This just in––new restaurants, chic new staycation spots and family fun experiences are all opening in San Diego! After months of hunkering down, it’s time to hit refresh on both your daily routine and vacation time while you show some local love to new businesses making it work. After all, opening a business is an uphill battle no matter the circumstances. But during a pandemic? Mount Everest. Scroll on for a list of noteworthy new spots launching in San Diego.

photo: Kerry Cushman

Town and Country Resort

After a multi-million dollar renovation, the iconic Town and Country hotel in San Diego's Mission Valley is back with a whole new look. Capturing those sunny, Southern California vibes, the new Town and Country resort perfectly mixes chic mid-century modern style and an outdoor pool paradise.

Families will love the zero-entry pool, four-story Twister waterslide and a shallow pool perfect for little swimmers. Onsite eats include wood-fired pizzas that can be delivered poolside, grab-and-go options from The MRKT and the destination-worthy ARLO, serving up fresh and innovative Cali-Baja fare (don't miss the epic S'mores Cheesecake!).

Inside scoop: Want to spend a sunny day at Town and Country's resort style pools? The hotel offers daily pool passes on Resort Pass.

Online: towncountry.com

photo: Patrick Samokhvalof

The Presley Restaurant at Liberty Station

Now open at Liberty Station is The Presley, a family-friendly restaurant from San Diego-based hospitality group Good Time Design. The new restaurant boasts 2,000 square feet of outdoor dining space, swing seats and fire pits. The menu offers elevated American classics like Lobster Sliders and Wood Fired Veggie Skewers and a kids menu complete with Roast Your Own S'mores and house made Ice Cream Sandwiches for dessert.

Online: thepresleysd.com

California Taco Club

Pacific Beach has a new spot for apre-beach tacos. California Taco Club is now open on Mission Boulevard next to sister restaurant, Breakfast Republic. The walk-up window serves a variety of tacos, burritos, ceviche and homemade horchata. A small outdoor patio with major PB beach vibes is available for outdoor seating. Check out their Instagram for specials like $2 Taco Tuesday. 

Online: californiatacoclub.com

photo: Triton Charters

Sail on Triton Charters' Catamaran

Looking for a splurge for an anniversary or milestone birthday? Triton Charters has San Diego's newest (and largest!) catamaran available for private rental. This floating venue is 75-feet long and can accommodate up to 105 guests with waterslide, trampoline, dance floor and wrap around bar. Leave the driving to the Coast Guard-certificated captain and crew, while you and your crew have a night to remember. 

Or, Triton Charters also offers 2.5-hour charters that will be running through the San Diego Bay Thurs.–Sun., at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Ticketed charters guests will have access to all of Triton’s amenities. Tickets are $55 for adults and $15 for children. They can be purchased here. 

Online: triton-charters.com

Family Fun Center in Kearny Mesa

The Family Fun Center is newly opened in Kearny Mesa. Following the closure of Boomers! last June, the original owners of the land relaunched Family Fun Center, a business originally opened on the site in 1974 where it operated for 20 years before Boomers!. The new and improved Family Fun Center reopened in early September and offers bumper boats, go karts, miniature golf, an arcade and Bullwinkle's Restaurant.

Online: familyfuncenters.com

San Diego Zoo Cheetah Safari Brunch

Rise and shine at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park with a new one-of-a-kind brunch and wildlife encounter. This reservation-only safari takes groups of up to four household members to Shiley's Cheetah Run to watch a cheetah hit speeds upward of 50 miles per hour. Following other up close animal encounters, guests will enjoy brunch including coffee, tea and mimosas. The Cheetah Safari Brunch is available before the park opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Online: sdzsafaripark.org

photo: Birch Aquarium

New Virtual Education with Birch Aquarium

Just when we could all use a refresh to our virtual learning tool belt, Birch Aquarium at Scripps has launched a new suite of virtual education programming. Based on their successful summer camp program, Birch Aquarium is now offering a Virtual After School Series for students in kindergarten through grade 8. This 6-week series will be available in the fall, winter and spring. Registration is now open.

Online: aquarium.ucsd.edu

photo: Fotility Photography

Coming Soon: Upscale RV Resort Costa Vista

Summer 2020 was dubbed the summer of road trips and newcomer Costa Vista is turning things up a notch with its launch in 2021. Sun RV Resorts is bringing modern style and amazing amenities to San Diego with their new upscale RV resort, Costa Vista. Located on the San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, on-site amenities include juice and breakfast bar, poolside cabanas, splashpad and fitness center. No RV? Not to worry, fully-furnished modern vacation rentals are available complete with full kitchens and bunk beds for the kiddos. Costa Vista is set to open in early 2021, reservations are now available online.

Online: sunrvresorts.com

––Kerry Cushman

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