San Diego Charms With Annual Events and Beloved Neighborhoods

A pond guides guests to the entrance of San Diego’s Balboa Park

A pond guides guests to the entrance of San Diego’s Balboa Park

No matter where I go in the world, people always brighten up when they hear my hometown is San Diego, California. The comments that follow are usually, “I’d love to go there some day,” or “I’ve been there; it’s such a beautiful city.” Spanning 4,526 square miles, San Diego is a city full of so many different things to see and do. Let me introduce you to a few of my favorites.

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New Wine Cave and More at Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Pala Casino Spa & Resort has the only Wine Cave in San Diego County

Pala Casino Spa & Resort has the only Wine Cave in San Diego County

Sniff. Swirl. Sip. I’m savoring the high-toned fruity richness of a 2011 Saxon Brown Sangiacomo Chardonnay from Sonoma, relaxing on a comfy couch in the dimly lit elegance of a subterranean wine cave. The rough-hewn arched ceiling lends an Old World ambiance, while the glowing wine bar sets a contemporary tone and the sweet sounds of a jazz combo keep the mood mellow.

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Insider Favorites: Colette’s Guide to San Diego

San Diego’s Downtown skyline in the spring

San Diego’s Downtown skyline in the spring

I moved to San Diego in 2011 and quickly entered into a career publicizing the city’s growing restaurant scene and tourism industry. The constant sunshine was a far cry from my life in Seattle, and I soon discovered San Diego is a mecca for fans of an active lifestyle. From beach going to hiking—or just throwing on sandals and exploring San Diego’s diverse neighborhoods—locals and visitors consistently embrace an “out and about” way of life here. There’s always something fun going on; new spots at which to socialize are popping up all the time, and don’t get me started on our craft beer scene, which pairs all too well with the city’s laid-back culture. Whether jet setters are in search of outdoor activities, culinary experiences, or California culture, San Diego has it in spades—no jacket needed!

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Star Wars Fun for Kids and Parents at Legoland California

Legoland’s Millennium Falcon

Legoland’s Millennium Falcon

If you want to be your kid's hero, take him or her to Legoland and let them play with toys, meet cool characters from a hit movie, go on a treasure hunt, splash around in a pool, and eat lots of great, easily accessible kid food. You won't go wrong. Similarly, if you want your husband to love you, also take him to Legoland and let him drool over a Star Wars spaceship (and then request diamonds for your birthday).

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