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the Pacific Terrace in San Diego, CA.
While we were staying at the hotel, a small company had taken over many of the hotel’s rooms for an annual trip for their employees and their employees’ families. Alas, the entire time we were there we had to deal with mostly drunken people from this group who weren’t doing a great job of supervising their children. The hot tub was in such bad shape after Friday night that it was unusable the following day – the water was visibly dirty – and no one did anything to improve it. We would return to the hotel, but would first make sure this company was not going to be there at the same time. The hotel let the group take over the outside area, drinking and barbequing until late at night.
The hotel did serve continental breakfast (free to guests) in a nice common room on the first floor, with a good selection of fruit, cereal, bread products, and juices. Iced tea and lemonade were available throughout the day.
The hotel did not have a bar but did serve complimentary wine to guests by the pool area every afternoon from 4-5 – a nice gesture.
The people were excellent, from the moment we checked in. If you needed something, they would help you with a smile, but never seemed to get in the way. The people who served the wine during the afternoon were especially gracious. You can have the most beautiful facility in the world and bad service can spoil it; that is not the case here. We would definitely return.
There is A LOT to do in San Diego. To get a good picture of the city, you need to spend at least a week there. We had both been to San Diego before, but a long time ago. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of time – only two full days, to be exact. It was the end of a trip for us, so we chose one activity and spent the rest of the time relaxing.
We went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, choosing a Friday over a Saturday because we thought it would be less busy. Indeed it was – we got there shortly after it opened and there were very few visitors at that time on a weekday when school was in session. We took the monorail ride, which meandered much more slowly than usual due to a lack of visitors that day. We got some good shots, but found ourselves getting a bit miffed at fellow tourists who insisted on constantly standing up and blocking views (my, but we get persnickety as we age!). We walked around a bit, had some lunch, and then settled in to watch the chimpanzee feeding. It was more interesting watching the chimpanzees when they weren’t being fed, as they simply played catch with park personnel. Note that San Diego Wild Animal Park is not located near the zoo – in fact, it is 35 miles north of the zoo in Escondido, CA. One thing we learned was that the temperature is sure warmer inland – initially we had settled for warmer shorts based on the cool ocean breeze at our hotel, and soon regretted that decision (it was warm!). This is most definitely a place to take kids. There are special events and tours that must be booked in advance – but be advised that they are expensive. A nice plus is the staff really seem to care a great deal about what they do.
Hennessy’s Irish Pub
Celadon – 540 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 619-297-8424
Daddio’s – 4656 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 858-270-4656
Well, OK, we were ending our trip, so we didn’t exactly trip the light fantastic. We did at least get out to hear some live music (see Daddio’s above) but were back in our hotel room by 9. (Admittedly we could have stayed until the end, she was so entertaining.) This is a large city with plenty of nightlife. Go ahead and find it. We were content to hang out at the beach.
What can we say? San Diego is known for some of the best weather in the USA. It was beautiful for the short time we got to spend in Pacific Beach – warm, sunny, clear days and comfortable nights. September is really perfect there. It did get a little cool at night along the beach.
If you are going to San Diego, try to get more time there than we did. There is so much to see and do for all ages, the weather is gorgeous, and you’re also at the beach! Vacation destinations don’t get much better than this. We scheduled our trip in early September when we knew the kids would be in school. You can get discounts in the off-season. This area is where we usually put a tip about taking bug spray. Well, guess what? You don’t need bug spray in San Diego! Woo hoo!