Archive for the ‘San Diego’ Category
Monday, March 17th, 2014
For most of the United States, this has been an endless winter, but spring is finally starting to arrive. Who isn’t in need of a sunny getaway now? No matter where you’re from, these sunny spots deliver on promised sunshine and warmth. From San Diego’s urban paradise (palm trees included) to Sedona’s picture-perfect landscapes, these warm weather cities are sure to offer plenty of rays and a variety of outdoor experiences. So, what are you waiting for? Book that plane ticket or pack your car. Rest assured that when you get there, you’ll be donning flip flops and shorts and can return with a jealousy-inducing healthy tan. It will make up for these last few lousy months, for sure. You’ll also be pleased to know that PC Housing has luxury corporate housing communities in each of these cities, which means you can stay in style and comfort throughout the entirety of your trip.
PC Housing’s home city can offer guests plenty. From its sparkling blue waters to happening nightlife, San Diego is brimming with things to do and see. Head to the Gaslamp Quarter to get a dose of the city’s history, enjoy meals alfresco and shop until you drop. Cross the San Diego—Coronado bridge to see Pleasantville-esque Coronado. Step back in time at Clayton’s Coffee shop (pies cooling in glass cases on the counter and waitresses wearing aprons included) for classic American fare, before you head to Coronado’s most famous site: The Hotel del Coronado. Walk around the hotel’s sparkling white beach and maybe even traverse through the lobby of this historical site. Next, make your way to La Jolla for some incredible coastal views.
One of California’s most popular getaway spots, Palm Springs offers stunning desert views and a thriving arts scene. If you’d like to get a birds eye view of the entire area, hop on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Onboard, you’ll catch gorgeous views of Chino Canyon. When you arrive at the top of the mountain, soak up the awe-inspiring scenery all around you. To appreciate the area’s culture, pay a visit to the Palm Springs Art Museum to complete your Palm Springs experience. Make sure to wake up early for a desert hike, then head back to your corporate housing community to soak up sun by the pool.
Georgia’s largest city beckons with a thriving dining scene, arts galore and plenty of attractions. Gone With the Wind fans can tour author Margaret Mitchell’s home. If you’ve ever had a Coke (and really, who hasn’t?), pay a visit the World of Coca Cola museum. Once you stomach starts to growl, consider heading to celeb hot-spots South City Kitchen or Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse to grab a bite. Cap off your visit with a mouth-watering piece of pie from the aptly named Pie Shop.
Outdoor-loving travelers will fall head over heels for Arizona’s Flagstaff. With the Grand Canyon National Park to the north and loads of parks and preserves to the south, Flagstaff is the perfect place to experience all that Arizona has to offer. The city of Flagstaff also has a large number of cultural centers and nighttime activities to keep you going well after sunset – and to offer a break from the springtime Flagstaff sun. The Flagstaff Urban Trails System (affectionately called FUTS) offers 50 miles of trails for hikers and cyclers.
Just because you’re not in school anymore doesn’t mean you can’t take a spring break. Skip Florida and Mexico with all the college students and head to one of these ideal warm weather getaways this spring!
Monday, March 10th, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day is a full 24 hours when the world celebrates Irish culture. It’s also the best day of the year for many people!
Travelers visiting San Diego during the holiday are in (Irish) luck. The city will be lit up with festivities everywhere. So, no matter if you’re looking for a loud night out or even a healthy run to start the holiday, there’s bound to be something to bring out the Irish in everyone.
Image: San Diego Shamrock
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
With its year-round sunny climate and picture-perfect tropical settings (palm trees and beaches with bright blue water included), San Diego is an ideal spot for long- and short-term travelers. It’s estimated that a whopping 115 events were held at the city’s Convention Center last year, with 74 conventions alone, and it appears that 2014 will be no exception.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
San Diego has more than its fair share of amazing New Year’s Eve events this year, and it can be a challenge to find the perfect one to attend. Luckily, business local PC Housing knows a thing or two about the best places to be this NYE. Check out our top picks to ensure a sparkling way to ring in 2014!
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Image: Stone Brewing Company
One of the great perks of relocating temporarily for work is the opportunity to see new places and experience new cultures by becoming a local rather than just a tourist. Getting acquainted to a new place as a long-term guest gives you the chance to really soak in the vibes in a way that you simply can’t achieve as a short-term visitor, and few industries lend themselves to this lifestyle better than healthcare.
If you’re a healthcare professional looking for a contract in a new location that provides industry opportunities as well as off-the-clock activities, there are few cities more accommodating than San Diego. Hotels may dot the coast from Imperial Beach to Oceanside, but if you prefer the feeling of really coming home at the end of a long shift, consider PC Housing for your San Diego housing needs.
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
America’s Finest City is the happiest city in the country!
Found out you’re getting transferred to San Diego on a temporary job assignment? Always dreamed of the golden coast? Wondered if the Southern California stereotype (surf, sand and tacos!) is true? San Diego includes people from all lifestyles, creating a very large city that welcomes travelers, newcomers and East Coast ex-pats (and ex-pats from around the globe!). Dig your toes into the sand, grab a brew and a bite and find out why San Diego ranks as the happiest city in the United States.
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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
One of the hallmarks of San Diego living is the small town feel of each neighborhood, despite being connected within a large city and enormous county. PC Housing has corporate apartments conveniently located throughout San Diego city and county, and knowing where you need to be is crucial to a successful corporate trip. Here, we’ll break down the most popular San Diego neighborhoods for corporate apartment living and hopefully help make the decision about where you need to live an easier one!
Carlsbad: Located just north of San Diego proper, Carlsbad is the epitome of North County San Diego: affluent, beautiful, and peaceful. Lagoons and wildlife preserves are abundant, and its proximity to the ocean reminds you that you’re in San Diego. There’s even a small airport and an upscale boutique mall! Carlsbad is a popular destination for corporate travelers because it’s home to several top technological, biological, and economical powerhouses, including labs, software companies, engineering companies and various manufacturers. And San Diego city is just a short 30 minute drive south. (There are also plenty of other transportation options if you’re carless in Carlsbad.)
La Jolla: La Jolla is home to some of the most iconic scenery in San Diego: clear blue ocean waters, sun above the soaring palm trees, and marine mammals which draw visitors and locals alike. Corporate travelers staying in La Jolla take advantage of their location, as many of our La Jolla corporate apartments are right next to the water. However, there is also a bustling economic center in the UTC neighborhood right next to La Jolla that prides itself on skyscrapers for luxurious corporate housing. La Jolla and UTC both offer corporate travelers with a healthy variety of fun and work – some of the best restaurants for corporate entertaining in San Diego are in this neighborhood!
Downtown San Diego: Almost nowhere in San Diego provides its residents with quite the city-like hustle and bustle that Downtown San Diego offers. Downtown – also known as the Gaslamp District – has enough restaurants to keep an extended stay corporate traveler happy, and endless supply of work-appropriate and after-hours entertainment, and is snuggled between the bay to the south and the harbor to the west. The micro-neighborhoods of Little Italy, East Village, Seaport Village, and the Marina are within walking distance of each other, and the San Diego International Airport is a cheap cab ride away (not to mention Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres!). Living in the Gaslamp means you’re in the absolute center of the city. The San Diego Convention Center is where corporate travelers from just about every industry flock, which makes Downtown San Diego the ideal location for corporate travelers. Add in the proximity to Coronado Island and abundant transportation to get you anywhere you need to go and you’ll see why you could need nothing else.
Mission Valley: Second only to Downtown in terms of business opportunities, Mission Valley is a popular destination for traveling professionals because of the abundance of business friendly hotels, commerce centers, transportation and corporate event centers. Two major shopping malls, dozens of restaurant varieties, and a golf course and driving range are sure to keep corporate travelers busy, while Qualcomm Stadium – home to the San Diego Chargers – hosts major events in the offseason. Business professionals love living in Mission Valley because it’s situated between five of the major freeways and has several trolley stops for easy access to any other neighborhood.
Poway/Rancho Bernardo: While most business centers remain close to the coast, Poway and Rancho Bernardo separate themselves from the rest with their East County locations. Home to the headquarters of a number of national corporations, Poway also has several wildlife preserves that pay homage to the endangered California scrub and offer residents and travelers the opportunity to interact with nature by hiking, biking and walking through parks and Lake Poway. This region is far more residential than the neighborhoods of Mission Valley and the Gaslamp, which can be ideal for longer corporate trips and professionals traveling with family. This affluent, upscale community is nestled in canyons and hills and boasts luxurious golf courses for laid back business rounds.
Remember, no matter where you choose to live in San Diego, you will be guaranteed a furnished corporate apartment with all of the furnishings, accessories, and conveniences of daily life when you stay with PC Housing.
Images courtesy of City of Carlsbad, La Jolla, Downtown San Diego, Black Chick on Tour, and Rancho Bernardo Community Council.
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
If there’s one thing business executives are known for it’s having a great golf game. And if there’s one thing San Diego is known for, well, it’s the awesome weather, but another thing is world renowned golf courses. There’s nothing quite like spending a day on the greens with a client or colleague, and many executives know the benefits of conducting a meeting over a friendly game of golf.
San Diego has several golf courses throughout the county to choose from. We’ve selected the best golf courses for a friendly business round in San Diego:
Torrey Pines Golf Course, named after a very rare tree found on the San Diego coastline, overlooks the Pacific Ocean just south of the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Established in 1957, Torrey Pines hosts the PGA Tour and held the 2008 U.S. Open in which Tiger Woods won the playoffs against Rocco Mediate. Golfers everywhere are familiar with the name Torrey Pines and often utilize their online store which is one of the largest online golf stores available. Owned and operated by the city of San Diego, Torrey Pines has two 18-hole golf courses for a total of 36 holes. Rental information is available on their website.
Maderas Golf Club is great if you are looking for a challenging course to impress your opponent. The course is filled with rocks, creeks, and cliffs and is one of the top-rated American golf courses. The club is perfect for a corporate bonding day as it provides a variety of group events and offers a free round of golf to those celebrating their birthday. Maderas has 5 waterfalls, 3 lakes, and over 40 acres of wildflowers and is a welcome addition to the affluent Poway neighborhood.
Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad is recognized by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as “one of the best golf resorts in America.” Park Hyatt Aviara Resort opened in 1997 and covers 205 acres of land. With a poolside café and four restaurants, each room in the resort includes a marble bathroom. There are a total of 329 rooms and 44 suites available. Located at the resort, is the Aviara Golf Academy, listed as one of the Top 25 Golf Schools in Golf Digest. It has been said that playing at the Aviara Golf Club is like “playing in a botanical garden.” This is the perfect golf course for a typical San Diego day.
Steele Canyon Golf Club is home to a 27-hole course designed by known golfer Gary Player. Located 20 minutes from downtown San Diego in Jamul, this course offers terrain that will take your game to new heights. With changes in elevation, players are sure to get a run for their money. If you’re up for the challenge, take a look at Steele Canyon for adventurous play time. In addition to teeing off, the course accommodates events including weddings, banquets and tournaments.
Salt Creek Golf Club in Chula Vista neighbors the National Wildlife Refuge and offers a stunning 18-hole course that measures 6,829 yards from the back tees and 4,942 from the front tees. Salt Creek offers lessons for the uninitiated and a grill to fill up after a day in the sun on the green. Experience a more tranquil golf experience – and invite your less experienced colleagues and clients for an inclusive atmosphere.
If you are an avid player spending a few weeks or months in San Diego you’ll have plenty of time to give them all a try. And if golf is just not your thing (or maybe you are looking for something new and interesting), try disc golf at Morley Field.
Photo courtesy of Maderas Golf Club
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
One of the perks of being a corporate traveler is the opportunity to wine and dine clients and colleagues in swanky restaurants in a great new city (or if you’re really lucky, being on the receiving end!). Fortunate corporate travelers in San Diego will no doubt find themselves with entertaining options galore. In fact, the options can seem so endless that it’s hard to choose the perfect setting to get the point of your meeting across. We’ve decided to do the dirty work and compile a list of the best corporate restaurants in San Diego gatherings from the casual to upscale.
Karl Strauss Brewing Company is a great place to head to for a business casual get together in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego. Since 1999, this microbrewery has been serving guests their custom made brews with a total of ten on tap. The restaurant offers a full service bar, pub style food, and tours of the brewery. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 3:00-6:00 P.M. with wines, beers, flights, and wells on special for $4. Select appetizers are available for just $5. An online menu is available, featuring April’s beer and entree pairing, along with their daily featured brew list. Head here when you feel like rolling up your shirt sleeves and loosening the tie to get down to business, or kick back for a round of craft beers with your new colleagues.
The Aloha Sushi Lounge in La Jolla is your go-to place for quietly entertaining those not used to exquisitely fresh sushi. Aloha Sushi offers a private dining experience complete with separated booths lined with white seating and curtains designed to create an intimate setting. The lounge decor is complete with bamboo, Hawaiian leis, and dark wood finish. If you are a lover of the tropics and a fan of sushi, or your guest must be impressed by a typical San Diego vibe, Aloha Sushi is your place. The restaurant offers an extensive sushi menu in addition to some dinner entree options, and catering.
Cucina Urbana is the perfect setting for a lunch meeting or happy hour just steps from Balboa Park in San Diego. With lunch specials offered Tuesdays through Fridays, the restaurant has a California-inspired Italian menu and has won several awards and numerous recognitions in a wide variety of magazines. Additionally, Cucina Urbana hosts a monthly “winemaker series” event in which guests receive hors d’oeuvres in addition to wine tastings while in a casual environment, which creates the perfect setting for a no-pressure type sales meeting or get-to-know-you event. If you are eager to have a bit of privacy, Cucina Urbana has a semi-private wine room which accommodates up to 16 people. Not only is Cucina Urbana a restaurant, they have a retail wine shop for those on the go. If all of this wasn’t enough to persuade you to drop by Cucina’s, you should know that they actively practice “green” habits including saving food scraps for composting, recycling, and usage of low flow spray nozzles.
Humphreys By the Bay in San Diego is the place to go if you are entertaining out of town business associates or the higher ups. The restaurant offers a fantastic view of sailboats as far as the eye can see, backlit by the setting sun, all right from your table. Even though Humphrey’s has an impressive menu of hand crafted surf and turf selections, it’s more than just a dining establishment; Humphreys hosts concerts by the bay, has hotel accommodations and can cater to large parties and private events for a truly versatile venue. Concerts packages are available and include hotel, concert tickets, and dinner for two (perfect for a little business encouragement!).
The University Club Atop Symphony Towers is last on this list because it provides the most exclusive upscale dining experience in Downtown San Diego. If you are looking for a place to impress the client and seal the deal, The University Club on the 34th floor is where you need to be. The club hosts guest speakers, professional seminars, and business networking events. With a spectacular view atop one of San Diego’s largest buildings, the club is perfect for private events and the menu certainly means business. Memberships provide access to private clubs, tickets, and events.
Monday, April 1st, 2013
From buses to trains, light rails and trolleys, the San Diego transit system has got you covered. Whether you are visiting due to vacation or need to get from your office in North County to your corporate apartment in San Diego proper, the options are endless and will provide you with the coastal ride of your life.
Amtrack’s central station is located downtown at 1050 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. The Pacific Surfliner, a 350 mile route spanning across Southern California, services cities including Santa Barbara, Anaheim, and Los Angeles with twenty-two trains passing through downtown San Diego on a daily basis.
The coastal ride offers magnificent views of the ocean that could easily be missed by car travel. Business class passengers enjoy upgraded accommodations such as complimentary snacks and beverages, outlets for onboard electronic utilization, free newspapers, and large comfy reclining seats with the benefit of extra legroom.
If you are traveling with your favorite sporting accessories, have no fear. Amtrack provides guests with luggage, ski, and bike storage. For the most recent updates, follow Pacific Surfliner on Twitter.
The Red Trolley, which is really a light rail system, began on July 26, 1981 and has three major lines: the Green, Blue, and Orange line. All lines span the city and cross through essential downtown San Diego locations, including the San Diego Convention Center. With 51 miles of track to cover, the trolley runs an average of every 7 minutes during peak hours, 15 on a regular basis, and 30 for off peak hours. With a total of fifty-three stations, fares are $2.50 one way and $5 for a day pass.
The newest addition to public transportation in North County San Diego is the Sprinter; a light rail system spanning twenty-two miles across Highway 78. Children under the age of 5 are free with an adult one-way fare of $2. Trains run every 30 minutes and offer express service from the ocean to East County.
The Coaster is a commuter train which travels between Oceanside and San Diego with eight stations including Carlsbad, Solana Beach, and Encinitas. The Coaster connects with other public transit systems including the San Diego Trolley, The Sprinter, Metrolink, Breeze and Riverside Transit buses. There are a total of twenty trains running on weekdays to make sure North County professionals get to their destinations on time.
Corporate travelers, San Diego vacation visitors, and locals alike find the benefits of the San Diego train system unparalleled. Trains get you from your corporate apartment in San Diego to North County, East County and almost everywhere in between.