Who doesn”t like holiday outlet shopping? San Diego has two awesome premium outlets, one in North County and the other in the South Bay, where you can find designer, name brand gifts at incredible prices.
Both outlet centers offer an upscale outdoor setting with full food courts including Starbucks, fast food and seated dining. Plus, during the month of December, both centers are offering a “Deal of the Day,” coupon books with 25-30 savings offers beyond the outlet discounts and plenty of holiday fun for the whole family.
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Carlsbad Premium Outlets offers amazing deals in San Diego”s North County
The Carlsbad Premium Outlets features 90 luxury factory outlet stores like Barneys New York, Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, Brooks Brothers, Theory, Cole Haan, Coach, Zales, Sunglass Hut and Godiva Chocolates to name a few.
In addition to all the amazing shopping indoors, Carlsbad Premium Outlets offers plenty of festive fun outdoors during the month of December. Santa is available for gift lists and photos. Carolers fill the center with sounds of the casino online holidays on select weekends. You can even get your presents wrapped while supporting the local Carlsbad High School Orchestra.
Discover amazing deals from brand names at the Premium Outlets in South Bay and Carlsbad
In the South Bay, the Las Americas Premium Outlets features 125 factory outlet stores including American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Chico”s, Forever 21, Nike, J Crew, Toys R Us, Tommy Bahama, Wilsons Leather, Game Stop, Bath & Body Works and the Disney Store Outlet.
And during the month of December, Las Americas is full of holiday cheer with a strolling Santa on Saturdays (bring the camera!) and carolers on Sundays.
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! 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+.
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.
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.
TNT (Thursday Night Thing) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
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.
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
Spoil yourself with a day of shopping in San Diego. The warm fall weather beckons visitors to enjoy an outing at some of the best centers and premium outlets for luxurious shopping and dining throughout San Diego county!
Premium Outlets – Luxury Items at Affordable Prices
Discover amazing deals from brand names at the Premium Outlets in South Bay and Carlsbad
If you’re looking to discover not only the best of San Diego, but also score a great bargain while in town, then check out the Premium Outlets. The Carlsbad Premium Outlets in North County Coastal San Diego and the Las Americas Premium Outlets in the South Bay offer upscale shopping from the finest designer and brand names at incredible prices.
In between stores, take a break in lovely outdoor settings, complete with elegant architecture and beautiful courtyards. While you relax, sip on a warm pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks or nibble on a famous fish taco from Rubio’s. There are plenty of dining options sure to please every taste.
Whether you’re enjoying a day at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad or checking out the bustling border near Mexico, everyday savings of 25% to 65% are yours for the taking at the Premium Outlets.
Spend the whole day shopping, dining and relaxing at Fashion Valley
Fashion Valley boasts world-class shopping, offering top brands from Prada to Zara and Hermes to Urban Outfitters at more than 200 shops and eateries in a beautiful outdoor setting.
After picking out that “to-die-for” purse from Luis Vuitton, take a break from retail therapy with a pampering massage at Carlton Hair Salon and Day Spa, cool off while enjoying a movie at the center’s 18-screen AMC Theatres, or simply soak up some sunshine on comfortable outdoor seating while checking in on Facebook using complimentary WiFi.
If you’re looking for healthy dining options to go along with that bathing suit you packed, check out True Food Kitchen, serving up delicious and nutritious farm-to-table selections in a hip setting. Or perhaps you’re a tech-lover who craves made-to-order selections? If so, check out Technology Innovator of the Year award-winning restaurant STACKED, where all orders are placed using your very own tableside tablet.
With so many dining, retail and entertainment options, no wonder Fashion Valley was designated as one of 25 premier Simon Malls’ top visitor destinations in the country!
San Diego’s uptown neighborhood of Hillcrest, home of San Diego’s LGBT community, celebrates diversity year-round with a vibrant rainbow mix of accommodations, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, chic boutiques, vintage clothing stores, kitschy novelty shops and so much more.
With San Diego Pride coming up next month (July 12-14), now is the perfect time to spotlight a few of my favorite places worth checking out:
Where to Stay
The historic Inn at the Park, located right across the street from Balboa Park, is home to the best happy hour in Hillcrest: Top of the Park, a Friday night tradition where hundreds gather on the rooftop to soak up the sunset and kick-off the weekend over cocktails.
Urban Mo’s is fun and boisterous with strong margaritas and booming dance music on a packed outdoor patio and indoor dance floor. Hillcrest Brewing Company, claiming to be the World’s First “Out and Proud LGBT Brewery”(wow!), has 9 tasty in-house craft brews on tap to quench your thirst. If crafty cocktails are more your thing, Martinis Above Fourth is a swanky go-to spot.
If you’ve got to get your groove on, Rich’s with its two dance floors and sexy go-go boys can’t be beat!
Filter Coffee House is the place to see and be seen while sipping espresso and “studying” the crowd for cuties, day or night.
Dinner & a Show
D Bar restaurant is my new fav with its sleek moderne design and delish dishes like Southern fried Belgian – a sweet waffle with fried chicken (yep!). Their macarons are also off the charts! Afterward, head to Diversionary Theatre for cutting edge theater at its finest.
Brunch ‘n Lunch
Colorful Café on Park with its deliciously imaginative breakfast dishes like egg scrambles, Captain Crunch pancakes (yep!) and crab cake benny, is sure to satisfy!
Shop till you drop
Shop-portuunities galore in Hillcrest
Stroll along Fifth Ave. and University Ave. for funky, one-of-a-kind finds. Park Blvd. is great for retro, mid-Century modern treasures.
If you’ve been anywhere other than sunny San Diego for the last few months, chances are you’re ready to hit the beach (and hey, even us locals are itching to get summer started). But what if you made it all the way to San Diego’s shores only to discover that you forgot to pack your swimsuit?
Fear not! Whether you need to shop after some forgetful packing or simply want to look like you blend in with the locals, San Diego shops offer some hot summer styles that are sure to make you look like a lifelong beach babe.
Swimsuit fashion from Sauvage (left) and Graffiti Beach (right)
Local designer Elizabeth Southwood’s Sauvage line of swimwear offers luxurious looks based on today’s hottest trends. Visit Sauvage’s La Jolla-based boutique, just blocks away from the beautiful La Jolla Cove.
One of San Diego’s most stylish new boutiques, Graffiti Beach in the South Park neighborhood features athletic styles that are as fashionable as they are functional.
Swimsuit Purchased – Now Onto the Pool Parties
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows’ pool parties are always a blast.
Once you’re decked out in your new swimsuit, why limit yourself to showing off your look at the beach? Flaunt your fabulous style at one of San Diego’s trendy hotel pool parties:
Intervention Sundays at the Float – Hard Rock Hotel San Diego are all about excess. Prepare for barely-clothed bodies drinking and partying like there’s no tomorrow.
Clothing company Fortune 21 will bring a series of pool parties to the Andaz San Diego’s Rooftop Pool this summer, which are sure to be some of the hottest ticket parties in town.
Pool Parties at the Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows are the perfect place to show off a retro suit. Built in 1946, the charming vintage neighborhood spot features DJs and lots of fun at their Sunday pool parties each summer.
Yours truly was invited to the grand opening of the new Viejas Hotel, located in the rolling foothills of Alpine next door to Viejas Casino and across the street from the popular Viejas Outlets.
Their new name is Viejas Casino & Resort. Did you know: the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians becomes San Diego’s fifth tribe to open a hotel connected to its casino.
The shindig will include a ribbon cutting, traditional Kumeyaay songs and a Native American blessing, and sneak peek of “Rise,” a dramatic new Cirque-style show that premieres at the hotel this Saturday, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. I can’t wait!
What to Expect at the New Viejas Hotel
Rendering of chic new Viejas Hotel
The sophisticatedly modern $36 million hotel is 5 stories high and features 128 rooms (including 29 suites), a pool and hot tub with cabanas (SO SoCal!), state-of-the-art fitness center, free Internet/WiFi, and an expanded all-you-can-eat buffet next door. Each room has 40″ Samsung TVs, locally made furniture and art, nightly turn down service, his and her robes (nice touch!), iPod clock radios and Gilchrist & Soames bath and body products. Some suites even include fireplaces, tubs with whirlpool jets (just say ahhh!) and wet bars (I’ll toast to that 😉 ).
Rendering of Presidential Suite at Viejas Hotel
A few months back I explored the model guestrooms and I’ve got to say, they’re swanky, warm and inviting, with a metropolitan touch that reminds me of chic boutique hotels in Manhattan. There’s nothing else like it in these parts!
More to do near Viejas Casino & Resort
This spring as you explore the wildflowers of East County, stop by Viejas Casino & Resort to play the slots, shop 60 name-brand outlet stores, indulge at the buffet and rest your head for a memorable overnight stay amidst the beautiful backdrop of Alpine’s rural setting.
Insider tip: While you’re there, pick up a $5 bag of fresh avocados or oranges from one of the roadside vendors!
Butterfly releases at Sage & Songbirds Festival.
And planning ahead… Time your visit to also check out Alpine’s 16th Annual Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour on May 3-5, featuring a free festival at Viejas Outlets that includes a live butterfly exhibit and daily butterfly releases, plus an outdoor plant and art sale. There will also be garden tours of local bird- and butterfly-friendly home gardens and the Sky Hunters raptor rehabilitation facility, home to magnificent hawks, owls and other bird of prey. Cost for the gardens/Sky Hunters tour is $15 per person before April 1.
It has been quoted that for the tween/teen girl the top three activities of her choices are: to hang out with friends, listen to music and yes you know it – Shop, Shop, Shop! For that reason I thought I would list some of my favorite places to shop for that up-and-coming Stylista. I prefer these boutiques based on three components: being on-trend, age appropriate styles and great price points for the savvy tween/teen.
Studio 1220 Boutique
My first recommendation is Studio 1220 Boutique. I love their selection of that laid-back chic California-Girl look. The clothes are comfy, on-trend and stylish. They also have a great selection of scarves and jewelry.
Locations: Carlsbad – 1923 Calle Barcelona #147, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (map)
Solana Beach – 665 Rodolfo Dr. #109B, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (map)
Del Mar – 12925 El Camino Real #J-7, San Diego, CA 92130 (map)
Point Loma – 2850 Womble Road #100, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Coronado – 952 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 (map)
Pretty Please Boutique
Pretty Please Boutique – Coronado
Another stylish choice with great price points is Pretty Please Boutique. This boutique carries colorful dresses, blouses, jeans, and dresses. I love their selection of affordable jewelry too!
Locations: Del Mar – 12925 El Camino Real Suite J-10, San Diego, CA 92130 (map)
Hillcrest – 1220 Cleveland Ave Suite, M-111, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Carlsbad – 5617 Paseo Del Norte Suite #116, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (map)
Carmel Mountain – 11835 Carmel Mountain Road Suite 1310, San Diego, CA 92128 (map)
Twirl Boutique carries some nice options for dressier ensembles while still offering everyday chic looks. They also carry a nice selection of jackets and purses.
Location: 3840 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Dolcetti Boutique carries a little but more of a sophisticated look. The owners have a great eye on the latest styles for that Stand-Out girl who does not shy away from the current fashions. This is also a great place to get a make-up lesson upstairs at their full service salon.
With new inventory coming in all of the time, The Shopaholics Boutique seems to always have just the right ensembles for all occasions. Their dress, jackets, and jewelry options are fabulous and at just the right price.
Mimi and Red Boutiques are truly one of my go-to boutiques for teens. The brands, colors and options are endless! You can easily purchase an entire outfit at very reasonable prices.
Locations: San Diego – 3032 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 (map)
La Jolla – 5630 La Jolla Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92037 (map) Website:www.mimiandred.com
RICA Boutique in San Diego’s La Jolla
A newer boutique in La Jolla, Rica Boutique, carries the latest bright and comfy California-Girl choices. Their selection of dresses, shorts, and blouses are very polished but easily accessible. They also carry some fab shoe and accessory options.
What, you haven’t finished your holiday shopping?! No worries…Santa’s elves in Coronado, across the bridge from downtown San Diego, have a stocking full of gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else.
Skip the crowded malls and head to Coronado’s charming Christmas tree-lined main street, Orange Avenue, to discover delightful boutique shops and galleries selling all sorts of unique gifts. Following are some of my favorites:
Shorelines’ one-of-a-kind gifts include colorful Spiritiles.
The new Shorelines Gallery sells handcrafted jewelry, glass art, chic home decor and exclusive art collectibles like the colorfully playful Spiritiles (as in “Spirit” – “tiles”).
Craig Alan’s people-pleasing Hotel del Coronado painting.
Art and Frames by Wood Gallery features paintings and sculptures by local and world-renowned artists. I especially love Craig Alan’s fantastical people paintings. His depiction of The Del (see above) is brilliant!
It’s never to early to start making your weekend plans. Here are top things to do this weekend in San Diego.
1. Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis
Start off the weekend with a walking tour through Hillcrest including delightful drinks, scrumptious eats and fabulous holiday shopping. Local chefs will be serving up scrumptious appetizers and sweet treats while boutiques along the tour will warm you up a holiday inspired martini. Event is 21 and up.
Elves celebrating Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo
Starting this Saturday, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Enjoy a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, lighted animal displays throughout the park, live animal shows, storytelling, bell ringers and, of course, Santa Claus.
Take part in a traditional Las Posadas in Old Town State Historic Park
Celebrate the holidays over the weekend in the Old Town State Historic Park. Enjoy period decorations, carolers, warm beverages, holiday treats, activities, and extended shopping hours. Arrive early on Sunday for festivities at 2:00 PM and a traditional Las Posadas starting at 5:00 PM followed by a piñata party for the kids.
Lights on the water at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
This is the last Sunday to marvel at the spectacular Boat Parade of Lights featuring individually holiday decorated private crafts. The parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy Carrier turning basin.
Men and shopping? You bet! And San Diego is just the place to find that perfect ensemble to fit any occasion. As a personal wardrobe stylist I feel that clothing for men is less complicated than for women. San Diego’s local boutiques have embraced this concept making it easy to find anything from Casual-Chic to unique Work-Wear to Date-Night styles for men.
Find Great Clothing for Men at these Stores
Some of my recommended boutiques for Casual-Chic for men are Chillers Showroom. This spacious Pacific Beach boutique has some great options for casual button-down shirts, jeans and thermal hoodies. I also love that you can create your own custom t-shirt screen-printed right on site utilizing some of their fantastic Chillers artwork!
HIS is in the Design District called Cedros. I love their relaxed yet cool inventory of everyday styles for men. They carry unique brands and have a talent for offering just a step up from an everyday surfer-style look.
When it comes to work-wear options or dinner-date looks, I recommend shopping at Mister B. This store offers fine men’s clothing with great European brands. Their suits, sport coats and shoes are to die for. If you’re looking for sophistication, this is the perfect place to shop.
A great place to shop for date-night looks is the fab store called, Matti D. Whether you are searching for the latest pair of jeans or some unique outerwear this boutique carries it all. I love their selection of scarves and cashmere sweaters too.
When it comes to completing men’s style, cool shoes are a must! I love the shoe boutique called Mint. This boutique carries hard to find retro brands and the latest urban-chic styles for casual shoes and boots.
If Italian quality and “dolce vita” style is for you then Stile Italiano is the place! This boutique is reasonably priced with imported unique fashions for men. The owner comes from Italy and has a long family history in fashion and design. I love their wallets, jackets and one-of-a-kind shoes. They even carry some great artwork to purchase!