San Diego County Fair: What to Eat, Ride, and See

The San Diego County Fair is back in town, which means summer has officially started in San Diego. With fair food, rides, and entertainment as far as the eye can see, the county fair is the first item on everyone’s San Diego summer to-do list. With a Wizard of Oz theme for 2019, the fair…

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Local Shelter Island Guide: Neighborhood Places to Visit

Located in the heart of Shelter Island, Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina offers the convenience of being walkable to many San Diego attractions and activities. If you have a few hours to explore, check out local restaurants, breweries, activities and more near Shelter Island. Shelter Island Pier Walk over to the Shelter…

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San Diego’s Best Vegan Restaurants

If you are looking for vegan cuisine, you have come to the right place! San Diego is sprawling with vegan options throughout the entire county. Our list of San Diego’s best vegan restaurants includes new cafes, local favorites and unique finds right here in San Diego. Café Gratitude A local favorite around town, Café Gratitude…

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Chef Spotlight – Chef Christopher Spayde

Featured on our Chef Spotlight this month is our very own Executive Chef of Best Western Plus Island Palms’ Blue Wave Bar & Grill, Christopher Spayde! From learning more about his cooking style, to the best cooking advice he’s ever received, Christopher shares the inside scoop on his cooking experience and more.   Describe your…

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Night Owls – Top 5 Things to Do After Dark in San Diego

The day is almost over but you don’t want to head to bed just yet. The lights over the city are gleaming, music is bumping, and your toes start tapping. Once the sun goes down, San Diego turns the energy up with upbeat dancing, creative cocktails, and good vibes all around. Explore San Diego after…

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A Photographic Look At Best Western PLUS Island Palms Throughout The Years

2019 marks Best Western Plus Island Palm’s 22nd year with Bartell Hotels! Throughout the years, Best Western Plus Island Palms has flourished into a tropical waterfront destination perfect for today’s traveler. Shelter Island’s convenient and picturesque location is one of the many reasons that makes Best Western Plus Island Palms extra special. Shelter Island was…

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A Guide to San Diego’s Secret Bars

Take a trip back to Prohibition days any time you enter one of San Diego’s secret bars. Speakeasys are popping up all over San Diego and will instantly transport you back to the 1920s, without breaking the law. These vintage style bars offer old-school libations, crafted cocktails, and intimate ambiance. Be sure to hit all…

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5 Unmissable San Diego Holiday Traditions

Whether you’re spending the holidays in San Diego, or planning next year’s vacation during the festive season, we’re breaking down our favorite ways to experience the holidays like a local in San Diego. From light shows to holiday parades, here are our favorite San Diego Holiday traditions. Balboa Park December Nights This annual event is…

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