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Check Out The Many San Diego Attractions: Things To Do In San Diego

Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. Hotel Palomar San Diego helps you make the most of your San Diego stay by sharing our staff's favorite picks and insider tips of their favorite things to do in San Diego.

We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in San Diego, what would you do? Take a peek, have some fun and Live Like a Local.

Simon Dolinky

Simon Dolinky - Local for 1 years

Executive Chef

  • Follow that up with Bloody Marys at the Small Bar; they garnish them with bacon, putting you off to a great start to your day.

  • My ideal Sunday starts with an early lunch at the Hillcrest Farmers market, there are a number of great food stands and trucks serving everything from tacos to fresh sea urchin.

Erin Williams

Erin Williams - Local for 1 years

House Mixologist, Saltbox Dining and Drinking

  • I am a big fan of dive bars- for late night grub and bourbon and beer, hit up NuNu's in Hillcrest on 5th Ave.

  • My favorite place to grab and excellent craft cocktail is Craft and Commerce in Little Italy; they have great atmosphere and exquisite libations.

Chuy Rodriguez

Chuy Rodriguez - Local for 16 years


  • My favorite activity is jogging through San Diego, from trails of Balboa Park to beach views at Torrey Pines State Reserve

  • A relaxing massage at Se Spa. The ambience is great, as soon as you walk in you'll already feel at ease.

Retail therapy
Nida Chem

Nida Chem - Local for 2 years

Sales Manager

  • Up and down Prospect Street, Girard Avenue, and in all the nooks around and in-between, lie dazzling storefronts, high end art galleries and charming boutiques at Village of La Jolla Lodge.

  • I love shopping in North Park - Pigment is one of my favorite shops. It has very unique one of a kind items.

Nicole Turk

Nicole Turk - Local for 24 years

Front Desk Agent

  • My favorite activity is to play disc golf at Morley Field in Balboa Park. It's a fun way to get out and enjoy our amazing San Diego weather. 11th hole is a great spot

  • Rent a Speed boat at San Diego boat tours and explore the San Diego Harbor.

One of a kind
Astrid Naujokaitis

Astrid Naujokaitis - Local for 25 years

Astrid Naujokaitis

  • USS Midway Museum is filled with awesome history and full for adults and kids alike. Check out the flight simulator on the middle deck!

  • Vin de Syrah, with its Alice in Wonderland theme, this semi-hidden wine bar is the perfect spot to chill out.

For more information about any of these suggestions and additional favorites, contact Hotel Palomar San Diego's Concierge at (619) 515-3000.

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