Holiday thoughts…

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Home is a great place to gather for the holidays.

 

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Organize a cookie swap party with your friends and neighbors.

 

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Local productions of holiday classics are always enjoyable to see.

 

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Invite a group of friends to go caroling at senior centers.

 

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Donate goods or your time to a local food bank or soup kitchen.

 

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Always keep your little ones and pets away from the tree and decorations for safety.

 

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Yuletide songs are better when you sing-along.

 

 

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Whatever your faith, celebrate the season with your own traditions.

 

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Indulge your inner child and make a gingerbread house.

 

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Spread good cheer at local fire and police stations with home-baked holiday goodies.

 

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Help the Marines with their annual Toys for Tots program for less fortunate children.

 

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Experience the sights and sounds of the neighborhood holiday lights and decorations.

 

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SuiteAmerica wishes you all a safe and happy holiday season.

 

Chill out in sunny San Diego…

San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park
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When it comes to animals, San Diego is the place to go. The zoo, which turns 100 in 2016, houses over 3,700 animals from more than 650 species. The 1,800 acre park has over 2,600 wild and endangered animals from more than 300 species. They’re majestically showcased in their natural habitats from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia.

USS Midway Museum
San Diego USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway is one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers. Up on deck you can see up close 25 restored aircraft that chronicle service from World War II through Operation Desert Storm. Tour through the decks below and see what life was like for the courageous sailors, crew and their determined leaders. Then take a turn at the flight simulator and experience the sensation of launching off the deck and flying your own combat mission.

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Relocating to San Diego in the Winter

If you’re lucky enough to be moving to San Diego in the winter, you’re going to love it! This gorgeous city isn’t known as “America’s Finest City” for nothing. With seventy miles of beautiful California coastline, an average high of 70°F, a diverse array of neighborhoods to explore, and some delicious food and craft beer, San Diego is one of the best places in the world to find oneself.

Here are some tips for your relocation to San Diego.

weatherThe Weather

Imagine yourself lounging on your balcony after work one night in January, dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, an ice-cold drink in your hand. This may very well be your reality if you move to San Diego in the winter. Weather-wise, San Diego comes very close to perfection.

A Mediterranean and semi-arid climate, San Diego boats an average high temperature of 70°F and an average low of 57.5°F. The city has mostly sunny days a whopping 267 days per year with only about 21 days with some rain. In the winter, expect a high temperature of about 65°F and a low of around 50°F.

As far as packing for winter in San Diego goes, bring a few sweaters and light jackets, some boots, a scarf or two if you’d like, and maybe a coat, although it doesn’t need to be thick. And don’t forget the swimwear: you’ll probably be able to use that too!

Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of San Diego

There is so much to see and do in San Diego and the fantastic weather means these activities can be done year-round.

Here are just a few of those:

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San Diego’s proximity to Mexico means that there is a large Mexican-American community in the city as well as some amazing Mexican food. Yelp lists almost 2,000 Mexican restaurants in San Diego, ranging in size, price, and menu options. Live like a local and find a good hole-in-the-wall taco shop that can be your go-to for take-out or late night munchies. Be sure to try some fish tacos too, which San Diego is also famous for.

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You’ll need something to drink with that delicious Mexican food, and friends, you’re in luck. San Diego has more than 100 craft breweries; among the best-known are Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Alesmith, and Green Flash.

hotel del coronadoOutdoor Activities

The city’s warm weather and stunning natural surroundings make it a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoors (and stay in shape!). First, San Diego has dozens of world-class beaches. Check out La Jolla Shores, Coronado, Pacific Beach, Windansea, Tourmaline, and more. You can surf, paddleboard, go kayaking, or just lie around and take in the view.

San Diego is also a great place to hike. Torrey Pines State Beach has picturesque views, Cowles Mountain offers a bit more of a challenge plus some great views at the end, Mount Woodson is famous for its “Potato Chip Rock.” There are many more to choose from.

Looking for something different? You can also go sailing, hang gliding, skydiving, take a yoga class on the beach or in the park, go rollerblading on the boardwalk, play golf, go biking, and much more.

Lastly, have a uniquely San Diego experience and check out the Hotel Del Coronado’s Skating By the Sea, an ice rink the hotel sets up every year right near the beach. It usually opens in late November.

And luckily, all of these are things that can be done in the winter. Just be sure to bring along a sweater!