Who doesn”t like holiday outlet shopping? San Diego has two awesome premium outlets, one in North County and the other in the South Bay, where you can find designer, name brand gifts at incredible prices.
Both outlet centers offer an upscale outdoor setting with full food courts including Starbucks, fast food and seated dining. Plus, during the month of December, both centers are offering a “Deal of the Day,” coupon books with 25-30 savings offers beyond the outlet discounts and plenty of holiday fun for the whole family.
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Carlsbad Premium Outlets offers amazing deals in San Diego”s North County
The Carlsbad Premium Outlets features 90 luxury factory outlet stores like Barneys New York, Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, Brooks Brothers, Theory, Cole Haan, Coach, Zales, Sunglass Hut and Godiva Chocolates to name a few.
In addition to all the amazing shopping indoors, Carlsbad Premium Outlets offers plenty of festive fun outdoors during the month of December. Santa is available for gift lists and photos. Carolers fill the center with sounds of the casino online holidays on select weekends. You can even get your presents wrapped while supporting the local Carlsbad High School Orchestra.
Discover amazing deals from brand names at the Premium Outlets in South Bay and Carlsbad
In the South Bay, the Las Americas Premium Outlets features 125 factory outlet stores including American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Chico”s, Forever 21, Nike, J Crew, Toys R Us, Tommy Bahama, Wilsons Leather, Game Stop, Bath & Body Works and the Disney Store Outlet.
And during the month of December, Las Americas is full of holiday cheer with a strolling Santa on Saturdays (bring the camera!) and carolers on Sundays.
Spoil yourself with a day of shopping in San Diego. The warm fall weather beckons visitors to enjoy an outing at some of the best centers and premium outlets for luxurious shopping and dining throughout San Diego county!
Premium Outlets – Luxury Items at Affordable Prices
Discover amazing deals from brand names at the Premium Outlets in South Bay and Carlsbad
If you’re looking to discover not only the best of San Diego, but also score a great bargain while in town, then check out the Premium Outlets. The Carlsbad Premium Outlets in North County Coastal San Diego and the Las Americas Premium Outlets in the South Bay offer upscale shopping from the finest designer and brand names at incredible prices.
In between stores, take a break in lovely outdoor settings, complete with elegant architecture and beautiful courtyards. While you relax, sip on a warm pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks or nibble on a famous fish taco from Rubio’s. There are plenty of dining options sure to please every taste.
Whether you’re enjoying a day at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad or checking out the bustling border near Mexico, everyday savings of 25% to 65% are yours for the taking at the Premium Outlets.
Spend the whole day shopping, dining and relaxing at Fashion Valley
Fashion Valley boasts world-class shopping, offering top brands from Prada to Zara and Hermes to Urban Outfitters at more than 200 shops and eateries in a beautiful outdoor setting.
After picking out that “to-die-for” purse from Luis Vuitton, take a break from retail therapy with a pampering massage at Carlton Hair Salon and Day Spa, cool off while enjoying a movie at the center’s 18-screen AMC Theatres, or simply soak up some sunshine on comfortable outdoor seating while checking in on Facebook using complimentary WiFi.
If you’re looking for healthy dining options to go along with that bathing suit you packed, check out True Food Kitchen, serving up delicious and nutritious farm-to-table selections in a hip setting. Or perhaps you’re a tech-lover who craves made-to-order selections? If so, check out Technology Innovator of the Year award-winning restaurant STACKED, where all orders are placed using your very own tableside tablet.
With so many dining, retail and entertainment options, no wonder Fashion Valley was designated as one of 25 premier Simon Malls’ top visitor destinations in the country!
Even teens will admit to their parent’s that summer in San Diego is awesome!
Alice Cooper said it best, “No more teachers, no more books…school’s out for summer!” When the final school bell rings and summer break begins, there’s no better place to bring your kids than San Diego, especially teenagers. San Diego has great teen activities known to cause many of them to happily lay down their smart phones and join in the fun. Here are a few “teen-tested, mother approved” San Diego activities that my own two teenagers enjoy every summer.
The beach and boogie boarding go hand in hand, like San Diego and sunshine. With 70 miles of gorgeous beaches, there’s plenty of surf for everyone. The best thing about it, just about anyone can do it. Teens love boogie boarding, and smaller kiddos and adults can jump right in for unlimited wave action too. Boogie boards can be rented at any of the surf shacks close to the beach.
Surfs up! Surfing is a way of life in San Diego, but if your teens don’t know how, don’t fret. Try Surf Diva Surf School located in La Jolla Shores, which is recognized world-wide and offers surfing lessons year-round. There’s also Menehune Surf School in La Jolla, founded and staffed by local school teachers who will have your teens up on a board and riding waves in no time. Or, if you want to experience “sheet wave” technology, try The Wave House in Mission Beach, which harnesses the power and challenge of the ocean in a man-made, closed system that gives you non-stop action.
Gather Around the Fire Pit
Most Southern California teens (including my own) love hanging out at the beach around a roaring beach bonfire. The Hotel Del Coronado offers “S’Mores on the Beach” where you can sit around a crackling fire pit under the stars, toes in the sand, and snack on the classic combination of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate. Other options for fire pits are Mission Bay Park, Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores and Moonlight Beach in North County.
The great thing about riding a bike is that most teens never outgrow it. San Diego has an abundance of biking trails for you and your teens to ride along paths with awesome views of the Pacific Ocean. Along the beach and boardwalk, there are ample places where bikes can be rented.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Petco Park
During baseball season, my teenage son loves watching the Padres at Petco Park, one of America’s newest ballparks. But in the off season, your teens can catch all the MLB action with a behind-the-scenes tour, offered seven days a week. Discover “writer’s row” in the press box or explore the Padres dugout. The crown jewel of downtown San Diego, Petco Park serves up baseball Southern California style-complete with swaying palm trees and a sandy beach beyond center field.
San Diego’s uptown neighborhood of Hillcrest, home of San Diego’s LGBT community, celebrates diversity year-round with a vibrant rainbow mix of accommodations, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, chic boutiques, vintage clothing stores, kitschy novelty shops and so much more.
With San Diego Pride coming up next month (July 12-14), now is the perfect time to spotlight a few of my favorite places worth checking out:
Where to Stay
The historic Inn at the Park, located right across the street from Balboa Park, is home to the best happy hour in Hillcrest: Top of the Park, a Friday night tradition where hundreds gather on the rooftop to soak up the sunset and kick-off the weekend over cocktails.
Urban Mo’s is fun and boisterous with strong margaritas and booming dance music on a packed outdoor patio and indoor dance floor. Hillcrest Brewing Company, claiming to be the World’s First “Out and Proud LGBT Brewery”(wow!), has 9 tasty in-house craft brews on tap to quench your thirst. If crafty cocktails are more your thing, Martinis Above Fourth is a swanky go-to spot.
If you’ve got to get your groove on, Rich’s with its two dance floors and sexy go-go boys can’t be beat!
Filter Coffee House is the place to see and be seen while sipping espresso and “studying” the crowd for cuties, day or night.
Dinner & a Show
D Bar restaurant is my new fav with its sleek moderne design and delish dishes like Southern fried Belgian – a sweet waffle with fried chicken (yep!). Their macarons are also off the charts! Afterward, head to Diversionary Theatre for cutting edge theater at its finest.
Brunch ‘n Lunch
Colorful Café on Park with its deliciously imaginative breakfast dishes like egg scrambles, Captain Crunch pancakes (yep!) and crab cake benny, is sure to satisfy!
Shop till you drop
Shop-portuunities galore in Hillcrest
Stroll along Fifth Ave. and University Ave. for funky, one-of-a-kind finds. Park Blvd. is great for retro, mid-Century modern treasures.
If you’ve been anywhere other than sunny San Diego for the last few months, chances are you’re ready to hit the beach (and hey, even us locals are itching to get summer started). But what if you made it all the way to San Diego’s shores only to discover that you forgot to pack your swimsuit?
Fear not! Whether you need to shop after some forgetful packing or simply want to look like you blend in with the locals, San Diego shops offer some hot summer styles that are sure to make you look like a lifelong beach babe.
Swimsuit fashion from Sauvage (left) and Graffiti Beach (right)
Local designer Elizabeth Southwood’s Sauvage line of swimwear offers luxurious looks based on today’s hottest trends. Visit Sauvage’s La Jolla-based boutique, just blocks away from the beautiful La Jolla Cove.
One of San Diego’s most stylish new boutiques, Graffiti Beach in the South Park neighborhood features athletic styles that are as fashionable as they are functional.
Swimsuit Purchased – Now Onto the Pool Parties
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows’ pool parties are always a blast.
Once you’re decked out in your new swimsuit, why limit yourself to showing off your look at the beach? Flaunt your fabulous style at one of San Diego’s trendy hotel pool parties:
Intervention Sundays at the Float – Hard Rock Hotel San Diego are all about excess. Prepare for barely-clothed bodies drinking and partying like there’s no tomorrow.
Clothing company Fortune 21 will bring a series of pool parties to the Andaz San Diego’s Rooftop Pool this summer, which are sure to be some of the hottest ticket parties in town.
Pool Parties at the Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows are the perfect place to show off a retro suit. Built in 1946, the charming vintage neighborhood spot features DJs and lots of fun at their Sunday pool parties each summer.
It has been quoted that for the tween/teen girl the top three activities of her choices are: to hang out with friends, listen to music and yes you know it – Shop, Shop, Shop! For that reason I thought I would list some of my favorite places to shop for that up-and-coming Stylista. I prefer these boutiques based on three components: being on-trend, age appropriate styles and great price points for the savvy tween/teen.
Studio 1220 Boutique
My first recommendation is Studio 1220 Boutique. I love their selection of that laid-back chic California-Girl look. The clothes are comfy, on-trend and stylish. They also have a great selection of scarves and jewelry.
Locations: Carlsbad – 1923 Calle Barcelona #147, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (map)
Solana Beach – 665 Rodolfo Dr. #109B, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (map)
Del Mar – 12925 El Camino Real #J-7, San Diego, CA 92130 (map)
Point Loma – 2850 Womble Road #100, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Coronado – 952 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 (map)
Pretty Please Boutique
Pretty Please Boutique – Coronado
Another stylish choice with great price points is Pretty Please Boutique. This boutique carries colorful dresses, blouses, jeans, and dresses. I love their selection of affordable jewelry too!
Locations: Del Mar – 12925 El Camino Real Suite J-10, San Diego, CA 92130 (map)
Hillcrest – 1220 Cleveland Ave Suite, M-111, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Carlsbad – 5617 Paseo Del Norte Suite #116, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (map)
Carmel Mountain – 11835 Carmel Mountain Road Suite 1310, San Diego, CA 92128 (map)
Twirl Boutique carries some nice options for dressier ensembles while still offering everyday chic looks. They also carry a nice selection of jackets and purses.
Location: 3840 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Dolcetti Boutique carries a little but more of a sophisticated look. The owners have a great eye on the latest styles for that Stand-Out girl who does not shy away from the current fashions. This is also a great place to get a make-up lesson upstairs at their full service salon.
With new inventory coming in all of the time, The Shopaholics Boutique seems to always have just the right ensembles for all occasions. Their dress, jackets, and jewelry options are fabulous and at just the right price.
Mimi and Red Boutiques are truly one of my go-to boutiques for teens. The brands, colors and options are endless! You can easily purchase an entire outfit at very reasonable prices.
Locations: San Diego – 3032 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 (map)
La Jolla – 5630 La Jolla Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92037 (map) Website:www.mimiandred.com
RICA Boutique in San Diego’s La Jolla
A newer boutique in La Jolla, Rica Boutique, carries the latest bright and comfy California-Girl choices. Their selection of dresses, shorts, and blouses are very polished but easily accessible. They also carry some fab shoe and accessory options.
What, you haven’t finished your holiday shopping?! No worries…Santa’s elves in Coronado, across the bridge from downtown San Diego, have a stocking full of gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else.
Skip the crowded malls and head to Coronado’s charming Christmas tree-lined main street, Orange Avenue, to discover delightful boutique shops and galleries selling all sorts of unique gifts. Following are some of my favorites:
Shorelines’ one-of-a-kind gifts include colorful Spiritiles.
The new Shorelines Gallery sells handcrafted jewelry, glass art, chic home decor and exclusive art collectibles like the colorfully playful Spiritiles (as in “Spirit” – “tiles”).
Craig Alan’s people-pleasing Hotel del Coronado painting.
Art and Frames by Wood Gallery features paintings and sculptures by local and world-renowned artists. I especially love Craig Alan’s fantastical people paintings. His depiction of The Del (see above) is brilliant!
Men and shopping? You bet! And San Diego is just the place to find that perfect ensemble to fit any occasion. As a personal wardrobe stylist I feel that clothing for men is less complicated than for women. San Diego’s local boutiques have embraced this concept making it easy to find anything from Casual-Chic to unique Work-Wear to Date-Night styles for men.
Find Great Clothing for Men at these Stores
Some of my recommended boutiques for Casual-Chic for men are Chillers Showroom. This spacious Pacific Beach boutique has some great options for casual button-down shirts, jeans and thermal hoodies. I also love that you can create your own custom t-shirt screen-printed right on site utilizing some of their fantastic Chillers artwork!
HIS is in the Design District called Cedros. I love their relaxed yet cool inventory of everyday styles for men. They carry unique brands and have a talent for offering just a step up from an everyday surfer-style look.
When it comes to work-wear options or dinner-date looks, I recommend shopping at Mister B. This store offers fine men’s clothing with great European brands. Their suits, sport coats and shoes are to die for. If you’re looking for sophistication, this is the perfect place to shop.
A great place to shop for date-night looks is the fab store called, Matti D. Whether you are searching for the latest pair of jeans or some unique outerwear this boutique carries it all. I love their selection of scarves and cashmere sweaters too.
When it comes to completing men’s style, cool shoes are a must! I love the shoe boutique called Mint. This boutique carries hard to find retro brands and the latest urban-chic styles for casual shoes and boots.
If Italian quality and “dolce vita” style is for you then Stile Italiano is the place! This boutique is reasonably priced with imported unique fashions for men. The owner comes from Italy and has a long family history in fashion and design. I love their wallets, jackets and one-of-a-kind shoes. They even carry some great artwork to purchase!
Even though San Diego’s consistent favorable weather might make you think that we don’t shop for the latest fall and winter fashion trends; we certainly embrace the season’s ensembles that fit our active lifestyle and great weather!
Westfield Style Tour with Stacy London from What Not to Wear
At the “Westfield Style Tour,” Stacy London, from What Not To Wear, described San Diego’s style as healthy, colorful, and cheerful and that made me think that the jewel tones for fall and winter will fit perfectly! Some key pieces to buy while visiting San Diego would be, colored denim, a casual-chic jacket, or a gem colored holiday dress.
Some of these items can be found at various boutiques around San Diego:
One of my favorite to shop for jackets and on-trend colors for Fall is Poppy Boutique. This boutique features the current trends for every season and I especially love their faux leather leggings.
Fashion in the Heart of Mission Hills at Le Bel Age Boutique
The go-to boutique called Le Bel Age carries looks from bold-boho-chic to effortless -elegant-chic. I love their take on modern tunics with leggings (great for layering), to gorgeous holiday dresses and Chanel-inspired jackets. If the fabulous window displays do not entice you in then their price points sure will!
San Diego may be a laid-back town, but we take our food very seriously. With a diverse landscape and mild temperatures, San Diego County boasts ideal conditions for farming, so it’s no surprise that the county is home to more than 6,000 small and family owned farms. These farmers provide chefs from local restaurants with access to the freshest possible ingredients, but you don’t have to pull up a seat at a restaurant to enjoy some of San Diego’s local bounty.
Whether you are packing supplies for a picnic in Balboa Park, picking up fresh fruit to snack on in your hotel room, or even enjoying an impromptu lunch streetside, there are a number of California Certified Farmers Markets that take place every day in San Diego all over the county. These colorful and festive farmers markets offer fresh picked fruits, crisp heirloom vegetables, regional cheeses, locally baked breads and desserts and a unique window on life in this sun-kissed Southern California paradise.
How about some uni served fresh from the sea at the Little Italy Mercato?
On Sunday mornings, an offbeat crowd of neighborhood musicians, artists and residents gather at the Hillcrest Farmers Market, where they enjoy fresh finds from around the county along with a unique collection of handcrafted art and housewares.
On Wednesday afternoons, visitors step back into the 1960s at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market; in this eclectic beachfront setting, fresh produce mixes with a laid-back surfer vibe and dash of the bizarre—llama rides are optional.
On Saturday mornings, the Little Italy Mercato brings the streets of this colorful downtown neighborhood to life as farm fresh produce rubs elbows with prepared foods from some of the region’s best kitchens.
It’s not just for fruits and veggies: you’ll find locally raised meats at many San Diego Farmers Markets.
Markets are held across San Diego County 7 days a week, so no matter where your travels take you, your sure to find something fresh nearby. Check out the San Diego County Farm Bureau for a complete list of markets.
Which Farmers Market in San Diego is your favorite?