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A June 2005 trip to San Diego by MilwVon

Von & Susi in the Gaslamp Quarter Photo, San Diego, California More Photos
Quote: This trip was for my annual HR Conference, this year in San Diego. There were too many distractions to really keep me focused on "the business" at hand. The weather was perfect (no June Gloom), and the trip was outstanding!!

San Diego's Distractions

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Overview

Society for Human Resource Management Photo, San Diego, California
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Because this was a business trip, I didn't do a lot of what the area offers. I did take in the San Diego Zoo one day with friends in town on vacation from Milwaukee. Evening drives along the Pacific Ocean on Highway 101 are very relaxing. I enjoyed the sunset on the beach at Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Del Mar also has a very nice public-access beach. We arrived around 5pm and spent a couple of late afternoon hours there splashing around in the cold Pacific Ocean. While in San Diego, you must spend an evening at the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego (across from the convention center). There are numerous restaurants and pubs for all different interests and tastes. Quick Tips: If you...Read More

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

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Attraction | "San Diego Zoo"

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Photo, San Diego, California
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I would suggest you arrive early in order to get the most out of your zoo visit. The animals eat early and then seem to want to sleep in the afternoon. Also, if you've never been to the San Diego Zoo, take the zoo bus tour (which is included in the ticket prices quoted here). It takes about 30 to 45 minutes and highlights the entire park. This will help you to decide what you want to do and see first. Another tip: Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes AND socks! There is not only a lot of walking, but also a lot of steep walkways up AND down. The escalator down to the cat canyon was closed, so it was especially hard on the feet, ankles, and knees. I'm unsure how those in wheelchairs a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 231-1515

Fish Market

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Restaurant | "The Fish Market"

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Dining alone while traveling on business can be a bit of a drag, but this restaurant was very friendly and welcoming. I felt very comfortable during my dining experience with them. As you enter, you walk by the kitchen’s cooking area, which you can see through glass windows. Mmmmmmm… skewered shrimp!!! Once seated, I was immediately served warm bread fresh from the oven and a tall glass of water. For dinner, I ordered salmon grilled over the mesquite grill. Salad is an á la carte item if you desire one. The fish was prepared perfectly and served with coleslaw and a choice of potato. Full from the salad and meal, I passed on dessert (although they did look wonderful!). While I fel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2005

Fish Market
750 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 232-3474

Sand Pebbles Photo, San Diego, California
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During my week long trip to San Diego, I was able to take in several local establishments, from San Diego north to Cardiff. This review is a summary of the highlights a couple of the places Susi and I had the pleasure of experiencing.The Field Authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant544 Fifth AvenueSan Diego, CA(619) 232-9850We had a big group get together for dinner and adult beverages during our conference in San Diego. This restaurant did a wonderful job of accommodating our group and providing outstanding service, food and drink! I had an Irish stew (of course) that seemed to be from an authentic recipe direct from Ireland. The meat and vegetables were tender ...Read More

Sand Pebbles

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Hotel

Sand Pebbles Photo, San Diego, California
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Best Things Nearby:The beach is about 2 blocks away. (But be prepared, as you have to walk down dozens of stairs from the top of the Solana bluff to get to the oceanfront.) There are many beautiful seaside communities along Highway 101, including Del Mar, La Jolla, and Cardiff by the Sea. Golfers must take in the world-famous Torrey Pines golf course. San Diego is a short 20-minute drive, which makes this resort just about perfect. The San Diego County Fairgrounds are less than a mile away, which had a fair happening during my trip. Unfortunately, I was too busy with other activities to take it in, but I hear it was the third largest county fair in the USA. There is also a h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2005

Sand Pebbles
535 S. Highway 101
San Diego, California 92075
(858) 509-8799