This special, six-week long feature explores San Diego's lifestyle trends, including health, travel, dining, resorts, attractions, finance and more.

  • Gassing up with premium? It's probably a waste

    CHICAGO -- Hopeful signs about the economy may tempt you to spring for premium when you pull up to the pumps these days.

  • Fashion's space-age warrior gearing up for battle

    NEW YORK -- As the fashion industry looks for an alternate universe -- one that has consumers flocking to stores -- it seems intrigued by the ideas of exploration and space.

  • A jeweler's gem of a house is a former bank

    SPRING CITY, Pa. -- When jeweler Cathy Calhoun returned to the site of her old job, she found a gem: a building ripe for renovation. She's now taken the quirky former bank, where she worked as a teller in the 1970s, and turned it into a home that blends both history and modern luxury.

  • Heart Association fundraiser focuses on improving lifestyle choices, research funding

    The American Heart Association has spent the last nine months in efforts to raise more than $1.4 million at this year's Start! San Diego Heart Walk.

  • Trattoria Acqua celebrates 15th anniversary with track season menu

    For 15 years, Trattoria Acqua in La Jolla has been offering a unique and casual dining experience. The menu offers fresh, organic comfort foods in a rustic setting, from classic Italian fare to delicious versions of comfort food priced at $20 or less. The classic "burger" options at lunch are some of the best values in La Jolla.

  • Home decor this fall: 'perfect' is out, real is in

    Perhaps the biggest theme in home decorating going into fall is comfortable, real, personalized style.

  • Online shopping sites offer designer deals

    NEW YORK -- That expensive handbag or designer dress you've been eyeing may not be a pipedream after all.

  • You're vacationing, but what about your plants?

    So you're going away on vacation? Your plants are not, and there's no reason for them to suffer in your absence.

  • La Jolla Shores Hotel an unspoiled slice of heaven

    Imagine having a clambake right on the ocean where everything is done for you, or making s'mores with the family and not having to lift a finger, while the ocean is so close you can literally touch it as you dine. Now imagine that you can make this happen right here in San Diego as you discover paradise in your own back yard. Located just steps to the ocean, the La Jolla Shores Hotel is a San Diego treasure, and one of the city's best kept secrets. There is something for everyone -- a world-class "in the sand" location, family-friendly beach activities, oceanfront dining, tennis and massages to make your stay an unforgettable one.

  • Bigger spa, new golf course highlight latest amenities at Pechanga Resort & Casino

    Nestled in Temecula Valley's picturesque Southern California Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino offers a destination setting for those looking for gaming excitement or just a place to kick back and relax.

  • The must-have item might be yours alone

    NEW YORK -- The clone wars have ended: It is no longer cool to carry around the must-have handbag that all your friends have, too. Nor do you need to have matching designer outfits or easily identified mass-market kitsch.

  • Your Career: Developing your "personal brand"

    NEW YORK -- A little self promotion on Twitter, and a short time later David Mathison sold 5,000 copies of his book.

  • Exclusive estates at StoneBridge offer opportunity for sophisticated living

    Many of the sophisticated characteristics offered at Calabria at The Estates at StoneBridge are among the last of their kind in new-home neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. Built by Brookfield Homes, the luxurious residences showcase grand-scale floor plans. All remaining Calabria lots are on a cul de sac with homes built on only one side of the street, most with dedicated open space behind them.

  • In home decor's cyclical world, wallpaper is back

    NEW YORK -- This spring, Oprah declared that wallpaper is back.

  • How to keep your e-mail safe while traveling

    When Daniel Carter logged on to a shared computer at a hostel in Rome to check e-mail, he had no idea he was in a hacker's sights. After his trip was over, he discovered someone had hijacked his e-mail account and sent a message to hundreds of his contacts asking for money.

  • Innovators, entrepreneurs see region as perfect incubator for action sports industry

    Action sports in the San Diego region continue to see a lot of, well, action. While many of the more traditional sports such as golf, running and cycling continue on their steady courses of product growth, player participation and audience interest, we are accelerating our quest for ways to go faster, flip higher and fly farther. We are, in the words of my 10-year-old son, searching for the next "sick stick" on which to ride to levels previously unattainable. As a patent attorney in the San Diego office of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, to me that means a spacebound trajectory in innovation for the local action sports industry.

  • SDSU program combines sustainable development with tourism management

    Established in 2008, the Sustainable Tourism Management program in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University is the only academic unit in the United States to offer an undergraduate-level specialization in sustainability for future hospitality, tourism and recreation professionals. Students enrolled in SDSU's Sustainable Tourism Management program take courses that integrate sustainable development models with tourism management strategies. The approach adopted by the program emphasizes economic development and business improvement in juxtaposition with environmental sensitivity and corporate social responsibility.

  • Homeowners focus on enhancing outdoor spaces

    With soaring fountains, deluxe kitchens and fire pits, your backyard can be far more impressive than a simple patch of concrete and a stretch of grass where the kids can play.

  • Consumers pay $34 billion for alternative medicine

    ATLANTA -- Americans spend about $34 billion annually on alternative medicine, according to the first national estimate of such out-of-pocket spending in more than a decade.

  • San Diego beachfront icon offers new family fun

    Hotel del Coronado, San Diego's legendary beachfront resort, has been offering fun in the sun for more than 120 years. At the turn of the century, Victorians flocked from the East Coast for months at a time (with kids and servants in tow) to escape the rough winter weather. Today, the 28-acre resort remains one of Southern California's only true oceanfront hotels, sitting right on the sand. Though times have changed, and most people don't vacation for three months straight, the need for families to get away and reconnect with one another is as strong as ever. This summer, The Del adds to its repertoire of family offerings with two all-new activities centers and programming for children and teenagers.

  • To make it in show business, you've got to have Moxie

    "You have to find the glamour in the work that's not so glamorous."

  • San Diego North emerges as microbrew destination

    With three of the top 10 brewers in the world, according to the popular, San Diego North's explosion of microbreweries has transformed the region into a hot spot for a cold one. Popular beer tasting tours are transforming visitors into beer connoisseurs as they sample award-winning products and learn the secrets behind making fine craft brews.

  • Rustic elegance knows no limits at the Lodge

    In a volatile industry where hotel chains with dire forecasts are being bought and sold, renovated and revamped to keep up with shifting consumer demands, it's nice to know a local, high-class hotel that prides itself on consistency.

  • TripAdvisor warns of hotels posting fake reviews

    BOSTON -- The hotel review may sound too good -- citing obscure details like the type of faucets -- or perhaps one stands out as the only negative rating of an otherwise popular location.

  • Venturing into the art market with costs in mind

    NEW YORK -- In the movies, art auctions always seem so glamorous. A hushed room full of people raise paddles to bid on priceless works of art. It's a chilly scene that seems reserved for the truly privileged.

  • Midyear check: 7 resolutions for financial success

    CHICAGO -- Summertime and the livin' is easy, which often means letting decisions about your finances slide. Who wants to think about tedious money matters during vacations and down time?

  • Sycuan Institute at SDSU creating improved business environment, better gaming policy

    In 2005, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation endowed the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming at SDSU's School of Hospitality and Tourism. Under the terms of the endowment, the institute has created and introduced a one-of-a-kind academic curriculum leading to a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Tribal Gaming.

  • Pauma Valley's secret to healthy eating

    Eating healthy is easier than you might think: Go organic. It improves not only your diet but also your environment and, ultimately, your health. Today, you'll find more organic produce at increasingly lower prices, and your children can learn about organic food as early as elementary school -- thanks in part to people like the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians.

  • Vive Mexico: Swine flu down, bargains up in Mexico

    TULUM, Mexico -- The last time Bud Olson visited Mexico, he ended up in a hospital with kidney stones and missed the ancient Mayan ruins in the seaside town of Tulum.

  • Layoffs and networking: To tweet or not to tweet?

    It happens to you. You're called into your boss' office and told that your job no longer exists. You go home in a daze and sign onto Facebook. There it is -- a prompt asking: "What's on your mind?"

  • Spa Velia makes everything better

    In this turbulent economy, business professionals are in dire need of some time to themselves to just forget about the outside world -- or at least put it on hold for a few hours.

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