San Diego Gift Guide: The Best Local San Diego Gifts To Give This Holiday

It’s that time of year again! Time to spend hours planning a gift for each person in your life, brave the crowded mall with all the shoving, stress, and competition to get the best gift. Because that is the meaning of the holidays, Right? …Wrong! It’s time to break the cycle and offer a gift that comes from the heart (and your gorgeous city)! Give something this year that gives back to this community with awesome local San Diego gift ideas this season. With all the personality San Diego has, you are bound to find something perfect for everyone on your ‘Nice List!’

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The Gift That Gives Back To Local Charities: It’s All About The Kids Foundation

It’s All About The Kids Foundation is a local San Diego charity that strives to bridge the gap of weekend food insecurity for impoverished youth in California. With your charitable donation, they provide fresh and non-perishable food items to homeless and struggling youth all over the state. If your loved one if the type of person who doesn’t want anything, give them the gift of giving!

 

Group of people on Social Cycle party bike tours San Diego

The Gift That Gives Them A Thousand Memories: Social Cycle Private Tour

Does your loved one have an upcoming birthday or celebration? Book them a San Diego tour on Social Cycle! Our private tours can take their group to Downtown, North Park, and more! Choose their favorite neighborhood or the one they’ve been dying to explore and give them a gift that they’ll never forget!

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The Gift That Supports Local Businesses: Dickinson Farms Gift Box

Dickinson Farms is a local San Diego heirloom fruit, vegetable, and herb farm in National City, CA. Not only does this farm have a story that will warm your heart (check it out here), their selection of fresh, organic produce and products will blow you away. If your loved one loves to cook, give them a Gift Box from Dickinson Farms. Each box is completely unique, but they ensure each box receives locally roasted coffee, homemade jams,  gift certificates to the farm, and more!

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The Gift That Gives Them Health: Barry’s Bootcamp

Whether your loved one is an exercise junkie or their New Year’s resolution for the past 5 years has been to “get in shape,” Barry’s Bootcamp is an awesome gift to give them!  Pro tip: stay tuned for their holiday sale early to mid-December. The only time during the year you can buy discounted classes!

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The Gift For The Adventure Junkie: Ikon Ski Pass

Does your loved one look forward to taking off each winter weekend to find the best snow? With 37 destinations, the Ikon Ski Pass will satisfy every snow craving they have. California mountains include Mammoth, Big Bear, Squaw Valley, and June. They’ll get unlimited days at 12-14 of the resorts on the pass, and 5-10 days everywhere else.

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The Gift That Supports Local Artists: Love & Aesthetics

Love & Aesthetics is a San Diego boutique that showcases products created by locals artists. Carefully curated, the collection of products you’ll find at Love & Aesthetics are seldom seen anywhere else. If your loved one appreciated talented artisans, from jewelry to fragrances to home decor, they’ll appreciate a gift from this beautiful boutique!

8 Places to Visit in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is an undiscovered treasure – it can seem like an underdog compared to the bigger California tourist destinations like San Diego or Palm Springs, but it’s a hidden gem with lots of unique sights to see. Whether you’re looking to find a day of relaxation or a night of painting the town red, Santa Barbara attractions are varied and span the board of all different kinds of fun. See a show, sip a drink, or enjoy the views – These are the best things to do in Santa Barbara!

Catch A Show At Santa Barbara Bowl

It’s time for a night on the town that is full of jams, drinks and an awesome atmosphere for some live music. The Santa Barbara Bowl is a non-profit and the leading outdoor performing arts center in California, and they get some BIG names in for shows. From Rod Stewart to Arctic Monkeys to Shaggy, they’ve got genres for everyone.

Enjoy The Urban Wine Trail

Try a wine tour fit for a queen – The Urban Wine Trail has a reputation of highlighting the best wines in SB – with all the choices on the trail, even the pickiest sommelier-wannabe will be happy. What is wine without a food pairing? Disappointing. Grab a delish sammie at Metropulos Fine Foods to soak up all the wine!

Gardens at Lotusland

Reconnect with your green thumb, and see what kind of giant Jurassic Park-style plants are still around today. Lotusland is a great place to relax and stroll through amazing floral scents and gorgeous blooms. It’s a perfect way to restore and find some calm in a fast-paced world. Lotusland also holds events such as historical programs and exhibits.

Hike Inspiration Point

The perfect way to escape the rat race to enjoy a good sweat and better views. The Inspiration Point hike is well-trafficked, but for a great reason. It is a great length and ends with a great reward –  amazing ocean vista. Grab your favorite workout buddy and enjoy one of Santa Barbara’s iconic hikes!

Social Cycle party bike driving down the street by the ocean

Santa Barbara Party Bike Tours

It was obvious we were going to make our own list of Santa Barbara fun, right?! Join us for a roll through Santa Barbara’s best bar scene and brew scene. Social Cycle is the perfect way to see the best of Santa Barbara and have a blast doing it!

pool and palm trees at the Bacara in Santa Barbara at dusk

Spa Day At Bacara

Spa at the Bacara is an incredible, holistic spa-experience that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to go! Relax in their redwood sauna and eucalyptus steam room while enjoying their incredible treatments, like their Hollywood Facial. Pretend you’re an A-list celeb and soak in the luxury!

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Enjoy A Vegan Meal At Green Table

We’re lucky to have an abundance of eateries in Southern California that are vegan and gluten-free, but we especially love the Green Table. With a nutritionist as their general manager, you know you’re eating food that tastes good and is good for you! It’s a great option if you’re looking for a juice cleanse, or if you need something a little more filling. Try the Veggie Pizza!

Brass Bear founders at the bar with beer

Have A Beer At Brass Bear Brewing

We love the story behind Brass Bear Brewing and we LOVE their beer (which is why they’re a bar partner for our Santa Barbara party bike tours). Started by a husband and wife dream team in 2016, Brass Bear serves awesome beer, wine, cider, charcuterie boards, and hot sandwiches that will have you coming back for more. Support an awesome biz that serves some awesome brews!

 

The History of Party Bikes | Who Invented These Crazy Things?

In the last few years, party bikes have popped up in almost every metropolitan area in the US and have spread their happy vibes down the streets of all these cities! However, it wasn’t always a popular activity for tourists and locals alike.

In 1997, Henk and Zwier Van Laar, brothers from the Netherlands, came up with the idea of “Fietscafe” or “bike cafe” in English. Sitting at a bar and listening to the owner’s woes of needing to promote his pub in a local parade prompted them to build a multi-person bike that could be pedaled down the street during the parade. They started manufacturing and distributing the bikes soon after that and they quickly started to gain popularity in Europe.

It wasn’t until 2007 that the Fietscafe made it over the pond to the US. Al Boyce came across a photo of this crazy contraption and decided to bring one over to the US. Eric Olson and Al Boyce purchased a bike from the Van Laar brothers, trademarked the brand “PedalPub”, and claimed the “first and oldest party bike business in the United States.”

So, how exactly did this story lead to SoCal party bike business? It’s been a crazy adventure since the start of Social Cycle, but it’s worked out really well, thanks to the support of party bike patrons along the way.

Owner and founder, Laura Rovick, moved to San Diego for college and then worked in marketing and sales after graduating. Laura realized she was ready to start something new and on her own, but wasn’t sure what exactly that would be. Her sister suggested she“call those crazy bike guys in Minnesota that you always talk about.” So, Laura called the Pedal Pub guys in Minneapolis and as fate would have it, found out that one of them was in San Diego for the weekend. They grabbed a beer (what else, right?) and the rest is history! Social Cycle San Diego launched the first year followed by Palm Springs and Santa Barbara in the years following.

“We’ve built the business, but more importantly, built a team and a family that always has each other’s back. We’re proud to be SoCal’s best party bike and can’t wait to continue to provide the best tours in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs!” – Laura Rovick

 

 

Best Instagram Spots in San Diego | Do It For The ‘Gram

San Diego is a major vacation destination, meaning it’s full of awesome photo ops and Insta-perfect backdrops! There are a ton of beautiful murals throughout the city that will be the perfect background for your post, but we have a few favorite Instagrammable spots in San Diego that we wanted to share today.

“Greeting from San Diego” by Victor Ving

One of the most classic and well-known mural spots in San Diego and we visit it on our North Park brewery tours and party bike tours! Created by NYC muralist Victor Ving, this mural is part of a series called the “Greetings Tour” to create landmarks through public art.

“Catnap” by Michael Summers

“Catnap” was commissioned by the City of Carlsbad in 2013 and completed by talented local artist Michael Summers.

“One Pointed Attention” by Kelsey Brookes

This mural “engages the viewer in a mesmerizing vision scape” and also serves as an epic Instagram background. The artist, Kelsey Brookes, is also known for his album art for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flaming Lips.

“You Are Radiant” by Channin Fulton

Designed by Channin Fulton, the actual completion of this mural was an amazing team effort by the local community!  Since it’s one of our favorites, this mural is a must on our North Park party bike tours.

Top 10 Places to Visit in San Diego

San Diego is the heart of Southern California. It’s known for great food, amazing weather, and a million different activities to choose from. Our team loves this city and everything it has to offer, so we’ve put together our favorite things to do in San Diego. We’ve lived here quite a while now, so we’re only sharing our absolute favorites!

Catch A Show At the Observatory

The Observatory is a historic theatre located in North Park. They attract a number of different performers, from Red Hot Chili Peppers to David Gray and Joan Rivers. Since being remodeled and re-vamped, the sightlines in this venue are amazing from any spot on the tiered floor so you’ll always be able to see your favorite artists performing perfectly!

Snorkel at La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores is a 1-mile long, sandy beach with gentle waves, located next to the Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. Bring your own snorkel gear and enjoy a swim or register for one of the many beginner scuba diving classes offered on the beach!

Have a Bonfire at Mission Bay Jetty

Mission Bay Jetty is a popular hangout and the perfect place to have a bonfire. Bring your own firewood and gear, and sit next to the fire as you watch seals and dolphins frolic in the bay!

Grab Some Fish Tacos at Kiko’s Taco Truck

Kiko’s Place serves some of San Diego’s tastiest fish tacos. They’re one of the top places to eat on Yelp and people can’t stop raving about their OG fish tacos (which you’ll eat for less than $10).

Visit the Sunset Cliffs

A visit to the Sunset Cliffs as the sun sets is a sight to behold! These steep, rocky cliffs do a great job of showcasing one of the things the West Coast is most famous for – colorful, unforgettable sunsets and evening views! Wear good shoes and be cautious of the steep dropoffs.

Spend a Night Out at The Casbah

Located in downtown San Diego, The Casbah first opened in 1989 in a former Irish pub. Today, the club hosts live music and events seven nights a week. They bring in a variety of performers and you’re guaranteed to see a great show when you visit.

Jump Into A Summer Pool Party

One of the best things about living in San Diego is the amazing number of pool parties you can find! You’ll sip specialty cocktails poolside and bust out your best dance moves to some catchy tunes. Whether you’ve got the hookups to attend a private party or you visit one of San Diego’s hottest hotels, you’ll have a blast.

Hop Over the Border and Visit Valle de Guadalupe

Valle de Guadalupe is located just over the border, a beautiful village with incredible wine and food. This is one of Mexico’s blossoming wine regions and it’s the perfect way to experience authentic Mexico while sipping on some fantastic wines.

Toss a Few Beers Back at Local Breweries

North Park in San Diego is famous for their brews – in fact, they’re known as America’s Craft Beer Neighborhood! You’ll find great pale ales, flavorful sours, and strong porters. Walk from brewery to brewery or hop on one of our North Park brewery tours and explore the neighborhood and its breweries by bike!

Explore the Hiking Trails Around the City

San Diego may have great nightlife, but they also have an amazing array of hiking trails to get you outside in the beautiful SoCal weather. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Potato Chip Rock, Cedar Creek Falls, and Cowles Mountain are all beautiful hikes that will show you some of San Diego’s most beautiful scenery.

Best Bachelor Party Ideas | Southern California Bachelor Parties

Well, fellas, you bought the ring, asked the question, and she said yes! What’s next? The wedding, obviously, but there’s definitely some fun to be had before then.

Planning your bachelor party can take you in a variety of different directions, but we highly recommend you choose SoCal as your destination. San Diego is famous for pre-nuptial celebrations and for a really good reason! No matter what time of year you choose to party, the weather is *almost* guaranteed to be perfect.

No soon-to-be groom is the same, so we’ve gone ahead and split up our favorite activities by the type of weekend you’re looking to have!

The Adventurous Bachelor

If you’re looking for an adventurous bachelor party, you’re going to want to make sure to check out all of the awesome outdoor recreation San Diego has to offer.

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Desert Offroading in Anza-Borrego State Park 

Tours with California Overland Desert Excursions aren’t your typical driving-tours…they’ll take you offroad and into the wild with the option to add some pretty awesome hikes to your itinerary. Explore slot canyons, dry lake beds, and check out the seasonal stargazing. You can join other adventurers on a tour, or book a private Jeep and create a custom tour. Choose between day tours or overnight excursions and start creating some memories!

Skydive Over the Pacific Ocean

Skydiving is on most people’s bucket lists, and what better time to check it off than on your bachelor party weekend?! GoJump Oceanside is the only skydiving company in the area that offers full views of the Pacific during the entire freefall. Starting at 13,000 feet, you’ll freefall next to the Pacific in the safest gear and the most experienced guides.

The Party-Hardy Bachelor

Social Cycle San Diego

Planning an epic bachelor party is easy when you hop on with Social Cycle. We’ve got a list of awesome partner bars and you’ll be able to choose three of your favorites during our tour. They even give you discounted drink specials so you can save some pennies for other fun San Diego activities! Bachelor parties usually love our Downtown and North Park routes because they’re full of great bars, breweries, and restaurants.

The Sports-Loving Bachelor

Coronado Golf Club

Ranked #5 in the nation by Golf Digest, the Coronado Golf Club offers incredible harbor views with immaculate greens and wide fairways. Minutes from Downtown San Diego, you can spend your day on the course before heading out for some great drinks and bites in all of the restaurants San Diego has to offer.

San Diego Padres Baseball Game

It’s not a surprise that a Padres game ended up on our list. After all, a day at the ballpark is a classic way to spend a weekend! Bring your buddies and grab the best seats you can find at Petco Park. Enjoy local bites and craft beers from the area as you cheer on your favorite home (or visiting) team!

4 Fun & Unique Ways to Celebrate Your 21st Birthday

Twenty-one is a big milestone…you’ve made it through the first two decades of your life and you’re finally allowed to (legally) drink. Southern California has SO many great bars and restaurants that serve great local beer, specialty cocktails, and feature awesome live music to get your night going right. It’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up drinking a little more than you bargained for that night, but instead of starting off the night by walking bar to bar, we’ve rounded up our four favorite 21st birthday party ideas.

1. Party Bikes!

You’ll get to pedal around your city with up to sixteen of your favorite friends and explore some of the neighborhood’s best bars. Not only do we have great partnerships set up with our friends at these bars (a.k.a., you’ll save some cash this way), you’ll make memories you *hopefully* won’t forget. Social Cycle party bike tours are a great way to kick the night off right in a unique way that will be the envy of your already-twenty-one friends who didn’t have a cool party like this.

2. Food Tours

You’re going to be consuming some alcohol that night, that’s why you’re going out! Get the celebration started with a food tour around the city and give yourself a little bit of food in your stomach for when those nice strangers at the bar start buying you shots.

3. Bartending Class

Chances are, you couldn’t make a classy cocktail before this day. Not because you’re not classy, but because you were limited to the cheap alcohol your friends would bring over to your house. Vodka and Country Time Lemonade? Done. But that’s all changed! You have entered into the real legal world where you can freely spend $100 on quality liquor, grab some bitters, and even learn what muddling means.

4. Wine Tasting

Turns out there’s more to wine than red or white, who knew! Now that you can drink *all* the varietals, visit a local vineyard and learn how to tell the difference of how it smells on the nose and tastes on the palate.

Building Better Teams with Fun Corporate Team Building

Unique team building tours have shaken corporate America in the last few years. From escape rooms to improv classes to party bike tours, there is a multitude of ways to bring your employees together that are fun, engaging, and out-of-the-(boring)box.

Since we are Southern California’s experts on all things fun, we wanted to focus on our favorite corporate team building outing- party bikes. We’ll cover how corporate party bike tours teach employees the importance of teamwork and how you can build a team while building some muscle.

Now, screaming “PEDAL!” at the top of your lungs while you cruise down the street on Social Cycle may not be your first idea of great communication and teamwork, but you’ll quickly realize that in order to make it to your next destination everyone needs to be moving those legs and engaging to successfully make it down the street. Similarly to tasks in the workplace, everything gets accomplished faster and better when you have a team of people working in unison towards the same goal.

“Great way of fun team building with co-workers celebrating the success of our financial audit. It was so much fun going around Pacific Beach on Social Cycle and stopping for drinks while enjoying each other’s company.”

Occasionally, offices can become similar to high school cafeterias. You’ve got legal in this area, HR over here, and sales and marketing over there. And similar to vinegar and oil, they do NOT like to mix. However, bringing different departments together can create a feeling of unison within the entire company. Sitting them next to each other on a moving 16-person party bike will ensure that the individuals who wouldn’t normally interact have an opportunity to get to know each other and bond over the shared perspiration and exhilaration they experience while exploring the city. Back in the office, this connection and blossoming friendship will encourage departments to work closely together to accomplish goals and increase communication between employees.

“We were in town for a company incentive trip. One of our awesome team mates coordinated 2 time slots with 4 bikes at a time. We had such a blast. The bars on a Monday were not over crowded and reasonably priced. Just a little warning, you really do have to pedal lol.”

Finally, it takes strong communication and teamwork to make decisions. Which bars are you going to hit? Will you be stopping at a cupcake shop along the way to get your sugar fix? These are decisions that everyone should make together. Similarly to office life (and just life), sometimes you have to learn to compromise to get the job done. It’s actually impossible for every person to get their own way (we know this first-hand) so teaching your employees to have discussions and make group decisions will help your party bike tour go smoothly and your weekly meetings go even smoother.

We’re sure you’ve seen us pedaling down the street in SoCal, and you’ve probably thought it looked like an absolute blast! We love having San Diego corporate team building groups join us, as well as all those looking for team building in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara as well! If you’d like to learn more about booking a tour and watching your employees flourish, check out the link to your city’s corporate events page below.

San Diego Corporate Team Building

Palm Springs Corporate Team Building

Santa Barbara Corporate Team Building

The Perfect Santa Barbara Bachelorette Party

It’s (Bachelorette) Party Time! We know that planning the perfect bachelorette weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara can be amazing but also stressful! Let us help! Grab your girls, your matching t-shirts, and meet us down in the American Riviera.

Here’s our guide to the most memorable things to do, specialty drinks, food to eat, and places to stay that are sure to make yours the perfect bachelorette weekend!

Things to do in Santa Barbara for Bachelorette party with social cycle

What To Do

Social Cycle (duh)

Kick off your bachelorette weekend with a pedal around beautiful Santa Barbara. Grab your girls, some brews, and hop on! Check out all the best bars in Santa Barbara while pedaling away – so it’s healthy right?  You might even make some t-shirts so everyone around town knows that you’re the best bridal group… ever! Keep it intimate with a private bike, or just enjoy the party on a public ride. You can’t go wrong either way! Experience Santa Barbara in the best way with Social Cycle!

Wine Tours

No permission slip needed for this bus ride! Grab your hall pass and your girls and jump on the wine bus. Book a private tour and experience a rolling wine tasting of some of the best wines from Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley! Jump on the School Bus wine tours specializes in making your bachelorette weekend perfect, complete with a themed school party bus to pick you up! The best part? You don’t have to pretend to know how to properly taste wine (I’m getting hints of… grapes?). This wine tour is sure to be a highlight of the weekend!

Yoga & Meditation

Let’s take a minute and go to our happy place! The classes at Salt Cave will help you achieve complete peace. Also how many times do you get to say you meditated in a salt cave?! The perfect place to meditate, then take an adorable pic of you and your bridal party. Make a day of it and reserve the bridal party experience. You’ll experience a whole new meaning to being zen!

Spa Day

Eucalyptus steam room. If that sounds good to you, this spa day will be absolutely perfect. Santa Barbara has no shortage of spas, but we especially love the services at the Ritz Carlton hotel. Overlooking the ocean, complete with a redwood sauna and rooftop bar, this spa is the picture of relaxation. Picture yourself relaxing with your girls while enjoying the featured chamomile lavender summer dream massage or the full body experience of chamomile lavender salt scrub. Get yourself ready for a night on the town with a day of relaxation.

Urban Wine Trail in the Funk Zone

Are you ready to sip your way through the wineries of downtown Santa Barbara? You should be! A wine tour with Urban Wine Trail brings a whole new meaning to boutique wineries. Customize your tour and make it 100% tailored to your party. DNCE recommended cake by the ocean, but we prefer wine by the ocean! Wine(d) your way around downtown Santa Barbara with your wine tour on wheels!

Sailing

Does sipping on the sea sound as amazing to you as it does to us? Santa Barbara Sailing offers all the water fun you can imagine. Take your girls for a day cruise or get a little workout in with a stand-up paddle board excursion (not that you need it – mimosas have orange juice in them so they’re healthy). Take a private charter to the world-famous Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary, the Galapagos of the Pacific. We absolutely cannot get over the amazing pictures you can take on these beautiful boats with a breathtaking backdrop. Brunch on a yacht is nice, but brunch on a sailboat is truly spectacular.

Places to eat and drink for your bachelorette weekend in santa barbara

Where to Eat & Drink

Finch & Fork

It’s time to experience the taste of Santa Barbara. If fire roasted milkshakes and baked mac ‘n’ cheese peak your interest, Finch & Fork is the place for you! They keep the food simple with 6 ingredients or less per dish, so it’s up to you and your girls to bring the adventure! This is the perfect place to keep your stomach in check before a wild night out!

The Lark

Everyone loves anything artisanal, right? The Lark’s unique vibe and exceptional dinner, dessert, and wine list is sure to make your night special. The dinner menu comes from three of our favorite places, “from the farm,” “from the ocean,” and “from the ranch.” Located in the heart of the Funk Zone, this is the perfect place to kick off your night!

The Shop Kitchen

Brunch. Coffee. Pastries. If that sounds amazing to you, check out The Shop! Everything is freshly baked just for you; plus their six variations of eggs benedict has our mouths watering. The Shop is the perfect place to kick-off a relaxing spa day with your girls or to catch-up after a wild night out. Keep the party going with some mimosas or refresh with a freshly roasted coffee from Handlebar Roasters!

Los Agaves

We are always in favor of a little south-of-the-border action. You’ll find plenty of that and much more at Los Agaves. Yelp rates it as one of the top five restaurants in Santa Barbara and we actually agree! They call it contemporary Mexican dining, we call it the perfect place for margs and signature enchiladas (think: fresh halibut and shrimp, roasted veggies, topped with smoky chipotle sauce.. amazing!). So, grab your girls and take the party south of the border!

Boathouse at Hendry’s

Cocktails.. On the beach.. At sunset – can it get better than that?! The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach offers that sought-after California dining experience. Incredibly fresh seafood plus one of Santa Barbara’s best happy hours is sure to be a highlight of your bachelorette weekend! Get lost in the breathtaking sights of the ocean and the endless California shoreline with the perfect drink in your hand.

Waterline

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop, we’ve found it for you! The Waterline is an amazing industrial warehouse turned food and drink destination. Inside is not only one, but four exceptional taprooms, wine bars, and brewing companies. Not to mention the food from The Nook is designed to pair beautifully with beer and wines offered throughout the venue. Bring the party and experience the industrial vibe at the Waterline.

Places to stay in santa barbara for your bachelorette party

Where to Stay

Hotel Milo

Ready to fall in love with Southern California beachside living? Hotel Milo offers classic SoCal beachfront with a contemporary twist. The blend of beach-chic decor with classic Spanish Colonial architecture is not only amazing to look at, but is sure to provide the perfect backdrop for an adorable party pic (do it for the Gram)! Speaking of pictures, image how picture perfect you and your girls will look cruising down the beach in your complimentary beach cruiser (rental included with your stay)!

AirBnB

Let’s kick this party up a notch, with an entire house! Rent an AirBnb and have all the freedom you can ask for, plus the comforts of home! Stay in one night and make that authentic Italian dinner you’ve been craving. Remember, the wine is absolutely pivotal! Have space to sprawl out or use that space to bring the party home! Find that adorable beach cottage just steps from amazing bars and breathtaking views.

Hotel Californian

Welcome to the Hotel California(n), such a lovely place. Okay, okay, we know this wasn’t exactly what the Eagles were talking about, but they would agree with how amazing this pick is. Redefine American Riviera with the modern Spanish colonial architecture. Steps from the beach and adjacent to the Funk Zone, the Hotel California is the perfect place for your party to begin! Did we mention the rooftop pool? Seriously, drinks, on the rooftop, overlooking the beach; paradise!

Kimpton Canary

Make your Bachelorette weekend truly exceptional at the luxurious Kimpton Canary. Complete with four-post beds to make you feel like the queen you are, and all-day rosé to indulge in, this place is so much more than a regular hotel. You already know we’re big fans of rooftop bars, and the Kimpton doesn’t disappoint with its rooftop pool and bar. Local wines are always making their rounds; plus, if you’re there on a Saturday morning, be sure to check out one of the rooftop yoga classes!

Four Seasons Biltmore

Did someone say bungalow? Treat yourself and your girls to the life of luxury at the Four Seasons. Get a private bungalow and bask in the secluded, relaxing nature of this luxurious stay. Don’t forget about the 22 acres of beachfront property ready for you to explore, or just look at (we aren’t judging)! Plus, the rain shower in every bathroom is sure to make the getting ready process utterly amazing.

 

Whether you’re a California local or your party is flying in for your SoCal bachelorette adventure, our Santa Barbara Bachelorette Guide will give you have an unforgettable vacation so you go home with memories to last a lifetime!

Hillcrest Bars | Your San Diego Nightlife Guide

San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood is a vibrant community with tons of great food and entertainment. Located just a few miles away from Downtown, visit Hillcrest to get a taste of local culture. Check out our favorite Hillcrest bars below!

Urban MO’s

Urban MO’s is a hetero-friendly gay restaurant in San Diego that believes cocktails should be served out of plastic farm animals and that San Diego is best enjoyed from an outdoor patio, drink in hand. Make sure you try their famous Blackout Lemonades while you’re there!

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Uptown Tavern

“Whether you are looking for a place to relax after a long day of work, somewhere to catch the big game, host a private event, or just to get a little wild on the weekends, Uptown Tavern is the second home and family you’ve been looking for.”

Pineapple Expression
A sweet mix of herradura Blanco Tequila, Giffard Banana Liqueur, Real lime juice, pineapple juice, and all-Natural Cinnamon.

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Gossip Grill

“The perfect combination of ambiance and tastes will have you crawling back for more. Gossip is decked out with feminine inspired art, fabulous chandeliers, and a foliage facade outdoor patio bar with two fire pits that allows everyone to enjoy Hillcrest the way it was supposed to be enjoyed – outdoors. Pair that with modern American Comfort Food and you’ve got yourself a one of a kind five-star women’s bar.”

Shark Bait
Served up in a 40 oz. fishbowl, the Shark Bait cocktail is a tasty blend of Hypnotiq, Sugar Island Coconut Rum, Cruzan Pineapple Rum, Blue Curaço, pineapple, orange juice, Sprite, and a grenadine filled shark. Grab your girls and go get one!

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Project Bar & Grill

Located in a 1902 Craftsman house, Project Bar & Grill is a neighborhood sports bar serving elevated bar food, small-batch craft beers, and stand-out cocktails. They also serve Project IPA, CBD Cocktails on draft & Peanut Butter Chocolate Jameson Shots on Nitro Tap.

Project Bar & Grill Specials
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Jameson Shot
  • Tuesday Trivia Night
  • $5 Keep the Pint Night
  • $15 Pitcher Thursdays
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Inside Out

Hillcrest’s newest restaurant and lounge, insideOUT, is a chic and refined destination for those who want to enjoy fine dining, craft cocktails, and relax in an urban oasis.

Flamboyant Flamingo
Made for you and 3-5 of your favorite friends, the Flamboyant Flamingo is a delectable mix of Elyx Vodka, St. Germaine, rosé wine, lemon juice, and soda.
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