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Earlier today, it was announceed that three San Diego area resorts were awarded the AAA Five Diamond status, the highest rating possible from the American Automobile Association, for 2011.

To arrive at the rankings, AAA’s professional inspectors evaluate more than 58,000 lodgings and restaurants.  The Five Diamond Award is applied only to offerings that consistently meet the highest standards of quality.  It signifies meticulous service and above-and-beyond travel and dining experiences.  Only about 0.28 percent of lodgings and restaurants earn the distinction.  

The San Diego hotels that received the 2011 AAA Five Diamond Award are:

San Diego is a place most people already think of as a relaxing destination. With year round great weather, the beach, fantastic hotel pools, etc., there are so many options for visitors looking for a little R&R. One spot I like to go to when I have girlfriends in town is the Kin Spa at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

Located on the third floor, the spa offers everything from facials and massages to hair services and mani/pedis. The adult-only pool has some of the best views of San Diego Bay and features spacious cabanas with plush couches …

San Diego’s commitment to the environment and the protection of its most treasured resources – 70 miles of beautiful beaches and the best year round weather in the country – is far reaching.

Below are 20 Green Facts about San Diego. On your next visit to San Diego, be sure to check one of them out!…

It’s National Dessert Day, not that I think there needs to be one, to me every day is dessert day. My go to dessert is chocolate. Pretty much anything with chocolate will get my attention. Below is a sampling of some delicious creations you can find in San Diego. Tell us, what is your favorite dessert?

Cucina Urbana–This Banker’s Hill hotspot located at 5th and Laurel is well known among locals as a great place to get an affordable meal without comprising taste and ambiance. Currently, Pastry Chef Ben Rollins is featuring an Apple Gratin. They serve the dish …

San Diego Restaurant Week is just around the corner. The foodie in my is screaming, “YAAAY! Think of all the things I get to try this year,” while the sensible money-saver in me is screaming, “YAAY!! Three-course meals for only $20-$40 per person!” SO basically, every little part of me wins this battle.

San Diego Restaurant Weeek takes place twice a year, once in January and once in September. It runs from 9/19 through 9/24 and includes over 180 of the city’s best restaurants. Everything from the waterfront Marine Room in La Jolla to the hip Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz

Recently, Green Seal awarded its highest award certification: Gold level. After five months of preparation, a rigorous on-site audit followed by two months of follow-up and verification, they officially received the news on August 5th. This marks the first hotel in San Diego to achieve Gold status from Green Seal. At the time of their certification, there were only 97 hotels certified in 23 states and only 2 are at the gold level. The Sheraton San Diego is the largest Sheraton on the west coast to be certified.

Green Seal is a non-profit organization whose mission is to use science-based …

S ‘mores and summer go hand in hand, especially in San Diego where you can enjoy this delicious desert right on the beach. It’s a campfire classic that is so simple to make yet full of such gooey goodness. The more the marshmallow is burnt – the better! Want to make your own s ‘mores while visiting San Diego? Pick from over 180 beach fire pits located throughout San Diego or check out some of my favorite places to make your own or have someone make them for you!

DO IT YOURSELF S’MORES

Tip: There are no reservations for fire pits, and …

San Diego realizes that many visitors are stranded due to volcanic ash. In support, the following hotels and attractions are offering special rates to accommodate visitors during this time.

Hotel Rates:

- Motel 6, 3708 Plaza Dr., 760.941.1011, $39.60 per night.
- Motel 6 Downtown, 909 N Coast Hwy., 760.721.1543 $49.99 per night w/ micro & fridge.
- Holiday Inn Marina, 1401 Carmelo Dr., 760.231.7000, $99.00 per night.
- Residence Inn by Marriott, 3603 Ocean Ranch Blvd., 760.722.9600 $129 per night.
- Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, 333 N. Myers Street, 40% Off.
- Days Inns

The grande dame of downtown hotels, THE US GRANT, is turning 100 this year and she’s looking better than ever. 

I know because one of my very favorite things to do is to walk down the the marble staircase in the lobby and back in time with the incredible collection of historic photos beautifully displayed on the lower level.  These moments, captured all throughout the last century, showcase the hotel and her sharply-dressed clientele in all their glory. 

From flirty flappers stepping out of Model-Ts to Betty Draper-style beauties in pearls and white gloves, it’s a visual feast for anyone who loves vintage style and …

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Kona Kai Resort’s first luau of the summer. Having only experienced a luau in Hawaii when I was all of 11 years old, I had no idea what I was in for. Was I supposed to bring my own hula skirt? Did you have to eat the luau pig in the pit? And if you’re a vegetarian, is there a pit-roasted tofu pig? These are things I was eager to find out.

The luau was completely sold-out, and for good reason. The setting was directly on the beach in Shelter Island, …