Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Seventh Comic-Conmandment: Thou Shalt Take a Break

In my last entry, I suggested always having a Plan B for any con activity you might want to take part in.  Well, really you should have a Plan C, too.  That Plan C should be to take a break.  When there's so much to do, it's easy to get so invested in the convention that you get tunnel vision and forget to relax for a minute here and there.  Don't forget that San Diego is a beautiful city, especially the area around the convention center.  Consider stepping away from the convention center for a bit and enjoying the surrounding area.

Of particular note, the area behind the Manchester Grand Hyatt, known as Seaport Village, offers a quick, welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Comic Con.  Back there you can grab a fine burger at Buster's Beach House and Longboard Bar, coffee at Seaport Coffee and Fudge,  a slice at Asaggio Pizza Pasta Plus, or even some ice cream at Ben & Jerry's.  The area also includes a number of small shops, and a small park, where you can take a relaxing stroll without dodging oncoming foot traffic. 

On the other side of the convention center, you'll find the Fox Sports Grill a great place to grab a drink or meal and check scores.  Even better, not far from the Hilton Bayfront, you'll find a boat shuttle to Coronado Island, and its wonderful selection of shops and restaurants, though a trip over there will eat a couple hours out of your day, at least.  Even the area of the Gaslamp District right across the street from the convention center can be an enjoyable walk.  Within just a couple of blocks, you can find delis, souvenir and clothing shops, bars, candy stores, art galleries, and even chain restaurants like Subway or TGIFridays.

So when you find yourself overwhelmed by all that is Comic-Con, give yourself a break, relax, and reenergize yourself for more fun.

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