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Multifaceted. Adaptable. Versatile. There are many ways to describe San Diego, California. The reason why this place holds on to its locals and is teeming with transplants and visitors is it practically has something for everyone. The region is bordered by the surf, mountains, desert and Baja. In our first field guide to America’s Finest City, we’ve decided to show you things expected, evolving, and underestimated.
The Pearl Hotel / Común Kitchen / Modern Times / Tide Pools
Comfortably tucked away in San Diego’s Point Loma neighborhood lies The Pearl Hotel; a California gem inspired by all things local. Hammocks and nooks such as the shag lounge make for great spaces to catch up on morning reads while sipping on your freshly brewed coffee from local roaster Café Moto.
The Pearl’s location makes it easily accessible to the Point Loma tidepools. A morning hike around the peninsula will reveal stunning panoramas of the San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean. Often times referred to as the birthplace of modern day California, a tribute to the Portuguese settler, João Rodrigues Cabrilho, may be appreciated with accompanied backdrops that offer historical context of the first European landing in 1542.
The tidepools are located on the western side of the Peninsula, flanked with marked trails that allow casual hiking with the occasional splash of salty mist and pelican flyovers. Although the changing tides determine the visibility of the tidepools, high surf is ideal for scenes of crashing waves and the Pacific’s grandeur. A quick trek around the area is enough to set you up for the rest of the day and create an appetite.
Bringing Baja-inspired creativity to San Diego’s East Village is 2014 Chef of the Year Chad White’s Común Kitchen + Tavern. Much like its author, the menu at Comun is inventive, conscious and accessible. The open space features views of the kitchen, seating + lighting designs by Built Around Me, and three art installations by Tijuana artist Gloria Muriel
High standards for locally sourced ingredients provide the palate with an exquisite selection of edibles. We admire how fresh açai bowls interact with hibiscus tostadas and Mexican street food staples like esquite. Común houses a self-pouring beer station designed with sampling in mind. The setup includes a rotating selection of craft brews, detailed descriptions, and pouring tips. The bar also features an impressive cocktail program and mezcal selection.
After some pressed coffee from Común we opted for a post lunch photo walk. Tracking the local street art scene, we decided to finally check out a recent Pangea SeaWalls installation that went up in the East Village. San Diego has become a frequent stop for international artists and enthusiasts alike. Whether in the shadows of an alley or on an open wall commissioned for public display, we’ve found that this city’s art aims to educate as much as it intrigues.
With recent help from non-profit pangeaseed.org, noteworthy names like Exist 1981, Zio Ziegler, Phlegm, et al have hit various walls throughout San Diego’s rejuvenated East Village, and we couldn’t have been more impressed upon discovery. Each artivist casts a different light and sharp awareness of ocean conservation and preservation, using a quickly-changing neighborhood as their canvas.
If there is any doubt surrounding San Diego’s matured homebrewing culture, simply trace the trajectory of Modern Times Beer. What started in 2012 as one beer geek’s vision and collaboration with all the right people has now become one of the country’s most respected brewing operations. A monthly 22oz release, diverse collection of flagship beers, and even a coffee roasting endeavor keep these folks busy at their two tasting rooms and throughout the west coast.
Right along North Park’s 30th Street corridor, the Modern Times tasting room delivers a steady flow of their signature Lomaland Saison alongside rotating seasonal releases. Enough to require more than a dozen taps on any given day. Catch a sunny beer on their patio or gather at one of the communal tables under a lamp shade-studded ceiling.
An evolving food + drink program and busy events calendar makes The Pearl a spot frequented by locals and visitors alike. Poolside “Dive-in” movie nights on Wednesdays, California coastal cuisine, and night time lounging provide quality après-adventure leisure before calling it a night.