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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!

Robert Arends

Make some Merry in San Diego’s East County

Mt. Laguna - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

If you’re looking for a few off-the-beaten-path adventures this holiday season, look no further than San Diego’s East County. With some serious holiday cheer in the forecast, plus snow levels dropping between 4 to 5,000 feet the next couple of days, parts of the County are beginning to look like a winter wonderland.

Following are my Top 3 picks of places to make some merry – and even snow angels! – this week:

Julian - a winter wonderland!

  1. Grab a sled, saucer, toboggan or boogie board (So SoCal) and trek up to our historic mountain town of Julian to go sledding on the hillsides, followed by a piping hot cup of apple cider – a local specialty! Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, located south of town, and Mt. Laguna Recreation Area are two other choice spots to “chill” when it snows in San Diego’s higher elevations.
  2. Remember that Peanuts’ Christmas TV special with Snoopy’s doghouse decked out in a festive explosion of colored lights and decorations? Well, multiply that by 100 and you have Jim Fairchild’s holly jolly house in La Mesa (8045 Stadler Street). Thousands of twinkling lights and inflatable Santas, snowmen and other winter characters fill every nook and cranny of the yard, including his prized light-up Grinch. If you’re looking for the gift of Christmas cheer, look no further than here!
  3. Looking ahead to New Year’s – and for those who may have missed last weekend’s spectacular lunar eclipse – the clear desert skies over Borrego Springs Resort will soon beckon star gazers and revelers alike. Make your reservation for the resort’s New Year’s Eve Dinner & Celebration, which includes a lavish buffet of prime rib and Cornish game hen, dancing starting at 8:00 pm and a champagne toast at midnight. Cost, $59.95 per person. $299 per couple includes a deluxe guestroom. Insider tip: after midnight, head outside to the golf course to marvel at the Milky Way in all its splendor – a memorable & magical way to welcome the New Year!