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Jul 31st, 2007, 09:57 AM
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Stay as many nights as possible!

try www.casalaguna.com
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Aug 1st, 2007, 03:14 PM
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Anyone know....
Which is closer to town and main beach the Surf and Sand or the Inn at Laugna?
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Aug 1st, 2007, 03:59 PM
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The Inn at Laguna is a nice place, but it's smack dab in the middle of town, next door to main beach, which is packed with tourists and lots of traffic. Some people like that...

I live here and would prefer the location of Surf & Sand, which is a little more south. They're both right on the Pacific Coast Highway, but the traffic is less congested the further south you go and the beach in front of the hotel is also much more secluded. Surf & Sand just redid their rooms, so they are very nice and their restaurant Splashes is good.

Las Brisas has great views, but the food is average. Have a drink and an appetizer at sunset. Mozambique, Sun-dried Tomato Cafe, Sapphire, and Cafe Zoolu and are some of my favorite restaurants.

That said....I love La Jolla...
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Aug 1st, 2007, 04:25 PM
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Thanks Gemstone:
Can you walk into town from the Surf and Sand? Wondering if it will be very crowded in late September.
Seems like everyone agrees that I should stay in LaJolla over Coronado..
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Aug 1st, 2007, 05:38 PM
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Yes, you can walk, it's about 10 blocks or so to the Main Beach area, so it's a ways. There are shops along the way, but it would take time to walk to and from. There's a free city trolley that runs all summer. Check and see if they're still running in September. Everywhere will be less crowded in late September than it is now.

I haven't been to Coronado for years, but we day trip to La Jolla and Del Mar and like both those places alot.
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Aug 1st, 2007, 06:05 PM
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Gemstone - Cafe Zoolu is a find - make reservations - it does fill up - I live in Coto and agree with you on the Surf and Sand being a little further south and a little nicer. Yes, Las Brisas is average on the food - but I do love to sit on the patio and have a margarita
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:01 AM
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It will be my 50th birthday while I'm there, so looking for someplace special to have dinner.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:33 AM
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Donna, for a 50th birthday in Laguna, French 75's the place! It's really special!
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:53 AM
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Donna - I would not suggest Cafe Zoolu for a 50th birthday dinner - unless you go by first and check it out - it is a small place and very unassuming.
There is a fantastic (expensive as well) place at the Montage - I believe it is either the Loft or the Office - I cannot recall which.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 08:11 AM
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The restaurant at Montage is Studio and it would be worthy of your 50th birthday dinner. The Loft there is a little more casual, but good too. I agree with dawnnoel about Cafe Zoolu, just a boxy little place that packs in the locals, but their seafood is something special. French 75 is charming old-world, Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis is modern trendy good (Michael Mina) and is one of the best in the area now for a splurge.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 11:38 AM
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Thanks Gemstone - I just could not remember the name of the "nice" resturant at the Montage - pricey but I have heard great things about it.

I love Zoolu and while swordfish is never my favorite fish - it is UNBELIEVABLE there - and I am not a "foodie" . But you need to "know" what you are getting... the owners appear to be a bit quirky but we love it and have dined their for birthdays and anniversaries - I can just see someone going and thinking "what is wrong with those people at Fodors?" ;-)
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 12:59 PM
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Lol, dawnnoel! Same with me, swordfish is not a fish I eat at all, but by my husband loves Zoolu's, too. Their sea bass is also fantastic. Actually, I wouldn't mind going there for my birthday, as long as I could go over to French 75 for their chocolate souffle, champagne and jazz afterwards!
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:50 PM
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Wow!! They both sound really nice, especially the "chocolate souffle and champagne" for dessert!!!
Everyone is great and so helpfull thanks
OK one last question... I promise Itenerary help..
2 or 3 nights in LaJolla for home base to see things in San Diego? Zoo, Balboa park etc...

(2) nights in Laguna, sound good?

Then I'd like to make another stop somewhere for another night..

Never did the Beverly Hills or Hollywood thing? Or maybe a night in Malibu?
OR fly out of Long Beach and go to Napa for a night.. hmmmmm
What do you think.....


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Aug 2nd, 2007, 04:55 PM
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Hi Donna,
I would not try to do napa in one night/day. It is a drive from Okland or SFO - too much.

Westwood/beverly hills is a good day/night trip. Where are you flying in and out of?

I also like to stay in Santa Monica - we like BOA by the 3rd street promanade... but you might have had enough of beachy towns after La Jolla and Laguna Beach -

Not sure on budget but my Dad loves the Four Seasons in Bevelery Hills - it is right on the corner of Rodeo - I stayed there for NYE and it was nice...


And Gemstone - I am just jealous you LIVE in Laguna - dh keeps me trapped out here "behind the gates" ;-) I would love to live in San Clemente or Laguna...
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 05:15 PM
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I'm jealous because you guys live anywhere in Ca. LOL
Its funny because I live on Long Island and people come here to vacation and come for our beaches but I just fell in love with Ca...
Santa Monica.. hmmmmm thats a thought, not sure whats there...
Beverly Hills sounds nice also.. Do the touristy thing!!!
Could fly into San Diego and out of Long Beach, or vice a versa, we dont mind driving... We love to explore...

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Aug 2nd, 2007, 05:43 PM
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Donna, I think 2 nights in Laguna is just right.

I'm not really an LA gal, but if you want to do Beverly Hills, treat yourself to an outdoor lunch at the Hotel Bel-Air. It's a gracious old hotel in a wooded canyon and the experience is good for the soul.
www.hotelbelair.com

One night's not enough time to do the Napa area. You'll need to spend a few days there, but have you considered the Santa Barbara wine country? So much fun...and great wines, inns and restaurants.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 05:47 PM
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OK Napa is out, too much to squeeze in.
We've been to Santa Barbara for one night 2 years ago during our trip up PCH. Stayed at the Inn of the Spanish Gardens, was so nice. Loved Santa Barbara. We did not get to Solvang (sp) near Santa Barbara though.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 09:53 PM
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Donna - JetBlue has a great flight from JFK into Long Beach - you can usually find good fares. Direct flights and you cannot beat how easy it is to get in and out of Long Beach. It is a tiny airport.

I will be in Long Island in Oct for a wedding - dh is from NYC and all his family is still in the area.

Santa Monica is nothing great -- we like it -- when we go up to stay in the LA area (we saw Wicked in Hollywood but stayed in Santa Monica). I like the 3rd Street Promanade to shop and walk around - it is a fun shopping "street" - outdoors -- but like I said after La Jolla and Laguna it might not have that much lure.

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Aug 3rd, 2007, 04:43 AM
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dawnnoelm:We had flown into Long Beach the 1st time I was there.. So easy.
Where in long island will you visiting?
Can I ask, who is dh?
I love East Hampton & Montauk in the fall, its beautiful....
Maybe the Beverly Hill Hotel or the Four Seasons would be fun and special.
Actually my original plan for my 50th was to fly into LA and get my hair cut by Jonathan, I love his long layered look and then go to Laguna & San Diego, but just recovering from chemo do to b.c. and hair is very short so my that plan went out the window..
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Aug 3rd, 2007, 07:13 AM
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(((Donna)))
God bless you - may you have the BEST 50th birthday!!

Dh is: Dear Husband for short.

I am not sure where on Long Island we are going - we are flying into JFK and staying in the city for two nights - seeing Jersey Boys - (it is our 11 year Anniversary trip) and then the wedding is Sat. night on Long Island.

On Sunday we are seeing a dear friend of mine who lives in East Islip? Or something like that...

I will have more details when we get the wedding invite.
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