Sunday, July 22, 2012

Loving San Diego

We're home from San Diego and I have to say, I am still in love with it and can see why my Grandfather loved San Diego and it's calling us back.
We had perfect weather, okay, some may not say 60's and 70's with a high humidity isn't good, but after the summer Colorado has had, hot and dry, we found the weather to be perfect.  We flew out on Frontier Airlines and arrived on time. I have to say, coming in for the landing flying past the buildings was pretty cool. While we were in San Diego, we found out that the airport is the only US International Airport that has one runway. 

We rented a car from Budget Rental. It was easy to catch the bus to the lot from the airport and check in went quickly. It wasn't far from the airport and to the hotel. The car was nice a clean. We were a little worried with it being a compact but it turned out well.

We stayed at the Best Western Island Palms on Shelter Island and I have to say, we'll be staying there again. The lobby was beautiful with a nice water fountain and greenery. The staff was very nice and it was easy to check in. Our room was next to the pool and had a view of the marina. It was a king size bed and was very clean. They are a very family friendly hotel. The Sunday that we were there, they had a movie night in the pool area, showing "Horton Hears a Who." It was fun floating in the pool watching the movie. 

We had breakfast and two dinners at the hotel's restaurant, the Blue Wave Bar & Grill. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. They have patio seating that over looks the pool area and a wonderful view of the marina. We even got to see the fireworks from Sea World as we had late night drinks and desert. The price range is typical of what you would expect from a hotel restaurant.

The first night that we were in San Diego we ended up walking down to the Bay Club Bar & Grill. It's part of another hotel so the again, the prices is what one expect for a hotel restaurant. The food was really good and the service wonderful. 
For an appetizer we had the Five-Spice Seared Ahi with seaweed salad. The Ahi, was cooked perfectly. Simon enjoyed the seaweed salad and I did try it. (Remember, it's green and green isn't my thing.) 
 For dinner I had a New York Strip with two Crab cakes. I have to say, the stake was good but the Crab cakes were the best that I've ever had. Made mostly of crab meat and it toasted in butter, just melted in my mouth. I tried crab cakes else where while I was in San Diego and they have these were the best ones! 
Simon had the Filet of Oscar. It's Filet Mignon topped with Snow Crab, asparagus and Bearnaise sauce. It was very tasty and the Filet was cooked perfectly to his liking and the crab meat was delicious. 

After dinner we had a wonderful walk along the beach and watched the sun set. The beach has fire pits to allow anyone to cook and anyone can set up camp with their camper in the parking lot.

While we were in San Diego, we also ate at Dick's Last Resort, The Spaghetti Factory, The Greek Islands Cafe and Pizza Nova

The main reason we went to San Diego was for Comic Con. Unfortunately, we were unable to get tickets as they sold out within 45 minutes and I ended up 8000+ in line when it sold out. We only wanted tickets for Sunday to get in the vender area. I had heard of horror stories of how long the lines are for panels and I wasn't interested in spending most of my time waiting in line.
 Anyway, while we ate breakfast on Saturday, our waiter had asked if we were ready to go. We explained what happened and that we were just planning on hanging out outside of the convention. About 5 minutes later a very nice man who will remain nameless gave us his Con Bag and the Con Program. He stated that he didn't want our weekend to be a total waste. We were floored at the kindness of this man. We later ran into him on the free shuttle bus that the Con had set up at the various hotels.
We met up with Simon's family and we went to various locations that were free off site from the convention.
The following morning we ran into our new friend again and this time, he gave us his con badge. Simon was able to get into the convention and get some goodies for us. While he was inside, I was outside spending time with the in-laws and people watching.

Monday, Simon and I spent the afternoon at Seaport Village. We did some shopping and then hoped on  the San Diego SEAL Tour. I have to admit, Monday was my favorite day in San Diego. While on the tour we got to see a family of Dolphins playing in the wake of a large ship and by us. There was something that was just peaceful and relaxing about the trip. It was something that I was needing. I recommend everyone to take the tour at least once while you're in San Diego. 

Since we've been home, we've had the feeling that San Diego is calling us back. We seen a number of shows that were in San Diego, like Triple D and House Hunters. Believe me, the heat is still here and I wish that I was back at The Island Palms, lounging by the pool, enjoying the cooler weather. San Diego, we'll be back again.

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