San Diego, CA - Jim Flynn's BestWeekends

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA Overview

As the song goes, “It never rains in California…” and that certainly applies to San Diego. On average there are 266 sunny days in the city and rainfall is less than 12 inches per year. Temperatures average 72 degrees year-round with August and September the warmest at 77 and 78 degrees. It is truly a most delightful climate. This is the September weather we wait for all summer in the East. And they have it all year!

With 1.4mm people it is the 8th largest US city and the second largest in California. It is a perennial Top 10 Most Popular Cities to visit. The city is best known for the San Diego Zoo, quite possibly the best in the world, 1,200 acre multi-attraction Balboa Park, Sea World and the USS Midway Museum. The city is also home to professional baseball’s San Diego Padres whose stadium is downtown in the Gaslight District.

The city is divided into distinct areas;
Downtown 
Historic Little Italy is an area with charming restaurants, cultural events, and year-round street festivals. There are water views, live music, a farmer’s market, and even an Italian-style piazza (visit the Food Hall while you are there).
The East Village is a 130 block section of downtown that is home to Petco Stadium where the Padres play. Once a warehouse district, it is now a thriving area filled with restaurants, cafes, bars and music venues.
Coastal
Coastal towns in San Diego offer the best of nearby urban living, but at the beach. Pacific Beach is just 15-30 minutes from downtown, but miles away in beach amenities. La Jolla is my favorite section of San Diego. It is a Mediterranean-style village with amazing beaches, towering, rocky cliffs, fantastic restaurants and a wonderful cultural scene. It is also home to the Torrey Pines Gold Course.
North County
Located about 25 miles north of downtown, North County is away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to enjoy its benefits. Encinitas is the classic California surf town. In fact, it was the inspiration for the Beach Boys, “Surfin USA”. On the north end of Encinitas, Leucadia is a rustic beach community known for its surf culture, secluded beaches and mind blowing sunsets. Carlsbad was named one of the “Happiest Places” in the US by National Geographic Magazine.  It has luxury shopping centers, mineral spas and retreats and golf courses.


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Where To Stay

Estancia La Jolla, La Jolla CA

OVERVIEW Just north of San Diego lies the upscale enclave of La Jolla (pronounced hoy-a), and within it, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, a peaceful refuge from the bustle of the city. The impeccably manicured grounds are designed in Spanish hacienda style and bloom with vines, flowers, trees and plants that infuse colors and...…

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Del Mar CA

OVERVIEW The magnificent 249-room luxury San Diego resort, Fairmont Grand Del Mar,  captures the elegance and comfort of an old-world Mediterranean estate with an enviable Southern California locale. Its design honors the indelible style of visionary architect Addison Mizner (1872-1933) who drew his inspiration from Spain’s palaces, France’s sun-washed coastal retreats and Florence’s decorative arts...…

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Grand Colonial La Jolla

OVERVIEW La Jolla is our favorite part of San Diego and The Grand Colonial is the ideal base for your activities in the area. The hotel is a wonderful and warm European style boutique hotel steeped in history, but perfectly suited to these modern times. Opened in 1913, the hotel has gone through numerous iterations...…

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Where To Eat

A.R. Valentien

A.R. Valentien was a talented 20th century California artist and is the namesake for the signature restaurant at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. Many of the artist’s works are displayed throughout the restaurant. Serving regional San Diego cuisine, the timbered and elegant restaurant features both indoor and patio dining with views of…

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Addison

Addison, at the Fairmont Del Mar Resort, is San Diego’s most acclaimed restaurant earning two Michelin stars, AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Awards and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. Chef William Bradley is a Grand Chef of Relais & Chateau and was the winner of the Culinary Master Competition. The formal dining room is…

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Born & Raised

Born & Raised is a fantastic steakhouse opened in 2017 in Little Italy. The $6.5mm project created a 10,000 square foot restaurant with 250 seats that pays homage to the mid-century and art deco eras. Downstairs is classic steakhouse décor with leather booths, wood paneled walls, green marble table tops and lots of brass. Makes…

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May 2020: Little Nell

This months featured property is… charming and sweet. THE ROOMS In 2017, Champalimaud Design refreshed all 86 rooms and suites and all guest floor corridors. The approach was to reinvigorate the spaces to be fresh, light and welcoming, utilizing palettes of blue, tan and grey to complement the relaxed nature of Aspen. Key features include… read more.

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