About Alison


I’m a junkie. Addicted to travel. Logged 15 years as Travel Editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune – a labor of love. But always appreciate coming home to my favorite city: San Diego. My newest labor of love is an app – San Diego Essential Guide – a tool that lets me share with other travelers what I love most about my hometown.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego Day?

I’d meet girlfriends at South Mission for a low-tide walk along the ocean front to Pacific Beach. Before heading back, we’d hit a boardwalk restaurant for an eggs Benedict breakfast.  We’d spend the afternoon at La Jolla Shores with our boogie boards – sun and fun in 72-degree-plus waves.  I’d meet my husband for a sunset picnic on a grassy oceanfront bluff at Coast Boulevard Park. We’d end up at Humphreys Backstage Live on Shelter Island, dancing the night away.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

Can’t think of anyplace I wouldn’t want to be seen in San Diego – except maybe Lindbergh Field, if it would help me speed through security and avoid the body scanner.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguini and red wine?

Dad was a commercial fisherman, so I’m spoiled. Give me barely seared ahi, fresh crab or a fish taco.

What’s your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Fishing – it’s in my blood. But I’m happy doing anything where I can smell saltwater: paragliding from Torrey Pines, kayaking the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, riding my boogie board, picnicking on the beach, chillin’ at a Summer Pops concert.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player?

I’m downloading more apps than music these days. My iPod is full of funky Old School stuff – the best of MJ, Gap Band, Gnarls Barkley, Cameo, Hammer and lots of old Motown sounds: Temptations, Four Tops, The Miracles.

More Articles by Alison

Hike the San Diego Stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail

January 09, 2015

Friday Night Liberty Invites You To Explore the Historic Liberty Station

September 03, 2014

Free Summer Concerts in San Diego – 2014

June 13, 2014

Save and Play with These 2014 San Diego County Fair Deals

June 05, 2014

A San Diego Holiday Tradition: Balboa Park December Nights

December 01, 2013

San Diego Offers Free Use of Beach Wheelchairs in Mission Beach

October 18, 2013

Cabrillo National Monument Centennial – It’s Time to Celebrate

September 25, 2013

San Diego Blues Festival Jamming this Weekend to Support a Good Cause

September 06, 2013

Bring the Kids to Camp Del Mar for a Fun Day at the Races

July 31, 2013

San Diego County Fair Deals and Discounts – 2013

June 03, 2013