San Diego Journals

Sun-sational San Diego

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A January 2003 trip to San Diego by jenandfrank

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina  Photo, San Diego, California More Photos
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Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

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Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina  Photo, San Diego, California
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1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, 619-291-2900. Located directly on the San Diego Bay, this hotel has panoramic views of the downtown skyline and the bay. Sort of out of town and away from the crowds and excitement, it is less than a 5-minute drive to the Gas Lamp District. The hotel has two towers, over 1,000 guest rooms, five restaurants, and lounges, a pool, Jacuzzi, spa, gym, and tennis courts. Like any other big city chain hotel, there were a lot of people there, a convention hosting meetings in-house, and lots of employees able to help but hard to locate. This is not a fancy hotel. Although well-maintained and very clean, it is kept at a very standard level, meaning you won’t fin...Read More

San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo  Photo, San Diego, California
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Where to begin? This zoo is HUGE. Not being an avid zoo-goer, I can’t compare this to anything but the Bronx Zoo, but I think I am on the money with my assessment, and it’s obviously one of the more well-known. It’s open every day except holidays from 9am until 4 or 5pm (depending on the season), and the grounds close at 6 or 7pm. Their "best-value" admission is $32 adult/$19.75 child, and that includes unlimited use of the express bus, guided bus, and the aerial tram. For just a ticket to get in, the cost is $21/$14, and then they offer two-park tickets, San Diego passports, group rates, etc. Obviously, the warmer the day, the more people there will be—same can be said for weekends versus weekd...Read More
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Georges at the Cove – 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858/454-4244. Voted San Diego’s most popular restaurant in last year’s Zagats Survey, this place serves Californian cuisine. Offering beautiful views of the La Jolla Cove, this restaurant has two dining areas; The Ocean Terrance Bistro and Pacific View Bar and The Ocean View Room. It is a great place if you are in La Jolla enjoying an afternoon of shopping or an evening of just walking around, wine tasting, or seeing the sights. Chef Trey Foshee (selected as one of America’s top-ten chefs by Food and Wine), tends to lean the seasonal menu more towards seafood while using a lot of local produce, but we also found ample non-fish choices as ...Read More

Hotel Del Coronado

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Hotel Del Coronado  Photo, San Diego, California
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1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Filled with legend and beauty, the Hotel Del Coronado is still breathtaking at the age of 117. It is a national and historical landmark located on Coronado Island and built with Victorian architecture and a red-shingled roof. It is almost a small city within the grounds, where you never have to leave for anything. The lobby reeks of old-world charm, with potted palm trees, mahogany paneling, hand-carved pillars, and beautiful richly colored carpets. Built in less than 1 year, the hotel is somewhat of maze and only four stories high. The center of the building is a courtyard, hallways get smaller as you go higher within the hotel, and it is said that there were ...Read More
La Jolla Photo, San Diego, California
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La Jolla, which means "the jewel," is best known for its refined elegance and beauty. It is basically a seaside suburb north of San Diego. Million dollar homes that are built on cliffs overlooking La Jolla’s shores are just part of what is here. For the most part, La Jolla has fancy boutiques, cafés, romantic restaurants, wine tastings, and art galleries, and yet it maintains a small-town feel. The cove and beach are beautiful and perfect places to take romantic walks and pictures, or just a place to relax and be alone on the rocks while watching the seals. The Cove has a beautiful park that is maintained by the city and is open to the public, with plenty of free parking. There are several beache...Read More

San Diego - Notes/Thoughts

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Mexican Border Photo, San Diego, California
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This is a great trip, especially for a long weekend or alongside a business trip; there are tons of beautiful beaches, sunny skies, and lots of attractions for kids and romantics alike. First thing's first, and I would say that whether you have a computer at home or not, after landing, check out the visitors office within the airport. They have several "San Diego This Week" guides. Those include highlights of the city for that week; they include coupons, maps, phone numbers, and must-see attractions. They’re free, so take 5 minutes and check it out. There are no toll roads in San Diego, so enjoy the freeway system while in town BUT make note that their driving laws (on turning, for example) are v...Read More