Landmarks

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Sleep Train Amphitheatre

This 22,000-seat, $20 million concert venue is the "Nordstrom" of concert halls, with lawn seating and a sky plaza was built by Universal Concerts, Bitterlin Development Corp., Nielsen-Dillinham Builders, the City of Chula Vista and others to bring top name performers to a state-of-the-art concert venue in our region. In its first year, performers brought thousands of San Diegans to South Bay with the high-tech and luxury amenities bringing performers in private jets into next-door's Brown Field and right back out.

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge was established in 1930 by President Herbert Hoovers's Presidential Proclamation. It is located along the course of the Pacific Flyway in the Imperial Valley California. Originally the refuge consisted of 37,600 acres. Now, because of flooding by the Salton Sea, only about 2,200 manageable acres remain. Dikes are expected to keep the Sea from further encroachment on the refuge.

South Carlsbad State Beach

This San Diego beach features swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead to the beach.

Spreckels Theatre

Now a place of historic charm, the Spreckels Theatre, built in 1912, was at the time of its construction a bit of a marvel. The great San Francisco Quake of 1906 also shook up building designs of the era, which didn't handle earthquakes well. The Spreckels Theatre was designed to be earthquake-proof and fire-proof; a high-tech heating and ventilation system was also installed. John D. Spreckels, heir to the sugar empire, designed the theater after the Chicago School style of architecture. Today it is still family-owned and one of the most comfortable small-venue theaters in the county.

Star of India-San Diego Maritime Museum

Hundreds of sailing ships are anchored in San Diego's harbor, but the Star of India is one of the most interesting and historic. The three-masted vessel, which is the world's oldest iron vessel still able to go to sea, has been anchored in San Diego's harbor since 1927. The vessel was originally known as the Euterpe and was launched in November 1863, a few days prior to the Gettysburgh address. It collected rust for 30 years in San Diego's harbor until Capt. Alan Villiers visited San Diego. A well-known skipper and author, Villiers sparked a movement among locals to clean up the Star of India, making it an historical attraction and museum.

Sun Valley Golf Club

A privately owned nine-hole, par 3 course that is just visible off Interstate 8 in MacArthur Park, near the La Mesa Municipal Pool and Spa.

Temecula Wine Country

The Temecula Wine Country is an easy drive to the north of the San Diego County line. There are 3,000 acres of vineyards and 18 award-winning wineries located in the rolling hills of the valley. Varietals include Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc as well as Mediterranean varietals such as Viognier, Syrah and Pinot Gris. The wineries offer wine tasting and tours of their facilities. Several have restaurants. Many offer sites for weddings and meetings.

The Flower Fields

Every spring the hillsides above I-5 in North San Diego County burst into colorful bloom. The Flower Fields are in fact 50 acres of colorful Ranunculus bulbs being grown for the commercial market. The bulbs were first cultivated in the San Diego area in the early part of the 20th century and have been a fixture ever since. Interestingly, the flowers are really a byproduct of the process--the bulbs are really what is important. Several million bulbs are harvested each year.

The Lost Abbey

One of the most well-known breweries in the San Diego area, the tasting room offers samples of beers and ales from both Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey. Port is known for its IPAs (India Pale Ales), whereas The Lost Abbey has won numerous awards for its Belgian-inspired ales with clever, irreverent names. 

The Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum of San Diego offers visitors and residents a backwards glance at what San Diego bay looked like when sailing ships anchored in the harbor. The 1863 Star of India, the oldest sea-going sailing vessel according to the Guinnesss Book of World Records, is permanently moored against the embarcadero and is open for tours. In addition to the Star, the Maritime Museum also offers tours of the 1898 steam ferry Berkeley, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, the 1914 Pilot and the Californian--the official tall ship of California.

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