A June 2005 trip
to San Diego by MilwVon
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!!
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.
All of the hotels and resorts have the San Diego tourist magazine that has current information on activities in the area for the week of your visit. Be sure to pick up a copy when you arrive. It will help you to plan out your activities while in San Diego.
Once in San Diego, you can also use the bus system, trolley, or bicycle taxis.
Attraction | "San Diego Zoo"
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 access the area, but there should be something.
If you want to cut down on your hiking in the park, consider the bus that provides transportation to five main areas or the Skytram that goes back and forth from the front entrance area of the park and the back of the park, near the polar bear exhibit.
The gift shops throughout the park are fairly reasonably priced. I paid $15 for an adult San Diego Zoo T-shirt.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2005
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92101
Restaurant | "The Fish Market"
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 felt the menu was a bit pricey to be affordable for families, there were a lot of families with older children (10 to 18) dining that evening (a Monday night). A couple of nights later, I went back with my friend and her two kids (ages 11 and 13). There was a kids' menu that featured a child-size portion of an entrée, soft drink, or milk and ice cream for $6.95, which was very reasonable. For the four of us, the total check came to $65 (including tax), plus tip. While I responded that the price range for a meal here is in the $20 to $30 range, please note that this is for the basic fish dishes. Steaks were priced at over $40 and crab or lobster over $30, plus then there’s the á la carte appetizer or salad and dessert (if that's your thing).
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2005
750 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101
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 horse track in the same area as the fairgrounds if that is your type of entertainment.
The San Diego attraction list includes SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and the Wild Animal Park.
Heading north, there is Legoland, Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland (the original), and Universal Studios.
Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills are about 2 hours away. The resort offers a day-trip bus tour weekly up to these areas.
Best Things About the Resort:The best was the fact that there is so much to do and see in and around San Diego. The resort is rather small and serves as a good starting point for day trips throughout the area. There is an activity center on the property that is primarily for kids and teens, as well as a nice (but rather small) swimming pool.
Because I own at another resort managed by the management company that handles this resort, I was able to obtain a week directly through the resort for significantly less than what a San Diego hotel would have cost me.
Resort Experience:The resort is small (about 45 or 50 units), but that really is fine if you are looking for good accommodations that are central to Southern California attractions.
My one-bedroom unit was clean and nicely appointed. Well equipped, it was 100 times better than staying in a small, dank hotel down in San Diego.
If you stay here, do not be concerned about the fact that there is no A/C in the units. I found that it was very comfortable with the breeze through the opened windows. The units do have fans in the event that you need some help to cool down your unit. At night, even in June, it became so cool that I had to close my windows before going to bed.
535 S. Highway 101
San Diego, California 92075