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San Diego’s Hottest Blocks: Park Boulevard

Hundred Proof on Park Boulevard

Just north of the San Diego Zoo on Park Boulevard, it blazes a foodie trail up to the quaint, Craftsman-packed neighborhood of University Heights. Though there are some worthwhile outliers (Trust, for example) most of the area’s restaurants line a two-block stretch of Park Boulevard where they’re all in arm’s reach.

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in April in Balboa Park

Botanical Building in Balboa Park

What’s that saying?! April showers bring May flowers? Well, regardless of what the weather will bring this month, there is one thing we can guarantee—no one will be raining on your parade when it comes to things to do in Balboa Park. The options are endless at Balboa Park this month: classic tales coming to life on stage, photography workshops, wine history, bloom bashes, craft brew tastings coupled with arts projects and more!

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Escondido

Escondido in San Diego California

Just a stone’s throw from everywhere in coastal San Diego, Escondido is a nature lover’s dream. But it doesn’t end there. This hilly city—“hidden,” as its name means in Spanish—is waiting to reveal a world of arts, delicious eats, and one of the crown jewels of San Diego’s craft beer scene.

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in March in Balboa Park

Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park

Spring is a time of renewal and reinvention. And that is especially so in the ever changing, always amazing, Balboa Park. From blooms blossoming to small, but eye-opening exhibits to an iconic show of cars, there’s no shortage of newness to explore. You simply must march on over to Balboa Park to take it all in.

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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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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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Three San Diego Beach Neighborhoods with Quintessential SoCal Vibes

Sunset Cliffs - Three San Diego Beach Cities with Quintessential SoCal Vibe

San Diego’s beaches are so inviting, you might never want to leave. And you don’t have to, because these beach neighborhoods of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach have it all. Amusement parks for the whole family, piers and beaches perfect for long strolls, and of course, sips and bites to enjoy with a fiery sunset—it’s all here, within earshot of the waves. Continue reading

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San Diego’s 2018 Fall Arts Bucket List

San Diego’s 2018 Fall Arts Bucket List

Between San Diego’s playhouses, museums, galleries, and theaters, there’s always plenty going on in the local art scene. This fall is no different, with an arts lineup that offers something for everyone. Here are five shows, exhibits, and festivals to add to your arts bucket list this season. Continue reading

Jennifer Davies

Workout in The World’s Most Beautiful Outdoor Gym – Balboa Park

Workout in The World's Most Beautiful Outdoor Gym - Balboa Park

San Diego’s Balboa Park isn’t just gorgeous, it’s also a great place to get in shape. The best part about Balboa Park – other than its jaw-dropping beauty – is the variety of exercise choices. There is something for everyone at every fitness level from leisurely strolls to some serious calorie-burning calisthenics. Here are just a few ways you can get your steps in and sweat on in Balboa Park – the world’s most beautiful outdoor gym. Continue reading