“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”

Sarah Addison Allen

SAN DIEGO IS IN CALIFORNIA’S PURPLE TIER ON THE CORONAVIRUS for November 2020. So we are back to not being able to do as much around our beautiful city. BUT we can still make the most of it and try to bring the beginning of the holiday season to life!

Tourism in San Diego begins to wane in November, meaning less crowded attractions, cheaper hotel prices, and open tables at the city’s top restaurants. The month starts out quiet and gets slightly busier as the holidays creep closer. A slew of food and booze-themed events keep the calendar packed until the holidays roll around in this perpetually sunshiny city. As far as the weather, November is the beginning of San Diego’s rainy season, beckoning the most unpredictable weather of the year.

So, as usual, I have compiled a list of things you can do this November in our sunny San Diego city.

Make a Day of the Dead Altar

Day of the Dead comes to life in San Diego thanks to its rich Mexican heritage and history. In the past, residents and visitors enjoyed colorful festivals in Barrio Logan, Oceanside and Old Town. This year, you can partake in this colorful custom from home and setup your own altar. Here’s what you need to build your own Día de Muertos altar and where to find them in San Diego.

Drink Local Craft Beer

Celebrate more than 150 independent craft breweries in San Diego County during San Diego Beer Week, November 6-15. The 10-day celebration is packed with events throughout the county at participating breweries, bars, restaurants and more! Can’t be part of Beer Week? That’s OK, because there are plenty of awesome outdoor tasting rooms at local breweries ready to pour you an award-winning pint all month long.

Honor our Veterans

The annual Fleet Week Boat Parade will take place on Veteran’s Day, November 11, on San Diego Bay. The colorful parade features boats of all sizes decorated to salute and honor veterans and members of the U.S. Military. Fleet Week San Diego 2020 will also have live demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard, skydiving events, vintage aircraft flyovers and other attractions on the bay.

Outdoor Dining

San Diego is the perfect place to dine outdoors with nearly perfect temperatures and mostly clear skies throughout the year, and November is no exception. One of the nation’s top foodie cities, San Diego offers a myriad of outdoor dining options with charming and spacious open-air settings to satisfy every mood and craving. What’s your favorite outdoor restautrant San Diego spot?

Fall Color Hikes

Hike the higher altitudes of San Diego’s Peninsular Ranges that wind through the county to wander amongst the reliable, and often spectacular, fall color displays.

Explore San Diego’s Historic Mountain Town

Charming Julian, an hour east of downtown, could aptly be described “as American as apple pie.” Nestled in the picturesque Cuyamaca Mountains in East County, Julian is famous for its mouth-watering apple pies and cider from local orchards, along with a rich California gold rush history. You can find Victorian-style architecture, old-fashioned stores, country-style restaurants, scenic hiking trails and a friendly country atmosphere in one of San Diego’s rural treasures. Perfect time to get that pie for Thanksgiving!

Venture Outdoors

San Diego may be known as a relaxing, kick-off-your-shoes beach destination, but the locals have a passion for sports and recreation that runs as deep as the Pacific. An ideal climate, 70 miles of scenic coastline and diverse topography draw outdoor enthusiasts to San Diego during autumn months. Whether you’re looking for a heart-pounding mountain biking excursion, an active surf lesson or an exhilarating high-flying glide above the ocean, there’s always something exciting and thrilling to do and discover by spending some time in San Diego this November.

Take a Covid Roadtrip

The Coronavirus has significantly decreased air travel but created a boom for travelers taking drive-to destinations vacations. Travelers driving cross country during COVID has been on the rise because most people are trying not to fly.

Traffic generally is down in most cities with most people working from home, so you should have open roads!

One thing to remember when taking a road trip during Coronavirus is that some businesses will be closed, so you may not see the hot spots you were planning on visiting. Always call ahead and see what kind of experiences local destinations are offering, so you know what to expect. Some businesses may even have a particular new area setup, which can be extra unique to the overall experience!

What do you have planned this month? As always, if you have any questions or real estate needs, contact me today!

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