San Diego: What’s New In California’s Southernmost City?

Fallen Star

San Diego is well-known for its beaches, great weather, and not-so-great football team, the lowly Chargers.  But, the So-cal city offers much more than an appealing climate. From a famous haunted house to a massive park, San Diego has quite a few attractions that don’t have to do with beaches.

Overlooking the University of California, San Diego is Do Ho Suh’s “Fallen Star” sculpture. The unusual work of art sits atop the seventh floor of UC San Diego’s Jacobs Hall in the shape of a home. There is even a rooftop garden that accompanies the Seoul National University graduate’s incredible sculpture!

The Whaley House in San Diego features the Whaley House Museum, the Verna House, the Whaley House Museum Shop, two false front store buildings, and the Derby-Pendleton House. The Whaley House Complex is famous for its historical architecture, as well as its haunted folklore. You can tour the complex and learn a thing or two about California history and folklore!

Balboa Park in San Diego, acres and acres to enjoy.
Balboa Park in San Diego: acres and acres to enjoy.

Massive Balboa Park in San Diego boasts about 1,200 acres of gardens, walking paths, museums, theaters, and the popular San Diego Zoo. You could spend an entire day at Balboa Park considering the fact that the venue covers multiple forms of entertainment and activities. And various shopping opportunities at the park will leave you with some great souvenirs!

When you’re in San Diego, also check out some of these cool restaurants:

On Washington Street in San Diego is Lucha Libres Tacos. The wrestling-themed taco stop features Mexican wrestling paraphernalia, great tacos, and Mexican wrestling films on the TV; a truly unique eatery!

Speaking of unique restaurants, have you heard of Pop Pie Co. in San Diego? The neighborhood hangout offers a variety of savory and sweet pies in a casual setting. Pop Pie Co. also serves coffee and various craft beers!

When you’re planning your trip to San Diego, consider staying in one of these San Diego hotels:

After a $12 million renovation, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego is ready to give guests a luxurious stay. Each room comes with flat screen TVs, laptop-compatible safes, work stations with wireless internet, plush robes, and more. And the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, and a heated saltwater pool within a private garden will keep you active!

The Pendry San Diego, located on J Street in close proximity to Petco Park, the San Diego Convention Center, bars, beaches, and tons more. The hotel itself has six restaurants and bars offering cuisine from talented chefs and unique concepts, and rooms come with Bluetooth-enabled speakers, fully-stocked mini bar, complimentary wifi, and more!

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San Diego: Summer Happenings in America’s Finest City

San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter is full of nightlife and great restaurants.
San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter is full of nightlife and great restaurants.

The beautiful city of San Diego, California is playing host to a whole smorgasbord of events ranging from international soccer to an expansive county fair. There’s something to do for everyone in the Plymouth of the West this summer!

The San Diego County Fair alone has enough going on to satisfy everyone in the family. A Wild Wild West theme is the backdrop for the fair that includes live musical entertainment, the International Beer Festival, deep-fried foods, woodworking, livestock exhibits, an award-winning flower show, and much more.

In early July, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, an international soccer competition, will take a couple of its opening round games to Qualcomm Stadium in the city. The Mexican national team will be one of the teams competing in these open round games in California’s southern city.

Watch dogs compete and surf in San Diego this summer!
Watch dogs compete and surf in San Diego this summer!

You can even watch dogs surf!  In late July, Imperial Beach will host the annual Surf Dog Competition. More than 70 dogs will be competing in various surfing challenges that will surely be a treat to see in person!

The city is accustomed to many glorious hotels with beach themes and plenty of amenities. When in Rome, well, San Diego, try these hotels on for size:

The Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is a boutique hotel located Downtown. This pet-friendly lodge is eco-friendly and even has a rooftop bar!

Believe it or not, but the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel and Marina is a very stylish hotel that truly draws itself apart from its other U.S. locations. Tons of suite options, a long list of amenities, and some fantastic views make this hotel a must stay venue!   

Book a San Diego hotel with Bonwi and earn points to come back another time!

San Francisco Never Forgot the Summer of Love

This summer, celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1967's Summer of Love in San Francisco!
This summer, celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1967's Summer of Love in San Francisco!
This summer, celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1967’s Summer of Love in San Francisco!

San Francisco’s 50th Summer of Love Festival is quickly approaching as summer is upon is.  In the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the world, visitors can expect the celebration to feature dozens of events, activities, exhibitions, and an insight into the rich history of the Love Festival which first took place in 1967.

The festival prides itself on allowing people to display their own unique and creative ways of self-expression, whether that be through elegant artwork or live music. In addition to the festival, San Francisco offers several other music oriented destinations for all music loving visitors, such as The Fillmore Music Hall and The Great American Music Hall.

If the crowd of festival goers is too intimidating on the narrow street of Haight-Ashbury, no worries, a quick bite to eat at the Yellow Submarine located on 503 Irving St. will surely fix any worries, and cravings too.

The tiny corner building tucked behind the sidewalk cannot be missed, as it is painted is the most vibrant hue of yellow with a red awning draping down the top of the entrance. To fully experience this one of a kind sub shop, a steak and cheese with all the “fixings” are a must try.

What makes this sandwich so memorable is the fresh steak that is stacked sky high, be sure to ask for it cut in half, the enormity of it means you’ll be taking the other half home.

The original Summer of Love celebration in San Francisco in 1967.
The original Summer of Love celebration in San Francisco in 1967.

If a lunch with a view sounds appealing, luckily Twin Peaks can be accessed via foot from The Yellow Submarine. Enjoy your sub on the top of the two infamous hills that overlook the beautiful city landscape, with a vast birds-eye view, the festival will definitely be visible.

The low murmurs of the music might even be heard from the heights too. The winding road leading up to the peaks is a short 15-minute hike, but the view is worth every step. The daytime view is stunning, but schedule a visit at sunset and see the city lights emerge like fireflies on the horizon.

The first package deal, Summer of Love at The de Young, includes two VIP general admission tickets to the de Young Museum, which will be displaying the “Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll” and 10% off the best available rate. The special exhibit costs 10 dollars and grants visitors the ability to discover a remarkable collection of rock posters, photographs, interactive light shows, and more.

The Summer of Love & Festivals package deals allows guests 15% off the best available rate and the opportunity the explore the city and partake in the festival.

The Summer of Love Festival is a one of a kind experience in a city filled with remarkable food, history, and sights. Pack your hippy glasses and your flowy skirts and make your way to the West Coast to participate in the spiritual awakening of thousands of people celebrating love.

These days, San Francisco is known for its upscale hotels like the Fairmont and others. To dive into more detail of what to expect at the festival, visit www.summeroflove2017.com

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