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From hidden trails to setting sail, why even leave when it’s all right here?


Relatives come to visit us and whenever we visit them, there comes a point when we remember why we moved away in the first place. Sure, for those who moved here from somewhere else, home will always be home. And yeah, Paris is nice and Rio sure has some pretty people, but when it all comes down to it, it’s a wonder we leave San Diego at all.


But we’re all guilty of getting stuck in a rut and want—nay, need—to escape every now and again. And with paid vacation time from our jobs becoming more and more of a rarity, a holiday closer to home might be the only option. Not to mention the post-holiday bank account situation. 


That’s what we had in mind when we started our annual “Staycation” issue. To offer readers some close-to-home options that are not only unique, but won’t break the bank as well. The five stories here should be proof that our county is invariably diverse when it comes to local activities. Even if a trip to the Valle or the casino aren’t in the cards (no pun intended), we hope these stories at least inspire readers to get out there, get out of their comfort zone and explore all the amazingness San Diego has to offer. 


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From lakeside birdwatching to forest trails, it’s all right here


We San Diegans know we’re spoiled. So when it comes time to take a vacation, it’s not entirely inconceivable that we might just stay in town, soak up some sun and do all those things we’ve been meaning to cross off our local bucket lists. 


That’s exactly what the five writers on these pages had in mind when we first conceived an annual “staycation” issue. Yes, the zoo and the beaches are great, but what about the under-the-radar adventures we’d always wondered about? Of course, there’s inevitably things we had to leave out, but the five stories below should be proof that our county is invariably diverse when it comes to local activities. If anything, we hope that they inspire readers to get out there, get out of their comfort zone and plan a local adventure of their own.