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Everything Happening for the Padres’ 50th Anniversary

Swinging Friar Ale - San Diego Padres themed Beer

The year was 1969 when San Diego’s minor league team was accepted as an expansion squad in the majors. Decked out in yellow and brown jerseys, the team, named for the Franciscan friars who founded the city 200 years earlier, came out swinging. The half-century since then has seen 14 players who at one time graced the team inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Mr. Padre himself, Tony Gwynn, and two World Series appearances. With some exciting changes to the team roster this year—notably the addition of slugger Manny Machado—and a return to the yellow-and-brown color scheme next year, there’s a lot to be excited about with San Diego’s home team. Here’s how the town is celebrating the Padres’ 50th anniversary.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Encinitas

Pannikan in Encinitas, California

With its enchanting beaches, bistros, bars, boutiques—and even some of the finest botanical gardens found anywhere—Encinitas does not lack for chill vibes. It’s easy to see why it’s been a longtime haven for surfers, artists, and families looking to live the good life without sacrificing culture. No matter how much or how little you’re looking to do, there’s nowhere better than this small beach town a short drive from downtown San Diego.

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7 of San Diego’s Coolest Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Spots

Gelato at Bobboi Natural Gelato - 7 Ice Cream Cool Spots in San Diego

Like its brewers, bartenders, and chefs, San Diego’s makers of ice cream, gelato, and frozen vegan confections take their craft seriously. Luckily, the weather encourages sampling these sweet delicacies day and night year round. That’s good, because you’ll need all the time you can get to try San Diego’s finest frozen treats.

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A Day in Mission Bay

yoga on Mission Bay

Called San Diego’s water wonderland, America’s largest manmade aquatic park was literally built for a good time. Its endless beaches, calm-water bays, bike paths, golf course, amusement parks, and resorts beckon to all. There’s no shortage of perfect ways to spend a day in Mission Bay — jet-skiing, sailing, at SeaWorld, in a spa, all of the above — but here are a few excellent options.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Gaslamp Quarter

Coava in the Gaslamp Quarter

Since way back in the 1860s (when the streets were lighted with 50 gas-powered lamps) this happening part of the city has been lit. Today, this 16-block area close to everything in downtown is a wonderful mishmash of historic Victorian architecture, the best of modern food and drink, and San Diego’s most vibrant nightlife. Here are some stops to hit in the Gaslamp Quarter.

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Film Buff’s Guide to San Diego

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San Diego’s extensive menu of daytime activities can leave you wanting nothing more than to relax for a few beats and take in a good movie. As it happens, this town is home to luxury movie theaters with restaurant-style kitchens, al fresco viewings, and star-studded international film festivals. Whether you want to don a tuxedo or just set up a folding chair and blanket, there’s a perfect movie-going experience for every mood and day of the year.

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San Diego’s Best Barhopping Neighborhoods

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Grab some pals and check out these neighborhoods — one watering hole at a time. Each has a high density of spots to grab a beverage, a bite, and a good time. You never know where the night (or day) might take you.

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7 San Diego Pizzas to Eat Your Way Through

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No matter how you slice it, San Diego has some magnificent pies. Whether you embrace tradition or crave inventive pies, no matter how you feel about the ever-controversial topping of pineapple—gasp!—you’ll understand why San Diego was voted among the best cities for pizza in the United States.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Little Italy

Nolita Hall in San Diego's Historic Little Italy

Making a strong case for being San Diego hottest foodie neighborhood, Little Italy is home to a number of celebrity chefs, including Brian Malarkey and Richard Blais, as well as rising stars equally deserving of recognition for both classic and inventive dishes. Once home to legions of Italian tuna fishermen, this historical neighborhood walks the line perfectly between honoring its history and basking in change. If you’re looking for handmade pasta or other delicacies of authentic Italian heritage, look no further. But if you’re looking for creative suds from a Danish brewer, ultra-hip coffee shops, fashion boutiques, and ice cream that’s developed a cult following, well, you’ve also come to the right place.

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7 Newish San Diego Brunch Spots to Try

Fort Oak Waffles - 7 Newsish San Diego Brunch Spots to Try

There are so many reasons to jump out of bed in San Diego. Not the least of which is the call of brunch – one of this town’s favorite meals, and the perfect way to prepare for whatever adventure awaits. Or recover from whatever the previous day brought.

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