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Summertime in San Diego is the place to be!

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Now that summer is in full swing, there's a lot happening in San Diego. For many people, this is their favorite time of the year and with good reason. Summer days are often filled with either fun barbecues with friends or spending time by the pool and relaxing at the beach. If you're looking for cool things to do, here's a few ideas. Enjoy!

Sunset Poolside Jazz Series
Summertime in San Diego is doubly nice because the weather is awesome and there’s always something going on. This may come as a surprise to some locals but hotels are actually fun places to hang out. Gone are the days where hotels strictly cater to tourists. As a matter of fact, many hotels are making a concerted effort to reach out to the local crowd. At the Westgate Hotel, they have a new rooftop lounge area that's worth checking out. The third floor rooftop not only sports a cool view of Downtown, it now features the hotel’s first ever junior Olympic-sized lap pool and a running track and outdoor fitness equipment. Running through August, Westgate now offers its First Annual Sunset Poolside Jazz Series. Every Thursday from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, jazz enthusiasts can groove the night away while sipping on specialty cocktails and sampling tasty appetizers. Sue Palmer, known as San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie is slated to appear July 10. For more information on the full lineup, log onto www.westgatehotel.com

Altitude’s Million Dollar View Gets Better
Another place that has a view worth checking out is Altitude Sky Lounge at the Marriott Gaslamp on 6th & K. Located on the 22nd floor, Altitude has unparalleled views of Petco Park, San Diego Bay and Coronado. On clear days, you can easily see Cabrillo National Monument. Just like Westgate Hotel’s rooftop, Altitude recently went through some cosmetic upgrades so the rooftop pops even more,
if you can imagine that. While you’re up there, make sure you visit its inside new addition called City Sights. It used to be a workout room but they transformed it into a trendy nightclub lounge scene. The panoramic views and unique décor is amazing. It has a big city, cosmopolitan feel and it’s definitely a place where the cool kids hang out. www.sandiegogaslamphotel.com/nightlife/altitude

Brunch by the Bay
Locals looking to kick off their Sunday in style may want to check out Porto Vista Hotel’s new Buffet Brunch. It’s held from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at Ripassi, the hotel’s rooftop lounge on the 5th floor. With sweeping views of the bay and Downtown, this is fast becoming one of Little Italy’s more popular hot spots for locals. The Sunday Brunch has everything from pastries to Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs, House made Thyme biscuits with sausage gravy, Achiote Rubbed Pork Loin, a full-on dessert menu and bottomless mimosas. Adults are $27, Children are $15 and kids five and under are free. Jerry Glickman of Bankers Hill says he and his wife enjoy having brunch at Porto Vista. “The vibe is relaxing and casual. It’s never too crowded like a lot of other places where the lines are long. Plus, the view is one of a kind,” Glickman said.

Fringe Festival comes to town!

If you're into seeing live performances that are truly unique and different, this is a festival you won't want to miss. The 10-day festival features everything from dance, buskers, magicians, plays..you name it! Although the Fringe Festival happens in other cities, this is only the second year in San Diego. The lineup is extensive and it definitely offers something for everyone. For information on the festival and ticket pricing, log onto www.sdfringe.org

Darlynne Reyes Menkin is a travel & lifestyle journalist living the dream in sunny San Diego. When she's not digging for story ideas, she can be found leading tours and team building Scavenger Hunts. Darlynne & husband Marc run a travel adventure company called Where You Want To Be Tours which specializes in hidden San Diego spots.

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