Staying Busy in San Diego

written by | Posted on November 23rd, 2011

America’s “Finest City,” San Diego, continues to add to its appeal with an array of new things to see and do, new restaurants and celebratory hotel packages.

What to Do San Diego offers arts, shows and events on an almost daily basis. Currently, the Tony Award-winning Old Globe theater in Balboa Park is running a production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (through Dec. 31). The theater shows 15 plays and musicals per season on its three stages, and has several shows in line for the upcoming months, including Dividing the Estate (Jan. 14 – Feb. 12) and The Recommendation (Jan. 21 – Feb. 26). Tickets start at $24. For more information, visit oldglobe.org.

Not to be outdone by the Old Globe, the San Diego Museum of Art is currently home to three exhibits. Mexican Modern Painting, on display through Feb. 19, features 80 paintings dated between 1907 and 1962 from a variety of artists such as Maria Izquierdo and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Also on display through Feb. 19 is Experiments in Abstraction: Art in Southern California, 1945 to 1980, addressing a generation of California-based artists who explored abstraction following World War II. Walk from the Sun, through March 18, showcases the photography of scott b. davis. davis’ photographs offer moody and enigmatic looks at the scenery of Southern California after sunset. Tickets to the museum are $15.35 for adults, $6.25 children, with discount tickets available for seniors, military and students. For more information, visit sdmart.org.

Golf enthusiasts might enjoy attending the annual Farmers Insurance Open, a PGA Tour men’s golf tournament running Jan. 23-29 at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. Ticket prices start at $21 for a day pass, or $120 for access to the entire event. For more information, visit farmersinsuranceopen.com.

Those clients looking for something distinctive yet fun will appreciate So Diego Tours’ newest offering, the Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones tour, a food and beverage tasting tour of popular restaurants in Old Town State Historic Park. The walking tour combines dining with the story of San Diego during the 1820s-1850s. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Rates start at $45 pp. For more information, visit sodiegotours.com.

Finally, the city hasn’t forgotten foodies. More than 180 of San Diego’s finest restaurants will participate in the San Diego Restaurant Week running Jan. 15-20. The event encourages local dining with prix fixed menus. For more information, visit sandiegorestaurantweek.com.

Where to Eat And speaking of food, Underbelly is the newest traditional Japanese ramen bar to open its doors in Little Italy. Yes, you read right, Little Italy. Seating 52, the restaurant pays tribute to traditional Japanese beliefs and offers regional ramen options with assorted toppings, pork buns, gyoza and light appetizers. The eatery features an internationally focused draft beer list of 27 selections. The name of the restaurant references the prized pork cut favored by Tokyo’s revered gods of ramen.

Open since September and describing itself as a “new American gastro-lounge,” Saltbox has created an ingredient-driven “social plates” menu, designed to be accessible and inspiring. Sample dishes include lobster corn dogs with ginger remoulade, beef cheek tacos and snap pea kimchi, and crispy fried asparagus with poached egg and paprika vinaigrette.

Where to Stay After long days of city sightseeing, your clients will need a relaxing place to lay their heads. The four-diamond Loews Coronado Bay Resort is offering the Loews Long Weekend package, saving 20 percent with a 3-night minimum stay. The resort features 439 guestrooms, marina, award-winning kids’ club, Sea Spa, three tennis courts, three pools, onsite Coronado Surfing Academy and sports equipment for rent including bicycles, rollerblades, jet skis, sailboats, motorboats and paddle boats. Rates start at $109 dbl. For more information, visit loewshotels.com.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary beginning January 2012, the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in Mission Bay will be  offering special promotions and decade-themed trivia contests. In the meantime, the resort has a surplus of packages to make finding the right getaway a breeze. The Get S’more Paradise package includes 1-night accommodations, breakfast for two and personalized beach bonfire kit with all the ingredients to make s’mores at one of the resort’s 15 fire pits (rates vary by day and accommodations selected). Alternatively, starting at $475 couples can escape to Paradise Point for its “Oh Baby” San Diego Babymoon package for a peaceful pre-baby getaway. Included in the deal is luxury accommodations, a bottle of sparkling cider, $25 “Craving Credit” for in-room dining, belly cast including shoulder, neck and foot massage and 50-minute pre-natal massage. For specific details and rates, visit paradisepoint.com.