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Where to Explore San Diego’s Art Scene during Museum Month

San Diego’s local art scene is thriving more than ever. World-class museums abound across the county. As do independent galleries, unique pop-ups, and outdoor installations that can be enjoyed year-round, thanks to our perfect climate. February is Macy’s Museum Month in San Diego, which means you can enjoy half off admission to more than 40 local museums. When you’re looking for inspiration, it’s easy to enjoy the bounty of artistry right here in these creative-minded ‘hoods. Continue reading

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 6-11, 2018

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Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do. Continue reading

Jennifer Davies

Can’t Miss February Events in San Diego’s Balboa Park

Balboa Park

It’s February and love is in the air and there is plenty to love in Balboa Park, too. From the science of love to pop-up Latin art to strolling Japanese gardens in a kimono, the park is alive with experiences you won’t want to miss. Continue reading

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 30 – February 4, 2018

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6 Fun Fitness Activities to Enjoy in San Diego

SUP Yoga - 6 Fun Fitness Activities to Enjoy in San Diego

Hikers, bikers, and yogis rejoice. Whether you’re trying to stay in shape during your vacation or just in the mood to try something new, in a fitness-focused town like San Diego, there’s surely something for everyone.

1. SUP Yoga

Get out of the studio and try SUP yoga. Short for stand-up paddleboard, SUP combines two of our favorite low-impact workouts, and you can’t beat that ocean breeze. Anchor your board and focus on balance, or get comfortable with getting wet. Stoked Yogi offers classes in Mission Bay and Carlsbad Lagoon, which you can book in advance. Near Mission Beach? Sign up for a Bliss Paddle Yoga class. Or set up a SUP Yoga workshop in San Diego or Mission bays with Paddle into Fitness.

2. Running

Running is the perfect vacation workout. Get your heart pumping and enjoy some of San Diego’s best scenery along the way. And really, all you need to pack is a pair of sneakers. So lace up those running shoes and hit the road. Check out these popular routes:

The Embarcadero
Check out relics from the city’s long maritime history, cruise ships, and yachts as you jog along San Diego Bay and perhaps take a detour through Waterfront Park or Seaport Village.

Mission Bay
This flat, nearly 12-mile loop takes you past stretches of gorgeous shoreline, Fiesta Island Park, the Bahia Resort, and two wildlife preserves.

Sunset Cliffs
Sunset Cliffs offers some of the best ocean views in town. This path will take you along the rocky cliffs from Ocean Beach to Sunset Cliffs Park. Not tired yet? Continue along the looping trails of Sunset Cliffs Park.

Lake Murray
Take this flat trail in La Mesa around the reservoir to the dam gate, then turn around and head back for a roughly 6-mile run.

Pacific Beach Boardwalk
Navigate your way through walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers on this paved oceanfront run. Or wait for low tide and run along the sand above the crashing waves.

3. Triathlon

San Diego is the birthplace of the modern triathlon, so if you’re up for the grueling run-swim-bike race, sign up for one of the many held at various locations around town. Check out what’s coming up in the San Diego Triathlon Series and others around San Diego County online.

4. Hiking

So many trails, so little time. Whether you’re seeking an adventure in the rolling mountains of East County or a cliff-side excursion high above the Pacific Ocean, trails in San Diego range from family-friendly beginner to expert-level terrain for the seasoned pro. Here are some of our San Diego favorites:

Cowles Mountain, Mission Trails Regional Park
The highest peak in San Diego
3 miles, moderate

Torrey Pines State Beach, La Jolla
Accessible off Torrey Pines Road
3 miles, moderate

Balboa Park
65 miles of trails, easy

Mount Woodson Trail, Poway
Accessible via state Route 67 and Mount Woodson Road. Get an Instagram shot at Potato Chip Rock!
6.4 miles, difficult

Pacific Crest Trail segment, Mount Laguna
Accessible via Sunrise Highway
4 miles, moderate

Palomar Observatory Trail, Cleveland National Forest
Off Canfield Road
4 miles, easy

The Slot, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
2 miles, easy

Stonewall Peak, Julian
Off state Route 79
4 miles, moderate

Three Sisters Falls, Cleveland National Forest
Accessible via Boulder Creek Road
4 miles, difficult

5. Biking

Whether on a mountain bike or beach cruiser, alone or in a group, there’s a ride here for you. With over 260 days of sunshine and hundreds of miles of trails, there’s no reason not to go for a spin. Rent a bike from SoCal Bike (328 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside), Pedego San Diego (900 Bayfront Court, downtown), or cruise around on a DecoBike, which can be picked up and returned to more than 180 stations around town. Look for green bike lanes throughout San Diego for a safe, protected lane for riding.

6. Kayaking

Tone those guns and explore San Diego’s waters while you’re at it. Kayaks are available for rent at various locations along the coast. Kayak tours are also a great way to sneak in a workout while you take in scenic ocean views. Book a tour at La Jolla Kayak (2199 Avenida de la Playa), or rent a kayak from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (1001 Santa Clara Place).

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 23-28, 2018

Farmers Insurance Open - Top Things to Do

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Farmers Insurance Open, San Diego Restaurant Week and these top things to do.

Farmers Insurance Open

Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course – 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 25-28, 2018
Tiger will be there. Will you? The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions including, The Michelob ULTRA Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more!

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: Thru January 28, 2018
A FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

Where: Sunroad Resort Marina – 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 25-28, 2-18
Welcome to the 2018 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show. If you are a boater, don’t miss this once a year event! We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more. Come join us!

The Full Monty

Where: Horton Grand Theatre – 444 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 26 – February 25, 2018
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, follows six down-on-their-luck steelworkers who are desperately looking for work to support their families when they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. Filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show, audiences will be wondering if these lovable misfits will really pull it off.

Stories in Time

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 26-28, 2018
This concert explores the curious relationship between music and time. Rhythm can give programmatic music the texture that moves the story along, such as the tales in Maurice Ravel’s gentle Suite from Mother Goose, or Béla Bartók’s highly charged narrative of The Miraculous Mandarin. Sometimes the rhythms themselves, and the instruments that create them, can suggest and movingly transform an environment as prosaic as an auto factory, as in Missy Mazzolli’s River Rouge Transfiguration. And then there is Tora Takemitsu’s From me flows what you call Time, which arguably exists outside of rhythm…and even time!

San Diego Caffeine Crawl

When: January 26-28, 2018
This line-up includes over 25 local roasters, cafes and companies – many long time industry veterans, and several new shops. All bringing their A game to the thriving greater San Diego beverage scene. A total of 9 routes to choose from, each with a different roster of participants, and times to work best with your schedule.

Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week

When: January 28 – February 3, 2018
Enjoy scrumptious specials from our highly-acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs, and eateries. Savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit your favorites and create new experiences! Cheers!

House of Pacific Relations Sunday Lawn Programs

Where: 2191 W Pan American Rd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 28 – December 8, 2018
From January through early December, member houses of the House of Pacific Relations feature music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods.

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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 16-21, 2017

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Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including San Diego Restaurant Week and these top things to do.

Places in Time

When: January 20-21, 2018
Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Rhythms of Italian music pervade this concert as our “It’s About Time” festival continues. Gioacchino Rossini’s French opera about the Swiss fighting Austrian oppression was transformed into the signature music of American pop culture icon The Lone Ranger due to its perfectly propulsive, “Hi-Ho Silver!” beat. Giuseppe Martucci provides a perfect sample of Italian night music, and Ottorino Respighi gloriously tramps ghost legions down the Appian Way in The Pines of Rome. Rising young Italian conductor Jader Bignamini leads the program.

Monster Jam

When: January 20, 2018
Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Monster Jam® is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks.

U.S. WNT vs. Denmark

When: January 21, 2018
Where: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
The U.S. Women’s National Team will open its 2018 schedule against 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro runners-up Denmark on Sunday, Jan. 21 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego.

San Diego Restaurant Week

When: January 21-28, 2018
Where: Countywise
The 14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

Whale Watching

When: Thru April
Where: Countywide
Each year, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: Julian

Just an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the city of San Diego is Julian, a sleepy little town nestled in the scenic Cuyamaca Mountains. A trip to this rustic hamlet feels like a voyage back in time, and rightfully so: It’s a California Historical Landmark dating back to the gold rush. Check out its many historic buildings and book a ride down storefront-lined Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage. And don’t pass up the chance to get a taste of what Julian has come to be known for – apples.

An easy day trip from San Diego, be sure to check out these offerings you can only find in Julian. And, if you time it right you might even see some winter snow. Continue reading

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3 San Diego Spa Trends to Check Out Right Now

Urban Calm Spa in San Diego

Want to really treat yourself? Relax, recharge, and rejuvenate with one of San Diego’s most innovative spa treatments. We talked with three San Diego spas about what’s hot, what’s trending, and how you can experience the best new treatments.

Rock Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

The trend: Multisensory

Imagine relaxation set to a rockin’ playlist. It’s easy if you try. The Rock Spa’s Synchronicity massage, part of its musical Rhythm and Motion series of treatments, pairs Swedish and hot stone massage techniques with a blend of classic and modern rock. Master massage therapist Kyra scrubs, rubs, and drums you – lightly, but with real drumsticks – into total bliss while booming bass vibrations resonate up through the table and tunes stream down from a domed speaker just overhead. The soothing smell of essential oils adds another element to the mix. It’s easy to zone out during a massage, but familiar songs help keep you in the moment as Kyra matches her rhythm, pressure, and strokes with the playlist.

Spa Director Brooke Zarconi says the Synchronicity massage is becoming one of the Hard Rock’s most requested services because it’s cool, unique, and so different from your average spa massage. The treatment can also be customized. Choose from four playlists: soothing sounds, softer rock, classic rock and covers, and a combination that will transform the spa setting into a cozy, cool venue. “We’re not the typical spa – we’re dark and intimate and small.”

Another bonus: the Rock Spa uses organic products, such as the sugar foot scrub that kicks off the experience. “We’re all trying to get away from the toxins,” she says. Experience this mix of classic, modern, hard, and soft all coming together in perfect harmony at the Rock Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Where: 207 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about the Rock Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Urban Calm

The trend: Eco-friendly

We love our sunshine here in San Diego, but tanning isn’t exactly healthy. So what about the alternative, spray tans? What used to be orange has gone green at Urban Calm. The East Village sanctuary promises to give its clients a gorgeous, sun-kissed glow using all-natural, organic ingredients. Owner Heidi Olden says that when she started out in the spa industry nearly 20 years ago, she had to search long and hard to find products that were free of harmful chemicals but still effective. “When I became an esthetician and learned about how much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the body, I became even more passionate about natural skin care products.”

Now her business caters to clients seeking organic skin care treatments and clean beauty services. That includes spray tanning. “I’ve always tried to educate my clients about the damaging effects of too much sun exposure,” she says, “so I really wanted to offer a natural sunless tanning option as an alternative to lying out in the sun.” Urban Calm uses an Australian sunless tanning solution that contains Eco Certified DHA and a handful of other organic ingredients like green tea, aloe, and coconut. Olden says there’s no odor, it doesn’t streak or turn orange, and it usually lasts for five to seven days. “I love being able to offer this alternative to my clients so that they can have that nice, healthy glow without subjecting themselves to prolonged sun exposure, which can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and sun spots.”

Where: 726 Ninth Ave #3, San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about Urban Calm

The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The trend: Detox

Several treatments at the five-star Spa at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve center around flushing toxins from the body by stimulating the lymphatic system. Manual Lymph Drainage, a type of light, rhythmic massage, removes toxins and ushers in deep relaxation. A half-hour treatment focuses on the face and neck and can alleviate symptoms of sinusitis and congestion, improve the condition of the skin, reduce the appearance of puffy eyes and dark circles, and help speed up the recovery process after facial surgery. If that wasn’t enough to make you feel renewed, longer treatments are said to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote further healing.

The Spa at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar also uses dry brushing techniques to stimulate the lymphatic system in its touch-therapy treatments. In the “Refined” option, a full-body dry brushing is followed by a sea salt body scrup and finished with hydrating body oil. Detoxifying Epsom salts are also used in the spa’s hour-long Herbal Relexology hand and foot treatment.

Where: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130
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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 9-15, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Borrego Springs Film Festival

Borrego Springs Film Festival - Top Things to Do in San DiegoThe Borrego Springs Film Festival is a young and popular Southern California juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, Latino, and short films.

Where: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center – 590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
When: January 11-15, 2017
Cost: $11-$125
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Poway Winter Festival

Poway Winter FestivalExperience the magic and charm of winter like never before! Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink; there is bound to be something for everyone!

Where: Poway Community Park – 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
When: January 12-13, 2018
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Poway Winter Festival

SeaWorld Inside Look

SeaWorld Inside Look - Top Things to DoAnimal lovers, get a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and witness first-hand the inspiring day-to-day care our animal experts provide, as well as the life-saving operations of our amazing Rescue Team. Get a deep dive into the worlds of orcas, dolphins, sharks and more! Meet the animals and the experts that make SeaWorld the incredible place that it is, while interacting and asking the questions you’ve always wanted answered. Along the way, families will earn cool collectibles and learn what they can do to help care for our amazing planet.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: January 13-28, 2018
Cost: Included with park admission
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San Diego Travel & Adventure Show

San Diego Travel & Adventure ShowCome face-to-face with some of your favorite celebrity travel speakers such as Phil Keoghan, Jack Maxwell and Peter Greenberg. Get expert packing tips, technology trends and budget travel hacks on the Savvy Traveler Theater. Talk to local destination experts who have the inside knowledge of where to go and what to do at the Destination Theater. Get a taste of far away cultures at the Taste of Travel Theater and feel the rhythm and vibes of distant lands on the Global Beats Stage.

Where: San Diego Convention Center – 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 13-14, 2018
Cost: $11-$18
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Fascinating Rhythm

Fascinating Rhythm

Our “It’s About Time” percussion festival opens with a program of works suffused with orchestral color and rhythm. Hector Berlioz’s boisterous Roman Carnival contains the Italian saltarello dance at its core. Serge Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 bristles with energy, often driven by inexorable “tick-tocks” coming from the percussion section. Guest soloist and festival curator Steven Schick will be at the center of a virtual menagerie of wood, metal and skin in Roberto Sierra’s Percussion Concerto.

Where: 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 13-14, 2018
Cost: $20-$72
> Find out more about Fascinating Rhythm

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural FestivalThe Festival will showcase San Diego’s rich cultural diversity and traditional heritage through live music, dance performances, storytelling, children’s activities (drum circles, face painting and crafts), and a wide range of ethnic vendors. The Festival will include a variety of multi-cultural entertainment from Native American, Asian, Cajun, Latin, Jazz and Afro-Cuban bands.

Where: Ruocco Park – 585 Harbor Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 13, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day ParadeThis is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.

Where: Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 14, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. DayMartin Luther King Jr. Day at the Worldbeat Center will feature outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe – vegetarian food served!

Where: WorldBeat Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
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