Julia Weiler

Correspondent

  • San Diego, California, USA

Julia Weiler is a correspondent who covers San Diego for Forbes Travel Guide. Her wanderlust has lead her on far-flung adventures, like housesitting in Fiji, backpacking through Southeast Asia, road-tripping in Mexico and building homes in Papua New Guinea with Habitat for Humanity. Her stories are published in an award-winning series of humorous travel anthologies, including Whose Panties Are These?, What Color Is Your Jockstrap? and More Sand in My Bra (the latter of which she co-edited). Weiler contributes to Ocean Home Magazine and is a correspondent for the website Wine and Dine San Diego. When not wandering or writing, she likes surfing Southern California’s best breaks.

  • On March 4, 2013
  • On March 4, 2013
    Julia Weiler is now following Linda B. Mullally
  • On March 1, 2013
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    What are the best water activities in San Diego?

    Getting in or on the water is an absolute must and there are plenty of fun ways to take the plunge.  Adventurous types can charge the sets on a their favorite wave weapon along San Diego’s sensational surf breaks.  For a similar but easier option try riding the inside whitewater on a boogie board or mellower yet, hit the lagoons and give stand-up paddle boarding a try. 

    For quests above the waterline charter a sailboat, catch the breezes and cruise San Diego Bay.  Other boating options include whale-watching excursions where you can scout for the spout, commune with dolphins and giggle at barking pinnipeds.  For something more romantic book a ride on a Venetian-style gondola and glide through the serene waterways of the Coronado cays.
  • On March 1, 2013
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    What restaurants have the best views in San Diego?

    With miles of shoreline lapped by Pacific waves, San Diego boasts a wide array of oceanfront and beachfront dining venues.  Whether you wish to soak in serene views of Mission Bay, an iconic sunset seascape or sit so close to the waves you can almost feel them crashing, here are three to savor.

    Baleen
    Located on the lush tropical grounds of Paradise Point Resort and Spa, Baleen boasts beautiful views of gorgeous Mission Bay.  This fine-dining venue is the resort’s signature restaurant and offers both indoor and outdoor seating in a peaceful waterfront setting.  The menu, which is reflective of the scenery, focuses on sumptuous seafood such as roasted dayboat scallops with a tangerine glaze, blue crab cakes enhanced by avocado and white sea bass served with preserved lemon raviolis.  Elegant cocktails are available as well as local micro brews and an intriguing list of wines.

    333 Pacific
    Located in Oceanside directly across from the west coast’s longest wooden pier, 333 Pacific features surf and turf-style dining, hip high-end ambiance and beach and sunset views that are quintessentially Californian.  Watch the sunlight glisten off the ocean waves as you dine on starters such as Pacific oysters then feast on twin lobster tails and a 25oz ribeye as the sun sets behind the iconic pier.  Be sure to stick around for dessert and savor stunning views of the famous pier lighting up the night.

    The Marine Room
    If the Marine Room in La Jolla were any closer to the pounding waves you’d have to dine there in your bathing suit.  Built smack-dab in the midst of sea spray, this famous high-end eatery has been thrilling diners with it’s surf-front location since it opened in 1941.  Considering its spectacular and unique frontage one might assume the fare takes a back seat to the setting.  Not so.  Thanks to the culinary skills of award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine, Ron Oliver, their French-inspired menu items such as trumpet mushroom torte easily rivals the view.
  • On March 1, 2013
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    What are the best golf courses in San Diego?

    With year-round sunshine and more than 90 courses to choose from, San Diego is one of the world’s top golfing destinations.  Whether you wish to tee off by the sea, in the heat of the dessert or in the cool climes of the mountains there is a course for everyone.  Here are three of the best:

    Torrey Pines
    Situated atop soaring bluffs overlooking the Pacific, the Torrey Pines Golf Course in the seaside village of La Jolla, is perhaps the most picturesque putting ground in all of San Diego County.  Not only is a beautiful place to be, it’s also a great place to golf.  Known for hosting the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines offers two, world-renown 18-hole courses, which can easily be accessed by the public from sunrise to sundown 365 day a year. 

    The Grand Golf Course at The Grand Del Mar
    Inspired by the picturesque Los Peñasquitos Canyon, Tom Fazio fashioned a masterwork of lush fairways draped across dramatic dips and rises in elevation and a memorable layout which earned him the title of “Golf Course Architect of the Year” by Golf Course News for three consecutive years.  This pristine par-72 gold course is reserved for guests, members, and villa owners at The Grand Del Mar exclusively.

    Aviara Golf Club at The Park Hyatt Aviara
    Located in the sun-drenched coastal town of Carlsbad, this North County course is rated the #1 golf resort in Southern California by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers and is ranked as one of the best golf courses in America by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.  Overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon ecological reserve and cooled by ocean breezes, the Aviara  course features 18 holes spread over 7,007 yards of diverse layout designed by Arnold Palmer.
  • On March 1, 2013
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    What are the best outdoor activities in San Diego?

    One of the joys of living in San Diego is watching the setting sun slide behind the sparkling sea.  The sunset paints the sky in shades of brilliant crimson and gold and there’s always the chance you could catch that elusive green flash.  While there are countless places to sit outside and enjoy the spectacle, here are two of the best:

    Oceanside City Beach, aka The Strand
    For a classic California sunset complete with wide swathes of glittering sand, soaring palm trees, surfers, boardwalks and an impressive wooden pier watch the sun go down from the golden shores of Oceanside City Beach.

    Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach
    This is by far the most romantic spot in San Diego (if not all of Southern California) to watch the sunset kiss the sky goodnight.  Find a spot to sit on the sandstone, snuggle up to your sweetie and watch the magic unfold.
  • On March 1, 2013
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    What is the best time to visit San Diego?

    While there’s no bad time to visit sunny San Diego, September and October are two very good months to aim for.  Air and ocean temperatures remain relatively high, the days are still long and most hotels, attractions and beaches are pleasantly uncrowded.
  • On March 1, 2013
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    What is the weather like right now in San Diego?

    Although San Diego is blessed with nearly year-round sunshine, March tends to be a bit chilly by San Diegan standards.  Daytime temps in coastal towns tend to hover in the mid 60’s while nighttime temps can drop to a crispy 50 degrees.  Head inland a ways and you’ll note a greater swing between the highs and lows and it’s not uncommon to see a light dusting of snow on distant foothills. 

    At this time of year it’s common to see locals clad in stylish leather boots and light jackets during daylight hours and snugged into wool-lined UGGS and heavy coats at night.  Ocean temps are in the frigid mid to high 50’s so if you’re planning to play in the Pacific prepare to don a wetsuit and booties.
  • On March 1, 2013
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    What are the best bars in San Diego?

    Located in the fashionable Cedros Avenue Design District in artsy Solana Beach, the internationally admired Belly Up Tavern is one of the coolest concert venues and watering holes in all of San Diego.  Lauded for its longtime history of bringing popular performers to the area, Belly Up has consistently won the vote for “Best Live Music Venue” in local publications such as San Diego Magazine, the Union Tribune and The Reader.

    The voguish venue is known for hosting a wide array of entertainers ranging from contemporary artists like newcomer Tristan Prettyman, to well-established and much-loved musicians such as Ziggy Marley and old school favorite B.B. King.  The trendy tavern tends to attract a hip crowd which often includes celebrities.  Prince Harry was recently spotted at the club where he had a royal good time hanging with locals and grooving to San Diego’s best beats.  Rolling Stone Magazine named Belly Up as one of the west coast’s hottest clubs.
  • On March 1, 2013
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    What are the best restaurants in San Diego?

    Located in the heart of downtown San Diego’s ultra-hip Gaslamp Quarter, Gaijin Noodle + Sake House takes the trend of Asian fusion and raises it to the level of culinary artwork.  Chef Antonio Friscia, while gaijin indeed, has a firm grip on preparing authentic Japanese cuisine.  It is this knowledge which allows him to bend the rules and mingle traditional dishes with other Asian elements for some seriously savory synthesis.

    Only the best and freshest local ingredients go into Chef Friscia’s dishes and he takes the time to get his recipes just right.  His lobster and veggie infused dashis, for example, take him upwards of three days to craft which is evidenced in the exquisite broths of his ramen bowls and uni green tea soba noodles.   Another treat for taste buds is his “tongue & cheek” bao bao which offers a lot of bang for the bun with a spicy filling of braised beef tongue and cheek with peanuts, tamarind, jalepeño, cilantro and red rock sugar.

    Guests can wash it all down with sake or cool cocktails made with house-infused vodkas and kakigori, a type of Japanese shaved ice.  Be sure to save room for a sweet finish of mocha or green tea tiramisu.  Gaijin is located at 672 Fourth Avenue in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter.
  • On March 1, 2013
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    Where is the best shopping in San Diego?

    The seaside resort town of La Jolla is arguably one of the best and most pleasant places to shop in San Diego.  Often compared to Rodeo Drive, the La Jolla Cove neighborhood is an affluent area that is home to several hip shops and high-end boutiques.   Stroll the stylish sidewalks and discover cutting-edge jewelry, one of a kind outfits and lavish labels from designers like Armani and Ralph Lauren.  When you tire of hunting for haute fashion cool your well-heeled feet at one of La Jolla’s open-air cafés.
  • On February 28, 2013
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    What are the best activities to do in San Diego?

    Wandering through San Diego’s vastly diverse neighborhoods is a great way to explore the city.  From the rollicking energy of the Gaslamp Quarter to the quaint charms of Little Italy here are three must-visit vicinities:

    • The Gaslamp Quarter

    Known for it’s lively vibe, stylish shopping, trendy restaurants and hipster-studded nightlife, this slick cosmopolitan neighborhood is an exciting place to spend the day.  Best explored by foot, the historic neighborhood encompasses 16-square blocks of Victorian-era buildings that house a wide array of art galleries, boutiques, pubs, theatres, nightclubs and museums.  The name “Gaslamp Quarter” stems from the gas lamps that once dotted San Diego’s streets.  Be sure to scout out their replicas as you stroll this cool community. 


    • Little Italy

    This sweet and scenic hillside neighborhood was once a sleepy Italian fishing village.  While much of the vintage charm and architecture still exists today it has become a bustling downtown neighborhood comprised of 46 pleasantly walk-able blocks with plenty to do and see.  India Street, the town’s main thoroughfare features tree-lined plazas, public art installations, groovy galleries and intriguing shops filled with antique treasures.  Be sure to stop in at one of the sidewalk cafés to dine on authentic Italian cuisine al fresco.  If you’re lucky enough to be in Little Italy on a Saturday don’t miss out on the fresh fish, fruit and veggies for sale at the famous Farmer’s Mercato. 


    • Old Town:

    This captivating Mission-style neighborhood is rich with charm and history.  It’s the eldest developed area of San Diego and is considered to be the birthplace of California.  The town pays homage to its significant antiquity with a collection of original and reconstructed buildings from the 1800’s including historic adobe casas, restored Victorian houses and San Diego’s very first public schoolhouse.  Museums and parks round out the historic attractions while lively shopping centers and festive Mexican eateries add modern-day flair to the Old Town experience.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Julia Weiler answered the question: Julia Weiler

    What are the best attractions in San Diego?

    With Spring Break close at hand families are flocking to San Diego County’s wide array of kid-friendly amusement parks.  Whether your clan is looking to get wet, commune with marine life, befriend zoo critters or get lost amidst life-sized LEGOS, there’s something fun for everyone in sunny San Diego.

    • Located in the North County town of Carlsbad, LEGOLAND California is the building block of every LEGO-lovers' dream come true.  The theme park is home to an exciting mix of rides, alluring shows and electrifying attractions geared towards kids aged 2-12.  Featured attractions include a wet and wild "Water Park", the medieval charms of "Castle Hills", swarthy fun at "Pirate Shores" and the intriguing "Land of Adventure".

    • SeaWorld San Diego makes a big splash with families wishing to peruse and play with marvelous marine life.  Spectacular shows like “Shamu Rocks” and “Sea Lions LIVE” feature performances by superstars of the sea while interactive exhibits such as “Shark Encounter” and “Turtle Reef” offer up-close interactions with  incredible creatures of the deep.  Exciting rides such as the “Manta Ray” roller coaster and “Journey to Atlantis” round out the rollicking fun.

    • The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park are two separate but related attractions which house impressive animals from around the world.  Visit the Zoo and immerse yourself in the “Lost Forest” for exotic jungle encounters with monkeys, apes and hippos in a tropical environment or embark on a grand expedition along the open plains of the Safari Park and feel at one with lions, Wildebeests, giraffes and zebras.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Julia Weiler answered the question: Julia Weiler

    What are the best attractions in San Diego?

    With Spring Break close at hand families are flocking to San Diego County’s wide array of kid-friendly amusement parks.  Whether your clan is looking to get wet, commune with marine life, befriend zoo critters or get lost amidst life-sized LEGOS, there’s something fun for everyone in sunny San Diego.

    • Located in the North County town of Carlsbad, LEGOLAND California is the building block of every LEGO-lovers' dream come true.  The theme park is home to an exciting mix of rides, alluring shows and electrifying attractions geared towards kids aged 2-12.  Featured attractions include a wet and wild Water Park, the medieval charms of Castle Hills, swarthy fun at Pirate Shores and an intriguing Land of Adventure.

    • SeaWorld San Diego makes a big splash with families wishing to peruse and play with marvelous marine life.  Spectacular shows like “Shamu Rocks” and “Sea Lions LIVE” feature performances by superstars of the sea while interactive exhibits such as “Shark Encounter” and “Turtle Reef” offer up-close interactions with  incredible creatures of the deep.  Exciting rides such as the “Manta Ray” roller coaster and “Journey to Atlantis” round out the rollicking fun.

    • The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park are two separate but related attractions which house impressive animals from around the world.  Visit the Zoo and immerse yourself in the “Lost Forest” for exotic jungle encounters with monkeys, apes and hippos in a tropical environment or embark on a grand expedition along the open plains of the Safari Park and feel at one with lions, Wildebeests, giraffes and zebras.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Julia Weiler answered the question: Julia Weiler

    What are the best attractions in San Diego?

    With Spring Break close at hand families are flocking to San Diego County’s wide array of kid-friendly amusement parks.  Whether your clan is looking to get wet, commune with marine life, befriend zoo critters or get lost amidst life-sized LEGOS, there’s something fun for everyone in sunny San Diego.

    • Located in the North County town of Carlsbad, LEGOLAND California is the building block of every LEGO-lovers' dream comes true.  The theme park is home to an exciting mix of rides, alluring shows and electrifying attractions geared towards kids aged 2-12.  Featured attractions include a wet and wild Water Park, the medieval charms of Castle Hills, swarthy fun at Pirate Shores and an intriguing Land of Adventure.

    • SeaWorld San Diego makes a big splash with families wishing to peruse and play with marvelous marine life.  Spectacular shows like “Shamu Rocks” and “Sea Lions LIVE” feature performances by superstars of the sea while interactive exhibits such as “Shark Encounter” and “Turtle Reef” offer up-close interactions with  incredible creatures of the deep.  Exciting rides such as the “Manta Ray” roller coaster and “Journey to Atlantis” round out the rollicking fun.

    • The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park are two separate but related attractions which house impressive animals from around the world.  Visit the Zoo and immerse yourself in the “Lost Forest” for exotic jungle encounters with monkeys, apes and hippos in a tropical environment or embark on a grand expedition along the open plains of the Safari Park and feel at one with lions, Wildebeests, giraffes and zebras.