Sarah Weinberg

Summer Play Days at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Sheraton San Diego Hotel Pool and Marina
Sheraton San Diego Hotel Pool and Marina

Enjoy the water and more at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

One of the cool things about being a San Diegan is that you don’t have to own a boat or even a surf board to get out on the water and have a real outdoor adventure. For a family fun getaway, I schedule some play time on San Diego Bay. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is my home base. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, guests and locals can enjoy the hotel’s Summer Play offerings with free poolside activities for families, daily deals and discounts on boat charters, whale watching excursions, paddleboat or kayak rentals, and more.

Unwind at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Spa

After a day out on the bay, you can cruise back into the marina and enjoy some pampering at the spa or full service salon at the Sheraton; this includes complimentary parking and use of the pool facilities, of which there are three! After a dip in the quieter Lanai pool area, I followed with an aromatherapy massage at the Sheraton’s Island Breeze Spa. The intimate facility offers workout room, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a variety of treatment rooms offering massage therapy, body wraps and cleansing treatments. Island Breeze Spa has expanded their spa services by offering single or couple massages at an outdoor pop-up cabana that overlooks the San Diego bay.

Beyond Four Walls – Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor Yoga - Summer Play Days - Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Find inner balance with cool ocean breezes and sunshine at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina’s Outdoor Yoga

On my next visit, my daughter and I enjoyed the 10:00 AM Saturday outdoor yoga class courtesy of YogaOne ($17 adult, $12 child). Nothing starts off your weekend like doing a tree pose on a lawn surrounded by palm trees while gazing upon sailboats as they glide along the harbor.


Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Pool

Escape the summer heat with a dip in the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina’s cool pool

After yoga, we headed to the Marina Tower pool and my daughter enjoyed some of the kids’ activities planned by the staff. The Shoreline Restaurant, next to the pool, provides full service dining with delivery right to your lounge chair. Rose played pool games and ping-pong then dug into a burger and mango smoothie while I relaxed poolside with my mojito.


We’ve yet to try the family friendly Dive-in-Movie every Friday and Saturday night in the pool; so we might just have to book a room to fit it all in.

Where’s your favorite place to cool off and relax during a warm San Diego summer day?

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: December 19-23, 2012

Aztecs - Poinsettia Bowl

If you have already finished all of your holiday shopping, below are out top things to do this weekend.

1. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Aztecs - Poinsettia Bowl

Will the hometown Aztecs take home the Poinsettia Bowl championship?

The hometown San Diego State University Aztecs will take on the Brigham Young University Cougars at Qualcomm Stadium during the San Diego’s first bowl game of the season (Holiday Bowl is next week). To kick things off, both team bands will invade Gaslamp Quarter on December 18 for the free Five Star Tours Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March.

Location: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108 (map)
Date: December 20, 2012
Time: Kick Off at 5:00 PM
Cost: $45-$65
> Find out more about the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

2. Holiday Pops – A Celtic Celebration

San Diego Symphony Orchestra

The sound of the holidays really pop with the San Diego Symphony

Join the San Diego Symphony for a quick visit to the Emerald Isle while never leaving San Diego. The orchestra will be joined by award winning all-Ireland Fiddle champion Eileen Ivers for a night of traditional and Irish holiday favorites including The Holly Tree, Don Oiche Ud im Beithil (One Night in Bethlehem) and Hark, The Herald Angels Sing and more.

Location: Copley Symphony Hall – 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 21-22, 2012
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$85
> Find out more about Holiday Pops – A Celtic Celebration

3. An American Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

Lamb's Players' An American Christmas

Step back in time at the Lamb’s Players’ An American Christmas

Travel back in time over 100 years for a Christmas feast and celebration performed by the Lamb’s Players Theater inside the Hotel del Coronado’s ballroom. The night will be filled with music, dance, stories, laughter and a 5-course holiday meal.

> More Holiday Theatre in San Diego

Location: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 (map)
Dates: December 17-26, 2012
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $120-$165
> Find out more about An American Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

4. Dive-In Theatre: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

Movie screening at the Pearl Hotel - Things to Do

Lounge by the pool with Dive In Theatre at the Pearl Hotel

Join the Pearl Hotel family along with the Griswolds for the holiday classic (at least it is in my family :-)), “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Lounge in the pool or a cabana with a warm drink hand while you laugh as Sparky (Clark Griswold) tries to create the perfect family Christmas.

Location: The Pearl Hotel – 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Date: December 19, 2012
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Dive-In Theatre: Christmas Vacation

5. Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live!

Jay Pharoah at the American Comedy Company - Things to Do

Looking for something not holiday related? Then head to The American Comedy Company to laugh your tookus off with Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live. (The San Diego Travel Blog cannot guarantee that holiday jokes will be omitted :-)).

Location: The American Comedy Company – 818 B 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 20-22, 2012
– Thursday at 8:00 PM
– Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM
Cost: In Advance – $24. At the Door – $27
> Find out more about Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live!

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Exploring the Fun at Loews Coronado Resort

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Since Loews Coronado Bay Resort is giving away 20 room nights as part of their 20th anniversary, our Coronado expert Robert gave us his ideas of what he would do if he won the sweepstakes. He also had a chance to drive over the iconic Coronado Bridge to the Crown City and take a peek at some of the great activities including stand-up paddle boarding, beach and kayak tours along the Silver Strand State Beach and gondola cruises that take off from the Loews Marina.

Make sure to enter the “20 Days, Your Way” sweepstakes for a chance to win 20 room nights at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and you too can enjoy all of these exciting and relaxing activities! Enter now…


Hilton Shows Local San Diegans a Little Love

The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa on Mission Bay is inviting locals to drop in on Sundays for a little poolside R&R.

From 11:00 am until 7:00 pm on Sundays through Sept. 4, locals can lounge by the pool at this AAA Four Diamond bayside resort – for free.  Enjoy live music from 4:00 until 7:00 pm – and Happy Hour specials at Fresco’s, the poolside bar, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.  (Register online at to win a weekly drawing for a $50 gift card to Fresco’s.  To win, you’ll have to be present at the 6 PM Sunday drawing.)

“We hope to do this for locals every summer,” said resort spokeswoman Lisa Campbell.

Locals who’d like to extend their fun can get half off all available rooms on Sunday nights, through Sept. 4.  (Add $28 for overnight parking; daytime parking is free.) The hotel’s 357 rooms were renovated in 2007. All have patios or balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows; some suites have expansive patios with firepits. You’ll need a valid San Diego ID to get the deal and it’s available only to those 21 and older.

Set on 18 acres of lush tropical gardens and rolling lawns, the resort has its own sandy beachfront and a private dock where guests can rent equipment for nearly every land or water sport imaginable. There’s a luxe full-service Spa Brezza, a fitness center, five tennis courts and a jogging track – though jogging along the path that stretches along the bayfront is likely to be far more interesting, especially on Sundays, when roller-skaters gather for a dance jam on a wide swath near the hotel.

The hotel is at 1775 East Mission Bay Drive. For reservations, phone 619-276-4010 or go to