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  • Weekend road trip: Newport Beach

    Weekend road trip: Newport Beach

    Driving north along Pacific Coast Highway, you'll take in a long and winding sprawl that reveals the best views of what picturesque Newport Beach has to offer. From its southernmost tip - technically called Newport Coast - the road dips down and dramatically frames the 3.2 miles of typically calm...

  • Feeling Lucky?

    Feeling Lucky?

    Press Release San Diego resident Tony A. turned quarters into a fortune while playing at Sycuan Casino recently. The loyal patron hit a $214,568 jackpot on the Wheel of Fortune machine. The casino was recently named "Luckiest Casino" by the reputable industry publication, Southern California Gaming...

  • South Park: Destination for late-night eats, drinks

    South Park: Destination for late-night eats, drinks

    Once considered "up and coming,"  South Park has arrived. The community, rich with restaurants, breweries and art galleries, is just east of Balboa Park. As one of the city's most historic neighborhoods, it's become a destination for many looking for a great night of food or just a stiff drink....

  • Weekly Buzz (Oct. 10-14)

    Weekly Buzz (Oct. 10-14)

    Whoa! We had another busy week here in San Diego. Here are the buzziest stories to catch up on: Chargers win against Broncos   What a game... And can I just say it? Finally! The San Diego Chargers won 21-13 against the Denver Broncos on Thursday, and San Diego has never felt more relieved by a...

  • Weekend road trip: Laguna Beach

    Weekend road trip: Laguna Beach

    Forget about Hollywood-celeb sightings and pricey boutique shopping: This recreational guide to Laguna Beach calls for visitors to discover the rugged, coastal beauty that made this city famous in the first place. Beach time with a grueling climb Looking down from the top of 1,000 Steps Beach,...

  • Old is new again with midcentury style furnishings

    Old is new again with midcentury style furnishings

    What's your style? Are you shabby chic? Maybe you're more industrial or French country? Do you decorate your small space with Moroccan flair or are you more of a minimalist? Chances are, your taste is a mishmash of all of the above. Some styles are trendy; some are a fad. But when it comes to décor,...

  • Pro tips to declutter your small kitchen

    Pro tips to declutter your small kitchen

    Living in a small space can sometimes be an organizing nightmare. And keeping your kitchen clean and clutter-free is always a challenge: small countertops, limited cabinet space and no pantry. Where do you put all that stuff? Professional organizer Jessica Williams offers a few creative tips on...

  • Weekly Buzz (Sept. 26-30)

    Weekly Buzz (Sept. 26-30)

    San Diego's "Free Hug Guy" spreads love at El Cajon protests In light of the fatal shooting that took place in El Cajon, one San Diego man continues to give free hugs and spread a message of peace and hope. Last week, Ken Nwadike was in Charlotte, North Carolina giving hugs to police officers....

  • Hyatt Regency La Jolla debuts new restaurant & renovations

    Hyatt Regency La Jolla debuts new restaurant & renovations

    As the tourists begin to leave San Diego and head back to work and school routines, us locals begin to kick back and embrace "second summer," the second wave of warmth paired with quieter streets and beaches. To best enjoy the perks and places that those visitors inhabited during the few golden...

  • Border wines evolve with San Diegan's help

    Border wines evolve with San Diegan's help

    You might assume that holding the title of beverage director for an organization as large and powerful as Cohn Restaurant Group would give a person a demeanor of entitlement and ego. But Maurice DiMarino approaches with a warm smile and relaxed manner that instantly puts people at ease. His linen...

  • Weekly buzz (Aug. 5-9)

    Weekly buzz (Aug. 5-9)

      CRSSD creators reveal new house music festival in San Diego Another music festival is bound to attract the masses here in San Diego. Yep, the San Diego-based producers who made CRSSD Festival happen at Waterfront Park are now debuting a brand new fest. The festival, GROUNDWATER, will be held...

  • Weekly buzz (Aug. 29-Sept. 2)

    Weekly buzz (Aug. 29-Sept. 2)

    Kaepernick takes a knee during the National Anthem at San Diego Chargers game The ongoing story between Colin Kaepernick and the American flag does not appear to be coming to a close anytime soon. The drama has only escalated after a week of controversy due to him refusing to stand for the national...

  • The Bellas: A Twin-Win Situation

    Photography by K.C. Alfred | Styled by Kristi Brooks | Hair by Mercedes Amezquita | Makeup by Eileen Sandoval | Photographer's assistants: Rick Nocon and Ryan Miller | Stylist's assistant: Sammi Manning | Shot on location at Liberty Station This post contains references to products from one or...

  • Clairemont Surf Shop - it's a family thing

    Clairemont Surf Shop - it's a family thing

    Throw a rock in San Diego, and you're bound to hit a surf shop. While our city has no shortage of destinations to buy surf wear and surfboards, not many of those locations can honestly say they have stayed true to the roots of being a real surf shop. Many shops at the beach have traded in their...

  • Influx of stores, homes invigorating Barrio Logan

    Influx of stores, homes invigorating Barrio Logan

    Barrio Logan is changing. The urban neighborhood - south of downtown's East Village - is seeing art galleries, specialty coffee shops and mixed-use developments where there were once rundown homes, old train tracks and industrial warehouses. New interest has sparked a revival in the area. Living...

  • Tips from a designer on moving in together

    Tips from a designer on moving in together

    So you're recently married or moving in with a new roomie. Your cinder-block-and-pine shabby conflicts with her French country chic. How do you keep your new living arrangement from imploding before you throw your first dinner party? When asked for five tips on how to survive the big move while...

  • Sleep where Navy recruits lived at The Barracks Hotel

    Sleep where Navy recruits lived at The Barracks Hotel

    Living like a sailor may not conjure up visions of the most enticing hotel stay, but what if you could spend a night or two in a restored barracks building that once was home to San Diego's Navy recruits - WiFi and high thread-count linens included, of course. That's the idea behind a proposed...

  • Stone Brewing plans 99-room hotel in Escondido

    Stone Brewing plans 99-room hotel in Escondido

    Stone Brewing announced a 99-room boutique hotel Thursday tied to its Escondido brewery and restaurant, but with the caveat that it's about more than beer. It is believed to be the first of its kind - a ground-up property linked to a popular brand and the craft beer movement. Stone founder Greg...

  • Downtown free shuttle launching Tuesday

    Downtown free shuttle launching Tuesday

    If getting around downtown bums you out, call FRED. The ad-funded free ride-hailing service, Free Ride Everywhere Downtown , will launch at 11:30 a.m. today, led by Mayor Kevin Faulconer at Horton Plaza Park. Operated by New York-based Free Ride, the all-electric, open-air vehicles will cruise...

  • Where to live: Little Italy

    Where to live: Little Italy

      There's nothing little about Little Italy anymore. From atmosphere to restaurants to the price of rent, the neighborhood has gone B-I-G. Living The cost of taking up residence in one of San Diego's most energetic neighborhoods has skyrocketed over the past 3 to 4 years. And when available, most...

  • Unique furnishings for cozy quarters

    Unique furnishings for cozy quarters

    People living in small spaces come in various shapes and sizes. From young professionals to families to emptynesters looking to downsize and simplify, Cody Winters' customers are looking for unique furnishings for their cozy quarters. Winters is an interior designer and owner of Cody's Home + Gift,...

  • Using psychology to go green

    Saving the planet should be human nature, but often times it is not. While many people say they want to save the environment, getting people to make the necessary changes is easier said than done. As more companies and organizations work to make their operations more sustainable, people who can...

  • Top 5 water activities for out-of-town friends

    Top 5 water activities for out-of-town friends

    Get outside and experience a few must-do activities they won't be able to do anywhere else.

  • Ritz Carlton, Whole Foods OK'd for East Village

    Ritz Carlton, Whole Foods OK'd for East Village

    A $400 million highrise development that promises to elevate the stature of East Village and deliver San Diego its first Ritz Carlton hotel received final approval Wednesday from the city's downtown planning agency. Barring an appeal to the San Diego Planning Commission, all that is left before...

  • New Additions at Harrah's Resort SoCal

    Press Release Harrah's Resort Southern California has begun construction on its latest expansion to include the addition of an in-house brewery, SR76; 22 new guest rooms with unique wellness amenities for a customized experience; four new meeting rooms; the fresh juice and smoothie favorite, Robek's;...

  • Get in on the Action

    Promotion At Saint Archer, world-class brewers collaborate with legendary surf/snow/skate athletes to create action-packed craft beers that win gold medals. Among Saint Archer's owner/ambassadors is Paul Rodriguez, TRANSWORLD magazine's 2002 Rookie of the Year, who won six X-Games medals (including...

  • Weekly Buzz (July 10-July 15)

    Weekly Buzz (July 10-July 15)

    ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE BEER DEBUTS IN SAN DIEGO After the recent tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Hillcrest Brewing decided it was time to make a beer to benefit the victims and families. The brewery reached out to Karl Strauss to collaborate and get together a recipe, label and start brewing....

  • Quartyard in East Village on its way out?

    Quartyard in East Village on its way out?

    Say it ain't so. The beloved (and busy) Quartyard in East Village is officially on the market to become a 34-story residential development. The once vacant lot was transformed in 2014 in a public-private partnership with the City of San Diego . They made it into a unique, 25,000 square-foot outdoor...

  • Uber comping Pool rides for MTS riders

    Starting Friday, Uber will lend helping hands - or cars, rather - to San Diego in an effort to boost public transit, and route around transportation and parking obstacles during the city's most jam-packed tourism month of the year. The smartphone app-based ride service has partnered with the San...

  • Spotlight on Rentals: Welcome to Pinnacle on the Park

    Press Release With an eye toward the future, Pinnacle on the Park is a catalyst for community transformation in East Village. At 45 stories high, Pinnacle is hard to miss. It's the tallest residential apartment tower and the fourth-largest building downtown, offering 484 residential units. Amenities...

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