mul21 wrote:GF and I are likely headed to San Diego over the 4th of July weekend, likely 7/1-7/6. I need recommendations on where to stay (it'll be at a Marriott property since I have a ton of points to use), food, beer, and cool stuff to do/see. My list includes hitting Firestone Walker and Ballast Point, but if there are other must see places, let me know.
It looks like there are two Marriotts in Downtown (Gaslamp and Marina). Those are your probably your best bets.
Firestone Walker is in Paso Robles, about halfway between LA and San Francisco. I'm guessing you meant Stone, which is in suburban San Diego. Stone also has a taproom Downtown if you can't get out to Escondido. I've never been to any other San Diego breweries but there are a few options like the already-mentioned Alpine, plus Alesmith, Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Coronado and Lost Abbey.
What type of stuff do you want to see/do? I assume you're not interested in the more kid-oriented stuff like Sea World. Balboa Park is fun with a lot of great museums. My favorite beaches are La Jolla Cove and Sunset Cliffs.
Lolita's has the best fast food California burrito. The Mission for breakfast. La Piñata (Old Town) or La Puerta Mexican (Gaslamp) for sit-down Mexican food. Extraordinary Desserts for, well, desserts. Oh, and In-N-Out.
(I'm vegetarian so most of those food recommendations are from my wife and friends who do eat meat.)