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City Spotlight on San Diego

From the sandy beaches of the Pacific to the bright lights of the city skyline, San Diego combines metropolitan sophistication with a laid back California lifestyle. The seventh largest city in the United States, it continues to be a top destination, renowned for its topnotch golf, world class resorts, sumptuous restaurants, exciting family attractions and near perfect climate.

Where to stay

Hotel Del Coronado: Set on Coronado Island amid 26 acres of sandy beaches, the historic Victorian masterpiece has been the epitome of luxury for over 115 years, hosting dignitaries and stars alike. An oasis of splendid tranquility, it is also just minutes from the buzz of downtown San Diego.

Hotel Solamar: A hip newcomer to the downtown district, the four-star "lifestyle hotel" features 235 eclectic guestrooms designed in the Southern California urban loft style. Unwind by day with their "Om Away from Home" yoga program, while at sunset, the nightlife heats up by the cabana rooftop pool bar. Where to dine Jsix: Recently opened in the trendy new Solamar Hotel, Jsix combines a coastal fusion menu with a stylish interior designed by world renowned designer Bob Puccini.

Where to eat

George’s at the Cove: The list of awards is as extensive as the menu. George’s has long been the most popular restaurant in San Diego—and for good reason. The views of the La Jolla coastline are superb and the food is in a class by itself. Try the signature five course tasting menu with wine pairings for the ultimate California cuisine experience.

Pamplemousse Grille: Voted Best Restaurant in San Diego for the last three years by the Zagat Guide, it has set the bar for fine dining in San Diego. The cuisine’s French roots are tastefully infused with touches of Mediterranean and Asian influences. Whether savoring a classic cowboy rib eye steak, or nori-crusted Ahi with green tea noodles in a coconut red curry sauce, Pamplemousse never disappoints.

What to see

Balboa Park: Home to the world famous San Diego Zoo, the 1,200-acre retreat is the largest urban cultural complex in America. With over a dozen gardens, nine restaurants and 15 museums it is no wonder the Park is regarded as the Smithsonian of the West.

La Jolla Beach: A perennial favorite for swimming in the Pacific Ocean, surfing with the pros or just people watching. Gaslamp Quarter: The historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter, with its Victorian architecture, has received a major facelift and with more than 100 restaurants, 35 nightclubs and 100 retail shops it is the hot spot for shopping, sports, dining and a sizzling nightlife. Where to Golf With 92 golf courses and ideal temperatures all year, San Diego is quickly becoming the premier golfing destination in America.

Where to golf

Four Seasons Resort Aviara: Recognized as one of the top resort courses in the country, the Arnold Palmer design is set amongst a natural wildlife preserve. The award winning layout winds through rolling hills and valleys with views of the ocean.

La Costa: Home to the Accenture Match Play Championships, La Costa offers the perfect balance of tranquil setting and challenging golf. With two 18-hole PGA championship courses and tee times reserved for resort guests only, golfers will feel like they have the course to themselves.

Torrey Pines: Regarded as one of the best public courses in the country, it will host its first U.S. Open in 2008. A demanding test of golf, it sits atop majestic cliffs overlooking the coastline. Stay at the elegant Lodge at Torrey Pines, just steps from the 18th green, to get preferred tee times.

Maderas: One of the best-kept secrets in California, the Johnny Miller and Robert Muir Graves collaboration has garnered a number of top awards. Its pristine layout captures the essence of its natural surroundings and features undulating fairways, serene creeks and 40 acres of wildflowers.

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