Places to see (and be seen)
BEST PLACE TO TAKE A CLIENT
I prefer to tailor outings to the person, but some
good spots are: the Lodge or A.R. Valentien at
Torrey Pines for golfers; Petco for sports fans; and
Sbicca in Del Mar for wine drinkers.
FAVORITE WATERING HOLE
The Aero Club on India Street is a cool local bar with
a great divey ambiance that is old-school San Diego.
My favorite restaurant in San Diego is Jake’s Del
Mar—great food and atmosphere with amazing
views of the ocean. You must try the Hula Pie.
Hiking in the local mountains.
FAVORITE QUOTE ABOUT SAN DIEGO
“Stay classy, San Diego” – Ron Burgundy. If you
haven’t heard of him, you should look him up; he’s
kind of a big deal.
FAVORITE CITY EVENT
Christmas on the Prado (aka Balboa Park December Nights) is a good one. So is the Art Walk
in Little Italy, which happens in the spring. Both
showcase beautiful communities within San Diego
and great food, art and music.
WHERE TO GO AFTER A WIN
The Pony Room at the Rancho Valencia is a perfect
location to get away and celebrate and make you
feel like you’re on vacation.
BEST PLACE TO REFLECT
The beach. I like the walk from Cardiff to Moon-
light in Encinitas as long as the tide is not too high.
There is nothing like the ocean to make you feel
like whatever you are contemplating is small in the
grand scheme of things.
There are lots of dog parks (and a few dog
beaches) in San Diego, and I love to take my dog
to visit his pals on the weekends. My favorite is the
dog beach on Coronado.
BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE WATCHING
Downtown San Diego is always full of surprises.
Real estate lawyer Dawn Saunders
tells us what’s good in the neighborhood
GO-TO SPORTS VENUE
Petco Park, which opened in 2004. It is a really
great venue and incorporated historical elements of
old San Diego into the new East Village landmark.
FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP
Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse in
Seaport Village. Not sure how it will fare with the
upcoming redevelopment of the Seaport Village
area, but it is a fun place to get lost for a while.
FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP
Pannikin in the old train depot in Leucadia—best to
ride your bike there because parking can be tough
on the weekends.
FAVORITE PIZZA JOINT
Pizza Port in Solana Beach has a fun vibe and
good food—great beer selection, too.
The Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad.
FAVORITE CITY SPORTS MOMENT
When the Gulls returned to San Diego in 2015.
Nothing says Southern California like ice hockey.
MOST HEARTBREAKING CITY
Every day in San Diego is a heartbreaking
PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS
The Hotel del Coronado, especially during the
holidays when they have ice skating on the beach—
a truly San Diego experience.