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Bed, Breakfast, and Beer in the Craft Beer Capital of the World!

San Diego Bed, Breakfast, and Beer in the Craft Beer Capital of the World!

With over 85 craft breweries in San Diego, it is difficult to pick a place to start our Bed and Breakfast recommended tour. Our innkeepers all have their local favorites so we’ll start in the heart of beer town – North Park. Carole’s Bed and Breakfast is walking distance from three great choices. She recommends starting at Modern Times Tasting Room with sixteen taps in the Flavordome including “variations on our core beers, pilot batches, mysterious experiments.”

Another good choice is Mike Hess Brewing. Mike turned his fifteen years of home brewing experience into premier craft beer. The tasting room in North Park is kid- and dog-friendly, and is designed to encourage socializing – no TVs and lots of opportunity to meet the folks sitting around you.

Don’t leave North Park without checking out the Thorn Street Brewery. Savor your beer with a meal from one of the rotating food trucks.  You can find the menu schedule online, and pick from thai to pizza to sushi and beyond.

Bed and Breakfasts in San Diego near Craft Beer BfreweriesAnn Callahan of the Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast highly recommends the Salt and Cleaver. Not only do they have an extensive craft beer list (you can view the current selection online), they specialize in the ancient art of sausage making.

If you are staying at the Keating House, try the downtown San Diego Karl Strauss Brewing Company, which launched the current wave of breweries. It opened in 1989 and was the first local brewery start up in more than fifty years. Thursday night is Cask Night when the Cask Master introduces a new creation each week at 5:00 sharp.

If you’re staying at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego, they suggest a trip to the nearby Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment. It is located in the oldest standing brewing facility in San Diego County. Pair your taste for history with a choice of eighteen beers.

Just down the hill from Glory’s Holiday House in Point Loma is the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station.  It is home to San Diego’s largest brewery and is the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States. In addition to their own first class beers, their menu includes over forty beers on tap and one hundred bottled beers. If you have a wine drinker in your party, don’t despair.  They offer dozens of wine choices. Finally, they have a full restaurant, serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.

Pizza Port is known for both yummy pizza and craft beers. At its location in Ocean Beach near Katie Elsbree’s Beach Bed and Breakfast, it promises “the highest quality and the best service humanly possible while having too much fun.”  That’s a proposition that’s hard to resist.

Coronado Brewing Company near 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach

You might not guess that upscale La Jolla, home to fine dining and exclusive shops, would also boast its own brewery. The La Jolla Brewing Company, walking distance from the The Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, serves its own beers as well as notable choices from other San Diego breweries.

The 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach innkeepers are proud to brag about their hometown Coronado Brewing Company (CBC) that opened in 1996 and has recently begun distributing to multiple states. Their favorites brews: Coronado Golden, Mermaid Red, or Islander IPA.  Mention this blog and you’ll received two ice-cold CBC beers at check-in during the month of October 2014.

If it’s too difficult to decide where to start, stay at any of our neighborhood B&Bs for San Diego Beer Week, November 7-16. The price of the ticket includes unlimited beer samples coupled with unlimited food samples.  San Diego…. Hoppiness is Calling!

Bed, Breakfast, Beach – Have it all in San Diego!

A summertime trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of our famous beaches.

The owners of the eight B&Bs in the Bed and Breakfast Guild of San Diego have the inside scoop on which beach will match your tastes. And many of the inns provide loaner chairs and towels. But remember to bring your sunscreen!

Here’s a sampling of our favorite spots…

Just like in the movies, San Diego’s beaches are white, wide, and wonderful. Coronado Beach takes top honors as it has been named the #1 beach in the country by seaside expert Dr. Beach. Coronado Beach’s gentle waves are great for a refreshing dip and body surfing.  It’s never crowded, but please note that public parking is limited.Coronado’s wide beach at low tide near 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach

Ocean Beach is a laid-back beach community that features a 1971-foot long concrete pier, that’s great for fishing or just strolling in the warm sun.  At the base of the pier, at low tide, you can explore the tide pools packed with shore crabs, hermit crabs, and sea anemones. Ocean Beach is a great place to learn to surf with gentle, low waves. Beginners can rent boards and sign up for lessons at one of the shops along the main beach or on Newport Avenue.

Looking for a lively and youthful vibe? Mission Beach is the place for you. Its three and a half mile long and generously wide boardwalk is great for walking, biking, or rollerblading. Or if people watching is your preferred sport, settle down in one of the many eateries or bars and take in the amazing array of humanity. Most of the action is centered at Belmont Park at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and West Mission Bay Drive. The main attraction at the park is the famous 73-foot tall wooden roller coaster, the Giant Dipper. Catch a ride on it and you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean.

On the north end of town is the La Jolla Cove, San Diego’s best spot for snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving.  The water is calm, providing a safe home for colorful fish. (No flotation devices are allowed.) A little further north is La Jolla Shores, a wide, mile-long cozy beach. The large free parking lot, bathrooms, showers, grassy picnic area, and playground all contribute to its reputation as a great family beach. Surf, kayak, and scuba lessons are all available in La Jolla.

San Diego Beaches near San Diego Bed & Breakfast Guild member locations

San Diego Beaches are great places to learn to surf

Check with your innkeeper for detailed information about parking, services, and other expert advice about our not-to-be-missed beaches!

One final note, September is one of the best months to visit our beaches.  The weather is phenomenal and the crowds are gone!

Comic-Con rooms (July 24-27) still available at some San Diego Bed and Breakfast

If you are searching for a hotel for Comic-Con, check out the following Bed and Breakfast inns and small hotels.

Usually there is a multiple night minimum during the big event, July 24-27.  If you’ve waited to book your room and only need 2 nights, you might be in luck at one of these properties.  If you’ve never attended Comic-Con, you should know that extra mass transit options are available.  Buses just for transportation to the Convention Center are added.  The San Diego Trolley system is also a great way to get around. There is also an hourly pedestrian ferry running between Coronado and San Diego. These two inns currently have some space available.

Comic-Con visitors can stay at the 1906 Lodge in CoronadoHillcrest House Bed and Breakfast – 3845 Front Street, San Diego, (619) 990-2441

1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach – 1060 Adella Avenue, Coronado (619) 437-1900

For additional options, check out other San Diego Bed and Breakfast Guild members.

Let the fun begin!

Comic-Con guests at the Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast

Comic-Con guests at the Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast

San Diego’s Unique Bed and Breakfast Inns

Enjoy the neighborhoods of San Diego and stay in one of our unique Bed and Breakfast Inns

Bed & Breakfast Guild San DiegoSan Diego is one of the country’s largest cities and a favorite international tourist destination.  But the locals know that it’s really a collection of neighborhoods with distinct personalities, and an abundance of activities, shops, restaurants, culture, and nightlife.  While you may be drawn to San Diego because of the world famous Zoo, SeaWorld, or our beaches, there’s so much more to our city.  And one of the best ways to really get to know San Diego is to stay at one of our unique Bed and Breakfasts, all located within a few miles of our waterfront, if not actually in a beach community.

If you enjoy getaways where you receive the insider local scoop, the pace is relaxing, the service is exceptional, the gardens are lovely, AND you get a free breakfast, the San Diego Bed and Breakfast Guild has eight properties for your consideration.  convention center_000001147066SmallAll are located in walkable neighborhoods as well having easy access to public transportation to downtown and the Convention Center.  Plus San Diego has multiple transportation options such as Uber, Lyft, and Car to Go which make getting around town flexible and affordable.  If you are driving to San Diego, most of the B&Bs have access to free parking as well.

Whether you are looking for a summer getaway, a romantic weekend, a relaxing business trip, or even a hotel during Comic Con (we have rooms available!), we are ready to help you make the most of your precious time in our city.

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Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego is home to the Hilcrest House Bed and Breakfast

Hillcrest is San Diego’s most vibrant, urban, hip, and eclectic community.   In recent years it has become a “foodie” haven buzzing with wonderful restaurants, a busy nightlife scene and a fabulous Farmers Market every Sunday.  As San Diego’s original shopping district, there is a huge variety of unique shops and galleries featuring local artists.  Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast, owned and operated by Ann Callahan, is a great choice for the first time B&B guest or guests in their thirties and forties, or really any age.  Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast in San DiegoJust like Hillcrest, her décor (and personality!) is eclectic and vibrant.  She converted the historic home of the Scudder family (think potato chips and peanut butter) into a delightful and inviting five room B&B.  As a board member of the San Diego Tourism Authority, Ann is sure to have the latest scoop of what to do in the entire region.  Business travelers find the location convenient, with a bus stop just one block away that leads to downtown.


Carole's Bed and Breakfast in North Park Neighborhood
North Park
is said to be home to the nation’s best beer boulevard – 30th Street.  The neighborhood boasts multiple breweries and numerous bars catering to aficionados (as well as 50 restaurants).  Once a month, you can join the Ray at Night Art Walk, featuring over 25 galleries and art venues.

Carole's Bed and BreakfastCarole’s Bed and Breakfast sits in the heart of the district, in a charming cottage surrounded by riotous gardens.  If you enjoy the warm natural wood décor of the craftsman style, this setting is perfect for you.  Hospitality is a family affair, with Carole’s son Michael providing wonderful breakfasts, and the occasional grandson pitching in to make everyone feel welcome.  Rooms are decorated with cozy quilts, and there is even a salt water pool tucked away in the backyard.  Carole’s is very close to Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and also has a nearby bus stop for access to downtown San Diego.

 

Keating House Bed and Breakfast is Near Balboa Park in San DiegoBankers Hill is an uptown neighborhood that was originally home to the city’s most affluent families.  It borders San Diego’s Balboa Park which was developed primarily for the First World’s Fair – the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.  The park’s 1200 acres host San Diego’s finest museums, gardens, theaters, and the San Diego Zoo.

Keating House Bed and Breakfast in Bankers Hill near Balboa ParkThe Keating House Bed and Breakfast is the closest B&B to the park, just a 10 minute walk to the visitor’s center.  It was built as a “starter home” for George Keating, a successful Kansas business man who moved to San Diego in 1886.  Now the graceful inviting Victorian décor welcomes guests from around the world.  Its proximity to downtown San Diego makes it a favorite for business travelers.  For the seasoned walker, downtown is about 15 minutes away.  Or guests can easily utilize public transportation to reach their destinations.  After a busy day sightseeing or at work, enjoy the front porch and the fabulous natural garden with a peaceful fountain and attentive hummingbirds.

 

Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in Old Town San DiegoOld Town is touted as the Birthplace of California as it is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California in 1769.  Designated as a State Historic Park in 1968, it is chocked full of historic buildings, museums, exhibits, and living history demonstrations.  In addition, there are dozens of shops, restaurants and a theater.  On the main plaza you will find the Cosmopolitan Hotel, built over the original adobe house of the Bandini family.  A continental breakfast is included in the night’s stay, plus the hotel features a full service restaurant and bar open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant Patio

The Cosmopolitan provides a great experience for California families with young children who study state history in school.  Rooms are simply furnished with period furniture (and no TVs) and are accessed by a second floor open veranda.  Guests enjoy lounging outside their rooms on the veranda, with views of Old Town as well as the fireworks from SeaWorld on most summer nights. An added benefit is that children eat free in the Cosmopolitan restaurant.  Special events, meetings, and weddings can be hosted on site.  After exploring all Old Town has to offer, you have easy access to San Diego via the major transit hub located a block away.  Business travelers can reach downtown and the Convention Center with ease.

 

Glory's Holiday House Bed & Breakfast in Point LomaPoint Loma is a seaside neighborhood nestled on the hilly peninsula jutting to the south from San Diego. The Holiday House Bed and Breakfast is perched on the hill and boasts the most amazing views in the city.  Guests enjoy 180 degree unobstructed views of the bay and San Diego.  On the far right in the panorama is the Cabrillo National Monument named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to see San Diego Bay.  Down the hill from the Holiday House is Liberty Station, an award winning mixed use development on the site of the former Naval Training Center San Diego.

Glory's Holiday House Bed & Breakfast PoolRestaurants, art galleries, shops, and museums now occupy this prime real estate as well as the first golf course in San Diego, Sail Ho.  Holiday House owner Glory Giffin, a retired art teacher, highly recommends First Friday NTC at Liberty Station when the galleries are open from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., wine and cheese is served and you have the opportunity to meet artists in person.  Relax after a busy day on the deck, in Glory’s comfy living room, or with a good soak in the hot tub and the sparkling pool.  Military and government travelers find Holiday House a perfect location for access to the many installations on Pt. Loma and at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

 

Ocean Beach Pier Near Elsbree House Beach Bed & Breakfast and Vacation CondoOcean Beach (called OB by the locals) is a small laid-back beach community with funky shops, fun bars and restaurants, an antique shopping row, fishing pier, and wide sandy beach.  It was one of the original swimming destinations in San Diego and is credited with having the first trained lifeguards in the city.  As the shore line runs south to Point Loma, the land rises and creates the scenic Sunset Cliffs Natural Park with intricately carved coastal bluffs, tide pools, sea caves, and some of the best surfing spots in the county. A Beach Bed and Breakfast at the Elsbree House is nestled in a residential block just 500’ from the cliffs.

Elsbree House A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Owner Katie Elsbree designed and runs a cheerful and comfy inn, whose décor pays homage to her Irish heritage with a beachy twist!  Her lush country gardens, patios, and decks are perfect for enjoying the sea breeze.  Katie ensures guests make the most of OB by providing beach chairs, towels and ice chests.  Walk the 500’ feet down the block to the edge of the Pacific Ocean and watch for California Gray Whales as they migrate from the Bering Sea to Baja California.  Explore San Diego via public transportation; a bus stop is just a block away.  Katie’s guests also recommend using Lyft to get around town on your own schedule.

 

Coronado Sunset near 1906 Lodge Coronado is a quaint seaside village located across the bay from downtown San Diego, connected by the graceful two mile long Coronado Bridge.  It has been a vacation destination since 1888 when the iconic Hotel del Coronado was opened.  While presidents and princes have visited Coronado over the years, it retains its small town atmosphere with cottages and mansions sharing the quiet streets.  Coronado’s wide and long pristine beach has been declared the number one beach in the country and attracts visitors from near and far.

1906 Lodge in Coronado across the bay from San DiegoThe 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach is a boutique hotel just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean.  The Lodge was built as a simple boarding house in 1906 but now provides gracious rooms and luxury suites in the Arts and Crafts style.  Fireplaces and spa tubs in the suites make this an ideal romantic getaway.  The Lodge provides a delicious breakfast, wine and snacks at 5:00 p.m., plus secure underground parking.  Once in Coronado, you can walk to everything as the island is only one mile long.  Tantalizing restaurants, unique shops, historic walking tours, theaters, and lots of water sports can fill a vacation itinerary in no time.  Downtown San Diego is easily reached via a pedestrian ferry or the Coronado Bridge.

 

Bed and Breakfast Inn at La JjollaLa Jolla, on the coast north of downtown, has an upscale ambiance inherited from its roots as an artist colony and intellectual enclave.  The Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla is elegant and relaxed hospitality at its finest.  Its rooms and suites are meticulously decorated, many with private porches and views of the Pacific Ocean horizon.

Start your day with a delectable three course gourmet breakfast.  And be sure to be back for the sunset wine reception in the central courtyard which is graced with a bewitching statue Isus from Greek mythology.  The Inn is just a block from the La Jolla Cove where you can swim, snorkel and kayak, and the Children’s Pool where visitors and a harbor seal colony coexist.

Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla is near many golf courses

Walk to five star restaurants with ocean views, art galleries, and shops in the village.  Enjoy live theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, a professional theatre-in-residence on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.

Plan your dream golf vacation and improve your swing with lessons at the world famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. If you run out of things to do in La Jolla, you are just 15 minutes from San Diego’s other attractions and the Convention Center.  Are your still looking for a Comic Con hotel?  La Jolla has rooms!

No matter where you choose to stay, you are never far away from the heart of San Diego.  Find a neighborhood and B&B that fits your style and we think you’ll have an exceptional experience in our fine city!

 

 

Stay at one of the eight Bed and Breakfast Guild locations in San Diego