Sky Zone

Best Workout that Doesn’t Feel Like a Workout

Trampoline Aerobics


Sky Zone San Diego in Chula Vista and Sky High Sports in Miramar are competing indoor trampoline parks that can really tire out hyperactive offspring, but they also offer aerobics classes for adults (the Miramar classes start September 17). We can’t think of a more fun way to exercise, and while each claims to burn 1,000 calories, we say, put your money where your bounce is.

Best Hiking in North County

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

Before starting the 3-mile ramble along Peñasquitos Creek toward the preserve’s cascading waterfall, trekkers can get a feel for the 1820s by visiting the Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos Adobe, located at the east end of the preserve off Black Mountain Road. Open 8 a.m. to sunset daily.

Best Hope For Live Music

Thaddeus Hunter smith reopening anthology
Little Italy

When the supper club shut its doors, a collective tear was shed. Eater San Diego reported that the L.A.-based music promoter, responsible for revitalizing The Music Box (now The Fonda Theatre) in Hollywood, purchased the venue. Thaddeus, we’re all ears!


Best Green Initiative



We’re getting a bike share and rental program! Early next year, 1,800 DecoBikes will move into downtown. Rent them by the hour, day, or month. Bonuses: Squishy seats and a basket for your bag. Take a test ride at CicloSDias (August 11).

Best Jazz Night

Wednesdays at Seven Grand
North Park

We have a jazz thing going on in this city. Really. We fear that the location might be what’s keeping many from experiencing it. So let’s just make it easy: Exit University Avenue off the 805, park in the well-lit structure at University and 30th, lock your doors, walk with a buddy three blocks east, and look for the serious doorman. Go on a Wednesday night, late, and head to the back.

Moonlight Beach Encinitas

Best Beach Makeover

Moonlight Beach

It’s not the bathroom makeover that excites us so much as the new, spacious feeling that extra 14,500 square feet of beach gives us. Gone are the funky smells and the sketchy old concession stand. The new fire pits and available beach rentals scream “Staycation!” Give us an umbrella, lounge chair, and Popsicle, and we’re good to go (stay).

Best Activity to Wow the Out-of-Towners

Jetpack America
Mission Bay

Visit the new flight center at Mission Bay Sportcenter and strap on a Jetpack—a water-propelled backpack that lets you fly over the water. It’ll make a huge impact (as will the price, which starts at $159 for 15 minutes on a weekday).

Best Party Idea

Golf Cart Polo
Rancho Santa Fe

Bowling parties are so five minutes ago. Instead, invite your friends or colleagues to the polo fields in Rancho Santa Fe for a game of golf cart polo. A pro player gets behind the wheel and you get behind a mallet. Who knew the San Diego Polo Club could be so unstuffy? Whee!

The Public Market Barrio Logan
Photo by Feather love photography

Best party venue

the public market
Barrio Logan

Best Car Services

Car2Go, Uber, Lyft

In a county with weak mass transit and an abundance of cocky bicyclists, the rest of us are loving these subscription car services: Car2Go (find their street-parked smart cars around town, unlock, go, and abandon); Uber (order an off-duty private car driver from your smartphone); and Lyft (a ridesharing app, now on its way to SD).

Vacation Trailers by Helene Cornell

Best Way to Try Out a Travel Trend in SD

Vintage Vacation Trailers by Helene Cornell
Ocean Beach, South Park


In between shooting weddings, the South Park-based photographer decked out three retro trailers and began advertising them as vacation rentals on Airbnb. The “Bonsai Beach Bubble” and “Love Den” currently run $60/night; the “Love Zen” runs $50/night.

Best Non-Gym Gym Membership


A teensy, $40 annual Sweatnet membership allows fitness commitment-phobes to take advantage of a wide range of exercise sessions, like kettlebell class in Clairemont and Pilates in Little Italy, all at a discounted rate. We’re just sorry we didn’t think of it first.

Cuatro Cuatros

Best Camping Without Getting Dirty

Cuatro Cuatros


These luxe safari-tent accommodations near Ensenada feature fine linens, terraces, and open-air showers. The property’s winery makes a red blend, a minerally Sauvignon Blanc, and a just-released rosé, plus an equestrian center is opening by the end of the year.


Best Thing to Happen to Kayaks

Sails and Pedals
Mission Bay


The upper-body workout from kayaking to a concert at Humphreys can be taxing. The newer versions by Hobie still offer the option of paddling, but also come with a removable pedal system called MirageDrive and a rudder for steering. The thigh workout seems easier, and burns more calories. Some also come with sails and rigging. Perfect for the guy (or gal) who really wants a boat, but doesn’t have the means or storage space. Demo one at Fastlane Sailing & Kayaking near Mission Bay. See you on the water!

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