Fall in San Diego is pretty great. The weather is warm, the beaches are free of the summer crowds, and there are lots of wonderful fairs and festivals happening nearly every weekend. With so many reasons to stay outdoors, sitting inside a theater may not be at the top of you fall to-do list, but a variety of spectacular offerings from San Diego’s award-winning theaters will surely convince you to stray off the beach for a few hours.
For more than a decade, the San Diego Film Festival has brought award-winning, world-class movies to San Diego, offering both residents and visitors the chance to see unique, independent films. Whether you’ve been before or are thinking of attending the San Diego Film Festival for the first time, after the break are 5 reasons why the 2013 festival is a can’t miss event.
What’s the best thing about summer coming to an end? Fall is prime time for big savings when you travel to San Diego! In September, the beaches are less crowded (though the weather is still fabulous), hotel rates are more affordable and dining at more than 180 San Diego restaurants is a real steal, thanks to San Diego Restaurant Week, September 15 – 20, 2013.
During San Diego Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy deep discounts as restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for just $20, $30 or $40 per person. Lunch prix-fixe menus are also available at many places for just $10, $15 or $20 per person.
With so many restaurants participating, it can be hard to choose just which ones to check out. Here are some brand new options for 2013 that are sure to make the decision even harder.
Zombies and superheroes rejoice: you don’t have to settle for boring concession stand food and drinks. The spirit of season has taken over several spots around San Diego, offering crafty cocktails, nerdy brews and tasty bites that any caped crusader would approve of.
San Diego is full of rich history. In fact, the history of California began in San Diego when explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay under the Spanish flag and was the first European to discover California. The historic Cabrillo National Monument celebrates a major anniversary this year, but isn’t the only other site in San Diego celebrating an anniversary in 2013. Several of San Diego iconic hotels, museums and attractions mark milestones this year.
In San Diego, there are a few sports everyone should try. Surfing is one, and after living in San Diego for many years, I finally tried getting up on a board last year. Golf is another – after all, San Diego is home to more than 90 golf courses. When Maderas Golf Club was recently named one of the top 100 best public courses in the U.S. by GolfDigest, I knew it was time to give it a shot…even if my shot ended up in the sand.
As the days are getting longer and warmer, it’s hard to escape the allure of San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline. Of course, when you’re enjoying a day along San Diego’s sparkling shore, dressed in your finest flip flops and swimsuit, the last thing you want to do is pack up your towels and beach lounger in search of quick beachside eats. Fortunately, a tasty meal is only steps away from the sand at these casual beachside restaurants and snack shops.
With 70 miles of coastline to the west and vast deserts and rolling hills to the east, the possibilities for enjoying the great outdoors in San Diego are limitless. Just in North County alone, visitors can hike, bike, surf, go for a trail ride on horseback, paraglide, and much more. Ask any local San Diegan and they’ll tell you that staying in shape is a big part of the San Diego lifestyle – hey, you have to be in tip-top shape to surf Swami’s Beach or hike Cowles Mountain – and eating right is a big part of San Diego’s healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, thanks to these delicious options, eating right doesn’t mean eating like a rabbit. The following North County farm fresh dining venues offer cuisine that’s conscious of your health (and the planet’s, too!).
If you’ve been anywhere other than sunny San Diego for the last few months, chances are you’re ready to hit the beach (and hey, even us locals are itching to get summer started). But what if you made it all the way to San Diego’s shores only to discover that you forgot to pack your swimsuit?
Fear not! Whether you need to shop after some forgetful packing or simply want to look like you blend in with the locals, San Diego shops offer some hot summer styles that are sure to make you look like a lifelong beach babe.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s…a moss-covered angel descending onto the San Diego Museum of Art!