San Diego Journals

Jen and I in San Diego

A February 2008 trip to San Diego by VanessaK

Paradise in San Diego Photo, San Diego, California More Photos
Quote: Being the 6th largest city in the US, San Diego feels like a quaint, Spanish inspire town with great seafood and numerous places to visit.

Jen and I in San Diego

Overview

Bird of Paradise Photo, San Diego, California
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My first impression of San Diego was that it really felt like a small town. I know it is the sixth largest city in the US, but it has this quaint and charming feel that spoke to me. Jen, my friend, has lived in San Diego for the last year and loves it. She says she will never move back to the midwest. The weather is wonderful - sunny all the time, she says. I, of course, didn't get to see that beautiful weather or the sunshine - it rained. Three of the four days I was there, it rained and the other was cool and cloudy. I was disappointed but I won't let that hamper my excitement and my sightseeing. I would have to say don't miss Coronado Island and the Del Coronado Hotel. The hotel is spectacul...Read More

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

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Hotel

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine Photo, San Diego, California
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Our stay at La Jolla Hyatt was relaxing and enjoyable. The staff was hospitable and always available and visible. The hotel’s accommodations were comparable to many other hotels I have stayed in the Hyatt family. I had a double room but still had plenty of space. The bed was oversized and very fluffy. You felt as if you were in a feather bed. It was one of the best night's sleep I had had in weeks. There was a comfortable chair and a side table with lamp located near the window that became a cozy spot for reading or just gazing out over the town. One of my favorite aspects of the room was the opening window which allowed the breeze to filter across the many palm trees and in the room crea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2008

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, California 92122
(858) 552-1234

The Melting Pot

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Restaurant

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Our first meal was at the Melting Pot. For two women who love cheese and chocolate, this was the ultimate eatery. Our meal started with a California salad which was made with baby greens, Roma tomatoes, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese topped with a Raspberry Black Walnut Vinaigrette dressing. It was fresh and unique. We chose the Wisconsin Trio Cheese Fondue that was mad with white wine, sherry and scallions. The sharp taste was a great compliment to the various breads, vegetables and fruits used for dipping. I love that they cook everything at your table. It creates an atmosphere of excitement that brings you in the center of the action.Our entrée was the Fondue Feast which included beef, po...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2008

The Melting Pot
8980 University Center Lane
San Diego, CA
(858) 638-1700

La Jolla Cove

Attraction | "La Jolla Coves"

La Jolla Cove Photo, La Jolla, California
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During one of our afternoons we drove to the coves of La Jolla to walk the boardwalk and watch the seals sunbath. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and we found many tourists and locals enjoying the day. There were families riding bikes, men playing Frisbee, and even a bride and groom taking wedding photos. The coves are a series of inlets lined with rocky shores, beaches and caves. There are always seals sunbathing on the rocks and that day we were not disappointed. Of course, the smell is horrific but watching the seals play is a lot of fun. There are condos and hotels, old and new, lined along the area. You can tell the area is good for surfing because of the boards hanging on the patios o...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 19, 2008

La Jolla Cove
1100 Coast Boulevard
la Jolla, California

Balboa Park

Attraction

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Balboa Park is located just minutes from downtown San Diego and is said to be a must-see. The park houses 15 museums, performing arts venues, and the San Diego Zoo. It also has 1200 acres of beautiful green gardens and has a Japanese Garden which, my friend, Jennifer said was really beautiful. We were at the park in the evening so we were not able to visit the museums but were able to walk the area where we saw the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. My friend told me they have free concerts each Sunday. How I wished it was Sunday in the Park. I did find the park nice but did not think it was much different from other city parks. There was a lovely bridge called the Cabrillo Bridge. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2008

Balboa Park
1549 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 239 0512

Prado at Balboa Park

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Restaurant

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My excitement of visiting the award-winning Prada was short lived. I had researched Balboa Park and the restaurant and was excited to learn they specialized in California-Spanish fusion and found the menu to be unique and exciting. Quickly I made reservations. The area of Balboa Park is lush and green with its beautiful gardens and outdoor entertainment areas. My friend and I enjoyed our walk through the area and arrived at the restaurant about 1 hour early. Being early and having already made reservations, we did not know if we would be able to be seated. The staff was very gracious and seated us immediately. I am not sure what I expected but was disappointed in the décor. What I thought...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2008

Prado at Balboa Park
1549 El Prado (In the House of Hospitality)
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 557-9441

Our Day at Coronado Island

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Story/Tip

Bird of Paradise Photo, San Diego, California
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Jennifer wanted me to visit Coronado Island but I wasn’t sold on the idea. It had been raining the last few days and I didn’t want to walk the beach wet and cold. But the weather decided to turn around and our day turned out to be a warm and sunny wonder. When you drive to Coronado Island from the mainland, you have to cross this huge bridge that is across the bay. Looking down you see these large cruise ships and naval ships as if they are small boats. You are so far up in elevation that when you approach the island you see the ocean ahead of you in large expanse, a very beautiful sight to behold. Once on the island we drove through the picturesque neighborhoods enjoying the l...Read More

Miguel's Cocina

Restaurant

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Coronado Island has many restaurants to choose from, but I wanted Mexican. Jen had told me about her favorite place in San Diego but we really didn't want to drive at that point, we wanted to eat. Walking and shopping we came across Miguel's Cocina - a sister to her Miguel's? We think so. The place is decorated as many Mexican restaurants are, with bright colors, heavy woods, and a fiesta music in the background. As soon as you sit at a colorful table you are blessed with salted, greasy chips, salsa and this wonderful white queso (cheese dip). That alone was worth the drive. It is so flavorful without being hot. We ordered drinks, she a sangria margarita and I a strawberry daiquiri. Both were very goo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2008

Miguel's Cocina
2912 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, California 92106
+1 619 224 2401

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I love history and I love visiting old downtowns with their unique shops and eateries. San Diego’s Old Town historic park was a pleasant surprise. It spans one mile in length and one half mile wide and has a great ambiance with its quaint sidewalk shops filled with Spanish and Indian goods and festive live music filling the air. We listened to a Mariachis band outside a Mexican restaurant and it was hard to believe we were in California and not in Mexico.Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is considered the “birthplace” of California since it was settled by Spanish missionaries in the 1700 and 1800s. Today, the Spanish culture still rises strong in the historic buildings, people, shops an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 27, 2008

California State of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
4002 Wallace St
San Diego, California 92110
(619) 220-5422