San Diego Magazine

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.

Continue reading
San Diego Magazine

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.

Continue reading
Emily Paddock

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

Balboa Park Aerial

Valentine’s Day no longer claims sole custody of the month of February. Whether you are flying solo this cupid season or are happily coupled, Balboa Park has a plethora of happenings this month that are bound to spark some sort of connection. From advocating for human rights to plays to the lost art of letter writing to the father of Japanese street art to cocktails and culture, there is something to L-O-V-E for everyone.

Continue reading
San Diego Magazine

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

Jennifer Davies

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

December Nights in Balboa Park

It’s the holiday season and Balboa Park is the place to make merry. But it’s not just how festive Balboa Park looks and more about the very many ways to enjoy the season with a full slate of special events. From the popular December Nights to avant-garde exhibits, Balboa Park is a place to sparkle, shine and explore. Continue reading

San Diego Magazine

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

Emily Paddock

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

Lily Pond - Balboa Park

There are things a-plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season—including what Balboa Park has in store for you in the month of November. From painting your pet to pop-up art sales to cocktail culture, there is something for everyone to have a gourd time. Continue reading

San Diego Magazine

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

Jennifer Davies

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

Lily Pond - Balboa Park

This month Balboa Park is filled with sights, bites and a few frights in honor of Halloween. From makers to music to pop culture to hair-raising art, there is so much to do in October it’s almost scary. Continue reading

San Diego Magazine

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