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Last weekend, the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register both ran stories that will get you itching to hit the road. 

The Times wrote about seeking out great craft beer and specifically highlighted brewery tours in San Diego

The Register did a “choose your own” adventure story featuring everything from the Loews Surf Dog Competition to Fleet Week with a generous sprinkling of tempting eats and beach ideas.  This one has something for everyone!…

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San Diego is notably a great summer destination and Sundays seem to shine around here. If you’re looking for something to do on the last day of your weekend, check out these Sunday activities.

Free Fun For The Family
Spend quality time with the family and enjoy these Sunday specials:

The Promenade Concert in the Park Series: Grab a spot and picnic in the park.  Coronado’s Spreckels Park hosts free concerts every Sunday evening throughout the summer. On the first and third Sunday of the month, come early and browse the works of local artists during  Art-In-The-Park. 

International Cottages’ Lawn Programs

ShermansTravel, the renown online source for deals and travel advice, just announced their list of the country’s top ten places to celebrate July 4th.  Guess what?

San Diego is the only place on the whole West Coast on the list.  In fact, with the exception of a little place called Mount Rushmore, we’re the only place West of the Mississippi to make the cut.

The experts at ShermansTravel called out our awesome beaches and fantastic fireworks.  There are fun things to do and lots of colorful displays of American pride all over town during the Independence weekend.  Here’s a few …

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon returns to San Diego this Sunday, May 31st, for the 12th year. More than 20,000 people will participate in the 26.2-mile footrace through San Diego’s streets and highways as live bands perform for them on 26 stages along the course. Read More…

Did you know San Diego Bay has 34 miles of scenic coastline dotted with restaurants, shops, hotels, attractions, parks and marinas?  That’s a whole lotta waterfront fun, right downtown. 

What’s even more amazing?  This urban playground is serving up the savings this summer!

These “This is a Good Day” deals include:

When I’m travelling, I always ask the locals for suggestions.

In San Diego, you can find those helpful, knowledgeable locals everyday at our downtown International Visitor Information Center and at our La Jolla Visitor Center.

The crack team of staff and volunteers are long-time San Diegans and have lots of experience helping visitors make happy happen.

They’re experts on all the big San Diego attractions and can offer great suggestions for getting off the beaten path.  Plus, they can help with discounted tickets and last minute hotel and restaurant reservations.

Summer hours start this Saturday, May 23 at the International Visitor Information …

They’re calling it a “playcation.”  From Memorial Day through Labor Day, downtown’s Hotel Solamar will be offering lots of fun freebies and silly summer cocktails.  My faves:

  • Try your luck at check-in by hula-hooping for 20 seconds or playing rock, paper, scissors with the desk clerk to win a free room upgrade (based on availability).  (How cool is this?)
  • On Sunday afternoons, hit up the hotel’s rooftop pool deck and bar and challenge friends (or, even better, random strangers) to play Wii, Foosball or Ping Pong.
  • Four-legged friends are welcome and cocktails (like the “Pincher Colada” and “Chihuahua-rita”) are on special during weekday happy hours

If you could time travel, would you go backwards?  How far? 

With the opening of Elephant Odyssey on May 23, the San Diego Zoo is taking us back.  Way back…in a big way. 

The new 7.5 acre, $45 million exhibit will feature living relatives, like elephants, lions and jaguars, of the species that roamed Southern California more than 12,000 years ago.  

The animals are moving into naturalistic habitats alongside life-size replicas of their prehistoric kin.  So, you can check out the Columbian mammoth while you watch the Zoo’s 8-member elephant herd meander around the enclosure’s gentle hills.…

When I was kid, Star Wars was big.  Endless hours were whiled away by me and the neighbor boys rebelling against Darth Vader and the Empire. 

A few prequels and many years later and Star Wars is still big.  Huge even. 

Just look at this kid’s face:

The Force is with him.  Love it, do I. 

You can join in the fun June 13 and 14 during Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California

Darth Vader and the 501st Leigion of Stormtroopers will be chasing Droids (that’s us) and posing for pictures.  There will be trivia, LEGO building and video game …

Extended park hours, fireworks, live music and special nighttime animal shows?  Yes siree!  Check out SeaWorld’s Summer Nights during May 23 – September 7.  My personal favorites are the nighttime performances of Riptide (think Cirque du Soleil with hip-hop flare) and Clyde (sea lion) and Seamore’s (walrus) comedic variety show, Sea Lions Tonite, which pokes fun at all of SeaWorld’s daytime shows.…