRADLEY This three-time James Beard Award-nominated chef heads Addison, the signature restaurant at The Grand Del Mar, Southern California’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant, where artisanal cuisine is comple- mented by a world-class wine program. TREY FOSHEE Trey Foshee presides over three concepts housed in the same location: George’s California Mod- ern, George’s Ocean Ter- race and George’s Bar, all of which serve up excep- tional California seasonal fare alongside stellar views of the La Jolla Cove. Try his TBL3, a nine-to-12- course feast for the ulti- mate foodie experience. MATT GORDON Elegantly presented comfort food like wood- roasted bone marrow, skillet corn bread and “duckaroni” reign supreme at Matt Gordon’s three San Diego restaurants, Urban Solace (North Park), Sea & Smoke (Del Mar) and Solace & the Moon- light Lounge (Encinitas). KARRIE HILLS This California Culinary Academy grad honed her craft in California’s wine country before making the move to San Diego. Hills oversees two restau- rants that share the same kitchen: The Red Door, a farm-to-table spot, and The Wellington, a sultry steak and martini lounge, both in Mission Hills. The Red Door Juniper & Ivy SAMWELLS
  59. 59. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 57 WHERE THE CHEFS EAT Amanda Baumgarten Carnitas Snack Shack is my go-to for good food fast that takes advantage of local farms and seasonal produce. Also Nine-Ten— Chef Jason Knibb is a genius, simple as that. William Bradley I love the atmosphere and ocean view at Shimbashi Izakaya, a Japanese tapas and sake bar in Del Mar. I also recommend Café Chloe, a terrific European-style café with a great downtown ener- getic buzz for casual fare. Trey Foshee Solace & the Moonlight Lounge is my neighborhood spot. I also really enjoy Cucina Enoteca for mezcal and a burger. Matt Gordon For a casual meal, I go to Tony’s Jacal. I love the fact that they have fresh roasted turkey in a Mexican restau- rant. When I splurge, it’s George’s California Modern. Martin Woesle Sushi Ota, a small Japanese restaurant hidden in a strip mall in Pacific Beach. Mr. Ota creates the most delicious small bites of the most unusual seafood.  FOODIE ALERT JEFF JACKSON At A.R. Valentien, the signature restaurant at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, Jeff Jackson showcases innova- tive California seasonal cuisine starring local produce. The menu changes daily, according to what is at the peak of freshness. KATHERINE HUMPHUS A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Katherine Humphus worked at The French Laundry in Yount- ville, Calif., before joining the Cohn Restaurant Group and opening BO-beau Kitch- en + Bar, a French bistro in the heart of Ocean Beach that has since expanded to La Mesa and Long Beach. Her crispy Brussels sprouts have become a local comfort food staple. RACHEL KING Diners with a discerning sweet tooth will appreciate King’s elegant and well- balanced desserts at Nine- Ten, which are crafted with seasonal produce sourced from local farmers, and topped with inventive house-churned sorbet and ice cream. JASON KNIBB The Montego Bay-born and Southern California- raised chef has been craft- ing fresh, seasonal cuisine for more than a decade at Nine-Ten, the much-lauded restaurant in La Jolla’s Grande Colonial Hotel. Knibb’s five-course “Mercy of the Chef” tasting menu is one of the city’s best fine dining values at $80 ($120 with wine pairings). JEFFREY STRAUSS After nearly two decades of cooking for VIPs (including five U.S. presidents) in New York City, Jeffrey Strauss moved to San Diego to open Pamplemousse Grille, a comfortable yet inspired European restaurant in Solana Beach. The meat- heavy menu is influenced by his experiences in some of Europe’s finest Michelin- rated restaurants.  MARTIN WOESLE Since 1985, this acclaimed chef has been the force behind the farm-fresh fare at Mille Fleurs, a casual fine dining spot located a mile from Chino Farms in Rancho Santa Fe. The signature dish, breaded Strauss Farm Veal “Wiener Schnitzel,” pays tribute to his German heritage. Nine-Ten BO-beau Kitchen + Bar
  60. 60. 58 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 Monello, an endearing term meaning “naughty little boy,” sits next to its brother Bencotto, another superb Italian restaurant. Eat Around the World Take your appetite globetrotting by visiting these San Diego restaurants. DHANRAJEMANUEL,PAULBODY ITALIAN: MONELLO Specializing in inventive plays on Milanese street food, this Italian eatery is a local favorite. The crowd-pleasing menu is filled with Italian specialties incorporating imported cheeses, artisanal charcuterie and a 27-ingredient, house-made sweet vermouth. 1655 India St., Little Italy Tip: Head in between 4 and 7 p.m. for “Milanese Aperitivo,” when each drink comes with a trio of complimentary small bites from the chef. 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 in- novative 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. 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 reputa- tion of British dishes; the food is sure to please hungry visitors, regardless of their beer intake. 887 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos Tip: They always offer two cask-conditioned 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, but items like panko-crusted sweet and sour perch with Thai peanut sauce delve into more experimental realms. 3029 University Ave., North Park Tip: They have separate vegetarian and gluten-free menus. 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 St., East Village and 3761 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest Tip: Try the Tom Kha (sweet and sour coconut soup). It’s the best in town. KOREAN: MANNA KOREAN BBQ This all-you-can-cook-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 includes seafood and prime rib—both options come with unlimited sides. Monello Churchill’s Pub & Grille CULINARY SCENE
  61. 61. Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 sandiego.org | 59 For the best view of the action at Rakiraki, take a seat at the ramen bar and watch chefs at work in the open kitchen. FILIPINO EATS Manila Sunset Home-style Filipino dishes have been served at this popular chain since 1985. Start with lumpia (Filipino spring rolls) then dig into pancit malabon (rice noodles with shrimp, eggs and vegetables) and a plate of barbecue pork. 9837 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa and 925 E. Plaza Blvd., National City Red Ribbon Bakeshop Discover traditional Filipino desserts like the ube mamon (chiffon cake), coconut macaroons and halo-halo (an intriguing combination of sweetened beans and fruit topped with flan, mango, shaved ice and milk). 8955 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa and 1420 E. Plaza Blvd., National City Tita’s Kitchenette Expect big portions of Filipino comfort food at this cash-only, cafeteria-style restaurant. The pork sisig is hugely popular. Go before the lunch rush so you don’t miss out. For dessert, try a scoop of ube (sweet purple yam) ice cream. 2720 E. Plaza Blvd., National City TOP PICKS 4428 Convoy St., 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. LEBANESE: MAMA’S BAKERY Don’t be fooled by the misleading name. This walkup Lebanese restaurant is a tightly guarded secret by discerning San Diegans. Menu highlights include sha- warma, falafel, lebna and house-made flatbread baked in a traditional saj oven. 4237 Alabama St., University Heights Tip: If the outdoor seating area is full, take your order to go and picnic in Balboa Park. ERITREAN/ETHIOPIAN: MUZITA ABYSSINIAN BISTRO Multiple vegetarian and vegan specialties pair nicely with a traditional honey wine called tej, favored in Eritrea and Ethiopia. 4651 Park Blvd., University Heights Tip: Make sure to wash up before dining, as you’ll be eating with your hands. JAPANESE: RAKIRAKI This trendy eatery has a vast menu, from sushi rolls and rice bowls to Japanese curry and a mind-boggling variety of ramen with chicken, pork and miso broth made with more than 20 herbs and spices imported from Japan. 4646 Convoy St., Kearny Mesa Tip: Try the tsukemen, aka “dipping noodles,” a plate of extra thick noodles served with a bowl of rich soup on the side for dipping. SOUTH AFRICAN: CAPE TOWN PUB Gourmet savory pies, peri-peri prawn skewers and belly-warming meat and vegetable curries round out the menu at this casual restaurant and sports bar focusing on South Afri- can cuisine, a medley of Dutch, French, Portuguese, English, Indian and German flavors. 7580 Miramar Road, Miramar Tip: Save room for a koeksister, a crisp, deep-fried pastry dipped in cold syrup. Tita’s Kitchenette menu at this casual restaurant and Ramen Burger at Rakiraki
  62. 62. 60 | sandiego.org Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 Fun Fact: L.A. designer Thomas Schoos dreamed up the playful design of Puesto at The Headquarters. Mexican Eats Whether you’re noshing in San Diego or taking a trip across the border, welcome to our wonderful world of Mexican cuisine. PUESTO Located at The Headquarters, this trendy spot blends high design (think graffiti art and giant hanging planters) with artful street food. Don’t miss the trio of moles, mahi mahi tacos (with jalapeño peanut sauce) and handcrafted tequila libations. 789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown EL CALLEJON Locals frequent this friendly Encinitas eat- ery for its consistently good traditional fare, daily happy hour and freshly squeezed lime margaritas that pack a punch. 345 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas LAS CUATROS MILPAS The line may be long and the menu brief, but those in the know patiently wait for rolled tacos, tamales, burritos, chorizo with eggs, beans and rice at this flourishing third-generation family business. 1857 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan BIRRIA CHIVOS & CHEVES Take the trek to National City for the tastes of Jalisco and enjoy the signature birria dish—spiced goat or beef stew cradled in house-made tortillas—along with spicy fresh salsas and a friendly crew. 2401 Highland Ave., National City BEST TACOS IN SAN DIEGO Oscar’s Mexican Seafood Pacific Beach and Hillcrest Bull Taco Del Mar and Cardiff-by-the-Sea Tacos Perla 3000 Upas St., North Park City Tacos 3028 University Ave., North Park Tacos El Gordo Chula Vista and Otay Mesa LA ESPECIAL NORTE This family-owned, low-key cafe is famous for its homemade soups, especially their Mexican-style chicken soup loaded with tender shred- ded chicken, cilantro rice and chunks of avocado. Delicious tortilla soup and plenty of fine traditional fare as well. 644 N. Coast Highway 101, Leucadia ORTEGA’S This Hillcrest gem celebrates Puerto Nuevo-style dining and serves regional specialties like grilled Baja-style lobster and fresh guacamo- le prepared tableside in a cantina setting. Try the plantain-crusted snapper and pomegranate margarita as well. 141 University Ave., Hillcrest ROMESCO MEXITERRANEAN BISTRO At this Javier Plascencia outpost, try several of his greatest hits, including the famous Caesar salad, beef cheek tacos and goat caramel crepes. 4346 Bonita Road, Bonita Puesto CULINARY SCENE

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