Top 5: Point Loma

It’s been a while since Melissa and I chimed in with a Top 5 list for a San Diego neighborhood. For our third installment, we’re covering Point Loma. Enjoy.

Matthew’s Top 5…

1. Kellogg Beach

I can’t think of a better way to start this list than with the place where I first learned how to build sand castles.  Our family moved from Pt. Loma to Mission Hills when I was 5 years old, and my first childhood memories are the summer days spent at Kellogg Beach. Without a doubt, this is the most kid friendly beach in all of San Diego. Located in La Playa, just south of the San Diego Yacht Club, this strand of bayfront beach embodies what Pt. Loma is all about… sailboats, families, and sun.

2. Lucy Evans Lauren Garden

By just mentioning this place I’m sure I’ll be upsetting some fellow locals, but this secret garden deserves to be shared with the San Diego community. George Lauren, who was an active member in the Pt. Loma community, converted this beautiful piece of land into a public memorial for his wife, Lucy Lauren.  What makes this place so special, other than the fact that I’ve never seen anyone else in all of the years I’ve been going there, are the views of the downtown skyline.  In fact, rumor has it that when National Geographic featured a photo of San Diego’s skyline in their magazine decades ago, this is where the photographer stood to take the picture.

3. Sunset Cliffs beaches

Some of San Diego’s best beaches are located in Sunset Cliffs. Which might explain the rationale behind the folks who named the surf breaks: No Surf, Garbage, Needles, etc. – think they wanted to keep this place a secret?!?  For those of you able to navigate the steep rocky cliffs, you have a somewhat private beach awaiting you after your descent. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to watch a sunset than Sunset Cliffs. Word to the wise: if you’re a beginner surfer you might want to venture to different a beach.

4. The Pearl Hotel

Do you sometimes wish you could turn back the clock to the 1959 and freeze time?  Well I do, which is probably why I like buy klonopin without prescription this place so much.  It’s a chic mid-century modern boutique hotel that is a great place to frequent when you’re in the mood for eclectic food and/or seductive cocktails.

5. Tender Greens in Liberty Station

Nestled in the heart of the Liberty Station maze is a restaurant that should be on everyone’s radar… when I think of California Cuisine, I think Tender Greens.  The food here is fresh, tasty and for the most part, pretty good for you.  There’s no doubt these guys will have multiple locations in the near future. It’s too good and too simple to be confined to just one restaurant.  Enjoy the reasonably small crowds while they last.

Melissa’s Top 5…

1. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

With views from the mountains to the oceans white with foam, the combined serenity and solemnity of this historic landmark are unparalleled. Driving through this beautiful monument to freedom and democracy fills you with pride, gratitude and humility.

2. San Diego Yacht Club to Kellogg Beach walking path

There’s a reason the homes currently for sale along this walk average $1400/sf. Some homes will transport you to Newport, R.I., others to Cape Cod. Boats sail by as you stroll along with bayfront homes on one side and boat docks on the other. Dogs are welcome to join you on this scenic stroll.

3. Pt. Loma seafood market

I can’t think of a “fresher” place in San Diego to buy fish. Your selection may have just been caught/transported from the boats docked right outside. It can be a bit frenzied inside, but the guys behind the counter are never too busy to answer your fishy questions. And remember; bring cash or check (no credit cards).

4. Old Venice

While the general consensus may be to venture to Little Italy for Italian food, I beg to differ. The relaxed and casually elegant ambience of this cozy culinary mainstay complements the authentic (and reasonably priced) Italian fare.

5. Winchell’s

Frozen yogurt may be coming back with a vengeance, but a good donut is not the easiest find. With only 3 Winchell’s remaining in San Diego, this one is a true time machine. Nothing has changed since I started getting my buttermilk bars here when I was five – the best donut in sweet home San Diego.

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