The NEAT Guide to San Diego | Local Gems to Elevate Your Experience

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

At NEAT, our network spans across the US and Canada, with teams based in most major cities. With the help of our local NEAT experts, we’ve curated guides, rich with insider tips and local secrets, that capture the character and charm of each city. These guides invite you to dive into the distinctive experiences that each of our communities offer. 

Spotlight on San Diego! Known for its pristine beaches and vibrant culture, San Diego has tons of hidden gems that only locals can appreciate. As NEAT Method’s San Diego team, we’re not just about helping you organize; we're also about sharing our love for the city we call home. Dive into our San Diego favorites below, and discover the city in a uniquely “NEAT" way!

Where to Stay in San Diego?

  1. For the Ultimate Oasis: We recommend Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Step into this luxurious property and get lost between its opulent suites and indulgent spa. Trust us, once you check in, you might never want to leave!
  2. For Family Getaways: Paradise Point Resort is our top pick. Not only is it remarkably kid-friendly, but it also holds a sentimental spot for us – it's where we tied the knot!

Local Coffee Fix 

  1. Make a stop (or two!) at Lofty Coffee. Whether you're in North County or elsewhere, the ambiance is consistently welcoming. With a delightful menu featuring the Toasted Quickie (an avocado toast favorite), it’s an ideal place to catch up on emails or run into a friend. The friendly staff and their top-tier brews make every visit memorable.

San Diego's Culinary Treasures

  1. Breakfast: Head to Naked Cafe and indulge in their buff breakfast burritos paired with Moroccan mint tea. For a weekend treat, the pink lotus is a must-try.
  2. Lunch: Thyme in the Ranch offers a delicious Chicken Salad Sandwich and soup combo. Don't forget to pick a treat from their bakery!
  3. Dinner: At Herb and Sea, everything is divine. We recommend sharing dishes to savor a variety. The bluefin tuna puttanesca appetizer is a recent favorite.

End Your Night 

  1. If the food hasn’t made you too sleepy, swing by The Roxy Encinitas and dance the night away!

Home Decor Treasures

  1. Wander around the Cedros Design District, especially Intimate Living Interiors. Their store, ILI Be Home, mesmerizes with unique finds like this Vintage Wood Cabinet. The ambiance? So dreamy we've daydreamed about moving in!

Sip and Savor Before Dinner

  1. Can anything beat a beach sunset? Perhaps sipping the 'No Place Like Home' cocktail (a blend of vodka, plum, grapefruit, and Caribbean spices) at the bar at VAGA restaurant in  Alila Marea Beach Resort
  2. For a unique experience, Raised By Wolves speakeasy is a must-visit. Entering through a rotating chair to order the Tiramisu 'Tini is an experience in itself.

Local Secret

  1. Stroll along the 101, from Swami’s Beach to the Cardiff Kook. The breathtaking views are a local favorite and a sight to behold.

Want more San Diego secrets? Dive deeper into the NEAT life and find out how we combine local love with organizing expertise. 


the NEAT team

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