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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, True Rest

A March 2002 trip to Cardiff by hwlrmnky

Quote: I almost hate to use the term, but a vist to Cardiff-by-the-Sea is indeed a "getaway." We went because we needed to get away from home to both work and relax, and we had such a nice time--largely due to the lodging we chose--that we are going back next month.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, True Rest

Overview

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I really enjoyed waking up, getting out of bed at 10 a.m. and going up to the roof garden of the Cardiff Lodge to use the jacuzzi and while enjoying the ocean view. Aesthetically pleasing, physically restoring. Perfect.Quick Tips: There is a 7-11 at the corner of San Elijo and Hwy 101 in Cardiff. Since the town is tiny and what there is shuts down early, knowing the location of this 24-hour convenience mart may save you from helplessly wandering through San Diego County just because you forgot a toothbrush or suddenly crave an ice cream sandwich.Best Way To Get Around: One really needs a car to get to Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Perhaps that's a very California attitude...I'll add that Amtr...Read More

Cardiff Lodge by the Sea

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Hotel

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The Cardiff Lodge was perfect for what I needed, which was a place to both relax and to work. I am partial to bed and breakfast inns but some of them I find are simply TOO lush and luxuriant; there is just no way to do something like "work" at the Jabberwock Inn in Monterey, for example. This is not a back-handed compliment for the Cardiff Lodge--it is clear that Jeanette Statser, our hostess, knew exactly what she was doing when she and her husband James planned the property. There seems to be a guest room decorated to nearly every taste imaginable, so prospective guests will often tour the property to look in available rooms and decide which setting is "them." There is also the wonderfully romantic ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2002

Cardiff Lodge by the Sea
142 Chesterfield Avenue
Cardiff, California 92007
(760) 944-6474

Papa Puccini's Besta-Wan Pizza

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Restaurant | "Papa Pouccini's Besta-Wan Pizza"

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I was at first quite skeptical of eating food from the Besta-Wan Pizza place. It is visible from the rooftop garden of the Cardiff Lodge, and when I spotted it, I thought, oh dear, "corny name equals bad pizza." This, however, proved to be sheer prejudice on my part. The name IS corny but the pizza was quite, quite good. It was prepared with fresh ingredients and somehow managed to be the very closest thing to New York pizza I have ever had on the West Coast. Let me say that again--the very closest. It is not New York pizza, but it is excellent. The two women behind the counter were both very friendly and made ordering pleasant. Eschewing public life--the purpose of our weekend--we elected to ta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2002

Papa Puccini's Besta-Wan Pizza
148 Aberdeen Drive
Cardiff, California
(760) 753-6707

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I liked the Cardiff Lodge enough to make reservations for our next stay before our first trip was over. This said, I have some musings over the whirlpool tubs at the Lodge to share. Because I have a condition that requires daily physical therapy-type activities, I will always opt for a whirlpool tub when available. The standard-room whirlpool tubs at Cardiff Lodge are large enough for one person to soak luxuriously, and large enough for two slender people to soak simultaneously if they are blessed with good humor and excellent communication. (The Sweetheart room has a true two-person tub that I did not see.) The jets, I must report, did not impress me. The tub was great; the jets were of negligibl...Read More