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Making the Most of Rainy San Diego

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A February 2005 trip to San Diego by Kindsis

El Agave Photo, San Diego, California More Photos
Quote: We planned on spending a long Valentine's Day weekend in sunny San Diego. So far, it hasn't been so sunny, just rainy, but we're making the most of it, touring the area, staying at different hotels, checking out some local food, and also catching a few concerts.

Courtyard San Diego Old Town

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Hotel | "Courtyard by Marriott - Old Town"

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This hotel is centrally located in Old Town San Diego. It's right on I-5, which is bonus if you're traveling on and off the freeway, but be sure to ask for a room that doesn't look over it, as we heard guests complain about the noise. There’s nothing really fancy here but nothing to complain about either. The location is very handy if you're exploring Old Town. We strolled around on a Friday afternoon here, but due to the rain, almost everything around was closed, except restaurants and shops. I suppose when the weather is nicer, the location is really close to many activities. The furnishings in this hotel are adequate. We found the bed a little too soft. The rooms are moderately si...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

Courtyard San Diego Old Town
2435 Jefferson Street
San Diego, California 92110
(619) 260-8500

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This Holiday Inn is situatied next to Legoland and the Carlsbad Premium Outlet mall. It is very family-oriented, with spacious rooms and a refrigerator inside. Kids eat free at TGI Friday’s, which is connected to the motel. Our room overlooked the pool and spa area, which is heated and well-maintained. The hotel from the outside is Bavarian-themed, with a large windmill that can be easily seen from the freeway. There are no indoor hallways here, so every room goes to the outside. Free wireless Internet access is available to all pool facing rooms. Pluses: This Holiday Inn seems to be great for families and is centrally located for a Southern California vacation. It’s 60 minutes to Disneyland an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Holiday Inn Carlsbad/ Legoland
850 Palomar Airport Rd.
San Diego, California
760-438-7880

The Westgate Hotel

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Hotel

The Westgate Hotel Photo, San Diego, California
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The Westgate Hotel is a beautiful, classically elegant hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego. With easy access to the gaslamp quarter (1 block), Horton Plaza (across the street), and the San Diego Trolley (stops outside the door), it is an excellent choice for visitors to the San Diego area. It is one of the 'Leading Hotels of the World' and prides itself on impeccable service and European-style hospitality. Many staff members speak multiple languages, and they are extremely friendly and helpful. The front desk staff is happy to help with local information, providing trolley schedules and maps, as well as suggestions for things to do. The accomodations are extremely comfortable and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2005

The Westgate Hotel
1055 2ND AVE
San Diego, California 92101
619-238-1818

El Agave

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Restaurant | "El Agave Tequileria"

El Agave Photo, San Diego, California
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El Agave sits at the edge of Old Town San Diego on a busy street corner. Upstairs in this quaint and tastefully decorated Mexican tequileria lies the most extensive collection of tequila bottles that I have ever seen. We stopped in the late afternoon seeking a respite from the rain and to have our first taste of San Diego cuisine and culture since our arrival. Margaritas are a must here and tasted very fresh, as though they were made by hand from real ingredients instead of using a bottled mix. If you are a tequila connoisseur, or just want to sample some great tequila while on vacation, this is the spot. The tequila menu boasts over 300 varieties, with no descriptions to eas...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

El Agave
2304 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, California 92110
(619) 220-0692

Mozy Cafe

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We stopped for a quick bite for lunch in this very So-Cal granola surfer eatery. The sign says Caribbean- and Mediterranean-style food, which caught our eye. The restaurant is very small, with seating for about four inside and a larger patio with seating for about 20 outside. The patio has a nice array of beautiful succulents, which we enjoyed looking at while we ate. We happened to be there on one of the few days of the year that it actually rained, but the patio was covered and had makeshift plastic walls, which kept us dry. The menu consists mostly of organic and vegetarian fare, tofu, tempeh, black beans, and the like. They had sandwiches, falafel, dolmas, and burritos. Since the "Caribbean...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Mozy Cafe
698 North Coast Hwy
San Diego, California

Winston's Beach Club

Attraction | "Catching Some Music at Winston's in OB"

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Winston’s is a big funky room with dark ceilings and various oddities, such as a sign that reads "Yonder" and displays an arrow pointing aimlessly to right. There are a few ping-pong tables and a pool table, I think, but we mostly stuck to the front of the bar, people-watching, and then sat on the old vinyl couches against the wall to watch the band’s (Animal Liberation Orchestra—ALO) sound check. The bar itself is nothing to write home about. The space-like paintings on the ceiling are interesting, but the best part about Winston’s is the killer line-up of music they are routinely bringing in there. It’s definitely the place to see live music in Ocean Beach. Benefits: It’s always happ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

Winston's Beach Club
1921 Bacon Street
San Diego, California 92107
(619) 222-6822

Museum of Making Music

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Attraction

Museum of Making Music Photo, San Diego, California
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We ventured into the Museum of Making Music after the rain prevented us from going to the Wild Animal Park. This proved to be a great rainy day activity. The museum is in an unsuspecting office park. The staff there was very welcoming and eager to answer our questions. After entering through the gift shop, with someone for every music lover in your life, you begin the exhibit with instruments and information about music style from 1890. As you walk through the musuem, you also travel through time musically, with interactive exhibits and displays of instruments and musical styles as they develop up to the present day. It was fun to play samples of music I didn't know about, as well and dance and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2005

Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760) 438-5996