San Diego Lifestyle’s Top 300 (Insta-LOVE!)

San Diego Lifestyle’s Top 300 (Insta-LOVE!)

Over the past few years we have been writing and blogging about all of our favorite San Diego people and places. We now have finally come to our 300th blog story, and for this special story, I wanted to do something exciting. I wanted to introduce you to (or remind you of) my absolute favorite 300 people and places here in San Diego! I have broken them down a bit by category, but make sure you visit everyone of these incredible Instagram profiles to learn more about these local businesses!

Hotel Solamar lobby

San Diego’s Top 20 Hotel & Travel Profiles on Instagram – When someone asks us where to stay in San Diego, we have these 20 profiles on our recommendation list! How many have you stayed at?

@wanderwetbags – Super cute, #ecofriendlyproducts – powerfully #waterresistant💦, #wetswimsuitbags . Proudly #madeinusa in the #socal sun 🌞 SHOP NOW: linktr.ee/wanderwetbags

@dearalyne – Hello my name is Alyne, I make videos and I like animals and peoples 🍯www.facebook.com/DearAlyne https://www.facebook.com/dearalyne/videos/153012465382850/

@hotelkarlansd – Upscale, yet casual style with #KarlanLife in the scenic foothills of the Black Mountains in San Diego. Hotel Karlan, a DoubleTree by Hilton. bit.ly/HotelKarlan

@hiltondelmar – La Jolla Marathoners -after the racing is done, the party goes on! Join us for a tropical pool party after the race. sandiegodelmarhilton.com

@indigodelmar – Del Mar’s upscale boutique hotel. www.hotelindelmar.com

@westgatehotel – The Westgate, San Diego’s premiere hotel continues to deliver on it’s original vision of classic luxury. bit.ly/2yarnS5

@hotelsolamar – Explore, Indulge & Recharge at Kimpton Solamar ☀️ Between San Diego’s Gaslamp District & East Village Connect with us: #hotelsolamar #jsixrestaurantbit.ly/SipandSav

@estancialajolla – A hacienda-style haven tucked between #SanDiego‘s seaside villages of #LaJolla and #DelMar. By The Barrel: Trinitas Wine Dinner 4/27 bit.ly/TrinitasWine

@hardrocksd – Hotel San Diego: A four-diamond hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for rock stars who enjoy the suite life. Use #hardrocksdwww.hardrockhotelsd.com/san-diego-packages.php

@lodgetorreypines – AAA Five Diamond Resort that sits atop the cliffs of the charming seaside community of La Jolla, California bit.ly/ARV_ArtisanTable

@marriottdelmar – Marriott Hotel located in the heart of North County, San Diego. Conveniently located off the 5 & 56 fwys, 1 mile from Torrey Pines State Beach

@theinnatrsf – The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa blends ‘Classic California’ style with modern luxury. #travel #luxury #lifestylebit.ly/2IL5gCC

@fourpointssandiegodowntown – Your hotel for business or fun in beautiful downtown San Diego. Call us to book your meetings or guest rooms! (619) 595-3534 fourpointssandiegodowntown.com

@ranchovalencia – Far from ordinary. Simply perfect. An award winning Relais & Châteaux luxury resort located in Southern California. bit.ly/RVBNB

@omnilacosta – California’s original destination for mind, body + sport, featuring guestrooms & suites, pools, dining, tennis, golf, a day spa and more! goo.gl/Vfjumc

@fairmontgranddelmar – TripAdvisor’s #1 Luxury Hotel in San Diego www.fairmont.com/san-diego

@andazsandiego – Downtown San Diego // Gaslamp Quarter 🌇🌴 #AndazSanDiego#WhenInAndaz

@delcoronado – The legendary Hotel del Coronado is located on Coronado Island in San Diego, CA. Built in 1888, we’re celebrating 130 years of #delmemories in 2018. bit.ly/2EgnoRO

@lavalenciahotel – Overlooking the Pacific since 1926, La V is a charming boutique hotel in La Jolla, CA. 🌅 Reservations: 858.454.0771 #LaValenciaHotel www.lavalencia.com

@laubergedelmarLocated steps from the beach, L’Auberge Del Mar is a luxury resort and spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Del Mar. Offering gourmet restaurants, a lavish wellness spa, relaxing pool, and a private walkway to the beach, L’Auberge Del Mar has something for every traveler. So kick back, grab a drink, and soak in the sun at this seaside hotel. 🌅🌴 Share your time with us: #laubergedelmar    linktr.ee/laubergedelmar

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Top 15 Things to Do in San Diego – Once you get settled in your hotel, you must check out these top 15 points of interest.

@the_flower_fields – Open March 1st-May 13th. From Ranunculus to Roses-The Flower Fields® is one of the most beloved spring traditions. www.theflowerfields.com

@seaworldsandiego – Welcome to the SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica San Diego official Instagram. seaworld.com/san-diego/events/craft-beer-and-food-festival

@comic_con – The only official feed for Comic-Con International. July 19-22, 2018! www.comic-con.org

@legolandcalifornia – LEGOLAND California’s official account, where Awesome Awaits! Use #LEGOLANDCA to share your Park memories and be featured on the LEGOLAND page! www.legoland.com/california

@padres – Official Instagram account of the San Diego Padres. #Padres#PetcoParkatmlb.com/2GBfJng

@birchaquarium – Discover life under the sea. Explore our world’s oceans and get inspired by the latest Scripps Oceanography research 🐠💦aquarium.ucsd.edu

@sdzsafaripark – Non-profit wildlife sanctuary in Escondido, CA. Join us in the fight to #EndExtinction. Also follow @zookeeperrick bit.ly/AussieAnimalQuiz

@sdfilmfestival – 100+ independent and studio Films | Parties | Celebrities | Awards | Panels October 10 – 14, 2018 📽 #SDiFFsdfilmfest.com

@delmarfairgrounds – Home to more than 300 annual events, including the San Diego County Fair & world-class thoroughbred horse racing!www.delmarfairgrounds.com

@kaaboodelmar – Enjoy 3 days of music, comedy, gourmet cuisine, craft libations, art + indulgences. #KAABOOdelmar Sept 14-16, 2018. Passes on sale now. bit.ly/7rUjk9

@seaport_village – Official Instagram account for Seaport Village. Boardwalk Betty snaps away to show you Seaport Village through her lens. #SeaportVillage#VisitSeaportseaportvillage.com/events-calendar

@sandiegozoo – Non-profit wildlife sanctuary & conservation org. w/ 140 projects in 80 countries. 🦁 Also follow @SDZSafariPark & @zookeeperrick #EndExtinction www.bit.ly/Leapinglemurs

@delmarracing – Del Mar Thoroughbred Club : Share your trip to Del Mar with #DelMarScene + we’ll share our favorites! www.dmtc.com

@cabrillonps – The official Instagram of Cabrillo National Monument www.nps.gov/cabr

@balboapark – America’s largest urban cultural park. Home to 23 cultural organizations, performing arts, gardens, & trails. Share your #BalboaPark memories with us! BalboaPark.org

 Dolce at the Highlands

San Diego’s Top 8 Pizzerias – There is a constant debate about the best pizza in town. Have you eaten all 8 of these yet?

@buonaforchettasd – Authentic #Neapolitan #pizza & #Italian cuisine located in the #SanDiego neighborhood of South Park. 🍕 🇮🇹budurl.me/EaterSD38Spring2018

@Isolapizza – Little Italy & 🌊 La Jolla Serving authentic Italian fare & pizzas fired in a stone wood-burning oven from Napoli. ⬇️⬇️Vote for us #BestRestos2018sdmag.us/vote

@woodstockssd – Livin’ the Pizza Life 🍕 Come through for our new Happy Hour! 🍻 50% OFF PITCHERS OF BEER Mon.-Fri. 4-6pm 🎉🎉🎉woodstockssd.com

@Napizzame – Pizza al Taglio & Salads 🌾GF & Vegan options 🌱Green Çertified by Green Restaurant Assoc. Łittle Italy,4Š Ranch,Encinitas&UTC! 🚲DELIVERY ÄVAILABLE na-pizza.com

@crustpizzeria –  @CharlesMeola created Crust w/Italian tastes & aromas, daily hand-tossed crust, local farm to table veggies blended w/quality meat & cheese! crustpizzeria.com/carlsbad

@zpizza.taproom.lajolla – Self-Pour Beer and Wine Bar 📺Full Screen TV 👫Kids Friendly 🍕Delicious artisan pizza made from Organic and Better for You Ingredients zpizza.com/Taproom

@freshbrothers – Fresh pizza, salad, wings and sliders! Click on link to order today. FreshBrothers.com bit.ly/2uQV6Nz

@sammyswpizza – Serving woodfired pizza, tasty tapas, and infamous messy sundaes in southern California and Nevada since 1989. www.sammyspizza.com

las olas mexican san diego

San Diego’s Top 5 Taco Spots – If you’re looking for something with a Mexican flare, head to one of these places for a taco!

@hellobettyos – Hello Betty Fish House restaurant + bar is a spin on classic Baja SoCal beach side favorites by @sagerestaurantgroup #hellobetty #hellobettyfishhouse  hellobettyoceanside.com

@casasolymar – Part of Diane Powers’ family of Mexican restaurants in Del Mar Highlands Town Center. San Diego, CA bit.ly/2owfGPi

@lasolasmex – Authentic Mexican food served at the beach since 1981. Two north county San Diego locations: •Cardiff by the sea • Carlsbad www.lasolasmex.com

@rubioscoastalgrill – Enjoy coastal goodness without the wait. Order Rubio’s online or get it delivered! #🌮  bit.ly/tacoroad

@porkyland_ – Excited to serve SD w/fresh and authentic Mexican food! Come check out our new Location: 12880 Carmel Country Rd. We cater! 🇲🇽🍴#sandiego #mexicanfo

Lofty Coffee Encinitas

San Diego’s Top 19 Coffee Shops and Cafes – Looking for a quick cup of coffee or a croissant? Check out these cute cafes!!

@bluelagooncoffee – Ground Control Batch Brewing 📍 La Mesa 🥐 Fresh Pastries 🐙 OPEN 7am – 2pm Everyday ⛽ Proudly Serving #CatandCloudCoffee

@communalcoffee – Great coffee, good people, inspiring design. Serving Sightglass Coffee. NORTH PARK – 2335 University Ave 7a – 7p SOUTH PARK – 2221 Fern St 6:30a-5:30p www.communalcoffee.com/work-with-us

@pannikincoffeeandtea – Family owned and operated in Encinitas, Ca. Roasting the freshest selection of coffees and teas from around the globe. @pannikincoffeeandtea www.pannikincoffeeandtea.com

@caffepositanorsf – Fine coffees, craft-roasted in small batches by the proprietor House-baked sweet & savory pastries Teas Frappes 2 shops in RSF 92067 6a-5p daily

@swellcoffeeco_ – Small batch specialty coffee roaster & cafe with two locations in sunny San Diego, CA! Mission Beach – Del Mar bit.ly/TrySwell

@pacificbeancoffee – 712 1/2 Garnet Ave. San Diego. CA 92109 ☀️ // Ꭰ Ꮢ Ꭵ Ꮑ Ꮶ ☕️ m u Ꮑ Ꮯ h🍴 ᏞᎾᏉᎬ ᏞᎥfᎬ //

@pbbakerycafe – PB Bakery and Cafe www.pbbakerycafe.com

@loftycoffeeco – Coffee roaster. Scratch baker. Cafe. Serving the communities of San Diego, Encinitas and Solana Beach.loftycoffee.com/product-category/coffee-subscriptions

@harryscoffeeshop – Family Owned Since 1960. New York Style Diner. Featured on the Food network “Top 5 Restaurants”. Home of the B.W. Benny. 🥞🥓☕️ #HarrysCoffeeShop www.HarrysCoffeeShop.com

@jamescoffeeco – Little Italy – 2355 India St 📍Bankers Hill- 2870 4th Ave 📍Pacific Highway- 4035 Pacific Hwy 📍James At Biga- 950 6th Ave jamescoffeeco.com/collections/apparel/products/vintage-owl-shirt-black

@bycdelmar – To see our latest & greatest post, please follow the official Broken Yolk Cafe account @brokenyolkcafe

@breakfastrepublic – Clucking good breakfast served daily! 🐣bit.ly/BreakPub

@richardwalkerspancakehouse – An upscale fusion of traditional & gourmet breakfast & lunch favorites. We believe in offering quality family dining in a comfortable atmosphere. richardwalkers.com

@cafegratitude – Gratitude Beverly Hills Now Open! #LoveIsServed 💚bit.ly/2DP5fL1

@thenakedcafe92075 – Local, healthy, beach front cafe 🏄🌴☀ Solana Beach, CA since 2002 www.thenakedcafe.com

@sugarandscribe – Award-winning bakery and restaurant featuring Food Network Champion Chef Maeve’s scratch-made breakfast/lunch, custom cakes and more. #SugarandScribe www.sugarandscribe.com

@leanandgreencafelajolla – Gluten free & vegan options! 💚 7825 Fay Ave, La Jolla ☀️by the cove 858-459-5326 👇ORDER ONLINE info@leanandgreencafe.com order.leanandgreencafe.com

@clairesoncedros – Friendly Green Cafe and Bakery in Solana Beach, California. Dogs welcome! (with well behaved owners) @chefclaireallison @clairestoo2

@thecottagelajolla – Rated #1 restaurant to eat in La Jolla by TripAdvisor customers. Voted best breakfast, best patio dining, best family place 5 years in a row. 🍳☕️😎☀️www.cottagelajolla.com

Rancho Valencia San Diego

San Diego’s Top 16 Fine Dining Restaurants – Looking for a bit of elegance? Try these sixteen fabulous upscale establishments.

@pamplemoussegrillesd – Serving casual yet elegant local food that delights the senses. Located in beautiful Solana Beach, CA

@juniperandivy – 2228 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 619.269.9036 #juniperandivy juniperandivy.com

@marketdelmar – Chef + Proprietor Carl Schroeder Chef De Cuisine John Thompson 5pm Bar & Sushi Lounge 5:30 Dining Room 858.523.0007 #marketdelmar www.marketdelmar.com

@pacificadelmar – Seafood is our passion 🌊pacificadelmar.com

@solaceencinitas – Modern American Cuisine and Raw Bar by Chef Matt Gordon www.eatatsolace.com

@mortonssteak – We love steak! 🍽 Over 78 locations worldwide. Share your photos with us by using the tag #mortonswww.mortons.com

@sbiccadelmar – Located in the heart of Del Mar** Half price wine Tuesdays and Thursdays** Brunch Weekends 10-3**happy hour 4-6 daily #sbiccadelmar www.sbiccadelmar.com

@dolcehighlands – The model for fine casual dining, dedicated to providing the best culinary and wine experience available, in a warm, relaxed, and joyful setting. www.dolcehighlands.com/reservations

@herringboneeats – #LaJolla, Santa Monica, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Los Cabos 🐟 “Fish Meats Field” California Coastal Cuisine Restaurant herringboneeats.com/reservations

@donovanssteakhouse – Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. Savor the food, enjoy the company. bit.ly/2jgs1o9

@misterasrestaurant – Serving rooftop cocktails, brunch, lunch, & dinner since 1965. www.asrestaurant.com

@kettnerexchange – Kettner Exchange San Diego

@millefleursrsf – French-Californian cuisine in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. www.millefleurs.com

@georgesatthecove – Very simply, George’s at the Cove is for people who believe in enjoying the San Diego lifestyle to its fullest. And that includes a great meal.www.georgesatthecove.com/reservations

@whisknladle – Serving Brunch daily from 9:30-3pm whisknladle.com

@cucinarestaurants – urbana #CU | enoteca Irvine #CEIRV | enoteca Del Mar #CEDM | enoteca Newport Beach #CENB | SORELLA #CSbit.ly/CUCINAevents

San Diego’s Top 23 Restaurants – Still hungry? Add these to your must-eat-at list!!

@nickandgs – A charming dining environment and culinary experience located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. nickandgs.com

@kaboblounge – Fresh, healthy and homemade- Visit us in Carmel Valley & Carlsbad @kaboblounge #kabobloungekaboblounge.com

@beachgrasscafe – Eclectic menu offering breakfast, lunch, catering, and private events. 858-509-0632 www.beachgrasscafe.com

@corvettediner – 50s’ fun + rock n’ roll 🎮 gamers garage arcade 🍔 burgers + shakes www.cohnrestaurants.com/corvettediner

@lotuscafeandjuicebar – Dedicated to serving fresh 🌿natural healthy food prepared with love simplicity and a 💗joyful heart. 🙏www.lotuscafeandjuicebar.com

@mendocinofarms – Come #EatHappy with us! LA | OC | SD | Nor Cal Spring Menu launches Mon, 4/16! mendocinofarms.com

@champagnebakery – French inspired bakery with locations across Southern California champagnebakery.com

@eatflowerchild – Healthy food for a happy world 🌻santa monica 🌻del mar 🌻arcadia 🌻scottsdale 🌻uptown 🌻dallas 🌻austin (2nd street now open!) #iamaflowerchildiamaflowerchild.com

@vitalitytap – ORGANIC | LOCAL | RAW Downtown • Carmel Valley • Calgary Yelp Top 100 places to eat in the US #DoYouEvenJuice www.vitalitytap.com

@seasidemarket – #shoplocal #seasidemarket #cardiffcrack #ourdelirocks www.seasidemarket.com

@rusticrootsd – Rustic American cuisine & timeless cocktails 🍽 #rusticroot www.rusticroot.com

@unionkitchentap – Inventive farm-to-table American fare 🍹Handcrafted cocktails 🍷🍺Distinctive wines & local craft beers. 📸 #unionkitchenandtap www.localunion101.com

Union Kitchen Tap Encinitas

@rsffoodco – Restaurant🍸Bar &🍞Bakery 🌞Bringing Good Living and Great Food to Rancho Santa Fe🏃 Open 7 Days & 7Nights a week📆 🍳☕🍔🍕🍝🍻🍰🍧 Subscribe> www.rsffoodco.com

@parcbistrosd – We are a modern French bistro located in the heart of Bankers Hill. Private dining space is available for your next special event! 619-795-1501 www.parcbb.com

@bigjoyfamilybakery – Participating in Street fairs and Farmers markets. 🤗 🍰Create your own desserts table with us! 💓😉 📧 Please, contact us via Email or DM! 🙌bigjoyfamily.com

@rimels.bar.and.grill – Located in Carmel Valley: Del Mar Highlands Town Center | Featuring delicious wood-fired entrees and a fun atmosphere | #rimelsdelmar ⬇️rimelsbarandgrill.com

@solaresandiego – Authentic Southern Italian Cuisine in Liberty Station in San Diego – Voted Best Italian Restaurant & Best Chef Accursio Lotà by San Diego Magazinesolarelounge.com

@the_lot_ – Lifestyle entertainment experience. 🎞CINEMA 🥙RESTAURANT 🍷BAR ☕️CAFÉ 👉🏻#thelotlibertystation #thelotlajolla #thelotfashionisland apple.co/2rzdFFm

@jakesdelmar – SEA. FOOD. FRIENDS. Connect with us! @jakesdelmar #jakesdelmar www.jakesdelmar.com

@brigantineseafood – Point Loma • Coronado • Poway • Escondido • Del Mar • La Mesa • Imperial Beach • Downtown SD (Coming in 2018) Click link below for reservations www.brigantineseafood.com

@brettsbbq – If it’s not smoked, it’s not barbecue! Located in Encinitas www.brettsbbq.com

@jsixrestaurant – Honest Food & Drink in San Diego’s East Village • Executive Chef: Anthony Sinsay • Happy Hour: Mon to Fri 4-7pm 🍻 Weekend Brunch: Sat & Sun 8am-1pm 🍳🥂www.jsixrestaurant.com

@kis_restaurant – Founded in 1980, Ki’s has been serving organic healthy food for 30 years. Family owned & operated, we treat every customer as part of the Ki’s family!www.kisrestaurant.com

Pillbox Solana Beach

San Diego’s Top 8 Dessert Eateries – Have a sweet tooth? Look no further. Make sure to stop in at these places after dinner for a delicious dessert!

@amamedesserts – Bakery| Cake Designer👩🏽‍🍳🎨| Avid Vegan 🌱🍌🍍🍓Artista👩🏽‍🎨| Dessert Photography📷🍮 |Pure Delicioso!🎂🍪🍩| Follow y Like! ✨www.amamedesserts.com

@getfluffedup – San Diego’s first & finest fairy floss. 100% vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, dye free. Hand crafted & spun with love. 💕💕 #getfluffedup purchase> www.getfluffedup.com

@sugar_mamma62 – Since 2009, our founder and confectioner, Nancy Flint, has creating all natural caramels. Now available in 17 flavors! Sugarmammacaramels.com

@dallmannconfections – Handmade chocolates, using the finest ingredients.Working with Hotels, restaurants & gourmet shops. Need a custom order? DM us 📷Tag us: #dallmann www.dallmannconfections.com

@thebakedbear – Baked from scratch daily. #thebakedbear thebakedbear.com

@cutecakes_sd – Southern style Bakery and Cafe specializing in custom cakes, cupcakes and pastries. Weddings, Birthdays, Baby Showers and all life’s special events! sweetestbakeryinamerica.com

@sandiegosweets – Delicious sweet thangs🍰San Diego!DM me! 📫

@donutbar – Donuts+Beer+Wine+Mimosas! Best Donut -🥇 🍩 Best Chef -🥇👨‍🍳 @donutbar @donutbarlv +Many More Locales 2018 #DonutBar #BestDonutsInTheWorld #ChefSantiago www.donutbar.com/franchise

Pillbox Solana Beach

San Diego’s Top 10 Food Bloggers – Looking for a specific recommendation? Ask these top food bloggers!!

@sandiegofoodgirl – San Diego based foodie bringing you all the best food & drinks in SoCal 🌮🍷 hello@sandiegofoodgirl.com Influencer | Blogger | Consultant New Blog> sandiegofoodgirl.com/2018/03/20/who-is-san-diego-food-girl

@savvysweets – AP SWEET living in a SAVVY way…™ #savvysweets 📸 Lifestyle🍴Food ✈️ Travel 👩🏽‍🍳 Baker 🎥Youtuber 💁🏽Host:@bbbfoodreviewer DESSERT PORTFOLIO 💼thesavvysweets.com/portfolio

@diningsandiego – San Diego living 🌊🌇 A compilation of some of my favorite places to eat around SD, and some of my home cooking! 📩diningsandiego16@gmail.com or DM

@brunchsandiego – Just eating our way through San Diego one pitcher of mimosas at a time! || DM to be featured! 💛🍳🥂

@boys.that.brunch – Steven & Daniel do BRUNCH¡ Follow for brunch, buffets, general food & some travel adventures in San Diego & beyond! 🍴🥓🍳🥂👦🏻👦🏾💙@zipkick trusted foodies!

@sandiegoeats – Hungry & Happy 📷 Want to be featured? 📧 Email us! 🍷 Use discount code: SDEats> paellawinefest.com

@sdfoodcritic – Foodie in SAN DIEGO, CA capturing my own food experiences. #sdfoodcritic! Eat well! Other IG: @sushigirl619 @sdfoodpics e:sandiegofoodcritic@gmail.com

@jinxieats – Food lover & chemistry nerd 🤓 | ✈️ addicted to travel and good eats | from San Diego 🏝to DC 🇺🇸| 📷 Sony a7ii |📱iPhone SE | jinxieats@gmail.comwww.jinxieats.com/2017/04/thank-san-diego

@bestfoodsandiego – San Diego Food & Drink Guide 📸 #BestFoodSanDiego #BestFoodFeed #MyFab5 📧 sd@myfab5.com 🎗 Community Leaders: @olasis and @jonzup instagram.bestfoodfeed.com/sandiego

@diningoutsd – USE CODE SDPRE2FOR1 to purchase our new #SDPassbook 2.0 and enjoy 70+ #local spots around town. Josh Kopelman Publisher jkopelman@diningout.com www.diningout.com/sandiego/product/san-diego-dining-passbook-2018-2019

donovans steakhouse

San Diego’s Top 20 Bars/Drinks/Nightlife – Heading out on the town for drinks? These top 20 accounts are the BEST places to start (or finish)!

@bangbangsd – Fine tuned sushi, fine tunes & a giant disco ball. HH 🕔 Wed-Fri 5-7 4.21 Chris Liebing Reservations, Private parties 👇🍣🍶 bit.ly/1BmoVUx

@sidebarsd – San Diego’s sexiest, upscale ultra-lounge & nightclub 💋www.sidebarsd.com

@gaslampquarter – The official Instagram account of the Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown #SanDiego, CA. Your resource for all things in and around the #GaslampQuartergaslamp.org

@sdbeertour – Mission: To go to every Brewery and Tap Room in San Diego County, and beyond. Join the adventure 🍻🍻🍻

@residentbrewing – Inside The Local Eatery on 4th Ave Specializing in hoppy styles of beer Food available Kid friendly Mon-Sat:11am-10pm Sun: 9:30am-10pm www.residentbrewing.com/tap.php

@dicksliquorandwine_lajolla – Dicks liquor and wine 737 pearl st, la jolla, CA 92037 858-459-3889 Serving la jolla for over 50 years Thanks for supporting family & small business.

@theoxfordsd – Be Sophisticated, Or Don’t | @theoxfordsd #oxfordsocialclub#NightLife #SanDiego #Lounge #PendrySanDiego theoxfordsd.com

@countrysmooth – Official Account for Country Smooth American Premium Whiskey 43% ABV | 86 Proof | 21+ Only | Whiskey Wisely | To Be Featured #CountrySmooth linktr.ee/countrysmooth

@sdbeerrun – If you enjoy an active lifestyle, Love craft beer, & live in San Diego. Then Check out San Diego Beer Run!!! 🍺👟🍺www.beerrunsd.com

@thetipsycrow – 3 Levels of the famous Drink Exchange • Live Music • DJ’s • Games • Comedy Shows + more in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. 👻 Snapchat • @thetipsycrowsd www.thetipsycrow.com

@westrootsd – Located @VillageAtPacificHighlandsRanch📍 🍻Happy Hour | 3-5pm | M-Th {6pm Fridays}🍻 👨‍👩‍👧Family Friendly👨‍👩‍👧 🏀Sports Bar⚾️ 👇Up-Root🌱Food To-Go👇bit.ly/WestrootUproot

@lajolla_brewingcompany –  #LJBC #Ale #AleLIfe #Brew #Beer #CraftBeer #Brewery#BreweryLife #SDBeer #Living #LaJolla #SanDiego #Life #Cheers www.lajollabeer.com

@omniasandiego – A nightlife experience by Hakkasan Group located in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. OMNIA.ws/SanDiego

@socialtapsandiego – Foodie joint with a variety of local craft beer in the ❤️ of East Village with stunning views of Petco Park. AZ Cardinals • Navy • Notre Dame • Padres sandiego.blitzdealsapp.com/downtown/great-happy-hour-specials-east-village

@parqsd – Gaslamp’s most premier nightlife destination. #comeplay linktr.ee/parqsd

@thelocalpb – M-Th Reverse HH 9pm-Close 1/2 off🍹’s Karaoke Mon 🎤 Taco Tues 🌮 Thursday $5 Beer 🍺 + Shot 🥃 DJ’s Thurs-Sun 🎶 Sat+Sun Bottomless Bubbles ‘til 1pm 🍾 www.thelocalpb.com

@culturebrewingco – Award Winning Brewery + Tasting Room | Solana Beach | Ocean Beach | Encinitas | Follow the link to find events happening at your Local Tasting Room! culturepairings.eventbrite.com

@drinkmagicbullet – The hangover prevention drink that actually tastes good. Own Your Tomorrow. #hangovercure drinkmagicbullet.com/buy

@stonebrewing – True. Independent. Craft. (Must be legal drinking age to follow.) bit.ly/StoneLS5EB

@bloodymaryobsessed – Quest for the Best Bloody 🍅 DM for collabs and events 🤝🍩🥂🍽☕️🥑🍳 #bloodymaryobsessed  New Blog Post www.bloodymaryobsessed.com/blog/farmers-bottega

The Point Business Networking

San Diego’s Top 9 Business Instagram Accounts – Looking for business on Instagram?! Look no further, these local accounts are all business! (Ok, I admit, they are a little fun too!)

@get_to_thepoint – Not your ordinary meeting and event space, The Point is a California style off-site located in Mission Bay, CA | www.gettothepoint.io

@sdconventionctr – IAVM Venue of Excellence Award-winning Convention Center in the City of San Diego. Twitter: @SDConventionCtr Blog: http://visitsandiego.com/blog www.visitsandiego.com

@sdbusinessbabes – SD community of business women, dreamers, creatives and entrepreneurs! #sdbusinessbabes NEXT EVENT: APRIL 26th 630-9PM Link for tickets >> www.businessbabescollective.com/san-diego

@smexaminer – Join us at Social Media Marketing World 2019! Click link to learn more> www.socialmediaexaminer.com/World19PLIG

@plancommitwin – Patrick Henry: QuestFusion CEO / Serial #Entrepreneur 🎯 Tech #Strategy Expert 👊 #Speaker 👨🏼‍🏫 Award Winning Author of PLAN COMMIT WIN: 90 Days to a Creating a Fundable #Startup 🏆📚www.questfusion.com

@evonexus_ – EvoNexus is a technology incubator and ground zero for Southern California’s startup community. We’re the fastest way to launch your startup! www.evonexus.org

@connectinsd – Since 1985, CONNECT has helped create and scale great innovation companies in the San Diego region. www.connect.org

@startupsandiego – Building up 🚀 the San Diego Startup community. Entrepreneurs welcome! #SDSW #StartupSD startupsd.org

@katytemplemediacoaching – katytemplemediacoaching.com

Workout Schedule

San Diego’s Top 15 Fitness Bloggers – Need to find some #MondayMotivation ?! These fitness accounts are highly inspiring!!

@sd_fitlifestyle – Motivating Community of ☀️San Diego to look even better 📌We show you How and Where fit people can Enjoy in ☀️ San Diego

@jannabreslin – Wife | 4x Fitness Covers |6x Bikini Champ Holistic Nutrition | CPT | @ANIBikinis @socalfreshprep @curednutrition @gainzbox Codes “JANNA” anibikinis.com/shop

@stephhendel – Grew up on junk food 👉Massive self doubt👉40 lbs overweight 👉Lost 40 lbs in 90 days I 💕when a woman realizes her potential. GET YOUR BEST BODY HERE> bit.ly/2GvXRWK

@zengirlmandy – yoga + mindfulness + self love goddess gatherings, healing experiences SAN DIEGO RETREAT JULY 13-15 MEXICO RETREAT OCT 12-16 🔮🦋 @modernhealeryoga www.modernhealeryoga.com

@dietandfries – It’s all about a healthy balance 😊 A place for easy recipes, yummy food and Fry-yay’s 📍SD,CA ❤️collabs DM or email dietandfries@gmail.com www.dietandfries.com

@kimkellyfit – Whole Body Health Personal & Group Exercise Training Advocare Rep Outdoor Enthusiast TSC Body Guide 2018 📍San Diego #kimkellyfit www.advocare.com/131033112

@sprinkles_and_sit_ups – Fitness, Food, Fun in #SanDiego 💪Empowering Women Through Fitness 💕 #SweatPink Leader: @sweatpinkSD 💙 @freskincare @furtherfood Ambassador linktr.ee/sprinkles_and_sit_ups

@absandavocado – Sending You Extra Energy 🌱 Eat Well = Feel Well 🏋🏽‍♀️ Fitness #TFNTeam 🍕 Pizza + Smoothie Biz 🌴 San Diego 👇 shopDYI code: AbsAndAvocadowww.shopdyi.com

@so_this_is_50 – Sharing my tips for #fitnessover40💪, health and hormone balance as we age. Holistic Health Practioner and Fitness and Nutrition Coach 🏋️‍♂www.renewwellnessstudio.com/hormonebalancing

@iam.amandanicole – Empowering women to find healing & balance🔥Mental health warrior ✨ Love yourself more 💕 Supporting Survivors 🌈 Phil 3:13-14 #CATCHFIREHEARTcatchfiretribe.com/mothers-day-mayhem

@dancetrixfitness – Get tips for your mental and physical health www.thethoughtfulbeast.com

@sam.hunter.sd – San Diego Fitness Influencer Giveaways on Mondays @StudioLifted Ambassador @F45_Training_SorrentoValley Ambassador @ZumbaWear and @STRONGbyZumba goo.gl/AZf2ST

@triciainthegunshow – Hi I’m Tricia 👋🏼 I’m married 💍 5+ years of experience I’m a nutrition specialist 🍏 & personal trainer 💁🏻 #personaltrainer #nutrition triciamotivates.com

@fit4mom_sandiego – Helping Moms Make Strides In Fitness, Motherhood, and Life ® #themotherhoodisreal

@bshirley08 – Writer. Runner. Five-time #BostonMarathon qualifier. Two-time Boston reject (2017 finisher). Traveler. #BalegaSocks Impi. longrunlife.com

Fit Athletic Solana Beach

San Diego’s Top 10 Fitness Gyms/Studios – Do you have enough motivation to last you weeks? Make sure to get a workout in at one of these top ten local spots!

@spinofsandiego – Try 2 FREE Classes! @spinofsandiego spinofsandiego.com/2-free-classes

@f45_training_lajolla – Team Training ⚪️Life Changing 🔵Train with us! 7 days for $14!! 🙌🏼💪🏼💯bit.ly/F457DAYINTROOFFER

@traditional_karate_san_diego – Traditional Shotokan Karate School. Balmaceda sensei is 6th Degree black belt with 36 years of experience. Please visit our website: powayshotokan.com

@purebarredelmar – New?? Try our First Week Free! Must be local to San Diego and a new client! Check out our new class EMPOWER! (Delmar@purebarre.com)

@crossfitdelmar – San Diego, Ca All levels welcome 📩 info@crossfitdelmar.com crossfitdelmar.com

@fitathletic – San Diego’s Premier Athletic Club. – Fit Downtown – Fit Solana Beach – Fit Carmel Mountain . Download a Free Day Pass fitathletic.com/day-pass

@fleetfeetsandiego – www.fleetfeetsandiego.com/store-events-and-group-runs/the-big-run-2

@ilovekickboxing_lajolla – ILoveKickboxing La Jolla offers the BEST in fitness Kickboxing! Visit our website for a stronger, HOTTER body!

@otf_pointloma – Orangetheory Fitness PL : Heart rate based interval training in a fun and motivating environment! BASE. PUSH. ALL OUT. REPEAT. 3980 W. Point Loma Blvd. || (858) 216-2020

@yogaonesandiego – Enhancing well-being since 2002.www.yogaonesandiego.com

Mental Health Benefits of Yoga

San Diego’s Top 20 Health/Wellness Instagram Accounts – Learning all about health/wellness? You should always take time to relax, rejuvenate and take care of your body! These 20 accounts can help!

@genetixorganic – Top rated rituals that enhance and transform. 🐰 Made by Women. Vegan. Organic. 🛍️ Featured by Teen Vogue, Women’s Health + Healthline 💗 BIG SALE: www.genetixorganic.com/collections/all

@monica_acupuncturist – Licensed Acupuncturist 👌🏽 Japanese Meridian Therapy 🎋 Kampo Herbal Medicine 📚 Masters of s. in Acupuncture 🌊 Located in Pacific Beach, CA www.monicalac.com

@melaniemediate – Chef & Nutrition Coach Plant-Based Snacks, Juices, Detoxes *Nationwide Shipping* Gourmet Meal Box Service (San Diego) Paleo+Vegan Plans www.MelsNaturalFoods.com

@thespicewaysandiego – Spices. Herbs. Teas. Demos. Store hours: Mon-Sat 10-6 / Sun 11-5 #thespicewaysd thespiceway.com/sd/whole-roasted-cauliflower-with-turmeric-and-tahini

@purespa_chiropractic – Full service Spa in San Diego specializing in Massage•Skincare•Waxing•Nails•Airbrush Tan•Lash Extensions•Chiro/Acu & more! #PureSpaSD 858-573-1505 www.PureSpaSD.com

@lovetolivespa – •skincare •lashes •brows •Botox & Fillers 858-242-7008 lovetolivespa@gmail.com 3790 Via De La Valle #212, Del Mar, CA 92014 lovetolivespa.com/experiences/virtual-heart-to-heart

@dahmsacu – Sports Medicine • Orthopedics Facial Rejuvenation • Cosmetic Acupuncture www.dahmsacupuncture.com

@pacificbeachorganics – Mineral Sunscreen | SPF 32 ☀️ Water Resistant 80 Mins 💦 Broad Spectrum 🌴 Reef-Safe 🐠 Organic 🌿 FDA Approved 🔬 Child Safe 👶🏼www.pacificbeachorganics.com

@truerestsandiego – Premier float experience in San Diego. Call us at 619-688-3978 bit.ly/2AMb0eY

@sparkhealth – Natural medicine that empowers people to perform at their highest level. Naturopathic Dr, IV Therapy, Vitamin Injections, PRP Facials. #SparkHealth linktr.ee/sparkhealth

@trilogysanctuary – Organic plant based community space & cafe, rooftop ocean view, infrared yoga & aerial events & parties, eco-boutique @totem_trilogy ✨ Loving life. www.trilogysanctuary.com/calendar

@askdrcorey – Athlete, Father, Cancer Survivor, Sports Chiro/Rehab for athletes, active lifestyles, diagnostics, SD Sockers, X-Games, drcorey@drcorey.net, #drcorey www.drcorey.net

@dulla_ari – Abdul aka “Dulla” 🇲🇽 Arianna aka “Ari” 👦🏽👶🏽 Familia de 4 📍#SanDiego, CA 🌐Worldwide Coaches|Mentors 🗣 English-Español Goals?> dullarifit.wufoo.com/forms/tell-us-about-you

@cannabus_sd – San Diego’s premier cannabis transportation experience. Private limo bus 🚌☁️🌳🍁#smokeresponsibly. Message us to be added to tour stops! www.cannabussd.com

@thecannapreneur – CLASS | CULTURE | CANNABIS | AS A CANNAPRENEUR I PLEDGE TO SPREAD THIS GREEN LOVE 💚 EVERYWHERE @cannapreneur_society www.cannapreneursociety.com

@holymatchaa – San Diego’s first Matcha Cafe 🍵 Handcrafted #matcha drinks + bites #holymatcha www.holymatchasd.com

@ohjuiceco – Certified Organic raw+cold-pressed+No HPP Locations: Carlsbad (5631 Palmer Way ste A) & ENCINITAS😬 Markets: RSF,Vista,Little Italy, Hillcrest,Oceanside bit.ly/ohjuice2

@lovekips1 – GRANOLA BARK #grabyourbark ⭐️FREE of the top 8 allergens⭐️🌱vegan🌱🎉 Shipping 2018 🎉 👩🏼 Jenny Stackle, Founder & food allergy mom❤️www.lovekips.com

@myfarmersfix – San Diego weekly meal subscription. (Read: the easiest way to eat healthy!) Spend more time doing what you do best, we’ll take care of the rest. linktr.ee/myfarmersfix

@naturesfusionglow – A world-class nutrition bar. Experience the delicious, distinctive taste difference of gourmet food — no gluten and no preservatives. naturesfusionglow.com

Flying Tour of San Diego

San Diego’s Top 10 Adventurous IG Profiles – Looking for an adventure? Find it on one of these top 10 profiles!

@sdpaintballpark – San Diego Paintball Park www.sdpaintball.com

@Surfrider – We are dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Join our network today!

@aegis_academy – Building Safer Communities. www.aegisacademy.com

@momentbicycles – SD CA Bike Shop – Road | MTB | Tri – World Class Bike Fit, Repair & Rentals – Point Loma & Carmel Valley Specialized Giant Liv Cervélo Felt BMC Parlee momentbicycles.com

@surfingmadonnabeachrun – Join 5,000 runners and walkers for a 1K, 5K, 10K & 12K low tide beach run on Sun, Oct 7, 2018 in Encinitas, CA. #surfingmadonnabeachrunwww.surfingmadonnarun.org

@everydaycalifornia – Make fun happen, create cool products, and improve the environment. Visit us below! #rootedinadventure #everydaycalifornia www.everydaycalifornia.com

@goldsteingolf – Ball Flight Coach helping people hit the ball better, play the game with more enjoyment and improve scoring using the TrackMan 4 Technology. www.goldsteingolf.com

@babesgolf – A Social Golf Club For Women babesgolfsd.com

@sandiegoskytours – We just love biplanes and San Diego. Expand your experiences with our 5 person tour plane, biplanes, or thrill rides. Check out our stories! bit.ly/SkyViewBlogs

@sandiegobotanicgarden – San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, California. Phone: 760.436.3036. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily www.SDBGarden.org

Interview Video San Diego

San Diego’s Top 10 Photographers/Videographers/Media Creators – Looking for gorgeous pictures or videos of San Diego? These top ten companies love creating amazing visual content.

@davidamoya – #Entrepreneur | #Video #Coach | #Filmmaker | #Vegan 🌎DavidAMoya.com 🎥VideoSellsRealEstate.com youtu.be/kGJSbN3o3-o

@fox5newsld – Emmy winning TV News Anchor/Reporter @fox5sandiego Mom to @nicholasdunn8 #prayerwarrior #2xcancersurvivor #andwhat #lilrighthook ♓️ NO NEGATIVITY 🇨🇦🇺🇸

@itsjasonkruml – Director of Cinematography at M.B.A LLC 🦏 RhinoVision “Capturing the Perspectives” 🐾 Eva 📍SD | LA 📧 jason@madebyawesome.com www.creatorofawesome.com

@shay_images – Fine Art Photographer www.shayimages.com

@dearmediastudio – Dear Media is a leading-edge podcasting network focused on strong female voices and stories. Consider us the new way to podcast. www.dearmedia.com

@kileyshaiphotography – Portrait | Couples | Travel | Lifestyle ☀️Bulldog,Disney,acai & Jesus obsessed 📍San Diego 🌸 @SdBusinessbabes leader www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzCZVGFJQ0w&t=69s

@ariellelevyphoto – email me | arielle@ariellelevyphoto.com San Diego📍 ⚪️ Be Different www.ariellelevyphoto.com

@alisonkinsey – Blogging, Community, Entrepreneurship 📝 Sunny Adventures: San Diego, CA 💕🌴 💌 alison@alisonkinsey.com More Real Life, Less Highlight Reel (on IG): ↓bit.ly/2ziEoq5

@thinkbox.us – A place for marketing ideas. Turn on the💡and let the ideas flow. #thethinkbox www.tbconcepts.com

@triplepeakmedia – Creating affordable, high-quality #videomarketingstrategies to help you share your message with the world.🌴#SanDiego , CA @thesdlifestyle triplepeakmedia.com

Fashion Week San Diego

San Diego’s Top 20 Fashion/Style Profiles on Instagram – Looking for fashion advice? Or just a place to shop? Here are San Diego’s top 20 fashion profiles for your inspiration!

@mybunhead – Here to help you upgrade your bun game. Handmade in Vancouver. hello@shopbunhead.com Free shipping on orders over $20 ✨ Vancouver Sun feature bit.ly/2pOS5J0

@mint_tans – Spray Tan/Teeth Whitening 🍍Natural/Organic Ingredients 🚫Preservatives/Alcohol/Parabens/Glycols 🙈Never tested on animals 🔆ASTP Member 💙💛 UCSD Alumni www.minttans.com

@thekarenstyle – Creative Business Consultant 🌎:www.thekarenstyle.com⚠️[4.23.18]⚠️ 💖Founder of @ninasbien_sd 👭🏻 Life👑 | Glam👠 | Places✈ 📽: YOUTUBE & BLOG karenstyleblog.com

@shoprica – ғѧṡһıȏṅ ғȏя ṭһє ṡȏȗʟ ıṅ ɞєѧȗṭıғȗʟ ʟѧ jȏʟʟѧ, ċѧ shop FREE SHIPPING >$100 {We ship World wide} LOCAL same-day delivery available / M-Sat 10-6; Sun 11-5www.shop-rica.com

@strawberrydreamssd – We offer Beautiful International Couture, Yoga Wear, Swimwear, Lingerie from Brazil and Europe, Champagne Parties,Eyelash Extensions Eyebrow Threading

@seasidebazaar – Open-air Market EVERY SATURDAY/SUNDAY, 9 – 5 🌞ENCINITAS ☎Vendors Opportunity: 760 753–1611

@lyndellwerling – Personal Stylist to Entrepreneurs & Business Women, USC✌️Steeler 🏈 Sixers 🏀fan! Fashion Blogger & Barre Addict 📍San Diego 📧lyndell@lyndellwerling.comwww.lyndellwerling.com

@artinthefind – Stylist👗 wardrobe stylist | helping women define and refine their style 👕 closet organizer, stripe addict, 🤱in July 🌴 San Diego 📧 conni@artinthefind.com bit.ly/2H00zYg

@kasiajewelry – Fine, Custom & Boutique jewelry brand. San Diego showroom by appointment. #kasiajewelry www.kasiajewelry.com

@shoplajollavillage – Conveniently located in beautiful La Jolla, a shopping destination offering a modern mix of shops & restaurants. 🛍 #ShopLJV theshopsatlajollavillage.com

@delmartan – Now located in Encinitas, California 🌴Del Mar Tan offers a heated, customized tan ☀️and a solution with natural ingredients💙www.delmartan.com

@delmarhighlands – An open-air community center with over 70 boutiques, restaurants, services + a luxury cinema located in San Diego’s Carmel Valley. • #DelMarHighlandswww.delmarhighlandstowncenter.com

@onepaseo – Come One. Come All. A shopping, dining, working and living destination for Del Mar Heights, CA. Status: Under Construction Opening: Spring 2019 www.onepaseo.com

@villageatpacifichighlandsranch – The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch is the premier dining and shopping destination nestled in the heart of the Carmel Valley community.

@delmarplaza – The “Original Founders & Visionaries” of The Del Mar Plaza. Award winning, Fine Dining built on the corner 1555 Camino Del Mar Ocean Views #DelMarPlaza

@suzans_on_cedros – Elegant🔹Chic🔹Trendy🔹A quaint destination on Cedros, in beautiful Solana Beach, CA. Sterling Silver/Women’s Boutique. Family owned, 30 years ➕www.suzansjewelry.com

@carlsbadshops – Shopping 👕👠🛍 Eating 🍔🍣🍦Beauty 💇🏼Art 🎨Activities 🎤🍻and more… at the beach in Carlsbad Village (North County San Diego) 🏖 #CarlsbadShopsbit.ly/2G5cY9u

@sdurbanretail – SD Urban Retail

@shopflowerhill – A unique coastal shopping center offering memorable experiences at our award-winning boutique shops, restaurants & specialty services. www.flowerhill.com

@fashionweeksd – Industry recognized & modeled after, Fashion Week, showcasing emerging Designer brands from all over the world.More than a week-a year of events. #FWSD

San Diego Wedding

San Diego’s Top 8 Makeup Artists/Hair Stylists – Once I go shopping, I want to get all glammed up for a night out! These eight experts can help you if you’re feeling the same way!

@makeupbyadrianne – Microblading #PhiBrows ✖️Pro Makeup Artist ✖️Bridal Specialist www.makeupbyadrianne.com

@valentehairco – Luxury Salon + Lash Bar 🌟Best Salon in La Jolla, CA 🌟@valenteextensions 🌟@valentelusso 📞858-230-7574 valentehair.com

@kelsey_long_artistry – Makeup Artist🎨☀️ 🌊🐬Mermaid🐚🐳🌅 Email me for info and available bookings: kelsey02085@gmail.com

@kalynsieminskihair – Kalyn Sieminski | Owner | Hair Stylist | Colorist | Extensions Appointments 858.792.1985 | @VivaceSalon | Del Mar, Ca www.VivaceSalon.com

@revivesalonandspa – San Diego’s Premier Beauty Destination #revivesalonandspa📩info@revivesalonandspa.com 📲 Contact us at 619.293.7233 www.revivesalonandspa.com

@haimaviara – Haim @ Park Hyatt Aviara: Be your own kind of beautiful. 760.603.6869 #haimangels #haimsalon haimltdsalon.com

@lauraneuzeth – Beauty | Lifestyle | Music EMAIL: lauraneuzeth@gmail.com ⠀ YOUTUBE CHANNELS ENGLISH: youtube.com/neuzeth ESPAÑOL: youtube.com/neuzethMX www.lauraneuzeth.com

@lotusdenhair – Our portfolio portraying our stylists skills💫 located in South Oceanside Open Monday-Saturdaylotusdenhairstudio.com

art san diego

San Diego’s Top 5 Arts/Crafts Businesses – Looking for something crafty to do?! These 5 Instagram accounts have all the best details!!

@ceramicafedelmar – San Diego’s Favorite Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studio👨🏻‍🎨🎨👩🏻‍🎨 No Reservations Necessary! www.ceramicafe.com

@studiossandiego – We create custom paintings and murals for homes and offices. We host Classes, Art Workshops and Paint Events. Design Consultant www.sonalidesignstudio.com

@mintstudiosd – Creativity Studio ➵ Event Space ➵ Workshops ➵ Corporate Events ➵ Collabs ➵ Parties + Decor + Gifts ➵ Creative Offsite Event ➵ Shop Local, We Ship! linktr.ee/mintstudiosd

@artsandiego_ – Discover Art San Diego—located at Wyland Center on the Del Mar Fairgrounds from Oct. 18-Oct 21. 🎨 #ARTSD art-sandiego.com

@northparksoapco – Indulging Handcrafted Bars that are 100% all natural. Sat: Little Italy Mercato 8am-2pm & Thurs: North Park Farmers Market: 3pm-7:30pm, or online at: northparksoapco.com

The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe

San Diego’s Top 9 Private Country Clubs – The epitome of the luxury lifestyle in San Diego is joining a private country club. At these 9 clubs, you can enjoy fine dining, tennis, golf, and fun with friends!

@ccrbevents – Country Club Rancho Bernardo www.ccofrb.com

@sandiegocountryclub – Historic Private Golf Club, founded in 1897. Host to the 117th US Women’s Amateur. sandiegocountryclub.org

@lomassantafecc – If you like to play golf, tennis, pickleball or relax by the pool, our private club offers leisure activities for everyone to enjoy! www.lomassantafecc.com

@thebridgesrsf – The Bridges is an extraordinary golf community, located in Rancho Santa Fe. We offer world-class private golf, exclusive amenities, & family events. thebridgesrsf.com

@thefarmsgolfclub – A private, member-owned equity club in Southern California, created and built for golf enthusiasts. www.thefarmsgolfclub.com/membership

@thesantaluzclub – For daily Santaluz golf course updates, follow @santaluz_gcm www.thesantaluzclub.com

@morganrunclub – Club Life, Reinvented. | 858.756.2471 www.morganrun.com

@bayclubs – At the Bay Club, we offer you a place to belong, somewhere apart from work and home where you feel happy and above all welcome 💙 #bayclubhappy bayclubs.com

@ljbtc – The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club has been a treasured beachfront resort for more than 80 years. Share your experience with #ljbtc www.ljbtc.com

West Elm Solana Beach

San Diego’s Top 10 Home/Design Instagram Accounts – Looking for some assistance with a design for your home, wedding or another aspect of your life? These top 10 accounts have some great suggestions!

@le_dimora – Fine Furniture & Interior Design Showroom serving Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and surrounding neighborhoods in San Diego, California. www.ledimora.com

@jadekaidesigns – Trucker hats + apparel created with aloha in San Diego. Inspired by the sea, faith, and epic adventures. www.jadekaidesign.boutique

@bloombabes – We’re really just mermaids with hearts for pretty flowers💦•floral design for weddings & events •southern CA & far away places✈️• #studiodelaflor🌿🌿🌿 bit.ly/2HsEKOT

@lauren_weidley – wedding planner + designer San Diego -> Denver // everywhere in between linktr.ee/lauren_weidley

@andydavisdesigns – San Diego Designer Andy Davis

@westelmsolanabeach – Mon – Sat: 10AM – 7PM Sun: 11AM – 6PM Share your style with #mywestelm + #westelmsolanabeach

@weddings_theinnatrsf – Engagements, Weddings, Anniversaries & Vow Renewals • Celebrate here at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel • #soINNlove 💍 m.theinnatrsf.com/weddings

@bradstonerpainting – Specialize in painting homes, offices, commercial buildings and working with HOA’s. We do what we say we will do and get the job done right. www.bradstonerpainting.com

@delorinejackson – Entrepreneur | Rancho Santa Fe | Luxury Real Estate #Restauranteur @rsffoodco #Foodie @naturesfusionglow Liifestyle & Fashion #DelorineJ linktr.ee/delorinejackson

@sweetblossomweddings_kat – SD Wedding planner 💕 We are a full service wedding planning and design boutique serving San Diego with an eye for detail and a passion for weddings! www.sweetblossomweddings.com

The Point Business Networking

San Diego’s Top 30 Bloggers – If you can’t find the information you’re looking for here on thesdlifestyle.com you can most definitely find it on one of these top 30 bloggers IG pages or websites!!

@famdiego – Sharing our kids’ favorite places to explore in San Diego! 🐼Zoo 🐳SeaWorld ⛲️Balboa Park 🎠Lots more! 🏷Tag us. DM for PR. Good vibes only. ✌️www.famdiego.com/single-post/2018/04/12/Bowling

@lajollamom – Luxury Travel | Hotels | Food | Family 🌎 Ex-expat (London+Hong Kong) ✈️ Ask me about your San Diego vacation 📍La Jolla, CA linkinprofile.com/lajollamom

@sandiegomag – With a curious spirit and a deep love for our city, our staff brings you the best plates, pours, faces, and places in San Diego. #SDLife sdmag.us/noco2018

@lajolla.ca – Official account of San Diego’s Jewel Email your photos of #LaJolla to lajollacali@yahoo.com

@theskinnyconfidential – i want it all- & i would like it delivered. 💬 lauryn@theskinnyconfidential.com BOOK: on Amazon 👄 HOST: @tscpodcast 🎙 • STALK the LATEST-MY MU REVEAL www.theskinnyconfidential.com/makeup-organization

@sandiegoville – Covering all the fun & delicious happenings around America’s Finest City! Promo code SDVILLE saves on most event tickets. Follow the page for details! www.sandiegoville.com

@visitsandiego – It’s time to plan your trip to San Diego – California’s Beach City. www.sandiego.org

@olivia_california_ – nerd + science lover + mom+ fiancé + musical soul ✖Temecula + San Diego ✖ Shop + Collaborate + Commissions> bit.ly/2HSAVSR

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@karina_sandiego – San Diego Blogger and Photographer. Food enthusiast. Coffee addict. Product junkie. Nerd. www.karinasandiego.com/blog

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@sd.hiddengem –  @sd.Christelle ☀️ Lifelong San Diegan ⚡️Zipkick Verified 🗝 Foodie fond of hidden 💎s 🍰 #sdhiddengem 👩🏼‍🍳#sdbaesthatslay

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These top 300 people and places are the best in town! Do you agree? Was there anyone I missed?! If you have any questions please let me know! I’m happy to chat on Instagram anytime!

Carlsbad Flower Fields are a MUST See!

Carlsbad Flower Fields are a MUST See!

Ever since moving to San Diego in 2014, I have been hearing about the Flower Fields. I’ve seen so many great IG photos, and couldn’t wait to take my family out to see these gorgeous fields of flowers in Carlsbad. We finally went, and WOW, I can say that I am honestly sad I have been missing out the past several years. Here are all the details about the flower fields that you need for your visit:

Availability : March-May

These 50 acres (yes I said ACRES!!) of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers bloom for 6-8 weeks each year here in Southern California, so if you want to see them, make sure to get here while they are still open for the year! They are open this year from March 1st through May 13th, and let me tell you, this field trip (hehe) is well worth it!! I figured, what could be SO exciting about a field of flowers? Maybe I’ll spend 30 minutes there. No way, you can spend HOURS here, and still not get bored! Make sure to put a date on your calendar (between March 1 and May 13th) and make a trip to Carlsbad!

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Parking : Free and Plenty of It

The flower fields have their own exit sign off the I-5 freeway. Exit Palomar Airport Rd, head East for about a half a mile, and you will see the large fields on your left. The parking lot is HUGE and free! For younger kids, be sure to bring the stroller, and for adventurous folks, leave the drone at home. (Seriously though, no drones allowed.) There is one main entrance, and a side, “weekend” entrance that we went through since we visited on Easter and it was pretty crowded.

Tickets : $8-$16

There is a ticket booth just before you go inside, and tickets are $16 for adults, and $8 for children age 3-10. If you’d like to go on the wagon ride (which I HIGHLY suggest) tickets for the wagon are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Once you have your ticket you can head through the gates, but be sure to bring along the map they will give you with your ticket, as it is a very large space with many different activities.

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Tractor Wagon Ride : $3-$5 (SO Worth It!)

As soon as you get inside, you’ll see the Ecke Poinsettia Barn filled with many colors of Poinsettias. Once you walk through that, you can walk through an “artist’s garden” of various flowers, or jump in line for your tractor ride. While I waited in line, my son stood in the ice cream line, and got his cone JUSTTT as we were about to board the wagon (I actually had to wait to board until he ran over). Once on the wagon, a tractor took us farther down the fields than I would ever have energy to walk myself. I became instantly grateful that we purchased the wagon ride, and we had a really great ride out to the end of the fields. These flowers love full sun, and lots of drainage, so it is kind of interesting to see all of the pipes and hoses that lead out everywhere, and the drainage ditches that are dug to keep these flowers in perfect condition. They are very spoiled flowers if you ask me! Once we were out on the other side of the field, the tractor stopped at an optional drop off point.

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Photo Opportunities: Many!!

There are SO many great photo opportunities at the Flower Fields! Out in the field, they have various benches and platforms set up so you can easily see where the best spots are to walk and pose for photos. (Although, I really don’t think there is a bad place to take a photo here.) Whenever you are done with your photo session, you can head back to the drop-off/pickup location and the tractor will pick you back up, and wagon you back around to the beginning. On the way back, you get to see the American Flag field of Petunias, and some other great vantage points that you would never be able to see otherwise. Like I said before, I highly suggest this wagon ride!!

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Other Activities : You Can Stay For Hours

I thought there were just flowers here at the Flower Fields, but I was very wrong. There are so many other activities to do here, it’s crazy! One of the most fun things we did was go through the sweet pea maze, which is similar to a corn maze, but a lot more gorgeous. We tried to go pretty fast, and it took us just over 9 minutes, so don’t start it if you have less than 20 minutes I would suggest! They also have a playground and a sand-panning station for kids to sift for treasures. If you’d like to see more flowers, there is a orchid greenhouse, and like I mentioned earlier, the Ecke Poinsettia barn. If you get tired you can always rest inside the barn back by the sweet pea make and watch a movie about the history of the flower fields. (They also provide an audio tour of the history on the wagon ride, but you’re so excited looking at flowers, it’s hard to hear and keep up with.)

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Overall I would say this was one of the best experiences I have had in San Diego, and the photos turned out absolutely wonderful! We will be back again and again, hopefully a few more times before this season closes! Want to head out there? Let me know! I would love to come!! Have you been there? What was your favorite activity? I would love to know!

Top 5 Most Inspirational San Diego Fitness Instagram Profiles

Top 5 Most Inspirational San Diego Fitness Instagram Profiles

I feel like I have never been as inspired in my life as I am here in San Diego. It’s an incredibly active community where the sun is out and makes you feel energetic every single day! There are so many people making the most of these moments, and I am always sure to find them on Instagram, a social platform centered around beautiful images and videos. I am always looking for motivation on Instagram, and a few special people stand out in my mind for inspiration. Check out this video to meet 5 women here in San Diego who are inspiring many people on Instagram with their posts and videos.:

1. @absandavocado

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Anisha created her Instagram account in 2016.

Her profile is all about her experience with health wellness and fitness. She loves eating healthy all week long (for the most part), and showcasing different restaurants around town where you can eat heathy too. She usually weight trains 5 days a week, does cardio once a week, and does other exercises too.

Her favorite recipe is a banana bread recipe with no added sugar or fats.

Her favorite places in town to workout at are the Convention Center stairs (Cost effective, and highly effective), an Ashley Lane fitness gym, or a gym that gas a spin class. The message she would like to convey is that being active and fit doesn’t have to be hard or daunting. For nutrition, you can always find a way to swap something out on a menu to make it easier to be healthy. For fitness, try different things that inspire you and don’t give up until you find something you enjoy doing.

 

2. @so_this_is_50

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Laura created her page to inspire women who are getting older because she will be 50 very soon. She posts some recipes but mostly fitness photos. She posts a lot about what types of workouts women should be doing as they get older, because it really changes a lot.

 

3. @dietandfries

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Michelle posts healthy and easy recipes on motivational Monday, and on Fridays she makes fries, or features fries from a local restaurant.

She likes to make food that is easy for everyone to make quickly on their busiest days. She usually has about a half hour to make food, so everything she makes needs to be quick. She focuses on the fact that life is a balance, so if you can eat healthy most of the time, you can splurge for the fries on Fridays.

 

4. @iam.amandanicole

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Amanda inspires, empowers and motivates women through her own fitness journey.

She used to be so shy and not an outgoing person at all, but now she is trying to break out of her shell, and she is trying to teach women who are just like her that it’s ok to do things that challenge them because that’s really the only way you can grow. She posts things about fitness, her personal life, recipes, and more.

 

5. @dancetrixfitness

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She started her Instagram account because she believes in positivity and she believes that it can be really hard to live a healthy life. She didn’t grow up eating healthy, and she grew up in a household where she was told as a girl that she shouldn’t do push ups because men don’t like muscles. So she tries to show others how to live a healthy life, be a strong woman, and be a woman in any way you want. It’s not about muscles, or being skinny. Your body is going to be what it is going to be, and it is all beautiful. She loves showing others that you can live a healthy life in our own way, and she loves making friends with people who are different, unique, and healthy in their own ways.

 

So you can easily see why these are the top 5 women who inspire me the most on Instagram. Have you been following them already? Let me know your thoughts. If you haven’t, which one sounds the most interesting to follow first and why? I’d love to hear from you!

Race Guards is Making Running Safe for All

Race Guards is Making Running Safe for All

Interview with Andy Voggenthaler, the CEO of Race Guards

Race Guards was established in 2012 with the mission to provide “In-Race” race aid assistance to race participants from start to finish. Our team of medically trained professionals runs the entire race, in pairs, from start to finish providing support to runners who may be in distress, injured or needing medical attention. Race Guards are the only “in-race” race aid organization in the country, and it is our goal to be the standard of care at all running and endurance events around the world.

All Race Guards team members (with the exception of four paid staff members) are volunteers. All team members are endurance athletes, and the majority of them are medical professionals – looking for a way to give back to the running community. Race Guards have American Heart Association trained instructors on its team to provide the CPR, AED and First Aid training required to be a Race Guards team member. We work directly with the race director and race medical director to develop and execute a day of race medical plan.

Race Guards was launched at Finish Chelsea’s Run in San Diego, CA in March 2012. Since then Race Guards has expanded throughout the country, and in 2016 will support 40 races in California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas. In 2017, Race Guards will be expanding its footprint in all markets listed above with expansion into Georgia and Florida. Race Guards has aggressive expansion plans in 2017 and beyond with new partnerships coming into place with the American Heart Association, HeartSine AEDs and others. Race Guards is also expanding its services into Hands Only CPR Training for race staff, volunteers and participants.

In this interview with Andy Voggenthaler, the CEO at Race Guards, we discuss the Race Guards charter of making racing safer for everyone by providing certified in-race First Aid.

 

Patrick:     This is Patrick Henry, the CEO of QuestFusion, with the Real Deal…What Matters. I’m here today with Andy Voggenthaler. Andy is the CEO or Race Guards. Andy brings experience and expertise in brand development and strategic partnerships, having developed long-term licensing and business ventures for many companies including General Motors, Nabisco, Hang Ten, Dupont Teflon, Pebble Beach and AIG American General.

As the key business development executive at Matrix Direct, Andy was responsible for developing a complex yet extremely successful joint venture with AIG American General, which ultimately led to AIG acquiring Matrix in 2007. Today, Matrix is the leading direct marketer in terms of life insurance in the country. Welcome, Andy.

Andy:        Thank you.

Patrick:     Fill in the gaps. Tell me a little bit about yourself. You’re a local San Diegan, but where did you come from?

Andy:        I grew up in the Bay Area in Sunnydale. It’s a great place to grow up as a kid. I always had a passion for sports. I was into water polo, running and triathlon as a young kid. I had these visions of going to Stanford. That’s what I wanted to do.

Unfortunately, like a lot of kids, I didn’t get in. I didn’t have a Plan B. A bunch of my buddies were going down to San Diego. I was into water skiing. I decided I would come to San Diego. I was here for the first semester, teaching water skiing and doing fun things.

Patrick:     Did you go to San Diego State?

Andy:        Yes, San Diego State, which is a big journey from Stanford to San Diego State. It was a great thing. Things work out for a reason.

Patrick:     You’ve been in San Diego ever since?

Andy:        Yes, ever since.

Patrick:     Let’s talk a little bit about Race Guards. As I understand it, Race Guards has a corporate side, an LLC side, as well as a charitable foundation. During races, whether it’s triathlons or foot races, if someone has a problem and needs medical attention, you get involved with that.

Your website says, “We’re athletes who have a desire to provide support at running, cycling, triathlon and endurance events of any size and any distance. Our incredible team of CPR certified first responder volunteers ensure that participants have a safe and rewarding experience from start to finish. Race for good. Come join our team.”

You have sponsors as well. My wife, Amanda, just finished her first half marathon. She said, “Should I have a race goal?” I said, “The race goal on your first half marathon is to finish and not need medical attention at the end of the event.” She accomplished both of those things. She had a secret goal of having a certain time. Tell me about how Race Guards started. How did you get involved?

Andy:        As I mentioned earlier, I’m a long-time endurance athlete. I love getting out there. “Go out hard and hang on,” was always my mantra. I’m not sure it works out to your benefit. Even when I was in high school, I saw people on the course having issues, myself included.

Over the years or running marathons and doing triathlons, I would see people having issues on the course. I thought, “There is a medical tent over there.” But no one wants to stop at a medical tent. I thought, “There has to be a better way for the little stuff, like cramping and chafing.” It’s always been in the back of my mind. Is there a better way to do this?

I was training for Iron Man Hawaii in 2004 at a training race in the desert. It was a small race triathlon. I got out of the water and ran to my bike. I started to put my gear on. You’re focused on your own thing, but I could tell there was something going on next to me. The guy was all over the place.

I thought maybe he was a rookie. I was paying attention to what I was doing on the bike. He collapsed into my hands. I grabbed him and said, “What’s going on?” His eyes were saucers. I yelled for help. There was a paramedic there, fortunately. He jumped over the bike transition area.

I looked down at the guy and said, “You’re in good hands now.” Another EMT came over. His eyes never blinked. I think he nodded. Then they were on him. I took a step back. Everything slowed down. Within a few seconds, they were doing CPR on him. The unfortunate news is that he died. He was 37 years old, the same age that I was at the time.

It was a defining moment. I thought, “There is an opportunity.” Through my work with AIG, I had won the community service award. I presented the idea of Race Guards. It’s about bringing teams of endurance athletes and medical professionals together, running in pairs. It can be fast pace or slow pace across the course with medical packs, tied into the medical director.

If there is something bad that happens out there, then off you go. I talked to AIG. At that point in AIG’s world, they had just collapsed. We sold our company. Then a year later, they collapsed. They thought it was a great idea. They said they’d like to sponsor it. It was under the Sun America brand name. They said, “Give it a go and see what happens.” At Finish Chelsea’s Run five-and-a-half years ago, we decided to try this idea of getting people certified with CPR, first aid and AED operations.

Patrick:     You take people through that process as well?

Andy:        Yes.

Patrick:     When you volunteer for Race Guards, you don’t necessarily have to have done those things. If you don’t already have those things, you facilitate that?

Andy:        Regardless of your background, you’re going to have training through Race Guards on how to do it. If you’re a doctor endurance athlete or a medical professional of some sort, that’s different. Today, over 75% of our teams have medical backgrounds, such as doctors, EMTs and fire fighters. We will train all of them on how we do it out on the course. They’re there for first aid. If someone has a heart attack, some of us have AEDs. We can do CPR. The funny thing is, the first time we did this race, we certified. We said, “I don’t know if this is going to be a good idea or a bad idea.”

Patrick:     When was this?

Andy:        This will be six years in March. We didn’t know if it was going to be a good idea. Today, we have an app, which is amazing. Our technology is super cool. We keep track of everything. The race director gets real-time reporting. Back then, we finished Chelsea’s Run, which is a 5K. We had about 30 race guards and our gear from AIG. We were looking sharp. We did it.

It’s very similar to how we do it today with fast, medium and slow pace. We were in a 5K. I decided to hang out in the back with my friend Brad who is a race guard college buddy of mine. He was certified as well. Everything progressed. I didn’t know if anything was going on in front of us or not. I didn’t know if we were helping anyone or doing any good.

I looked over at my Buddy brad and said, “I don’t know if this is a good idea.” He said, “This is awesome. Keep going.” Then something happened 20 seconds later. We were running in Balboa Park. A guy was in his 60s. He wanted to look over the bridge to see the race coming around. He tripped on a curb and fell in front of us. He was bleeding. We were on it. We bandaged him up. That took some time, but he wanted to finish.

Meanwhile, the race was progressing. I got back to our tent at the finish line. All the race guards were back. I was thinking, “That was crazy. That guy fell down.” Meanwhile, there were some other issues. There were 10 to 12 people who needed stuff. Someone needed an ambulance ride, which wasn’t critical.

I got back to the tent. Here were all of these friends of mine who had been killing it like I had over the years with endurance sports. We were racing against each other and against the time. I looked around and everyone had a huge smile. They said, “That was so cool.” They were doing something that was totally different. Other race directors were there. They said, “Andy, can you come to our race?” The next thing you know, we’re off and running. I ended up leaving a nice job at AIG.

Patrick:     You have volunteers, which we talked about. You have sponsors. Talk to me about that. Who are some of the big ones? How do you attract them? What’s their motivation for getting involved?

Andy:        It’s a process as far as tracking down good sponsors. We knew that we were going to have to show our services to people for free. With old school race directors, they’re going to say, “Who are you? What are you doing?” Our whole model is to get sponsors going with you so that we can be at races, races in markets where our sponsors would like us to be. We want to do the service and help the race director. With good results, we turn that model to a pay-for-service kind of a deal. Sponsors would always be great, but paying for service is where we need to go.

Patrick:     The race directors compensate Race Guards in addition to the sponsorship dollars?

Andy:        They do now that we’re into it five years. Our initial model was, “We’ll come and do everything for free.” They might give us expo space for our sponsors for free as a trade. Here in San Diego, there are so many races. There are so many good race directors. They love Race Guards. Now we’re flipping the model from having sponsors primarily fund our business to more of a pay-for-service kind of model.

Patrick:     Explain the corporate structure. You have the LLC. You have the foundation. How does that work? How do they work together?

Andy:        The foundation came to us. It was an interesting opportunity for us. We were always an LLC from the very beginning. If people wanted to donate through the foundation, the idea is to help grow the Race Guard program, whether it’s a new market or to fund a new technology. That’s why the foundation is there. It’s a vehicle for people to do that. Surprisingly, most corporate partners come through Race Guards, LLC.

Patrick:     You can get involved either way.

Andy:        People can donate if they like to through the foundation.

Patrick:     How big is the organization now? What percentage are volunteers?

Andy:        We did over 50 races last year. That’s the tip of the iceberg. When you think about just running races, there are 30,000 races a year in the US. That’s not taking into account triathlons, adventure races, spartan races or cycling. We’re so tiny. That’s the opportunity. There’s really no standard of care today.

Anyone can say, “I’m going to do a race,” and get a permit for Balboa Park. I could say, “I’m going to do a race.” It’s not like you’re going to swim out in the ocean. You would need lifeguards. There’s no standard of care in racing, and there should be. Race Guards should be at every race across the country regardless. We are proactive. We can be reactive, but we’re proactive.

We’re helping with these little things in order to get more people across the finish line and reach their goals. We want to be there in case something bad happens. If they’re fine, that’s good, too. It’s comforting knowing that we’re out there and that, if you need something for a little thing that’s going on during the race, we’re there. We help get more people across the finish line safely. We also help with retention rates because the people have a great race experience, versus the race director who has one cup of water every two miles. Then people who have spent a lot of dollars on registration are mad because there was no support.

Patrick:     How many metro markets are you in now?

Andy:        We’re over 900 Race Guards across the country now. We had 50 races last year. We have a huge team in Texas. We’re in the Chicago area, the Midwest and Minnesota. We have big teams in California. We have a team in Boston. We’re growing in our markets where our sponsors typically want us to. We get hit up for races in South Dakota. There aren’t a lot of people in South Dakota so it’s hard for us to get to those races.

Patrick:     Is this a company that you eventually sell or take public? Is it more of a non-profit?

Andy:        We would ultimately like to sell it and grow. We want to be involved. Jeff Penrose is the President of our company. Then we have myself, our medical director, our national team director and our marketing director. We are passionate athletes. We’re passionate about what we do. We always want to remain there, but we may need some help to get bigger.

We’ve had 50 races. Let’s go to 300 races. Let’s go to 3,000 races. Ultimately, there’s an opportunity. We may need some help to get us to that growth metric. Today we’re at zero debt. We’re profitable. We’re not taking much out for ourselves. We can’t at this point. Ultimately, I can see this thing turning into something that has tremendous size to it as far as an ability to generate revenue but also help lots of people.

Patrick:     Is there competition for Race Guards?

Andy:        There’s not today. We’re the only ones doing it. Maybe we’re the only ones crazy enough to do it. There are a lot of moving parts to it. Fortunately, we have some great technology that we’ve developed that helps the race director see what’s going on. It’s like herding cats, getting all these Race Guards on time, trained appropriately with the appropriate level of insurance. We are down the path. Someone coming into it would have to figure all of that out.

Patrick:     You told me how you got into it. Had you done startups before?

Andy:        I’ve been entrepreneurial from the very beginning. As a young kid, I traded a bike for a motorcycle to get my first car when I was 12-and-a-half. I fixed up the car. People told me, “You’re not going to fix that old car.” It was a 1959 Edsel. I have an old car collection. By the time I was 16, I drove that Edsel from Northern California to Portland, Oregon and won best of show. I still have that car. I’ve always been motivated to do something when people tell me I can’t do it that way. With Race Guards, people said, “You can’t do that. You’re not going to be able to make that work. Who’s going to want to do that? That’s crazy.” You just charge on. We have our challenges. Sponsors are in and out. We deal with management changes. You just keep fighting the fight.

Patrick:     Do you have any words of wisdom for the entrepreneurial audience?

Andy:        If you’re passionate about what you’re doing, there’s always a way. You’re going to have dark days. Even right now, there are days when I say, “What are we doing? This is crazy how hard we work for little reward.” The idea is good. I’ve had plenty of ideas and tried down a path that just weren’t good ideas.

You have to know when to say, “This isn’t going to work,” and move on to the next one, and learn from it. Listen honestly to people. If they say something sucks, ask why. Learn from it or fix it. Ask someone else. If they tell you it sucks, then maybe it does suck. You can try something else or try a different angle. If there’s something that you’re intuitively passionate about, just keep going. Ultimately, things will turn around.

Patrick:     I’m a big believer in that. You have to find that intersection of customers, your passion and domain expertise. It sounds like you’ve found that. If someone is a potential sponsor or interested in getting involved in Race Guards, how do they get a hold of you?

Andy:        They can go to RaceGuards.org. We’re on Facebook and Twitter. Our website is the easiest way. There is an application if you want to be a Race Guard. We have 900 race guards. We have to keep track of them and their certifications. When they sign up for races, you need to make sure that they’re up to date on all of their certifications.

We have a platform where we do all of that and make it easy for the race guards when they come in. If you’re interested, fill out the applications. You can upload your certifications if you already have them. Sponsors can see all of our information on the website.

We’re just launching a Race Guards Alliance website. Here in San Diego, we have some favorite races, such as the San Diego Half, Carlsbad, the La Jolla Half and AFC. They’re great people. They’re great races. They’re well organized. They’re great partners of Race Guards. With the alliance, we do things for the races that are committed to putting Race Guards out there. We do special gear for them. It’s the pay-for-service model.

Patrick:     Thanks, Andy. I appreciate you coming in today. Thanks for sharing about yourself and Race Guards. It sounds like you’re on the right track. What you’re doing is very cool.

Andy:        Thank you very much.

This is Patrick Henry, the CEO of QuestFusion, with the Real Deal…What Matters.

This article originally appeared in QuestFusion.

 

TheSDLifestyle.com Wins Top 50 San Diego Blogs and Websites on the Web

TheSDLifestyle.com Wins Top 50 San Diego Blogs and Websites on the Web

When I moved to San Diego back in 2014, I had NO idea this city was so incredible. (I know..my favorite word. *rolling eyes*) But, seriously. San Diego is freaking amazing and every day I learn something new! I remember googling “things to do in San Diego” before visiting the first time, only to find Sea World, Legoland, and the Sea Lions at La Jolla Cove. Nothing else, and I thought, “Hmmm, kind of boring.” HA! I had no idea the restaurant culture was so intense, and the adventures can pile on in layers. There is something exciting to do in every single neighborhood in this fine city, and I am SO blessed to have captured so much of it over the past few years! From hiking to golfing to horses and parties (like Opening Day in Del Mar), there is SO much fun to be had here, and I have been having so much fun not even realizing how much content I’ve created. There are now over 275 stories posted here on thesdlifestyle.com all about San Diego!! And this year, the blog has made it to FeedSpot’s list of Top 50 San Diego Blogs and Websites on the Web! I feel so honored and I cannot thank each and every one of you reading right now for mentioning the next best place to try out for lunch, or asking questions that lead me to more discoveries in search of answers! I can’t wait to see what this next four years, and more, has in store!!

 

Check out the full list of the Top 50 San Diego Blogs and Websites Here!

San Diego Lifestyle’s Ranking:

Overall: #31

Twitter Followers: #12

Facebook Fans: #33

Alexa Ranking: #30

 

How the Blogs are Ranked:

The blogs listed are the Best San Diego blogs from thousands of top San Diego blogs in our index using search and social metrics. This is the most comprehensive list of best San Diego blogs on the internet. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

Again, I thank all of our readers for checking out our blog and commenting! It really adds to the community! See you around San Diego!

Premier Life Planning Care Management Improves Healthcare in San Diego

Premier Life Planning Care Management Improves Healthcare in San Diego

No matter what age you are, your health should be one of the most important aspects of your life! We created an entire section of articles revolving around health and fitness for a reason! We believe it is so important to create a life for yourself that you know is the best life for your body, mind and soul. We sat down to talk with two wonderful women who are helping people all over the country stay in check with their help, and assisting them whenever they need a little bit extra. First, meet Liz Shifflett from Premier Life Planning Care Management, and hear about how this company helps the community:

When Liz and others in her company go out in the community, they help with many different things, including hospital visits and medication. In this video clip, they explain how they help those who are looking to stay out of the hospital as much as possible:

They also made sure to explain to me how they help clients designate a Power of Attorney, and what that truly means. Many people do not setup a Power of Attorney, and when they’ve passed, the process of finding solutions to complicated issues becomes much more difficult. Watch this clip for more information:

People are taking many medications and sometimes they don’t know what they are taking or if the side effects are hurting them more than the solutions they provide. Premier Life Planning will help clients make sure their medication schedule is working well for them, and that they are taking the right medications. They meet every few weeks, or anytime sooner, when each client needs assistance. If you have questions about what to do if you missed a dose of your medication, you can call them anytime, even at 1:00am and they will be there for their client. Watch this clip to see what issues can evolve into bigger problems if they’re not solved quickly. You will also meet Suzanne Hanas in this clip, who is the owner of the Premier Life Planning company and truly has a passion for what she does, as does Liz:

They are certified by the Alzheimers Association of America, so if you have questions about orientation or memory issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with them. Here is how you can contact them:

You can also download their new mobile app, A Touch of Health, and take a quick quiz that will help you evaluate where your health is at today. You can take the quiz anytime, and multiple times, to try to, over time, increase your score and better your health. Here’s all the details about the mobile app:

If you’re looking for someone to help you care for your parents or grandparents here in San Diego as they age, feel free to reach out to Suzanne or Liz from Premiere Life Planning. They would be happy to talk with you more about your individual needs and set you up with a plan for success! No matter what age you are, make sure your health is number one on your priority list, and continue to check in on yourself. We all want to live the San Diego lifestyle for as long as we can!

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