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What's New in San Diego

Laura JOhnson


In May 2018, the Academy of Country Music Industry Awards announced that Moonshine Flats, a country-themed bar in downtown San Diego that regularly hosts live music acts and lively line-dancing, was nominated for ACM’s Nightclub of the Year, the only San Diego nomination. The ACM Industry Awards are voted on by the Academy’s professional members, and the categories honor the behind-the-scenes industry professionals and venues who contribute to the artistry, success and longevity of country music. The ACM Honors will take place on Wednesday, August 22 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, where the winners will be announced.

In June 2018, the Pantai Inn announced that they had been selected to join the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), an unrivaled collection of some of the finest small independent hotels around the world. To be considered, hotels must demonstrate the highest levels of quality as it relates to service, experience and design, while also being an authentic reflection of the destination. The elite SLH accepts just 5% of the over 1,000 hotel applications they receive each year.

Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Winners included downtown San Diego’s The Pendry hotel among the Top 100 Hotels in the World and ranked #4 among the 15 Best City Hotels in the Continental United States. Rancho Valencia was awarded the #9 spot in the Top 10 Resort Hotels in California, and North County’s Golden Door Spa was named #2 among the Top 10 Domestic Destination Spas. Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best is an awards program based on an annual reader survey.

Stone Brewing was ranked #1 for Best Portfolio in Zymurgy’s 16th annual Best Beers in America competition. Zymurgy, the official magazine of the American Homebrewer’s Association, compiles its results by polling its 46,000 members, who submit a list of no more than five of their favorite commercially-available U.S. beers.

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