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2415 San Diego Ave Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
With 26 types of sodas and 46 brands of root beer- this is the place to stop in for a cool refreshing drink on a sunny San Diego day. Birch soda, cream soda, ginger soda, chocolate soda and root beer floats make delicious treats! You can purchase...
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3928 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
Berta's is a hidden gem with delicious South American food located in Old Town. There's a large chain restaurant next door and it always astounds me that tourists (and even locals) will saunter past Berta's fresh cooked food into a place that...
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
In the lower level of the Casa Del Balboa building in Balboa Park is one of the world's largest indoor model railway displays. There are several rooms, where you can see huge displays of trains going through miniature towns and landscapes. Parts...
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1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102, USA
Located in the outdoor sculpture garden next to the San Diego Museum of Art is a little cafe that serves fresh food from local growers. You can either order your food from the to-go counter and sit with it in one of the oversize couches nearby or...
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1770 Village Pl, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Spanish Village is a well known part of Balboa Park, and is one of my favorite places to visit. It's created using the romanticized version of a Spanish villa and about 250 local artists are represented here. In many of the houses, you can watch...
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Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Mingei is one of my favorite museums in Balboa Park. Featured here are exhibitions that show the skill and craftsmanship of folk artists from around the world. Their gift shop is amazing and filled with gorgeous items and books about the items...
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The building housing the gorgeous botanical garden in Balboa Park is often photographed, as it sits rather picturesquely at one end of a beautiful lily pond. The structure was originally built for the 1915-16 Exposition and houses a large...
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
After exploring Balboa Park for a few hours, this is the place to be for a cocktail or lunch. The food is really good, and the chef has won multiple awards over the years. They've got great mojitos, and my new favorite drink, the caipirinha (sugar...
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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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La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
La Jolla, or "Jewel City," takes up about seven miles of coastline in San Diego. It is an affluent neighborhood with a lot to explore. The famous Children's Pool is where you can now find dozens of seals basking in the sun. The nation's largest...
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Hillcrest, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Hillcrest is a quirky and vibrant neighborhood filled with boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, artists, bookstores, thrift stores and more. One of San Diego's oldest neighborhoods, Hillcrest borders the northern tip of Balboa Park, Park Blvd to...
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South Park, San Diego, CA, USA
The South Park neighborhood in San Diego is quickly becoming the hip place to hang out, eat and/or do some shopping. Check out the activity at the Whistle Stop bar- http://www.whistlestopbar.com/ or chill out with the locals at the AC Lounge-...
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University Heights, San Diego, CA, USA
University Heights is a hip neighborhood filled with young professionals. There is an abundance of nightlife on a small strip in University Heights on Park Blvd and is one of San Diego's oldest neighborhoods. One of my favorite places to eat...
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Julian, CA 92036, USA
If you're a lover of wolves and near Julian, CA, I highly recommend a visit to the California Wolf Center. The California Wolf Center is a nonprofit organization committed to the support of education about wolves, as well as the preservation of...
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4470 Julian Rd, Julian, CA 92036, USA
Although I was never a fan of hard cider—it's always tasted too sweet and sticky—I tried Julian Hard Cider at a grape stomp festival in Julian a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. Julian Hard Cider is so crisp and clean tasting, it's...
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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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10010 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
The Salk Institute is worth a visit for anyone intrigued by architecture–just not on the weekend! Which is of course, when I went. Which is also why you wont see any INSIDE pictures (from me, at least) in this post. No pleading, begging, or...
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South Casa Beach, San Diego, CA 92037, USA
On our 2 week trip across California, we stopped off at "The Casa Beach" to check out the renowned La Jolla seal colony. It's very interesting to encounter a wild seal colony after having just driven through one of La Jolla's high end shopping...
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5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
They had me at duck confit tacos, the francophile in me couldn't resist! This great local eatery located in La Jolla's Bird Rock Community has something for everyone. There is a nice outdoor area to eat in, as well as a cute bar, and the staff is...
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1325 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Sunny Jim Cave is found in the La Jolla cove and was dug out by hand by two Chinese laborers in 1902 and 1903. The cave was later used during Prohibition to smuggle alcohol and immigrants. There are 126 steps leading down a narrow tunnel to the...
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2125 Main St, Julian, CA 92036, USA
The Warm Hearth is a gigantic place. You think you've hit the end of the store and then turn a corner and there's an entire back warehouse filled with antiques! Cards, jewelry, soaps, lotions, collectables, dishware, furniture, etc. Very eclectic...
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2119 Main St, Julian, CA 92036, USA
If you drove over to Julian and didn't stop by Mom's Pie House to pick up a pie or other pastry, you've wasted your entire trip. A visit to Julian without stopping here just doesn't make any sense! Anita Nichols has been making pies from scratch...
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4696 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
When a friend told me that Polite Provisions was one of the only places in town that he wished had been around when he was single, I knew I should go check it out. There's a lot of marble - floors, tabletops, and bar top. Add in the Grecian-style...
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113 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
The unique thing about this restaurant is that everything is cooked on a plank and you can even choose the meats, cheeses and sauces to create your own meal. The flavors are amazing and after you eat- or before- you can stroll along East Grand...
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650 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
Lourdes is known in San Diego county for their yummy chicken soup. People come from all over just for the soup- my husband, who loves chicken, always wants to stop here whenever we pass through on our way home from a vacation. If you're in the...
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903 S Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
San Diego may be a far cry from the cronut haven in New York, but Peterson’s Donut Corner gives the specialty treat a run for its money with its “cropuff”—you heard that correctly, a cream puff cronut. But don’t fret, if you’re not into the cronut...
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1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Golf and sunshine are the main magnets that draw visitors to Palm Springs, but a 10-minute ride will take you up into a snowy evergreen forest. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway climbs up to a mountain wilderness at 8,500 feet (2,590 meters). The...
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101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
I got a preview of the new Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, California. In addition to the influential collection of art, the garden around the museum is beautifully designed and showcases the frailty of the desert.
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3400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
just outside palm springs 45 mins is majestic Joshua tree.. I try get here at least once a year after a lot of traveling to recharge.. beautiful jumbo rocks and cacti with miles of pristine trails, where you can free camp where you wish, to feel...
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664 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Palm Springs is a thrift and vintage hot spot with hand-me-downs from its heyday of the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s. Déjà Vu Vintage Finery is one of the best boutiques to find designer wears and accessories from casual to elegant without the...
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701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs is a converted Howard Johnson that still has a cool 70s vibe with a modern flare. When you stay, you'll be among young hipsters and cool couples waiting to waste the day away poolside. The property also has a yummy...
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245 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Espresso Cielo is a charming café in the heart of Palm Springs. They care about quality and serve Vancouver’s 49th Parallel coffee with their signature porcelain powder blue cups. The interior design feels like an interpretation of Alice in...
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622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Escape the hotels and resorts for city style dining at Cheeky’s in Palm Springs. Serving a fresh menu each week and breakfast all day, it’s the best spot around for quality, price and vibe. Only open Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,...
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1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Tinto serves Basque-inspired small plates that pop with as much color and flavor as the vibrant façade of the Saguaro Hotel in which it resides. Chef Jose Garces of Iron Chef status creates dishes whose ingredients burst with each bite like the...
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611 S Palm Canyon Dr # 6, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
Palm Greens Cafe is dedicated to organic cuisine and serves a menu of entrees for all dietary preferences including meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw. Their raw twist on lasagna consists of thinly sliced zucchini noodles stuffed with...
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891 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Spend your Saturday morning walking and shopping on Palm Canyon Drive, home to the largest, most condensed assortment of modern, mid-century and antique furniture and furnishing stores I've yet to encounter. Great taste prevails here;...