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Tina Mickelson: San Diego’s Guide to Golf and More

Tina Mickelson - San Diego's Guide to Golf
Tina Mickelson - San Diego's Guide to Golf

Tina Mickelson – San Diego’s Guide to Golf

Callaway Golf Ambassador Tina Mickelson knows a thing or two about San Diego. Not only has she spent lots of time on the region’s many golf courses (just like her brother, Phil Mickelson), but she also loves to get out and explore the region with family and friends.

In San Diego, “everyone is very welcoming,” says Tina. We welcome you to join Tina Mickelson, one of  San Diego’s Guides to the Good Stuff, in exploring what makes San Diego a great place for golf-lovers and non-golfers alike.

Tina Mickelson’s Favorite Golf Courses

With more than 90 courses in the San Diego area, it can be hard to pick a favorite. However, Tina guarantees you’ll love the game on these courses.

  • Coronado Municipal Golf Course: For Tina, this course embodies the feeling of being in San Diego. “You really get to enjoy the view of downtown, and the ocean,” says Tina. “It’s just a lot of fun and a very laid-back vibe.”
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course: You get to see the wonderful views of the ocean,” she says, “and hear the waves crash.” Tina insists that these will help take the edge off any bad day on the course!
  • The Grand Golf Club at the Grand Del Mar: Tina loves how each hole is arranged so that you can’t see any other hole while you’re teed up. Plus, “you can’t beat the amenities here,” she adds.
  • Maderas Golf Club: Even though the beautiful course is only 20 minutes from downtown San  Diego, Tina shares that “you feel like you are far removed.”
  • Steele Canyon Golf Club: Tina loves the variety of the holes as well as the scenery you get out in San Diego’s diverse East County landscape.

Tina’s Perfect Day in San Diego

How would Tina spend a day in San Diego? Besides golfing, of course, she’d relax by the beach or at a spa, do some shopping and enjoy some of San Diego’s great cuisine.

  • Start your day by the sea: Tina suggests enjoying a big breakfast surf-side, then “take a nice long walk either on the beach or through the neighborhood of Del Mar.”
  • Shopping: Tina loves Mission Beach for boutiques and sidewalk cafes, and also recommends shopping Solana Beach’s Cedros Design District. “You find not only great clothing boutiques but a lot of great little shops for your home.”
  • Spa day: Relaxing with a massage is one of Tina’s favorite activities. “I love the spa at Estancia in La Jolla,” she says, but she also notes that with so many great spas in San Diego, you don’t have to look far to find a good one.
  • Dinner with a view: “It’s very common to be able to accommodate a great dinner with a great view, especially at sunset,” shares Tina. She recommends the ocean and bay views from restaurants in Coronado or downtown.

Check out more recommendations from Tina Mickelson, including tips for the perfect date night, at sandiego.org/goodstuff.

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New Year’s Eve Dining Worth Waiting All Year For

Addison Grand Del Mar San Diego

After the Thanksgiving feast, Christmas cookies, and other holiday treats, heading out on the town for a six-course dining extravaganza may seem like overkill, but what is New Year’s Eve for if not extravagance? It’s the last night of the year, a night to indulge and celebrate before heading into the year ahead with renewed intentions. So grab a loved one and treat yourself to one of these delicious celebrations around San Diego. These hotel restaurants are doing it up right, and if you really feel like living it up, you won’t even need to drive home after these New Year’s Eve dining celebrations.

NYE at The Pearl Hotel

Pearl Hotel San Diego

The Pearl Hotel: big on style, not on price.

Point Loma’s Pearl Hotel has long been a favorite for fashionable locals and visitors that aren’t looking to break the bank on a meal or room night, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The restaurant features a three-course pre-fixe menu and after dinner festivities including a no-cover party with cocktails, a live DJ and a complimentary champagne to toast for the countdown at midnight.

Location: 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Time: 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Cost: $49 (plus tax and gratuity)
> Find out more about NYE at The Pearl Hotel

New Year’s Eve Gatsby Night at The Westgate Hotel

Westgate Hotel San Diego

It’s the Great Gatsby at the Westgate Hotel

Already one of San Diego’s most adorned hotels, things get even glitzier at the Westgate Hotel on New Year’s Eve thanks to their Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve dinner. The swanky festivities include a champagne reception, a Five-course wine pairing dinner created by chef Fabrice Hardel in the Versailles Ballroom, live music from the Lorraine Castellanos’ Quartet and complimentary champagne all night. The elaborate affair even includes a midnight balloon drop.

Location: 1055 Second Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Time: 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Cost: $169
> Find out more about New Year’s Eve Gatsby Night at The Westgate Hotel

NYE at The Grand Del Mar

Addison Grand Del Mar San Diego

It doesn’t get more elegant than Addison at the Grand Del Mar

Looking for the ultimate New Year’s Eve dinner? It doesn’t get any more grand than Addison at The Grand Del Mar. Their seven-course meal features caviar garnished King crab, chicken liver mousse and roast squab, to name just a few items. Dessert? Why, a banana split, of course.

Location: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130 (map)
Time: 5:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: $250 ($375 with wine)
> Find out more about NYE at The Grand del Mar

New Year’s Eve Dining on the Water

If an exquisite view with your meal is a must-have, check out one of the many dinner cruises happening around sparkling San Diego Bay, including options from Hornblower Cruises & Events and Flagship Cruises & Events.

Cheers to 2013!

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Dining in North County Coastal San Diego

Discover San Diego’s neighborhoods with our Summer Sweepstakes. Join us every week as we showcase the best in what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in some of San Diego’s unique neighborhoods. Be sure to check back for exciting insider tips, giveaways, and more! This week’s spotlight is on North County Coastal.

From pizza and brew to San Diego’s only 5-star restaurant, there is something for everyone in North County. Here’s our top 5 spots in the North County Coastal.

1. Pizza Port: A true pizza joint located a few blocks from the beach is Pizza Port. Visitors will find homemade pizza and home-brewed ale. With two locations in North County, Solana Beach and Carlsbad, it’s the perfect place to take the kids after a long day hanging on the beach.

2. Wine Steals-Cardiff: With over 40 rotating by-the-glass wines and more than 250 bottles, this is a great place to sip some wine and enjoy the ocean breeze. The stone and wine barrel bar is the centerpiece while stone arches and dark weathered wood add the old world charm reminiscent of Tuscany. There are ample leather couches and coffee tables to add to the comfort and with $5 tastings on Wednesdays, you can comfortably enjoy your wine into the night.


3. Addison: Inside the Grand Del Mar, you will find San Diego’s only 5-star restaurant. The Grand Del Mar’s signature restaurant features Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley’s artisanal approach to cooking, combining local ingredients with contemporary French influences. A seasonal menu offers an inspired evening of culinary expertise.

4. Fidels Little Mexico: With some of the best chips and salsa in San Diego, this is a great spot to try authentic Mexican food. The restaurant and cocktail lounge features a taco bar, strolling Mariachis (Thurs-Sunday only) and two heated outdoor patios.

5. Solace and the Moonlight Lounge: Okay, so this hasn’t opened yet, but will be shortly. If you’ve been to Urban Solace in North Park, then you’ll understand why it’s already on the list. The original location features new american comfort food and a fantastic selection of West Coast wines and handcrafted beer.

Discover North County Coastal for yourself with our “Enjoy the Grand Life in San Diego’s North County” sweepstakes. Unwind during a two-night stay at The Grand Del Mar, one of San Diego’s most exclusive luxury resorts. Discover the dramatic North County coastline by air on “The Unforgettable” scenic helicopter ride for two from Corporate Helicopters of San Diego.