My friends live in this neighborhood. It's on a hill as the name implies. (Loma means hill in Spanish) The advantages of this, of course, are its views. The disadvantage is its proximity to the airport. I can tell you, first-hand, that flights start leaving San Diego airport at 6:30 am.
Favorite thing: Sadly, this is not a row of stacked men in uniform, ripe for the picking. It's a layer of clouds that hangs low over the water and it's surrounding areas on some mornings. It can be deceiving in that you may think that the weather will be cloudy and chilly but once it burns off, you're back in the quintessentially sucky San Diego climate: sunny and warm with no humidity. I know... who can tolerate that day after day??
The folks at Scan Diego are great. They have resonable pricing and offer quite fast service.
Locate at 9377 Mira Mesa Blvd in a small "strip mall" I found their service to be excellent. They delivered my film ahead of schedule and very well organized.
9377 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92126
There are many places I can recommend. It is best to drive from OC to SD because there are many points of interest along the way.
Along PCH, any of the OC beach areas are good. If you want to stop by the "surfer" capital, Hungtington beach gives you that mainstream beachy/touristy feel; however, along the way-Laguna Beach is more tranquil and you can stroll around there. Laguna Beach also has a bunch of nice shops and artists' galleries. They have an annual Sawdust Art Festival held around June-August.
Mission San Juan Capistrano is en route to SD and close to the 405 S freeway. It's one of the California missions and gives you a feel for what "old" California was like. See their website: http://www.missionsjc.com/
There are also many other beaches along the road to SD and you may stop at any one of them if you wish. I suggest heading towards the east from there and do a quick stop in one of the local wineries in Temecula.
Of course, don't forget the following in SD: San Diego Wild Animal Park, Sea World, the Historic Old Town, the Gaslamp Quarter, La Jolla Shores, and possibly a quick run in Tijuana?
There are many restaurants around Old Town, the Gaslamp Quarter, La Jolla, etc. The only restaurant I can remember is the Royal Thai Cuisine in the Gaslamp Quarter. As for other restaurants, I forgot their names, sorry!
Here are some websites:
Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association: http://www.temeculawines.org/
Old Town: http://www.sandiegohistory.org/links/oldtown.htm
Gaslamp Quarter: http://www.gaslamp.org/
Royal Thai Cuisine in the Gaslamp Quarter: http://www.sdro.com/rthai/
San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau: http://www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors
Tijuana Border Crossing Information: http://www.tijuana.com/info.html
Good luck & do enjoy beautiful Southern California!
Fondest memory: Everything that Southern California has to offer brings back warm memories!
1.) Here's a good listing of events in San Diego. Check out this website:
It lists events such as the evening beach farmer's market, twilight park concerts, etc. Search by specific day/month to find out events for preferred dates.
2.) There are great ethnic restaurants all over SD. Though, the most famous and most visited area for this is the Gaslamp Quarter. I love the variety of restaurants there that serve dishes from all over the world, and I especially love the Royal Thai Cuisine. Check out this website for a list of restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter:
http://www.gaslamp.org/directory/dining.html (for main "dining" page)
3.) There are some seedy areas in downtown, but I doubt you'll even get to these questionable places during your SD trip. My advice is to take the necessary precautions that one would in any travel situation (e.g., avoid dubious areas, do not walk alone at nights, do not accept free drinks from a stranger at a bar, etc.).
4.) I think that Hotel Del (Coronado) is quite spooky. It is an upscale place with luxury screaming all over it, but it gives me a strange feeling whenever I'm in that area. It must be haunted by some ghost. :(
5.) Visit the wonderful SD area of Balboa Park, the main hub for its cultural life, home to many museums/gardens/the performing arts, etc. It's also where the zoo is located. There are various evening performances, some are free & others are not, that you can attend there. Here's the main weblink:
Here's the Balboa Park events weblink:
There are lots of events in the summer (e.g., summer "twilight in the park concert series," "screen on the green," (similar to other SOTGs around the country), summer Shakespeare festival, etc.
6.) Visit other less visited areas of SD (e.g., Scripps Ranch area, etc.)
7.) Visit the colorful Old Town historical area (it used to have the famous "Casa de Bandini" restaurant--my favorite Mexican restaurant in town--that no longer exists now)
8.) Visit Sea World
9.) Visit San Diego Wild Animal Park
10.) Visit La Jolla Shores/Cove
11.) Enjoy SD's beaches (i.e. Mission, Ocean, Pacific)
12.) Take in the magnificent sunrises & sunsets!
13.) Do a quick run at the border
14.) ...There are many more things to do & see in SD!
Enjoy Sunny San Diego!
Fondest memory: Lots of happy memories during my SD outings!
Favorite thing: We toured some neighborhoods that my son has been watching....loving bungalows as he does and growing up with an architecture nut. South Park has been the up and coming place recently. Used to be run down and worn out, but now the revival has taken hold. There are gorgeous bungalows to be saved there. Many are already restored and truly lovely. That Prairie Style is also prevelant throughout the area...lots of Arts & Crafts...creative stone work...stucco....some knockout doorways and stained glass. Guess you have to be an architecture buff to enjoy driving around looking at this sort of thing. If you are as crazy as I am....please visit my travelogue for more pics of this interesting neighborhood.
If your going with a family or with a friend it may be worth the purchase price to buy one of those Entertainment Books for the city or region your going to be staying in. Check the web for the current price as sometimes they are half price as the year goes on.
Allot of 2for1s and discounts that could save some serious money on adventure (baloon rides), dining etc...
These are really fun and spark interest in the National Park Service system. The brainchild of a marketing genius, the purchaser can get a stamp from each of the NPS sites he or she visits. The collection of these stamps, similar to postal cancellation postmarks (which include the name of the park and the date visited) become fun to collect. It's a great way to get the kids (of all ages!) excited about going to different parks, monuments, seashores, etc. that are operated by the NPS.
The passport itself is reasonably priced and the stamps are, of course, free. Each NPS facility has a stamp available at the visitor's center. If you don't see it just ask the ranger on duty. Some (e.g., Mt. Rushmore, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse) have special stamps with a depiction of the area/monument. Great fun!
You can obtain an NPS passport at any park Visitor's Center or online at the National Park Service Store.
Around San Diego you can visit and get a passport stamp at Cabrillo National Monument
Along the harbor front you will find about 30 "urban trees," whimsical sculptrures in a wide variety of tree-like shapes and colors. These very interesting works of art, sponsored by the Port of San Diego, add a festive air to the waterfront and each is worth pausing for a moment to study. I have pictured a few of them here.
Port of San Diego - Urban Trees
Just a suggestion for an easy snack or a picnic in the park or at the beach - at 1211 Garnet Avenue, there's a store that is part of an American Chain. You can find then in other cities, too - Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's is a friendly little, unusual food store. They have healthier foods, beer and wine and household products at lower prices than you will find at most other stores! There are already prepared foods to grab & go, or to pop in your microwave. A number different foods from around the world will keep your taste buds happy, too. This is great place to go for special treats (sweets & chocolate from around the world) and even for vitamins or shampoo!
May I also suggest, for the traveler, their great selection of power bars? Just pop a few in your bag, for an energy fade emergency! Or a cheap snack?
I buy the bagged raw nuts all the time, at the one in Brentwood, near my house . The prices are very good, as is the quality.
The produce selection is small, but it is the only store in America that I have ever seen bananas sold by The Each ( usually 19 cents each). Much of the produce is Organically Grown.
The store is fun to shop in and the savings are a thrill, too! Store staff and friendly and wear colorful Hawaiian style shirts for their uniform. Kids get balloons & have their own tiny carts to "help" their adult shoppers.
San Diego webcam
Fondest memory: Weather: Overcast
Temperature: 60?F (16?C)
Humidity: 80 %
Wind Speed: S 12 MPH
Barometer: 29.91 in. (1012.7 mb)
Dewpoint: 54?F (12?C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi
Favorite thing: An 1887 Stick Eastlake house first owned by John Sherman, has a widow's walk and circular window. It was moved to Heritage Park in 1971. The Gilbert sisters brought many internationally famous entertainers to this home in the early years.
Favorite thing: The Senlis Cottage was built for Eugene Senlis in 1896. He was an employee of the San Duiego pioneer horticulturist, Kate Sessions. (we met her on another tip about Balboa Park). This is a typical example of a home for working-class people. It now houses the Park Ranger office and rest rooms as well as the museum exhibit space. It seems funny to me to visit these historic sites...homes like this one considered so old. We moved out of a house built in 1895 to go to a house built in 1763...so it's hard for me to think about them as museums.
Favorite thing: This lovely building has soulvenirs and you can stop in to their Tea Room for a very civilized cup of tea! :-) I was with "the guys" who weren't in the mood for such nicities, but I would have loved to poke around a bit more and have a tea break.
Favorite thing: There are a number of missions scattered around San Diego. I wish I could take a guided tour of all of them. The architecture is old Mexican stucco with arches and the grounds are beautiful and tranquil. Try to slip in to at least one while you are on your visit. Hopefully they will always be preserved.
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