January 31, 2010
WHERE TO STAY IN SAN DIEGO Old: The U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway; (619) 232-3121, www.usgrant.net. Built in 1910, the 270-room Grant stands in the middle of downtown. It got a $60-million face-lift between 2004 and 2006. Its dignified public rooms befit a place that has hosted 14 presidents; lobby displays extol the heritage of the current owners, the casino-operating Sycuan Indians of San Diego County. Upscale features include the Grant Grill restaurant. However, if you want to swim, you have to use the Westin's pool across the street.
January 17, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO Edwardian World's Faire and Ball When, where: Jan. 22 and 23, Regency Ballroom Highlights: The faire, on Jan. 22, is a dramatic celebration of the turn-of-the-century era with performances, gardens, a bazaar and exhibition halls about Edwardian arts and technology. The 10th annual ball, which is on Jan. 23, features elaborate costumes, dancing, music, circus arts, burlesque and ballroom-dancing classes. Cost: Tickets to the faire start at $26; tickets to the ball start at $36. Info: www.edwardianball.
August 30, 2009 |
It was the bottom of the fifth, and the Florida Marlins were leading the San Diego Padres, 3-1. The crowd roared as a flashing sign in Petco Park implored the fans to make some noise. From my seat, I heard and saw it all. But I was a block away, relaxing, drink in hand, on the ninth-floor terrace of Hotel Indigo. I had a clear view through the outfield to home plate, though binoculars would have helped. But what I missed I could see on the stadium's oversized screen. And what fun to be a rooftop voyeur on a warm summer night.
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July 19, 2009 |
It's a beautiful summer day and tourists are enjoying the waterfront delights: harbor cruises, the carrier Midway museum, seafood restaurants, the tall ship Star of India. A quaint addition to the scene are the pedicab operators eager to pedal visitors to their next destination: a restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter, perhaps, or the stores of Seaport Village. Or maybe back to their hotel. But the tourist tradition has become a civic nuisance as the number of pedicabs has soared in recent years.
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May 9, 2008 |
A man in his early 20s stabbed two women, 70 and 68, and took their 1988 Cadillac early Thursday in downtown San Diego, police said. The women had befriended the man at a local casino and offered him a ride to the Gaslamp Quarter. Once there, he stabbed the women and stole the car and their purses. The 68-year-old woman was stabbed in the chest, the 70-year-old woman behind the ear. The injuries were not life threatening, police said.
October 7, 2007 |
Explore the Victorian-era shops and restaurants of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter with a special hotel rate that starts at $139 a night. The deal: The rate (which totals $169 with taxes and fees) is available at the Sofia Hotel through mid-December; travelers who stay four or more nights receive 25% off. The hotel: The Sofia, built in 1926, underwent a $16-million renovation last year and was named a National Trust Historic Hotel earlier this year.