Mission Hills: A Historically Beautiful Neighborhood | San Diego, California

One of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods, Mission Hills overlooks downtown, Old Town, and the San Diego Bay. It was subdivided in 1908 and several renowned architects designed homes in the area, building mansions, bungalows, and craftsman houses. As a result, the neighborhood is dynamic and full of character. Stroll down the main streets and discover why it’s regarded as one of San Diego’s finest neighborhoods. Take a look at some of our favorite places in the charming Mission Hills district. 


Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel

The Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel is a charming mission-style property that’s in close proximity to Mission Hills and all of San Diego’s major attractions. It’s right in the heart of Old Town San Diego, also known as the birthplace of California. Relax in the well-appointed guest rooms and soak up the sun by the outdoor pool! Book the Girls Getaway Package for a weekend of fun! You’ll receive deluxe accommodations, and complimentary margarita, breakfast each morning, and a late checkout!



Starlite is a stylish lounge that serves up quality food and drinks in a modern atmosphere. Every aspect of the interior has been custom designed, and in 2009 the property received an award from the San Diego architectural foundation. The laid-back vibe is perfect for after-work drinks or a casual date. Starlite is known for delicious late-night dining, and their tasty dinner menu is served from 5 pm to midnight every day! 


The Patio on Goldfinch

The Patio on Goldfish is a Mission Hills icon and a favorite among San Diego locals. The beautifully designed restaurant diverse menu consists of seasonal, chef-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant has won several awards including OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice, San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants, and the 2015 Orchid Award. Grab a table on their outdoor patio and enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour. Be sure to try the Spanish octopus appetizer!


Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment

Established in 2012, Acoustic Ales is a local brewery that focuses on two core values: quality and craft. Owner and brew master Tommaso Maggiore has traveled all over the world and explored different brewing systems, techniques, and styles. Their Mission Hills tasting room provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for sampling their various brews. Try their rotating selection of 13 different taps! 

Nursery_MissionHillsBlog_644x270Mission Hills Nursery

The Mission Hills Nursery, San Diego’s oldest garden center, was founded back in 1910 by Kate Sessions. It’s a hub for all things gardening! Located in the heart of Mission Hills, it’s a natural paradise in the middle of the city. He knowledgeable and friendly staff members are dedicated to making garden shopping easy, fun, and informative. Explore the natural beauty of the nursery and take some of it with you to grow at home!


With Love

With Love Gift & Paperie is an artisan gift boutique with elegant stationary, cards, accessories, home décor, and more. Browse the shop and you’ll find something for everyone! Each item is thoughtfully displayed, making window shopping an experience in itself. The family owned store is truly a neighborhood gem. 


Venissimo Cheese

Venissimo Cheese is a gourmet cheese shop that’s been in San Diego for over a decade. Since then, they’ve expanded to four locations all over San Diego. Founders Gina and Roger Freize say that their goal is to do for cheese what Starbucks did for coffee. They hope to share their passion and educate the public about the greatness of all things cheese! They have a wide selection of artisan cheeses, cheese classes, cheese baskets, and cheese accessories. Visit the shop and feel free to sample anything you see!

Fourth of July in San Diego | San Diego, California


Are you ready for the holiday? The 4th of July is right around the corner! Spend Independence Day with your family in San Diego. Full of theme parks, beaches, and spectacular fireworks displays, San Diego is the perfect place to enjoy the 4th of July.


Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel

This year the Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel is offering a “Star Spangled, Cool Rate.”  From July 1-5th, you and your family can stay at this centrally located San Diego hotel for only $129 a night! With this unbeatable rate, you can enjoy more fun filled activities with your family. Rent a boat for an afternoon of sailing or take a whale watching tour! Package includes deluxe accommodations, full breakfast for two, and discounted parking.


Fireworks Shows in San Diego

Don’t miss the fireworks! Here are some of the best places to catch them this year.

Big Bay Boom, Port of San Diego | This 12th annual fireworks spectacular is sure to impress. Fireworks are displayed on four barges in the San Diego Bay. The show starts at 9pm.

Into the Blue, Sea World San Diego | Spend the day at Sea World San Diego and end your night with a beautiful fireworks show from inside the park. The soundtrack of this fireworks presentation features the orchestral music of Sea World’s Shamu Show, Blue Horizon. The show starts at 9:30pm.

Mission Bay Yacht Club | Catch the 28th annual fireworks show hosted by the Mission Bay Yacht Club. The show starts at 9pm.

Last Minute Memorial Day Trip | San Diego, California


Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. Relax in the sun and spend your long weekend in San Diego! With multiple beaches, friendly people, and virtually year-round sun, America’s Finest City is the ideal place to spend your Memorial Day weekend.


Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel

Stay at the iconic property that crowns Old Town State Historic Park. The Spanish-style Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel has unmatched views of the city and the San Diego Bay. Spend your Memorial Day at one of the many beaches within minutes of the hotel, or explore the culturally rich area of Old Town. Be sure to try some of the delicious Mexican restaurants that are just a short walk away! The Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel offers great packages to make your weekend even more special.


Girls Getaway | San Diego, California


San Diego’s sunny weather, gorgeous beaches, and great shopping make it a perfect city for a girls weekend. We recommend a stay in historic Old Town, famous for its Mexican food, art, and culture. Best of all, its central location provides easy access to everything else San Diego has to offer.


Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel

For the ultimate weekend away, stay at the Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel. This impressive property has a Spanish mission style with lush landscaping, colorful mosaic tiles, and peaceful courtyards. Perched up on a hill, the hotel provides a stunning view of the coast and the city skyline. Book the Girls Getaway Package with your friends and you’ll enjoy deluxe accommodations, a welcome margarita, full breakfast, and late check out!


Weekend in Old Town | San Diego, California

Old Town, a historic neighborhood situated in the heart of San Diego, is considered the birthplace of California. Step back in time and watch history come alive as you explore the numerous shops, museums, and attractions. It’s centrally located and easily accessible by car or public transit. Spend a weekend in Old Town and take in the colorful architecture, lively atmosphere, and delicious cuisine.


Best Western Hacienda Hotel

The Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel puts you right in the center of everything that Old Town has to offer. Your well-appointed guest room is just steps away from various shops and galleries. The property offers a comfortable atmosphere and panoramic views of the ocean, city lights, and the San Diego Bay. Relax in the heated pool and spa, enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access, and dine at the famous Old Town Tequila Factory located right next door. Book now and save with one of their special packages. View current packages.


Bazaar Del Mundo

The Bazaar Del Mundo is a shopping destination unlike any other. The locally owned stands and restaurants capture the spirit of Mexico. Upbeat music and vibrant colors surround you as you walk down the strip. You’ll find handmade crafts and artisan goods including art, clothing, jewelry, and gifts. The unique outdoor marketplace draws visitors from all over the country.