Where do you take out-of-town guests?

Asked by Jane Belanger

January 27, 2010

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Tabbie Smith

From Dehesa Valley (Stylist)

Usually we hang out in my backyard quite a bit. Then my husband loves to take them to Sunset Cliffs. He loves to take them over there by Ocean Beach. I think it’s absolutely boring, but he loves to take them there. They have the binoculars up on top. We go to the ocean quite a bit. And then we take ’em to different clubs. But usually the club’s in our backyard.

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Julian Rodriguez

From Chula Vista (Advisor)

I love to take them to Little Italy. It’s my favorite part of San Diego. I love the feeling down there — it’s comforting, the food’s great, the people are nice. There’s a great artistic feel down there; that’s kind of what I love about it. There’s so much diversity. And downtown…to the marina…all over. I live in South Bay, so I stay in South Bay a lot because I have a lot of family. There’s a lot of culture in South Bay, too — it’s really great. I always do Coronado. I love the Hotel Del. I want to get married there.

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Kira Kenworthy

From Pacific Beach (Assistant Manager)

The La Jolla Cove, to go tidepooling. I think that’s pretty cool. It makes me feel like a little kid again, and I think everybody likes jumping around on all those different rocks. Obviously P.B., because that’s where I live. We can walk everywhere — to the restaurants and bars and stuff. But I like going to the zoo and to the aquarium with people who’ve never been here. The last time I took them somewhere was to the aquarium. The zoo, especially, is wonderful. They were from the Bay Area, and the San Francisco Zoo is pretty depressing. There’s botanical gardens here, and there’s concrete there. I do like to take people to Mission Bay, too, because I used to row.

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Nicholas Turnowicz

From Mira Mesa (Drink Artist)

When they come to visit me here, you definitely gotta take them to the zoo. It’s the number-one spot. But my favorite place to take them is SeaWorld because that’s my favorite place to go ever. I have a Fun Pass. I’d go every weekend if I could. I love SeaWorld. The whole Balboa area: the park, the museums. And the mall. The mall’s really nice.

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R. Jay Hernandez

From Escondido (Salesman)

I take them to the wineries — the ones in Temecula. There’s a lot over there. It’s pretty good. They have the wine tastings. You pay, like, 12 bucks and you can taste different kinds of wine.

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Dan Jones

From Downtown (Business Owner)

Oh, the usual. Y’know, the zoo. I don’t go to the Wild Animal Park; it’s too far. I try to get them to go to the mountains, but my parents are elderly so they’re not gonna do that. But if it’s my brothers or someone like that, we’ll go hiking in the mountains — Cleveland National Forest, mainly. I like the big trees. We go to the beach. I refuse to take them to Disneyland. If they want to go to Disneyland, they can go by themselves because I know every square inch of it by now!


Joe Poutous Jan. 29, 2010 @ 3:23 p.m.

Depends on who comes to town... Family with kids - the zoo, Balboa park. The Birch Aquarium is cool, too. Buddies - Out to good Mexican food, cocktails at a dive bar, PB. A nice parking lot to lean against an old car and tell lies while drinking beer out of a paper bag. All the classy joints. If I want to impress someone... maybe out to Napa Valley Grill or Adams Ave. Grill. The bar at the top of the Hyatt is pretty spectacular.

Oh, and Tabbie, Sunset Cliffs is never boring. I love that place. Next time climb down the rope.

I try to avoid the tourist traps...

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Joe Poutous Jan. 29, 2010 @ 4 p.m.

So, Pete - do you take out of towners to the Coronado ferry landing to gaze at the San Diego skyline?

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PistolPete Jan. 29, 2010 @ 4:23 p.m.

All joking about San Diego aside, I've never had family come and visit but if they did, I would be sure to take them to all the beautiful places here. I give this town ALOT of s*** but in all fairness, the area IS the most beautiful part of the country. Chicago pales in comparison scenery-wise compared to out here.


PistolPete Jan. 29, 2010 @ 4:23 p.m.

Actually, there alot of places I'd like to see and get pictures of before I move back home.


PistolPete Jan. 29, 2010 @ 4:55 p.m.

Tomorrow's my birthday. I'm going to try and live a better life from now on. I ain't gettin' any younger. O_o


antigeekess Jan. 29, 2010 @ 8:46 p.m.

Well, I don't live in SD anymore, but how about: http://www.palagems.com/mining.htm#minevisits

Or: http://www.astro.caltech.edu/palomar/visiting.html

Surfing lesson, maybe? http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&source=hp&oq=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=surfing+lessons+san+diego&fb=1&gl=us&hq=surfing+lessons&hnear=san+diego&view=text&ei=f6RjS_2YK42csgPG3bSdAw&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=more-results&resnum=1&ved=0CCUQtQMwAA

Roller coaster ride? http://www.belmontpark.com/

A horsie ride on Imperial Beach or in Julian might be nice: http://www.totalescape.com/active/animals/horse/SD.html

Or you can just watch them run: http://www.dmtc.com/ (July - Sept.)

Predilection for pinnipeds?

And of course, you CAN see some at my favorite of SD's tourist traps (mostly for the Clydesdales & dolphin petting): http://www.seaworld.com/sandiego/default.aspx

Ahhh, what the heck? It IS one of the best zoos in the world. http://sandiegozoo.com/

(But also one of the hilliest, and a bit exhausting.) A much easier day can be had at: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/park/ (which I've actually enjoyed a bit more.)

And for shopping, there's no place more pleasant to stroll around than: http://www.seaportvillage.com/

Or if you're a bargain hunter... http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=66

Which is right next to: http://www.theflowerfields.com/ (starting in March)

Or if you're a SUPER bargain hunter: http://www.kobeyswap.com/

The Birch Aquarium DOES rock: http://birchaquarium.org/

And Balboa Park is probably my VERY favorite place in SD: http://balboapark.org/

Too many museums to mention, and always a number of interesting exhibits at any given time. http://www.sdnhm.org/exhibits/index.html http://sdmart.com/exhibition-picasso-miro-calder.html

Got folks that have never been to an IMAX theater before? http://www.rhfleet.org/site/imax/index.cfm

Gambling? http://sycuancasino.com/ http://viejas.com/

Got golfers? If you want to splurge, you could take them to one of the world's most famous courses: http://www.torreypines.com/course-info/torrey-pines-city-resident-greens-fees--prices.asp

It's groovy to stroll the grounds & visit the underground shops of the Hotel Del: http://www.hoteldel.com/

Aaaand they've got golf over there, too: http://www.golfcoronado.com/

How about a walking tour downtown? http://www.frommers.com/destinations/sandiego/0028020033.html

Nautical types (any old Navy farts in the family?) will probably like this tour, including the Maritime Museum.

Of course, the ferry's the cheapest way out onto the water: http://www.sdhe.com/san-diego-bay-ferry.html

I've always wanted to do this tour, personally: http://www.sealtours.com/index.asp

Another good first day tour in SD to get your bearings: http://www.trolleytours.com/san-diego/


antigeekess Jan. 29, 2010 @ 8:50 p.m.

Also, the view at Cabrillo can't be beat. Lots of educational stuff, too. http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

Ya GOTTA get some Mexican food in Old Town: http://www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/restaurants.html

And while you're there, watch the creation of blown glass: http://www.loweryshotglass.com/studio.shtml

Okay, that's enough. There's a LOT to do in SD. What else? Lego Land? Never been. Live theater? Comedy clubs?



MsGrant Feb. 1, 2010 @ 12:58 p.m.


This looks like fun, and I live here!!

Pete, you could actually drive now - happy birthday!


SDaniels Feb. 1, 2010 @ 4:46 p.m.

Those carts are rented down the street from us. They look perty dinky, flimsy, and I don't know if the eye-pounding yellow color is going to make a difference when you are at least a foot shorter than the rest of the traffic. Taking one of them on the freeway? You have GOT to be kidding. I fear for them just seeing them tool around the surface streets...


Rocket_J_Squirrel Feb. 1, 2010 @ 8:04 p.m.

Bullwinkle and I like to take them to the train station, put them on it, and send them on their way......


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