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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Torrey Pines Mesa

Salk Institute atop the Torrey Pines Mesa

This two-mile stretch of North Torrey Pines Road (just north of La Jolla) has attracted many of the brightest minds in life sciences, biotech, and engineering. But you don’t have to be chasing a Nobel Prize – or winning them, as denizens of this neighborhood can claim – to enjoy it. While others here labor on futuristic projects, you can bask in exquisite hotels, fine arts, legendary golf courses, and cuisine, all of which are worthy of their own Nobels.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Del Mar & Carmel Valley

Torrey Pines - Hot Hoods Del Mar & Carmel Valley

20 minutes’ drive north of San Diego’s core, the coastal city of Del Mar—population 4,500—and its inland neighbor, Carmel Valley, beckon. Boutiques and fine restaurants line streets that exude a European flavor. Not to mention that they’re within trotting distance of the Del Mar Racetrack and some of the dreamiest coastline in San Diego.

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Unexpected Valentine’s Day Activities in San Diego

Picnic on the Beach - Valentine's Day in San Diego

Sure, you could go with roses and a box of chocolates. But a San Diego getaway is so much better. And, for every couple there’s a special Valentine’s Day waiting to happen. Check out a few options for creative and romantic ways to celebrate, whether you’re the kind of lovebirds who want to indulge in a couple’s massage, make your own chocolates, hit a love-themed exhibit at the art museum, get close with some acro yoga, or all of the above.

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7 Craft Distilleries to Tour and Sip at in San Diego

Malahat Spirits - 7 Craft Distilleries to Tour and Sip at in San Diego

The moniker “Capital of Craft” extends far past beer to an array of spirits, including whisky, gin, vodka, rum, agave spirits, and more, brewed right here in San Diego. Whether you prefer traditional tipple, dark or clear, or fancy an experimental liquor brewed with pomegranate or pumpkin, there’s a place for you. Have a tour—and a taste—of the local scene at any of these distilleries.

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San Diego for Dog Lovers

Standup Paddleboarders with their Dogs - San Diego is for Dog Lovers

San Diegans love their dogs as much as they love a vibrant sunset and a Baja fish taco. That goes for the owners of bars, restaurants, and stand-up paddle boarding schools, among other places dogs aren’t just allowed, but cordially invited. Grab a leash (or not) and head out for a full day of adventure, eating, drinking, and socializing, with your dog in tow.

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8 of San Diego’s Hottest New Restaurants and Bars

Far West Lounge - 8 of San Diego’s Hottest New Restaurants and Bars

San Diego’s restaurant scene is diverse, delicious—and growing virtually by the day. So many exciting new restaurants and bars crop up that it can be hard to keep track. That’s why we took stock of the very best establishments that have opened in the last several months (some are much newer than that) as well as the most anticipated places slated to open their doors any day now.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: City Heights/Little Saigon

Little Saigon Mural

As the name Little Saigon suggests, this corridor along El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue in City Heights is a Vietnamese enclave. But it’s so much more than a destination for delicious spring rolls and bahn mi. For starters, Little Saigon is home to many people of Southeast Asian origin. And—if that weren’t enough of its own identity—it’s also home to Little Mogadishu, the U.S.’s second biggest community of Somali-Americans. And did we mention that it’s becoming a full-fledged arts district in its own right, too? Continue reading

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Barrio Logan

Chicano Park - Barrio Logan

Nestled between East Village and National City, Barrio Logan has transformed from a scruffy warehouse district to a hotbed of art, cuisine, and Chicano culture. It would be impossible to truly know San Diego without taking in the murals of the area’s cultural crown jewel, Chicano Park. And there’s plenty of other well-worthwhile things to eat, drink, and see while you’re there. Continue reading

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Sweet Spots: Best/Most Instagram-able Dessert Places

Bing Hause - Sweet Spots: Best/Most Instagram-able Dessert Places

You’ll want to save plenty of room—or skip dinner altogether—for these photogenic sweet spots that will stack up the “Likes”. Just remember to snap those pics before indulging in colorful, elaborate, and oh-so-tasty helpings of shaved ice, divina cakes, decadent milkshakes, red velvet cookies, and more. Continue reading

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7 of the Best Cheap Eats in San Diego

Empenada Kitchen - Cheap Eats in San Diego

San Diego’s best bites span a vast number of world cuisines—and a huge range of prices. You wont find any white tablecloths at these delicious establishments. What you will find is some of the best eats in town, served from trucks, diner griddles, homegrown chains, and hole-in-the-wall gems at prices that may seem too good to be true. Continue reading