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.

Pooltime

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.

Dive-in-Movie

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?

Maren

Baja-Med Cuisine in South Bay San Diego

South Bay San Diego, located south of downtown San Diego and north of the US/Mexico border, is a cross-border hotspot for the most authentic Mexican and Baja-Med cuisines. TV personalities Andrew Zimmerman and Anthony Bourdain have already lauded the San Diego/Tijuana region’s culinary excellence, and South Bay provides the perfect opportunity for those looking to try the best of the Baja-Med craze without the need of a passport or border waits. Check below for some of the local favorites.

Romesco Baja-Med Bistro

Tapas at Romesco Baja-Med Bistro. Photos courtesy of www.romescomexmed.com

Tapas at Romesco Baja-Med Bistro. Photos courtesy of www.romescomexmed.com.

Javier Placincia, widely known as one of the best Baja-style chefs, has helped put the San Diego/Tijuana region on the culinary map. Anthony Bourdain visited his famous Tijuana restaurant, Mision 19, to experience the Baja-Med craze first hand. The Baja-Med movement uses fresh, local, Mexican ingredients with Mediterranean cooking techniques and ample room for creative, cultural blending. Lucky for us, Placencia serves his famous Baja-Med cuisine stateside at Romesco Baja-Med Bistro. The bistro serves a wide variety of traditional Mexican dishes as well as Spanish Tapas, Italian pastas and a wine list that highlights the best of the Mediterranean, California, and Baja’s famous Guadalupe Valley.

Where: 4346 Bonita Rd., Bonita California, 91902
Phone: 619.475.8627
Website: www.romescomexmed.com

Aqui Es Texcoco

Barbacoa de Borrego at Aqui Es Texcoco. Photo courtesy of Yelper Mikey P.

Barbacoa de Borrego at Aqui Es Texcoco. Photo courtesy of Yelper Mikey P.

Similar to Romesco Baja-Med Bistro, Aqui Es Texcoco started serving its famous Barbacoa de Borrego (slow-roasted lamb) in Tijuana in 1990. Since opening its second location in Chula Vista, visitors to San Diego don’t need to cross the border to experience the most succulent and authentic barbacoa-style lamb and homemade sides.

Where: 1043 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
Phone: 619.427.4045
Website: www.aquiestexcoco.com

Maye’s Desserts & Bistro

Savory Empanada at Maye's Desserts & Bistro. Photo courtesy of Yelper Misty W.

Savory Empanada at Maye’s Desserts & Bistro. Photo courtesy of Yelper Misty W.

Empanadas, in every flavor you could possibly imagine. That’s what is served at Maye’s Dessert & Bistro. It’s a great idea to start with a few  savory selections, such as Papas con Rajas (potatos, green chile and cheese), Hawaiian Rib and mouthwatering Pollo Chile Verde, but make sure to leave room. True to its name, the dessert empanadas are the real stars of Maye’s. Chocolate Éclair, Nutella, and Banana Cream are just some of the sugary offerings wrapped in perfectly fresh, hot and flakey pastry dough.

Where: 4240-A Bonita Rd., Bonita, CA 91902
Phone: 619.434.8227

> Discover more of San Diego’s South Bay

This is just the beginning of a great culinary adventure in South Bay San Diego. What are your favorite places to dine on authentic Mexican and Baja cuisine in South Bay?

Maren

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2013 in San Diego

Mariachis in Old Town
Mariachis in Old Town

Mariachis entertain throughout San Diego this Cinco de Mayo.

More than just tacos and tequila, celebrating Cinco de Mayo in San Diego is full of rich, cultural offerings and fun for the whole family. From the first annual Mariachi Festival to the 30th annual Fiesta Old Town, this fifth of May find yourself the perfect place to celebrate the music, food and fun of the Mexican culture.

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

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Now celebrating its 30th year, Fiesta Old Town is the largest event of its kind in Southern California. This free, three-day event is fun for the whole family including 3 stages of live entertainment, beer garden, bustling Mercado and interactive activities for the kids. Cruise down low-rider lane to check out custom paint jobs and gravity-defying hydraulics on display. Enjoy a high-end tequila tasting or satisfy your appetite by visiting over 20 restaurants featuring holiday specials.

Where: Old Town San Diego
When: May 3-5, 2013
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Cultura Urbana Cinco de Mayo

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This year the craft cocktail crowd has somewhere specific to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. FYC & Twenty Five Stripes present Cultura Urbana Cinco de Mayo in Balboa Park featuring bands, Los Hollywood, Azucar, Sonidero Travesura  and Iabide as well as a host of Djs to spin the day away. Libations provided by the cocktail pros at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge.

Where: El Centro Cultural de la Raza – 2004 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA
When: May 5, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $10 presale. $15 at the door
> Find out more about Cultura Urbana Cinco de Mayo

National City Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Festival

National City Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Festival and Competition

Showcasing Mariachi student groups from the United States and Mexico, this event celebrates San Diego’s heritage through mariachi music and traditional ballet folklórico. Featuring local and national mariachi, the event supports today’s youth in their artistic and educational endeavors.

Where: Pepper Park  – 3299 Tidelands Ave. National City, CA 91950
When: April 27, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
> Find out more about the National City Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Festival

La Colonia Cinco de Mayo

This free, family friendly fiesta in the Solana Beach community features plenty of fun for the kids with live mariachi bands, ballet folklórico, game booths, crafts, piñatas and fun jumps. Alcohol, smoking and pets are not permitted at this event.

Where: La Colonia Park – 715 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach
When: May 4, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
> Find out more about La Colonia Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo with Bazaar del Mundo

The Bazaar del Mundo Family of restaurants will continue the tradition started in 1983 with Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Casa de Pico in La Mesa, Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad and Casa Guadalajara in Old Town. In addition to margarita and cantina specials, each restaurant will have a host of entertainment including mariachis, troubadours and ballet folklóriko.

When: May 4-5, 2013

What are your plans for Cinco de Mayo in San Diego?

Maren

2013 Tax Day Specials in San Diego

Craft Cocktail at the US Grant Hotel's Grant Grill

Another Tax Day in the bag! Celebrate with one of these great Tax Day deals happening around San Diego:

Grant Grill

Try a signature craft cocktail at the Grant Grill in the US Grant Hotel.

Try a signature craft cocktail at the Grant Grill in the US Grant Hotel.

For the special rate of $4.15 (regularly $12) the Grant Grill at The US Grant Hotel, is debuting their new Raw Cocktail menu featuring new craft cocktails for spring including The New Apple Martini and The Melon Ball. These classic cocktails receive a contemporary spin with fresh, pressed juice of the entire fruit.

The Commons Bar

Celebrate Tax Day at the Commons Bar in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego.

Celebrate Tax Day at the Commons Bar in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego.

Celebrate Tax Day with no tax! Sales tax, that is. Situated in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, The Commons Bar will be celebrating Tax Day by offering no sales tax on all purchases made on Monday, April 15th. Try the signature Lemon Pepper or Spicy Ranch wings paired with a draft beer off the new craft beer program from Ballast Point Sculpin IPA to Stone Smoked Porter. Cheers!

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Relax at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in San Diego.

Relax at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in San Diego.

Take a mini vacation to the recently renovated and celebrated Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in San Diego and enjoy 15% off BAR rooms as well as 15% off bill in the resort’s brand-new signature Veladora, the new equestrian-themed bar The Pony Room and the award-winning Spa on April 15. This is not valid with any other offers and reservations can be made by calling 866.233.6708.

Where will you be celebrating Tax Day in San Diego?

Denise

Spring Break in San Diego – The Perfect Family Getaway

Family Enjoying La Jolla Shores - Spring Break in San Diego

San Diego is known as the place where summer never ends, so why wait until summer to visit? Pack up the kids and head to San Diego for spring break – and don’t forget your sunscreen because you’ll need it. From our sun-kissed beaches and family friendly attractions, to discovering San Diego’s history and the great outdoors, there are so many fun things to do in San Diego that your only problem will be deciding what to do first.

Hit the Beach this Spring Break

Family Enjoying La Jolla Shores - Spring Break in San Diego

Bring the family to San Diego for a Spring Break beach vacation

Get outdoors and visit San Diego’s 70 miles of awesome beaches where there’s plenty of room for the whole family to splash in the Pacific Ocean this spring break. Whether it’s catching a wave on a boogie board, building a magical sand castle, or playing a rousing game of beach volley ball, this is the place to make special family memories. And, for families on a budget, this is an economical way to spend a day that’s easy on your wallet.

Attraction Action

Checking out the Panda - San Diego Zoo

See many of the new baby animals at San Diego attractions.

Journey to the San Diego Zoo’s Lost Forest zone, and pass the time away hanging around the world’s rarest monkeys, gregarious hippos, and other exotic animals. You can also step into a real-life adventure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and immerse yourself in an active safari experience where herds of animals roam in a 1,800-acre reserve. Or come celebrate the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld San Diego and experience the amazing Shamu show, and thrilling rides like Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and Wild Arctic. If the kids are more in the mood for a creative, interactive day, let them play at LEGOLAND California where there are more than 60 rides, shows, attractions and lots of Legos!

Live the Adventure of a Lifetime at the U.S.S. Midway Museum

USS Midway Flight Deck

Take off into excitement aboard the USS Midway Museum

Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard the USS Midway Museum, one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in U.S. history. Experience 60 exhibits, get an up close look at 25 restored aircraft or hop into a simulator and feel what it’s like to be an aviator launching off a flight deck, engaging the enemy and then returning safely. This is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family.

Explore Balboa Park

Balboa Park Fountain

Explore many educational wonders or just relax next to a flowing fountain in Balboa Park

Besides being home to the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West” because it offers 15 diverse museums, most of them very kid-friendly. Here are a few to get you started this spring break: the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center brings science to life with hands-on experiments; escape from the ordinary and step into the shockingly odd world of Ripley at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! special exhibition at the San Diego Air & Space Museum; and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum has an extensive, interactive Lionel layout that kids love.

Think, Play Create at The New Children’s Museum

New Children's Museum in Downtown San Diego

Think, Play and Create at the New Children’s Museum in Downtown San Diego

The New Children’s Museum is a dynamic, new museum model for kids with inventive and engaging art experiences. From toddler to teen, there are fun-filled exhibitions, hands-on art making activities, special artistic performances and fun, educational happenings.

Discover the Cabrillo National Monument

Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument

Explore the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument

The Cabrillo National Monument is where Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first landed in San Diego in 1542. Now a U.S. National Park, the area offers dazzling views of San Diego Bay and tons of activities for kids. Families can hike a scenic two-mile trail, explore the Old Point Loma Lighthouse first lit in 1855, check out the tide pools and more. But first things first, be sure to stop at the Visitor Center to learn how your child can become a Junior Park Ranger during your visit.

> Discover more Spring Break Family Fun in San Diego

Tell us where your favorite family friendly place is to hang out during spring break! 

Maren

Mariachi, Murder and Museums: San Diego Music this March

Cruzar La Cara at the San Diego Opera

This March, San Diego offers a dynamic and culturally diverse musical calendar that includes internationally acclaimed Mexican mariachi, Indian classical music and an intense Italian opera, proving once again there is more to San Diego than meets the sundrenched eye.

A Week of Mariachi

Cruzar La Cara at the San Diego Opera

See the very first Mariachi Opera with the renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. Photo courtesy of San Diego Opera.

Celebrate the art of the Mariachi with exciting events around town leading up to the San Diego Opera’s West Coast Premiere of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, the first mariachi opera starring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, playing on March 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Before each show, enjoy the festivities in the San Diego Civic Plaza including food, fun and performances by student mariachi groups.

> Click for full list of Mariachi events from March 6-16, 2013

Music at the Museums

Art of Elan Musicians playing at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art of Élan performs in the beautiful, rose-colored Hibbin Gallery at SDMA

The museums of Balboa Park offer ample after-hour chances to enjoy visual and musical masterpieces hand in hand.

On March 13, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, in conjunction with the week of mariachi, see different mariachi groups alongside exhibits related to mariachi, music or Mexico at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man and Timken Museum of Art. $2 at the door (Free at the Timken).

On March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM, the San Diego Museum of Art also welcomes the Art of Elan’s third concert of the season. Enjoy a voyage through Indian classical music and its influence on modern-day composers. Featuring specialists in the Indian classical tradition as well as Robert Aldridge’s “threedance,” a highly rhythmic and lyrical work for violin, marimba and table, this program draws connections between yesterday and today, while reminding us of the transportive nature of music.

Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral with San Diego Opera - Music in San Diego

The West Coast premiere of Murder in the Cathedral with San Diego Opera. Photo courtesy of San Diego Opera.

Opening March 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM the San Diego Opera brings the faith, passion, tragedy and hope alive in the West Coast Premiere of Murder in the Cathedral, based on the T.S. Eliot play about the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in December 1170 at Canterbury Cathedral.

> Hear more live music in San Diego

Sandra

Boutiques in San Diego Perfect for Your Tween/Teen

Mimi and Red Boutiques

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

Studio 1220

Studio 1220

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)
Website:
 www.studio1220.com

Pretty Please Boutique

Pretty Please Boutique - Coronado

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)
Website:
 www.prettypleasefashion.com

Twirl Boutique

Twirl Boutique

Twirl Boutique

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

Dolcetti Boutique

Dolcetti Boutique

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.

Location: 635 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Website: www.dolcettiboutique.com

Eden Boutique

Eden Boutique

Eden Boutique

If you need a romper , maxi dress, or short options, Eden Boutique is the place to find it.  I also like their selection of shirts, jewelry, and clutches that won’t break the bank!

Location: 520 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Website: www.edenboutiques.com

The Shopaholics Boutique

The Shopaholics Boutique

The Shopaholics Boutique

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.

Location: 1506 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Website: www.theshopaholicsboutique.com

Mimi and Red Boutiques

Mimi and Red Boutiques

Mimi and Red Boutique

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

RICA Boutique Storefront

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.

Location: 7456 Girard Avenue, San Diego, CA 92037 (map)
Website: www.shop-rica.com

> Find more Boutiques and Shopping in San Diego

So if the data of tween/teens liking to shop then this list should be a great start for that Stylista in training!

Denise

San Diego Beaches – The Perfect Setting for a Stroll

Coronado - Silver Strand Beach
San Diego Beaches - Silver Strand on Coronado

Silver Strand State Beach – a great place for a stroll.

Are you looking for an awe-inspiring stretch of beach for taking a leisurely stroll? San Diego beaches provide the perfect setting with 70 miles of pristine coastline, gentle rolling waves and sparkling blue water as far as the eye can see. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, relaxation or even a little romance, you’ll find it at one of our world-famous beaches. In fact, San Diego has so many amazing beaches for walking, it’s nearly impossible to list them all. But, here are a few good spots to get you started.

Coronado and the Silver Strand

Silver Strand in Coronado is just a short distance from downtown San Diego, but is a world away in terms of relaxation. The waves are soothing and the beach literally sparkles in the sunlight due to the mineral Mica in the sand. If you walk north, you’ll see great views of Point Loma, or if you head south, the Imperial Beach Pier is off in the distance. Coronado beaches are consistently voted America’s finest by the Travel Channel, so whether you go on a romantic stroll for two or a family walk, this is the perfect place to get inspired.

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores is the quintessential San Diego beach. With soft, white sand and gentle rolling waves, strolling on this beach instantly makes you feel carefree and happy. A relaxed vibe also makes this beach popular amongst families, joggers and surfers. Walk north for a nice view of the Scripp’s Institute of Oceanography pier and La Jolla’s picturesque bluffs.

Mission Beach

Fun and energetic is the best way to describe Mission Beach. Probably because Belmont Park, a midway-style amusement park opened in 1925 and home of the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, is nestled just to the south. A long stretch of ample shoreline makes Mission Beach a good bet for long walks. For a more lively experience, try strolling along its boardwalk filled with a colorful hodgepodge of rollerbladers, bikers, joggers and other locals.

Moonlight Beach

Located in Encinitas, Moonlight Beach has a nice stretch of shoreline perfect for a romantic stroll at sunset. The beach got its name in the early 1900’s when locals had late night picnics here by “moonlight,” and the name stuck. Today, its supple, wide beach is ideal for walking, and surfers love it for the great waves.

Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad State Beach is one of North County’s best kept secrets and offers a gorgeous, sandy coastline. So when you’re done playing in the water, sunbathing or building sandcastles, soak in a little extra sunshine walking along the shore. There’s also a paved path to combine your walk with a little people watching.

> Explore more of San Diego’s Beaches

Where’s your favorite stretch of San Diego beach for strolling?

Martin

Farmers Insurance Open Returns to San Diego on January 21-27, 2013, with Tiger Woods

Farmers Insurance Open Final Hole

Of course you want to see Tiger Woods play in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

But would you like a chance to see one of the greatest golfers of all time as he rehearses for a seventh win in the tournament, eighth overall at Torrey Pines counting his amazing victory in the 2008 U.S. Open?

Free Entry to the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday and Tuesday

Farmers Insurance Open Final Hole

Catch the action of the Farmers Insurance Open. Photo courtesy of Stan Badz.

To do that, you’ll have to get up very early Tuesday morning and head to Torrey Pines. The best thing about this deal is it’s free. The Century Club of San Diego, a non-profit group of volunteers that hosts the PGA Tour event each year, and tournament sponsor Farmers Insurance have thrown open the gates to the public on Monday and Tuesday. The real tournament action runs Thursday through Sunday, and there’s a Pro-Am on the North and South courses on Wednesday. You have to pay to get in those days. But there’s no charge on Monday and Tuesday.

Of the two days, Tuesday is by far the best bet. Most players will be out practicing on the North and South sides of the driving range, working on their putting on the putting green or on the course for practice rounds.

Woods’ tradition at Torrey is to arrive just before sunrise on Tuesdays and play either the North or South course. Very few people know Woods’ schedule at these events, but since he hasn’t played Torrey Pines since 2011, the call here is that he’ll be out there on the No. 1 tee on one of those courses on Tuesday of tournament week. The No. 1 tees for both courses are between the Pro Shop and the Pacific Ocean. The first shot off both courses is toward the Pacific Ocean.

More Notable Farmers Insurance Open Contenders

Farmers Insurance Open - Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler in Round Three at the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open. Photo courtesy of Stan Badz.

In addition to Woods, this year’s Farmers Insurance Open has a great field with returning champion Brandt Snedeker  and other past champions like homegrown Phil Mickelson (three-time champ, but hasn’t won since the South Course was redesigned for the 2002 season and 2008 U.S. Open), Bubba Watson, who won last year’s Masters Tournament, John Daly and Nick Watney.

With Woods approaching 40, there’s a whole slew of younger players who watched him and learned from him when they were youngsters and now want to beat him on the golf course. Players like Murrieta’s Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, who won the PGA Tour’s first event this year in Hawaii, and others will be at Torrey Pines trying to start a string of Farmers Open wins of their own.

It’s an exciting time at a golf course that serves as one of three San Diego municipal complexes, with Balboa Park Golf Course and Mission Bay Golf Course being the other two. There are very few PGA Tour stops that the average golfer can walk on and play, but Torrey North and South are two of them.

Farmers Insurance Open Information

Where: 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (map)
When: January 21-27, 2013
Cost: Free – $1200
Website: www.farmersinsuranceopen.com

> Play More Golf at Over 90 San Diego’s Golf Courses

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: December 26-30, 2012

Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

Spend the last few days of December and 2012 enjoying these great things to do in San Diego!

If you still are looking for things to do this New Year’s Eve, here are a few guides for you:

1. Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

Catch the excitement at the Holiday Bowl

In the first appearance for both teams, The UCLA Bruins from the Pac-12 conference and the Baylor Bears from Big 12 conference will square off in the 35th annual Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.

Location: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108 (map)
Date: December 27, 2012
Kick-Off: 6:45 PM
Cost: $74-$268
> Purchase Your Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Tickets Now

2. Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

Marvel at America’s largest balloon parade along the Embarcadero

Enormous and colorful balloons will fill the waterfront during the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade. Stop by before the parade for the 16th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals and stay afterward for the Family Festival at the Broadway Pier Pavilion.

Date: December 27, 2012
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

3. Shen Yun

Shen Yun - Things to Do

See Shen Yun at the San Diego Civis Theatre.

Shen Yun takes the audience on a magical journey through ancient dynasties and diversified ethnic religions immersing them in sublime beauty and grace, and experience the glory of an ancient civilization with music provided by a live orchestra.

Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 26-27, 2012
Cost: $60-$200
> Find out more about Shen Yun

4. San Diego International Auto Show

San Diego International Auto Show - Things to Do

See the cars today and tomorrow at the San Diego International Auto Show

The 2012 San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof with new car and truck models from over 30 manufacturers are featured, as well as the cars and trucks of tomorrow with concept vehicles from a number of manufacturers.

Location: 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 27-30, 2012
Time: 
– Thursday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
– Sunday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $8-$12
> Find out more about the San Diego International Auto Show

5. Cavalia

Banner Man - Cavalia

Cavalia is exciting, breathtaking and funny.

Don’t miss out on the wonderful story of humans and horses told through the acrobatics and music of Cavalia. Due to popular demand, the producers have extended the run to now go through January!

Location: 1020 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: Through December 30, 2012
Cost: $39.50 – $229.50
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