With 70 miles of spectacular coastline, world-class attractions and a thriving urban core, San Diego is California’s beach city whatever the weather.
Don’t miss the chance to sample the area’s delicious CaliBaja and Japanese cuisine, stay in one of the numerous new openings or get your culture fix in Balboa Park.
Distinctive neighbourhoods like Little Italy, North Park and Barrio Logan, as well as an abundance of new Michelin-tipped restaurants show there is much to discover in San Diego this winter.
An exciting array of attractions and events to get your heart pumping
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, San Diego’s world-class Thoroughbred racing destination, kicked off their fall Bing Crosby Season on 10 November and runs until 3 December, featuring an exciting lineup of races and events. The fall meet will feature 15 stakes races in 13 days and the lineup of trackside events includes the Uncorked Derby Days Wine Festival, Thanksgiving Brunch, Beer & Wine Fest and more.
The internationally acclaimed Lightscape show will illuminate the San Diego Botanic Garden from 17 November – 1 January. The enchanting, after-dark, illuminated trail will span one mile and feature a festive world of wonder with over one million twinkling lights. Attendees will enjoy eye-catching artistic installations from international artists that come alive at night with colour, imagination, and sound.
Annual holiday cocktail pop-ups Miracle and Sippin’ Santa are returning to town. Both pop-up bars will offer inventive Christmas-themed drinks and decorations from 20 November – 31 December. The Miracle cocktail list includes Christmapolitan made with vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, lime, rosemary and absinthe mist, and the Snowball Old-Fashioned with rye whiskey, gingerbread, aromatic and wormwood bitters and orange essence. Miracle can be found at Draft Belmont Park this year, while Sippin’ Santa will be transforming The Grass Skirt in Pacific Beach.
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Stay cosy this winter with San Diego’s arts and culture
Interpretations 2023 is featured at the Visions Museum of Textile Art from 13 October – 30 December. This biennial juried exhibition showcases some of the most innovative art quilts today. Of the 377 entries received from 13 countries, jurors invited only 37 artists to the exhibit. In its 5th year, this exhibition celebrates their collective creative spirit.
From 14 September – 31 December, Beyond the Elements at New Americans Museum pays tribute to the vibrant and creative energy of San Diego’s hip-hop subculture during the mid-80s to early 90s. It’s a salute to the immigrant and multi-gen immigrant youth who fueled this unforgettable movement, uniting diverse communities and inspiring a generation. Guests can explore the fusion of cultures that defined this iconic era, celebrating self-expression through aerosol art, graffiti, DJs, MCs, underground parties, and dance crews.
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Luxury awaits in San Diego’s new hotels & renovations
Opened in September 2023 on the sand in Pacific Beach, the refreshed and rebranded Wayfarer San Diego features 126 bright and beachy accommodations, an oceanfront pool deck with a heated pool and outdoor firepit, and the new Zephyr Café for quick bites, craft canned cocktails and local roasts from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters.
A multi-million-dollar renovation is nearly complete for Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton, a landmark 50-year-old property in the picturesque seaside community of La Jolla Shores. The project is slated for completion in 2023. It includes a revamp of each of the property’s 110 guestrooms and suites, 1,600 square feet of meetings and events space, and the 11th Floor, which will include the opening of Sea & Sky, a penthouse-level fine dining restaurant replacing the hotel’s existing eatery Cusp Dining & Drinks.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina’s multimillion-dollar renovation to the Marina Tower will launch in early 2024. The redesign of the Marina Tower focuses on the hotel’s public spaces, guest rooms and suites. The resort will also welcome four new concepts: Rumorosa, a Cali-Baja-inspired dining outlet, the first San Diego Brewery X location, Sunglow harborside bar and cabana club, and Strada, a casual grab-and-go eatery.
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Take your tastebuds on a journey in San Diego’s restaurants and bars
An all-in-one destination for Japanese food that’s emerged in the East Village is an ambitious enterprise from the team behind Beshock Ramen. The largest storefront belongs to Asa Bakery, a sidewalk-facing cafe offering coffee, espresso drinks, matcha and hojicha lattes. The in-house bakery turns out a wide range of Japanese bread and pastries. Behind a secret door hidden in the right wall of the bakery is Bar Kamon, a speakeasy that transports guests back to Japan in the 1920s. A door in the back of the bakery leads to Sushi Gaga, a cosy 10-seat, omakase-only sushi bar.
In November, Open Gym restaurateur/chef Phillip Esteban opened his latest restaurant concept in Barracks 19 at Liberty Station. Inspired by a cafe of the same name in the Philippines, Wildflour will be an all-day restaurant/delicatessen incorporating elements of a bakery, coffeehouse and bar. The menu will deliver fresh Southern California vibes, centring around seafood and expanding on the relationships forged with local fishermen over the pandemic-born Fish to Families programme.
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