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Where to go for single parent and son this summer?

May 2nd, 2009, 10:04 AM
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thanks ksucat!
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May 2nd, 2009, 11:39 AM
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ncounty,

Thanks. That was above and beyond my expectations! I'm getting pysched already!

kuscat,

I think up to around $150/night would be our budget. Breakfast included would be desired.

Looking at a map, it looks like Ocean Beach would be a quick drive to downtown (Ocean Beach Drive to I-5). Are there any places in that area in my price range?
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May 2nd, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Also, are the Padres playing home the last week of July? I'd like a day game if possible. In Texas (Rangers), all games are at night in the summer and can end kind of late for a preschooler. Since the weather is so nice in San Diego, I figure a day game would be very pleasant.
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May 2nd, 2009, 12:36 PM
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hey bkluvsNola..
Checked the last week of July and things are getting pricey..
Give me your exact dates and I'll plug them in and see what pops up and I will give you my take what is the best, imo, for the price in SD..
Padres will be in town for a day game with MIL on Aug 2nd at 1:05pm and comes with a kids lunchbox..how great is that..tickets you can get for under $10pp..bleacher seats but who cares..they have a sandbox in front of them if he/she wants to play.

Did a quick glance at BW of La Jolla Inn by the sea..excellent location..average hotel..heart of the village with tons of great restaurants, coastline of parks..
3 star but in LJ..2 blocks from the beach and the seals that the kids love..with breakfast for $172 a night..things can change with different dates..
I was born in OB and love it but I would suggest other places with you and your 4 year old..not many hotels.
So let us know!
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May 2nd, 2009, 06:00 PM
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kuscat,

You are an immense help

Dates would probably be July 25th to August 2nd. I'm thinking I probably wouldn't be able to catch a game and then catch a flight, unless I had a later flight out.

I might be able to go to $170/night but not for a 3 star. I travel for business a lot, primary in the South and Midwest, and $120-150/night usually gets me a Marriott Residence Inn with free breakfast in the morning. I'm taking it that is not possible in San Diego that time of year?

Perhaps further inland may be better?

Also, how is parking near the beaches? How much is it and how easy is it to find it?
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May 2nd, 2009, 06:22 PM
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Hey..
Just checked the dates and for $150 for a Marriott or Sheraton in Mission Valley gets you a standard room with no breakfast but its less than 10 minutes to the beach and I believe the parking is free and no resort fees..

Some great breakfast places down the street at Ricky's for the best pancakes or Perry's in Old Town..
This is a great area with tons of hotels but these 2 hotels have the best prices for a major chain hotel..

I hear you on the 3* for $170 or more but its the time of year because this is prime time for us or the tourists.
If you get a later flight you can go to the Pad's game and get the gift and spend an hour or two and the airport is 10 minutes away..get bleacher seats for $10 and it really is one heck of a ballpark!

I went to Expedia for the deals but do check direct..
Mission Valley is very centrally located..

I was looking for the Crowne Plaza in Mission Valley which I like a lot but didn't find it on Expedia...check that out direct..its a lot of bang for the buck..$150 a night.
Keep us posted!
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May 2nd, 2009, 06:24 PM
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I forgot to add that there is no charge for beach parking unless its a state park like Torrey Pines but they have free parking in front..
Also, breakfast is the cheapest meal of the day around here and for 2 you can eat very well for around $10 for both of you...we have the best taco shops too!!
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May 2nd, 2009, 08:38 PM
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ksucat,

Do you eat breakfast tacos in San Diego like we do here in Austin? If you do, then you're my kind of town
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May 3rd, 2009, 07:20 AM
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ksucat, the travel agent extraordinaire strikes again!! You're fantastic, mister. I would agree to avoid Ocean Beach... it's okay but not the spot I'd think of for a single parent with a 4 year old.

San Diego is a driving town anyway so I think it is fine to find your best value place and then just drive to your destinations.
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May 3rd, 2009, 07:28 AM
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trying to keep up with ksucat, here is another great option. I found a new hotel in Point Loma, a very central location like OB, called the Pearl for $154 and taxes are$16 and it is a 4 star hotel with 23 designer rooms. It is this price on hotels.com and I found it through kayak.com. I just saw that they don't allow anyone under 18 though....I've never heard of that, maybe they mean staying alone in a room? Here is the description:

Down to Earth, Up with Style: The Pearl Hotel is San Diego's newest jewel, opens in early summer 2007. Welcome to this must-stay destination that looks and feels "alive"-inside and out-and breathes with energy morning, noon and night. The Pearl Hotel sports 23 designer rooms of comfort and distinction, combining a great central location with superior service and an audacious dash of vintage-modern flair. The Pearl Hotel is in historic Point Loma, one block away from beautiful San Diego Bay, two miles from the airport, and 10 minutes from the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. Also, we're freeway-close, giving easy access to all that America's Finest City has to offer. Whether you're in town for business, for pleasure, or for both. The Pearl is where want to be. Every day guest enjoy Affordable sophistication in a boutique hotel environment. Rooms featuring luxury amenities, free wireless internet and LCD TVs. Restaurant serving world-class small plates and entrees. Bar and lounge perfect for rest and relaxation. Proximity to major attractions, major beaches, shopping and business centers.. Our facilities do no have rollaways, or cribs. We also cannot accommodate more than 2 people per room, and no one under 18 is permitted to stay at hotel. We are a completely non-smoking property. .
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May 3rd, 2009, 07:30 AM
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My search also turned up the doubletree hotel in mission valley for $147, also a 4 star hotel with a pool. With taxes, it is $166 whereas the Pearl is $170. It IS our high season so harder to find cheap.
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May 3rd, 2009, 07:44 AM
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This thread has great info for even us grownups heading to SD. Thanks!

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May 3rd, 2009, 08:08 AM
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ncounty,

The Doubletree sounds like a good option. Where is Mission Valley. I'm looking at a map and can't seem to find it. Is it near Mission Trails Regional Park? Sorry, I don't know much about San Diego...
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May 3rd, 2009, 11:41 AM
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Hey ncounty and bk..
The Pearl is an old motel that has been converted to a very hip hotel with great food..but they do have an age requirement..go for the food its really good.
DoubleTree is off the trolley line at 163/Friars rd..its the furthest of the 3..but a great hotel..all of them are fine.

Crowne Royal, the closest to the beach and is right off the I-8/I-5 before you get to Sea World..Mission Valley is in the riverbed area of I-8 and its a great location to get to anywhere in SD within minutes..
Do you have a Marriott Rewards or Sheraton Rewards club for points to upgrade or get a free breakfast?
They all seem great..go with the best deal that you can work with them..call direct and see if its cheaper and ask for other goodies..like upgrade to a suite, free breakfast, resort fees waived..

bk..everything centers around putting things in a taco...
Some of the best taco trucks are here too..that will be in another post..we love our Mex food!!!
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May 3rd, 2009, 12:51 PM
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There is no better way to start your day that with a breakfast burrito. Don't forget to have a fish taco. I'm sure every san diegan here has their personal favorite and will debate for hours the merits of fried vs grilled, slaw, white sauce or not.
Hotel Circle in Mission Valley is where everyone is pointing you. Any travel site search should have that as reference. Lots of hotels in all ranges. Mission valley would be your best bet. Freeways all converge there so you can get anywhere in the county quickly.

Quick trip on the I-8 to Sea World and Mission Bay, jump to the 163 for the Zoo and Balboa Park, and either the 5 or the 163 for the Ballpark. I love games at Petco. Even if you get cheap seats the park is walkable with different seating areas available.
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May 3rd, 2009, 01:30 PM
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glad the info may be of help, Deb!

bk, Mission Valley is a fairly central location about 10-20 minutes drive to most destinations. If you think of the intersection of Hwy 5 which runs north/south and Hwy 8 which runs east/west as the central point, the airport is just west and south of this mark. Mission Valley is only within 2 miles or so of this mark so it is a quick drive to the airport, about 10 minutes. Downtown and the zoo/balboa park, petco park, gaslamp are all clumped together about 3 miles south of this central point. La Jolla is north and west and about 15 minutes drive. The doubletree I think is near the intersection of Hwy 8 and Hwy 163 if you can find that on the map. Or go to the hotel's website, it should show its location.
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May 3rd, 2009, 07:06 PM
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ncounty,

Yes, I see where that is - that is a great location!

littlecl,

I'm curious how a breakfast burrito in San Diego differs from a breakfast taco in Austin. Here we put eggs and bacon, potatoes, or what have you in a soft flour tortilla and top with generous portions of salsa. How is the San Diego version done?

We do fish tacos in Austin (I'm sure they are quite different as we can have catfish and other "Southern" fish in ours...) so I'm curious to try the San Diego version. What kind of fish do they use?

Do you have any fish taco joints near the Mission Valley area that you may recommend? I'll take it however the locals get it...
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May 3rd, 2009, 07:10 PM
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I'm thinking of pushing out my schedule by one day so I can guarantee a Padres day game. To tell you the truth, that is the part I'm most looking forward to!
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May 3rd, 2009, 09:58 PM
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Most breakfast burritos that I have are made with scrambled eggs, pot's, bacon and cheese or veggie would be avocado and lots of good salsa..
Padre games is one of the best things besides being in SD during the summer with warm ocean water, boogie boarding, riding bikes on the boardwalk, happy people all over and being with your son in America's Finest City..
Priceless..
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May 4th, 2009, 02:27 AM
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Breakfast burrito as described by Ksucat, or chorizo and egg.

Fish tacos, I love grilled so am a fan of Miguel's swordfish tacos. You can also go to Rubios for a quick fix introduction or Wahoo's.
They can be found anywhere they serve tacos. Moat of the time it is Mahi Mahi as the fish.
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