Robert Arends

Coronado November Events: A Cornucopia of Fun!

Skating by the Sea-Coronado Beach

With sunny skies, glistening crowd-free beaches and temperatures averaging 70 degrees, November is the perfect time to visit Coronado, located a bridge or ferryboat ride away from downtown San Diego. There’s so much to do, from craft beer tastings and lavish Thanksgiving feasts to ice skating by the beach, that you won’t know where to start!

The following are my Top 5 to Try in Coronado this November.

Good Times on Tap: San Diego Beer Week in Coronado

Craft beer by the bottle at Coronado Brewing Company

Craft beer by the bottle at Coronado Brewing Company

During San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 1-10, visit the award-winning Coronado Brewing Company to sample tasty ales like Orange Avenue Wit. Also, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge on Orange Ave. features a “Local Tap Takeover,” pouring only San Diego beer on all 16 of their taps!

Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Dinner

san diego hotel del coronado crown room thanksgiving 2013

The luxurious Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado will host this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

Let the Hotel del Coronado and Loews Coronado Bay Resort do all the cooking this Thanksgiving Nov. 28 as they serve up turkey with all the fixings in festive elegant style. The Del presents a lavish buffet spread in the Crown Room and Ballroom, with live entertainment. Loews hosts a fab champagne brunch buffet in its main dining room, plus a prix fixe family-style dinner in Mistral.

Ice Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Lace up your skates and head to the Hotel del Coronado on Nov. 27 for the launch of Skating by the Sea, a magically surreal SoCal experience like no other where guests can practice their axel jumps just steps away from Coronado Beach. A portion of ice skate rental proceeds benefit San Diego’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K

Rollerblading the Silver strand Half Marathon

Rollerblading the Silver Strand Half Marathon

Hightail it to the scenic Silver Strand for the popular annual Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K on Nov. 17. Participants can run, walk, even rollerblade or rollerskate  from Coronado to Imperial Beach; handcyclists and wheel chair participants are welcome too!

Rock n’ Roll: “Suds” at the Coronado Playhouse

Suds Coronado Playhouse San Diego Theater

Suds hits the stage at the Coronado Playhouse this November.

Audiences are in for a rocking good time at the Coronado Playhouse– a 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre on lovely Glorietta Bay – presenting the 1960s musical soap opera “Suds” through the end of the month.

Want to win your own getaway to Coronado? Visit Authentic Luxury Travel to win a romantic Coronado stay!

Benjamin Eastman

Taking a BITE out of the San Diego food tours scene!

Bite San Diego food tour coronado

San Diego is known for some incredibly delicious food, so what better way to enjoy as much of it as possible than on a San Diego food tour? I recently had the pleasure of going on one of BITE San Diego‘s neighborhood food tours. BITE has organized, small group (no more than 15 people) food tours of San Diego neighborhoods including Little Italy, Coronado, Old Town, Julian and North Park that operate pretty much every weekend throughout the year.

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A sampling of some of the food we enjoyed on the La Jolla food tour!

These tours are not only a great way to sample food at a bunch of great neighborhood spots, but they also provide you a chance to explore an area that you might normally just drive through without really stopping to look around and experience. My La Jolla tour introduced me to a hole-in-the-wall Hawaiian cafe, a cute little coffee shop with some tasty scones and a gem of an oil/wine tasting shop with a hidden back patio with AMAZING views of the ocean!

The amazing view from the back patio at We Olive!

The amazing view from the back patio at We Olive!

As a food lover, I would definitely recommend exploring the city bite by bite through one of the region’s food tours, and I can’t wait to get out on BITE’s Julian tour this winter (can you say apple pie and hard apple cider? Yum!)

Other great local food tours include:  So Diego Tours’ Brothels, Bite & Booze tour and Tacos, Tequila and Tombstones tour – and don’t forget the great Beer and Wine Tours that are available!

What San Diego food tour is your mouth watering for? Tell us in the comments below.

Candice

Top Things to Do in San Diego: Oct. 24-27, 2013

dia de los muertos mission san luis rey oceanside san diego

The weekend weather forecast calls for 70-degree days, but fall is in full swing in San Diego, thanks to these upcoming festivities.

6th Annual Fall Fest on Avenida de la Playa

La Jolla Shores Fall Festival 2013 San Diego

Join the fun at the Fall Fest along La Jolla Shores

Dubbed “Party on the Playa,” bring the kids and costumes for this super fun block party near La Jolla Shores, one of San Diego’s most iconic beaches. The fun festivities feature local restaurant tastings, a costume contest, bouncy house, live music from Hullabaloo, giveaways, and super spooktacular prizes from local merchants.

Where: 2160 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 92037
When: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time:  4 – 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 in advance, $10 day of event
For more information, call (619) 840-3482 or email lajollashoresmerchants@gmail.com.

Halloween Dinner & Party Cruise

San Diego Flagship Cruises and Events Haunted Halloween Dinner Party Cruise 2013

Break out your costumes for Flagship Cruises & Events’ Halloween Cruise (Photo by David Veit for Flagship Cruises & Events)

It’s going to be a scary good time aboard Flagship Cruises & Events’ special Halloween dinner cruise. Dig up your most ghoulish friends and best Halloween costume, and come out for a night full of screams out on the water! Your ticket includes a 2.5 hour cruise around San Diego Bay, dining, dancing, musical entertainment, a complimentary boarding cocktail, and the chance to win a great costume contest prize.

Where: 990 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 92101
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time:  7 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $54.50 – $80.50
> Find out more about Flagship Cruises’ Halloween Dinner & Party Cruise

Family Fun at Old Town San Diego’s Fall Festival

Old Town Fall Festival San Diego 2013

History comes alive in Old Town San Diego

Hop on the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line to get to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for its annual Fall Festival, which features tons of unique merchants and artisans peddling one-of-a-kind creations. Kids will get to experience craft making and activities like never before – organizers let their creative juices flow recreating old-fashioned activities that families enjoyed back in 1872. Be sure to check out the nearby Mormon Battalion site where kids can participate in an interactive tour that is educational, state-of-the-art and, most importantly, tons of fun.

Where: Old Town State Historic Park 4002 Wallace St, San Diego CA 92110
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 12 – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Old Town Fall Festival

12th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Old Mission San Luis Rey

dia de los muertos mission san luis rey oceanside san diego

The culture and traditions of Mexico shine at Mission San Luis Rey’s Dia de los Muertos Festival

Dubbed the “King of the Missions,” Oceanside’s Mission San Luis Rey celebrates the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. In addition to elaborate and beautiful altars and offerings to departed loved ones, the celebration includes 75 vendors, traditional food, a chalk cemetery, plus a carnival for the kids. The event even includes a creative car show, where classic car and lowriders become makeshift alters to the departed.

Where: 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 92057
When: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free ($5 parking fee)
> Find out more about Mission San Luis Rey’s Dia de los Muertos Festival

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Brent Bernasconi

Take a San Diego Bay Sunset Cruise Aboard Baydreamin’ 1

Sunset Cruise View aboard Baydreamin' 1

I can make the claim with good authority that the most popular pictures taken while visiting San Diego are of our amazing sunsets. Of course a picture is never as good as the real thing, so I decided to see it in person and surprise my wife, parents and in-laws with a sunset cruise around San Diego’s Big Bay aboard Baydreamin’ 1 of Bay Dreamin’ Cruises.

All Aboard the BayDreamin’ 1

Baydreamin' 1

Baydreamin’ 1 is an all-electric and exhaust-free Duffy boat

Before you even leave the harbor, Captains Mike and Jackie McNabb make sure everyone is comfortable aboard Baydreamin’ 1, an all-electric and exhaust-free Duffy boat. My group of six brought plenty of food and drink that we stored away in the boat’s refrigerator. Also provided on board was a table, plates, cups, napkins and even the very important bottle opener!

Once everyone was seated and situated, we set sail into San Diego’s Big Bay and began our sunset cruise.

The Sunset Cruise

Wildlife in San Diego Bay

These two wanted to join the tour…and enjoy some of our dinner

For the first half of our private sunset cruise, we stuck close to the shore and explored Harbor Island, Shelter Island and more. All the while, we enjoyed great conversation, a delicious deli dinner, homemade mint brownies (made by me!) and plenty of wine and craft beer.

Along the way, Captains Mike and Jackie either provided interesting sightseeing facts or just faded away into the background. The choice is up to you. Our sunset cruise was the perfect mixture of both.

The ride itself was smooth! Duffy boats are not meant for speed; they are meant for comfort. Neither my vertigo-suffering father nor my pregnant wife got seasick aboard Baydreamin’ 1, proving this is a wonderful sunset cruise even for those who don’t have sea-worthy legs or stomaches.

The Sunset!

Sunset Cruise View aboard Baydreamin' 1

Such a beautiful sight reminds me of the awesomeness of San Diego

The grand finale came during the second half of our cruise. Captain Mike piloted the boat farther out into the bay to provide us with spectacular views of an amazing sunset to the west and a glittering downtown to the east. As the sun slowly set on the horizon, we raised our glasses to our good health, wonderful family and the amazingness known as San Diego…oh, and I took a lot of pictures!

Bay Dreamin’ Cruises Information

Where: 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.701.3766
Cost: $50 per person. $200 for boat buyout
> Book your sunset cruise aboard Baydreamin’ 1

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Where’s your favorite place to watch a sunset while in San Diego? Tell us in the comments below.

Robert Arends

Family Fun for Free in San Diego’s Coronado!

Coronado Beach
Coronado Beach

Family fun in the sun in Coronado! Courtesy Joanne DiBona, SanDiego.org

The Kidvasion has begun! Kids Free in San Diego month is in full swing. As you and your family are in town enjoying the numerous (100+) free deals, be sure to visit sun-kissed Coronado, a bridge away from downtown San Diego.

Kids are sure to get a kick out of these free activities around the island:

The Beach

Build a Sandcastle at the #1 Beach in America - Coronado Beach

Build a Sandcastle at the #1 Beach in America – Coronado Beach

Make sandcastles at Coronado Beach – the #1 beach in America – with its expansive stretch of soft white sands. To the north, check out the tail-wagging fun at Dog Beach where friendly fidos splash in the surf and play fetch. Along Ocean Blvd., can you spot the giant sand dunes that spell C-O-R-O-N-A-D-O? Pretty neat!

Coronado Museum of History & Art

US Navy's aircraft carriers at NAS North Island

Mighty aircraft carriers and high-flying jets at NAS North Island

Fly by the Coronado Museum of History & Art (kids under 12 are free with 1 adult paid admission) to check out their new 100+ Years of Yachting exhibition, plus cool U.S. Navy display. To see the real thing, head to Shoreline Park (First St. & I Ave.) for a peek at the Navy’s mighty aircraft carriers. A free air show of sorts can be seen almost daily at Coronado Beach, with Navy jets and helicopters flying overhead on their way to NAS North Island.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Coronado Public Library

Wizard of Oz Glass Panels - Coronado Public Library

Wizard of Oz scenes at the Coronado Public Library

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Coronado Public Library to gander at massive glass panels depicting scenes from the Wizard of Oz. Oz author L. Frank Baum lived in Coronado! Join Coronado Touring on a walk back in time through the Hotel del Coronado (Baum’s inspiration for the Emerald City) and past the yellow cottage where Baum wrote a few of his fantastical children’s books. Tour is free for kids under three ($12 each for mom and dad).

Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

The whimsical "Secret Art of Dr. Seuss" at Stephen Clayton Galleries

The whimsical “Secret Art of Dr. Seuss” at Stephen Clayton Galleries

Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat greets kids at Stephen Clayton Gallery

Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat greets guests at Stephen Clayton Gallery

Another famous children’s author who lived in San Diego was Dr. Seuss. Discover the “Secret Art of Dr. Seuss” – including sculptures of magical creatures and other-worldly paintings – at the Stephen Clayton Galleries at the Coronado Ferry Landing.

And don’t forget Coronado’s Kids Free month participants and special deals, including:

Coronado’s fun and free playground of activities awaits! 🙂

Robert Arends

Stellar Finds at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego’s East County

Palomar Observatory
View from Mt. Palomar

Spectacular views from high atop Mt. Palomar.

Fall is here and there’s no better time to visit scenic East County where the trees are starting to change into a kaleidoscope of autumn colors – a real treat for leaf peepers! Over the weekend I trekked to East County’s legendary Palomar Observatory to do some exploring and I’ve got to say, it was out of this world! (pun intended)

Half The Fun is Getting to the Palomar Observatory

Palomar Observatory

Palomar Observatory amongst the changing leaves.

The drive there was half the fun. Take Highway 78 east from Ramona – where you’ll pass some excellent local wineries offering tastings – then fuel up with a quick bite of scrumptious apple pie at Dudley’s Bakery in Santa Ysabel. Just past the bakery, head north on Highway 79, then west on Highway 76 toward Lake Henshaw. After La Jolla Indian Reservation, turn right on South Grade Rd./S6 which begins a wonderfully winding adventure up Mt. Palomar with panoramic overlooks at every turn. You can see as far as the Pacific!

Atop the mountain, continue straight on Canfield Rd. and follow the signs to Palomar Observatory. Forests and fern meadows abound; don’t be surprised if you spot flocks of wild turkeys on the roadside! (Mmm…Thanksgiving! 😉 )

What To Do Once You’re There

Andromeda Galaxy

Andromeda galaxy at the Palomar Observatory museum.

Seeing the observatory’s giant Art Deco-style white dome for the first time is jaw-dropping! Inside, a colossal 7-story Hale Telescope points toward the heavens. Tours are available Saturdays/Sundays at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM at the low price of $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 12 are free. Be sure to explore the free museum, spotlighting Palomar’s stellar discoveries, including the first brown dwarf and a planetoid called Sedna. My favorite cosmic find was a massive photo (above) of the twinkling Andromeda galaxy gracing the back wall.

Did You Know…

Palomar Observatory Dome

7-story dome at Palomar Observatory

Palomar Observatory houses the 8th largest telescope in the U.S. and weighing in at 14 ½ tons, the telescope’s main mirror is one of the heaviest pieces of glass in the world!

On The Way Back

Lake Henshaw Vista Point

Do a little birding at the Lake Henshaw Vista Point

Head down Mt. Palomar on East Grade Rd./S7.  At the 1.8 mile marker, stop at Henshaw Vista Point for breathtaking views of Lake Henshaw. Keep your eyes peeled for hawks and eagles soaring high above Santa Ysabel Valley. If you close your eyes, you can imagine you too have taken flight over San Diego’s East County…Will wonders never cease! 🙂

> Discover More of San Diego’s East County

Have you been to the Palomar Observatory? What was your favorite thing there? Let me and others know in the comments below.

Robert Arends

Coronado: Fun for All this Fall!

Coronado 1887 on the Bay Restaurant

Ah, sun-kissed Coronado, located a bridge away from downtown San Diego. Fall is one of the best times of year to visit the “Crown City,” as the beach crowds diminish, hotel rates dip ever so slightly and the days continue to be nice and warm, with an average autumn temp of 74!

If you’re headed to Coronado this season, following are some fun new things to see and do around the island:

Fine Dines

1887 on the Bay

Coronado 1887 on the Bay Restaurant

Coronado’s new 1887 on the Bay restaurant

The redesigned 1887 on The Bay – formerly the Coronado Boathouse, an iconic landmark on Glorietta Bay that looks just like the Hotel del Coronado’s main turret – introduces new Chef Jess Le Desma who instills a rich Asian/Hawaiian ethnicity into his Pacific Rim menu.

Mistral

Just down the road, the elegant Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort – featuring spectacular panoramic views of San Diego Bay – introduces an eclectic global-fusion menu by new Chef de Cuisine Adam Cho that highlights his penchant for tapas-style small plates, Mediterranean flavors and passion for seafood.

Joy in the Journey

Kayaking Tour

Kayak Under the Coronado Bridge

Coronado Kayaking Tour, San Diego’s only urban kayaking tour

If you’re ready for adventure, go on a guided Coronado Kayaking Tour around the island – San Diego’s only urban kayaking tour – with the new Bike & Kayak Tours – Coronado, based at the Coronado Ferry Landing.

Beach Buggy Tour

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For landlubbers, hop aboard the new Coronado Beach Buggy for a fun 40-minute tour that uncovers all the treasures that make Coronado so special, including America’s Best Beach, historic homes, the charming Village and Naval Air Station North Island. The buggys makes daily stops at the Glorietta Bay Inn; cost is only $10.

Ahoy!

100+ Years of Coronado Yachting

Sail along with “100+ Years of Coronado yachting”

Set sail for the Coronado Museum of History & Art (1100 Orange Ave.) to check out their popular new exhibit, “100+ Years of Coronado Yachting,” spotlighting the island’s rich nautical past as a yachting hub. Admission is free.

> Discover more of Coronado

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 25-28, 2013

It’s time for a dose of sunshine, and a weekend in San Diego is the perfect prescription! Spend the weekend enjoying all the outdoor activities the county offers along with these top things to do.

Ramona County Fair

Ramona County Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Hop in your car or on the tractor and head out to East County for the Ramona County Fair

Explore San Diego’s back country with plenty of family fun including rides, carnival games, vendors, beer and wine gardens, food, entertainment, and much more. The Ramona Country Fair is a great four days of fun.

Where: Ramona Outdoor Community Center – 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
When: July 25-28, 2013
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Ramona County Fair

Pine Valley Days

Pine Valley Days Parade

Start off Saturday with the Pine Valley Days Parade

Start off the weekend at with delicious deep pit BBQ and dancing under the stars to live music. On Saturday, cheer on a local parade followed by plenty of fun at the Pine Valley Days festival, which features bouncies for kids, rock climbing wall, live music, a horse shoe tournament and a market place with over 30 vendors.

Where: 28810 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley, CA 91962
When: July 26-27, 2013
Cost: Free Entry
> Find out more about Pine Valley Days

La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

La Jolla Film Festival 2013

The two-day film festival set in a world-class coastal resort destination features exclusive screenings held in the center of the La Jolla Village, fashion webcasts, seminars and panel discussions, film debuts, industry mixers, after parties, and more.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla – 700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: July 26-27, 2013
Cost: $50-$75
> Find out more about the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

Summer Movies Under the Stars

Viejas Movies in the Park

Enjoy a modern blockbusters while lounging under the warm San Diego sky

End the long summer days with a movie under the stars this week. The Stone Brewing Co. World Bistro and Garden’s Late Night Movies will be screening Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Movies including Monsters Inc., The Croods, Wreck-It Ralph, BraveMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and The Rookie will be screened for free at parks throughout the county. Viejas Outlet Center will be showing Avatar and Toy Story. There will also be screenings of the latest blockbusters at the local drive-in theaters.

Brew Rendezvous: Beer Social And Fundraiser

Brew Rendevous - Top Things to Do in San Diego

A social beer and food fundraiser, Brew Rendezvous features San Diego’s top brewers, restaurants, and farms. Proceeds from this event benefit Community Health Improvement Partners’s (CHIP) efforts to tackle obesity through the development of a healthy, sustainable, regional food system.

Where: Handlery Hotel San Diego – 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 28, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $20-$60
> Find out more about Brew Rendezvous: Beer Social And Fundraiser

Who Dunnit? Old Town Murder Mystery Tour

Who Dunnit? Old Town Murder Mystery Tour

Help figure out who dunnit during an Old Town Murder Mystery Tour

There’s been a murder in Old Town, and the city needs your help to solve the case! You will have to crack codes, decipher riddles and participate in crazy challenges to successfully complete this very important mission, all while enjoying a walking tour of historic Old Town San Diego.

Where: Old Town San Diego – 2737 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: Sundays through August 31, 2103
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25 per person
> Find out more about Who Dunnit? Old Town Murder Mystery Tour

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Maren

A 21 and Up Guide to San Diego Summer

Summer is the perfect time to see why Travel + Leisure voted San Diego the #2 Most Attractive City in the United States, when warm beach weather and sunkissed smiles lend an extra-special glow to the twenty-something social scene. So if you’re looking to mingle, make sure to hit up these great events and establishments for a San Diego summer you won’t forget.

Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

It's time to pull out your favorite fascinator and join the pageantry for opening day at the Del Mar Races, July 17, 2013.

It’s time to pull out your favorite fascinator and join the pageantry for opening day at the Del Mar Races, July 17, 2013.

It’s time to dust off your favorite fascinator and head to opening day of the annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racing Season, beginning July 17. Whether you enter the “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” or not, you will be delighted by the opening day pageantry, both on and off the track. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive upgrade to your opening day experience, the Coors Light Opening Day Party includes live music, DJ’s, private trackside area, beer garden and specialty food stands.

Where: Del Mar Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: July 17 – September 4, 2013
Time: Gates open at 11:30 PM. First race posts at 2:00 PM
Cost: $10-$20
> Find out more about Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Tailgating at a Polo Game

Polo Match at the San Diego Polo Club

For a different take on the usual tailgate party, check out one of the Sunday polo matches with the San Diego Polo Club.

Your tailgate party doesn’t have to wait for the fall football season. In San Diego, tailgating is more than welcome at your friendly Sunday match at the San Diego Polo Club. The time-honored tradition is one of the best ways to watch the game. And this is no pre-game event…your car pulls right up to the east side of the field so you can sit field-side and watch the game with your picnic! Things allowed: Pop-up tents, umbrellas (it gets hot!), chairs, blankets, food, alcoholic beverages and bocce ball.

Where: 14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
When: Sundays through September 29, 2013
Cost: $12-$300
> Find out more about the San Diego Polo Club

Become a World Champion at the 60th Annual Over the Line Tournament

Over the Line Tournament - A San Diego Summer Tradition

This Summer, take part in a long-standing San Diego tradition: the 60th annual Over the Line Tournament on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay.

Over the Line, a bat and ball game played with 2 teams of 3 players each, is a San Diego original and Southern Californian tradition whose World Championship title is defended passionately by those entering the 60th Annual World Championship Over the Line Tournament in Mission Bay. For two weekends in July, the sands of Fiesta Island are filled from 7:30 AM until sundown with fired-up teams ready to go for the gold while spectators enjoy the camaraderie and competition under the sun.

Where: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park
When: July 14-15 and 21-22, 2013
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
> Find out more about the 60th Annual World Championship Over the Line Tournament

Making History Fun with Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour

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Join the “Brothels, Bites and Booze” tour with So Diego Tours and you’ll find out how San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter comes by its reputation as a sophisticated playground of dining, drinking and dancing honestly. “Brothels, Bites and Booze” is one part insightful historical walking tour and one part traveling dinner party that takes you through the Gaslamp’s 19th century beginnings as San Diego’s red-light district while keeping you well fed and watered at some of the Quarter’s best present-day dining establishments.

When: Offered Weekly, Wednesday-Saturday
Time: Tour Hours Vary
Cost: $45
> Find out more about Brothels, Bites and Booze in the Gaslamp Quarter

Choose Your Own Adventure at Stone World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Bocce Ball

Good Food, Great Beer and Bocce Ball! Do you need anything else?

The newly opened Stone World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station has come just in time for summer fun. The palatial choose-your-own-adventure style layout is perfect for any type of gathering, including office happy hours, a buddy’s birthday, a first date or a casual night out looking to meet new friends over a game of bocce ball. The beer is as good as always, the food is delicious and nutritious, the outdoor seating areas (3 in total) include a bocce ball courtyard, seated patio, and grass lawn for lounging and the occasional plane take-off from the nearby San Diego airport is reason enough to raise your glass. Cheers!

Where: Liberty Station – 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116 San Diego, CA 92106
> Find out more about Stone World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

> Spend your Summer in San Diego

Brent Bernasconi

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Sunny San Diego

Beat the Heat at the Beach in San Diego
Beat the Heat at the Beach in San Diego

Beat the Heat at the Beach in San Diego

The best remedy to beat the heat? An escape to sunny San Diego! Here are five great ways to cool off while still enjoying the sunshine:

1. Get Wet!

What’s a quick way of cooling down? Jumping into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean! With over 70 miles of beaches, there is certainly enough room for everyone to spread out their towels, put up an umbrella and run into the water catch some waves.

Speaking of catching waves, kids of all ages love trying to surf or boogie board on the Flowbarrel and Flowrider at the Wave House in Belmont Park.

Add some excitement to your water adventures by cooling off in a lazy river or on a humongous water slide at one of San Diego’s waterparks including LEGOLAND Water Park and The Wave in North County and the brand new SeaWorld Aquatica in South Bay.

2. Get Under the Water

Dive under the surface and explore the world underneath the water. La Jolla Cove offers some of the best snorkeling in San Diego with an abundance of marine life. During the summer, the waters of the cove become home to leopard sharks, but don’t worry they are not aggressive and are amazing to watch as they swim along the cove’s floor.

You can really beat the heat by scuba diving along the La Jolla Canyon, an area under the water rich with life and plenty of places to explore. To get the most out of La Jolla Canyon, it’s best to dive with a seasoned tour company like OEX Dive & Kayak Center.

3. Get Over the Water

Cool off with ocean breezes and explore the waters of San Diego on a surfboard, kayak or standup paddleboard. And who cares if you get splashed or fall in, the water will just help you beat the heat.

Really feel the refreshing ocean air while taking plenty of pictures of the San Diego coastline on a cruise over the bay and Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of options for any group including leisure cruises, speedboats and jet skis.

4. Get Air-Conditioned Entertainment

Sometimes you just need to stay out of the sun for a while and enjoy the luxury of air-conditioning! But instead of just sitting in a large room staring at the wall, why not cool off inside with entertaining live theatre, amazing exhibits and educational fun at local museums, aliens and explosions at a movie theater, or just relaxing at one of the San Diego County cool zones.

5. Get an Ice Cream and/or Beer

Nothing says summer like ice cream, popsicles and other chilly treats. Let everyone pick out their favorite flavors and then find a nice shaded spot to relax and beat the heat.

For those over 21, spend the afternoon sampling San Diego’s amazing and cold craft beer. Stay safe and visit a few breweries on a beer tour. Best part…the tour busses and vans are air-conditioned!

Tips to Beat the Heat

Please remember to stay safe while you are out enjoying San Diego’s warm weather. Always drink plenty of water, regularly apply sunscreen, wear a hat and lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to protect your skin, and take regular breaks from the sun by relaxing in the shade or indoors.

What’s your favorite way to beat the heat in San Diego?