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An August 2008 trip to San Diego by MilwVon

Embarcadero Park South Photo, San Diego, California More Photos
Quote: Attending my professional society's annual meeting brought me back to San Diego to once again enjoy the coastal seaside city on the bay.

Gaslamp Plaza Suites

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Hotel | "Perfect Location to Enjoy San Diego"

Gaslamp Plaza Suites Photo, San Diego, California
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Since my usual preference is to utilize timeshares whenever possible, the Gaslamp Plaza Suites was high on my list of possible accommodations for my five day trip to San Diego. Unfortunately, I was unable to score an exchange through RCI, so I was left facing hotels within our group's "block" of rooms. With nightly room rates of between $189 and $250 (plus tax), I was really concerned about spending that much of my association's money. Fortunately, I learned from another timeshare owner friend that Gaslamp Plaza Suites actually rents their units through an online broker system. I was able to pick up my four nights for a total of $625 including all taxes. Truly a bargain in just about any resort d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2008

Gaslamp Plaza Suites
520 E STREET
San Diego, California 92101
1-619-232-9500

Getting Around San Diego

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San Diego Water Taxi Photo, San Diego, California
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San Diego is a remarkable city and very easily navigated without a car. It's amazing to me to observe all of the ways people get around this place. I should say that at night, while out and about, I felt very safe. The city is clean with lots of people out and about.As I walked down the hill to meet a friend for dinner, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the mix of what appeared to be locals and tourists. Many of my ASAE cohorts were out and about, as noted by their "convention badges" worn proudly around their necks. Walking is a great way to get some exercise in a climate that almost creates the need to be outside!But after a few days of walking the hard floors of the San Die...Read More

Dakota Grill & Spirits

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Restaurant | "Wonderful Right at the Gaslamp Plaza Suites"

Gaslamp Plaza Suites Photo, San Diego, California
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For my last evening in town, I decided a quiet simple dinner in the restaurant downstairs on the street level of my resort was my best bet. It was really very good . . . I'm glad I dined at Dakota Grill & Spirits before heading home after my five days in San Diego.A "white linen" type of place, it was comfortable dining alone. I thoroughly enjoyed the large windows on the two outer walls of the building. The view as evening approached, the hustle and bustle of the Gaslamp District, was a nice diversion to dining alone.The menu offered a rather simplistic assortment of entrees, most of which included potatoes and fresh string beans. Salad was an ala carte, but I passed i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2008

Dakota Grill & Spirits
901 Fifth Ave
San Diego, California 92101
+1 619 234 5554

Fine Dining in San Diego

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Peohe's Photo, Coronado, California
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It is always nice to travel and enjoy a wonderful meal with colleagues, friends or family. San Diego has many outstanding options for visitors. This review is on two that I had the opportunity to experience first hand while attending my ASAE Conference.Oceanaire Seafood Room400 J StreetSan Diego, CA 92101PH: 619-858-2277Web: http://www.theoceanaire.com/Location/Default.aspx?id=6Reservations RecommendedA friend and I chose this restaurant based on a recommendation from someone working at the Marriott on Harbor Drive. We were definitely NOT disappointed.As you enter the building and ascend the open air staircase, you can feel the amb...Read More

Open Air Dining

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Open Air Bar Photo, San Diego, California
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San Diego is a beautiful city with perfect weather. Many of the restaurants and bars throughout the Gaslamp District are open air, no windows, no doors . . . just open space and fresh air. It is really nice to sit outside, whether you are enjoying a beer with a friend, as I did at The Field . . . or grabbing a bit to eat, which was how I spent my first afternoon in town at Bare Back Grill. Not only can you casually drink or dine, there are several very nice restaurants that offer outdoor cafe dining . . . like Lou & Mickeys.In the Gaslamp District, the choices are almost endless. I don't think that in just a few days you can really to the area justice. But I thoroughly enjoyed my ...Read More

MaryJane's Coffeeshop

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Restaurant | "Convenient to the Convention Center"

MaryJane's Coffeeshop Photo, San Diego, California
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My sister was able to come down to San Diego to spend some time with me and breakfast on her last morning in town was our last opportunity to get together. Meeting at the San Diego Convention Center, it was nice to just have to go a couple of blocks into the Gaslamp Quarter for breakfast.We entered from the 5th Avenue sidewalk and chose to sit outside because the morning was so beautiful. Our server Mickey was attentive and patient as we took our time to place our orders. After several visits to our table, we finally decided on the lox and bagels. Accompanied by the usual red onions, capers and ripe red tomato slices, and of course cream cheese, it was very good.The bagels ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2008

MaryJane's Coffeeshop
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego - Corner of 5th Avenue & L Street - 207 5th Avenue
San Diego 92101
(619) 702-3000

Embarcadero Park South

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Attraction | "Welcoming ASAE to San Diego"

Embarcadero Park South Photo, San Diego, California
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The Embarcadero Marina Park is a lovely place whether it is for a special event like the ASAE Welcome Reception or a family picnic. While the park is often closed for private parties, there are a lot of times when visitors and locals can enjoy the San Diego Bay while watching the boats sail or cruise by.Located on the north end of Harbor Drive, through the Seaport Village shopping area, this really is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the sea breeze through your hair. The park faces across to Coronado providing a nice backdrop for photos.If you are looking for a nice location for a private function, I would highly recommend considering the Embarcadero North or South areas. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2008

Embarcadero Park South
Marina Park Way
San Diego, California 92101