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This spring, San Diego’s Guides to the Good Stuff have been sharing their favorite things about life in America’s Finest City. From photographer Aaron Chang‘s favorite neighborhoods to pro-surfer Rob Machado‘s favorite taco stand, these notable San Diegans have had plenty of “Good Stuff” to share with viewers around the world.

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Win a Stay in San Diego’s Vibrant East Village

Hotel Indigo San Diego

For years, people have known about New York City’s different neighborhoods, each with its own flavor and personality, but it may surprise visitors to San Diego that the beachside city also comprises more than 100 vibrant and distinct neighborhoods. Downtown alone is home to eight distinct neighborhoods, and (like New York) it includes an East Village.

Once an empty warehouse district, the revitalization of San Diego’s East Village was ignited in 2004 with the opening of PETCO Park, the San Diego Padres’ baseball stadium. Today, visitors can enjoy fashionable restaurants and cafes, rooftop bars, adorable boutiques and a variety of hip hotels. One of my favorite places to stay in the East Village is the Hotel Indigo, San Diego’s first LEED Certified hotel with a sleek, boutique vibe at prices that will make even the most budget-savvy traveler happy.

Hotel Indigo San Diego

Hotel Indigo San Diego's lobby and rooftop deck, featuring views of PETCO Park

In addition to their 24-hour “Phi”tness Studio, rooftop terrace with a reflection pool and fire pits, Hotel Indigo is known for their pet-friendly policy, making them a perfect fit for one of the country’s most pet-friendly cities. The ultimate time to check-in at the Hotel Indigo is when the Padres are playing at neighboring PETCO Park. If you’re a baseball fan, you don’t even need a ticket to enjoy the game. Pull up at chair at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, where you’ll have a first class view right into the ballpark.

Cafe Chloe San Diego

Cafe Chloe offers quaint, elegant French fare, including a killer croque madame.

For foodies, the East Village offers up some spectacular eats. Start the day with a buttery croissant and cup of spiced hot chocolate at Cafe Chloe, a quaint bistro that brings the seductive charm and spectacular cuisine of a Parisian cafe to downtown.

Neighborhood and Noble Experiment in San Diego's East Village

Neighborhood is a top dinner destination for locals, and Noble Experiment makes one of the best cocktails in town...if you can find it!

For lunch or dinner, Neighborhood can’t be beat. As the name suggests, San Diego locals frequent this burger joint that is anything but typical. Their burgers, smothered with toppings like béarnaise sauce or tomato confit, are too good for ketchup, which is strictly forbidden here. After dinner, push through a hidden door at Neighborhood to sneak into San Diego’s secret speakeasy, Noble Experiment. This pint-sized bar has a big reputation for unique specialty cocktails crafted to the utmost standards by the city’s most beloved bartenders.

Is the allure of the East Village calling to you? Leave a comment below to enter to win a one-night stay at the Hotel Indigo! A winner will be chosen at random from the commenters on Monday, June 4 at 10:00 am, so don’t miss your chance to take in this vibrant neighborhood first-hand. The Entry Period is Over.

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5 to Try: Summer Events in Coronado

Bay views from Coronado Island Marriott Resort.

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 Coronado.

Things are heating up this summer in Coronado, just a bridge away from downtown San Diego. Visitors with swim towels, beach umbrellas and boogie boards are finding their happy place on the island’s 28 miles of beaches on sparkling San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

In addition to fun under the sun, following are Five Summer Events to Try on San Diego’s enchanted island:

Picnic at Promenade Concerts in the Park.

1.  Sure, there’s the soothing sound of palm trees swaying in the breeze, but visitors can also hear the sweet sound of live music in Coronado. A beloved local tradition is the Promenade Concert in the Park Series, which takes place every Sunday at 6:00 pm, through mid-September, in Spreckels Park. A perfect activity for families and picnickers; admission is free.

Bayside concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing.

2.  Also music to your ears: the Summer Concert Series at Coronado Ferry Landing which takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, through September 5, at the Coronado Ferry Landing shops on scenic San Diego Bay. Featured musicians include the Crown Island Jazz Band, Coronado Big Band and Teagan Taylor Trio. Continue reading

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Dining Spotlight: Coronado – Feast Fit for a (future) King & Queen

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 Coronado.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in California tomorrow. But alas, Prince William and Princess Catherine aren’t scheduled to visit San Diego or our apropos “Crown City” of Coronado.

But let’s imagine for a moment if they could take a quick jaunt down the coast to see the magical isle of Coronado, taking in its postcard-perfect setting and historic splendor of the Hotel del Coronado which has been likened to a storybook castle.

What would they see and do… And where would they dine?

Well, proving you don’t have to be a royal to receive the royal treatment, following are five fabulous dining choices in Coronado that would roll out the red carpet for monarchs and visitors alike:

Breakfast treats at Tartine bistro.

To give the Duke and Duchess a taste of home, they could have a quick breakfast bite at Tartine, Coronado’s own “European Style Café” where delectable fresh-baked pastries, biscuits and quiches are sure to please, along with a spot of tea.

Hotel del Coronado's magnificent Crown Room.

Sunday brunch in the Crown Room at The Del is quite regal with its sumptuous spread of Alaskan king crab, herb-crusted prime rib, black truffle mac ‘n cheese, Charcuterie pates and other gourmet delights. Coincidentally, The Del has hosted its share of royalty over the years with lavish banquets for the likes of England’s Prince Edward in 1920 and even Hawaii’s King Kalakaua in 1890 (The Del’s first royal guest). William and Kate would surely feel right at home dining under the magnificent crown chandeliers.

For lunch, we’d introduce the royal pair to local south-of-the-border flavors at Miguel’s Cocina. Its lively patio, festive décor, zesty Mexican dishes and free-flowing margaritas would certainly lighten the formal mood and give them a taste and feel of our rich Hispanic heritage.

Dinner would be tres magnifique at Chez Loma, a historic Victorian home-turned-restaurant where the crown couple could cozy up by candlelight to a menu of fabulous French cuisine in their own private room – well out of sight from prying paparazzi. 

Fine dining at Mistral, Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

However, for an even grander and more romantic San Diego-style entrance, we could serenade the Duke and Duchess at sunset aboard one of the Gondola Company’s gondolas (complete with the finest champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries) as it glides through San Diego Bay to the docks of Loews Coronado Bay Resort. There, they’d disembark and dine at Mistral where modern French fare marries seasonal local ingredients with brilliant technique to create robust, intense flavors in every dish.  Even more enchanting than the cuisine are the spectacular panoramic views of the bay and downtown San Diego.

Sensational cuisine, fit for a future king and queen – and you too – await in Coronado!

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Coronado

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Coronado is a gorgeous island getaway where worries seem to melt away once guests cross over the iconic blue span of the San Diego Coronado Bridge. Situated between San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the “Crown City” is a paradise of relaxation and recreation that boasts a unique combination of small-town charm and sophisticated luxury. Let’s explore this enchanted isle! Continue reading


Neighborhood Spotlight: La Jolla

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Dramatic coastline. Spectacular views. World-class restaurants. These are just a few of the reasons why La Jolla is one of the most desirable locations to visit in San Diego.

The scenic La Jolla coastline

1. The Beaches

La Jolla’s big draw for locals and tourists alike is its seven-miles of dramatic coastline spanning from Del Mar to Pacific Beach.

  • Black’s Beach – A de facto nude beach and an ideal spot for watching hang-gliders soar on the thermal updrafts created by the 300-foot sea cliffs.
  • La Jolla Shores – A mile-long crescent of prime sand beach favored by active beachgoers and families. Here, small boats can be launched directly into the sea from the end of Avenida De La Playa.
  • La Jolla Cove – A protected marine sanctuary and an ideal site for scuba diving and snorkeling. The Cove’s cliffs are riddled with sea caves and is home to “Sunny Jim Cave,” the only known cave on the California coastline that is accessible by land.
  • The Children’s Pool – Some of La Jolla’s most notable residents, the seals, have taken up permanent residence at what was built as a beach for families and kids.
  • Marine St. and Windansea – Looking for the local’s beach?  Head to Marine St. Beach or Windansea, two legendary surf spots known for thunderous waves and dynamic sunsets.

Paragliding Torrey Pines

2. The Great Outdoors

La Jolla is also home to Torrey Pines, where outdoor adventurers go to experience great hiking trails, soar above the Pacific, and play golf at a world-famous course.

  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve – A day-use park offering hiking trails (for every experience level), as well as guided nature walks.
  • Torrey Pines Gliderport – The launch-site for hang gliders, paragliders and glider planes. Visitors can fly tandem (with a professional pilot) or solo (with the appropriate credentials) for a fee.
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course – A top-ranked golf destination that boasts two of the most picturesque championship 18-hole golf courses in the world. Situated on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, Golfweek Magazine heralds Torrey as one of the “Best Municipal Courses” in America.

Sculpture Garden at MCASD in La Jolla

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Dana Carvey’s World Ticket Giveaway

That is right ladies and gentlemen, Dana Carvey, the man who brought us the ever frowning Church Lady and the awkward but lovable Garth, is coming to Sycuan Casino on Friday, June 17th.

As a bonus for those who love San Diego, Sycuan has given us two tickets to giveaway. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment by Sunday,  June 5 at 11:59 pm, on this blog telling us your favorite Dana Carvey celebrity impersonation. If you need some reminding, Wikipedia has a great list for you. Mine would be George Bush, “Not Gonna Do It.”

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Make sure to “Like” Sycuan Casino on Facebook, using the button above, to show them a little love for giving away these great tickets! If you are not the winner, you can always order tickets for what is going to be a great show.

To order tickets for Dana Carvey’s standup show on Friday, June 17th, click here.

Now for your viewing pleasure, below is a comedy routine involving Dana Carvey and a guitar (warning, there is some explicit material, this may not be suitable for folk singers or lead guitarists).

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