Post # 1
my aunt and uncle gave us a week of their timeshare for a wedding present, and we’re going to the welk resort in escondido (near san diego) following our sept. wedding. we’re from the northeast and have never been to CA, so we’re excited to check it out!
check in at the resort is on friday, and we’d like to arrive in CA a few days early– we’re looking for suggestions about what we should do and where we should go for the first few days. we definitely want some relaxing since it will be just after the wedding, but we also love to explore, hike, play outside, and sitesee.
i’d also love your hotel/inn/B&B suggestions. beachfront would be fab.
i know there are a lot of CA ladies on here– what can you tell me?
Post # 3
Will you be flying into San Diego, and looking for places to go down there? Or, are you open to the LA/OC area as well?
Laguna Beach is gorgeous, as is Malibu, and usually you can still lay on the beach in September:)
Post # 4
i’m open to anything! we don’t want to do a whole ton of driving, but we can spread it out over a few days.
Post # 5
san diego is great! we had a blast when we went. definetely visit la jolla, supposedly the best consistent weather in the US. we had a great dinner at Georges on the Cove. highly recommended. we also had dinner at Prado which is in a nice location and took a walk on Mission Beach. not sure if its what you want to do on your honeymoon but we also took a bus to mexico in tijuana. had some margaritas and fish tacos and shopped till we dropped. we also visited the gaslamp district and took a drive to the wineries. i think the one we went to was Orfila. great views. you must have an in-and-out burger while on the west coast! =)
Post # 6
If you don’t want to do a lot of driving, Orange County beaches is the way to go. I’m from OC, but live in Boston now. My husband’s family is from the Northeast and loved Laguna Beach the most when visiting. It resembles the Northeast the most, but in a CA way. Laguna is about a 60-90 minute drive from Escondido.
Lots to do and see in Laguna, and you can hike at Crystal Cove in Newport Beach, just a mile away. There’s a range of hotels you can stay at from the Best Western that has an ocean view, to Surf & Sand Resort for mid-priced, to the Montage Resort, Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis for luxury. Since you’ll be going in Sept., prices will be better than in the summer.
Laguna has a very cool downtown area with lots of dining and shopping, within walking distance depending on where you stay, or a short drive. Have fun, you’ll love it.
Post # 7
oooh, these sound great! i hadn’t thought of laguna (i guess i have ideas about it shaped by MTV?). keep the suggestions coming- love them!
Post # 8
Definitely go to Coronado Island – it is a charming area right near San Diego. For more info go to http://www.coronado.ca.us/
Post # 9
Nikkinicole, don’t let those horrible TV shows influence you! If you decide to fly in early to hang out in Laguna before Escondido, you can fly into San Diego Airport, rent your car and drive to OC, then fly back out of San Diego. The round-trip ticket will be less expensive then doing two one-ways if you decide to do another part of CA.
Santa Barbara is also very cool. Beachside, very walkable and tourist-friendly, but not overly-crowded. It’s about a 4-5 hour drive from San Diego, or you can fly into L.A. and the drive would be about 90 minutes.
Malibu is about a 3-hour drive from SD/Escondido. Still doable, but will depend on how much driving you want to do. It’s about 45-minutes from LAX.
Post # 10
everyone seems to spend a day at disneyland (not my cup of tea) but a suggestion for you. Are you planning to do day trips to areas in Socal? or do you prefer staying put in one place and venturing out locally? If you do day trips/road trips, I suggest you do a drive along the coasts (stopping off at SD, Newport Beach or Laguna Beach, Malibu, if you want to go further, santa barbara and big sur (i’m assuming you got over a week and you’d be spending a day at each location…lots of driving though). If you rather do an extended stay in escondido, I absolutely love SD, downtown SD is great, take a stroll at Balboa Park and visit the gardens, check out the gas light district, seaworld and go to the beaches, you can drive north to newport/laguna areas to visit the beaches, check out downtown disney too, in Anaheim. It’ll be quite hot..so bring plenty of sunblocks.
Post # 11
There is PLENTY to do in San Diego without going to the OC. I may be biased. I live in San Diego. It depends on how much driving you want to do.
Gaslamp – Downtown tons of great places to eat and dance
Padres Baseball – Downtown ballpark
Beaches – Pacific Beach & La Jolla (lots of others too)
World Famous Zoo & Wild Animal Park – PM me and I can send you discount passes (Wild Animal Park is about 15 min from where you are staying)
Balboa Park (next to the zoo) – Has world class museums
Casinos – several within 15 min of the Welk resort. I prefer http://www.pechanga.com
Wineries – 15 min North in Temecula
Outlet Shopping all over the place
Mexico – PM me or reseach for places to go
Glen Ivy Hot Springs – 20 min North
Lots of places to outdoorsy things! Its San Diego… Golf at Torrey Pines, Hang gliding, Hot Air Balloons, Deep Sea Fishing
For Day trips there are always Disney.
OK that was a little long…I live here for a reason
Post # 12
You may want to go to Santa Barbara on Sunday. They have a weekly Arts and Craft show right along the beach and it is pretty big. Here is a link for it.
Defnitely try to get to Gleny Ivy Hot Springs if you get the chance. This is a large outdoor style spa. They have various pools, jacuzzis and even a red clay mud pool. I love the hot mineral pools and it’s fun covering your body w/the red clay mud. It makes you soft all over afterwards. If you want to get a treatment you will have to book early because it gets quite busy there during the summer months.
Have fun on your trip to Cali!
Post # 13
I second coronado island and the Zoo! Ask the knotties too, they always have TONS of suggestions for this type of thing.
Post # 14
Since you have a few days before going to Escondido I would definitely stay by the beach during that time! I recommend the Grand Colonial in La Jolla (you can walk to the La Jolla Cove, shopping, restaurants, etc.) and the Hotel Del Coronado (beautiful hotel and gorgeous wide sandy beach).
I would definitely go snorkeling or kayaking at the Cove and go hiking at the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Also, if you’re up to trying surfing, check out the Surf Divas surfing classes that are held at La Jolla Shores (another nice beach).
I would also check out Hillcrest, a really cute area near downtown San Diego.
I wouldn’t try to see too much of California at once if you are interested in relaxing. My fiance and I took a week long roadtrip from San Diego to San Francisco and we felt like we could have used two extra weeks!
Post # 15
Temecula (30 minutes north of Escondido) has great wine tasting.
Coronado Island (south of downtown ~ 45 minute drive from escondido)- a charming, wonderful beach town, but pricey.
Pacific Beach- surfer/college student vibe, cute stores, lots of bars.
I highly recommend Solana Beach and Cardiff by the Sea if you’re looking to relax by the beach. Solana Beach has an amazing design district with wonderful shops as well as cute little cafes and restaurants. Cardiff is more of a surfer town, but has great food (Pipes is a great place for breakfast!) and the beaches in that area are nicer than further south.
I am in the San Diego county so if you have any questions, email me at loloeleven at gmail dot com
Post # 16
YOu have to go to Extraordinary Desserts in SD! There are two, go to the newer one off of Union St.! You’ll love it! Southern California is pretty spread out, so it’s kind of inevitable that you’ll have to drive quite a bit. They have awesome desserts, as the name states, and they have a great selection of tea and drinks! Try American Beauty or their kiwi lemonade! 😀