REDISCOVER SAN DIEGO
America's Finest City has everything you need for your next weekend getaway. By Eric Rosen
Green Scene: Beach casual meets tribal chic at the Hotel Solamar (hotelsolamar.com) It’s got all the amenities of the business-friendly Kimpton brand, plus eco-friendly policies, a fourth-floor pool and bar, and the gourmet J6 restaurant.
Business and Baseball: The Omni’s (omnihotels.com) elegant tower across from the Convention Center is the perfect setting for downtown business, and for quick access to Petco Park via a pedestrian bridge for Padres fans.
Urban Resort: It’s all about sunshine and the city at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort (loewshotels.com), a sprawling luxury property with perfect downtown views from across the Coronado Bridge.
Party Pad: Everyone comes to play hard at the Hard Rock San Diego (hardrockhotelsd.com), and the hotel even has a Vibe Manager who keeps things rockin’ on the sound system. There’s also a Nobu for when you need to refuel.
Designer Boutique: Housed in a building dating from 1890, the exclusive Keating (thekeating.com) has just 35 bright red, open floor-plan rooms designed by the firm behind Maserati and Ferrari, and the popular subterranean Sway Lounge.
Steakhouses: Locals frequent George’s on Fifth (georgesonfifth.com) for prime cuts, swanky scenesters gravitate toward Suite & Tender (suiteandtender.com) at the Sé San Diego (sesandiego.com), and control freaks settle in at Strip Club (cohnrestaurants.com)to grill their own.
Little Italy: Mangia bone-in Sicilian rib eye with parmesan truffle fries at Po Pazzo (popazzo.com), or the al dente house-made pasta dishes at Zia’s Bistro (ziasbistro.com).
The New Kid: Top Chef favorite Brian Malarkey has brought his brand of ingredient-driven cooking (and crowds of fashionable foodies) to Searsucker (searsucker.com).
Speakeasy Sips: Sneak into Prohibition (prohibitionsd.com)through a hidden Fifth Avenue door for clandestine classic cocktails. Nearby, whimsical Syrah Wine Parlor (syrahwineparlor.com) feels like a cross between a wine bar and the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Just Desserts: The mouthwatering pastries at Extraordinary Desserts (extraordinary desserts.com) make a sweet end to any evening.
Brunch Spot: Locals throng Hillcrest’s Hash House A Go Go (hashhouseagogo.com) for its “twisted farm food” like the fried chicken Benedict.
ACTIVITIESFamily Fun: Go wild at the world-famous San Diego Zoo sandiegozoo.org), or its North County safari-experience annex, the Wild Animal Park. For the more aquatically inclined, Sea World (seaworld.com)has special exhibits like Shark Encounter and Manatee Rescue.
Museum Meanderings: With over a dozen museums, theaters and gardens, Balboa Park (balboapark.org) is the largest cultural city park in the country.