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Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

The 2,650-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail runs from Mexico to Canada – and its first 133 miles meander through San Diego’s backyard. The PCT begins in Campo, at the U.S./Mexico border fence, about 50 miles east of downtown San Diego. From there it traverses a range of topography and climate zones – from the sizzling Anza Borrego Desert (to be avoided in summer) to the mountains of the Cleveland National Forest, where trails can sometimes be snowbound in winter. There are dozens of sections of the trail accessible to day-hikers. (Download free...

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San Diegans enjoy free summer concerts

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Festivals, What's New? | Comments Off

Free twilight concerts have become summertime traditions in neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. They’re an opportunity for visitors, locals and their families to socialize, picnic, enjoy music together – and maybe even dance as the sun sets on another perfect San Diego summer day. Here’s a sampling of what will be staged during the summer of 2014: •    The Point Loma Summer Concert Series opens July 11 with the Mighty Untouchables and continues on consecutive Fridays through Aug. 8 when Detroit Underground takes the stage. Shows run...

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Deals for frugal fair-goers

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Festivals, North County | Comments Off

Adult admission to the San Diego County Fair costs $14 – but deals abound. For super fans, the “Best Pass Ever” can’t be beat. It includes daily admission – from June 7 to July 6, every single day of the fair – for just $24. You’ll need a school or government-issued photo ID to use the pass. Tuesdays June 24 and July 1 are the magic day for kids 6-12 years old. They get in free. (Kids 5 and younger get in free everyday.) Youngsters 12 and younger can get in free any day through July 5, if they read 10 books and have it verified by their...

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Former NTC thrives as Liberty Station

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Point Loma, What's New? | Comments Off

San Diego’s Naval Training Center was dedicated in 1923. Over the years, it turned nearly 2 million boys into men — sailors who made San Diego the home base for the Navy’s Pacific Fleet. When the Navy closed the base in 1997, a master developer went to work transforming the 361-acre site into a massive mixed-use neighborhood.  While the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it remains a work in progress. More than 50 of NTC’s original Spanish Colonial Revival buildings have been restored and transformed into...

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Newest Fig Tree Cafe is choice pick

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Eats, What's New? | Comments Off

The original Fig Tree Café opened in 2008 in an old Pacific Beach cottage with a lush garden patio. The second restaurant opened in trendy Hillcrest, drawing hip locals to its open kitchen. The baby sister opened just five months ago at Liberty Station on Point Loma. It’s the restaurant we focus on here. The place bills itself “a California eatery. “ But after dark, it has the feel of a cozy French bistro: warm, and woodsy, with really good food and an excellent wine list (3 dozen choices by the glass) – all at neighborhood-friendly prices....

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San Diegans celebrate December Nights in Balboa Park

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Attractions, Eats, Festivals, Museums | Comments Off

Balboa Park’s December Nights – the city’s annual two-day holiday gift to the community – promises to be bigger and better than ever this year. It’s the city’s largest free festival, expected to draw at least 300,000 in this its 35th year. The two-day celebration of entertainment, food and fun, is set for Friday, Dec. 6, from 3 until 11 pm, and Saturday, Dec. 7, sfrom noon-11pm. December Nights is as close as San Diego gets to becoming a winter wonderland. Balboa Park is decked in twinkling lights and silvery garlands. Fanciful Christmas...

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Free use of beach wheelchairs for disabled

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Get Physical, Mission Beach, What's New? | Comments Off

The City of San Diego’s Park & Recreation Department provides a number of services for the disabled – including free use of motorized beach wheelchairs that allow those with mobility disabilities to propel independently along the sand at Mission Beach. There’s also a non-motorized chair that allows users to roll right in to the ocean.   Chairs can be reserved for one hour at a time. (Identification is required and will be held as security.) Maximum weight capacity on the motorized chair is 250 pounds; it’s 500 pounds on...

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Kids get in free in October

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in What's New? | Comments Off

During the entire month of October, kids eat, stay and play free at more than 100 spots throughout the county. San Diego hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions and transportation companies are offering everything from free meals and admissions, to special amenities at hotels.  Kids can even learn to surf or play golf for free, with a paying adult. Most deals are available to youngsters between the ages of 2 and 12 – but age limits and other restrictions vary by venue. The county’s headliner family attractions – the Zoo, Sea World and...

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It’s festival time at Cabrillo National Monument

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Attractions, Festivals, Museums, Point Loma, What's New? | Comments Off

The annual Cabrillo Festival, Sept. 28-29, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year – and next month the monument itself celebrates its 100th birthday. A centennial weekend celebration is set for Oct. 12-14.   The Cabrillo Festival commemorates the day in 1542 when Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed on the shore of what is now known as San Diego Bay. (He had christened it San Miguel.) Sailing under the flag of Spain, he was the first European to land on the west coast of what is now the United States. A highlight of the...

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San Diego Restaurant Week

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Eager to try one of San Diego’s new top-tier restaurants? Or to get back to one of your revered special-occasion favorites? But aren’t so sure your  budget can handle the hit?  No worries. San Diego Restaurant Week runs Sunday, Sept. 15 through Friday the 20th.   It’s a great opportunity to try someplace new or extra special at a discounted price.  More than 180 restaurants, including many award winners, are participating in this year’s event . Restaurants are offering two- or three-course fixed-price lunches for $10, $15,...

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