Top Things to Do in San Diego: Nov. 12 – 17, 2013

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Enjoy a children’s classic come to life, take a private wine tour, or shop for some vintage wares this week in San Diego.

Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Opens at the Old Globe

dr. seuss how the grinch stole christmas old globe theater san diego

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! opens at the Old Globe Theatre this weekend.

The Old Globe Theatre kicks off its holiday season on Saturday, November 16th, with a top notch stage production of Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  In San Diego, we take our Dr. Seuss seriously – which is why this whimsical musical has been dazzling local school children and families for nearly 16 years.  Suitable for ages 5+.

Where: 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Nov 16, 2013 – Dec 28, 2013
Time: Various (11:00 am matinees open to all ages)
Cost: $27-57
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San Diego Wine Country Chauffeured Tours

San Diego winery tours

Experience San Diego’s beautiful vineyards up close on a personalized tour.

Take a six-hour guided tour of local wineries with San Diego Beer & Wine Tours, starting with pick-up and drop off right at your door (home or hotel). The guided tour includes visiting three family-owned wineries and indulging in more than 18 tastes from off the beaten path wineries. Meals include a fruit and cheese platter at the first winery and a dinner with spectacular vineyard views at the final destination.

Where: Door to door service
When:  Friday, Saturday or Sunday, November 15-17
Time: 11:00 a.m. pick up – 6:00 p.m. drop off
Cost: $154 (tour guide gratuity not included)
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High Tide Breakfast Buffet at the Marine Room

The delectable breakfast offerings include banana chocolate brioche French toast, poached eggs Florentine and hickory smoked Pacific salmon (just to name a few items), but what makes this breakfast truly special is watching the waves of the Pacific Ocean crash up against the Marine Room’s giant picture windows.

Where: 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037
When:  Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $34 per person
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TNT (Thursday Night Thing) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

MIHO Gastrotruck at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego TNT

Grab a bite from MIHO Gastrotruck at TNT at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Part cocktail party, part concert and part art exhibition, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego‘s TNT after-hours series proves that museums don’t have to be boring. Stop by the museum’s downtown location for tours, art-making activities, live music from Family Wagon, tasty cocktails, and delicious bites from MIHO Gastrotruck.

Where: 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When:  Thursday, November 14
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Free for museum members, $8 for students, $10 for non-members
>Find out more about TNT at the Museum of Conteporary Art San Diego

Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

Del Mar Antique Show and Sale San Diego 2013

Antiques of all sorts can be found at the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

Celebrating its 53rd year at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, this three-day event for antique lovers features everything from furniture to fine art and vintage clothing and jewelry. The weekend also features a Costume Walkabout: this year’s theme is “A Day in the Fabled Land of Bollywood.”

Where: 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When:  Friday – Sunday, November 15 – 17
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Friday & Saturday), 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday)
Cost: $8 for adults for all three days, free for children
>Find out more about the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

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Neighborhood Shopping Spotlight: Little Italy

Vocabulary Boutique in Little Italy San Diego

San Diego is home to dozens of vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own style and flair, and it’s in these neighborhoods that you’ll often find San Diego’s best hidden treasures.

Though the neighborhood may once have been home to San Diego’s flourishing tuna fishing industry, today’s Little Italy is a lively and design-conscious neighborhood filled with patio cafes, restaurants, pubs, art galleries and some of the city’s most stylish shops.

Fashionable Finds

Be Beauty Boutique in Little Italy

Be Beauty Boutique

On Fir Street, a block of colorful cottages house boutiques that offer ultra-stylish options including independent designers of women’s clothing, accessories and shoes. Tucked into an adorable yellow cottage, Be Beauty carries hip fashion and great accessories by local designers.

Vocabulary Boutique in Little Italy San Diego

Vocabulary Boutique

Vocabulary on Cedar Street is a great stop for both men’s and women’s fashion. Chic housewares and accessories round out their style-savvy collection.

Residing in the historic “Pray House” built in 1888, Melero Boutique & Gallery stocks some of the hottest designer names, like Black Halo, Paul & Joe and Sachin + Babi.

The Kettner Art & Design District

Head north along Little Italy’s Kettner Street and you’ll discover a group of retail shops and art galleries that feature creative selections of home furnishings and one-of-a-kind accessories.

Mixture design shop in San Diego's Little Italy

Mixture design shop

With a setting as stylish as the items it sells, Mixture features a young and fresh take on contemporary furniture and home accents. The handbags, jewelry and artworks by local artists all make wonderful souvenirs friom a trip to San Diego.

Also on Kettner Street, Architectural Salvage is a haven of vintage home décor and accessories like antique drawer handles, and truly unexpected items you won’t find anywhere else, like recycled carousel horses or the entrance sign to a long-gone casino.

The Bungalow Store stocks antiques and artifacts in San Diego's Little Italy

The Bungalow Store stocks antiques and artifacts in San Diego’s Little Italy

The Bungalow Store is another treasure trove of unexpected finds. This antique shops specializes in furniture, lighting and decorative arts for collectors of the Spanish Revival, Rancho and Hacienda styles, but even non-collectors will love browsing their unique stock of items.

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Discover Antique Finds In San Diego’s Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Antique Collage

Ocean Beach Antique Collage

If a shopping adventure just blocks away from the Pacific Ocean is in your plans, then don’t miss the Ocean Beach Antique District!

For over 20 years Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach has been the hot spot to shop for antiques and furniture with the locals, tourists, interior designers and collectors. Even as a personal wardrobe stylist I am always on the look-out for unique jewelry and accessories for myself and clients. I love experiencing the antique shopping in Ocean Beach!

Ocean Beach Antique Collage

The Ocean Beach Antique District is a concentrated area of antique stores featuring many different items. I love strolling through each one finding true one-of-a-kind treasures at great values.

  • At 18,000 square feet, Newport Avenue Antique Center is one of the largest locations and features over 100 different vendors within their space. The customization of each space makes it easy to find the items that you may be looking for. I just picked up a gorgeous gold modern 1970’s necklace there at a fab price!
  • Vignettes is absolutely chic-amazing! I love the antique jewelry and purses that they carry. They even have a special case filled with vintage Chanel jewelry!
  • I’m in love with the items for both your home and garden at The Corner Store. The shopping here is very warm and inviting. They carry everything from antiques to shabby chic furniture.
  • Vintage Revivals has a unique approach with the antique items that they carry. The owner re-works antique pieces and furniture making them current for today. Their warehouse is right next door so it makes it easy to see where they do their magic while customizing each piece.
  • The goal at Newport Avenue Antiques is to carry collections and pieces that have a distinctive flair, is rare, or unusual. Their motto is “Trend Setting Affordability”. I also find great furniture pieces and vintage toys here.
  • Ocean Beach Antique Mall is the oldest antique mall in Ocean Beach. They have over 30 years experience in offering unique antiques and collectibles. You won’t want to miss their collection of vintage and estate gold, silver, and costume jewelry.

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La Mesa Village: Three Blocks of San Diego You Shouldn’t Miss

Travel a short distance east of downtown San Diego and you might happen upon La Mesa Village, the “Jewel of the Hills,” easily accessible by car or public trolley. Within the three quaint blocks of La Mesa Blvd, stretching from Spring to 4th Street, you can spend time antiquing, hanging at local pubs or exploring the railway museum. La Mesa has even caught the eye of trendsetting food master, Brian Malarkey, who recently opened Gingham in January 2012. So what are you waiting for?


The centrally located, bright-yellow Por Favor stands as a beacon of good times, grande margaritas and heaping plates of Mexican delicacies. Locals hang at Cosmo’s Coffee Café morning, noon and night enjoying the “buy local” ethos with Café Moto organic coffee and Bread & Cie baked goods. The not-to-be-missed newcomer, Gingham, of Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey fame, has anchored the east end of La Mesa Village with its ultra-hip interior and “urban cowboy diner” fare – all under $20.

Sports Bars

Grab mouth-watering burgers and enjoy the game in Johnny B’s Burgers & Brews laid-back atmosphere. I also recommend the hot wings – pure magic. Whether you want to chat with the patrons, watch the game with an instant group of friends or play pool, Pete’s Place is where everybody knows your name. Another fine example of East County hospitality,The Regal Bar, is replete with outdoor fire pit and boisterous Friday night karaoke.

Culture and Shopping

Kids love jumping around the period freight train with a steam locomotive at the La Mesa Depot Museum, open to the public on Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Densely packed Antique stores, such as the Park Estate Company, provide hours of shopping and entertainment for the vintage-inclined.

Do you love La Mesa Village as much as I do? What are your favorite spots?