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Premium Outlets and Fashion Valley Offer Luxurious Shopping in San Diego

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Spoil yourself with a day of shopping in San Diego. The warm fall weather beckons visitors to enjoy an outing at some of the best centers and premium outlets for luxurious shopping and dining throughout San Diego county!

Premium Outlets – Luxury Items at Affordable Prices

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Discover amazing deals from brand names at the Premium Outlets in South Bay and Carlsbad

If you’re looking to discover not only the best of San Diego, but also score a great bargain while in town, then check out the Premium Outlets. The Carlsbad Premium Outlets in North County Coastal San Diego and the Las Americas Premium Outlets in the South Bay offer upscale shopping from the finest designer and brand names at incredible prices.

In between stores, take a break in lovely outdoor settings, complete with elegant architecture and beautiful courtyards. While you relax, sip on a warm pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks or nibble on a famous fish taco from Rubio’s. There are plenty of dining options sure to please every taste.

Whether you’re enjoying a day at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad or checking out the bustling border near Mexico, everyday savings of 25% to 65% are yours for the taking at the Premium Outlets.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets
5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760.804.9000
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Las Americas Premium Outlets
4211 Camino de La Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173
619.934.8400
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Upscale Shopping at Fashion Valley

Fashion Valley Mall

Spend the whole day shopping, dining and relaxing at Fashion Valley

Fashion Valley boasts world-class shopping, offering top brands from Prada to Zara and Hermes to Urban Outfitters at more than 200 shops and eateries in a beautiful outdoor setting.

After picking out that “to-die-for” purse from Luis Vuitton, take a break from retail therapy with a pampering massage at Carlton Hair Salon and Day Spa, cool off while enjoying a movie at the center’s 18-screen AMC Theatres, or simply soak up some sunshine on comfortable outdoor seating while checking in on Facebook using complimentary WiFi.

If you’re looking for healthy dining options to go along with that bathing suit you packed, check out True Food Kitchen, serving up delicious and nutritious farm-to-table selections in a hip setting. Or perhaps you’re a tech-lover who craves made-to-order selections? If so, check out Technology Innovator of the Year award-winning restaurant STACKED, where all orders are placed using your very own tableside tablet.

With so many dining, retail and entertainment options, no wonder Fashion Valley was designated as one of 25 premier Simon Malls’ top visitor destinations in the country!

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Where’s your favorite place to go shopping and find the best deals in San Diego?

Guest post written by Francine Miley, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Fashion Valley.

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San Diego Summer Fun With a Tween

Enjoying the trains at Balboa Park - Tween Summer Fun

All Aboard! Tweens love spending the summer in San Diego and one fun thing to do is ride the miniature trains at Balboa Park

School is out and summer is finally here! As a big sister and nanny in San Diego I am constantly looking for ways to keep the tweens in my life entertained and off their electronic devices. Besides our amazing attractions like SeaWorld, LEGOLAND and the San Diego Zoo, here are my top five picks when entertaining a tween in San Diego.

Visit the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet in Balboa Park is a fully interactive science center that simplifies scientific concepts and makes them accessible to kids of all ages in a fun, hands on way. My middle-school aged brother particularly enjoyed seeing his classroom science lessons come alive via interactive experiments. He even taught me a thing or two.

See the Leopard Sharks at La Jolla Shores

Going to the beach during the summer in San Diego is a must, and La Jolla Shores is the perfect location to find sun and surf. This time of year is also prime time for leopard shark sightseeing right off the coast. Some days, swarms of these harmless bottom feeders can be seen from the coast or close up through snorkeling tours and kayaking expeditions. Most importantly, nearly any tween’s interest will be piqued by the idea of swimming with sharks.

Take a ride on the Balboa Park Carousel and Miniature Railroad

If you are looking for a shorter adventure that won’t take up the whole day, try the train ride and carousel situated in Balboa Park near the San Diego Zoo. The antique and charming carousel offers a brass ring game that is perfect for tween riders. The miniature railroad is equally entertaining and has the feel of a genuine train. Bring a packed lunch and have a picnic on one of the lawns scattered throughout the park.

Visit Seaport Village Downtown

Seaport Village is a must see attraction located downtown adjacent on the harbor. It houses a variety of restaurants, shops and outdoor entertainment to suit every taste. If you are lucky, the village’s famed rock balancer will make an appearance; his ability to stack up to 9 rocks on top of each other without the use of superglue or some sort of magic is sure to mystify every member of your party.

Belmont Park

Located right next to Mission Beach, Belmont Park houses amusement park rides including the historic Big Dipper roller coaster, an arcade and even laser tag. This bayside theme park is a San Diego favorite and a quintessential part of summer, whether you’re visiting or exploring your hometown.

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Written by Victoria Lievre – San Diego native, UCSB student, sister to a tween and nanny to two more.

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Over the Line – A True San Diego Sport

Sand, Sun and OTL...a perfect San Diego Combination

“We Never Have Any Fun” is a phrase often linked with OMBAC (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club). However, if you have ever attended the Over the Line tournament, you would know different. The annual Over the Line tournament, held every year on San Diego’s Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, takes place over two weekends following the 4th of July holiday. Unlike other sporting events that take place across the nation, Over the Line (OTL) is a strictly San Diego creation. Compared to other team related sports, OTL radiates the beach atmosphere and attitude by only requiring two three-person teams and a small playing field. It’s the perfect game for a lazy Saturday afternoon on the beach with friends. Based on the game of baseball, the goal is to hit the ball “over the line” to score a hit. The game is quick, only three or four innings long.

Heidi Trent Burnett, Chrisy Schultz, Sara Trent- Charlie Sheen's Sister Wives

I had the opportunity to play on a team this year during the first Saturday of the tournament on July 9th. To be eliminated a team must lose two games. Needless to say, my team lost both of our assigned games but that did not stop us from enjoying the rest of the tournament. Unlike any other sporting event that I have participated in, OTL is one of comradely and good sportsmanship. There is an element of good will and fun that permeates the whole weekend. This may be due to less than serious team names that are encouraged if not required. My team name was “Charlie Sheen’s Sister Wives.” Other names are less than appropriate for this blog. The team names are by far one of the most entertaining aspects of OTL. Every year my friends and I listen and write down the best of the team names to reminisce about later. They range from clever to hilariously inappropriate. Amazingly, the announcer says every name over the loud-speaker without laughing or skipping a beat.

Swinging for the Fences...or just the line!

If you have never experienced OTL, it is a San Diego must. This San Diego institution has taken place since 1953 and has grown every year. Even the beach booze ban was not able to stop it. OTL is one of the few events in San Diego where drinking is allowed on the beach. Unlike other events where alcohol and crowds are often a bad combination, OMBAC maintains a low tolerance for violence. They work closely with the San Diego Police Department to ensure nothing gets out of hand. In the four years that I have attended OTL, I have never seen any violent behavior. The true attitude of San Diego beach communities is represented in the OTL tournament – fun, sun and beer.

The finals of the OTL tournament are taking place this weekend, July 16th and 17th. I encourage anyone who has never experienced it before to come check it out. You will not regret it. Remember, observe the five B’s rule: No Babies, No Bottles, No Bowsers, No Bikes, No Boas. Enjoy!

For additional information, visit OMBAC homepage www.ombac.org

Heidi Trent Burnett is a San Diego native and just completed a Master of Arts in History from the University of San Diego. Her master’s thesis is titled “San Diego’s Wilderness: The Changing Landscape of Cleveland National Forest.” Currently, Heidi is working for Bridgepoint Education when she is not practicing for next year’s OTL Tournament.

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3 Nights, 3 Different Delights

I live for the perfect night out. But for me, perfection has nothing to do with price, place, style or energy required, but rather the synergism responsible for turning an outing into an evening. Below are my picks for three diverse, adventurous evenings – just add good company and enjoy!

South Bay Drive-in and Ye Olde Plank Inn.

South Bay Drive-In

Imperial Beach is home to the South Bay Drive-In Theater, which would be completely retro, except drive-ins of my nostalgia never feature amazingly delicious, cheap carne asada street tacos and churros. Choose among three huge screens, each playing a double feature, for only $7 admission. To round out the evening, swing by Ye Olde Plank Inn – a kitchy dive bar at its best, full of locals and cash only. The whole night can be done with a twenty dollar bill. I know, shocking!

House of Blues and Suite and Tender

House of Blues in the Gaslamp Quarter

Completely deserving of its fame is the legendary House of Blues, located in the Gaslamp. It is one of my favorite San Diego venues due to its ability to envelop you in light and sound like a huge stadium concert while remaining as intimate and personal as a private party. I like to make it a night and stop next door at Suite and Tender in the Se San Diego Hotel for dinner or drinks beforehand. The vibe is chic but relaxed, plus you can enjoy a signature cocktail and a little socializing before the awesome brain-thumping you are about to receive. Just make sure to stop by the restroom before you leave – it’s quite a conversation piece. 

San Diego Opera and the Grant Grill

Madame Butterfly at San Diego Civic Theater

In 2006 the U.S. Grant Hotel, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, completed a $56 million renovation with STUNNING results. The hotel’s Grant Grill is high ceilinged and low lit, becoming a perfect match for a dry martini and formal duds before your 8 o’clock curtain. Thankfully, the San Diego Civic Theater is only 1.5 blocks away. And for those like me with champagne taste on a beer budget, there are ways to enjoy opulence without going for broke. Happy hour at the Grant is fantastic – $6 martinis and half price small plates! Tickets for the opera run $35-$195, but some shows have $50 “rush” tickets, which are sold 2 hours prior to curtain at the theater and consist of unsold, more expensive seats. They are definitely worth it. A last piece of advice for the neophyte, familiarize yourself with the plot of the opera before going, and maybe a few “hit” arias. Then you’ll be ready when an orchestra of 60+ people, a chorus sometimes upward of 100 and fabled prima donna start their beautiful cacophony without any electronic amplification. Now THAT is hard core.

Maren Severtson is San Diego raised and New York City educated. She is a trained classical singer who loves everything from Tuvan throat singing to Lady Gaga. Mix in her love of food, art, travel, conversations with strangers and adventure and you’ve got a bon vivant that well exceeds her age, social status and alas, income.

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Hitting the Bricks at LEGOLAND

Rose and Angelo at LEGOLAND Driving School

LEGOS are part of the furniture at our house. I find them in the couch and some mornings wake to a coffee table topped with LEGO monuments from imaginary worlds.  So a visit to LEGOLAND, California in Carlsbad is a treat for my family. I ventured out with my six-year-old boy and two eight-year-old girls. We had the Park Hopper Pass that covers LEGOLAND, the new Water Park that is still adding on features (coming May 26, a Zoo-themed area for toddlers) and SEA LIFE Aquarium. There’s definitely more to see and do than a family can cover in a day.

My only request was that mom was able to start off at the Water Park renting a family size locker so I didn’t have to haul our beach towels, swimsuits and snacks all day through the park. Once relieved of my responsibilities thanks to a nifty, high-tech locker (no key to lose; it opens with a wave of a wristband), I gave the kids the map and let them plot out the day. Continue reading

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Magic in the Gaslamp

Magic Lounge

Magic Returns to Downtown!

For years, it was known as one of the happening spots. Every week, people from all over San Diego would pack The Magic Lounge – a cool, magic themed bar where employees would pull double duty as bartenders and magicians. Eventually the place shut down but now, that same core group of magicians who performed some thirty years ago at the Magic Lounge, are back. This time, they’re entertaining crowds at the new Magic Lounge at the On Broadway in the Gaslamp Quarter.

According to Magician Terry Lunceford, the deal was in the works for months and finally came to fruition in January. The magic shows are held at 8:00 pm on the first Friday of the month and feature local magicians Mike Stilwell, Joe Mystic, Terry Lunceford and other guest performers. It’s a nice mix of close-up magic and a stand-up show. “Performing in San Diego is absolutely amazing. Every day, I get up and think about how I get to do magic. It’s an awesome feeling,” Lunceford said.

Although the show is relatively new, it’s definitely gaining momentum. “It was standing room only at our last show,” Lunceford said. David Pease has seen the show twice and says he can’t wait to go back. “It’s a wonderful break from reality. The show is fresh and always changing. It’s top notch entertainment for only ten dollars per person,” Pease said.

One tip – if you want a good seat, come at six when the doors open because it does fill up fast.

This post was written by Darlynne Menkin. Darlynne is a co-owner of Where You Want To Be Tours. Their tours and teambuilding scavenger hunts feature areas that are unique and off-the-beaten path!

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It’s Not All Work and No Play in San Diego

View from Seaport Village of the Bay

As soon as I arrived in San Diego the last week of February, I knew that the sunshine and warm breeze would capture this East Coast girl. From the beginning of our TMS 2011 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, we all felt that the San Diego Convention Center and the entire city would offer a great break from the cold winters of Pittsburgh. On my first night in San Diego, I was able to go out for a fantastic meal at The Palm Restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter and enjoyed a fantastic filet trio meal. I recommend the Chocolate Bread Pudding, top notch! The general manager was fantastic and gave our group a private room to dine in while there and we enjoyed every minute of it! On the first Sunday I was in town, I was able to go for a morning run behind the convention center and enjoy the beautiful views of the bay and even ventured over to Seaport Village, which was a great way to start one of many long working days in San Diego.


Our host hotel was the San Diego Marriott & Marina Hotel, which was conveniently located next to the San Diego Convention Center. We enjoyed all of the staff at the hotel and especially enjoyed the convenience of the proximity to the center. Later in the week, I was able to have cocktails with one of the sales staff from the San Diego Omni at The Marble Room and loved the old world charm that the location had to offer. Dressed in flapper style, the servers were fun and welcoming with their old-fashioned style drinks. I also had the chance to enjoy breakfast at The Broken Yolk and had a great breakfast burrito with excellent guacamole. To end my stay in San Diego, I made a trip to visit the USS Midway Museum. As someone who enjoys history, this was a great way to end my trip and enjoy one of the neatest historical elements in San Diego.

USS Midway Museum

San Diego was a great city and for someone who came home to snow on the ground, it makes me want to hurry back for another trip!

Colleen Leary recently visited San Diego while here for a convention. Follow her on twitter at @colleenpburgh

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Just Call Me Gidget

Photo by Greg Spector

As some of you know, I won a group surf lesson with Surf Diva via the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website.  Surf lessons? Me? BWAHAHA!  But in the spirit of Embracing the Crazy this summer (it’s been a doozy!) I did just that.  I took the challenge and just went for it. 

My family and I take an annual trip to San Diego every year as part of a family reunion on my husband’s side.  We are both native Californians, attended SDSU and lived in San Diego for some time, so it’s a great time catching up with family and friends.  We now live with our two munchkins (ages 6 & 4) in what I call the “Kinda Country”, in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  Kinda the antithesis of San Diego.  After I won the free lesson I decided to add that to our agenda for this year’s Big Fat Summer Vacation.

Now saying your going to take a surf lesson and doing the actual lesson were two totally different things.  In my mind, I was pumped and excited. yes! I’m doing something totally out of my mommy comfort zone!  Something for me– not for my husband or kids. Just me.  I was going to be like Gidget, one of my all time favorite movies.  I had visions of long boards, my Moondoggie and being under the watchful eye of the Big Kahuna.  With me me surfing perfectly, of course.

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Jahrmarkt in San Diego

Jedes Jahr Anfang Sommer findet in San Diego der Jahrmarkt in Del Mar statt. Dieses Jahr steht der Jahrmarkt unter dem Motto „Taste the Fun“ – „Schmecke den Spass“. Meine Freundin und ich waren am Sonntag den beliebten Jahrmarkt erkunden und hatten richtig Spass. Von Musikkünstlern, Bands, Karussells, Losbuden, Verkaufständen, kostlichen Leckereien amerikanischer Art und anderem Entertainment konnte man alles finden. Besonders gefallen hat mir der Schockoladen überbackene Schinken, das frisch gemachte Kettlekorn (Süßes Popcorn) und der Hotdog am Stiel. Außerdem konnte man Apfelpommes kaufen, was ich vorher noch nie gehört und gesehen habe, waren aber suuuper lecker!

Allem in allem hatten wir super  Spass! Schaut doch mal vorbei und informiert euch unter: http://www.sdfair.com/

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Wasserspaß im Legoland

Mein Wochenendausflug ging dieses mal ins Legoland. Zusammen mit einer Freundin wollte ich am Samstag den Freizeitpark und u.a. seinen neu eröffneten Lego Wasserpark erkunden. Legoland California  besteht insgesamt aus dem SeaLife Aquarium, dem Freizeitpark und dem neu eröffneten Wasser-/Badepark. Mit dem Auto ging es also morgens gegen 8.30 Uhr los, von San Diego aus, 40 min zum nördlich liegenden Carlsbad. Im Legoland angekommen sind wir erst einmal in das SeaLife Aquarium  gegangen. Dort erwartete uns eine Reise in die Unterwasserwelt. Große Aquarien, Legofiguren auf Entdeckungstour Unterwasser zwischen Haien und Rochen, Seepferdchen-Aquarien und alle Art von Unterwasserlebewesen konnten wir entdecken.

Gegen 10 Uhr haben wir uns dann auf in den direkt daneben liegenden Lego-Freizeitpark gemacht. Empfangen wird man im Park gleich von einem riesen Legodinosaurier der Wasser speit. Für mich war es ziemlich beindruckend, wie man es schaffen kann so große Legofiguren zu bauen. Der Park ist in unterschiedliche Themen eingeteilt. Es gibt zum Beispiel einen Spaß Park, wo mir besonders die Musik spielenden und gleichzeitig Wasser speienden Instrumente gefallen haben. Diese waren mit einem Sensor versehen und immer wenn man gesprungen ist oder sich bewegt hat, haben sie Musik gespielt. Außerdem hat mir auch die Safari mit der Löwenfamilie und den Zebras und vielen anderen Tieren sehr gut gefallen. Auch das Märchenland, das man mit einem Boot durchfährt, war einfach nur toll. Dort wurden mit vielen Details und Animation verschiedene Märchen wie Dornröschen, Hänsel und Gretel und Aladin dargestellt.

Am Nachmittag sind wir dann in den Wasserpark gegangen, der sich am Freizeitpark anschließt. Natürlich war auch dort fast alles nur aus Lego dargestellt und selbst Wasserreifen konnte man mit Legosteinen selbst gestalten bevor man sich ins Wasser stürzte.

Mein Gesamteindruck vom Legoland ist einfach super. Der Park ist sehr im Detail gestaltet und man findet überall tolle Legokreationen. Wir hatten einen super Samstag mit ganz viel Sonnenschein, Karussell fahren, Baden gehen im Wasserpark, und einer Reise in die Unterwasser. Ich kann somit einen Besuch im Legoland mit der Familie nur unbedingt empfehlen.

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