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Visit San Diego

What better place is there to kick back and unwind than the beautiful beach town of San Diego? This city combines sun, surf, style and fun all in one!

The best place for you to kick up your heels is The Pearl Hotel. The Pearl is an authentic, intimate, hip and cool, small boutique hotel with 23 feature-rich lodging accommodations. Check out poolside views with soothing, colorful interiors. Relax in your room with its beautiful vintage-modern furniture, sturdy platform beds, and distinctive light fixtures and lamps. www.thepearlsd.com

Explore Liberty Station in Point Loma, San Diego’s Town Square. This historic collection of buildings once housed the Naval Training Center and now has been restored into a thriving arts, culture, dining and shopping district. Highlights include the New Americans Museum which honors the diverse immigrant experience (http://newamericansmuseum.org), San Diego Comic Art Gallery, designed to educate and engage with sequential comic book and graphic arts (http://sdcomicartgallery.com), Women’s Museum of California, dedicated to women's history (http://womensmuseumca.org), Visions Art Museum, a community of quilts, textiles and fiber as fine art (www.visionsartmuseum.org), and Casa Valencia Gallery, projecting the artists of Baja California (http://libertystation.com/tenant/casa-valencia-galeria). Eating options in Liberty Station include:

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, a restaurant that celebrates the venue’s history as a U.S. Navy mess hall, with an artisanal, natural approach to food. www.stonebrewing.com/visit/bistros/liberty-station The 1950s-style Corvette Diner, where rock n’ roll, burgers and shakes rule with sassy waitresses in poodle skirts and bouffant hair-dos. www.cohnrestaurants.com

Officine Buona Forchetta features a menu of Northern Italian entrees, Neapolitan pizzas, calzones, antipasti dishes and desserts overseen by chefs Francesca Peroncelli and Fernando Gorrino. http://buonaforchettasd.com

Liberty Public Market is San Diego’s first year-round food hall with a rustic environment. Foods, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, produce, fish, desserts and pastries, pastas, arts and crafts, a test kitchen, pop up dinners, and educational driven events. Liberty Public Market features: Mess Hall Bar, a market-to-menu cocktail bar; Grape Smuggler wine and tapas bar, and Pi Bar, Roman-style pizza pie. http://libertypublicmarket.com

Enjoy the best sightseeing on San Diego Bay with a tour on the water of San Diego Bay on Hornblower Cruises!

The Sights & Sips Cocktail Cruise is a one of a kind sunset cruise, with a glass of champagne, hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. The Rock the Yacht Cruise is San Diego’s floating party. A DJ spins hits and you’ll have two hours to sip cocktails, tear up the dance floor and snap enviable selfies with the city’s lights as your backdrop. The Sunday Barefoot Music Cruise a two-hour cruise that includes live on-board music, cocktails and snacks, and stunning views. www.hornblower.com

For foodies, visit the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, located adjacent to Seaport Village on Fish Harbor Pier, which takes place Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The outdoor market features catches of the day including albacore tuna, box crabs, octopus, sea urchin and more from local fishermen. www.thdocksidemarket.com

Balboa Park is where culture and nature meet. Lush grounds, fountains to playgrounds, and sweeping architecture from Spanish Colonial Revival to mid-century Modern span the park. Museums filled with everything from dinosaurs to space travel, science to the study of humankind, photographs to old masters, and automobiles to orchids. Plays, musicals, orchestras, ballet, heritage dancing, song, and the World Famous San Diego Zoo, round out things to see and do. www.balboapark.org

Museums in Balboa Park: San Diego Natural History Museum – From rattlesnakes and flesh-eating beetles, to dinosaurs and fossils, to a pendulum that proves the earth is spinning, there’s something for everyone at theNAT.


The Museum of Photographic Arts – Inspires, educates and engages the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video.


Timken Museum of Art – Home to collection of European old masters, 19th century American art and Russian icons. Mingei International Museum – Dedicated to ‘art of the people’ from all eras and cultures of the world.


San Diego History Center – Dynamic, engaging exhibitions highlighting what makes San Diego unique. Fleet Science Center – Explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet – and beyond.


San Diego Air & Space Museum – Houses a collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world.


San Diego Museum of Man – From monsters and beer history, to California Tower tours, to our relationships with animals and the truth about cannibalism – there’s something for everyone.

Cali-Baja is Mexico's Baja-Med scene with California's emphasis on fresh and local ingredients. Bracero Cocina de Raiz features superbly crafted Cali-Baja cuisine by Chef Eduardo "Lalo" Covarrubias. Fresh masa is made onsite, with handmade tortillas. A “crudo bar” featuring local Carlsbad shellfish and wild Baja seafood offers fresh international specialties that are sourced locally- such as tiraditos, ceviche and sashimi. The tequila program includes a connoisseur onsite that is a playful addition to the delectable selection of specialty cocktails. http://bracerococina.com

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