New Year’s Resolutions: San Diego Style

San Diego is a brilliant place to kick off the new year: Along with hosting a spectacular fireworks show on December 31, it boasts heaps of restaurants, athletic venues, and cultural attractions to help you get started on your new year’s resolutions. Don’t believe us? Check out the list below.

Eat Healthy

If you resolved to eat healthy this year, you’ve come to the right city — SoCal boasts one of America’s largest populations of vegans, and there are amazing restaurants for those on special diets. Order takeout from counter-service venues like Tender Greens and Local Greens, or spring for a memorable sit-down meal at local favorite Café Gratitude. 

Exercise More

There are so many ways to up your workout game in 2020 in San Diego. We recommend kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding with some help from the pros at OEX Point Loma, who will take you to venues such as Bali Hai and Humphreys around San Diego Bay. Alternatively, give wakesurfing or yoga a try. Check out SurfThirty, whose instructors guarantee that you’ll stand on your board within the first 30 minutes of your lesson, or Yoga Arts, which offers Hatha and Iyengar classes.

Experience More Culture

There’s so much local culture to discover, so start with some of the renowned museums in Balboa Park. The Timken Museum displays art from around the Americas and Europe (and is always free), while the Museum of Man explores anthropology and human history from caveman times and ancient civilizations to the present. The San Diego Natural History Museum is another fascinating stop, with exhibitions focusing on wildlife, gemology, and more.

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The subject, such as it is, of Lovers in the Park is lighthearted and whimsical, in keeping with the essentially decorative character of the painting: an amorous young couple perhaps out for a stroll with their spaniel in the countryside or grouds of a vast, overgrown estate, has stopped to rest beneath a sculpture of two amorini. The man has taken flowers from the woman's upturned hat and is weaving them into the hair of his lover, whose thoughts appear to wander, perhaps dreaming of the implications of her companion's actions. His attentions are distracted, however, by the appearance of a young woman–her less elaborate costume suggest she is a milkmaid or shepherdess–who walks into the scene; she has been gathering her own flowers, which she carries in baskets suspended at the ends of a pole. Boucher took unusual care in orchestrating the postures, gestures, and glances to create a balanced, though fluid, a triad of interacting figures, all convincingly integrated into an enveloping landscape. #arthistory #french #frenchart #boucher #timken #deepdiveintoart #zeroin #details

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Watch Live Music

Catch live music at Humphreys, our sister resort on Shelter Island, which hosts rock, funk, and soul acts at the intimate venue Backstage LIVE! There’s also the Humphreys Concerts by the Bay series, from April through October, with a wide variety of music and comedy sets in the property’s 1,400-seat outdoor theater. During concert season, our very own Blue Wave Bar & Grill serves a special concert menu so that you can grab dinner before heading down the road to the show. Elsewhere, the live rock and jazz music at Old Venice Restaurant and Point Loma Concert Series on Friday nights are two other options for music lovers.

Travel More

Get started on your travel resolutions with some beach-hopping. From Mission Beach, with its classic boardwalk, to La Jolla Shores Beach, with its stretch of soft sands, to surfer hub Ocean Beach, our seashores are some of the best in the state. We’ve written more about them in this convenient guide.

Once you’ve fulfilled your new year’s resolutions, return to your base at Best Western Plus Island Palms and enjoy our waterfront hotel’s range of thoughtful amenities: a private marina, two pools and Whirlpool Spas, complimentary bikes and more. Check out some of the exclusive packages on our website and start planning your stay.