a little trip

January 16, 2015

We bought annual passes for the San Diego Wild Animal Safari Park & the SD Zoo over the Christmas break and took a little 3 day holiday with the girls!   San Diego has lots of things to do for families: Safari park, Zoo, Legoland, Seaworld, beautiful beaches, kayaking, and more!  I have spent quite a bit of time in SD as my dad lived there for many years.  My favorite area is Del Mar by far . . . a little slice of heaven; Le Auberge Del Mar Hotel is  amazing (here).

Since we wanted to be close to some fun activities for the girls we headed a little further south and stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt (here).

 We had drinks up at the very top of that left tower; at the Top of the World. The girls had their first "Shirley Temples"

this is the huge lobby 

View from the Top of the World

When we travel with the girls we always get suites so that we can put them to bed and still enjoy having a drink, watching a movie or sitting on the balcony and their "conference suites" are amazing! Dinner table to sit 8 people, full bar area, sectional sofa, floor-to-ceiling windows . . . they are HUGE! Worth the extra money especially if you are traveling with another family

 Their favorite thing to do once they check in to a hotel? - Check out the bed
  
We decided to visit the the USS Midway while we were down there and it was truly magnificent (here) . . . Mr. Hotpants and I loved it because we are history nerds like that  . . .  the girls were sort of impressed for the first 20 minutes then they wanted to leave.  Looking back now I would probably wait until they were a little older to go on it (although little boys would probably have an insane time and enjoy it for a little longer)


 They loved the flight deck!


The girls did love Seaport Village (here); which is right where the USS Midway is docked.  It has great little shops, restaurants, ice cream places, outdoor patios and a fantastic balloon man (the girls got a hello kitty and a pink panther made out of balloons!!)


The next day we crossed the bridge and headed into Coronado (here).  We didn't visit the famous Hotel Del  this time (here) as we wanted to have a more relaxed non-touristy afternoon so we headed to the other side of the island to a great little spot by the Ferry landing.  We had an awesome lunch at the Coronado Brewing Company (here) and then rented one of those 4-people bikes and cruised the boardwalk stopping on the beach to collect shells.  




I would definitely recommend this, especially those who are close to SD.  So easy to get to, a nice change, great weather, lots to do and fun new experiences!  Heres to more of these little adventures in 2015.

 

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