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Craft Breweries in North Park | San Diego

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Known as the 30th street craft beer corridor, North Park is home to some of the best breweries in San Diego. Grab some friends and head down for an evening of beer tasting and good food!

If you are driving down to North Park, the best and easiest place to park is in the parking garage near 30th Street & North Park Way. Parking is only $5 and is located in the center of everything you will want to see. Get Directions

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If you are planning to stay the weekend, we highly recommend the retro-style Lafeyette Hotel in North Park. It’s close to all of the action and is conveniently located off on El Cajon Boulevard. Sleep, swim and enjoy the craft beer scene all weekend… no driving necessary!

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Toronado

What to choose? What to choose? That is what you will be asking yourself when you arrive at Toronado. With over 56 rotating craft beer choices, you will never be able to say you can’t find your favorite craft beer. Stop in, have a beer and enjoy some of your favorite pub food. You can never go wrong with the Moroccan Lamb or Smoked Beer Sausage sandwhich. And don’t forget a side of Mac and Cheese.

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Hess Brewery Company

You have to walk the plank… to get to the craft beer tasting room at Mike Hess Brewery. Beer lovers will enter the tasting room by walking over the two-story brewery area. Enjoy a pint of the award winning Umbrix Imperial Stout or Harley Pale Ale while you watch it being made at one of the coolest breweries in North Park.

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Way Point Public

Add Way Point Public to your must see list in North Park. You will definitely want to stop by for some of the best beer and bistro food anywhere. With over 30 craft beers on tap and 100 bottled craft beers, Waypoint Public has been recognized as San Diego’s Best Beer Restaurant by West Coaster and one of the Best New Beer Restaurants by Draft Magazine. Waypoint Public’s eclectic menu offers the perfect pairings for your favorite craft beer. We recommend the Housemade Chicharrones, the WayPoint Burger with pulled pork and egg as well as the Fried Green Tomatoes and Crispy Shrimp Tacos. 

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Thorn Street Brewery

Nothing says local like Thorn Street Brewery, the micro-craft brewery nestled in amongst the craftsmen bungalows in North Park. It’s not Cheers but you will know what we mean when you walk in the door. This modern day craft brewery brings together the best local craft beer and gourmet food trucks every night of the week.

Be Safe! Don’t Drink and Drive…

We hope you had a fantastic adventure exploring the 30th Street corridor in North Park. Always remember not to drink and drive! If you have had a few drinks this evening, play it safe and call an Uber or Lyft to take you home or back to your hotel.

Let’s Go Padres | Giveaway Night Games

You don’t have to be a die-hard baseball fan to enjoy a night watching the world famous San Diego Padres. Located conveniently in the East Village, you and your friends can walk over to Petco Park from the Gaslamp Quarter. Catch a game, grab a beer and pick up your free souvenir at any of these special night games.

  • Saturday, June 27th | Arizona Diamondbacks | Padres Beach Towel
  • Wednesday, July 22nd | San Francisco Giants | Sunglasses
  • Saturday, August 8th | Philadelphia Phillies | Throwback Replica Jersey
  • Saturday, August 22nd | St. Louis Cardinals | Dri Fit T-shirt
  • Saturday, September 5th | Los Angeles Dodgers | Grab Bag Giveaway


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Images courtesy of the San Diego Union Tribune and the San Diego Padres.

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Great Works | The Tinkem Museum of Art

The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park, San Diego, features 600 years of European and American masterpieces in the world-class Putnam Foundation collection. Visitors will see a range of works including early Italian Renaissance devotional paintings, late nineteenth century paintings from the United States, as well as important examples of French, Dutch and Flemish paintings.

The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Admission is free. Visit the museum website for more information.

Some examples of work from the American collection include:

tinkemyosemiteAlbert Bierstadt, 1830-1902 | Cho-looke, the Yosemite Fall, 1864
In 1863, Albert Bierstadt set out with a group of fellow artists to visit the valley of Yosemite. This painting conveys the spectacular scale and natural majesty of Yosemite Falls. Bierstadt was first known for his series of landscape paintings of the Rocky Mountains.

tinkembirchThomas Birch, 1779-1851 | An American Ship in Distress, 1841
Birch is known for his paintings of the early American shipping industry and is regarded as America’s first marine artist. He is noted for his series devoted to the naval engagements of the War of 1812.

tinkemcopleyJohn Singleton Copley, 1738-1815 | Mrs. Thomas Gage, 1771
John Copley left Boston in 1771 for New York City where he began painting a series portrait commissions. His first subject was Margaret Kemble Gage, the American-born wife of General Thomas Gage, Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in North America.

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Arthur Wheelock, Curator of Northern Baroque Painting, National Gallery of Art
SPECIAL EVENT | Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Mr. Wheelock explores how Johannes Vermeer captures our imagination and stirs our emotions in his seemingly simple and direct scenes, in ways that few other artists are able to do. Mr. Wheelock will examine the fascinating mysteries surrounding this great Dutch seventeenth century master and offer thoughtful insights on one of Johannes Vermeer’s most beautiful paintings. Purchase tickets for this special event today!

Balboa Park | Spanish Architecture Tour

When visitors talk about their lasting impressions of Balboa Park, the topic of Spanish-Renaissance architecture always tops the list of what they remember most.

Balboa Park was the first place in the United States that this architectural style was prominently featured. The El Prado esplanade and Spanish-Renaissance cultural buildings were developed as temporary exhibition halls for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition commemorating the opening of the Panama Canal.

These buildings truly shine at sunrise and sunset any time of year. Take your camera to document your favorite architectural features.

Up-Close | Balboa Park Succulent Gardens

As the summer begins in San Diego, locals and visitors are reminded of how valuable our water resources are in California. Explore the wonders of Balboa Park’s water savvy succulent gardens. This photo tour explores the beauty you can only see up close in the Desert and Australia Gardens. Enjoy a leisurely stroll thought these drought-resistant gardens anytime of year. Enter the gardens near the pedestrian bridge by the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden. The gardens are free to the public 365 days a year.

Download the tour map with plant reference guide.

Images are courtesy of Gary Waldrop Photography.

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Four Hidden, Water Smart Gardens in Balboa Park

When most people think of gardens, they think lush tropical foliage, bright colorful flowers and the sounds of a trickling water feature. In California, and especially San Diego, water is becoming a very precious resource and lush gardens are increasingly becoming incompatible with modern day water limitations. Today’s garden tour adventure will feature Balboa Park’s beautiful, water-savvy gardens within a natural environment.

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The Desert Garden
With more than 1,300 plants, The Desert Garden contains succulents and drought-resistant plants from around the world. The garden covers approximately 2.5 acres. The peak blooming period is January through April, but the garden is beautiful anytime of year.  Enter the garden near the pedestrian bridge by the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden. The garden is free to the public 365 days a year. Download the tour map with plant reference guide.

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Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve
With over 150 acres of natural habit, Florida Canyon will show you the original landscape of Balboa Park. Choose your favorite hiking trail and venture out to see the natural landscape filled with Coastal Sage Scrub and the native wildlife that call it home. You can even join the park rangers for a tour with the San Diego Natural History Museum. The garden is free to the public 365 days a year.

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Australian Garden
Enjoy a little of Down Under in San Diego. With similar climates, many native Australian plants grow well in San Diego. The Australian Garden contains a range of beautiful Australian natives including Grevellia, Acacia, Callistemon, Banksia, Hakea, Stenocarpus, Leptospermum, Melaleuca, and Eucalyptus. The garden is located in Gold Gulch, just southeast of the Spreckles Organ Pavillion. The garden is free to the public 365 days a year.

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California Native Plant Garden
Adjacent to the Florida Canyon Nature Preserve, this five-acre demonstration garden is located on the west side of the Balboa Park Tennis Club. The quarter-mile long footpath features over 100 drought tolerant California native plants suitable for home and landscape use. During your walk, you can explore some of San Diego’s 2,600 types of native plants. Parking is available immediately adjacent to the California Native Plant Garden. The garden is free to the public 365 days a year.

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Images are courtesy of Gary Waldrop Photography.

Balboa Park | An Evening at The Old Globe Theatre

If you are looking for culture in San Diego, plan to take your special someone to see a world-class production at The Old Globe Theatre. Start out your evening at the park with drinks and nibbles at the signature eatery, The Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park. Every Tuesday, The Lounge has a special Date Night menu as well as a monthly Old Globe Dinner & Show night. Either choice will set the stage for a beautiful, engaging evening in the world famous Balboa Park.

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Tip | Try the Mahi Mahi Tacos if you visit The Lounge for drinks.

Then soak in the culture at The Old Globe Theatre, one of the nation’s top-ranked regional theatres. The Old Globe has been home to the most acclaimed national artists, designers, directors and playwrights in the country. Over 20 productions have gone on to become Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. The Old Globe’s 2005 production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and the production of The Full Monty garnered 10 Tony Award® nominations in 2000 for its successful Broadway run.

The Old Globe Theatre current production, Buyer & Cellar, is now playing from April 4th – May 3rd at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Get tickets

Buyer & Cellar is Jonathan Tolins’s Off Broadway hit that will have you rolling in the aisles. What happens when you put a diva and out-of-work actor together with acres of memorabilia at a Malibu estate? You can only find out at The Old Globe Theatre.

“Seriously funny — a remarkably sustained slice of absurdist whimsy” – The New York Times
“This play deserves a hearty ‘Hello, gorgeous!’” – New York Daily News

Visit The Old Globe Theater for more information on show times, purchasing tickets and the upcoming calendar.

Historical Fact | Did you the original Old Globe Theatre was destroyed on March 8, 1978 by an arson fire?

The Rich History of The Old Globe Theatre
Built in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition, The Old Globe Theatre was originally designed to present abridged versions of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. At the conclusion of the exposition in 1937, The San Diego Community Theatre leased the theatre and adjacent buildings from the City of San Diego. Today, this non-profit organization continues to manage the theatre and has established the Globe as a year-round professional company. The Old Globe theatre is one of San Diego’s largest arts institutions with more than 250,000 people annually attending productions and participating in the theatre’s education programs and outreach services.

San Diego | Culture in Balboa Park

April is the perfect time of year to enjoy cultural experiences in Balboa Park in downtown San Diego. Whether you love art, history, food, music or all of the above, Balboa Park is the destination for a full day adventure this Spring.

We recommend you start your day early to see the Park at its finest. Start on the west side of the park and enter like the original park visitors who came for the 1915 Panama-California World Exposition. Your cultural adventure begins with a leisurely stroll across the historic Cabrillo Bridge. Get directions to the bridge.

As you approach the bridge on Laurel Street, you will see Founder’s Plaza and the lawn bowling club. From there, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and harbor as you continue across the bridge and enter on El Prado, the main street of the Balboa Park.

You can soak up the morning sunshine as you enjoy the walk down the Prado. Be sure to snap a few photos of the great Spanish architecture and formal gardens you see along the way. Continue through the Plaza del Panama and past the lily pond as you make you way down to The San Diego History Museum. Download a map of Balboa Park to help you get around for the day.

Visit The Discovery of King Tut exhibition at The San Diego History Museum to learn about the tomb and treasures of Tutankhamun, one of the most famous discoveries in the history of archaeology. The More than 1,000 replicas of the most important finds have been reconstructed to scale by Egyptian master craftsmen. You’ll see a realistic impression of the overwhelming opulence of the offerings meant to serve the king on his magical journey into the Underworld. The exhibition ends April 26th so be sure to book now. Check out the museum’s website for other cultural exhibitions to see while you are here.

Fun Fact | Did you know The San Diego Natural History Museum was founded by a handful of citizen-naturalists in 1874? The museum is the oldest scientific institution in Southern California.

After the exhibition, enjoy a relaxing lunch al fresco on the back patio at The Prado restaurant. You have to try the grilled fish tacos and a margarita with salt – a San Diego tradition. If you want to try something new, try the Prickly Pear margarita – a local favorite.

The afternoon part of your cultural adventure starts with a walk across the Plaza de Panama to The San Diego Museum of Art.  We recommend the Romantic Views exhibition. Explore the romantic adventures of artists Carl Nebel, William Henry Jackson, Charles B. Waite, Abel Briquet, and Hugo Brehme, who traveled to Mexico over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These diverse traveler artists left behind an extraordinary body of work illustrating the romantic nature and geography of Latin America. You won’t want to miss this exhibition!

End your day where you started with a sunset walk over the Cabrillo Bridge. You can people watch, relax, and enjoy the sun as it sets over America’s Finest City.

Fun Fact | If you are a dog lover, be sure to stop by the dog park (near the Cabrillo Bridge entrance) to see San Diego’s furry friends enjoying the Spring weather with their owners.

For those of you looking for a great place to have dinner, Cucina Urbana is an excellent choice and it’s within walking distance. The dressy, casual atmosphere provides the perfect end to a day of culture. Popular favorites include the polenta board, burnt Brussels sprouts and the roasted Atlantic salmon. This is an extremely popular restaurant so reservations are recommended for table service. Cucina Urbana features a community table and martini bar so you can also enjoy happy hour with seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Dallas | It’s Not All Football and Rodeos

Ok, I’ll admit…when I used to think of Dallas, Texas, the first thing that came to mind was cowboys.  The ones that ride horses, and the ones that play football.  But Dallas has developed into such a diverse and exciting metropolitan city, filled with art, music and culture that I thought I would highlight five of the highest ranking attractions in Dallas, as ranked by TripAdvisor reviewers.  I was surprised at a few of them, and I reckon y’all may be too!

The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is currently ranked #1 as the top attraction in Dallas.  Featuring over 66-acres on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum varies it’s displays four times each year, providing amazing color and breathtaking season changes for visitors year round.

The Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center is located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District and is home to the world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other Dallas-based cultural organizations. The Meyerson’s impressive architectural features, open spaces, touches of elegance, and unsurpassed acoustics make the building the preeminent environment for exceptional events in Dallas.

The George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum also topped this list and the reviewers can’t say enough about how beautiful, clean and educational this library and museum is.  While it focuses on republican President Bush’s time in office, there is such a sense of American patriotism, it doesn’t matter if you are republican or democrat, it is worth a visit.

The Nasher Sculpture Center, in the heart of downtown Dallas, features a collection of more than three hundred sculptures, and twentieth-century paintings and drawings.  This is a beautiful center of indoor and outdoor exhibition space that is filled with natural light and elegant in design.

Dallas Museum of Art Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art features an outstanding collection of more than 22,000 works of art from around the world, from ancient to modern times.  This museum is in the heart of the Arts District, and is highly rated on TripAdvisor.

So next time you are considering an arts and culture getaway, think of Dallas, Texas.   While you may not have had it on your bucket list before, I think you will be pleased, and may be surprised like I was, with what you discover in the heart of this amazing city.