More than 120 artist studios,
galleries, dance studios,
theaters and more reside in
Liberty Station Arts District,
which at 300 acres and 45
buildings is the city’s largest.
Join the monthly Friday
Night Art Walk, ice skate
from November to January,
visit the San Diego Comic
Art gallery or catch an
outdoor flick during Cinema
Saturdays. Check out a map
and event listings at
Spend the afternoon at
Cabrillo National Monument,
a seaside national park that
encompasses historic sites,
hiking trails and incredible
views. See the overlook and
statue honoring the first
European explorer to
reach the American West
Coast, climb the winding
stairs of a 162-year-old
lighthouse, and head
down the trail to the
tide pools at the rocky
winter are the best time
of year to explore them.
On the way back, pay
tribute at Fort Rosecrans
National Cemetery, a
hillside that is the final
resting place for more
than 112,000 veterans.
An old naval complex, Liberty Station, has been
refurbished into the neighborhood’s newest food
destination. Liberty Public Market has roughly
30 vendors selling everything from cold brew to
empanadas, craft beer and pastries; and Mess Hall, an
on-site restaurant with a seasonal menu. The complex
also serves excellent Neapolitan pizza at Officine
Buona Forchetta, wood-fired meats at Fireside by the
Patio, and big-plate brunch at Breakfast Republic.
On Shelter Island, Humphreys Restaurant is a local
institution for upscale waterfront dining, while
Brigantine is a longtime favorite for seafood.
For a morning or afternoon caffeine fix, check out Better Buzz Coffee. Sip a potent
mai tai at Bali Hai, the city’s original tiki restaurant since 1954, or enjoy a great
view of the bay with a craft beer at the laid-back Fathom Bistro, Bait, and Tackle.
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens inside Liberty Station has 40 beers on tap
and a bocce ball court. Modern Times brewery is worth a visit for its tasty beer and
the huge mural of Michael Jackson made entirely from Post-its. Visit Vessel at Kona
Kai Resort & Spa for the endless bloody marys at brunch.
SAN DIEGO’S COLONIAL, NAUTICAL AND MILITARY HISTORY
INTERSECT WITH NATURE ON THIS SCENIC PENINSULA
KONA KAI RESORT & SPA
THE PEARL HOTEL
Stay right on the harbor at this
recently remodeled resort that has
a pool, spa and a private beach
where you can have cocktails
delivered to your lounge chair.
This hip boutique hotel has retro
glamour and a lively pool scene,
especially at its “dive-in theater”
event, when movies are shown
at the poolside lounge.
RESORT & SPA