Tourism to Cabrillo National Monument
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 842,000 visitors to Cabrillo National Monument in 2018 spent $49.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 654 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the San Diego economy of $67.5 million.
What’s Driving the Balboa Park Leadership Vacuum
The Balboa Park Conservancy, founded eight years ago to act as a leader for Balboa Park, has never found its footing in that role. Advocates and power brokers who rarely align on what’s right for Balboa Park quietly agree on the need for change in the weeks since the Plaza de Panama plan fell apart.
It’s official, San Diego’s downtown planning agency is finished
On Tuesday City Council members voted 5-2 to implement a settlement agreement that separates the two entities, effectively returning downtown land use decisions to the city and leaving Civic to stand alone as a public benefit company with a focus on community investment programs.
Timken Museum lease agreement sets precedent for Balboa Park institutions
The city of San Diego and the Timken Museum of Art are set to execute a 20-year lease agreement that will have the institution pay rent for the first time in history, and set a precedent for all nonprofit leases in Balboa Park.
San Diego joins dining elite as first Michelin star goes to Addison
At a ceremony for the inaugural Michelin Guide California in Huntington Beach, which was attended by a who’s who of the state’s top chefs and restaurateurs, Addison executive chef and San Diego native William Bradley accepted the illustrious award for the 13-year-old bastion of fine dining at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
San Diego Zoo
Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100 years—and an absolute must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit beautiful habitats that are home to gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, rare reptiles, a palette of colorful birds, and more. Visit the Australian Outback to delight in our colony of 24 koalas, and travel along Panda Trek to experience giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat.
Bates Nut Farm
15954 Woods Valley Rd Valley Center, CA 92082
Five generations of the Bates family have owned and operated the Bates Nut Farm. It started out as a walnut farm but they now sell nuts from all over the world in addition to other old-fashioned delights. Shopping is part of what you do here and not-to-be-missed is are the candy barrels and other specialty items in the huge shop. But fall is when many families make an annual trek out to the farm to celebrate the seasons. Bates Nut Farm has a petting zoo, straw maze, fall activities and a 15-acre pumpkin patch where you can take out a wheelbarrow in search of your perfect pumpkin.
Baja Vino does weekly group tours and daily custom private tours from San Diego and Northern Baja to Mexico's Wine Country, Valle de Guadalupe. All Baja Vino tours are ALL-INCLUSIVE which includes transportation to/from Valle de Guadalupe, personal tour guide, tastings at 3 of Baja's premier wineries, and a gourmet lunch provided by a top chef of the region.