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Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, USA
A 1,200-acre green space filled with museums, theaters, and gardens, Balboa Park is the center of art and culture in San Diego. It’s also one of the city’s most historic sites, built for the Panama–California exhibition in 1915....
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619 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Vitreum is located in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, near downtown. They carry unique, handmade jewelry, tableware, vases, incense, decorative items, and more. There is a clothing boutique and a spa all right next door. When you're...
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Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Gaslamp Quarter, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, has come a long way since its start in 1867. It is home to some of the finest restaurants in San Diego, and is an ideal place to spend an entertaining weekend. Go shopping at The...
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San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The San Diego trolley is a great way to get around to the good places in San Diego. You can go to the shopping malls in Mission Valley, Little Italy, Gaslamp, Seaport Village, Old Town, Convention Center, downtown, the Embarcadero, and the U.S....
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849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Seaport Village is located right on the waterfront, and has more than 70 shops, restaurants, and attractions. Its location right next to the bay in downtown San Diego makes it an easy walk from most downtown hotels. My mom loves this place, and I...
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San Diego, CA 92101, USA
This is my favorite shop in the San Diego community of Little Italy. Regina DiSilvestro is a chemist and herbalist and has created a line of skin and hair care products. Everything is made and packaged right there in the back of the shop. They...
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7036, 660 K St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Altitude Sky Lounge is located on the 22 floor of the San Diego Marriott hotel in the Gaslamp district. From here you can see Mexico, Coronado Island, Coronado Bridge, Point Loma and even the Coronado Islands if you come before nightfall. And, you...
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611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
A very cool, Top Chef-owned dining experience in San Diego's Gaslamp District, Searsucker is a great spot, whether you are stopping by for a drink and small bites or decide to try out the entrées—you will not be disappointed. Besides sensational...
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554 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
This is my favorite pub in San Diego. The owner confided in me once that he never thought of this type of business, but one day took an impromptu trip sponsored by Guinness to Ireland to learn about owning a bar. He enjoyed it so much that when he...
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Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Little Italy is a great neighborhood with restaurants, gourmet grocers and boutiques- well worth a check out on any day of the week. But if you're in San Diego on a Saturday morning from 8am to 2pm, you have to walk over to the Little Italy...
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726 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
One of the most popular places for locals and tourists alike is the San Diego harbor. You can take a harbor cruise during the day, have a breakfast or lunch cruise, rent a sailboat, go whale watching, or even just take the ferry from downtown San...
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616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Jsix is a beautifully decorated restaurant located in the Gaslamp District in San Diego. Every dish is made from scratch, using ingredients from local farms. On Sunday mornings, one-hour yoga classes are held up on the the rooftop. On the weekend...
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2252 India St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Brian Jensen went to culinary school in New York City and worked at a wine shop in Brooklyn before opening San Diego’s premier bar and beer shop. Since then, he’s grown the business to include four locations in San Diego and...
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600 F St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
At first glance, the lobby is the place to be at this boutique hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. At check-in guests are offered a selection of local wine and beer—and again during happy hour. Under soaring ceilings supported by leather-wrapped...
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5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130, USA
If Southern California had ever been annexed by La Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar would be the governor’s palace—all marble columns, gold-leafed staircases, and hand-stenciled ceilings. Even the 400-acre...
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1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
The Coronado Bridge links San Diego to Coronado Island—and the present to the past. In the span of just 2.12 miles, you’ll travel from the digital age to a century when “electrified” hotels were practically unheard of. When...
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509 Ninth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Located in the Gaslamp Quarter, the recently constructed Hotel Indigo San Diego toes the line between hip and historic. The eco-chic boutique property prides itself on achieving LEED certification and boasts such unique features as a...
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1047 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Like San Diego, Hotel Palomar mixes beach and city influences seamlessly. The boutique property’s central location in the Gaslamp Quarter and SoCal-inspired design concept are an ideal combination. Accommodations are outfitted with custom...
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944 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA
Located in Del Mar, Les Artistes Inn provides a retreat from city life. A dozen rooms are named after famous artists, from Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin to Diego Rivera and Georgia O’Keeffe. Each draws inspiration from its namesake and...
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Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011, USA
From the moment you step inside Carlsbad’s Park Hyatt Aviara, you feel like you’re on a retreat. A quiet soundtrack and the hotel’s signature jasmine scent permeate the airy lobby. And between the hotel and the ocean sits a...
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5921 Valencia Cir, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, USA
Spanish colonial fountains. Roaring outdoor fireplaces. Brightly colored bougainvillea vines and hibiscus flowers. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux, is spread over 45 hilly acres of...
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435 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Hotel Solamar is all about providing warm SoCal hospitality. Mingle in the lobby during the daily happy hour, and rent a free designer bike for beachside cruising. You can even turn your room into your ideal retreat, thanks to an eight-option...
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1055 1st Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Bristol Hotel is a modern boutique property located near the Gaslamp Quarter. A member of the Green Lodging Program, the hotel is one of seven in San Diego to have a Green Eco-Leaf Rating. From energy-efficient technology to eco-friendly...
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326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Founded more than a century ago, the US Grant gracefully mixes its historic legacy with contemporary touches. Ulysses Grant Jr., the son of President Ulysses Grant, began construction on the property at the turn of the 20th century. A time capsule...
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723 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
Just steps from Pacific Beach Park, Tower23 Hotel has embraced its stunning location to the fullest. Modern rooms and suites reflect inspiration from their natural surroundings. A palette of muted colors translates into a tranquil atmosphere,...
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Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA, USA
Just south of downtown San Diego, you'll find the neighborhood of Barrio Logan. In its heart you'll find Chicano Park which is unique for at least two reasons: it's situated under freeway overpasses and these overpasses are covered in massive...
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400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
San Diego is so pretty at night, with the lights reflecting in the water. If you're staying downtown, just head over to Sea Port Village to the North and/or South Embarcadero Parks. Both parks encircle the Embarcadero Marina. Personally, I think...
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1450 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
With dark walls, natural wood accents, and red curtains in front of the elevators, the trend-setting Andaz hotel feels like more of a scene than any other property in downtown Napa. In the center of downtown Napa, the hotel is mere steps from...
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2300 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
The beautiful boutique Nest on Fourth Street in Berkeley, takes me right back to France even before I walk in. The displays of the books, fabrics, gifts, jewelry and artwork through through the glass windows was enough to make my heart leap when I...