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How to Make This the Best Fall Yet
Fall Gardening Guide: Fall Plants for San Diego Weather
The Best Halloween Parties, Events and Festivals in San Diego
Halloween Tours, Trains and Treats in San Diego
10 Things To Do This Weekend in San Diego
Delicious & Healthy Fall Recipes
Fall Gardening Guide: Get Your Soil Straight
Get Your Pumpkins San Diego

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10 Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend
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Spooky San Diego 2013

Spooky San Diego 2013. #halloween #sandiego #haunted

October is here! Maybe it’s because my birthday’s in October but we at The Wanderer Guides think this month is the best of the year (don’t you agree?).

With October comes Halloween and we all know what that means: lots of haunted trails, spooky houses and decked out amusement parks. Here’s your guide to haunted and spooky San Diego:

  • Brick-or-Treat every weekend in October at LEGOLAND. Costume contests, special Saturday hours, entertainment, and the Brick-or-Treat Trail. Fireworks every Saturday at 9pm too!
  • The Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego. So scary, I couldn’t even look at the website for long…
  • Boomont Park every weekend in October and Halloween Thursday. Belmont Park has it all for their spooky weekends: trick-or-treating, a haunted house, a pumpkin patch, zombie laser tag and more.
  • Ghosts and Gravestones Haunted Tours. Old Town will never been the same after you take this tour!
  • The Haunted Trail in Balboa Park. They even have a really really extra scary area called The eXperiment, which sounds beyond terrifying.
  • Ghost Tours and more at the Whaley House in Old Town. This spooky house has some Ghost Hunting Tours and special hours during the month of October.
  • Halloween Spooktacular thru October 27th at SeaWorld. Fun characters, spooky shows, goodies and more.
  • Haunting Tales abroad the Star of India with the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Only 4 days in October to catch this spooky event!
  • The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Yep, it’s back and this year with Zombie Paintball.
  • Paranormal Investigation Tours and Gaslamp Ghost Tours from the Gaslamp Museum. Ghosts roam the Gaslamp area and this tour will show you where.
  • Savage House in La Mesa. New this year and I totally appreciate the scary backstory (read the blurb on the website). They even have a scary characters museum, which I might actually be able to visit without losing my mind!

And for a few notable haunted areas just outside San Diego:

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5 Theatre Picks for Fall in San Diego

Theatre Picks in San Diego. #picasso #cool #theatre #sandiego

It’s Fall! The season brings many things, and today’s focus is the wonderful shows that are starting at theaters around SD. Here are 5 theatre picks to check out before the season ends:

  1. The Last Goodbye. The Old Globe hosts a musical version of Romeo and Juliet. How can you go wrong? Just opened on Sunday.
  2. Wait Until Dark. The concept of this thriller is so intriguing to me. A blind woman is terrorized and the play is directed/produced in such a way to create massive suspense in the audience. I’m debating if it’s too scary for me…Happening at the New Village Arts Theatre.
  3. A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. Spend some time getting to know the famous artist in this interesting play. Go soon because performances end on October 6th.
  4. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Happening for one weekend only at the Balboa Theatre…you know you want to see it!
  5. The 39 Steps. If you like Hitchcock, you have to go see this play at The Horton Grand at the end of October. It’s the play version of one of his spy thrillers and I’m all on board!

4 Fitness Classes to Try in San Diego

Thursdays will now be wellness Thursdays here on The Wanderer Guides Blog. Why? Because it’s important! We’ll cover wellness happenings, ideas, tips, recipes and more in San Diego and in general.

This week, let’s talk about some fun fitness classes. If you poo-poo on fitness classes because you can’t dance to Zumba tunes and bootcamps feel like torture, you don’t know what you’re missing. There are so many classes to pick from nowadays and there’s something for everyone. Here are 4 fitness classes to try in San Diego:

  1. SkyZone. I am OBSESSED with trampolines. If I could create a house with trampolines for floors, I would. When SkyZone opened last year, I was the first in line! It’s all trampolines and all fun. Go during the week for less kids and try one of their classes if you so choose. Whether you jump on your own or with a class, you will torch some serious calories.
  2. Vertical Hold. Rock climbing is a lot of fun. You feel adventurous, sporty and hip without doing anything beyond spending some time in a warehouse. Vertical Hold has some great paid and free clinics, lessons and events for beginners and for experts like me (I wish…). Make sure you aren’t afraid of heights.
  3. AcroYoga. Whether you were a gymnast in your past life or have never had hopes to be a circus performer, you can take and enjoy this class. AcroYoga incorporates acrobatics, yoga and circus moves to create a fun and interesting class. If you want to try a new style of yoga or impress friends at the next party, try this class.
  4. Fun Pole Fitness. For those of us coordinated enough, learn to pole dance. You’ll get your exercise on without even realizing it and feel good doing it. Plus, it’s always nice to learn some practical skills and perhaps discover a new career path!

How to Enjoy Fall in San Diego

How to Enjoy Fall in San Diego. #fall #love #sandiego

Fall is many things to many people. Football. School. Sweaters. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Here in San Diego, the unofficial Fall season has started and while temperatures may not have dropped, the season can (and will!) be just as enjoyable. Here are ways to enjoy Fall this year:

  • Take a harbor cruise.
  • Julian! Pick some apples and most importantly, eat some pie.
  • Cheer on the Chargers.
  • Visit the Whaley House.
  • Go to a farmer’s market for seasonal produce.
  • Bake a pie.
  • Try some interesting fitness classes. Check back on Thursday for 5 fun ones to try!
  • Sip a pumpkin spice latte…I had to include it…
  • Go to a high school football game. This season is so great.
  • Have a bonfire.
  • Find a pumpkin patch.
  • Hike. The weather will cool soon and once it does, hiking is fabulous.
  • See decorated Disneyland for Halloween.
  • Take some kids to the San Diego Zoo in October. Kids are free!
  • Take some kids to some museums for free in October. Check out the coupon.
  • Wear some sweaters.
  • Run a Thanksgiving race.
  • Take a ghost trolley tour. Check here for more!
  • Dress up for Halloween.
  • Spend time outdoors.
  • Walk the non-crowded beach.
  • Grow some Fall veggies in your garden.
  • Get scared at a haunted house.
  • Eat some pumpkin themed products.
  • Go to Oktoberfest.

17 Exhibits to See in September in San Diego

17 Exhibits in September in San Diego. #sandiego

Now that Summer is dwindling and the seasons are changing (maybe not for us…), museums and their exhibits will change too. September is the month to see great art, toys, harps and more before they leave us for good, and maybe see a couple new exhibits opening too! Here are 17 exhibits to see in September in San Diego:

  1. Viva el Mariachi Femenil!, Women’s Museum of California. Learn about the history of women mariachis and women groups with this exhibit. Opens September 6th.
  2. A VALYA Retrospective, Visions Art Museum. See the career work of the fiber artist, VALYA. Felting opens at the same time! Opens September 6th.
  3. MENAGERIE, Mingei International Museum. This exhibit includes great art incorporating animals from many different periods and cultures. Closes September 8th.
  4. Matthew Cusick, Lux Art Institute. So excited about this exhibit: Cusick creates pictures by using thread from interesting sources like textbooks and maps. Opens September 8th.
  5. Arnold Newman: Masterclass, San Diego Museum of Art. If you love black and white photography, you must go before it closes this weekend.
  6. TRASH, The New Children’s Museum. If you want to see different artists using trash in new ways, visit this exhibit before it closes on the 9th.
  7. 16th Annual Galaxy of Glass, Fallbrook Art Center. See glass sculptures, vessels, jewelry and more. And buy some of the pieces too! Opens September 8th.
  8. Landscapes Rediscovered, San Diego History Center. You know you love San Dieo’s beautiful landscape. Admire it in art by famous San Diego artists of the Depression era. Closes September 10th.
  9. Beyond the Book II and First Impressions, University of San Diego. USD’s art galleries are pretty amazing. Come see why with two exhibits that showcase their print collection in different ways. Opens September 12th.
  10. Looking for Things: Jay Johnson, Oceanside Museum of Art. Johnson is an eclectic artist who works with reclaimed pieces in interesting ways. Closes September 15th. While you’re there, Volcanos and Full Moons closes this month too.
  11. A Sweet Life, San Diego History Center. Learn about San Diego’s history in the candy business…sweet! Opens September 6th.
  12. Concert of Color, Mission Trails Regional Park. Features different styles of art by award winning artists. Closes September 20th.
  13. Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: La Jolla. See biology, oceanography, taxonomy, literature and more as it’s combined by photographer Montlack in this exhibit. Opens September 21st.
  14. ROOTS, La Jolla Athenaeum. Artist Mary Ellen Long is a collage and multimedia artist extraordinaire. See her newest installation when it opens on September 21st.
  15. Pictures of the Year International, Museum of Photographic Arts. See the best documentary photography in the world before it closes September 22nd.
  16. Car Toys, San Diego Automotive Museum. This exhibit showcases some cool car toys from the past to today. Need we say more? Closes September 29th.
  17. The Harp, Museum of Making Music. Become an expert on the harp this month and learn its place in the history of the human race. Closes September 30th.

Celebrate Labor Day San Diego 2013

Labor Day San Diego 2013

“If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.”
-Doug Larson

It’s almost Labor Day weekend which means the end of Summer as we know it. It also means great fun, tasty food and interesting interactions with family and friends. Here’s a list of the best things happening around San Diego for Labor Day: