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Title: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on January 18, 2010, 01:20:08 PM
I see theres about 10 SPG hotel in the area -cat 3 4 5's..........
so anyone been to any?
or have any useful info bout SPG hotels in SD?
or any info what to do in SD in general????

thanx!!!
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 18, 2010, 01:36:01 PM
We went to SD this past summer. Stayed in the SD mission valley hotel (cat 3-stay 4 nights get the fifth free). Its pretty much smack in the middle of everything. Its right next to an expressway so try to get a room on on the far side of the hotel so you dont hear the noise (I dont know how bad it is with the noise, because we were on the far side of the hotel). There was a $14(?) parking fee per day which they waived for me. (dont expect it-she did it because she was jewish and i was gonna park on the street all the way down the block over shabbos) There is some street parking, but very little. We liked the hotel overall. They charge for internet as well but i just tethered to my blackberry. We have gold status and i managed to get an upgrade to a penthouse suite for the 5 days we were there.

We were with my 1 year old so we couldnt do everything we would have wanted to...

Some of the things we did: the zoo, seaworld, horse racing @ Del Mar racetrack, la jolla cove, went hiking in Torrey Pines State Beach and Park, rented a boat from http://www.seaforthboatrental.com. The zoo was pretty dumb IMO. Same as any other zoo and pretty hilly. If we did it again, id probably go the wild animal park instead of the zoo.

There are a few restaurants...nothing crazy though. You can google them and see their menus. We went to "The Place" (both meat and dairy) and Orly’s café.
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on January 18, 2010, 01:47:53 PM
wow great report, thanx for all the info
worth crossing to tijuana?
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 18, 2010, 01:50:26 PM
wow great report, thanx for all the info
worth crossing to tijuana?

I would have done it if i had a passport for my son. You can read up about it online...its all over the place. Some say its too dangerous...
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2010, 02:17:53 PM
worth crossing to tijuana?
It used to be, but it's far too dangerous today.
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: Jay the PRESIDENT on January 18, 2010, 02:23:58 PM
It used to be, but it's far too dangerous today.
how bout just for a couple of hours?
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2010, 02:47:46 PM
how bout just for a couple of hours?
As long as you don't mind becoming a statistic in the horrific drug wars currently being fought in that city.
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: momo on January 18, 2010, 05:25:02 PM
Forget the danger part. It is a total waste of time and money.
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: damaxer91 on January 18, 2010, 05:59:24 PM
Forget the danger part. It is a total waste of time and money.
+1
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: Yaalili on January 18, 2010, 07:14:42 PM
We walked to tijuana, in summer 08, when you cross in they don't ask for passports or anything, and we were there for like 2 hours (didn't go to avienda revoulucion) and then we went back, the line back to us was like 1-1/2 hours litterly wait time, but it was an interesting expierience!
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: jo on January 18, 2010, 10:22:09 PM
Just got back from san diego. Stayed in hilton in mission valley. nice place, booked on priceline for cheap. across the street from shopping center including target and coffee bean. went to many of the attractions. sea world is fantastic. loved the zoo, but not so much wild animal park. tijuana is not much fun, aside from the safety issues. its very sleazy and we spent a couple hours there. instead go to old town in san diego and u can buy the same stuff without the creepiness. currently theres only one restaurant (the place, fleishigs) though i hear there may be others soon. la jolla cove is cute and free.
Title: San Diego for Pesach
Post by: queensdeals on February 24, 2010, 11:46:03 PM
I'm gonna be in San Diego for Pesach on a program there.  Other than food (which isn't relevant) what should I be doing with the family (wife, 2 year old, and 2 month old) or some of the family?

I've done the run of the mill SeaWorld, Zoo, Wild Animal Park.
Anything interesting and different? Kid oriented? Not kid oriented?
We've got a car.
I know without food as an event, most yidden are stuck.  But c'mon, someone here has got to have something interesting.


I'm game if you've got ideas.
Title: Re: San Diego for Pesach
Post by: moish on February 25, 2010, 07:09:43 AM
1. biplane ride from carlsbad airport
2. take out a boat or waverunner from downtown, and drive past the aircraft carrier and submarines
3. legoland
Title: Re: San Diego for Pesach
Post by: SuperFlyer on March 01, 2010, 08:18:19 AM
With a wife that is 26 month old? I'd say Toys R us... ?

 :D   Just kidding.    :D

(Thats a purim after effect)
Title: Re: San Diego for Pesach
Post by: jo on March 01, 2010, 02:21:38 PM
Legoland is definitely worth doing. Go check out the seals at La Jolla Cove. If you like baseball you can take a tour of petco park.
Title: Re: San Diego for Pesach
Post by: azhoopsfan on March 05, 2010, 12:41:09 PM
The new Children's Museum downtown is great.  

Balboa Park is really nice too and there is a lot more to do there than the Zoo.  There are a couple of great parks with playscapes (one on Park Blvd and one on 6th Ave (both walkable from the Zoo).  There's also a children's play area inside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center which is a lot of fun for kids of that age (my daughter is the same age).  

Beaches and the communities of Coronado and La Jolla are great for kids too.  

Title: San Diego Tomorrow!
Post by: eliteflyer on May 10, 2010, 11:35:05 AM
Mrs. EliteFlyer and myself just booked in 2 tickets JFK-SAN for tomorrow morning through Wednesday night for $82 all in.

Now, we need to find a good deal with Priceline, Hyatt, or SPG for accommodations. We presently have a Chabad rate at enterprise for about $40.

Any suggestions for places to go,eat stay?

Thanks All! Safe travels! :)
Title: Re: San Diego Tomorrow!
Post by: Dan on May 10, 2010, 11:37:12 AM
Happy Jetting!

Check out ebay for Sea world or SD Zoo passes.
Gotta' always have an emergenc stash of FFN's   :D
Title: Re: San Diego Tomorrow!
Post by: crownsbroyal on May 10, 2010, 11:47:02 AM
Have fun, that is awsome.  How did pull off such a good rate?  I recommend going to the kosher takeout in the Rogers in La Jolla.  Its not bad, and they make decent sandwiches and sushi.  No real sit down though.  In general, SD is not really known for the food.  Drive 1.5 hours to LA to get some real good food! 

SeaWorld is awsome, I found some great deals on craigslist in San Diago.  Also you have to go to the La Jolla Cove to walk around and the "Children's pool" nearby, (not really a childrens pool its just a name) go in at dusk and you will see tons of seals and sealions.

There is a nice hyatt downtown.

San Diago is awsome have fun.  Let me know if you have any questions.
Title: Re: San Diego Tomorrow!
Post by: Dan on May 10, 2010, 12:02:00 PM
Have fun, that is awsome.  How did pull off such a good rate? 
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/7200
Title: Re: San Diego Tomorrow!
Post by: DG on May 10, 2010, 11:46:04 PM
Is it rogers in la jolla? I thought it was "Ralphs"...

Also there is a kosher takeout/deli/grocery place in San Diego called "The Place".

Title: Re: San Diego Tomorrow!
Post by: crownsbroyal on May 11, 2010, 12:15:51 AM
Yeah you're right it is Ralph's, my bad.
Title: Re: San Diego Tomorrow!
Post by: Charles The Govenor on May 12, 2010, 01:57:43 PM
Nice dovi.
Title: San Diego REFUNDED
Post by: eliteflyer on May 12, 2010, 04:29:25 PM
Thanks all for your suggestions. I would have certainly made a trip-report here, except that on Monday evening, the Mrs. and I decided not to go and had no problem making a phone call to JetBlue for a refund back to the CC. The weather in San Diego was slated to be a little chilly, and we had some other things come up that made it a better decision to skip the spontaneous 6-hr each way sojourn out to Cali for 2 days.

Either way, we are still looking forward to our Europe trip in just over a week!
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1899.msg18571#msg18571
Title: Help with San Diego trip from NYC
Post by: aarony on May 18, 2010, 07:20:23 AM
I was hoping some of you could help me with my trip from NYC to San Diego this August.  We will be a total of 7 people and plan on being there for about a week. 

Any suggestions of things to do besides seaworld, disneyland, legoland and the zoo would be appreciated. (nice hikes, biking, segway tours etc..)

We plan on renting a house for most of the time, but will be staying in a hotel for a couple of nights i have tons of starpoints and hyatt nights - any suggestions on the nicest hyatt or starwoods property for a family.  We specifically would want the nicest view and location even if that is not the nicest room out there.

I also need help with tickets.  I was hoping to use my 200K BA miles to book tickets on AA.  Unfortunately, there is absolutely no availability.  I really don't want to shell out cash for the tix, on the other hand it would be a pity to use up so many starpoints for this.  If anyone has any ideas on how to obtain tickets using my BA miles it would really be appreciated. (I am trying to accumulate AA miles at this point but don't know how many i will have in time).
Title: Re: Help with San Diego trip from NYC
Post by: moish on May 18, 2010, 09:39:10 AM
i used to do priceline and for $100 i would usually get either the westin horton or the omni (which in some rooms i think you can actually watch the padres game) but do your research first on biddingfortravel and betterbidding.
theres mission bay where you can take out boats, waverunner etc. we used a company called seaforth. theres also parasailing there
they also have a location in downtown which is cool as you can take out a boat/wavrunner next to the docked aircraft carrier, or further down to see the active submarines.
youre also 15 minutes from tijuana. you can park your car in one of the lots, which has a bus that takes you to the tourist street. i wouldnt recommend venturing far from that street though.
another cool thing i did was from carlsbad airport around 40 mis away they have these openair biplane rides over legoland, the ocean, and some beautiful homes
Title: Re: Help with San Diego trip from NYC
Post by: steve2 on May 18, 2010, 09:44:31 AM
 did you look at flying into and out of ONT (Ontario) or SNA (Santa Ana a/k/a Orange County a/k/a John Wayne) it wont be non-stops and its apx 1 1/2 to 2 hr drive and drive along the Pacific is beautiful.

Ive done the reverse numerous times needed to be in LA but SAN was alot cheaper to fly into so I did and drove up to LA

 also look into flying out of PHL again with stops parking is $7 a day alot cheaper then most other airports if you park by the 4 pts Hotel even w/o staying there
Title: Re: Help with San Diego trip from NYC
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 18, 2010, 09:47:30 AM
You may want to see here: http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1596.0
Title: San Diego Hotel with lots of kids
Post by: kivabb on May 24, 2010, 09:07:04 AM
Once again, big fan of DD site and all forum info.

Planning a summer trip to San Diego with family (6 kids) and need some sort of hotel suite situation. Anyone have any advice which direction I should go to get reservations with points or good deals. The Homewood Suites seems to be the biggest option with 2 room suites and big living room with pull out couch, but they're $300 a night. Is that as good as it gets?

Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Hotel with lots of kids
Post by: crownsbroyal on May 24, 2010, 09:22:04 AM
I think the doubletree has some big rooms that are cheap.  I know the suite we were in had a bunk bed.  But I believe they have an even bigger size room.  I believe they charge under $200 for the room.
Title: Re: San Diego Hotel with lots of kids
Post by: aarony on May 24, 2010, 04:13:40 PM
when are you going? i am going in august.  there are some home rentals that would be cheaper and more convenient.
Title: Re: San Diego Hotel with lots of kids
Post by: kivabb on May 24, 2010, 10:28:38 PM
I'm looking for August as well. Any recommendations of vacation homes or just do the VRBO?
Title: Re: San Diego Hotel with lots of kids
Post by: sprint on May 25, 2010, 12:02:40 AM
I dont know if youre looking to be close to a minyan - but in the college area - there's a
(lamplighter) best western that the frum community has a corp rate with, i believe, and you can get a nice clean, but simple room for about 75 a night.  Its a obo 10 minute walk to beth jacob.  The complementary breakfast there is mostly kosher, including the bages and breads...Theyre right in the frum community so theyre very aware of shabbos - opening your rooms and such. There's a kosher grocery -the place across the st.
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: sarah on June 27, 2010, 10:43:11 AM
What is the best San diego hotel on spg?  Which is the best area of San Diego to stay in?  I'm thinking of the Sheraton hotel and marina or the w San Diego.  Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 27, 2010, 11:07:09 AM
What is the best San diego hotel on spg?  Which is the best area of San Diego to stay in?  I'm thinking of the Sheraton hotel and marina or the w San Diego.  Any thoughts?

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/7838120-post3.html

 SD has its own section under Cali

Watch the DATES of the posts! for the most recent once you clicked onto the link of the hotel or subject click "last" on teh upper right when it shows how many pgs there are that way you get the most recent posts
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sl on June 27, 2010, 10:31:33 PM
Best SPG hotel is probably the US Grant.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on June 29, 2010, 02:44:53 PM
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Best SPG hotel is probably the US Grant.
Not such a beautiful location though also very small rooms I would rather Paradise Point but it isn't spg
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sl on June 29, 2010, 05:20:51 PM
It's downtown. Not a resort, but a very classy place.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 29, 2010, 05:29:06 PM
Hyatt and SPG both have an impressive amount of hotels in San Diego.

The Park Hyatt Aviara (formerly Four Seasons) and Hyatt Andaz San Diego are both on my "to-do" list.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sl on June 29, 2010, 06:39:23 PM
Just stayed at PH Aviara. Absolutely stunning. Free upgrade to a suite based on Diamond status. Great addition to Hyatt.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 29, 2010, 06:42:12 PM
Just stayed at PH Aviara. Absolutely stunning. Free upgrade to a suite based on Diamond status. Great addition to Hyatt.
Nice!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on June 30, 2010, 07:35:36 PM
Just stayed at PH Aviara. Absolutely stunning. Free upgrade to a suite based on Diamond status. Great addition to Hyatt.
Awesome...booked my parents for 4 nights there in August. already confirmed the suite upgrade
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 10, 2010, 12:28:24 AM
we are currently in the PH Aviara and i must say that i have never felt more like a VIP in my life.  We booked two rooms with BWB awards.  The staff was absolutely attentive to all our needs.  They provided us with brand new silverware to use in the room.  (they do work with a kosher caterer to provide meals but we were not able to find out the info in time, so they gave us a fridge and microwave to use instead!).  Front desk, in room dining GM's office etc.. all were tuned in to our needs and seemed like we were their number one priority.  Not only did the front desk know that it was my daughters birthday, even the dining manager was aware of it and wished her a happy birthday. (they also put balloons in the room). 

I went swimming with my boys in their beautiful pool at around 7PM - while it had been active earlier in the day - it was deserted by then.  We then checked out their indoor spa (separate mens/womens jacuzii, dry sauna and steam room). 

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on August 21, 2010, 11:25:57 PM
we are currently in the PH Aviara and i must say that i have never felt more like a VIP in my life.  We booked two rooms with BWB awards.  The staff was absolutely attentive to all our needs.  They provided us with brand new silverware to use in the room.  (they do work with a kosher caterer to provide meals but we were not able to find out the info in time, so they gave us a fridge and microwave to use instead!).  Front desk, in room dining GM's office etc.. all were tuned in to our needs and seemed like we were their number one priority.  Not only did the front desk know that it was my daughters birthday, even the dining manager was aware of it and wished her a happy birthday. (they also put balloons in the room). 

I went swimming with my boys in their beautiful pool at around 7PM - while it had been active earlier in the day - it was deserted by then.  We then checked out their indoor spa (separate mens/womens jacuzii, dry sauna and steam room). 



 the minyam missed you today, looks like I missed you by 1 week and thusly no immediate trip reports like I thought I would have gotten in person
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on August 22, 2010, 02:04:20 AM
missed me by a day. we are currently in LAX waiting to board our redeye back to JFK.  Had a beautiful shabbos in Santa Monica at the Fairmont - right across from the ocean.  Now starts the hard job of unspoiling the kids after two weeks of luxury!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 07, 2011, 02:19:22 AM
has anyone been to ralphs lately in SD - how's the food? any other kosher joints worth stopping at?

Going to be @ SeaWorld IYH 2morow
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on April 07, 2011, 02:26:27 AM
has anyone been to ralphs lately in SD - how's the food? any other kosher joints worth stopping at?

Going to be @ SeaWorld IYH 2morow
i know there's a kosher bakery in SD, not sure what it's called though. enjoy!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Cholentfresser on April 07, 2011, 02:30:37 AM
i know there's a kosher bakery in SD, not sure what it's called though. enjoy!
okay, i found the info. it's called Langs Bakery. kosherbread.com. it's about a 10 minute drive from sea world. check out their website for more info.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 07, 2011, 11:22:14 AM
I heard the Ralph's fresh kosher food section closed in La Jolla. You may want to double check before you rely on getting ready made food from there.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yissie on April 07, 2011, 02:14:08 PM
has anyone been to ralphs lately in SD - how's the food? any other kosher joints worth stopping at?

Going to be @ SeaWorld IYH 2morow

Sea World is great!    with or without kids?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 07, 2011, 04:46:08 PM
Planning to spend a 1-2 days in SD.
Flying into SNA so I'm thinking of spending 2 nights in the PH Aviara in Carlsbad.
What's the kosher food situation in SD?  Have'nt seen too many reviews in this thread.
Any reviews of the diamond kosher breakfast at the PH Aviara?

Any other "must-dos" besides Sea World?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 07, 2011, 05:57:52 PM
Planning to spend a 1-2 days in SD.
Flying into SNA so I'm thinking of spending 2 nights in the PH Aviara in Carlsbad.
What's the kosher food situation in SD?  Have'nt seen too many reviews in this thread.
Any reviews of the diamond kosher breakfast at the PH Aviara?

Any other "must-dos" besides Sea World?

Not necessarily must-dos, but fun things to do:

San Diego Zoo
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Petco Park (SD Padres)
La Jolla Cove (nice walking district)
Legoland
Carlsbad Shopping Outlets

If I think of more I will post again.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 07, 2011, 07:24:27 PM
i haven't seen much discussion on this site about gocards (would post the link but i am posting from my phone) but they are an excellent value he you plan on doing multiple tourist activities in a city (may be less value if you already have an entertainment book)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 07, 2011, 07:30:51 PM
Not necessarily must-dos, but fun things to do:

San Diego Zoo
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Petco Park (SD Padres)
La Jolla Cove (nice walking district)
Legoland
Carlsbad Shopping Outlets

If I think of more I will post again.

Thanks!
Any restaurant reviews?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 07, 2011, 07:34:47 PM
Thanks!
Any restaurant reviews?

La Cafe is very good! http://www.shamash.org/kosher/search.php?Recno=12000&Comm=two
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sl on April 07, 2011, 08:03:16 PM
The main store/restaurant is "The Place" in the El Cajon area. Not great, but serviceable. Has a storefront as well.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yissie on April 07, 2011, 08:04:07 PM
Not necessarily must-dos, but fun things to do:

San Diego Zoo
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Petco Park (SD Padres)
La Jolla Cove (nice walking district)
Legoland
Carlsbad Shopping Outlets

If I think of more I will post again.

You can ride cool go karts in the streets of San Diego
  http://www.gocartours.com/sandiego.html
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 08, 2011, 12:37:07 AM
Just to follow up on my post before about go cards see
http://www.smartdestinations.com/san-diego-attractions-and-tours/_d_Sdo-p1.html?pass=Sdo_Prod_Go
If you get a 3 day pass (shorter passes don't include sea world) for $156 and you just do the things on the list above sea world ($70), legoland ($70), San Diego Zoo ($40), Safari ($40), gocars ($88) you have more than gotten your money's worth. And there are a lot more attractions on the list
(I have never done it in San Diego but I did it in Chicago and it was great-you don't have to cheshbon is it worth the $40 to do the Safari because it was all included in one low price)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 08, 2011, 12:44:27 AM
Just to follow up on my post before about go cards see
http://www.smartdestinations.com/san-diego-attractions-and-tours/_d_Sdo-p1.html?pass=Sdo_Prod_Go
If you get a 3 day pass (shorter passes don't include sea world) for $156 and you just do the things on the list above sea world ($70), legoland ($70), San Diego Zoo ($40), Safari ($40), gocars ($88) you have more than gotten your money's worth. And there are a lot more attractions on the list
(I have never done it in San Diego but I did it in Chicago and it was great-you don't have to cheshbon is it worth the $40 to do the Safari because it was all included in one low price)
You can also just buy Sea World for $39 next week...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sprint on April 08, 2011, 10:50:18 AM
You can also just buy Sea World for $39 next week...
where?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 08, 2011, 10:56:57 AM
where?
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=6613.msg74773#msg74773
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on April 08, 2011, 01:02:02 PM
I live in San Diego.

La Cafe - Chalav Yisrael
6104 Regents Rd, San Diego, CA 92122
(858)202-0097
very good

Ralphs in La Jolla - they have a kosher deli - - you can get sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc., and there is a little eating area at the front of the store with a washing station.  There are also many kosher breads, etc.
Also a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the store - dairy (not chalev yisrael), and Golden Spoon - also kosher not chalev yisrael.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 08, 2011, 01:03:57 PM
I live in San Diego.

La Cafe - Chalav Yisrael
6104 Regents Rd, San Diego, CA 92122
(858)202-0097
very good

Ralphs in La Jolla - they have a kosher deli - - you can get sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc., and there is a little eating area at the front of the store with a washing station.  There are also many kosher breads, etc.
Also a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the store - dairy (not chalev yisrael), and Golden Spoon - also kosher not chalev yisrael.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
Great info, thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 08, 2011, 01:07:04 PM
I live in San Diego.

La Cafe - Chalav Yisrael
6104 Regents Rd, San Diego, CA 92122
(858)202-0097
very good

Ralphs in La Jolla - they have a kosher deli - - you can get sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc., and there is a little eating area at the front of the store with a washing station.  There are also many kosher breads, etc.
Also a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the store - dairy (not chalev yisrael), and Golden Spoon - also kosher not chalev yisrael.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

So the deli area at Ralph's is still open? Someone told me last week it was closed when they went down.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on April 08, 2011, 01:10:31 PM
Yes - for sure open was just there this morning.  They are closed at night (maybe 6?) so if I was a traveler I would call first to make sure I know what hours they are open.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on April 08, 2011, 01:11:04 PM
Yes - for sure open was just there this morning.  They are closed at night (maybe 6?) so if I was a traveler I would call first to make sure I know what hours they are open.

Great, thanks for the info. Love the fried chicken there!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on April 08, 2011, 01:40:08 PM
we spent time in san diego last summer.  liked it so much that we are planning on going again this summer.  Kosher deli in Ralph's was excellent - especially the fried chicken.  One of my kids went paragliding at the Torrey Pines gliderport - that was amazing.  We also went snorkeling in La Jolla Cove and biking in coronado.  Took the kids boating in the lagoon about 10 min north of the PH Aviara (we didn't drive the boat - they drive it for you) we wanted a quieter place to go boating - the kids took turns riding on some tube contraption that they attached to the boat.  Everything was really enjoyable.    We stayed one night at the PH Aviara - they were very nice to us - gave us new silverware to go along with the fresh fruit they gave us for breakfast.  Let me know if you work out a more substantial breakfast with them as we will iy"h stay one night again this summer.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 11, 2011, 01:50:37 AM
So the deli area at Ralph's is still open? Someone told me last week it was closed when they went down.

was @ the deli a few days ago.....it is UNBELIEVABLE....great pastrami burgers and fries (only $6.49!!) they have a whole display with various salads, sushi, roast chicken and meat....a place to sit and eat.....HUGE kosher section with products and is only 10 minutes from Seaworld...a place that must be on your itinerary!

its RCC and Vaad Rabbanim of SD certified
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yissie on April 11, 2011, 07:28:18 AM
Kayaking in La Jolla Cove is amazing! Going into caves, riding waves, and petting sharks ( they don't bite)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 11, 2011, 09:49:58 AM
Kayaking in La Jolla Cove is amazing! Going into caves, riding waves, and petting sharks ( they don't bite)
Sounds neat!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 11, 2011, 09:54:25 AM
oh beware of seaworld....the park is really rundown and theyre working on a couple new rides/exhibits...the trainers dont go into the watter in the shamu show anymore so the show is pretty much a done deal...was at the park for 2.5 hours and just left....good thing i picked up a 2 year pass for cheap last year

for now i'd stick to disneyland...they even have SoCal 2fer $99 tickets now
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 11, 2011, 09:56:34 AM
oh beware of seaworld....the park is really rundown and theyre working on a couple new rides/exhibits...the trainers dont go into the watter in the shamu show anymore so the show is pretty much a done deal...was at the park for 2.5 hours and just left....good thing i picked up a 2 year pass for cheap last year.

I guess it depends for who. I was at SeaWorld and i had a blast! The "pets-rule" show was my favorite by far, where the dogs kind of have like an obstacle course to go through - really cool.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on April 11, 2011, 12:21:04 PM
I guess it depends for who. I was at SeaWorld and i had a blast! The "pets-rule" show was my favorite by far, where the dogs kind of have like an obstacle course to go through - really cool.

ur right abt pets rule...but what abt the rest of the park did u njoy?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on May 18, 2011, 06:56:52 PM
any updates on PH Aviara?  anyone know what kosher items the are providing for diamond breakfast? (last year we just had fruit)
Title: New restaurant in San diego!!
Post by: ponsey on June 26, 2011, 04:15:03 AM
I just wanted to let everyone know that there is a new kosher restaurant opening up in San Diego on wednesday June 29th. I know there are a lot of tourists from the East Coast who are visiting and touring San Diego, if you know of anyone please let them know! It is a fleishig grill, serving things such as hamburgers, shnitzel, wraps, and salads. The menu prices varies between $4 for a hot dog, to $21 for a steak. The restaurant is gonna be taking place in the Beth Jacob congregation patio every night/ sunday through thursday from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. The adress is 4855 college ave. 92115. Please tell everybody you know who is coming to San Diego about this new restaurant!! Unfortunately the old restaurant "The Place" had a fire over shavuous, so this really is the only place for fleishigs near Beth Jacob. Thank you!!
Title: Re: New restaurant in San diego!!
Post by: interested on June 26, 2011, 05:04:47 AM
what is the hechsher?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on June 26, 2011, 04:50:05 PM
Going to San Diego a day, Looking for what "must see" activities for adults to do and what is the best location to stay in.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on June 26, 2011, 06:05:22 PM
Going to San Diego a day, Looking for what "must see" activities for adults to do.

SeaWorld.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ponsey on June 26, 2011, 07:52:56 PM
coronado, seaport village, la jolla these are all must see but i is more like just walking around than really doing anything. if you want to do something go to seaworld or the world famous san diego zoo
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on June 26, 2011, 11:39:52 PM
Is there a part in SD that is central to the kosher restaurants and attractions?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on June 26, 2011, 11:54:26 PM
Is there a part in SD that is central to the kosher restaurants and attractions?

La Jolla has the Ralph's kosher section and Adat Yeshurun. College Area has the new restaurant (according to this forum) and Beth Jacob. Either way you aren't really right next to anything in particular. San Diego requires a car generally, so assume you'll be driving. The nice thing is that traffic isn't too bad there generally.

Also, another idea might be to catch a San Diego Padres game at Petco Park (Bark Park). It's a great time and you can stroll the gaslamp before/after the game.

Old Town SD is also fun.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on June 27, 2011, 09:37:58 AM
La Jolla has the Ralph's kosher section and Adat Yeshurun. College Area has the new restaurant (according to this forum) and Beth Jacob. Either way you aren't really right next to anything in particular. San Diego requires a car generally, so assume you'll be driving. The nice thing is that traffic isn't too bad there generally.

Also, another idea might be to catch a San Diego Padres game at Petco Park (Bark Park). It's a great time and you can stroll the gaslamp before/after the game.

Old Town SD is also fun.


THX for the info
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sprint on June 27, 2011, 11:29:31 AM
gocartours.com
Entertainment book san diego coupon for BOGO (comes to 2 hours). We had a great time - took the short tour - and unless you are very nervous about your driving dont bother with insurance  - most parts cost less than the deductible anyway.  The book has coupons for raplhs as well - 10pct off..
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: edgeman on June 27, 2011, 01:47:27 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the estancia in la jola? Any thoughts on the hotel or tips?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on June 27, 2011, 02:41:05 PM
gocartours.com
Entertainment book san diego coupon for BOGO (comes to 2 hours). We had a great time - took the short tour - and unless you are very nervous about your driving dont bother with insurance  - most parts cost less than the deductible anyway.  The book has coupons for raplhs as well - 10pct off..

The entertainment books were discounted today to just $12 including shpping! (Exp. July 4th) http://www.entertainment.com/discount/home.shtml
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: interested on June 28, 2011, 01:42:00 AM
i will be with my family in the Paradise Point hotel in San diego for Shabbos of August 20, we have 8 men, looking for 2 more for a minyan. we still will not have a sefer torah.
We are booking hotels under a group rate maybe i can help you.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 28, 2011, 10:14:39 PM
i will iy"h be in La Jolla residence inn for that shabbos - August 20.  Please let me know if you get a sefer torah, as then i would consider switching my reservation... do you know if the Paradise Point hotel is at all shabbos friendly? from a quick look, the grounds look really nice.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: interested on June 29, 2011, 01:25:31 AM
i will find out exactly how shabbos friendly they are.
we still will not have a sefer torah.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ponsey on June 29, 2011, 03:03:46 AM
please don't forget about the summer Grill baing held at Beth Jacob Congregation (by the college area) 4855 college ave. 92115.... open sunday-thursday 4:30-8:30 (kitchen closes 8:30) Under the supervision of Rabbi Avram Bogopulsky of the Vaad harabonim of San Diego
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: edgeman on July 05, 2011, 07:57:02 PM
for those heading to san diego this summer check out the living social for $25 you get a 1.5 hour kayak tour of the caves. also you can get 5 dollars off if its your first time using living social  (http://www.dansdeals.com/go/livingsocial/)
anyway, i also heard u can get cheap seaworld tickets on craigslist, if anyone has any cheaper options for seaworld tickets please let me know. thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 05, 2011, 08:01:20 PM
for those heading to san diego this summer check out this living social "groupon" for $25 you get a 1.55 hour kayak tour of the caves. (i hope its ok that i put in my referral link, i bought it and i get it for free if three people buy it) https://livingsocial.com/deals/39526?ref=conf-jp&rpi=18120232 also you can get 5 dollars off if its your first time using living social  if i invite you to try it, just pm me. (i also get five living social bucks when u sign up) anyway, i also heard u can get cheap seaworld tickets on craigslist, if anyone has any cheaper options for seaworld tickets please let me know. thanks!
against forum rules to post referral links sry
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: edgeman on July 05, 2011, 08:06:30 PM
hows my new post?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 07, 2011, 03:05:06 PM
please don't forget about the summer Grill baing held at Beth Jacob Congregation (by the college area) 4855 college ave. 92115.... open sunday-thursday 4:30-8:30 (kitchen closes 8:30) Under the supervision of Rabbi Avram Bogopulsky of the Vaad harabonim of San Diego

what are the hours in august? is it an open menu or buffet style?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ponsey on July 08, 2011, 08:40:25 PM
it is an open menu, and is really amazing... the hours are the same throughout july and august... (5-9 pm they changed) and will even be open for the 9 days with a pareve menu.  heres a link to their website http://www.summergrillbjc.com/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on July 11, 2011, 05:07:08 PM
Is there any fast way to get SPG Plat status?  I have gold and would like to get to Plat as I have several trips coming up at Starwood hotels.  Anything?

thanks

(the reason I am posting this in this thread is bec the first of a series of my upcoming trips is to San Diego)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 12, 2011, 01:10:15 PM
it is an open menu, and is really amazing... the hours are the same throughout july and august... (5-9 pm they changed) and will even be open for the 9 days with a pareve menu.  heres a link to their website http://www.summergrillbjc.com/
Def gonna stop by during my mid-August trip..thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sim on July 13, 2011, 11:33:43 PM
Anyone stay in the park hyatt is it worth 200$+ a night
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 14, 2011, 12:02:10 AM
Anyone stay in the park hyatt is it worth 200$+ a night
I wrote about it recently.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 14, 2011, 12:50:33 PM
Anyone stay at the U.S. Grant? Seems like a nice starwood property. Got it with SPG promo not long ago for $200.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: edgeman on July 14, 2011, 11:47:55 PM
anyone know the cheapest way to get seaworld tickets?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 15, 2011, 12:54:56 PM
Seaworld tickets - let me know if this works.

McDonalds $20 discount code:

http://commerce.4adventure.com/eStore/scripts/skins/swc/Promotion.aspx
Enter SWCMcDonaldsLA2011 at top right, then order tickets.

Adults (ages 10+) -$49.99 (instead of $69.99)
Children (ages 2-9) - $41.99 (instead of $61.99
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on July 15, 2011, 01:05:01 PM
Anyone stay at the U.S. Grant? Seems like a nice starwood property. Got it with SPG promo not long ago for $200.

We stayed there last August. Beautiful hotel! We got upgraded to the event planner suite which had its own exercise room! It's in a great location and there's a coffee bean a few blocks away :)

FYI they offer valet parking for a fee. We had no trouble parking (our mustang convertable) on the street - just beware of alternate side parking.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 15, 2011, 01:07:31 PM
Thanks for the tips!! Was the upgrade due to status or just request? (I'm SPG gold)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on July 15, 2011, 02:14:01 PM
It was simply a request (or pleading). We are not even gold status.
It may have been because we told them we were on an extended honeymoon (which we were.)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: edgeman on July 15, 2011, 05:32:19 PM
Seaworld tickets - let me know if this works.

McDonalds $20 discount code:

http://commerce.4adventure.com/eStore/scripts/skins/swc/Promotion.aspx
Enter SWCMcDonaldsLA2011 at top right, then order tickets.

Adults (ages 10+) -$49.99 (instead of $69.99)
Children (ages 2-9) - $41.99 (instead of $61.99

thanks so much! thats the best discount ive found so far. do u think i should jump on and buy those tickets now (i'm coming in august 21st) or should i wait to see if i can get a better deal?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 29, 2011, 10:24:27 AM
Anyone been at Seaworld lately and know if have the new exhibits opened - are they decent? Any suggestions for an afternoon activity for adults in the SD area?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 29, 2011, 11:59:04 AM
I'd go for a hike in Torrey Pines (La Jolla) if you haven't already - - it is beautiful!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 31, 2011, 03:10:45 AM
thanks, i'll look into it. How is the zoo - any recommendations for the safari?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 31, 2011, 12:46:13 PM
The San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park are amazing - highly recommend.  I haven't done the safari.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 01, 2011, 05:30:26 AM
has anyone ever stayed at the courtyard marriott mission valley/hotel circle? any word on how it is?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 01, 2011, 09:56:40 AM
Looks like the hotel has good reviews on Tripadvisor.com.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 02, 2011, 03:20:53 AM
true, but everyone complains about the $16 parking fee! :)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sawlw on August 18, 2011, 01:16:53 AM
For any one counting on trying out the food behind the Beth Jacob,  went there last night and waited 1:40 till I saw a piece  of food
Sooooo you just better be really patient  ;)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on August 18, 2011, 01:28:34 AM
For any one counting on trying out the food behind the Beth Jacob,  went there last night and waited 1:40 till I saw a piece  of food
Sooooo you just better be really patient  ;)
If you showed up at 1:35 that's not too bad
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2011, 01:49:15 AM
For any one counting on trying out the food behind the Beth Jacob,  went there last night and waited 1:40 till I saw a piece  of food
Sooooo you just better be really patient  ;)
Something about SAN and slow kosher food service.  Ralphs was impossibly slow as well.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 18, 2011, 10:56:04 AM
You can do like us locals and call in your order ahead of time  :)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2011, 12:46:26 PM
You can do like us locals and call in your order ahead of time  :)
That's fine if you know what to get.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 18, 2011, 02:30:26 PM
The food at Beth Jacob was decent but as it was reported the wait is ridiculous. We waited almost 2 hours for 2 burgers a fries and chicken fingers (the chicken fingers was a piece of schnitzel that they cut into thin strips after frying it as schnitzel). The girls working there were really nice and apologetic. The reason they said why it was taking so long is because the chef considers himself gourmet and takes a while on the preps of each food. My two cents is that no one could care less about the presentation. If anyone that has any say in what goes on there reads this post I highly urge them to cut out all the fancy dishes that takes time to prepare and just make a simple bbq with hot dogs burgers and fries. If they only make those things they should be able to pour out 20 burgers every 10 minutes. As far as Raulphs goes..i read how people complained about the slow service there. There are pre-packaged food along the entire kosher take-out section there (fried chicken, baked chicken,kugel, salads, sushi). We picked up a cut up fresh roasted chicken that was still steaming hot, added two pieces of potato kugel and had a feast at the SAN Red Carpet lounge. If you just take from the pre-packaged food like I did , there should be no wait at all. We were in and out within 10 minutes.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sawlw on August 18, 2011, 02:35:05 PM
If you showed up at 1:35 that's not too bad
i`ll clarify for the slow ones  ;)
ordered my food at 8;30 pm got my 1st main at 10;00 and the 2nd one at 10;20
they deff win a gold medal for the longest prep time on a falafel plate and schnitzal sandwhich  ;D

oh and the couple next to me that were smart and pre ordered OLNY waited an hour!!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2011, 02:57:52 PM
The food at Beth Jacob was decent but as it was reported the wait is ridiculous. We waited almost 2 hours for 2 burgers a fries and chicken fingers (the chicken fingers was a piece of schnitzel that they cut into thin strips after frying it as schnitzel). The girls working there were really nice and apologetic. The reason they said why it was taking so long is because the chef considers himself gourmet and takes a while on the preps of each food. My two cents is that no one could care less about the presentation. If anyone that has any say in what goes on there reads this post I highly urge them to cut out all the fancy dishes that takes time to prepare and just make a simple bbq with hot dogs burgers and fries. If they only make those things they should be able to pour out 20 burgers every 10 minutes. As far as Raulphs goes..i read how people complained about the slow service there. There are pre-packaged food along the entire kosher take-out section there (fried chicken, baked chicken,kugel, salads, sushi). We picked up a cut up fresh roasted chicken that was still steaming hot, added two pieces of potato kugel and had a feast at the SAN Red Carpet lounge. If you just take from the pre-packaged food like I did , there should be no wait at all. We were in and out within 10 minutes.
Had I known it would take them 90 minutes to make a crappy burger I wouldn't have bothered.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 18, 2011, 03:00:09 PM
Had I known it would take them 90 minutes to make a crappy burger I wouldn't have bothered.
I should add that I specifically didn't order anything that required preparation because of your report.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: elig770 on August 18, 2011, 03:06:44 PM
FYI Ralphs' fried chicken wings are excellent, and the the cafe in La Jolla was pretty good too. It was packed and we still got our food in 20... Coming from LA that's not too bad ;)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 18, 2011, 08:08:42 PM
I think that's just insane to wait 1.5 hours. Take La Gondola in LA for example - you can get spring rolls, caesar salad and bbq ribs all in 30-45 minutes or less and there is nothing more divine, presentable and delicious.

Their chocolate cake dessert takes 30 minutes to bake and that's why they tell you at the beginning to order it so you don't have to wait.

Some of the chefs out there need a lesson or two when it comes to service and waiting times. Heck with it, for 20% off I'll make my own sandwich rather then wait 1:35. A sandwich shouldn't take more than 5 minutes.

My experience at Ralph's wasn't that terrible at all - as it took only about 10 minutes for a burger and sandwich. Definitely will order ahead next week at Summer Grille though!

Perhaps the local on the DD forum can get word back to the manager and chef there to try and quicken things up...:)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2011, 08:20:26 PM
Take La Gondola in LA for example - you can get spring rolls, caesar salad and bbq ribs all in 30-45 minutes or less and there is nothing more divine, presentable and delicious.
So not cool to get my mouth watering like that ;)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 18, 2011, 08:33:38 PM
So not cool to get my mouth watering like that ;)

Do I hear a DDF get together next week there? I'm in :)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Wlamom on August 18, 2011, 10:52:21 PM
B"H

BTW the Chabad at La Costa- in Carlsbad near Legoland- has an all you can eat BBQ every Sunday through the summer for $18 per don't remember the ids price- they have a moonbounce for the kids there as well- I haven't been there myself but will probably try it out. http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/
If you try it- let us now..
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 19, 2011, 10:12:43 AM
The Chabad Sunday BBQ buffet is great!!!!

BBQ Bounty at Chabad at La Costa week
$18 Adults $5 Children All-You-Can-Eat Sunday 5- 8PM (thru Labor Day)
RSVP info@chabadatlacosta.com
1980 La Costa Ave
Carlsbad CA 92009

I will talk to the one of the owners of Summer Grille. 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 19, 2011, 01:32:14 PM


I will talk to the one of the owners of Summer Grille. 

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thanks, i'm hoping for a good experience next week!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 19, 2011, 05:03:45 PM
anyone been to the birch aquarium?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 19, 2011, 05:17:26 PM
My family always enjoys the Birch Aquarium - - - gorgeous views too (on a clear day).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sawlw on August 19, 2011, 06:30:59 PM

I will talk to the one of the owners of Summer Grille.
Did that already!  Gave them a piece of mind and showed them my post on ddf!
They r nice ppl and very appologetic...... just do a horrible job at running a resteraunt
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Randiego on August 19, 2011, 08:20:30 PM
Hi All,

The Summer Grille at Beth Jacob is a temporary dining establishment located at a wonderful shul. So it's not exactly a restaurant, but the people running it are trying to give patrons as much of a restaurant feel as possible. The Grille was created to fill the void when "The Place" closed because of the Shavuos night fire. The owner feels bad that some people have experienced longer than acceptable wait times, so they've hired additional help to manage from now through Labor Day.
The ambiance on the outdoor patio is fantastic and the food is really quite good. People love the bbq brisket sandwich, the fish tacos, and the rib-eye steak. You can check out the menu on their website, then call ahead with your order, letting them know what time you'll be arriving.  This seems to help a lot. Visit www.summergrillbjc.com to see the entire menu then call 888.418.1437, listen to the recorded greeting then you'll be connected.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 21, 2011, 02:54:13 PM
Hi All,

The Summer Grille at Beth Jacob is a temporary dining establishment located at a wonderful shul. So it's not exactly a restaurant, but the people running it are trying to give patrons as much of a restaurant feel as possible. The Grille was created to fill the void when "The Place" closed because of the Shavuos night fire. The owner feels bad that some people have experienced longer than acceptable wait times, so they've hired additional help to manage from now through Labor Day.
The ambiance on the outdoor patio is fantastic and the food is really quite good. People love the bbq brisket sandwich, the fish tacos, and the rib-eye steak. You can check out the menu on their website, then call ahead with your order, letting them know what time you'll be arriving.  This seems to help a lot. Visit www.summergrillbjc.com to see the entire menu then call 888.418.1437, listen to the recorded greeting then you'll be connected.

Kol Hakavod! I look forward to the experience later this week when we're in town.

What is the best outlet mall around to shop at?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ponsey on August 22, 2011, 12:20:41 PM
There's a good outlet mall in San Ysidro, just search "Las Americas Premium Outlets in San Ysidro" I'ts around twenty minutes from the synagogue, and right next to Mexico! You might as well cross the border!  :P ;D
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 22, 2011, 12:26:15 PM
The owner feels bad that some people have experienced longer than acceptable wait times, so they've hired additional help to manage from now through Labor Day.
My food was good so I hope this extra help does the trick, best of luck! Looking forward to hearing positive reviews
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 22, 2011, 02:39:42 PM
There's a good outlet mall in San Ysidro, just search "Las Americas Premium Outlets in San Ysidro" I'ts around twenty minutes from the synagogue, and right next to Mexico! You might as well cross the border!  :P ;D

thanks, but why risk your life going to mexico?

has anyone been to Summer Grille since they've hired help?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealer on August 22, 2011, 02:53:40 PM
was there last night ,wait was a little long, but its a relaxing atmosphere, listen its convenient mincha at 705 followed by maariv ,and second maariv at 915
i wanna be cholek on Dan (if possible) that the double down under burger was pretty good, believe me i know burgers
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 22, 2011, 02:55:32 PM
was there last night ,wait was a little long, but its a relaxing atmosphere, listen its convenient mincha at 705 followed by maariv ,and second maariv at 915
i wanna be cholek on Dan (if possible) that the double down under burger was pretty good, believe me i know burgers

how long did you wait? did you call ahead?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2011, 03:02:57 PM
was there last night ,wait was a little long, but its a relaxing atmosphere, listen its convenient mincha at 705 followed by maariv ,and second maariv at 915
i wanna be cholek on Dan (if possible) that the double down under burger was pretty good, believe me i know burgers

When did I say anything about a double down under burger?
I've never even eaten at Summer Grille!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 22, 2011, 03:38:27 PM

i wanna be cholek on Dan (if possible) that the double down under burger was pretty good, believe me i know burgers

Wow! Didn't realize that there were Burgers out there that were Kosher enough for you
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chaikel on August 22, 2011, 04:02:13 PM
Wow! Didn't realize that there were Burgers out there that were Kosher enough for you
He probably ibber shechted
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 23, 2011, 01:07:38 AM
anyone been to this dairy place called la cafe? -  www.lacafesd.com - it's certified by vaad harabonim of sd - and is open until 8:30.

menu/pricing looks good

reviews please!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealer on August 23, 2011, 05:10:43 AM
1 night for sale at hyatt mission bay  tue night  ,late check out,diamond amenities,  regency club floor with a great view of the bay, pm me
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 23, 2011, 08:23:49 AM
YudiG,

I go to La Cafe around once a week - it is great ~ tasty food, fast, pleasant place to hang out.  My kids love their pizza - I like their paninis, fish fajitas, fish and chips, veggie burrito, etc.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Randiego on August 23, 2011, 10:33:37 AM
I visited La Cafe on Sunday night after a day at Sea World. We called ahead to order a pizza, fish & chips, and salmon with vegetables. The staff was overwhelmed by the extremely large combination of tourists and locals. Not enough seating, people were complaining about wait times. They only have one register and could not handle the crowd. I'll give credit to the girl who was working the counter. She apologized to each customer and greeted each with a smile. Even though we ordered ahead and I could see our food waiting for us, it took a half an hour to reach the front of the line just to pay and receive our food. Of course, by that time, the food was cold and, to make matters worse, the pizza crust was burned.

I wish someone in San Diego could make a pizza like Nagila in L.A.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 23, 2011, 12:49:35 PM
I visited La Cafe on Sunday night after a day at Sea World. We called ahead to order a pizza, fish & chips, and salmon with vegetables. The staff was overwhelmed by the extremely large combination of tourists and locals. Not enough seating, people were complaining about wait times. They only have one register and could not handle the crowd. I'll give credit to the girl who was working the counter. She apologized to each customer and greeted each with a smile. Even though we ordered ahead and I could see our food waiting for us, it took a half an hour to reach the front of the line just to pay and receive our food. Of course, by that time, the food was cold and, to make matters worse, the pizza crust was burned.

I wish someone in San Diego could make a pizza like Nagila in L.A.

must be a SD thing...they should hire extra help for busy season
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: smurf on August 24, 2011, 12:14:52 AM
Another vote for La Cafe. I ate there last for three days straight and was always impressed. The food and service were always great. It wasn't overcrowded when I was there and it was the summer vacation season.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 24, 2011, 12:03:23 PM
Here's a frontline report from Summer Grille. I ordered by phone two hours prior to arrival. The food was ready about 20 minutes after I got there...so basically to play it safe..you must order a good 90 minutes in advance to minimize the wait....it did seem that the other folks were experiencing a bit of a wait.

What you can do is get there at 6:45, order your food, go to mincha/maariv at 7:05 and by the time you get back at 7:45, it should be ready or close to it.

We tried the BBQ Brisket Sandwich - pretty good. The Mexican fish tacos - I may get lambasted for this - are way better than fish grills! The hot dogs with beef fry and extra onions were quite impressive.

Their desserts seal the deal. The hot monster cookie with chocolate ice cream is made to order so order as you're winding down. It won't dissapoint and is one of the better desserts I've come across in my world travels. The chocolate brownie was also a crowd pleaser.

There is plenty of indoor outdoor seating. The wait staff is definitely overworked, but extremely cordial and pleasant doing their best to get everyone served and keep everybody happy.

The menu is excellent and the prices are great. They have daily specials so ask. Over all, this place get two thumbs up in my book and we all should appreciate the fact that the folks there have set this place up enabling the hundreds of tourists to sit down and enjoy a great meal in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

As far as Sea World, the new Turtle exhibit is a waste of our time and SW's money. A shame they didn't invest in new rides. The skyride and ocean cable cars are now free with general admission - I guess they figured people needed something somewhat exciting to do at Seaworld.

For those who have the seen the original shamu show where the trainers would actually go in the water, don't waste your time with the new one titled, One Ocean. It will disappoint. The exec's at SW really need to overhaul the place quickly. Can anyone report if kids still enjoy the place?

Thanks for the tips on La Cafe/Birch Aquarium, headed over soon and will post the results.

Enough for now, more to come!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 25, 2011, 10:10:40 AM
Forgot to mention the snack bar at the JCC (in La Jolla) - - - fast and delicious (and kosher-used to not be).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 29, 2011, 04:22:06 PM
Well well well...La Cafe was extraordinary!
 
I can report that the service was fast and cordial...the portions good, prices were fair and the food delectable.

Here is what we can reccommend -

The breakfast burrito - eggs, hash browns and cheese
The Shakshuka w/ a side of charissa (SPICY)
The mushroom onion omlette w/ mozzarella
The freshly baked breads

and last but not least, the bagel and lox! 

A must stop for all hungry travelers...enjoy!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moshe80 on January 25, 2012, 04:59:55 PM
what is there to do in San diego for 3 days ? should i go there or rather stay in la?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 25, 2012, 05:42:16 PM
depends if youre anyways gonna be in la.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on January 25, 2012, 07:09:27 PM
Sea World, SD Zoo, Lego Land in Carlsbad. In La Jolla you must check out the cliffs (near the glider port) and the cove. Also with 70 miles of beach and perfect weather you can't go wrong!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2012, 08:11:48 PM
Sea World, SD Zoo, Lego Land in Carlsbad. In La Jolla you must check out the cliffs (near the glider port) and the cove. Also with 70 miles of beach and perfect weather you can't go wrong!
Plenty to do, but what's arguably the best kosher scene in the world is just out of reach while you're left with mediocrity from a grocery store.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jack on January 30, 2012, 08:20:40 PM
Any updates on the food scene in SD?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on January 30, 2012, 08:37:46 PM
Plenty to do, but what's arguably the best kosher scene in the world is just out of reach while you're left with mediocrity from a grocery store.

you definetely won't go hungry in SD though, the food aint that bad especially the new cafe
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jack on January 31, 2012, 01:07:39 AM
:-)!  Can you recommend a spg hotel - best value not a factor.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on January 31, 2012, 01:16:02 AM
Plenty to do, but what's arguably the best kosher scene in the world is just out of reach while you're left with mediocrity from a grocery store.
Come on the deli in Ralphs is great, you have the meat place in the jcc and la cafe. If someone is such a foodie that they can't enjoy some of the most beautiful sights Hashem gave the US without THE BEST food, LA is only 2hrs away!;-)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 31, 2012, 01:24:03 AM
Come on the deli in Ralphs is great
Come again? What exactly did I miss that was great there?  It's decidedly OK IMHO. 
Waiting an entire hour for a poor excuse of a burger and a grilled cheese sandwich isn't my idea of great.  The fried chicken isn't bad, but I can't imagine calling it great.  The sushi was also OK at best.

Not a reason to not go to SD, but like I said, so close yet so far from best kosher scene in the world.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on January 31, 2012, 08:13:31 AM
Come again? What exactly did I miss that was great there?  It's decidedly OK IMHO. 
Waiting an entire hour for a poor excuse of a burger and a grilled cheese sandwich isn't my idea of great.  The fried chicken isn't bad, but I can't imagine calling it great.  The sushi was also OK at best.

Not a reason to not go to SD, but like I said, so close yet so far from best kosher scene in the world.

i think u just caught them on a bad day...been there a few times recently and wasn't too bad
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 31, 2012, 08:27:20 AM
i think u just caught them on a bad day...been there a few times recently and wasn't too bad
I'm gonna have to agree with you. I brought bbq chicken and kugel to the lounge on my way home and it was outstanding chicken for takeout. There are certain things that you just don't get from a takeout counter Dan and IMHO I think sushi is one of them. It's like getting pizza from one of those kosher vending machines...just no chance of it being good.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 31, 2012, 11:36:40 AM
That's why we also got fried chicken, hamburgers, grilled cheese, etc. besides for sushi. 
The kugel was nothing special either (they gave me that instead of french fries with my burger as they were out of fries IIRC).  The fried chicken was the only thing worthwhile, but I wouldn't call it great/outstanding.  It was good and that's about it.
Didn't notice any bbq chicken.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on February 01, 2012, 02:28:31 PM
I dunno Dan, it looks like I'm getting some support over here.... ;)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 01, 2012, 02:56:32 PM
I dunno Dan, it looks like I'm getting some support over here.... ;)
Everyone's entitled to their own opinions.  I was only there once, it's also possible they were having a bad day.  It definitely was a slowwwww day if nothing else.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bruce on February 06, 2012, 10:03:30 PM
Going to San Diego with my fan for 2 days kids ages 5,8,10.

Any coupon codes for lego land and sea world?

Also whats the best (CLEANEST) SPG hotel?

Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 06, 2012, 10:12:02 PM
Also whats the best (CLEANEST) SPG hotel?
I had an excellent stay this past summer at The U.S. Grant.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bruce on February 07, 2012, 01:01:32 PM
Eateries: Is it still Ralphs and La Cafe?

Anything new?

Any good links to discounted tickets to Sea World and Lego land?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on February 07, 2012, 04:09:58 PM
Yes, still Ralphs & La Cafe.
There is also a kosher snackbar at the JCC in La Jolla (owned by The Place)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bruce on February 24, 2012, 11:51:22 AM
Just got back from SD. Stayed at Sheraton hotel and Marina. It's a beautiful category 4 SPG. Got upgraded to a pacific suite because of platnium SPG. Was plenty of room for the whole family (6 total).

Got tickets to Lego land and Sea world for less than half price on craigs list which I picked up locally (cash transaction only)

Ate at Ralphs and La Cafe. both excellent!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on February 25, 2012, 05:26:41 PM
@bruce, i am also going with 4 kids. You only reserved one room and were hoping for a suite?
Title: Re: Re: Re: Upcoming Trips Thread: Where Are You Going And When?
Post by: Ergel on March 12, 2012, 06:38:18 AM
LHR-JFK  3/29

JFK-LAX  4/22
3 nights at Andaz West Hollywood
1 night in San Diego (recommendations?)

LAX-JFK  4/26

JFK-LHR  4/29
SPG? I have heard only good things about the US grant
Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Upcoming Trips Thread: Where Are You Going And When?
Post by: ChAiM'l on March 12, 2012, 06:44:15 AM
SPG? I have heard only good things about the US grant

Could work. Any comparable Hyatts?
Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Upcoming Trips Thread: Where Are You Going And When?
Post by: Ergel on March 12, 2012, 07:30:30 AM
Could work. Any comparable Hyatts?
In la jolla, my friend stayed at the Hyatt and said it was nice. Very mixed reviews on trip advisor
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 16, 2012, 04:43:02 PM
anyone planning on going this summer? what kid activities are on the agenda besides the usual sea world, zoo, legoland, etc?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on May 16, 2012, 11:51:55 PM
Look at travelzoo.com under local deals for San Diego - there are a couple of nice options.

Other ideas (more kid friendly) - hike Torrey Pines, beaches, Cabrillo National Monument (they have a ranger program too), Knotts Soak City
Title: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 17, 2012, 12:51:59 AM
anyone planning on going this summer? what kid activities are on the agenda besides the usual sea world, zoo, legoland, etc?
Will be there this summer. Haven't planned yet, but look into buying a go card. Gets you entrance to basically every attraction in town, often allowing you to skip the line. Seems like a lot if kid friendly stuff is included
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 17, 2012, 10:26:57 AM
Look at travelzoo.com under local deals for San Diego - there are a couple of nice options.

Other ideas (more kid friendly) - hike Torrey Pines, beaches, Cabrillo National Monument (they have a ranger program too), Knotts Soak City

Any recommendations for a more quiet/secluded place to take older kids snorkeling?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 17, 2012, 11:38:59 AM
Any recommendations for a more quiet/secluded place to take older kids snorkeling?
You can go snorkeling by la jolla, have you ever tried SUPING (stand up paddleboarding)? I did that at la jolla it was fun. Also got to swim with some 7 foot long leopard sharks which was really scary till we found out they are harmless... Also chabad of la costa has an all you can eat BBQ dinner every Sunday of the summer, if your in that area definitely worth going. Another idea which you can really do anywhere is going to a shooting range I remember there was one in San Diago with really nice employees.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on May 17, 2012, 01:24:19 PM
+1 on the Chabad at Lacosta BBQ. we were there last year and food was fantastic.    also about 10 min north of there there is a lagoon where your kids can learn to wakeboard (much safer then mission bay etc... there will be no other boats) there are also jetski, kayak & stand up paddle rentals as well as tube rides behind a motor boat (that they drive).  it is not cheap - i think it is 140 an hour but it was exhilirating for the kids that did it...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 22, 2012, 04:07:40 PM
is there any hotel near the chabd shoul ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 22, 2012, 04:21:08 PM
is there any hotel near the chabd shoul ?
you want to know for walking on shabbos?  There are many chabad shuls in San Diago...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on May 22, 2012, 06:25:05 PM
Look at travelzoo.com under local deals for San Diego - there are a couple of nice options.

Other ideas (more kid friendly) - hike Torrey Pines, beaches, Cabrillo National Monument (they have a ranger program too), Knotts Soak City

aside from the activities already mentioned, we also enjoyed the gliderport near torrey pines.  one of my sons (10 at the time) actually did a tandem flight, but i had to sign away his life about 200 times first.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on June 07, 2012, 11:43:29 AM
Did anyone stay in the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa? How is it? Is there a shoul walking distance from the hotel?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 07, 2012, 11:48:08 AM
Pretty sure no shul in Carlsbad
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on June 07, 2012, 11:48:38 AM
Pretty sure no shul in Carlsbad

that's not part of La Jolla?
Title: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 07, 2012, 01:05:22 PM
that's not part of La Jolla?
40 minutes north
Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Upcoming Trips Thread: Where Are You Going And When?
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 08, 2012, 02:39:22 PM
Could work. Any comparable Hyatts?

I stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Nice large hotel in a good location.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moshe80 on June 14, 2012, 02:03:08 PM
Any one knows of cheap tickets to lago land and sea world for the week of June 25?
Title: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 14, 2012, 02:12:09 PM
Any one knows of cheap tickets to lago land and sea world for the week of June 25?
If you will be there for 5 days consider the go card. Great value imho
Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Upcoming Trips Thread: Where Are You Going And When?
Post by: lechaim2life on June 14, 2012, 03:02:55 PM
I stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Nice large hotel in a good location.

Has anyone stayed at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay? Pool area looks like a mini GH kauai. I am looking to stay closer to the San Diego activities than Park Hyatt Aviara and this looks like a good alternative
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on June 15, 2012, 01:24:02 AM
Any one knows of cheap tickets to lago land and sea world for the week of June 25?

craigslist
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moshe80 on June 19, 2012, 11:46:04 AM
Which hotel is closest to which shul for shabbos?

I want a shul with normal minyan. SHouldnt be too far from the hotel. For some reason I cant find anything. Please help me, Im almost leaving and this shabbos is unsettled yet.
Keep the responses flowing  :)
Title: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 19, 2012, 11:52:31 AM
Which hotel is closest to which shul for shabbos?

I want a shul with normal minyan. SHouldnt be too far from the hotel. For some reason I cant find anything. Please help me, Im almost leaving and this shabbos is unsettled yet.
Keep the responses flowing  :)
Residence inn la jolla is the closest to adat yeshurun I believe. Sheraton is a little further
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 19, 2012, 11:57:10 AM
If you want downtown- here is the Chabad with a link to Hotels nearby. Might want to check with them if they have regular minyans.

http://www.chabaddowntown.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/309070/jewish/Hotels.htm
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on June 19, 2012, 11:59:29 AM
Yes - Residence Inn La Jolla is closest to Adat Yeshurun (and within the eruv).  Ask if they have a special rate for the synagogue.  Adat has a regular minyan.  The community takes in shabbos early - 7:10 PM - I think mincha is at 645 PM Friday
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 19, 2012, 12:07:26 PM
we stayed at residence inn la jolla for the past two summers.  they are very accommodating for shabbos.  Please be aware that they did install light sensors in the rooms - i am not sure if they have any rooms without them, so you need to take care of those before shabbos by taping them up.  (you will need to plug a lamp in the bathroom if you need light in there....).  Also, the stoves have glass cooktops so speak to your LOR if you plan on using them.

the sheraton is a bit further from the shul, but certainly walkable maybe 5 minutes further.  the hard part of the walk is the steep hill between the shul and the residence inn but we did not have any problem with it....

also, don't accidentally go to the non-orthodox shul down the block from Adath Yeshurun (unless your wife wants an aliyah!)

these hotels are both a minute (by car) from Ralph's so they are convenient for food etc...

if you prefer to stay in San Diego and not La Jolla then you will want to look into the best western lamplighter there.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moshe80 on June 20, 2012, 01:37:16 PM
Thank you very much for the information. I will be staying in the Sheraton.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on June 20, 2012, 02:46:37 PM
Yes - Residence Inn La Jolla is closest to Adat Yeshurun (and within the eruv).  Ask if they have a special rate for the synagogue.  Adat has a regular minyan.  The community takes in shabbos early - 7:10 PM - I think mincha is at 645 PM Friday

what hotels are closes to Beth Jacob shul?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 20, 2012, 02:54:35 PM
what hotels are closes to Beth Jacob shul?

See the below link for the hotels within the eruv.

http://www.bethjacobsandiego.org/resources.php
Title: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on June 20, 2012, 02:58:24 PM
Which hotel is closest to which shul for shabbos?

I want a shul with normal minyan. SHouldnt be too far from the hotel. For some reason I cant find anything. Please help me, Im almost leaving and this shabbos is unsettled yet.
Keep the responses flowing  :)

I stay in the Lamplighter inn Best Western to get to Beth Jacob. They are great and already know all the shabbos rules. Very friendly!
Title: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on June 22, 2012, 09:18:22 AM
I stay in the Lamplighter inn Best Western to get to Beth Jacob. They are great and already know all the shabbos rules. Very friendly!

What are the best Starwoods hotels near the main shuls?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: robi on June 27, 2012, 12:57:02 PM
Anyone know where I can get discounted seaworld tix for August? TIA
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 27, 2012, 01:03:38 PM
Anyone know where I can get discounted seaworld tix for August? TIA

'Working advantage' has tickets for 53$
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on June 27, 2012, 01:31:43 PM
Anyone know where I can get discounted seaworld tix for August? TIA

I will be going to San Diego next week and bought the 3 day San Diego Go Card from Costco. Cost was around $150 and included access to Seaworld, Knotts Berry Farm, Legoland, San Diego Zoo and Safari and a lot of other cool things. I priced out the activities I wanted to do and this was by far the best value. Also, Costco had the best rates on these cards that I saw.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2012, 01:49:18 PM
I will be going to San Diego next week and bought the 3 day San Diego Go Card from Costco. Cost was around $150 and included access to Seaworld, Knotts Berry Farm, Legoland, San Diego Zoo and Safari and a lot of other cool things. I priced out the activities I wanted to do and this was by far the best value.
I have stated this many times (in this thread and others). It really is a great value. And you don't have to wait on lines for admission in most places

Quote
Also, Costco had the best rates on these cards that I saw.
Never knew they sold them, good to know. (Although they do have sales sometimes on the smart destinations website that you can get a comparable price and get a cashback link)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on June 27, 2012, 02:20:05 PM
Never knew they sold them, good to know. (Although they do have sales sometimes on the smart destinations website that you can get a comparable price and get a cashback link)

http://www.costco.com/Browse/ProductSet.aspx?Prodid=11758765
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2012, 02:25:24 PM
http://www.costco.com/Browse/ProductSet.aspx?Prodid=11758765
Thanks.
They don't sell the five day card if you are going for longer
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: robi on June 27, 2012, 09:45:20 PM
How about combo pass for seaworld and universal? Anywhere for discounts on those?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2012, 09:46:49 PM
The Los Angeles city pass has a 3 day Disney park hopper pass and sea world and universal
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: isac on July 08, 2012, 08:51:50 PM
Can someone write a review of the San Diego SPG hotels?
(everyone can submit there hotel and review)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: isac on July 08, 2012, 08:57:42 PM
Any idea which is  the best hotel  (going with wife, no kids)?
1)Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
2)Sheraton La Jolla Hotel)Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel
3)Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
4)The Westin San Diego
5)W San Diego

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 08, 2012, 09:18:53 PM
What about us grant?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: smurf on July 08, 2012, 11:28:08 PM
What about us grant?
I was there two summers ago. twas nice but room was rather small
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 08, 2012, 11:28:32 PM
What about us grant?

+1. Otherwise the Westin is nice.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on July 09, 2012, 12:04:27 AM
I recently stayed at Paradise Point Resort (http://www.paradisepoint.com/).

It's not a Starwood property, but I got it with name your price on priceline for $80 a night. Stunning resort with beach-side rooms.
Title: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 09, 2012, 01:19:21 AM
I recently stayed at Paradise Point Resort (http://www.paradisepoint.com/).

It's not a Starwood property, but I got it with name your price on priceline for $80 a night. Stunning resort with beach-side rooms.

How did you pull that off? I love the hotel an have paid $300 per night in the past!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on July 09, 2012, 01:25:25 AM
How did you pull that off? I love the hotel an have paid $300 per night in the past!
Lol!
Funny story. I had wanted to stay at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa (http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-diego-resort-and-spa-SANHIHF/index.html) because I had heard it was nice. On priceline, that area and class hotel narrowed it down to the Hilton or Paradise point (http://travela.priceline.com/hotel/filterListings.do?key=h4f40e2k&jsk=5564010a4663010a20120709052716f50021625146&plf=PCLN&gID=2235&sLevel=4&filterAmenities=-1&hotelBrand=-1&filterPriceMin=0&filterPriceMax=300&filterRatingMin=1&filterRatingMax=10&hotelBrand=-1&hotelName=-1&updateHotelList=Y). (On name your own price put in San Diego Coastal 4 star)  I put in the bid hoping for the Hilton - and by mistake got Paradise Point. I had seen some bad review about Paradise Point so I was trying to convince Priceline to cancel but they refused.

Then I found out that Paradise is a very upscale gorgeous resort! The grounds were amazing. In the end I was upgraded to a beachside suite!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 12, 2012, 12:32:31 PM
Lol!
Funny story. I had wanted to stay at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa (http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-diego-resort-and-spa-SANHIHF/index.html) because I had heard it was nice. On priceline, that area and class hotel narrowed it down to the Hilton or Paradise point (http://travela.priceline.com/hotel/filterListings.do?key=h4f40e2k&jsk=5564010a4663010a20120709052716f50021625146&plf=PCLN&gID=2235&sLevel=4&filterAmenities=-1&hotelBrand=-1&filterPriceMin=0&filterPriceMax=300&filterRatingMin=1&filterRatingMax=10&hotelBrand=-1&hotelName=-1&updateHotelList=Y). (On name your own price put in San Diego Coastal 4 star)  I put in the bid hoping for the Hilton - and by mistake got Paradise Point. I had seen some bad review about Paradise Point so I was trying to convince Priceline to cancel but they refused.

Then I found out that Paradise is a very upscale gorgeous resort! The grounds were amazing. In the end I was upgraded to a beachside suite!

Is Beth Jacob running a BBQ this summer? Is La Cafe still in business?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on July 12, 2012, 12:35:47 PM
Is Beth Jacob running a BBQ this summer? Is La Cafe still in business?
I didn't look into Beth Jacob.
La Cafe was great - I went there twice.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: vintastic16 on July 12, 2012, 01:03:40 PM
Hi, Im going to LA for a week in the summer, just me and my wife, and will spend just one day in San Diego. We have been to Sea World recently so we wont be going there but we definitely want to check out the San Diego Zoo. Which is the better thing to do, the zoo, or the safari? Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on July 12, 2012, 01:09:00 PM
Hi, Im going to LA for a week in the summer, just me and my wife, and will spend just one day in San Diego. We have been to Sea World recently so we wont be going there but we definitely want to check out the San Diego Zoo. Which is the better thing to do, the zoo, or the safari? Thanks
I don't know about either (didn't go) but you definitely want to check out La Jolla Coves/ La Jolla Childrens Pool/Scripps Park/ Seal Beach.

They are all in one place and can be seen in 1-2 hours. Zoos/animals can be seen anywhere, but the natural beautiful scenery of La Jolla is a rare sight you don't want to miss!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 12, 2012, 02:10:47 PM
Safari may be very hot in the summer (it is farther East) - I would do the zoo.

La Cafe - still in business, changed menus, has yummy fish tacos on Tuesdays.

Beth Jacob restaurant - starts July 30th, will be Sunday - Thursday, 5-9
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 12, 2012, 02:13:17 PM
All hechsherim are under the local vaad?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 12, 2012, 02:13:25 PM
Safari may be very hot in the summer (it is farther East) - I would do the zoo.

La Cafe - still in business, changed menus, has yummy fish tacos on Tuesdays.

Beth Jacob restaurant - starts July 30th, will be Sunday - Thursday, 5-9
what is the situation for keeping the (long) line moving at a good (NY) pace?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on July 12, 2012, 02:30:33 PM
Safari may be very hot in the summer (it is farther East) - I would do the zoo.

La Cafe - still in business, changed menus, has yummy fish tacos on Tuesdays.

Beth Jacob restaurant - starts July 30th, will be Sunday - Thursday, 5-9

thanks!

All hechsherim are under the local vaad?

yes

what is the situation for keeping the (long) line moving at a good (NY) pace?

solution i used was to download the menu, order 45 minutes before arrival and then it was ready more or less when i got there...another tip is not to come around davening times as it fills up then...

IIRC they have an early mincha so time your arrival around then and catch maariv after...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 12, 2012, 02:32:08 PM
thanks!

yes

solution i used was to download the menu, order 45 minutes before arrival and then it was ready more or less when i got there...another tip is not to come around davening times as it fills up then...

IIRC they have an early mincha so time your arrival around then and catch maariv after...

nice plan!!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: vintastic16 on July 12, 2012, 08:19:18 PM
Is there anyone that has done the safari in San Diego that can chime in and let me know how good it is? (Despite how hot it may be)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: isac on July 18, 2012, 07:45:28 PM
I know that the US Grant and the Sheraton Harbor are very different hotels.
Any advice to the advantages of each? (going with wife, no kids)
thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 19, 2012, 09:39:19 AM
I know that the US Grant and the Sheraton Harbor are very different hotels.
Any advice to the advantages of each? (going with wife, no kids)
thanks

Dont know the Sheraton, but the US Grant rooms arent huge but is a luxurious hotel.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 22, 2012, 03:48:21 PM
Can anyone recommend a photographer in San Diego. Looking for something reasonably priced ($250 max, with all photos on a CD included)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 22, 2012, 04:20:53 PM
Can anyone recommend a photographer in San Diego. Looking for something reasonably priced ($250 max, with all photos on a CD included)

I have no idea about pricing - it might be $$$ - http://alonweddingphotography.com
Title: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 22, 2012, 04:25:24 PM
I have no idea about pricing - it might be $$$ - http://alonweddingphotography.com
$425 for 25 images on CD. Cheaper than some of the others but still exorbitant
Title: Re: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 22, 2012, 04:26:27 PM
$425 for 25 images on CD. Cheaper than some of the others but still exorbitant

Yeah- too much!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 22, 2012, 06:22:07 PM
Photographer - Michelle
michisme@aol.com
Title: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 22, 2012, 06:47:25 PM
Photographer - Michelle
michisme@aol.com
Emailed. You have used her and can recommend?
ETA it's $100 for an hour with all pics on a CD. If she is any good, that's awesome
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 22, 2012, 08:53:09 PM
I have not used her (yet-I have plans to) but I have seen many of her pictures.  I am sure she can send you some examples of her work.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 22, 2012, 08:57:53 PM
She did. will show to the wife and I'll let you know if i'm using her
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: isac on July 22, 2012, 11:16:30 PM
Dont know the Sheraton, but the US Grant rooms arent huge but is a luxurious hotel.
Are the rooms in the Sheraton Harbor nice/updated ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: benchik on July 24, 2012, 12:28:03 AM
I'm planning an extended weekend visit to the San Diego area in August. We're a family of 8, so we're especially looking for something family friendly.

I think I'd prefer to stay in La Jolla as it seems to be a more interesting area overall.

I have SPG Gold and Hyatt Plat. Gold level status with another few progs as well.

Staying within walking distance of a minyan is a must (for Shabbos).

I wouldn't mind a vrbo'esque rental as well.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
Title: Re: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 24, 2012, 12:43:25 AM
I'm planning an extended weekend visit to the San Diego area in August. We're a family of 8, so we're especially looking for something family friendly.

I think I'd prefer to stay in La Jolla as it seems to be a more interesting area overall.

I have SPG Gold and Hyatt Plat. Gold level status with another few progs as well.

Staying within walking distance of a minyan is a must (for Shabbos).

I wouldn't mind a vrbo'esque rental as well.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
I think VRBO is hard to come by in that area. I had emailed the shul and they said they would hang a flyer up of I sent them one. Maybe try that and see of anyone in the shul is away and wants to rent out their house.
Otherwise I think residence inn la jolla is your best option
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: benchik on July 24, 2012, 12:50:02 AM
Did the same with the shul. Haven't got any responses yet.

Is the Residence Inn within walking distance of the shul?

In any case it seems to be sold out for my dates. (wow!)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 24, 2012, 12:55:54 AM
Dates?
It's a five minute walk. Sheraton la jolla is I believe your only other option, about 5 minutes further (and supposedly up a big hill)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: benchik on July 24, 2012, 01:04:14 AM
Dates?

08/02-08/07

Not even a single room avail. I would need a least 3. (I do have Gold with them, would it help?)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 24, 2012, 01:26:05 AM
Searching each night they have availability. Maybe give them a fall and see what they can do for you.
What are the ages of your group? If you get a 2br suite I doubt you'd need three rooms
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: benchik on July 24, 2012, 01:30:50 AM
Thanks! I didn't think of that.

Which hotel is better between the Residence Inn and La Jolla?

Bentzy
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 24, 2012, 11:06:34 AM
The Residence Inn is very nice for families.  Call and tell them you need to be close to the synagogue and see if they'll find room(s) for you and a good rate.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 24, 2012, 11:41:33 AM
anyone have links to discounted August rates for SD zoo and SeaWorld? (not eBay)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 24, 2012, 12:20:07 PM
i was in the Residence Inn for the week end of july 1 its 7 min walking to the shoul it was a nice hotel make sure they cover the light before shabes becouse it has a censer so it will go off if you r not moving
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 24, 2012, 12:25:42 PM
i was in the Residence Inn for the week end of july 1 its 7 min walking to the shoul it was a nice hotel make sure they cover the light before shabes becouse it has a censer so it will go off if you r not moving

what about the door and room keys? are they electric keys? Does anyone know same info for Sheraton La Jolla?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 24, 2012, 12:32:08 PM
i was first in Sheraton La Jolla and i moved becouse they did not have any room to upgrad me to a bigger room and its vrey hard with the outside doors to get in
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 24, 2012, 12:36:36 PM
i was first in Sheraton La Jolla and i moved becouse they did not have any room to upgrad me to a bigger room and its vrey hard with the outside doors to get in
only one main door? what about pool entrances or side doors?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on July 25, 2012, 01:14:35 AM
what about the door and room keys? are they electric keys? Does anyone know same info for Sheraton La Jolla?
The staff at the residence inn know the drill. not sure about Sheraton I assume they do though, as there are many shomrei shabbos that stay there.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on July 25, 2012, 06:19:01 PM
I'm planning an extended weekend visit to the San Diego area in August. We're a family of 8, so we're especially looking for something family friendly.

I think I'd prefer to stay in La Jolla as it seems to be a more interesting area overall.

I have SPG Gold and Hyatt Plat. Gold level status with another few progs as well.

Staying within walking distance of a minyan is a must (for Shabbos).

I wouldn't mind a vrbo'esque rental as well.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
homeaway.com has something there i remember i once searched kosher on there site and something near the shul came up that's all i remember though
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: benchik on July 25, 2012, 09:51:59 PM
homeaway.com has something there i remember i once searched kosher on there site and something near the shul came up that's all i remember though

Thanks, but nothing is available on my dates.

I booked the Sheraton with SPG points. Anything I should know before going there?

Also, any ideas for the seuda's? The hotel room itself doesn't really cut it.

B
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on July 25, 2012, 10:34:18 PM
Email the gm of the hotel to get better service with shabbos.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 26, 2012, 09:03:31 AM
Email the gm of the hotel to get better service with shabbos.

what should he ask for? that they open the automatic doors for his family? what else?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on July 26, 2012, 02:12:30 PM
Just make them aware of ur needs
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 30, 2012, 10:51:09 AM
Living social has a great deal on San Diego Safari tickets (in Escondido)

http://www.livingsocial.com/cities/122-san-diego-noco/deals/305130-adult-park-entrance-and-africa-tram-safari
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: montey on July 31, 2012, 05:13:01 PM
There is a summer grill going on in Beth Jacob San Diego. 5-9PM 5 days a week. Different management from last year. Was there last night and it was good and reasonably priced (Double Burger with Fries and Salad for $10, Chicken Tenders w/ same for $6, Lamb Kabobs $12)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 01, 2012, 10:40:59 AM
There is a summer grill going on in Beth Jacob San Diego. 5-9PM 5 days a week. Different management from last year. Was there last night and it was good and reasonably priced (Double Burger with Fries and Salad for $10, Chicken Tenders w/ same for $6, Lamb Kabobs $12)

What was the wait time like? Wasnt very positive feedback on last year.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sim on August 01, 2012, 06:10:20 PM
There is a summer grill going on in Beth Jacob San Diego. 5-9PM 5 days a week. Different management from last year. Was there last night and it was good and reasonably priced (Double Burger with Fries and Salad for $10, Chicken Tenders w/ same for $6, Lamb Kabobs $12)
How far is that from ph aviara? whats the address of beth jacob
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 01, 2012, 07:42:08 PM
33 miles - 40 to 60 minutes from Park Hyatt Aviara

Beth Jacob Congregation
4855 College Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sim on August 01, 2012, 10:10:53 PM
wow thats far! any other kosher options closer to the hotel
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 02, 2012, 12:00:51 AM
You can call the Chabad of La Costa and see if they have any options.

Also, Ralphs in La Jolla (kosher section) & La Cafe would both be closer.  You can look at Shamash.org for both their addresses.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sim on August 02, 2012, 08:41:04 AM
Thank you very much
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: montey on August 03, 2012, 02:19:31 AM
What was the wait time like? Wasnt very positive feedback on last year.

The wait time was just the time it took to grill the burgers. Everything made to order but they know what they're doing. Different caterer than last year.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 07, 2012, 04:26:53 PM
If you buy tickets for Sea World from someone on craigslist, how do you know they are not counterfeit?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 07, 2012, 10:18:31 PM
Nevermind, tickets were authentic. :)

Now... which kosher place in the area (except for buying grocery items at Ralph's) is open the latest?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 08, 2012, 12:09:52 PM
Nevermind, tickets were authentic. :)

Now... which kosher place in the area (except for buying grocery items at Ralph's) is open the latest?

Ralph's is not only grocery items. They have a full hot deli section and also make sushi daily there as well. Not sure what time they close.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on August 08, 2012, 12:11:36 PM
Ralph's is not only grocery items. They have a full hot deli section and also make sushi daily there as well. Not sure what time they close.
I was there sometime at night (maybe 9?) when the store was open and the Kosher Deli counter was closed.

Probably better to call to find out closing time.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 08, 2012, 12:11:52 PM
Ralph's is not only grocery items. They have a full hot deli section and also make sushi daily there as well. Not sure what time they close.

which Ralph's location has this? SD or La Jolla? thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on August 08, 2012, 12:12:42 PM
which Ralph's location has this? SD or La Jolla? thanks

La Jolla.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 08, 2012, 12:24:48 PM
which Ralph's location has this? SD or La Jolla? thanks

just spoke to them: reg hours are 8a-7p, they stop serving hot food at 630p
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on August 08, 2012, 06:02:12 PM
just spoke to them: reg hours are 8a-7p, they stop serving hot food at 630p

In the front of the Ralph's (when you walk in, on the right) there is a frozen yogurt stand and most of the flavors are Kosher. You can ask for a list but when I was there, every flavor they served was on the Kosher list.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on August 09, 2012, 04:42:41 PM
In the front of the Ralph's (when you walk in, on the right) there is a frozen yogurt stand and most of the flavors are Kosher. You can ask for a list but when I was there, every flavor they served was on the Kosher list.
True (under the KSA), but still worth consulting the list before purchasing, as the flavors are changed often.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on August 09, 2012, 04:47:53 PM
just spoke to them: reg hours are 8a-7p, they stop serving hot food at 630p
Those are the Deli hours, Ralphs (huge kosher section) is open 24hrs.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on August 14, 2012, 06:14:34 PM
What are the best discounts for Legoland single park in August?
 I've seen $10 off per ticket for up to 6 ppl and some coupons were showing buy one adult get child admission free but that one doesn't seem to work.

Anyone know of better offers/coupons?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yooocha on September 05, 2012, 03:59:10 PM
any one hear of "paradise point resort" in san diego?!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on September 05, 2012, 04:02:53 PM
any one hear of "paradise point resort" in san diego?!
Yes, see here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1596.msg256748#msg256748

It's an awesome place!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on September 05, 2012, 04:03:51 PM
Don't have patience to look through this whole thread, heard great things about the Andaz there
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: robi on September 05, 2012, 04:34:59 PM
Don't have patience to look through this whole thread, heard great things about the Andaz there
have only great things to say about my stay there
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on October 18, 2012, 10:49:25 PM
Has anyone stayed at Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, if so, what are your thoughts?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on October 21, 2012, 10:28:51 PM
Anyone have any suggestions of what to do in San Diego besides Seaworld and the Zoo?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 21, 2012, 11:15:45 PM
What kind of activities you looking for?
There are beaches, hiking, amusement parks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 21, 2012, 11:37:37 PM
Point Loma. Seaport Village. Walking around Del Mar.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on October 22, 2012, 08:42:43 AM
Swim with Seals and Leopard sharks in LaJolla. Snorkeling and surfing is there too.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on October 22, 2012, 02:25:36 PM
What kind of activities you looking for?
There are beaches, hiking, amusement parks
more of the fun activities than the museum like activities
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on October 22, 2012, 03:55:50 PM
Legoland is good for younger kids too...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on October 22, 2012, 05:33:24 PM
Forgot to mention activities for adults
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on October 23, 2012, 08:44:28 AM
Torrey Pines has a Glideport for the adventurous.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on October 23, 2012, 11:50:23 AM
amazing hiking throughout San Diego.  I'd also recommend surfing (and lessons if you haven't done before).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on October 23, 2012, 01:56:39 PM
Hey everybody,

Has anybody stayed at the Hyatt Mission Bay? I'm going because it is supposed to have one of the best pools/waterslides in america. I'm staying over shabbos and i wanted to know if I should book the Waterfront K/Q suites or the corner suite? Which one is better for shabbos (ie not on the 90th floor)?
Also, Whats the closest and best kosher place to eat near there?
Thanks!

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on November 14, 2012, 02:06:23 AM
It's essentially still San Diego therefore you have La Cafe (closer) and The Place
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BP13 on November 27, 2012, 04:33:00 AM
Ouch the US Grant is not nice.. small rooms, bed carpet smell, not the greatest service.  is there any nicer SPG property in the area ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on December 06, 2012, 04:37:39 PM
Hey everybody,

Has anybody stayed at the Hyatt Mission Bay? I'm going because it is supposed to have one of the best pools/waterslides in america. I'm staying over shabbos and i wanted to know if I should book the Waterfront K/Q suites or the corner suite? Which one is better for shabbos (ie not on the 90th floor)?
Also, Whats the closest and best kosher place to eat near there?
Thanks!

I satyed there over the summer and I was not impressed at all. The rooms were old and outdated. I stayed in a corner suite (or wahtever their biggest suite is) and it was not on the level I have come to expect with Hyatt. The waterslide and pool are also overrated. Granted I was there in the summer, but it was very crowded and not that big. Location was good in that it was near Seaworld and on the bay (you can rent a Jet Ski down the road) but it is a 15 minute drive to the closest Shul (either Chabad downtown or in La Jolla)
Title: san diego with starwood
Post by: jo on December 17, 2012, 10:47:24 PM
Anyone have any recommendations for a good hotel to use with starpoints in San Diego, for a family?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on January 15, 2013, 12:19:28 PM
Staying for Shabbos January 26th in SD.
Can someone recommend a hotel near a shul with an eiruv ?
Staying with wife and 4 kids.
preferably a suite hotel where i can have warm food for shabbos.
Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 15, 2013, 12:21:33 PM
Staying for Shabbos January 26th in SD.
Can someone recommend a hotel near a shul with an eiruv ?
Staying with wife and 4 kids.
preferably a suite hotel where i can have warm food for shabbos.
Thanks

If you don't need anything fancy you can stay at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn.  They are very accommodating to frum people and there are always a handful staying there.   They offer 2 bedrooms suites and rooms with small kitchens etc. Might be something to look into.
Title: Re: san diego with starwood
Post by: asks on January 15, 2013, 12:24:03 PM
Anyone have any recommendations for a good hotel to use with starpoints in San Diego, for a family?
Sheratons in both SD (Marina/Tower) and LaJolla are nice
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on January 15, 2013, 12:26:00 PM
Staying for Shabbos January 26th in SD.
Can someone recommend a hotel near a shul with an eiruv ?
Staying with wife and 4 kids.
preferably a suite hotel where i can have warm food for shabbos.
Thanks

Try Sheraton or Residence Inn in La Jolla, both in eiruv and walking distance to Adat Yeshurun shul
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 15, 2013, 12:36:17 PM
Residence inn is very good for your needs
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on January 15, 2013, 01:20:25 PM
If you don't need anything fancy you can stay at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn.  They are very accommodating to frum people and there are always a handful staying there.   They offer 2 bedrooms suites and rooms with small kitchens etc. Might be something to look into.

Any idea what shul is nearby ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 15, 2013, 01:27:46 PM
If you don't need anything fancy you can stay at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn.  They are very accommodating to frum people and there are always a handful staying there.   They offer 2 bedrooms suites and rooms with small kitchens etc. Might be something to look into.

Any idea what shul is nearby ?

Beth Jacob -Rabbi  Bogopulsky
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on January 24, 2013, 04:04:22 PM
Has anybody stayed at The Westin Gaslamp? any reviews?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 12, 2013, 08:57:24 PM
Anyone been to SD in late December-Early January? How's the weather?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 12, 2013, 10:13:19 PM
SD is nice year-round.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on February 13, 2013, 12:31:55 PM
Dec-Jan
Could be beach weather, or could rain the whole time, you never know.  Doesn't get below the 50's though.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 13, 2013, 12:50:41 PM
There are days of rain. Days of sun. Some days the temperature is in the 60s and some days closer to 75/80.
Most days IME were around 65-70. Not hot like summer.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aarony on February 13, 2013, 04:38:09 PM
I was told that April to November is considered the swimming season for outdoor pools in SD
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on February 13, 2013, 06:06:24 PM
I was there recently. Weather was really nice- low 70s...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moto on February 21, 2013, 01:52:55 AM
I will be in San Diego for a night and a day where is the places to go?
Any cheap jetski there?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 21, 2013, 05:28:21 PM
any good hotels for one night (spg gold) nice and near sea world. also anything else to do besides zoo?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on February 21, 2013, 06:52:59 PM
The San Diego safari zipline is awesome! It's one of the longest zips in the United States and you fly over the animals!!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 21, 2013, 09:19:26 PM
so the zipline costs 70-140 without getting around the safari?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on February 22, 2013, 10:59:12 AM
$114 includes park entrance. It is quite pricey but in my opinion it's an unforgettable experience.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on February 22, 2013, 11:36:12 AM
Moto - if I was in San Diego for only one day, I would hike Torrey Pines in the morning and take a surf lesson in the afternoon.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 22, 2013, 03:43:41 PM
q? should i spend shabbos in a few weeks in san diego or in la? also any gr8 itineraries for a thu night to wed night stay?? (thiking of beaches in LA, sea world and safari in SD, universal..)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 25, 2013, 02:37:09 PM
any thoughts on nice hotels (pref spg)/ Did anyone stay at the marina (i think sherraton)? What bout the grant, i was reading bad reviews  on spg...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 26, 2013, 08:34:27 PM
Was checking costco.com for gift cards, they have a great value San Diego Go Card. It gives you unlimited entrance to lots of parks (including sea world the san diego zoo and safari and plenty more) for 3 days.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 26, 2013, 08:37:44 PM
Was checking costco.com for gift cards, they have a great value San Diego Go Card. It gives you unlimited entrance to lots of parks (including sea world the san diego zoo and safari and plenty more) for 3 days.
How much?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 26, 2013, 09:06:19 PM
154.99 for adult (13+)
129.99 for child (3-12)
Check out the pdf link on their site for full long list
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 01, 2013, 01:25:56 AM
anyone stay at the Sheraton Suites San Diego at Symphony Hall seems nice, tripadvisor has mixed reviews? pretty expensive foe cat 3
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gingiboy5 on March 05, 2013, 09:37:43 PM
what are the kosher restaurant options in san diego? besides the amazing ralphs...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on March 05, 2013, 10:06:43 PM
what are the kosher restaurant options in san diego? besides the amazing ralphs...

http://www.lacafesd.com/

Was there recently.  Small pizza shop/ cafe.  Food was pretty good.  Tends to get very busy during peak hours but service ok.  Nice outdoor seating options.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gingiboy5 on March 05, 2013, 10:40:45 PM
http://www.lacafesd.com/

Was there recently.  Small pizza shop/ cafe.  Food was pretty good.  Tends to get very busy during peak hours but service ok.  Nice outdoor seating options.
anything else? any meat option?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on March 06, 2013, 08:46:35 AM
anything else? any meat option?

Don't think so...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on March 06, 2013, 12:42:37 PM
The JCC in La Jolla has a meat snack bar

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Place-Cafe-at-The-JCC-Kosher/302808789746526
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gingiboy5 on March 06, 2013, 01:11:49 PM
The JCC in La Jolla has a meat snack bar

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Place-Cafe-at-The-JCC-Kosher/302808789746526
did "the place" close down?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on March 06, 2013, 02:23:47 PM
Yes, The Place (by San Diego State) is closed - - but there is The Place snack bar at the JCC.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 06, 2013, 03:35:01 PM
anyone have any input on spg hotels in SD? us grant? sheraton?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on May 27, 2013, 01:11:27 PM
 Going to be up in Coronado in July.  How far is it from Coronado to these kosher " restaurants"?  On Google maps it's telling me  about a half hour.  Is that accurate?
 Also was anyone ever in Loews  in Coronado?  Looks stunning.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on May 27, 2013, 10:06:38 PM
Going to be up in Coronado in July.  How far is it from Coronado to these kosher " restaurants"?  On Google maps it's telling me  about a half hour.  Is that accurate?
 Also was anyone ever in Loews  in Coronado?  Looks stunning.

30 min is about right. I stayed in the Loews Coronado around 4 years ago with no complaints. Nice clean hotel with a good pool and close walk to the beach.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gingiboy5 on May 30, 2013, 02:00:52 AM
New kosher market called "Emet Kosher Market" with a new meat restaurant inside called "The Grille" should be added to the wiki.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on May 30, 2013, 08:44:56 AM
New kosher market called "Emet Kosher Market" with a new meat restaurant inside called "The Grille" should be added to the wiki.
Feel welcome to do so if you ahve the info
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: glasses dude on June 09, 2013, 08:56:01 AM
Anyone stay at the andaz? How far is it from the closest Shul and kosher food?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on June 16, 2013, 12:45:03 AM
If I'm in CA for 5 days to check out Yosemite and LA area is it worth going to San Diego?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on June 16, 2013, 12:53:45 AM
If I'm in CA for 5 days to check out Yosemite and LA area is it worth going to San Diego?

IMHO, no. Sam Diego is nice but there's too much to see in Yosemite and LA to justify SD too all within 5 days.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on June 16, 2013, 12:56:13 AM
Thanx. Whats the best way to spend 2 days at Yosemite?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on June 16, 2013, 01:24:35 AM
Thanx. Whats the best way to spend 2 days at Yosemite?
Seeing waterfalls and hiking. Depending on how much you like hiking, Half Dome is supposed to be amazing. I haven't done it personally, but it's so impressive it made it on the state quarter.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 19, 2013, 10:29:03 AM
I've heard that in SD u can get the same hotel that would cost 500 per night in LA for much cheaper, any example?    also is there any nice villa's in SD with privte pool...?  any references?   thanks all for ur advise.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gingiboy5 on June 24, 2013, 12:53:20 AM
How do I add a new meat restaurant to the topic wiki?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on June 24, 2013, 11:41:49 AM
How do I add a new meat restaurant to the topic wiki?
I couldn't edit the Wiki in the tapatalk app. So I'm not sure if you're using tapatalk but if you are, hold and highlight the Wiki there should be an option to open in browser. From a browser, you can click on "edit" on the top left side of the post and then save.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on June 25, 2013, 02:29:54 PM
la jolla was great, but if you have what to do up north, maybe not spending the time driving down and up. come back another time
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 25, 2013, 04:48:33 PM
Did anyone stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla San Diego? Good experience?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on June 26, 2013, 08:34:19 AM
i was at the residence inn
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on June 28, 2013, 04:10:24 AM
I'm arriving late July on a Sunday about 6:00 pm to the San Diego airport. Still need to check in to a hotel in Coronado which leaves me about ready to drive out to go eat dinner by 7:00. Who's open the latest on a Sunday night? Where do I go eat supper?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 28, 2013, 05:00:55 AM
I'm arriving late July on a Sunday about 6:00 pm to the San Diego airport. Still need to check in to a hotel in Coronado which leaves me about ready to drive out to go eat dinner by 7:00. Who's open the latest on a Sunday night? Where do I go eat supper?
Very ambitious on your timing. I doubt you'll be able to check in and then go eat anywhere. Consider eating first
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on June 28, 2013, 09:49:43 AM
with my luggage in the trunk? I guess.. I was looking to pack out comfortably first but no one's open till 9:00 pm on Sunday?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on June 28, 2013, 09:54:32 AM
http://www.thegrillesd.com/About-Us.html

open until 8 on Sunday - I would go straight there from the airport
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on June 28, 2013, 10:04:25 AM
Sounds like a plan. Thanks. BTW How's the food & service at the Grille?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on June 28, 2013, 11:15:39 AM
Very good - I recommend their fish tacos, hamburgers, tortilla soup.  My kids like their hot dogs.

Maybe call them on your way and let them know you are coming.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on June 28, 2013, 06:51:42 PM
La Cafe is open until 8:30

http://www.lacafesd.com/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on June 30, 2013, 02:37:04 PM
Which stores in San Diego would sell Cholov Yisroel milk? Ralph's?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on June 30, 2013, 03:35:47 PM
NorthPark produce
4220 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA
858) 810-8228
Call them first to make sure they have it.  Within 30 days they are opening a kosher restaurant and bakery - but they have lots of kosher items now.

Also milk at The Grille (would also call first to make sure).

I don't think it is at Ralphs
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on July 01, 2013, 05:18:45 PM
Best things to do with a 1 year old in SD? Went to SD Zoo, looking for afternoon activity.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on July 02, 2013, 02:19:35 PM
i was in La jolla memorial day
did the grill just open?
i only went to la cafe and ralphs
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 02, 2013, 02:23:22 PM
Yes, The Grille is new
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 14, 2013, 02:00:21 AM
Anyone try the Gocar sef-guided gps tour? Looks pretty interesting http://www.gocartours.com/sandiego.html (http://www.gocartours.com/sandiego.html)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on July 14, 2013, 08:39:11 PM
Which stores in San Diego would sell Cholov Yisroel milk? Ralph's?
I asked at LaCafe, after asking her manager the weird request, they sold  a bottle for FIVE dollars! What wouldn't we do for our Yiddishkeit..
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 17, 2013, 10:08:30 PM
What's the closest food to Carlsbad? (was supposed to go to jcc but they close at 6:30 even though I called earlier and they said 8:00) I'm fine with buy grill hot dogs?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bades on July 19, 2013, 01:36:54 PM
anyone stay at the Park Hyatt in Carlsbad? or the Grand Hyatt in San diego?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 19, 2013, 01:38:24 PM
anyone stay at the Park Hyatt in Carlsbad?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/14293
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bades on July 19, 2013, 01:49:00 PM
Thank you, How long of a drive was it to the kosher places and attractions
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on July 22, 2013, 01:26:19 PM
I'm currently in beautiful Coronado. Where should I go buy some sandwiches to take along for lunch to sea world?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 22, 2013, 01:32:26 PM
I'm currently in beautiful Coronado. Where should I go buy some sandwiches to take along for lunch to sea world?
Ralph's in La Jolla?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 22, 2013, 02:10:00 PM
How far is Coronado from la jolla? What's special about this place? (Going to SD tomorrow)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 22, 2013, 02:15:18 PM
How far is Coronado from la jolla? What's special about this place? (Going to SD tomorrow)

25-30 minutes
Both Coronado and La Jolla are beautiful coastal tourist towns.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 23, 2013, 10:29:07 AM
25-30 minutes
Both Coronado and La Jolla are beautiful coastal tourist towns.

Any underrated hotels/resorts on the beach? (Could be Coronado, La Jolla or anywhere along the coast)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: metziah on August 20, 2013, 01:06:12 AM

Any underrated hotels/resorts on the beach? (Could be Coronado, La Jolla or anywhere along the coast)
Although not on the beach, the US GRANT is very underrated, it is a magnificently beautiful hotel and a steal at just 12k spg points!!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on December 03, 2013, 02:12:40 PM
Thinking of doing a trip to SeaWorld soon. Any tips on getting discounted tickets?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on December 04, 2013, 12:32:36 PM
i think on the web site they are cheaper than buying at the park
maybe 15 bucks cheaper
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on December 04, 2013, 06:30:37 PM
Thinking of doing a trip to SeaWorld soon. Any tips on getting discounted tickets?

15% off online tickets with AAA membership
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on December 30, 2013, 11:59:40 PM
has anyone stayed at the Sheraton mission valley? im seeing mixed reviews on line... i have starwood gold so club level access and its 7k spg or 7k aa points.
tia
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Zevwolf on December 31, 2013, 02:13:14 PM
any recommended hotels near a shul?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 31, 2013, 03:26:36 PM
I stayed during the week near carlsbad next to LEGOLAND and for shabbes we stayed in Marriott Residence Inn La Jolla  its 7 min walking to the shul it was nice and we got a sweet for a good price .
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zale on December 31, 2013, 06:52:14 PM
I am headed to SD with spouse and two kids. (Compliments of Delta airlines :-))

What are the best places to visit and the best hotel to stay in? Should I just book the cheapest hotel on Hotwire?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 07:34:23 PM
Do you want to be near a shul?

Get a go pass. Sea world. Lego Land. A couple of small amusement parks. La Jolla cove
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zale on December 31, 2013, 08:06:34 PM
I'm not staying over Shabbos, so a shul within 20 mins driving range is good enough. If there are great cheap hotel rates further, then even if it's 30 mins it's fine.

Also, my kids are 1 and 3. Do these amusement parks offer anything for that age? Shows? Little kids rides?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 31, 2013, 08:10:13 PM
Sure u kids will love it
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 08:13:15 PM
I stayed at residence inn right near the shul. Great points value.
We went with 2.5 and 6 month old. The other. Older one loved the rides.
Zoo and sea world will be great for both kids. Lego Land for the older one. Bunch of museums near the zoo.
How long is your trip?
Can't stress enough the value you get from a go card
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zale on December 31, 2013, 08:20:57 PM
Thanks.

Looks like they don't have a good points value at the moment..

Do I need to bring along kosher food? I don't plan on stopping in LA at all during the trip. Are there kosher groceries/restaurants in or around the area?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 08:25:04 PM
There is a restaurant. It's OK. Kosher food at the Ralph"s near the shul in LA Jolla
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 08:26:37 PM
Also the residence inn you'll only need one room as opposed to two at a different hotel
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on December 31, 2013, 08:35:49 PM
What is the cheapest way to get the go card?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: A3 on December 31, 2013, 08:39:17 PM
What is the cheapest way to get the go card?

What's the cheapest you found?


http://t.costco.com/Go-San-Diego-Card-4-Day-Card-.product.100054090.html
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zale on December 31, 2013, 10:11:36 PM
What's the cheapest you found?


http://t.costco.com/Go-San-Diego-Card-4-Day-Card-.product.100054090.html

So if u buy this on an Amex tonight before 12am you save an extra $15?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on December 31, 2013, 10:39:27 PM
What's the cheapest you found?


http://t.costco.com/Go-San-Diego-Card-4-Day-Card-.product.100054090.html
same $ amount for only 3 days sale ends tonight. i only need 3 days.
http://www.smartdestinations.com/san-diego-attractions-and-tours/_d_Sdo-p1.html?pass=Sdo_Prod_Go&gclid=CMG2mfzw1rsCFWJo7AodtxgAgg
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on December 31, 2013, 10:42:21 PM
other say craigslist is the way to go.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on December 31, 2013, 10:49:13 PM
just an fyi, imho the zoo is way too much walking!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on December 31, 2013, 11:04:59 PM
Legoland free child with paid adult (expires today).

http://mtnydiscount.com/merlindeals2012/thehomedepot/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 11:20:27 PM
just an fyi, imho the zoo is way too much walking!
I didn't mind the walking. The kids were in the stroller so they didn't mind either.

Although I wasn't so impressed in general with the zoo. It's a nice zoo but I'm not sure why it's world renowned. No better than Bronx zoo or Toronto zoo
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on December 31, 2013, 11:25:08 PM
Lego magazine also has the bogo
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zale on December 31, 2013, 11:42:17 PM
Looks like the Costco 4 day pass is the best deal if combined with the $15 amex credit.

The Residence Inn appears to be too costly for the dates I'm going. It starts at $219 per night. Any other suggestions?

Is the Lego Land hotel any good?

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 11:44:45 PM
Looks like the Costco 4 day pass is the best deal if combined with the $15 amex credit.

The Residence Inn appears to be too costly for the dates I'm going. It starts at $219 per night. Any other suggestions?

Is the Lego Land hotel any good?
Was under construction when I was there but you wouldn't want to be based out of there. It's 45 minutes north of LA Jolla
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zale on December 31, 2013, 11:52:57 PM
Was under construction when I was there but you wouldn't want to be based out of there. It's 45 minutes north of LA Jolla

Is LA Jolla where most of the attractions are? (excuse my ignorance, I have never been there before  :P)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 11:55:13 PM
Is LA Jolla where most of the attractions are? (excuse my ignorance, I have never been there before  :P)
No. Minyan and kosher. Attractions are further 15-20 min) south
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 11:55:52 PM
When do you arrive/leave?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 31, 2013, 11:57:59 PM
Almost stayed here
http://www.vrbo.com/267153
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zale on January 01, 2014, 12:07:13 AM
When do you arrive/leave?

Check in Jan 12 check out Jan 16

Ground-level hotels make me nervous for some reason...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on January 01, 2014, 12:38:11 AM
Doubletree has rooms with a side room bunkbed
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on January 01, 2014, 12:38:57 AM
Stayed in la jolla last time had to drive down every time but not the end of the world
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on January 01, 2014, 12:39:33 AM
Do not go to mexico, nothing to see and hours of a line to get back in.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on January 01, 2014, 12:41:08 AM
I found some good rates with aa points
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 01, 2014, 02:03:41 AM
When I was in SD here (http://www.chabaddiego.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/725014/jewish/Daily-Minyan.htm) was the only place that had a minyan 8:00 am, (call before you go, you need a pass code to get in) the other shulls were way earlier. It's about 10 minute drive from the Hyatt Regency La Jolla (http://www.chabaddiego.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/725014/jewish/Daily-Minyan.htm)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 01, 2014, 07:48:03 AM
When I was in SD here (http://www.chabaddiego.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/725014/jewish/Daily-Minyan.htm) was the only place that had a minyan 8:00 am, (call before you go, you need a pass code to get in) the other shulls were way earlier. It's about 10 minute drive from the Hyatt Regency La Jolla (http://www.chabaddiego.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/725014/jewish/Daily-Minyan.htm)
Man. I wish I knew about this. I davened at some ungodly hour. Although it was for the best because I was able to book the el al glitch because I was up so early
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: metziah on January 01, 2014, 07:50:57 AM

I am headed to SD with spouse and two kids. (Compliments of Delta airlines :-))

What are the best places to visit and the best hotel to stay in? Should I just book the cheapest hotel on Hotwire?
The US Grant is a beautiful hotel. Though it's downtown so if you want to stay on the water it's not for you.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 01, 2014, 08:49:40 AM
Man. I wish I knew about this. I davened at some ungodly hour. Although it was for the best because I was able to book the el al glitch because I was up so early
Yeah... That's why I posted it, I also just found out of this place the last day I was there. Getting up 6:30 on vacation is a real killer for me, it was mamesh MESIRES NEFESH to get up so early, until one of the App's routed me to this place. It's a real big place its more like a small town (you have to enter a code to get in in the area) the have a huge building for all kind of religious needs.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: menashe04 on January 01, 2014, 10:20:25 AM
Which of these 2 would be recommended? I see Adath Yeshurin has next to it 2 hotels, sheraton and residence inn. And next to chabad of la jolla sinai circle there are also some hotels close by. If I can go to any of those which is recommended? Going from wed-mon
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 01, 2014, 12:41:57 PM
other say craigslist is the way to go.

Don't you run a risk of counterfeit tickets on craigslist?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on January 01, 2014, 12:47:08 PM
Don't you run a risk of counterfeit tickets on craigslist?
always that risk on craigslist but many have reported success. its a gamble.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 01, 2014, 01:09:20 PM
Is $180 for an adult 3 day pass such a good deal????
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on January 01, 2014, 01:26:04 PM
I'm probably gonna do the lego land bogo, pay for aircraft carrier, rent bikes and the like. I think the card becomes valuable with sea world.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 01, 2014, 04:24:39 PM
Definitely. Better value is at 5 days. And you can do so many things and not cheshbon each one. I did sea world twice. The zoo. A few museums on museum row. Belmont park. Ice sharing. Lego Land.
Title: Re: SPG Hotel San Diego
Post by: ar13 on January 01, 2014, 11:01:22 PM
Just got back from san diego. Stayed in hilton in mission valley. nice place, booked on priceline for cheap. across the street from shopping center including target and coffee bean. went to many of the attractions. sea world is fantastic. loved the zoo, but not so much wild animal park. tijuana is not much fun, aside from the safety issues. its very sleazy and we spent a couple hours there. instead go to old town in san diego and u can buy the same stuff without the creepiness. currently theres only one restaurant (the place, fleishigs) though i hear there may be others soon. la jolla cove is cute and free.

I we are going to LA with a 2 and 3 year old would we have a better time in disneyland or going down to seaworld?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 02, 2014, 08:49:32 AM
i stayed at the residence inn and davened by adat yeshurun
did seawolrd-it was nice
went there for a few hours, then left, showered, ate at la cafe, davened at AY, and then came back to the park for the night shows (free parking and reentry if you were there earlier in the day)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 02, 2014, 09:00:42 AM
I we are going to LA with a 2 and 3 year old would we have a better time in disneyland or going down to seaworld?
Probably the same. Depends what your kids like. Not worth the extra drive
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 02, 2014, 01:01:46 PM
There is a guy who constantly advertises on Craigslist San Diego for $35 tickets to Sea World and says payment is not due until it is used!!!! Sounds strange.  He says to email him or text him at 415-509-9350. I wonder if anyone ever had experience with this guy. I texted him and waiting for a response.

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/ssd/tix/4266353555.html

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 02, 2014, 02:36:45 PM
i stayed at the residence inn and davened by adat yeshurun
did seawolrd-it was nice
went there for a few hours, then left, showered, ate at la cafe, davened at AY, and then came back to the park for the night shows (free parking and reentry if you were there earlier in the day)

Please note Le cafe is apparently closed for good
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Zevwolf on January 02, 2014, 02:51:31 PM
anyone stayed at the w hotel or sheraton?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar13 on January 02, 2014, 07:52:22 PM
Two of the days of our delta sponsored trip will be spent in "Diego"... The US Grant looks awesome but the Delmar looks like heaven.

Anyone ever spend time in both and know how they compare? Is the delmar worth shelling out $400 a night for vs the 12k spg for the US Grant?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 02, 2014, 08:54:10 PM
Man. I wish I knew about this. I davened at some ungodly hour. Although it was for the best because I was able to book the el al glitch because I was up so early
It's all hashgocha protis.
Same with the DL glitch, only the red-eye was available, got home and forced myself to stay awake to get back on a normal schedule, etc.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 02, 2014, 08:58:37 PM
It's all hashgocha protis.
Same with the DL glitch, only the red-eye was available, got home and forced myself to stay awake to get back on a normal schedule, etc.
Hashgacha pratis as well that I was on the road for the delta glitch. My whole family lost out. Zil zain a kapparah
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 02, 2014, 09:14:46 PM
It's all hashgocha protis.
Same with the DL glitch, only the red-eye was available, got home and forced myself to stay awake to get back on a normal schedule, etc.
And I am still waiting to see what the hashgocha protis was by me..... I just figured it out the last day.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 07, 2014, 02:45:23 PM
Anyone here have any luck getting Sea World tickets at a discount or though Craigslist?

Also, it seems like restaurants open and close in San Diego and some are only in business in the summer. Which restaurants are open now?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: NMB on January 07, 2014, 02:52:46 PM
Anyone try the Gocar sef-guided gps tour? Looks pretty interesting http://www.gocartours.com/sandiego.html (http://www.gocartours.com/sandiego.html)

This was one of the highlights of my West coast trip, 2 years ago.  Highly recommended! I hope to go again in a few weeks (thanks to the Delta glitch :) )
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: morgs on January 07, 2014, 03:04:43 PM

Also, it seems like restaurants open and close in San Diego and some are only in business in the summer. Which restaurants are open now?
The "PLACE" at JCC    - MEAT restaurant  (open all year round)                                                                                   
4126 Executive Drive                                                                                                           
La Jolla, CA 92037                                                                                                               
858-362-1353       
(s:1030-530;m-th:9-730;f:9-2)
    ALSO
Ralphs Kosher Experience
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive 
La Jolla, CA  92037
(858)-597-1550
LOTS of kosher food, deli, etc....
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 07, 2014, 03:20:34 PM
Thank You. Is there a pizza shop anywhere?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: morgs on January 07, 2014, 04:01:50 PM
Thank You. Is there a pizza shop anywhere?
No Kosher dairy food in all SD/LJ-Sorry :P
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: M on January 07, 2014, 04:25:26 PM
No Kosher dairy food in all SD/LJ-Sorry :P

The Grille is a great spot and very inexpensive!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: metziah on January 07, 2014, 11:27:52 PM


Ralphs Kosher Experience
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive 
La Jolla, CA  92037
(858)-597-1550
LOTS of kosher food, deli, etc....
+1 for Ralph's. Make sure you try their chocolate chip cookies they are beyond!!!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on January 08, 2014, 12:32:09 AM
No Kosher dairy food in all SD/LJ-Sorry :P
La Cafe closed? They had pretty good pizza and salads from what I remember.
Haven't been to SD in 3 years.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: morgs on January 08, 2014, 02:43:07 AM
La Cafe closed? They had pretty good pizza and salads from what I remember.
Haven't been to SD in 3 years.
Yeah-they closed about a year ago. Restaurants don't stay around too long there (although while they are around they are usually pretty good there).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 09, 2014, 02:48:49 PM
I found a guy on Craigslist that will meet me at Sea World on the morning of and make sure I get in before I pay him. He is charging $35 for an adult and $30 for a child. Now is it worth the risk in case he doesn't show up and I am stuck paying full price at the gate????
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 09, 2014, 02:55:40 PM
Yeah-they closed about a year ago. Restaurants don't stay around too long there (although while they are around they are usually pretty good there).
were open late may so it must have been real recent
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on January 09, 2014, 03:30:41 PM
Yeah. They closed less than a yr ago.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on January 09, 2014, 03:35:05 PM
No Kosher dairy food in all SD/LJ-Sorry :P
Ralphs also have ready made parve type things: sushi, salads etc.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on January 09, 2014, 03:40:59 PM
Anyone here have any luck getting Sea World tickets at a discount or though Craigslist?

Also, it seems like restaurants open and close in San Diego and some are only in business in the summer. Which restaurants are open now?
The Grille
6548 El Cajon Blvd at Rolando st.
San Diego, CA 92115
619.286.1847
Super market as well.

Ralphs have a hot & cold deli (uncooked fish meat & chicken as well. For that matter Trader Joe's which is next door more often than not has uncooked stuff as well)), prepared cold food (sushi, salads) & a huge kosher section.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda57 on January 09, 2014, 05:27:25 PM
I am booked into LAX (Delta glitch, thanks Dan) Thursday Jan 30-Wed Feb 5. I am spending Shabbos in Palm Springs area. For the days after that, I'm looking have a nice few relaxing days in quiet, scenic areas.

Where is the best, quietest beach-side area to go in the Southern California? I was thinking it would be better to go to San Diego (La Jolla, Coronado, Torey Pines, etc) rather than LA. Is this true? I'm looking to do "budget" (read: cheap) stuff, like walking trails, kayaking, biking.

I'll be renting a car, food isn't part of this equation.

Also, is it worth spending a day in Palm Springs area, or should I head straight to the coast?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zip212 on January 09, 2014, 08:58:13 PM
Anyone stay In the Sheraton Mission Valley, is it nice?

How far of a drive to a shul?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on January 10, 2014, 02:22:15 AM
I have a reservation at the sheraton mission valley and can report back in a few weeks.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on January 10, 2014, 09:34:09 AM
Anyone stay In the Sheraton Mission Valley, is it nice?

How far of a drive to a shul?
I stayed there 2 yrs ago, was very nice but nothing special, 10-15 min drive 2 the university area which is where the kosher food and minyan is
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zip212 on January 11, 2014, 11:45:29 PM
I stayed there 2 yrs ago, was very nice but nothing special, 10-15 min drive 2 the university area which is where the kosher food and minyan is

Thanks what's the name (or address) of the shul?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on January 11, 2014, 11:50:58 PM
I am booked into LAX (Delta glitch, thanks Dan) Thursday Jan 30-Wed Feb 5. I am spending Shabbos in Palm Springs area. For the days after that, I'm looking have a nice few relaxing days in quiet, scenic areas.

Where is the best, quietest beach-side area to go in the Southern California? I was thinking it would be better to go to San Diego (La Jolla, Coronado, Torey Pines, etc) rather than LA. Is this true? I'm looking to do "budget" (read: cheap) stuff, like walking trails, kayaking, biking.

I'll be renting a car, food isn't part of this equation.

Also, is it worth spending a day in Palm Springs area, or should I head straight to the coast?
u should definitely spend a day or more in Palm springs they are so many nice hikes and beautiful scenario 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on January 12, 2014, 07:46:36 AM
Thanks what's the name (or address) of the shul?

The main shul is beth jacob, theres also a chabad that had a later minyan 4 shachris 2 days a week dont know if they still do. u can check up address at godaven.com
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: morgs on January 12, 2014, 08:16:49 AM
ANDAZ SD or PH Aviarra? What is a better value for your points/Free nights? Which is nicer and more enjoyable?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda57 on January 13, 2014, 04:02:19 PM
u should definitely spend a day or more in Palm springs they are so many nice hikes and beautiful scenario

Thanks, will spend some time there.

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 13, 2014, 04:58:08 PM
Anyone stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: california on January 14, 2014, 02:57:09 AM
Ate 2day @ The Grille the food and prices ROCK!! U gotta try this out!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 17, 2014, 10:38:37 AM
Does anyone know if there are tolls driving in San Diego Area and if there are would a New York EZ-Pass work there?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 17, 2014, 10:44:00 AM
Does anyone know if there are tolls driving in San Diego Area and if there are would a New York EZ-Pass work there?
one of the routes from LA has a toll
you can just pay cash as i doubt (but dont know for sure) that ny ezpass would work
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on January 17, 2014, 01:03:09 PM
Ezpass doesnt work in cali
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 17, 2014, 01:20:54 PM
Ezpass doesnt work in cali
Correct, CA uses FasTrack.  If you want to use the CA-73 to/from LAX-SAN beware that it's a huge speed trap. It's basically empty all the time due to it being a toll road and only saving a few minutes (without traffic) and cops love to give speeding tickets.

You can use your FasTrack from LA or SF in OC, just note that if you want to use the HOT lanes on the I-110 and I-10 in LA that you need a newer one with a switch to select how many people are in the car.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 17, 2014, 01:38:15 PM
Correct, CA uses FasTrack.  If you want to use the CA-73 to/from LAX-SAN beware that it's a huge speed trap. It's basically empty all the time due to it being a toll road and only saving a few minutes (without traffic) and cops love to give speeding tickets.

+1 Got a ticket on it.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: california on January 17, 2014, 01:57:18 PM
U can pay the toll online till 48 hours
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 17, 2014, 01:58:39 PM
U can pay the toll online till 48 hours
True, but you can't ride for free as a carpool in the HOT lanes without a transponder.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 21, 2014, 11:29:36 AM
When I was in SD here (http://www.chabaddiego.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/725014/jewish/Daily-Minyan.htm) was the only place that had a minyan 8:00 am, (call before you go, you need a pass code to get in) the other shulls were way earlier. It's about 10 minute drive from the Hyatt Regency La Jolla (http://www.chabaddiego.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/725014/jewish/Daily-Minyan.htm)

I emailed and called but still no response. I would really love to have the option of an 8:00 Minyan. Ilherman, do you know if there was a steady minyan there every day?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 21, 2014, 09:12:23 PM
I emailed and called but still no response. I would really love to have the option of an 8:00 Minyan. Ilherman, do you know if there was a steady minyan there every day?
Yeah... I email'd them as well and they didn't respond to me either, that's why I didn't mind checking it out until I decided to give it a shut. I have no idea what's going on these days. Maybe email them that you're living in the area and you wonna know more about Yidishkeit...  ;)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on January 21, 2014, 09:39:23 PM
Went to ralphs today, seems like the best option for food, considering...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on January 21, 2014, 11:39:07 PM
I have 4 adult/child tickets to legoland. I bought for my trip but now thinking it will be to close to my flight. I don't know if this is the right spot for this but would anyone be interested in buying them off me? $200/4. I apologize if there's a better place to put this that I'm unaware of. Please guide me.

I can deliver in Brooklyn or lakewood

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Rose101 on January 22, 2014, 03:15:23 PM
I am thinking of 2 night stay in San Diego near Seaworld. What's the better option, The US Grant, at 12k points (You can also upgrade for a small fee), or The Paradise Points for $441 (+all their extra fees)
I love that the Paradise is on the beach! Has anyone been there in the past? Were you satisfied with the room? The US Grant looks more upscale, but Paradise looks more exciting.... Anyone?
Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 22, 2014, 03:37:08 PM
You know that the prices what you listed are not to compare..... 12K points VS $400
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 22, 2014, 03:37:48 PM
You know that the prices what you listed are not to compare..... 12K points VS $400
I think its 24k vs $440
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Rose101 on January 22, 2014, 04:07:18 PM
Thanks Guys! I know i can save 440 bucks with choosing the US Grant. My question is if any of you have been to the 2 hotels??
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: california on January 23, 2014, 01:09:42 AM
I was staying at the Hyatt regency but went to look at paradise point (half minute drive) if I would know b4 what it is I would of stayed at paradise point, its a gorgeous resort, BTW on room77.com u could have a night at paradise point for 164 including taxes!!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LA2NYC on January 24, 2014, 01:43:22 AM
Free SeaWorld ticket for 3-5 yr old

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=37705
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 24, 2014, 08:52:00 AM
From amazon local
Two-Night Iconic Beachfront Getaway at Hotel del Coronado or Beach Village at the Del
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado
From
$1025
While is (very) expensive, it is supposed to be an iconic hotel (people pay to tour the hotel)
http://local.amazon.com/national/B00HNCXVYA?src=email&cid=em_dd_001_101_na_s1_&ref_=pe_628140_112236250_fd
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: eskay on January 25, 2014, 09:11:07 PM
The Grille has great food and the prices are really good! The hot sandwich with grilled chicken and onions on Chiabatta bread was awesome and crispy sweet potatoe fries too.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda57 on January 25, 2014, 10:39:27 PM
Anyone know if the San Diego Andaz offers a Kosher breakfast?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 26, 2014, 12:51:46 AM
Just searched through kayak and the Catamaran Resort is 39/night from May 23-26. Other sites (hotels.com etc) have it for 288/night. Seems like a price mistake.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on January 26, 2014, 01:25:29 AM
Just searched through kayak and the Catamaran Resort is 39/night from May 23-26. Other sites (hotels.com etc) have it for 288/night. Seems like a price mistake.
Odd that a day earlier or later and the price goes up.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: metziah on January 26, 2014, 11:39:11 AM

Thanks Guys! I know i can save 440 bucks with choosing the US Grant. My question is if any of you have been to the 2 hotels??
I've been to the US GRANT. It's a really beautiful hotel. The service is very upscale. The only downside is that it's downtown(not on the water).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: leis4794 on January 28, 2014, 12:07:07 AM
Just came back from a 2 day/1 night budget trip to San Diego (1/26-27). Here is some info I think others can benefit from:

Stayed: I redeemed one of my Chase Hyatt free night awards (Thanks Dan) and we stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.  The place is beautiful. As a Platinum member, Shawn at the front desk upgraded us to a nice corner room on the 28th floor with excellent views of downtown and the harbor. The hotel itself is located in downtown, about a 20 drive from Sea world but only about 5 min from the San Diego Zoo. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel there is not much going on in terms of attractions, except Petco park (The Padre's) and the Gaslamp district. To be honest, there is not much to see there.

Chabad in Downtown (About a 10 min walk from the hotel) has a nice minyan for Shachris at 7:30, and although we were one short until about 8, the guys called a few people and made sure to get a minyan together. Only at Chabad...

Activities: As I wrote, this was a budget trip, so we did not do any of the big attractions like Sea World, The San Diego Zoo, LegoLand or any of the other must do's. Those will wait till next time. On the way down from LA, we visited the beach at Del Mar, where there is a nice little town to walk thru and a nice park overlooking the water for the kids to play. About 5 minutes from the hotel, there is Balboa Park (The Zoo is located in the park) which is a really big park with many museums, walking trails, gardens, and overall a nice place to enjoy the weather here. There is also a free trolley which runs thru most of the park, so you can pretty much park in any lot and get around that way too. We visited the Children's Pool and the cove at La Jolla (about 20 minutes from the hotel), where you can see the special sight of sea lions and seals relaxing on the beach. It is really amazing. There is also a nice walking trial along the coast and a cave trail located about a 10 minute walk north of the children's pool. There is also a nice little village here to simply walk thru and relax, while checking out the boutiques and enjoying the weather.

Food: Ralphs in downtown has very little kosher food, basically Manishewitz Geffilta fish in jars and some Osem crackers, but not much else. We ate dinner at the Grille, about 20 minutes from the hotel, and it was very well priced and decent food. There is also a small market there with cheeses and some meat items, including the full line of Jacks Gourmet Sauseges. They are open from 11 to 8 and serve breakfast (coffee and some baked goods), lunch and dinner.
The Ralphs in La Jolla (20 minutes from hotel) is very well stocked with kosher Pas/Cholov Yisroel food; Cheeses, fresh breads, rolls and cakes, sushi, soups, take out and two full isles of kosher crackers, snacks, candies etc. This Kosher Experience is even bigger than the one in LA.

That's my brief trip report, feel free to ask any questions, if I can be of any help.
 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on January 28, 2014, 12:21:28 AM
http://www.sealtours.com/

Very nice tour. Its a bus turning in to a boat!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on January 28, 2014, 06:36:45 AM
Just came back from a 2 day/1 night budget trip to San Diego (1/26-27). Here is some info I think others can benefit from:

Stayed: I redeemed one of my Chase Hyatt free night awards (Thanks Dan) and we stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.  The place is beautiful. As a Platinum member, Shawn at the front desk upgraded us to a nice corner room on the 28th floor with excellent views of downtown and the harbor. The hotel itself is located in downtown, about a 20 drive from Sea world but only about 5 min from the San Diego Zoo. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel there is not much going on in terms of attractions, except Petco park (The Padre's) and the Gaslamp district. To be honest, there is not much to see there.

Chabad in Downtown (About a 10 min walk from the hotel) has a nice minyan for Shachris at 7:30, and although we were one short until about 8, the guys called a few people and made sure to get a minyan together. Only at Chabad...

Activities: As I wrote, this was a budget trip, so we did not do any of the big attractions like Sea World, The San Diego Zoo, LegoLand or any of the other must do's. Those will wait till next time. On the way down from LA, we visited the beach at Del Mar, where there is a nice little town to walk thru and a nice park overlooking the water for the kids to play. About 5 minutes from the hotel, there is Balboa Park (The Zoo is located in the park) which is a really big park with many museums, walking trails, gardens, and overall a nice place to enjoy the weather here. There is also a free trolley which runs thru most of the park, so you can pretty much park in any lot and get around that way too. We visited the Children's Pool and the cove at La Jolla (about 20 minutes from the hotel), where you can see the special sight of sea lions and seals relaxing on the beach. It is really amazing. There is also a nice walking trial along the coast and a cave trail located about a 10 minute walk north of the children's pool. There is also a nice little village here to simply walk thru and relax, while checking out the boutiques and enjoying the weather.

Food: Ralphs in downtown has very little kosher food, basically Manishewitz Geffilta fish in jars and some Osem crackers, but not much else. We ate dinner at the Grille, about 20 minutes from the hotel, and it was very well priced and decent food. There is also a small market there with cheeses and some meat items, including the full line of Jacks Gourmet Sauseges. They are open from 11 to 8 and serve breakfast (coffee and some baked goods), lunch and dinner.
The Ralphs in La Jolla (20 minutes from hotel) is very well stocked with kosher Pas/Cholov Yisroel food; Cheeses, fresh breads, rolls and cakes, sushi, soups, take out and two full isles of kosher crackers, snacks, candies etc. This Kosher Experience is even bigger than the one in LA.

That's my brief trip report, feel free to ask any questions, if I can be of any help.

Did u actually see Seals and sea lions at childrens pool?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on January 28, 2014, 06:38:43 AM
Has anyone  crossed the border to Mexico recently? it seems like an exotic idea but want to hear more details regarding safety and what there is to do..
Any advice on the safari and zoo? is it worth it just for the basic pass ( seems like just about anything there they charge extra...) and where can I buy cheap tickets?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on January 28, 2014, 04:36:44 PM
Did u actually see Seals and sea lions at childrens pool?
Depending on the day/ weather. But in general,Yes.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on February 02, 2014, 02:12:57 PM
starting my SD map, will do this one slowly over the next couple months as I look at things

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z_h80BCOvmO8.kU9aX4T0ci0k
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on February 04, 2014, 01:33:41 PM
starting my SD map, will do this one slowly over the next couple months as I look at things

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z_h80BCOvmO8.kU9aX4T0ci0k
sorry, realized that I didnt have sharing open for others, now i do.  if you have anything to add please let me know.  This is very much a work in progress.
Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on February 04, 2014, 03:54:16 PM
Has anyone  crossed the border to Mexico recently? it seems like an exotic idea but want to hear more details regarding safety and what there is to do..
Any advice on the safari and zoo? is it worth it just for the basic pass ( seems like just about anything there they charge extra...) and where can I buy cheap tickets?
takes a long time. did not do it.
craigslist
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: leis4794 on February 04, 2014, 09:04:55 PM
Did u actually see Seals and sea lions at childrens pool?

Sure did.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 11, 2014, 11:17:41 AM
What are the hechsheirim on the kosher restaurants there?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on February 11, 2014, 12:09:05 PM
What are the hechsheirim on the kosher restaurants there?
The Grill website says that it is Vaad of San Diego
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 11, 2014, 12:42:01 PM
What are the hechsheirim on the kosher restaurants there?

only one vaad rabbanim of sd
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: chilzech on February 11, 2014, 01:21:02 PM
Is the Park Hyatt Aviara worth using a free night on?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on February 11, 2014, 01:30:08 PM
What are the hechsheirim on the kosher restaurants there?
Its a reliable hechsher (I worked for the head rav). R' Eidlitz has it on- kosher quest.org.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on February 11, 2014, 04:02:29 PM
Depending on the day/ weather. But in general,Yes.

Thanks for the heads up! I went to see the seals and it was awesome! breathtaking to see seals so close up without going to a zoo
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 11, 2014, 05:56:55 PM
Has anyone done one of the tours or interaction programs at SeaWorld?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 18, 2014, 03:49:01 PM
What's the best way to spend shabbos in SD? Is there a hotel near shul? What about food? TIA
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on February 18, 2014, 04:00:48 PM
What's the best way to spend shabbos in SD? Is there a hotel near shul? What about food? TIA
If you take a look at the map I have been putting together it seems that in La Jolla there are a couple of hotels not far (and within the eiruv) from Adat Yeshurin
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z_h80BCOvmO8.kU9aX4T0ci0k
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 18, 2014, 04:07:40 PM
If you take a look at the map I have been putting together it seems that in La Jolla there are a couple of hotels not far (and within the eiruv) from Adat Yeshurin
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z_h80BCOvmO8.kU9aX4T0ci0k (https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z_h80BCOvmO8.kU9aX4T0ci0k)

Thanks
and what do people usually do for food?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on February 18, 2014, 04:09:10 PM
Thanks
and what do people usually do for food?

There is a Ralph's in La Jolla with a full kosher service deli and bakery. Or you can maybe call the shul and see if they can set up meals for you?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on February 18, 2014, 04:13:25 PM
There is a Ralph's in La Jolla with a full kosher service deli and bakery. Or you can maybe call the shul and see if they can set up meals for you?
I think there are also a couple of places that will cater shabbos meals for you but not sure
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2014, 11:43:02 PM
Is the Park Hyatt Aviara worth using a free night on?
S'ok.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on February 19, 2014, 10:45:56 AM
What's the best way to spend shabbos in SD? Is there a hotel near shul? What about food? TIA

Marrriott Residence In La Jolla is the way to go. Its a 10 to 15 minute walk (up hill) to Adat Yeshurin and within the Eruv. The rooms have a kitchen and you can buy everything at Ralphs, a 2 minute drive. We were there for 6 days and stayed there the whole time. They have an amazing free breakfast with many choices if you eat chalav stam. We even took lunch for our trips from there and it saved us a lot of money. All the attractions are an easy drive from there and its about 15 minutes to downtown.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 19, 2014, 10:47:58 AM
Marrriott Residence In La Jolla is the way to go. Its a 10 to 15 minute walk (up hill) to Adat Yeshurin and within the Eruv. The rooms have a kitchen and you can buy everything at Ralphs, a 2 minute drive. We were there for 6 days and stayed there the whole time. They have an amazing free breakfast with many choices if you eat chalav stam. We even took lunch for our trips from there and it saved us a lot of money. All the attractions are an easy drive from there and its about 15 minutes to downtown.

Sounds great. Thanks!

was there a problem with room keys, elevators, etc?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 19, 2014, 11:09:48 AM
Sounds great. Thanks!

was there a problem with room keys, elevators, etc?
No elevators. Room keys IIRC correctly are electronic, but just tape them up
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 19, 2014, 12:43:49 PM
What's the best way to spend shabbos in SD? Is there a hotel near shul? What about food? TIA

Here is a pretty comprehensive rundown of food options


The Place Catering
Shabbat Meals, Takeout. Delivery Available.
10785 Pomerado Rd
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 549-7000
(858) 549-7010 FAX
(619) 254-4420 CELL
catering@sandiegokosher.com
http://www.sandiegokosher.com

North Park Produce
Produce, Butcher, Bakery, Grocery, Restaurant
4220 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA 92117
Tel: 858.810.8228

The PLACE at JCC
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-362-1353

The Grille Restaurant & Emet Kosher Market
6548 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
888-418-1437
http://www.thegrillesd.com

Catering by Charles Rubin
Delivery Available Special Summer BBQ held at Beth Jacob 4855 College Ave.
(619) 583-1636
(619) 583-1635 FAX
http://www.shmoozers.com

Ralphs Kosher Experience
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858)-597-1550

Langs Bakery (Wholesale)
5490 Complex St #601
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 496-LANGS (5264)
(858) 565-6691 FAX

Ralphs & Albertsons Downtown
Check out the kosher aisle and aisle 11 for a small selection of kosher products.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 19, 2014, 03:37:32 PM
Thanks. Added to wiki.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on February 19, 2014, 03:49:00 PM
Sounds great. Thanks!

was there a problem with room keys, elevators, etc?
no  elevators there I have been there to its nice clean and a good price I styed there for shabbes
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 19, 2014, 03:52:56 PM
Marrriott Residence In La Jolla is the way to go. Its a 10 to 15 minute walk (up hill) to Adat Yeshurin and within the Eruv. The rooms have a kitchen and you can buy everything at Ralphs, a 2 minute drive. We were there for 6 days and stayed there the whole time. They have an amazing free breakfast with many choices if you eat chalav stam. We even took lunch for our trips from there and it saved us a lot of money. All the attractions are an easy drive from there and its about 15 minutes to downtown.

Here is a pretty comprehensive rundown of food options


No elevators. Room keys IIRC correctly are electronic, but just tape them up
no  elevators there I have been there to its nice clean and a good price I styed there for shabbes

Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: beez on February 20, 2014, 02:43:05 PM
Stayed in La Jolla this past Shabbos at the Estancia La Jolla. The hotel was about 1.5 miles from the shul  and was very Shabbos-friendly (and overall, very nice, quiet and calm). The hotel is only 3 floors, so no elevator is needed and all doors around the hotel open manually. The actual room door is electronic, but it was very easy to leave it slightly ajar without tape or anything.

I don't believe there are any point options, and the hotel was a little higher-end, but since we were there on Delta tickets we figured we could splurge a little on the hotel. :)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on February 20, 2014, 03:02:05 PM
all things being equal which would you choose? PH Aviara or US Grant?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 23, 2014, 06:21:37 AM
What's the best way to get cheap tix to seaworld?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 06, 2014, 09:57:23 AM
Is this package (http://www.smartdestinations.com/pt-packages/big-four-holiday-pass/_ptpkg_Sdo_Prod_Pt_Pkg_Big_Four_Holiday_Pass_aa.html) really a good deal?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on March 06, 2014, 10:01:23 AM
Is this package (http://www.smartdestinations.com/pt-packages/big-four-holiday-pass/_ptpkg_Sdo_Prod_Pt_Pkg_Big_Four_Holiday_Pass_aa.html) really a good deal?
This one is much better  http://www.costco.com/Go-San-Diego-Card-4-Day-E-Voucher.product.100096582.html
- has all that +++ Oh and you can order it and if you don't use it, you can return in the store (as I did when I found cheaper on crags list).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 21, 2014, 10:24:54 AM
I'm going to SD for a day. So far the only thing I have planned is seaworld and I'm looking for more to do.
1)What is Coronado? Is there anything to do there besides biking?
2)Are old SD, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp district the same thing?
3)Is Carlsbad Shoping outlets anything special? Is it just a nice area to walk around? Does it have good prices?
4) Is Ralphs my best option to pick up a quick lunch?

TIA
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 21, 2014, 10:38:10 AM
How long is your day? You could spend quite a long time at SeaWorld alone.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on March 21, 2014, 10:57:41 AM

I'm going to SD for a day. So far the only thing I have planned is seaworld and I'm looking for more to do. ~Seaworld will take most of your day. 

1)What is Coronado? Is there anything to do there besides biking?  It is beautiful to walk around the Hotel Del Coronado

2)Are old SD, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp district the same thing? No

3)Is Carlsbad Shoping outlets anything special? Is it just a nice area to walk around? Does it have good prices? nothing special
not usually good prices (better to shop at department store sales)

4) Is Ralphs my best option to pick up a quick lunch? yes - make sure you call first so you know their hours.

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on March 21, 2014, 02:38:20 PM
I'm going to SD for a day. So far the only thing I have planned is seaworld and I'm looking for more to do. ~Seaworld will take most of your day. 

1)What is Coronado? Is there anything to do there besides biking?  It is beautiful to walk around the Hotel Del Coronado

2)Are old SD, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp district the same thing? No

3)Is Carlsbad Shoping outlets anything special? Is it just a nice area to walk around? Does it have good prices? nothing special
not usually good prices (better to shop at department store sales)

4) Is Ralphs my best option to pick up a quick lunch? yes - make sure you call first so you know their hours.




Coronado is about 20 minutes from sea word ( w/o traffic). Its a beautiful neighborhood and the hotel has a bunch of pretty looking cottages over the beach. the lobby has great architecture and is jsut a cool place to hang out. they have a starbucks with an outdoor patio overlooking the beach which is quite empty - at least when i was thereI did coffee there one morning and then walked the beach it was incredible. ( not sure about where bikes can be picked up)

Village seaport is pretty nebby unless you are into old looking historical buildings ( its a tiny are of a few blocks)
Gaslamp Quater on the other hand is so fun!. They have the convention center, gorgeous hotels ( the hyatt lobby is something to see if you are into decorative buildings) they also have a bar that opens at 3:00 thats on the top floor with incredible views. The the marine park is beautiful for a mornign walk. they have the boat dock there as well so you can rent some im sure. I was there by day ( not sure about nightlife)

Cant tell you about food since i basically shopped in von's and made my own lunch :)

Good Luck!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 22, 2014, 01:36:20 PM
Thanks everyone for your help.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 22, 2014, 02:58:21 PM
Is there a pizza store there?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on March 23, 2014, 04:39:55 AM
y
Sounds great. Thanks!

was there a problem with room keys, elevators, etc?
There is a problem with the lights in the room as they all have sensors make sure to bring thick tape to cover them if u are staying over Shabbos..... Was there 2 yrs ago for Shabbos it was very nice.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 24, 2014, 04:59:25 AM
Is there a pizza store there?
bump
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on March 24, 2014, 09:38:33 AM
Is there a pizza store there?
don't think so
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on March 24, 2014, 01:12:45 PM
Is there a pizza store there?
Not anymore.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: NMB on March 26, 2014, 10:41:40 AM
Just got back from my Delta glitch San Diego, LA trip (Thanks Dan!) I found a guy on craigslist who has great deals on tickets to the following parks.  You can pay him after you enter the park with Vanilla Reload cards.  His email address is ticketlion@gmail.com

Sea World - Entry $35, Parking $10
San Diego Zoo - 1-Day Pass $22, 1-Day Pass Plus $25
San Diego Safari Park - 1-day Pass $22, many more packages available
Medieval Times - Regular $30, Royalty Package $35, Celebration Package $38
Knotts Berry Farm - Entry $25, Parking $10
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 30, 2014, 01:59:24 AM
SeaWorld or the zoo to spend the day?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 30, 2014, 02:04:24 AM
SeaWorld or the zoo to spend the day?
Seaworld
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: NMB on March 30, 2014, 02:32:54 PM
Seaworld

+1
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bk73 on April 06, 2014, 06:24:00 PM
Going to san diago  for one day this week I  would like to do sea world and kayaks caves how do i obtain cheap tickets
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on April 06, 2014, 09:19:58 PM
Going to san diago  for one day this week I  would like to do sea world and kayaks caves how do i obtain cheap tickets
Sea world-try Costco or Craigslist. Caves- try Groupon or living social(Caves are in in La Jolla not San Diego)
Title: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nuko on April 06, 2014, 11:07:46 PM
What shachars minyanim are there on weekdays?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on April 06, 2014, 11:11:43 PM
What shachars minyanim are there on weekdays?
see http://www.chabaddiego.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/725014/jewish/Daily-Minyan.htm (http://www.chabaddiego.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/725014/jewish/Daily-Minyan.htm)
8:00 am
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on April 07, 2014, 12:06:56 PM
What shachars minyanim are there on weekdays?
la jolla has i think a 6:45 or so
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 07, 2014, 12:50:16 PM
What shachars minyanim are there on weekdays?

depends where you are exactly

plenty of chabad houses
also
beth jacob in college area 6.15 and 715
young israel in san carlos 6.05 M, Thur 6:25 tues, Wed, Fri
and aday yeshrun in la Jolla not sure time need to call
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on April 07, 2014, 01:18:50 PM
What shachars minyanim are there on weekdays?
Adat Yeshurun Mon Thurs 6:30 Tue Wed Fri 6:45
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on May 12, 2014, 05:17:18 PM
Any reviews (or experiences) on Emet Kosher Catering or The Place Catering? Deciding between them for Shabbat meals.

Thanks.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on May 13, 2014, 01:08:26 PM
Any reviews (or experiences) on Emet Kosher Catering or The Place Catering? Deciding between them for Shabbat meals.

Thanks.
Heard great things about the Place, there is a 3rd option which will probably blow the others out of the water but is definitely pricier: [url]http://cateringbyfeliciag.com/url]
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on May 16, 2014, 02:14:48 AM
Is Park Hyatt Aviara my best option in San Diego area? Or there is nicer ones? Is there any nice hotels at the La Jolla neighborhood?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on May 16, 2014, 10:29:18 AM
Is Park Hyatt Aviara my best option in San Diego area? Or there is nicer ones? Is there any nice hotels at the La Jolla neighborhood?

Not this week, all of the brush fires are around Carlsbad.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 19, 2014, 10:55:19 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt or US Grant? Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on May 20, 2014, 09:41:28 AM
I will be in san diego for one night with my wife and 2 kids, which hotel is recommended? spg or hyatt? only need one room unless there are hotels that have suites that are not to expensive

also does anyone know if there are any deals on Sea world and the zoo
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on May 20, 2014, 12:04:06 PM
I will be in san diego for one night with my wife and 2 kids, which hotel is recommended? spg or hyatt? only need one room unless there are hotels that have suites that are not to expensive

also does anyone know if there are any deals on Sea world and the zoo
dailygetaways this Friday has a deal for sea world
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on May 20, 2014, 12:36:31 PM
dailygetaways this next Friday has a deal for sea world

FTFY
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on May 20, 2014, 02:19:24 PM
yeah I saw that, thanks any deals in case I miss that
any ideas for a hotel
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 20, 2014, 04:17:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt or US Grant? Thanks
Anyone please have any thoughts on this? tia
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 20, 2014, 04:22:10 PM
i stayed in paradise point. don't know about reward program, but was definitely worth every penny.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 20, 2014, 04:26:02 PM
i stayed in paradise point. don't know about reward program, but was definitely worth every penny.

It looks amazing! I'm trying to use points though.
I have to justify all those cc's to my wife :)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on May 20, 2014, 04:28:08 PM
looking for a points hotel as well either spg or Chase ur
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 20, 2014, 04:43:04 PM
Anyone ever stay at the Mark Hopkins? It's IHG and can transfer UR
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on May 20, 2014, 05:30:16 PM
I think the mark Hopkins is in san francisco
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 20, 2014, 05:31:59 PM
It's IHG and can transfer UR
:o :o :o :o
 :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 20, 2014, 05:41:25 PM
I think the mark Hopkins is in san francisco
you're right. I'm getting my trips confused


:o :o :o :o
 :'( :'( :'(
point taken:P
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Brian on May 22, 2014, 03:38:36 PM
Is THE US GRANT hotel Shabbos friendly?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: samtam on May 22, 2014, 08:08:49 PM
How long does the zoo take?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 22, 2014, 09:10:49 PM
It can take the whole day.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: samtam on May 22, 2014, 11:46:12 PM
Im going to be in San Diego for 2 days
What should I do?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on May 22, 2014, 11:55:56 PM

Im going to be in San Diego for 2 days
What should I do?
Sea world and the San Diego zoo are definitely the top two most popular attractions. Other than that, there's nice boating (especially in la jolla).. Did you check out the wiki?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 22, 2014, 11:59:12 PM
Im going to be in San Diego for 2 days
What should I do?

Hard to answer. Depends what you like. And you can go but just know you won't see it all, which is ok.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: samtam on May 23, 2014, 12:50:01 AM
Im not doing sea world
I did it in Orlando isnt it the same thing?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: samtam on May 23, 2014, 12:50:30 AM
Is the zoo really that good?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on May 23, 2014, 12:52:37 AM
If you really like zoos it's supposed to be one of the best. Personally I don't enjoy zoos so I don't enjoy the SD one either
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: samtam on May 23, 2014, 12:58:51 AM
Im landing at 12pm on Sunday
What should I do that day?
Should I do the zoo or leave that for Monday as you need more time
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on May 23, 2014, 07:32:22 AM
Aren't seaworld and the zoo virtually identical? Ok so seaworld has the shamu show and a flume, and the zoo has a little more variety of animals. But other than that...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 23, 2014, 07:33:32 AM
Is the zoo really that good?

how about the safari?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 23, 2014, 11:37:43 AM
Aren't seaworld and the zoo virtually identical? Ok so seaworld has the shamu show and a flume, and the zoo has a little more variety of animals. But other than that...
That's like saying it's the exact same thing going to a baseball game or a concert. There both entertainment events.
The zoo and seaworld couldn't be more different.
the zoo is like any standard zoo, just huge and with a lot more cool animals.
seaworld is an amusement park. It has shows and rides. The shows happen to (sometimes) include animals in the water
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on May 23, 2014, 12:29:43 PM
That's like saying it's the exact same thing going to a baseball game or a concert. There both entertainment events.
The zoo and seaworld couldn't be more different.
the zoo is like any standard zoo, just huge and with a lot more cool animals.
seaworld is an amusement park. It has shows and rides. The shows happen to (sometimes) include animals in the water
the shows happen to include animals?
the shows are centered around animals
dont make it sound like every time you go to a show you get lucky and animals appear
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 23, 2014, 12:31:30 PM
the shows happen to include animals?
the shows are centered around animals
dont make it sound like every time you go to a show you get lucky and animals appear
I was at more than one show where there were no animals involved
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on May 23, 2014, 12:34:06 PM
I was at more than one show where there were no animals involved
so what goes on?
i was at several shows and they all had animals
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 23, 2014, 01:10:03 PM
so what goes on?
i was at several shows and they all had animals
acrobatics
I'm just saying. It's not like going to the zoo. The point is to entertain you, not just show you animals.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on May 23, 2014, 02:17:08 PM
acrobatics
I'm just saying. It's not like going to the zoo. The point is to entertain you, not just show you animals.

Animals swimming. Dogs catching frisbees. You're right, it is like a baseball game.

I guess I'm just not into shows because I don't have any interest in being stuck in a seat in a crowded auditorium with some stranger's kid spilling soda right next to me and waving cotton candy so I can listen to someone tell me random facts about some wild animals and then see them doing tricks. What's wrong with Youtube?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 23, 2014, 02:21:18 PM
Animals swimming. Dogs catching frisbees. You're right, it is like a baseball game.

I guess I'm just not into shows because I don't have any interest in being stuck in a seat in a crowded auditorium with some stranger's kid spilling soda right next to me and waving cotton candy so I can listen to someone tell me random facts about some wild animals and then see them doing tricks. What's wrong with Youtube?
No one told you to like. It's just not even comparable to the zoo.
Plus there is a roller coaster, etc.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on May 23, 2014, 02:42:03 PM
No one told you to like. It's just not even comparable to the zoo.
Plus there is a roller coaster, etc.

Yeah, you're right. I guess I meant I don't see the difference because to me it's animals ahin, animals aher.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on May 29, 2014, 01:21:20 PM
Anyone stay in Andaz SD? How does it compare to US Grant or PH Aviara?
Would be interested in the Jetsetter deal if it compares well, $169 a night seems like a good deal.  I assume I would still be able to use a diamond status suite upgrade on a room booked through Jetsetter? Does it earn points/status?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on May 29, 2014, 06:23:32 PM
I was browsing around this thread... going to SD in july, anyone have any recommendations for a spg hotel that is near the attractions/ jewish area? TIA
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on May 29, 2014, 06:35:34 PM
I was browsing around this thread... going to SD in july, anyone have any recommendations for a spg hotel that is near the attractions/ jewish area? TIA
check out the wiki map, its far from finished and not as comprehensive as the LA one but it should still be helpful
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on May 29, 2014, 06:41:52 PM
check out the wiki map, its far from finished and not as comprehensive as the LA one but it should still be helpful
there are no spg ones on there
ETA: Just booked the US Grant
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 30, 2014, 09:38:26 AM
I was browsing around this thread... going to SD in july, anyone have any recommendations for a spg hotel that is near the attractions/ jewish area? TIA

Not one Jewish area; they are spread out and small.  Also as far as I know no kosher restaurants in downtown where grant is located
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on May 30, 2014, 09:41:22 AM
where can I buy kosher food in the area-is ralphs the only place?
Title: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on May 30, 2014, 09:44:34 AM
I recall reading up thread that there is a Chabad BBQ in Carlsbad during the summer. Is it still around?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on May 30, 2014, 10:08:20 AM

I recall reading up thread that there is a Chabad BBQ in Carlsbad during the summer. Is it still around?

http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/AID/902920
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on May 30, 2014, 10:15:18 AM

http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/AID/902920
Thanks,
not gonna help me though,they're only open on Sundays  :(
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on May 30, 2014, 10:44:13 AM
where can I buy kosher food in the area-is ralphs the only place?
wiki map has all the kosher places that I know of
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 30, 2014, 11:09:32 AM
where can I buy kosher food in the area-is ralphs the only place?

whcih area?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on May 30, 2014, 11:28:38 AM
whcih area?
ill be staying near the zoo
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 30, 2014, 11:37:52 AM
ill be staying near the zoo

you are not really that close to one particular restaurant but with a car you can get to most of the restaurants/markets within 20-25 minutes or less see Wiki
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on May 30, 2014, 11:48:44 AM
you are not really that close to one particular restaurant but with a car you can get to most of the restaurants/markets within 20-25 minutes or less see Wiki

which is the best market to go to for groceries like frozen meat and other food supplies
which is the best restaurant for supper for a family with kids
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 30, 2014, 12:17:30 PM
which is the best market to go to for groceries like frozen meat and other food supplies
which is the best restaurant for supper for a family with kids

Ralphs in la Jolla has nice selection of take out  etc.. although they have tables in the supermarket and you can eat there as well from what I remember

for restaurant the Grille in El Cajon or the Place at the JCC in la Jolla
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on May 30, 2014, 01:46:17 PM
just bought the tickets for seaworld on the daily getaways deal
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on May 30, 2014, 02:23:06 PM
just bought the tickets for seaworld on the daily getaways deal
lol, me too!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on June 09, 2014, 05:14:58 PM
I am going with my wife to sea world s.d. for the day and I need to stay in a hotel for 1 night in the San Diego area. I have 20K Hyatt points. It looks like there are many Hyatt hotels in the San Diego area. Any recommendations on which Hyatt to go to? Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on June 09, 2014, 11:07:29 PM
I am going with my wife to sea world s.d. for the day and I need to stay in a hotel for 1 night in the San Diego area. I have 20K Hyatt points. It looks like there are many Hyatt hotels in the San Diego area. Any recommendations on which Hyatt to go to? Thanks

Can anyone answer me on this one please.

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on June 09, 2014, 11:18:57 PM

Can anyone answer me on this one please.

Thanks in advance
Manchester Grand Hyatt is a popular one.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on June 09, 2014, 11:30:48 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt is a popular one.

Nicer than Park Hyatt Aviara or Andaz San Diego?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 09, 2014, 11:44:27 PM
I picked hyatt regency mission bay for this summer. Not sure why
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on June 09, 2014, 11:47:05 PM
I am going crazy... There are Hyatt hotels to choose from and I have no idea which one is the nicest.

Anyone really familiar with the Hyatt chain hotels in San Diego area?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 09, 2014, 11:49:35 PM
I picked hyatt regency mission bay for this summer. Not sure why
now I remember (I'm tired) it's closer to the attractions I'm interested in
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: robert1979 on June 10, 2014, 07:55:18 PM
Do not buy Seaworld or San Diego Zoo tickets online from Ticketlion@gmail.com. You don't have to pay until you get in, but chances are you won't make it in. My ticket rang up invalid and they brought me to the customer service office. After research, they found out the tickets were placed and then canceled with fraudulent a credit card. 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: NMB on June 11, 2014, 10:37:34 PM
Do not buy Seaworld or San Diego Zoo tickets online from Ticketlion@gmail.com. You don't have to pay until you get in, but chances are you won't make it in. My ticket rang up invalid and they brought me to the customer service office. After research, they found out the tickets were placed and then canceled with fraudulent a credit card.

Are you serious Robert?! I am so sorry for recommending him and putting you through trouble. I used him for Seaworld and had no problems. I hope he didn't use a fraudulent cc for my tickets.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: montey on June 12, 2014, 08:07:40 PM
Nicer than Park Hyatt Aviara or Andaz San Diego?

Aviara is nicest but far away from city of San Diego
Hyatt Mission Bay is recently upgraded
Hyatt Manchester is nice and on the harbor, I believe one tower is newer than the other
Andaz is right in the middle of the "gaslamp district" -- there is no parking and it's surrounded by restaurants, clubs, and bars.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on June 24, 2014, 02:42:40 PM
Are all golden spoons in San Diego area kosher?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on June 24, 2014, 03:30:45 PM
PH aviara doesn't have a suite upgrade available the nights I am there. I am on a diamond challenge. Am I better staying there without the suite upgrade or staying somewhere else in San Diego with a suite upgrade. Alternatively, I can use it for the andaz west Hollywood and stay in an spg in San Diego
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on June 24, 2014, 03:38:27 PM
http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/AID/902920

there are no Sunday bbqs right now as they are transitioning between buildings
gotta make other plans for dinner

any recommendations for a family of four to eat at that is not so expensive
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 24, 2014, 03:43:33 PM
PH aviara doesn't have a suite upgrade available the nights I am there. I am on a diamond challenge. Am I better staying there without the suite upgrade or staying somewhere else in San Diego with a suite upgrade. Alternatively, I can use it for the andaz west Hollywood and stay in an spg in San Diego

I just used a suite upgrade at the PH Manchester. They gave me a conference room suite, and was very happy with it.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on June 24, 2014, 05:22:25 PM
Seaworld is having an online promotion to celebrate their 50th - $50 weekday tickets for adults and children
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on June 25, 2014, 01:10:11 PM
there are no Sunday bbqs right now as they are transitioning between buildings
gotta make other plans for dinner

any recommendations for a family of four to eat at that is not so expensive

The Grille Restaurant & Emet Kosher Market
6548 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
888-418-1437
(619) 286-1847
http://www.thegrillesd.com
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on June 25, 2014, 02:28:16 PM
The Grille Restaurant & Emet Kosher Market
6548 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
888-418-1437
(619) 286-1847
http://www.thegrillesd.com
are there any places to buy kosher food near there or are they all on the other side of SD
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda57 on June 25, 2014, 02:35:43 PM
are there any places to buy kosher food near there or are they all on the other side of SD

They actually have a small store themselves along with the restaurant.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on June 25, 2014, 05:24:54 PM
are there any places to buy kosher food near there or are they all on the other side of SD

most of the other places for take out are not near the Grille See Wiki for your options
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on June 29, 2014, 07:22:20 PM
Anyone know of a place to go jet skiing?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on June 30, 2014, 09:22:31 AM
mission bay?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on June 30, 2014, 11:28:05 AM
mission bay?
thanks, i googled it and I think thats where i'm going  :D
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on July 01, 2014, 09:04:16 PM
I added to the wiki jet skiing, its not the one in mission bay. I went to mission bay first and its really not for someone that doesnt know what theyre doing, they give you the jet ski on a trailer and you have to bring it to the water yourself (and than after bring it to a gas station to fill up). The one I ended up by a different one (in the wiki) are super friendly and they show you exactly what to do and where to go. Its really cool, its across from an army base so while you driving you see black hawks taking off and landing 250 ft away from you. Additionally, the army trains dolphins there so if you go when they are training you can see dolphins jumping in the water. (there wasnt any there when i went, it was kinda cold out). It was an absolute blast and i highly recommend it to everyone!!!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on July 02, 2014, 09:30:29 AM
I added to the wiki jet skiing, its not the one in mission bay. I went to mission bay first and its really not for someone that doesnt know what theyre doing, they give you the jet ski on a trailer and you have to bring it to the water yourself (and than after bring it to a gas station to fill up). The one I ended up by a different one (in the wiki) are super friendly and they show you exactly what to do and where to go. Its really cool, its across from an army base so while you driving you see black hawks taking off and landing 250 ft away from you. Additionally, the army trains dolphins there so if you go when they are training you can see dolphins jumping in the water. (there wasnt any there when i went, it was kinda cold out). It was an absolute blast and i highly recommend it to everyone!!!


Thank you for adding it to the wiki
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on July 03, 2014, 11:32:47 AM
Is The Grille restaurant worth it? Or I should just go to Ralph's in La Jolla for dinner?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 03, 2014, 12:25:34 PM
Is The Grille restaurant worth it? Or I should just go to Ralph's in La Jolla for dinner?

hum, tough question.  Depends on where you are staying and how much time you want to spend eating (sometimes it takes a long time to get your food at The Grille).

There is also the The Place at the JCC in La Jolla which is always pretty fast.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on July 03, 2014, 12:33:08 PM
hum, tough question.  Depends on where you are staying and how much time you want to spend eating (sometimes it takes a long time to get your food at The Grille).

There is also the The Place at the JCC in La Jolla which is always pretty fast.

Regardless of time, who has the best kosher food in SD area? Ralph's, The place or The Grille?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 03, 2014, 12:40:36 PM
Regardless of time, who has the best kosher food in SD area? Ralph's, The place or The Grille?

I wouldn't get excited about any of the food in San Diego (compared to New York or LA) but if I had to pick one and had all the time in the world I'd pick The Grille.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on July 03, 2014, 02:26:45 PM
Regardless of time, who has the best kosher food in SD area? Ralph's, The place or The Grille?
I went to The Grille a couple of times and I was happy with. (It doesnt compare to NY restaurants, but very solid). Additionally, I liked the prices at the grille even more, great prices for the only restaurants in town. The place is cute, but its more of a canteen than a sit down place. (The tables are in the hallway of the JCC). Ralphs is like a takeout store... solid food as well.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on July 04, 2014, 12:40:13 AM
there are no Sunday bbqs right now as they are transitioning between buildings
gotta make other plans for dinner

any recommendations for a family of four to eat at that is not so expensive
any info on when they will restart the sunday bbq's.
Also, what time was the bbq open?
Are they moving to a completely different location or staying at  Beth Jacob?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 04, 2014, 11:27:34 AM
I'm spending two days in San Diego next week and want to maximize our experience. We NEED to do the Zoo, Sea World, and LegoLand. Is the safari worth doing if it means we have to rush something else?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on July 04, 2014, 11:38:33 AM

I'm spending two days in San Diego next week and want to maximize our experience. We NEED to do the Zoo, Sea World, and LegoLand. Is the safari worth doing if it means we have to rush something else?
Sounds like your bitting off more than you can chew. ALL 3 in 2 days!? Even without the safari you will have to rush .
Title: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on July 04, 2014, 11:40:37 AM
any info on when they will restart the sunday bbq's.
Also, what time was the bbq open?
Are they moving to a completely different location or staying at  Beth Jacob?
I believe he/she was referring to the Chabad BBQ in Carlsbad:

http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/AID/902920
Not the BBQ at Beth Jacob. (http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/AID/902920)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on July 04, 2014, 11:44:35 AM

I'm spending two days in San Diego next week and want to maximize our experience. We NEED to do the Zoo, Sea World, and LegoLand. Is the safari worth doing if it means we have to rush something else?
I don't think you need to do both the zoo and the safari/wild animal park. Bear in mind that a lot of people prefer the safari since it has more animals and you see them in their natural habitats. On the other hand, you can't get nearly as close to them as you can at the zoo. If you're with smaller kids, you can definitely do the zoo, skip the safari, and only be very rushed and not very very rushed.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 04, 2014, 12:38:08 PM
Sounds like your bitting off more than you can chew. ALL 3 in 2 days!? Even without the safari you will have to rush .

I don't think you need to do both the zoo and the safari/wild animal park. Bear in mind that a lot of people prefer the safari since it has more animals and you see them in their natural habitats. On the other hand, you can't get nearly as close to them as you can at the zoo. If you're with smaller kids, you can definitely do the zoo, skip the safari, and only be very rushed and not very very rushed.

Thanks...not traveling with kids. Our tentative thoughts are to do the zoo ans sea world one day (sea world is open until 10 and all the good shows are late) walk around La Jolla and legoland on our way back north. Thoughts?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on July 04, 2014, 12:45:13 PM
Actually doesn't sound too bad without kids. I don't remember te zoo that well but you probably won't get through the entire place but sea world defiantly can be done in half a day.  Keep in mind that the zoo is very large and requires a lot of walking.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on July 04, 2014, 12:50:21 PM
looks like there is pizza on sundays tuesdays and thursdays in SD now.
http://www.chabadpoway.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2615281/jewish/San-Diego-Kosher-Pizza.htm
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on July 04, 2014, 04:38:14 PM
Thanks...not traveling with kids. Our tentative thoughts are to do the zoo ans sea world one day (sea world is open until 10 and all the good shows are late) walk around La Jolla and legoland on our way back north. Thoughts?
You could do the Zoo if you don't stop at every exhibit. as mentioned it is alot of walking. Definitely get tickets for the lift, great view and takes you all the way back across the zoo. In La Jolla definitely check out the coves. La Jolla shores (beach) is pretty cool as well. If you find more time, Artist's village and balboa park (next door to each other) are pretty neat as well.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on July 04, 2014, 04:58:26 PM
Anything to do in Carlsbad other then Lego land ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: madopo on July 04, 2014, 05:57:46 PM
Anything to do in Carlsbad other then Lego land ?
Nice beaches, Coronado not very far. Biking in Coronado.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 16, 2014, 12:13:39 PM
Anybody know if there's somewhere else's to park by hyatt mission bay?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 16, 2014, 12:37:08 PM
Anybody know if there's somewhere else's to park by hyatt mission bay?

It looked like there may have been street parking right in front but it fills up extremely quickly. I doubt you can rely on it.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 16, 2014, 12:46:14 PM
It looked like there may have been street parking right in front but it fills up extremely quickly. I doubt you can rely on it.
Thanks.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bb1836 on July 27, 2014, 02:15:24 AM
Any way to get cheap tix to seaworld?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on July 27, 2014, 02:16:36 AM
Any way to get cheap tix to seaworld?
Checked Craig's list?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on July 28, 2014, 09:24:06 AM
Any way to get cheap tix to seaworld?

AAA has a slight discount im pretty sure
also a lot of the hotels near seaworld might offer you a discount if you buy tix from them
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 28, 2014, 09:42:21 AM
If you're interested in doing other activities you can look into the go pass
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on July 28, 2014, 10:12:11 AM
Any way to get cheap tix to seaworld?
if you go weekdays, I'm pretty sure it's $50, u should be able to get another discount on top of that for AAA, but it won't be much
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Don Will on July 30, 2014, 11:14:48 PM
what are my best options for a marriott brand hotel in san diego
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on July 30, 2014, 11:15:47 PM
what are my best options for a marriott brand hotel in san diego
On points? Cash? Is budget a factor?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Don Will on July 31, 2014, 12:46:24 PM
they are with points
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 31, 2014, 01:57:02 PM
Im going to CA in end of August for a week with 4 kids, planing on staying in San Diego for 3 days(not shabbos),

Where do I start as far as location/area as where I should stay?
If I go for hotel I will need 2 rooms or I can go for a VRBO, but I cant figure out where in the city I should consider staying.
I wouldn't mind not far from a minyan and close to attractions and a nice view (but I don't want overlooking a non-tznius beach).

The map in wiki gives some info and the map on priceline and VRBO gives some too.

Can anyone sort out the areas please?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on July 31, 2014, 02:43:05 PM
Im going to CA in end of August for a week with 4 kids, planing on staying in San Diego for 3 days(not shabbos),

Where do I start as far as location/area as where I should stay?
If I go for hotel I will need 2 rooms or I can go for a VRBO, but I cant figure out where in the city I should consider staying.
I wouldn't mind not far from a minyan and close to attractions and a nice view (but I don't want overlooking a non-tznius beach).

The map in wiki gives some info and the map on priceline and VRBO gives some too.

Can anyone sort out the areas please?
i wrote once before. i stayed in paradise point. it was an amazing experience. they have 2 bedroom suites.  with kids this can be amazing, many onsite attractions. as far as tznius beach goes they have pretty quiet areas on the island. but it is not next to minyan.... pretty close drive to the attractions too.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on July 31, 2014, 02:44:21 PM
they are with points

Without knowing what area you are interested in:
Marriott Marquis is nice, by the marina.
Coronado Island Marriott is not San Diego proper, but very nice, relaxing area.
If you want to be guaranteed more space, there's always Residence Inn.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 31, 2014, 05:16:38 PM
i wrote once before. i stayed in paradise point. it was an amazing experience. they have 2 bedroom suites.  with kids this can be amazing, many onsite attractions. as far as tznius beach goes they have pretty quiet areas on the island. but it is not next to minyan.... pretty close drive to the attractions too.

I think im going to try using priceline so I need some areas.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on July 31, 2014, 05:19:29 PM
Im not sure the area names. Although looking at their map that has locations outlined can help u
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 31, 2014, 07:32:03 PM
I just stayed at the hyatt Regency mission Bay and I think it fits all your criteria. It's 15 minutes from a shul and the kosher restaurant. Ocean view but not on a beach. Right across the street from sea world
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Don Will on July 31, 2014, 08:18:11 PM
Thanx for the info... Ended up booking for one night in marriott courtyard downtown it's a bank converted into a hotel
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mr. perfect on August 04, 2014, 01:44:03 PM
any one want to add to the wiki a round up of the hotels in san diago ,bookable with points and thier locations .......?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on August 04, 2014, 03:42:53 PM
Anybody know of a babysitter. Going to be there Sunday thru Thursday.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 04, 2014, 10:49:39 PM
Anybody know of a babysitter. Going to be there Sunday thru Thursday.
next week? I'll be there Sunday through Tuesday
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on August 04, 2014, 10:57:21 PM

next week? I'll be there Sunday through Tuesday
Willing to babysit???
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 05, 2014, 02:11:12 PM
Willing to babysit???
Ha! No, was just commenting on the second part of his post about when he will be there
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 05, 2014, 02:12:39 PM
Definitely worth the nighttime show at sea world. Awesome fireworks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on August 05, 2014, 02:14:47 PM
next week? I'll be there Sunday through Tuesday

You can PM me your information - when you'll need a sitter, where you are staying, and how old are the kid(s).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on August 05, 2014, 06:32:26 PM
next week? I'll be there Sunday through Tuesday
cool. Where you staying?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 05, 2014, 06:48:53 PM
cool. Where you staying?
PH Aviara
Which reminds me that I have to cancel my US Grant res.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on August 05, 2014, 07:31:42 PM
PH Aviara
Which reminds me that I have to cancel my US Grant res.
You better not have my suite  ;). Seems there's a shortage there these days. I just remembered giving you my guys email address.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on August 05, 2014, 08:09:53 PM

You better not have my suite  ;). Seems there's a shortage there these days. I just remembered giving you my guys email address.
You going to be there the whole week?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on August 05, 2014, 08:15:33 PM
Sunday till late Thursday.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 05, 2014, 08:20:31 PM
Btw you can buy a steak at the Ralphs and they'll grill it for you
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on August 05, 2014, 08:23:58 PM
Btw you can buy a steak at the Ralphs and they'll grill it for you
As in Ralph's?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 05, 2014, 08:26:30 PM
As in Ralph's?
Yes
I just thought it was pretty cool
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on August 05, 2014, 08:29:31 PM

Btw you can buy a steak at the Ralphs and they'll grill it for you
that's good to know
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on August 05, 2014, 08:47:42 PM
Yes
I just thought it was pretty cool
Very cool! Which Ralph's, la jolla I'm assuming?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 05, 2014, 10:56:28 PM
Very cool! Which Ralph's, la jolla I'm assuming?
Correct. Huge selection of kosher groceries. Not so much selection at takeout when I was there.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 06, 2014, 08:18:59 PM
Any good hotel redemption's in SD?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on August 06, 2014, 11:24:49 PM
Any good hotel redemption's in SD?
PH Avaira? Andaz seems nice though I have not been there.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 06, 2014, 11:35:33 PM
PH Avaira? Andaz seems nice though I have not been there.
Which category is the PH?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on August 07, 2014, 12:10:36 AM

Which category is the PH?
pretty sure it's 20k a night.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mr. perfect on August 07, 2014, 12:59:31 AM
PH Avaira? Andaz seems nice though I have not been there.
Any other ones?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 07, 2014, 10:53:59 AM
pretty sure it's 20k a night.
So I can't use anniversary nights?  :'(
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 07, 2014, 10:56:51 AM
How is the The Grand Del Mar? Worth $550 a night? Or I'll do better by paying $270 a night for the PH Avaira and use suite upgrades?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 07, 2014, 11:56:10 AM
If I wanna use suite upgrades which Hyatt would be my best option?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 07, 2014, 12:47:34 PM
Has anyone pricelined a hotel in SD recently?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on August 07, 2014, 01:23:10 PM
Has anyone pricelined a hotel in SD recently?

no but if you want there is a brg available now at a comfort inn
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on August 07, 2014, 01:32:36 PM
I see some ppl going next weeks to SD.

I need place for me family (2+4) I was thinking of doing priceline for 2 rooms but what do I do if I can't get an attached room at the property I win?

As for going with hotel redemptions I never did hotel CC only SPG and the rooms seem to be 10K a night for 3 nights x2.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2014, 01:55:09 PM
PH Avaira?
I'll do better by paying $270 a night for the PH Avaira and use suite upgrades?


It's Aviara folks.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 07, 2014, 02:08:11 PM


It's Aviara folks.
Thanks! Now, can you chime in?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on August 07, 2014, 03:09:17 PM
I had great succes last time in the PH Aviara stayed in the luxury suite. Was unbelievable!!
http://parkaviara.hyatt.com/en/hotel/rooms/suite.html?stop_mobi=yes

Hoping for the same thing this time but the guy keeps saying something about only having 2 of them since they renovated and got rid of some suites.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2014, 03:13:12 PM
Thanks! Now, can you chime in?
PH Aviara is decent, I don't think it's worthy of the PH flag though.
For C+P and a DSU it's fine.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on August 07, 2014, 03:26:51 PM
PH Aviara is decent, I don't think it's worthy of the PH flag though.
For C+P and a DSU it's fine.

dsu?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on August 07, 2014, 04:23:39 PM
Is Carlsbad, or Del Mar considered SD?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2014, 04:26:35 PM
Is Carlsbad, or Del Mar considered SD?
Considered with regards to what exactly?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 07, 2014, 04:27:39 PM
dsu?
decent suite upgrade?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 07, 2014, 04:28:29 PM
decent suite upgrade?
I think Diamond :)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on August 07, 2014, 04:34:33 PM
Considered with regards to what exactly?

Good question!!!!!!!!

I'm just going to SD and cant make head and toes from areas.
So when I see the discussion in the last posts here discussing hotels in that area, i'm trying to find out if thats the are to be or is it the particular properties?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 07, 2014, 08:23:35 PM
And finally  ;) anyone stayed here? http://www.sandiegohilton.com/ 

Looks nice....
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on August 08, 2014, 12:54:21 AM
Rented a house from VBRO
it had a pool
Was amazing
And wasnt that expensive.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 08, 2014, 12:55:27 AM
Link?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on August 08, 2014, 10:14:41 AM
Link?

search for vacation rentals
around 250-350 a night
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on August 11, 2014, 03:43:16 PM
Can anyone please compare san diego zoo to the safari, are they worth it, and as New yorker how do they compare to bronx zoo?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 11, 2014, 04:05:20 PM
Can anyone please compare san diego zoo to the safari, are they worth it, and as New yorker how do they compare to bronx zoo?
Don't know safari but from what I hear it's more natural than zoo but animals are far away. You don't actually drive through the animal exhibits.
Can't compare it to Bronx zoo at all. Closest zoo I've been to is the Miami zoo.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on August 11, 2014, 04:36:42 PM
Can't compare it to Bronx zoo at all. Closest zoo I've been to is the Miami zoo.

As dont miss it?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 11, 2014, 04:50:32 PM
Can anyone please compare san diego zoo to the safari, are they worth it, and as New yorker how do they compare to bronx zoo?
I was there 2 years ago its a real nice zoo
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 11, 2014, 05:05:33 PM
As dont miss it?
And don't miss it
Is big so Google the most efficient way to see it. I've heard that the best way is to take the sky car up and work your way down.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on August 12, 2014, 08:42:48 PM
I'm confused, is the grille the same place as the BBQ in the back of the shul (Beth Jacob I think) or is it a different restaurant?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 12, 2014, 11:23:34 PM
I'm confused, is the grille the same place as the BBQ in the back of the shul (Beth Jacob I think) or is it a different restaurant?
Don't remember any shulls next to the grille, but i may be wrong.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on August 12, 2014, 11:24:53 PM
I'm confused, is the grille the same place as the BBQ in the back of the shul (Beth Jacob I think) or is it a different restaurant?
It used to be behind the shul. Now they have a restaurant. Their fish tacos are good, but a bit overpriced.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on August 12, 2014, 11:25:09 PM

Don't remember any shulls next to the grille, but i may be wrong.
ok so then it's not the one I am thinking of. Do they have a website?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 12, 2014, 11:26:05 PM
http://www.thegrillesd.com/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on August 12, 2014, 11:27:17 PM
ok so then it's not the one I am thinking of. Do they have a website?
It probably is. They used to be out of the shul. My 2 cents
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Sport on August 13, 2014, 12:13:49 AM

http://www.thegrillesd.com/
It probably is. They used to be out of the shul. My 2 cents
yup makes sense: that it says that on their website hence my confusion.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on August 13, 2014, 01:55:14 AM
http://www.thegrillesd.com/

Food is great was there with my family of 9.
Enjoy
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 17, 2014, 08:37:06 PM
How close are the terminals to each other in SAN? Walkable?
With a 2-hour stop, is it worth it to go to the Airspace Lounge if my flight departs from a different terminal?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Abet rich on August 18, 2014, 11:10:35 PM
Anybody know anything about The Bahia Resort in Mission Bay?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 21, 2014, 01:22:04 AM


Anybody know anything about The Bahia Resort in Mission Bay?

It's nice place. My BIL just stayed there and he enjoyed it a lot.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Jetes64 on September 02, 2014, 12:33:36 PM
Is Krispy Kreme on clairmont blvd kosher?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Jetes64 on September 02, 2014, 12:34:41 PM
I have 2.5  days here.

Sea world. Petco. Biking/jet ski. Missing anything?

Not into the zoo/safari chill.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on September 02, 2014, 12:56:28 PM
I have 2.5  days here.

Sea world. Petco. Biking/jet ski. Missing anything?
Snorkel with leopard sharks.
Not into the zoo/safari chill.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on September 02, 2014, 03:12:26 PM
Is Krispy Kreme on clairmont blvd kosher?

dont think so
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Jetes64 on September 04, 2014, 10:22:12 AM
The doughnuts are under the KSA and there is a sign hanging with a hechsher.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Jetes64 on September 04, 2014, 10:22:36 AM
But just on the doughnuts.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gingiboy5 on September 10, 2014, 01:17:08 AM
Is Krispy Kreme on clairmont blvd kosher?
yes they are!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Redbull3 on October 24, 2014, 10:46:16 AM
Going for business staying at gas lamp quarter how's that hotel? I need something to do Sunday (+wife, no kids) and lots of restaurant ideas- I'm going to read through this thread but if anyone has any cant miss suggestions al regel achas id love it!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 24, 2014, 10:52:46 AM
Lots of restaurant ideas? Not going to get that in San Diego.

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moshe_m on October 24, 2014, 11:01:27 AM
Any restaurant ideas at all ?
I'm gonna be there in a couple of weeks and would like to know
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moshe_m on October 24, 2014, 11:04:37 AM
I heard that LA CAFE closed down is that true?
Is there any similar place?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on October 24, 2014, 11:05:10 AM
Ralphs La Jolla - but far from the gas lamp quarter.
Bring your own if you have a place to warm them up and spend your (spare) time doing other things.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: HotChani on October 24, 2014, 11:18:27 AM
I'll be in San Diego this coming week and was looking for any advice on kosher frozen yogurt establishments. I didn't see anything in the Wiki...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on October 24, 2014, 12:14:14 PM
This, http://www.thegrillesd.com/  and Ralphs, is all you got for Kosher in SD. The Grill is descent. Was there for Sukkot.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on October 24, 2014, 01:28:17 PM
Anyone here up to trying this:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/lists/mckamey-manor-this-extreme-haunted-house-is-the-stuff-of-nightmares-9816650.html
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avrumy on November 16, 2014, 01:23:09 AM
Anyone know the cheapest way to get tickets to sea world?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mochada on November 16, 2014, 11:56:08 AM
I'll be in San Diego this coming week and was looking for any advice on kosher frozen yogurt establishments. I didn't see anything in the Wiki...

"Hot Chanis" eat fro yo? Isn't it against their diets?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mochada on November 16, 2014, 11:57:01 AM
Anyone know the cheapest way to get tickets to sea world?

+1.  Visiting in a few weeks and looking for the same.  Also looking for other suggestions for a 2 year old.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 16, 2014, 08:57:40 PM
Anyone know the cheapest way to get tickets to sea world?
+1.  Visiting in a few weeks and looking for the same.  Also looking for other suggestions for a 2 year old.

Check with your hotel. They may a special for you
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avrumy on November 17, 2014, 12:38:37 PM
Anyone ever heard of crigg tours who sells tickets to sea world for $50?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 17, 2014, 03:43:45 PM
Anyone ever heard of crigg tours who sells tickets to sea world for $50?
i have never heard of them; but i know some of these companies have fake tickets and you just get ripped off. so beware
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avrumy on November 18, 2014, 02:57:44 AM
I was thinking the same- I did it anyways as i figured paying by credit card- I will be bale to decline it and BH all worked out.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on November 30, 2014, 01:02:50 AM
Any suggestions for cheap car rental if I plan on renting a car in san diego, but want to return in LA?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on December 08, 2014, 05:09:54 PM
I'm planning a trip to LA for May and would like to drive down to San Diego for 2 days/1 night.
I would like to do SeaWorld, SD Zoo and maybe the Seal Tours. Do I need more time for Sea World or the Zoo?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on December 08, 2014, 05:59:47 PM
I'm planning a trip to LA for May and would like to drive down to San Diego for 2 days/1 night.
I would like to do SeaWorld, SD Zoo and maybe the Seal Tours. Do I need more time for Sea World or the Zoo?
haven't been to the zoo but 1 day for sea world I found to be more then enough.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 08, 2014, 06:21:37 PM
haven't been to the zoo but 1 day for sea world I found to be more then enough.

I've done both in 1 day. Depends on how many shows you'll want to see.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 08, 2014, 06:56:26 PM
haven't been to the zoo but 1 day for sea world I found to be more then enough.
I went to lagoland 2 days 1 day the zoo 1 day see world.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on December 08, 2014, 07:28:59 PM
1 day see world.
Now that takes talent
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 08, 2014, 07:30:07 PM
Now that takes talent
Alol
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on December 09, 2014, 09:13:58 AM
Any suggestions for cheap car rental if I plan on renting a car in san diego, but want to return in LA?

did you search Kayak? they have Fox car rentals as a participant and Fox is usually cheaper than the rest for one way rentals.  Also Alamo seems to have cheaper one way  fares
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on December 09, 2014, 09:15:04 AM
I'm planning a trip to LA for May and would like to drive down to San Diego for 2 days/1 night.
I would like to do SeaWorld, SD Zoo and maybe the Seal Tours. Do I need more time for Sea World or the Zoo?

definitely need a whole day for sea world and another whole day for zoo; huge premises many things to see
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 09, 2014, 09:16:47 AM
definitely need a whole day for sea world and another whole day for zoo; huge premises many things to see

I would have been extremely bored spending all day in both. I guess it depends how efficient you are and how much you want to read. IMO Sea World is only worth it for the shows. It's not an aquarium. So you just need to schedule your day according to their schedule.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on December 09, 2014, 10:28:07 AM
definitely need a whole day for sea world and another whole day for zoo; huge premises many things to see
I want to see some of San Diego also, so I want to do the seal tours and the last departure is at 3:15, I think. So my questions was of the two (sea world and zoo) which should I cut short to go on the seal tour?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 09, 2014, 10:33:39 AM
I want to see some of San Diego also, so I want to do the seal tours and the last departure is at 3:15, I think. So my questions was of the two (sea world and zoo) which should I cut short to go on the seal tour?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on December 09, 2014, 10:34:46 AM

I was actually leaning towards the zoo since it opens an hour earlier and can do it at my own pace and go a little faster, but open to suggestions
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 09, 2014, 10:39:13 AM
I was actually leaning towards the zoo since it opens an hour earlier and can do it at my own pace and go a little faster, but open to suggestions

look up what time the shows are and plan accordingly
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on December 09, 2014, 10:48:00 AM
I found Seaworld to be nothing special (was better as a kid). Maybe stop off at Disneyland on the way down to SD?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 09, 2014, 10:49:24 AM
look up what time the shows are and plan accordingly

and definitely make sure to see the cirque du soleil show
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on December 09, 2014, 01:37:23 PM
I want to see some of San Diego also, so I want to do the seal tours and the last departure is at 3:15, I think. So my questions was of the two (sea world and zoo) which should I cut short to go on the seal tour?

cut the zoo trip short
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mb1 on December 09, 2014, 02:19:17 PM
I want to see some of San Diego also, so I want to do the seal tours and the last departure is at 3:15, I think. So my questions was of the two (sea world and zoo) which should I cut short to go on the seal tour?
Maybe take the earliest seal tour and then stay at the zoo/sea world till closing time.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on December 09, 2014, 02:27:37 PM
Maybe take the earliest seal tour and then stay at the zoo/sea world till closing time.
Earliest tour is 10:30 and lasts 90 minutes so wouldn't be done by 12 if its on time.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 09, 2014, 03:49:30 PM
Anyone booking the 20K UA award here?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 09, 2014, 03:56:10 PM
Anyone booking the 20K UA award here?
If I have one already booked for these dates, do you think they will credit me the extra miles?
I assume no....
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on December 16, 2014, 09:15:49 AM
Anyone booking the 20K UA award here?

booked last night for the family, jan28 - feb2 to San Diego
best use of 100K  UR + $56 ever! the flight was about 3300 if paying cash :)

thx Dan
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 30, 2014, 04:15:29 PM
If you're planning on going to SD. I highly recommend Hyatt Mission Bay.  I can assist you in preferred rates and contacts at the hotel.  They ordered me kosher brekkie and have been very accommodating.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on January 04, 2015, 06:43:31 PM
If you're planning on going to SD. I highly recommend Hyatt Mission Bay.  I can assist you in preferred rates and contacts at the hotel.  They ordered me kosher brekkie and have been very accommodating.

thanks mochada, but I've already made lodging plans.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on January 05, 2015, 01:03:59 AM
If your staying by the W theres a coffee bean about 2 blocks away
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on January 05, 2015, 07:02:55 AM
If your staying by the W theres a coffee bean about 2 blocks away
my wife found a place in la jolla called scripps inn? had very good reviews and the rooms seem large, on the beach also
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on January 08, 2015, 09:47:38 PM
where is a nice place to stay in SD need it for a friend ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on January 08, 2015, 10:56:15 PM
Nice can be defined in many ways, but I believe the W was nice and very well located if you want to book an SPG hotel.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 08, 2015, 10:59:12 PM
where is a nice place to stay in SD need it for a friend ?
http://www.paradisepoint.com/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on January 09, 2015, 12:03:13 AM
That looks amazing! Would definitely try that out on my next trip to SD!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on January 14, 2015, 09:39:21 AM
any discounts or coupons at the Zoo for next week?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on January 19, 2015, 07:34:42 PM
Has anyone tried the Southwest Airlines discount for SeaWorld? Mousesavers still has it on their site but it's an unpublished deal. Was wondering if anyone can confirm that it still works. Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 000 on April 01, 2015, 11:25:11 AM
Hi I'm gonna be going to San Diego with my wife for a couple of days in mid April. I am looking at two hotels either the hyatt mission bay or paradise point can anyone give me recommendations for these two or if there are other nice ones. I don't care to pay cash for other hotels although I have plenty of hyatt points. Thanx
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on April 01, 2015, 12:17:56 PM
Hi I'm gonna be going to San Diego with my wife for a couple of days in mid April. I am looking at two hotels either the hyatt mission bay or paradise point can anyone give me recommendations for these two or if there are other nice ones. I don't care to pay cash for other hotels although I have plenty of hyatt points. Thanx
i am a big fan of that place. beautiful grounds and amazing service
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on April 01, 2015, 01:00:48 PM
If your staying by the W theres a coffee bean about 2 blocks away

All Coffee Beans in CA being Kosher has to be one of the best things about that State. Hit that place up everyday for breakfast when I was in LA. Jalapeo bagel with some shmear is a must!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 02, 2015, 05:43:34 PM
All Coffee Beans in CA being Kosher has to be one of the best things about that State. Hit that place up everyday for breakfast when I was in LA. Jalapeo bagel with some shmear is a must!

Southern CA. was very annoying not having any in SF
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 02, 2015, 06:04:49 PM
No he casher on coffee bean in SF? You sure?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 03, 2015, 03:13:14 PM
No he casher on coffee bean in SF? You sure?

pretty sure
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: MC on April 03, 2015, 03:55:53 PM

No he casher on coffee bean in SF? You sure?
Beverages are kosher in SF, food is not.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 000 on April 06, 2015, 11:43:24 AM
Whats the best way to get discount tickets to Seaworld and/or Universal Hollywood? thnx
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 06, 2015, 11:47:30 AM
Whats the best way to get discount tickets to Seaworld and/or Universal Hollywood? thnx
If you need at least 4, you can try this
https://dailygetaways.ustravel.org/OfferDetails.aspx?pid=29d81F32-c144-40d5-b14d-63636f7f55ad
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 000 on April 06, 2015, 11:49:53 AM
No only need two.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 06, 2015, 11:53:38 AM
No only need two.
they usually have standard promotions http://www.mousesavers.com/california-discounts-deals/universal-studios-hollywood-discounts-and-deals/#admission
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 000 on April 06, 2015, 11:58:12 AM
Thanks saw that promo. I guess I should rephrase the question anyone know how to get seaworl and universal tickets for less than 140$ for both?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on June 08, 2015, 07:49:59 PM
Hey gonna be in San Diego for a short while. I only have time for one, the zoo or the safari? Which is more worthwhile? Price wise and time wise thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on June 08, 2015, 08:10:14 PM
Hey gonna be in San Diego for a short while. I only have time for one, the zoo or the safari? Which is more worthwhile? Price wise and time wise thanks
Thats your only choice? Whats with Sea World? I went in the Summer to the Zoo it was very hot so not all animals where out, and the Zoo is very big. Wasn't in the Safari so I cant say which is better.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on June 08, 2015, 08:59:07 PM
Thats your only choice? Whats with Sea World? I went in the Summer to the Zoo it was very hot so not all animals where out, and the Zoo is very big. Wasn't in the Safari so I cant say which is better.
No. I'm doing sea world. (Got the $49 tickets from U. S. Travel)  the La Jolla kayaking but I don't think I'm going to have enough time for the both the zoo and safari.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: isramen on June 09, 2015, 12:53:41 AM
Hyatt Aviara or Fairmont Grand Del Mar?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 09, 2015, 12:19:58 PM
No. I'm doing sea world. (Got the $49 tickets from U. S. Travel)  the La Jolla kayaking but I don't think I'm going to have enough time for the both the zoo and safari.
I really enjoyed zoo. Google the most efficient way to see it though. I didn't and ended up walking more than I had to. There is a system out there though. I think you're supposed to start from the top
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yoko on June 10, 2015, 12:15:04 PM
No only need two.

Trying to get this but link is not working
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yoko on June 10, 2015, 12:16:03 PM
If you need at least 4, you can try this
https://dailygetaways.ustravel.org/OfferDetails.aspx?pid=29d81F32-c144-40d5-b14d-63636f7f55ad

Trying to get this but link is not working
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on June 10, 2015, 12:27:36 PM
Trying to get this but link is not working
It expired a month ago. May be the issue
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yoko on June 10, 2015, 12:38:49 PM
It expired a month ago. May be the issue
Any other deals for sea world? Going at the end of JUne
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 19, 2015, 12:28:24 AM
Hey gonna be in San Diego for a short while. I only have time for one, the zoo or the safari? Which is more worthwhile? Price wise and time wise thanks
Safari the zoo was very meh IME.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 19, 2015, 08:47:14 AM
the kosher restaurant is reopening for the summer
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on June 19, 2015, 09:52:51 AM
the kosher restaurant is reopening for the summer
Which one?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 19, 2015, 10:06:54 AM
Good news for the San Diego area residents and visitors who lost the Grille Restaurant a couple of months ago. Owner Benny Behar will be doing "The Summer Grille" at Beth Jacob Congregation starting this Sunday, Father's Day, June 21 through August 28th. Perhaps with an overwhelming response, Benny will stay open. Hours: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Last seating 8:30 pm. It will be a very simple menu. Steaks, Gourmet Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken Sandwiches, Salad Bar & Kids menu. Located at 4855 College Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 19, 2015, 10:26:58 AM
Good news for the San Diego area residents and visitors who lost the Grille Restaurant a couple of months ago. Owner Benny Behar will be doing "The Summer Grille" at Beth Jacob Congregation starting this Sunday, Father's Day, June 21 through August 28th. Perhaps with an overwhelming response, Benny will stay open. Hours: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Last seating 8:30 pm. It will be a very simple menu. Steaks, Gourmet Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken Sandwiches, Salad Bar & Kids menu. Located at 4855 College Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
Great. Will it be under the vaad of San Diego?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 21, 2015, 04:26:58 AM
thats all the info i have
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Aron27 on June 21, 2015, 12:27:00 PM
Being from san diego i would assume that if it's in the shul than it most definitely will be under the vaad...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 21, 2015, 04:29:04 PM
Being from san diego i would assume that if it's in the shul than it most definitely will be under the vaad...
K thanks, did you also hear that they where reopening this year? Also can you get a phone number to them?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Abet rich on June 21, 2015, 04:48:55 PM
Good news for the San Diego area residents and visitors who lost the Grille Restaurant a couple of months ago. Owner Benny Behar will be doing "The Summer Grille" at Beth Jacob Congregation starting this Sunday, Father's Day, June 21 through August 28th. Perhaps with an overwhelming response, Benny will stay open. Hours: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Last seating 8:30 pm. It will be a very simple menu. Steaks, Gourmet Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken Sandwiches, Salad Bar & Kids menu. Located at 4855 College Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
Usually gotta resrve seats real early or else you gotta wait like 2 hours to get seated. Just a heads up
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on June 21, 2015, 07:20:23 PM
Usually gotta resrve seats real early or else you gotta wait like 2 hours to get seated. Just a heads up
Like a few days in advance? Or can you call and say I want to come in 2 hours? Going to be relevant for me soon...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Abet rich on June 24, 2015, 01:58:34 PM
Like a few days in advance? Or can you call and say I want to come in 2 hours? Going to be relevant for me soon...
Usually just a few hours earlier in the day.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: keravelt on June 24, 2015, 05:49:08 PM
Chabad at La Costa in Carlsbad has a BBQ every Sunday through the summer and Thursday night steak night.
Reservations are required for Thursday night.
See more info: http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/902920/jewish/BBQ-Bounty.htm
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on July 04, 2015, 11:16:11 PM
Any good hotel options with points in SD?
Hyatt, Marriott, Spg.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on July 04, 2015, 11:42:50 PM
Any good hotel options with points in SD?
Hyatt, Marriott, Spg.
The Sheraton mission valley was a great points option for 7000 spg points a night. It was very nice and new and is in a very decent location.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on July 05, 2015, 01:15:44 AM
Any good hotel options with points in SD?
Hyatt, Marriott, Spg.
I stayed at Sheraton La Jolla a few years ago. Decent place. Good area. Walkable to the Shul (albeit up a big hill). 10k/night.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on July 05, 2015, 02:19:57 AM
Hyatt regency mission bay vs andaz San Diego?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: elya on July 05, 2015, 02:27:49 AM
Hyatt regency mission bay vs andaz San Diego?
I was not impressed with my suite at the Hyatt regency mission Bay. Never stayed at the Andaz though.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 05, 2015, 02:28:43 AM
Any good hotel options with points in SD?
Hyatt, Marriott, Spg.
Whatever you do, stay away from the residence inn la jolla. Its tempting @ 25,000 a night, but its a horrible hotel with terrible customer service. I have stayed at the us grant, its a SPG property @ 12k a night. I can highly recommend it.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on July 05, 2015, 02:43:02 AM
The Sheraton mission valley was a great points option for 7000 spg points a night. It was very nice and new and is in a very decent location.

I stayed at Sheraton La Jolla a few years ago. Decent place. Good area. Walkable to the Shul (albeit up a big hill). 10k/night.
Tnx.

Whatever you do, stay away from the residence inn la jolla. Its tempting @ 25,000 a night, but its a horrible hotel with terrible customer service. I have stayed at the us grant, its a SPG property @ 12k a night. I can highly recommend it.

Tnx but I don't get such a good redemption rate at the Grant.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 05, 2015, 03:32:52 AM
Any tips for getting cheap safari tickets... The most seems to be 5 or 6 dollars off admission. The gate price is $48!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on July 06, 2015, 11:27:53 AM
Does chabbad of coronardo always have minyan?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on July 06, 2015, 10:36:35 PM
Does chabbad of coronardo always have minyan?
Call them. They'll tell you
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E R K on July 07, 2015, 12:41:20 AM
Any tips for getting cheap safari tickets... The most seems to be 5 or 6 dollars off admission. The gate price is $48!
From where can you get the $5 or $6 off?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: maskim on July 12, 2015, 11:16:07 PM
Any cholov yisroel coffee beans in SD? Doubt it but trying my luck...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: maskim on July 12, 2015, 11:17:19 PM
Never mind... Found a site that claims it's not.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: maskim on July 12, 2015, 11:20:00 PM
Planning on doing an early morning segway tour. Any Recommendations as far as which company to use/ tour to take?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on July 17, 2015, 10:43:36 AM
Dw, myself and an infant, is Legoland a waste of time?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 17, 2015, 10:46:20 AM
Dw, myself and an infant, is Legoland a waste of time?

Yes
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on July 20, 2015, 08:18:46 PM
Will be in San Diego week of August 2nd. Staying in Hyatt House Sorrento Mesa. Latest weekday Shachris I found was Chabad of University City at 7:30 AM which is only like 12 minute drive.  Please advise if anyone knows later/better option.  Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on July 27, 2015, 12:49:15 PM
Is Cholov Yisroel milk available in Ralphs La Jolla?
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Post by: aarony on July 27, 2015, 04:04:30 PM
yes, but you should call to find out which day they get their delivery.  they can run out.
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Post by: kivabb on July 27, 2015, 08:13:55 PM
yes, but you should call to find out which day they get their delivery.  they can run out.

Thanks. I just called. They get on Tuesday.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 28, 2015, 01:16:59 PM
safari tickets for $14.65 see here
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=54365.0
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on July 30, 2015, 03:02:27 PM
i am going to be in San Diego Hotel (sheraton la Jolla)without any laundry machines any one know if the laundromat @ 4027 Governor Dr
San Diego, CA 92122  is in a safe area? thanks 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: abo456 on July 30, 2015, 05:41:20 PM
i am going to be in San Diego Hotel (sheraton la Jolla)without any laundry machines any one know if the laundromat @ 4027 Governor Dr
San Diego, CA 92122  is in a safe area? thanks

Yes this is a very safe area. Quiet suburbia.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 11, 2015, 03:30:37 PM
safari tickets for $14.65 see here
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=54365.0

Thanks for the link. I ordered a set of 4 tickets for the price of 3  ;)

Starting to work on my itinerary for a end of summer trip.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 11, 2015, 04:36:42 PM
Researching Lego Land and it seems like there is a water park and aquarium that have separate admissions to get it.

Is the water park or aquarium worth visiting? Do I need more than one day if we plan on going to the main park plus the water park and/or aquarium?
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Post by: shoobi on August 16, 2015, 09:09:46 PM
In the Hyatt Regency La Jolla and I must say it's gorgeous, especially the hotel grounds and amenities.
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Post by: shoobi on August 16, 2015, 09:15:26 PM
Is there anywhere to go for dinner? Just the BBQs in the shul and Chabad house?

I went to a nice place a few years ago but it seems it's closed now.. that true?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 17, 2015, 03:04:11 AM
Is there anywhere to go for dinner? Just the BBQs in the shul and Chabad house?

I went to a nice place a few years ago but it seems it's closed now.. that true?
The BBQ place in the shul  (The Grille) was actually very good but it's definitely not fine dining. There is also The Place in the JCC in La Jolla (4126 Executive Drive).
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Post by: tzifanya54 on August 17, 2015, 09:16:11 AM
The BBQ place in the shul  (The Grille) was actually very good but it's definitely not fine dining. There is also The Place in the JCC in La Jolla (4126 Executive Drive).
+1
Just ate at the grille last week. Was very happy with both the quality and the taste of the food. Simple food, but very tasty.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 17, 2015, 09:19:40 AM
Researching Lego Land and it seems like there is a water park and aquarium that have separate admissions to get it.

Is the water park or aquarium worth visiting? Do I need more than one day if we plan on going to the main park plus the water park and/or aquarium?
Never been to the water park or the aquarium. Legoland by itself is deffinetly a full day. I was there with 2 kids almost from opening to close. We had some version of a fast pass, and we covered about 90% of the park.
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Post by: alpicone on August 17, 2015, 11:50:31 AM
Never been to the water park or the aquarium. Legoland by itself is deffinetly a full day. I was there with 2 kids almost from opening to close. We had some version of a fast pass, and we covered about 90% of the park.

Looking at the Legoland map to compare the size of the park to the Florida Legoland and it looks like the "water park" is a side section to the main park. Doesn't look like a full water park. On the map it is called "water park" & "Chima water park". Did you go to those parts?

Did you buy the fast pass tickets at the park or in advance of you trip?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on August 17, 2015, 01:13:02 PM
Is there anywhere to go for dinner? Just the BBQs in the shul and Chabad house?

I went to a nice place a few years ago but it seems it's closed now.. that true?

Went to the Grille, food was great, portions a little small though. But good experience.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 17, 2015, 04:01:24 PM
Went to the Grille, food was great, portions a little small though. But good experience.
I didn't feel the portions were small at all- we got the burgers with toppings and fries and shared salad from salad bar, but honestly, didn't really think we needed the salad. Just tried to be healthier!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on August 17, 2015, 04:09:58 PM
I got the steak with french fries and salad bar. Steak was phenomenal, fries were good but not a lot.

Wife got grilled chicken platter with veggies, pretty small portion.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 17, 2015, 11:19:45 PM
Looking at the Legoland map to compare the size of the park to the Florida Legoland and it looks like the "water park" is a side section to the main park. Doesn't look like a full water park. On the map it is called "water park" & "Chima water park". Did you go to those parts?

Did you buy the fast pass tickets at the park or in advance of you trip?
No I didn't do the water park part. I actually got them for free at the park. Long story, not for now.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 17, 2015, 11:21:35 PM
I didn't feel the portions were small at all- we got the burgers with toppings and fries and shared salad from salad bar, but honestly, didn't really think we needed the salad. Just tried to be healthier!
I agree, I actually tried all their burgers. Although more expensive than what I usually pay, portion size was very decent.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on August 17, 2015, 11:33:09 PM
+1
Just ate at the grille last week. Was very happy with both the quality and the taste of the food. Simple food, but very tasty.
+1.
2 weeks ago....
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on August 18, 2015, 02:17:17 PM
Is there anywhere to go for dinner? Just the BBQs in the shul and Chabad house?

I went to a nice place a few years ago but it seems it's closed now.. that true?

also ralphs in la Jolla has an great and extensive  kosher take out section
also inside the JCC in la jolla has restaurant
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on August 18, 2015, 04:37:48 PM


also ralphs in la Jolla has an great and extensive  kosher take out section

With very bad service.
I waited probably almost 20 minutes to get served!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on August 18, 2015, 04:40:05 PM
I know at 6:00 on a Sunday  when I was there it was swamped.  They don't handle rush hour well.

But if you can find off peak hours there is a big selection of fresh hot food and salads and a grill etc.....
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on August 18, 2015, 04:49:43 PM



But if you can find of peak hours there is a big selection of fresh hot food and salads and a grill etc.....

+1 on that part.
Title: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 18, 2015, 06:41:02 PM
I will be there after The Grille closes for the season... So the only kosher food option is going to be Ralph's?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 18, 2015, 06:42:12 PM
Has anyone done the kayaking at La Jolla Cove? Good idea or not to attempt with a 4 year old?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 19, 2015, 12:46:48 AM
There is also The Place in the JCC in La Jolla (4126 Executive Drive).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 19, 2015, 10:12:22 AM
Has anyone done the kayaking at La Jolla Cove? Good idea or not to attempt with a 4 year old?
i have. i dont think its a bad idea, call up one of the places and ask them, dont know if they will even let.  the 4 year old will add some weight and not help in the rowing but should have fun on it.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 19, 2015, 10:39:04 AM
i have. i dont think its a bad idea, call up one of the places and ask them, dont know if they will even let.  the 4 year old will add some weight and not help in the rowing but should have fun on it.

Thanks for the feedback.  I called one of the places that does kayaking over there and they said officially the minimum age is five.  But he did say no one will ask you for ID so you can try to sneak him in. My biggest concern is that he will jump out or fall out of the kayak. With my son it's more likely jump out.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 19, 2015, 11:17:11 AM
Thanks for the feedback.  I called one of the places that does kayaking over there and they said officially the minimum age is five.  But he did say no one will ask you for ID so you can try to sneak him in. My biggest concern is that he will jump out or fall out of the kayak. With my son it's more likely jump out.
he will be wearing a life vest and you will be keeping a close watch on him.  the kayak isnt that big that he will be roaming away from your arms reach, he will be right next to you.
But of course, you know your own child and what is a good idea for him
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Post by: dealfinder85 on August 19, 2015, 11:20:46 AM
Thanks for the feedback.  I called one of the places that does kayaking over there and they said officially the minimum age is five.  But he did say no one will ask you for ID so you can try to sneak him in. My biggest concern is that he will jump out or fall out of the kayak. With my son it's more likely jump out.
i did it 2 years ago
as someone said, he wont help with rowing, which gets rough, and towards the end, you may fall out, but close to shore, so no big deal
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 19, 2015, 11:44:53 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys. Going to reserve through a living social deal out there now.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on August 20, 2015, 01:30:11 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys. Going to reserve through a living social deal out there now.
Just make sure to reserve well in advance. When I called the company that I bought a living social with I was told that I had to book two weeks in advance and ended up paying the difference to go on a regular priced tour
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 27, 2015, 04:15:45 PM
I really enjoyed zoo. Google the most efficient way to see it though. I didn't and ended up walking more than I had to. There is a system out there though. I think you're supposed to start from the top

Do you have a link or any info on what is the most efficient way to see the zoo. Tried looking for some intel but most sites said there is no efficient way to see the zoo because of the layout.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on August 27, 2015, 04:25:54 PM
Do you have a link or any info on what is the most efficient way to see the zoo. Tried looking for some intel but most sites said there is no efficient way to see the zoo because of the layout.
Maybe take the bus ride first thing you arrive and write down what you want to do and where it is.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 27, 2015, 04:51:00 PM
Maybe take the bus ride first thing you arrive and write down what you want to do and where it is.

Thanks. That makes sense and I read that but then read another tip that said save the bus ride for the afternoon when you (and especially your kids) are tired from walking around all morning.  :o

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on August 27, 2015, 05:50:19 PM
Thanks. That makes sense and I read that but then read another tip that said save the bus ride for the afternoon when you (and especially your kids) are tired from walking around all morning.  :o
I personally did the latter and for that very reason. Though  a lot say you should do it first so to get an idea of what you're looking at.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 27, 2015, 11:26:38 PM
I looked at the map and decided what we wanted to see because some things you can see in any zoo. We first took the tram to the other side of the park. We enjoyed the Elephant Keeper talk which showed how they move the elephant from one area to the other area and watched them check the elephants feet for health while distracting it with food. We took the hop on hop off bus when we were really tired. Went to see the pandas but after waiting in a long line, they were sleeping in a tree. The place is huge!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on December 29, 2015, 10:42:43 AM
Not sure if the wiki is updated. What's the best kosher restaurant with a good hashgacha there? Both dairy and meat. Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on December 30, 2015, 12:34:10 PM
Not sure if the wiki is updated. What's the best kosher restaurant with a good hashgacha there? Both dairy and meat. Thanks
The Place and Ralph's has a deli. That's it for now unfortunately. The Grille is no longer around
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jbwan on January 05, 2016, 11:17:40 AM
Will be in San Diego for a weekend, in early February with kids. What's a good "shabbat" hotel or area to be near? Being next a shul would be great, but also looking for a place where the kids wont be holed up in a hotel room all day. Does the Sheraton La Jolla or Hyatt Regency La Jolla make sense? or a hotel like the US Grant Downtown. Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: springles on January 05, 2016, 12:54:13 PM
Will be in San Diego for a weekend, in early February with kids. What's a good "shabbat" hotel or area to be near? Being next a shul would be great, but also looking for a place where the kids wont be holed up in a hotel room all day. Does the Sheraton La Jolla or Hyatt Regency La Jolla make sense? or a hotel like the US Grant Downtown. Thanks!
not near a shul but the park hyatt aviara is on a beautiful resort that would be nice to just walk around on shabbos.  The US Grant is in the middle of a pretty dreary area that i personally would not want to be in for shabbos
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 05, 2016, 01:02:17 PM
Will be in San Diego for a weekend, in early February with kids. What's a good "shabbat" hotel or area to be near? Being next a shul would be great, but also looking for a place where the kids wont be holed up in a hotel room all day. Does the Sheraton La Jolla or Hyatt Regency La Jolla make sense? or a hotel like the US Grant Downtown. Thanks!

The hotels in La Jolla you mentioned might be near the Adat Yeshrun shul in la Jolla which is a beautiful area.  Get the addresses and google the distance

In downtown I believe there might be a chabad minyan for shabbat
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 06, 2016, 10:47:13 AM
not near a shul but the park hyatt aviara is on a beautiful resort that would be nice to just walk around on shabbos.
Chabad La Costa is about an hour walk according to Google.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avi h on January 13, 2016, 01:08:46 AM
Hi guys

I am a spoiled GHK vacationer (twice). This year i will not be able to make it down there. I am going to San Diego in a few weeks. I tried finding a hotel in the same setting as GHK (at least somewhat). I have been in San Diego a nice couple of years ago and stayed in the hilton bayfront. That is too busy/no surrounding grounds. Anyone have any recommendations for a resort preferably on the ocean
TIA
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on January 13, 2016, 07:59:52 AM
Hi guys

I am a spoiled GHK vacationer (twice). This year i will not be able to make it down there. I am going to San Diego in a few weeks. I tried finding a hotel in the same setting as GHK (at least somewhat). I have been in San Diego a nice couple of years ago and stayed in the hilton bayfront. That is too busy/no surrounding grounds. Anyone have any recommendations for a resort preferably on the ocean
TIA

maybe hyatt aviara
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avi h on January 13, 2016, 09:40:44 AM
It looked interesting to me. Have you been there? How would you rate it?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 13, 2016, 09:43:40 AM
Hi guys

Anyone have any recommendations for a resort preferably on the ocean
TIA
Paradise point
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avi h on January 16, 2016, 10:56:38 PM
Does anyone have any experience with the kona kai resort. It looks great and prices are very fair
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avi h on January 18, 2016, 01:04:05 AM
Guys can you help me out here?

1) i see that the kona kai is cheaper than the other ones. Is it because of the quality of the property?

2) The Paradise points i see has a lot of bungalow styles. It looks like the lanai bay view is the one to go with. Is that correct?

3) Does the Hyatt Aviara have rooms with views to the bay?

And finally what is my best way to get the cheapest rate if not using points.

Any advice would be appreciated...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avi h on February 02, 2016, 11:22:46 PM
Does Ralphs have pas yisroel bread/rolls etc.? What about glatt frozen meat
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tovia on February 02, 2016, 11:39:25 PM
Yes and yes.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avi h on February 02, 2016, 11:40:03 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 16, 2016, 01:28:20 PM
Anyway to narrow down priceline NYOP for Paradise Point?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 16, 2016, 02:13:20 PM
Updated wiki

Orly's Cafe and Bakery
14791 Pomerado Rd
Poway, California
https://www.facebook.com/orlyscafeandbakery/ (https://www.facebook.com/orlyscafeandbakery/)
858-391-9111
Menu: https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/12697383_1753375438223954_1016627340705562680_o.jpg (https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/12697383_1753375438223954_1016627340705562680_o.jpg)
Mon-Thu:    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun:    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Home made pizzas, bakery goods, bagels, sandwiches, soups and salads. Cholov Yisroel under the supervision of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 16, 2016, 11:16:58 PM
Anyway to narrow down priceline NYOP for Paradise Point?
I believe if u pay with amex u get 20% off
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 17, 2016, 07:56:45 AM
I believe if u pay with amex u get 20% off
Amex offer ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 17, 2016, 08:10:00 AM
Updated wiki

Orly's Cafe and Bakery
14791 Pomerado Rd
Poway, California
https://www.facebook.com/orlyscafeandbakery/ (https://www.facebook.com/orlyscafeandbakery/)
858-391-9111
Menu: https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/12697383_1753375438223954_1016627340705562680_o.jpg (https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/12697383_1753375438223954_1016627340705562680_o.jpg)
Mon-Thu: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Home made pizzas, bakery goods, bagels, sandwiches, soups and salads. Cholov Yisroel under the supervision of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway
How new is this place?
Also do you happen to know what may be interesting to see around that area?
How's the food?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 17, 2016, 08:13:12 AM
Amex offer ?
No. Call the hotel and ask them. Its something with that hotel chain or that specific hotel
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 17, 2016, 09:58:11 AM
No. Call the hotel and ask them. Its something with that hotel chain or that specific hotel
Found this on their site:
American Express cardholders get 15% off the Best Available Rate for stays up to 3 nights. Valid AXMEX card must be shown at check-in to receive discount. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials. Based on availability. Not valid for groups.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 17, 2016, 10:05:57 AM
Can I be stacked with the 100$off amextravel.com offer ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 17, 2016, 10:12:29 AM
Can I be stacked with the 100$off amextravel.com offer ?
I dont see why not. The amex offer is with the credit card and the 15% off is they give that internally at checkin...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 17, 2016, 12:51:43 PM
I see on kayak with Amoma.com a way lower rate then what is avalible anywhere else, it says room only what does that mean?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 17, 2016, 07:54:10 PM
Just left Orly's in Poway.  They've been open just a a few weeks and are still in process of setting up.  Pizza, salads, soup and fries were all tasty.  We tried a few desserts. Eclair wasn't great. Napoleon was pretty good. All in all worth a visit in a place with limited kosher establishments.
Owners are super nice folks.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tov hashem on February 19, 2016, 04:11:39 PM
Just left Orly's in Poway.  They've been open just a a few weeks and are still in process of setting up.  Pizza, salads, soup and fries were all tasty.  We tried a few desserts. Eclair wasn't great. Napoleon was pretty good. All in all worth a visit in a place with limited kosher establishments.
Owners are super nice folks.
which hechsher?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 23, 2016, 06:13:43 PM
Where would be the cheapest place to get a go card now ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tovia on February 23, 2016, 07:26:35 PM
Where would be the cheapest place to get a go card now ?
Costco, they have 4 day card for $189 while others have only 3 day for the same price.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tov hashem on February 24, 2016, 12:49:27 AM
which hechsher?
i was there yesterday and the food was delicious   
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tovia on February 24, 2016, 12:57:22 AM
Must be a good hechsher then
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 28, 2016, 12:16:24 PM
which hechsher?
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein Chabad of Poway
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Adam101 on March 21, 2016, 11:59:51 PM
Need a place to sleep tonight. Tuesday. Rather by a house than hotel ( leaving early morning, not interested in paying for a few hours). Any ideas?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 22, 2016, 04:01:04 PM
Need a place to sleep tonight. Tuesday. Rather by a house than hotel ( leaving early morning, not interested in paying for a few hours). Any ideas?
LOL
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Adam101 on March 22, 2016, 04:01:42 PM
Need a place to sleep tonight. Tuesday. Rather by a house than hotel ( leaving early morning, not interested in paying for a few hours). Any ideas?
BUMP
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on April 04, 2016, 09:25:47 PM
Does anyone know if women are dressed "appropriately" at Sea World around Pesach time? Are they generally dressed in bathing suits, or normal clothing?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Abet rich on April 05, 2016, 01:09:20 AM
Does anyone know if women are dressed "appropriately" at Sea World around Pesach time? Are they generally dressed in bathing suits, or normal clothing?
Normal clothing but idk if that's your definition of appropriately. No, they aren't walking around in bikinis there but that doesn't meant they are dressed like your classic run of the mill frum modest woman.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jack12 on April 05, 2016, 08:12:27 AM
Normal clothing but idk if that's your definition of appropriately. No, they aren't walking around in bikinis there but that doesn't meant they are dressed like your classic run of the mill frum modest woman.
Ok, thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on April 07, 2016, 03:00:36 PM
looking to spend a shabbos in July somewhere around SD are there any Hyatt or SPG Properties that are near a shul and shabbos friendly?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 07, 2016, 05:51:56 PM
adat yeshrun shul in La Jolla may be your best best.  There is a Hyatt in la Jolla.  also  I believe chabad has a shabbas minyan in downtown SD should be a hyatt and maybe a sheraton?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 07, 2016, 11:40:08 PM
I think the Hyatt in LA Jolla is quite far from the shul (and up a huge hill)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on April 19, 2016, 09:10:14 PM
any good SPG hotels in S. Diego and/or La Jolla with suites? There aren't any listed in the wiki. SPG isn't showing any suites (i.e. 2 one-bedroom suites) - other than some suite upgrade options in Carlsbad, which usually works fine with plat.

looking for all-suite if possible in San Diego, similar to other Sheraton Suites in Coconut Creek and Plantation, FL, etc...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 30, 2016, 01:09:47 AM
looking to spend a shabbos in July somewhere around SD are there any Hyatt or SPG Properties that are near a shul and shabbos friendly?
surprised this wasnt in wiki (added now), there is a small eruv that covers a marriot residence inn and a sheraton (la jolla). http://www.adatyeshurun.org/eruv http://www.adatyeshurun.org/sites/adat/files/EruvBoundaryMap.pdf and its walkable to the shul that runs it.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dsch9319 on May 31, 2016, 05:00:39 PM
Hello All

I am traveling from Sunday to Thursday to the downtown San Diego area for work. I was looking through this thread and noticed there are not a lot of kosher options for me here, but can anyone tell me if any of the limited options will deliver to a hotel in the downtown San Diego area?

Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 31, 2016, 05:19:36 PM
Hello All

I am traveling from Sunday to Thursday to the downtown San Diego area for work. I was looking through this thread and noticed there are not a lot of kosher options for me here, but can anyone tell me if any of the limited options will deliver to a hotel in the downtown San Diego area?

Thanks

maybe you best bet is to contact chabad downtown rabbi?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on June 02, 2016, 09:29:42 PM
Hello All

I am traveling from Sunday to Thursday to the downtown San Diego area for work. I was looking through this thread and noticed there are not a lot of kosher options for me here, but can anyone tell me if any of the limited options will deliver to a hotel in the downtown San Diego area?

Thanks
delivery may be impossible (except for chabad), but there is a kosher coffee bean and tea leaf downtownish by the gaslamp quarter https://goo.gl/maps/7hPUdrNcAYq)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on June 06, 2016, 02:25:42 PM
surprised this wasnt in wiki (added now), there is a small eruv that covers a marriot residence inn and a sheraton (la jolla). http://www.adatyeshurun.org/eruv http://www.adatyeshurun.org/sites/adat/files/EruvBoundaryMap.pdf and its walkable to the shul that runs it.
Omni La Costa Hotel in Carlsbad is a 15 min walk to Chabad at La Costa and Chabad has a special rate with them, saved over $200 a night with the chabad rate
http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2721038/jewish/Special-room-rate.htm
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on June 06, 2016, 04:01:53 PM
Omni La Costa Hotel in Carlsbad is a 15 min walk to Chabad at La Costa and Chabad has a special rate with them, saved over $200 a night with the chabad rate
http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2721038/jewish/Special-room-rate.htm
Nice, always useful to call the local chabad before booking hotels, have found amazing rates through them before. but they rarely provide an online booking option!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on June 07, 2016, 01:42:22 PM
How is the food and the hechsher (Vaad Harabonim of San Diego) at "the place"?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on June 07, 2016, 02:08:42 PM
How is the food and the hechsher (Vaad Harabonim of San Diego) at "the place"?
Food IME was delicious, the fries were exceptionally great
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on June 07, 2016, 04:47:55 PM
Food IME was delicious, the fries were exceptionally great
How about Ralph's La Jolla?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on June 07, 2016, 05:18:23 PM
How about Ralph's La Jolla?

Plenty options that are tasty; baked chicken very good
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on June 07, 2016, 05:33:34 PM
How about Ralph's La Jolla?
Great food, soup was already done for the day when I came
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on June 07, 2016, 06:07:42 PM
Great food, soup was already done for the day when I came
Do they have a sit in it only takeout?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on June 10, 2016, 07:21:41 PM
Do they have a sit in it only takeout?
I think it was discussed here before, there's some seating in the store but that's not directly at the kosher section
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ChasingTheDime on June 30, 2016, 04:23:22 PM
Planning a trip for august, and would like to use starwood points.

i see a bunch of category 3 and 4's, was wondering where people have been and what is a good/bad value.
most of the recent talk on this thread is about food and not hotels, so was hoping for some fairly updated starwoods info.

Thanks.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on July 04, 2016, 03:06:53 AM
Planning a trip for august, and would like to use starwood points.

i see a bunch of category 3 and 4's, was wondering where people have been and what is a good/bad value.
most of the recent talk on this thread is about food and not hotels, so was hoping for some fairly updated starwoods info.

Thanks.
i stayed at the Sheraton mission bay. I thought it was well worth the 7,000 a night. Very nice and clean with a decent pool. The location was great for me. It was right near coffee bean and not too far from shul. it is sort of in the middle of everything. Downtown and la Jolla were both not very far.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 11, 2016, 07:18:14 PM
If you are around San diego for the summer, this option (dinner sunday-thursday at Beth Jacob shul) seems good so you arent stuck with just Ralph's takeout and The PLace at the JCC La Jolla.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on July 11, 2016, 07:27:01 PM
If you are around San diego for the summer, this option (dinner sunday-thursday at Beth Jacob shul) seems good so you arent stuck with just Ralph's takeout and The PLace at the JCC La Jolla.
Any idea under whose Hashgacha ( supervision )?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on July 11, 2016, 07:34:30 PM
Any idea under whose Hashgacha ( supervision )?

this is the Rabbi who leads Beth Jacob where the location is, so perhaps it's either under his supervision, or he approves of the supervision. Link: http://www.bjsd.org/rabbinical_leadership

restaurant tab on the shul website: http://www.bjsd.org/visitors
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on July 11, 2016, 07:36:03 PM
this is the Rabbi who leads Beth Jacob where the location is, so perhaps it's either under his supervision, or he approves of the supervision. Link: http://www.bjsd.org/rabbinical_leadership

restaurant tab on the shul website: http://www.bjsd.org/visitors
Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: montey on July 14, 2016, 12:56:12 AM
this is the Rabbi who leads Beth Jacob where the location is, so perhaps it's either under his supervision, or he approves of the supervision. Link: http://www.bjsd.org/rabbinical_leadership

restaurant tab on the shul website: http://www.bjsd.org/visitors

This is a great option in San Diego for summer dining. Open 5-9, prompt service by people who are real caterers/cooks prepare the food quickly. And it's good. You can call in an order as well.

Teh Rabbi of the Shul gives the hashgocha and is also part of the Vaad Hakashrus of San Diego.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: elya on July 14, 2016, 08:41:08 AM
This is a great option in San Diego for summer dining. Open 5-9, prompt service by people who are real caterers/cooks prepare the food quickly. And it's good. You can call in an order as well.

Teh Rabbi of the Shul gives the hashgocha and is also part of the Vaad Hakashrus of San Diego.
Rabbi Bogopulsky?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: montey on July 14, 2016, 12:12:24 PM
Rabbi Bogopulsky?

Correct
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 15, 2016, 03:30:03 AM
This is a great option in San Diego for summer dining. Open 5-9, prompt service by people who are real caterers/cooks prepare the food quickly. And it's good. You can call in an order as well.

Teh Rabbi of the Shul gives the hashgocha and is also part of the Vaad Hakashrus of San Diego.
Isn't it under the vaad? (not just the rabbi)? I think it was last year at least.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: montey on July 17, 2016, 09:48:48 PM
It is under the Vaad, yes.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on July 18, 2016, 12:24:41 PM
This is a great option in San Diego for summer dining. Open 5-9, prompt service by people who are real caterers/cooks prepare the food quickly. And it's good. You can call in an order as well.

Teh Rabbi of the Shul gives the hashgocha and is also part of the Vaad Hakashrus of San Diego.

looks interesting. Is it relatively new?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on July 18, 2016, 12:36:44 PM
looks interesting. Is it relatively new?

Its been there before in the summer for the last couple of years or more but it appears to be under new ownership this year
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on August 04, 2016, 09:07:30 AM
has anyone stayed in this hotel?
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/san-diego/sanom/hoteldetail?qRef=sr&qDest=San+Diego%2C+California%2C+United+States&qRpn=2&qChld=2&qSrt=sDD&qSHp=1&qSmP=3&qGRM=0&qLng=-117.156403&qRdU=1&qRms=1&srb_u=1&qAdlt=2&qPSt=0&qRtP=6CBARC.IVANI&qCiMy=072016&qCoD=19&qLat=32.715302&qCiD=17&qCoMy=072016&qRRSrt=rt&qRad=30&qRpp=20&qBrs=ic.ki.cp.in.vn.hi.ex.rs.cv.sb.cw.ul&qWch=0#0 (https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/san-diego/sanom/hoteldetail?qRef=sr&qDest=San+Diego%2C+California%2C+United+States&qRpn=2&qChld=2&qSrt=sDD&qSHp=1&qSmP=3&qGRM=0&qLng=-117.156403&qRdU=1&qRms=1&srb_u=1&qAdlt=2&qPSt=0&qRtP=6CBARC.IVANI&qCiMy=072016&qCoD=19&qLat=32.715302&qCiD=17&qCoMy=072016&qRRSrt=rt&qRad=30&qRpp=20&qBrs=ic.ki.cp.in.vn.hi.ex.rs.cv.sb.cw.ul&qWch=0#0)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on August 08, 2016, 10:52:00 AM
is there any place to get pas yisroel bread or bagels in San Diego?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tovia on August 08, 2016, 11:07:25 AM
Ralph's in La Jolla
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on August 08, 2016, 11:18:20 AM
Ralph's in La Jolla
Very nice selection of kosher food
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 18, 2016, 09:29:28 AM
Anyone went to Moishe's Grill at Beth Jacob
How is the food?
Is there a long wait to get food?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mbch on August 19, 2016, 12:45:41 AM
I was there the food is great. Get there early- i got there at 6:30 and they had 2 steaks left, not a long wait
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 19, 2016, 03:41:26 AM
I keep getting conflicting views on this, does anyone know (preferably by authority of a local orthodox rabbi) whether the muffins etc. in coffee beans outside LA (or even in LA) are still reliable?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: montey on August 19, 2016, 05:36:57 PM
I keep getting conflicting views on this, does anyone know (preferably by authority of a local orthodox rabbi) whether the muffins etc. in coffee beans outside LA (or even in LA) are still reliable?

Rabbi Eidlitz of kosherquest.org took the hechsher off his "recommended" list. You have to decide what that means for you. That was the only "change."
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on August 19, 2016, 06:06:53 PM
I keep getting conflicting views on this, does anyone know (preferably by authority of a local orthodox rabbi) whether the muffins etc. in coffee beans outside LA (or even in LA) are still reliable?

http://kosherquest.org/kib-coffee-bean-tea-leaf/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on August 19, 2016, 07:45:31 PM
Anyone went to Moishe's Grill at Beth Jacob
How is the food?
Is there a long wait to get food?

I was there the food is great. Get there early- i got there at 6:30 and they had 2 steaks left, not a long wait
I was there a couple nights ago. Ordered a shwarma plate. Fries were good, salad was pretty good, Shwarma was average. Idk maybe it's because I have high expectations when it comes to shwarma.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on August 19, 2016, 07:49:21 PM
I keep getting conflicting views on this, does anyone know (preferably by authority of a local orthodox rabbi) whether the muffins etc. in coffee beans outside LA (or even in LA) are still reliable?
A relative of mine emailed him last week and he stated that you should pretty much not eat R' Benzaken's hashgacha which is KOLA. So pretty much the drinks are OK, as well as packaged sandwiches. Pastries are not recommended anymore.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 21, 2016, 12:54:09 AM
A relative of mine emailed him last week and he stated that you should pretty much not eat R' Benzaken's hashgacha which is KOLA. So pretty much the drinks are OK, as well as packaged sandwiches. Pastries are not recommended anymore.
did he give any reason? what changed? is it accepting kulos he previously didnt accept, or lapses in supervision?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on August 21, 2016, 01:12:15 AM
did he give any reason? what changed? is it accepting kulos he previously didnt accept, or lapses in supervision?
I heard from a very reliable source that is has to do with a lapse in supervision
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 20, 2016, 12:41:09 AM
What is the latest Shachris one can find in San Diego in January?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on December 20, 2016, 10:39:10 AM
What is the latest Shachris one can find in San Diego in January?
http://godaven.com/list.asp?fpdbr_0_pMv=First&Name=san+diego
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on December 20, 2016, 10:58:04 PM
http://godaven.com/list.asp?fpdbr_0_pMv=First&Name=san+diego

The latest I saw was at 8am. 
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=3716&Name=san%20diego

Anyone know otherwise?

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on January 04, 2017, 11:42:08 AM
Anything new on the SD food scene or is it basically just Ralph's?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 04, 2017, 05:45:45 PM
and this:

 The PLACE at JCC
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-362-1353
Menu: http://s3-media2.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/CrvqMuUehVaDG7UM-lRZgg/o.jpg
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 04, 2017, 05:59:22 PM
Anything new on the SD food scene or is it basically just Ralph's?
Last time I went we went to the JCC which was actually pretty good. And another place in some other area not too far away. Can't remember the name but I'm pretty sure I posted about it here. On a mobile now so can't check easy.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 05, 2017, 11:25:34 AM
Anything new on the SD food scene or is it basically just Ralph's?
the place at jcc is very homey and simple. burgers are patties in a bun without any special flavor, taste fine and kids will be happy with some ketchup. simple israeli salad and fake shawarma (chicken with seasoning) that taste fine. if its busy its a mess, but same for Ralph's (u can wait online for a while at busy times, so go early if u can). Ralph's is great for sushi and more tasty treats to go, but the place lets you sit down, eat and leave.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on January 12, 2017, 09:09:33 PM
any advice whether the weather end of February/beginning of March is a good time for the beach? TIA
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sedge on January 13, 2017, 12:10:35 AM
any advice whether the weather end of February/beginning of March is a good time for the beach? TIA
What is your temperature comfort zone? You're probably going to experience high 60s. Maybe low 70s.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Abet rich on January 15, 2017, 07:46:09 AM
What is your temperature comfort zone? You're probably going to experience high 60s. Maybe low 70s.
All depends on your luck but almost definitely you'll be able to spend time and hang around the beach but the only question is how cold the water will be and if you can swim
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bjd on January 17, 2017, 04:50:02 PM
have a trip planned to La Jolla early Feb with kids for a wed-sat stay. going to either do seaworld or safari park on thursday, but still looking for a half day activity for friday morning. any advice?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 17, 2017, 04:53:25 PM
have a trip planned to La Jolla early Feb with kids for a wed-sat stay. going to either do seaworld or safari park on thursday, but still looking for a half day activity for friday morning. any advice?

trip to the beach with sand-digging toys, football catch, and water shoes can be fun.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bjd on January 17, 2017, 04:55:53 PM
where is the nicest beach?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 17, 2017, 05:01:31 PM
where is the nicest beach?

la jolla has great beaches -- I've mainly been there for sunsets. For Friday afternoon with children, you can research if there are better beaches...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on January 17, 2017, 05:14:30 PM
have a trip planned to La Jolla early Feb with kids for a wed-sat stay. going to either do seaworld or safari park on thursday, but still looking for a half day activity for friday morning. any advice?
Are you going to do water sports on Wednesday?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 17, 2017, 05:23:01 PM
have a trip planned to La Jolla early Feb with kids for a wed-sat stay. going to either do seaworld or safari park on thursday, but still looking for a half day activity for friday morning. any advice?

depending on age of kids waverunner/jet ski  is lot of fun near Coronado or Mission bay
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: bjd on January 17, 2017, 08:07:11 PM
Thanks! Landing in LA wed afternoon. Going to pick up food and drive down. Kids are little so beach sounds like best idea.

Can I buy food for shabbos in Ralph's? Do they have kosher sushi?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on January 17, 2017, 08:41:01 PM


Do they have kosher sushi?
They did when I checked out
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on January 17, 2017, 09:16:01 PM
Thanks! Landing in LA wed afternoon. Going to pick up food and drive down. Kids are little so beach sounds like best idea.

Can I buy food for shabbos in Ralph's? Do they have kosher sushi?
You have beautiful beaches in la Jolla ( pronounced La Hoya btw) and in the mission bay area. You'd probably want to find a quite spot.)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: sedge on January 17, 2017, 10:41:55 PM
Rent a little speedboat near the Hilton Mission Bay and cruise around the bay for 1/2 day.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: asks on January 17, 2017, 10:44:18 PM
How about renting golf carts in Coronado? Worth doing for an hour or two?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on January 26, 2017, 12:13:40 PM
Is it worth to fly in to SNA instead of SAN to save a few bucks?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 26, 2017, 12:19:31 PM
Is it worth to fly in to SNA instead of SAN to save a few bucks?

that's a  very subjective choice


give us some more details
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on January 26, 2017, 12:21:44 PM
that's a  very subjective choice


give us some more details
Let's put it this way if there's kosher food and to do in Santa ana it may be interesting to add a part of the itinerary
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on January 27, 2017, 11:19:36 AM
which hotel is close to sea world & the beach (assuming this is a good location to stay) and bookable with UR (have the CSR too)?
TIA
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on January 27, 2017, 02:50:54 PM
Is California 100% zika free?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 06, 2017, 08:07:56 PM
any input on Hyatt Regency Mission Bay? is it a nice hotel? is it near the beach?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 06, 2017, 08:20:10 PM
any input on Hyatt Regency Mission Bay? is it a nice hotel? is it near the beach?
Pretty nice, also depends which room you get beautiful pool area, no beach AFAIK
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 06, 2017, 08:24:28 PM
How about Sheraton mission bay?

is there a better neighborhood I should be looking at?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 06, 2017, 08:30:10 PM
How about Sheraton mission bay?

is there a better neighborhood I should be looking at?
Hilton mission bay is nice too

BTW I do think Hyatt has a beach accessible but off property.

Are you looking for a points redemption?  Depending in the season you can get NYOP for $90
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on February 06, 2017, 08:31:49 PM
any input on Hyatt Regency Mission Bay? is it a nice hotel? is it near the beach?

Pretty nice, also depends which room you get beautiful pool area, no beach AFAIK
It has beautiful grounds, nice pool area with slides, and you have the basic water sports.You need to make sure that the room is in the tower, the other rooms are pretty old.

There is no beach.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 06, 2017, 08:33:21 PM
Looking for end of Feb. Would I be better off looking into La Jolla?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on February 06, 2017, 08:33:48 PM
Hilton mission bay is nice too

The hotel beachfront is a public beach though
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 06, 2017, 08:35:05 PM
Are you looking for a points redemption?  Depending in the season you can get NYOP for $90

depending on the prices i'll decide if I should buy a night or book the good old way!!

what's NYOP??
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 06, 2017, 08:35:13 PM
Looking for end of Feb. Would I be better off looking into La Jolla?
If cash is an option try Name Your Own Price $90 you will likely get the Hilton
keep in mind hotel fees + parking which you'll pay either way
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on February 06, 2017, 08:35:40 PM
Looking for end of Feb. Would I be better off looking into La Jolla?
Depending what your looking for. I don't remember that area having any resorts but I may be wrong
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 06, 2017, 08:40:03 PM
Depending what your looking for. I don't remember that area having any resorts but I may be wrong

looking for one night stay preferably next to the beach
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on February 06, 2017, 10:44:09 PM
looking for one night stay preferably next to the beach
The Hilton has but it's a public beach.

The Paradise point should have a beach but the cheap rooms are pretty run down.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 07, 2017, 07:17:23 AM


but the cheap rooms are pretty run down.
And they aren't cheap

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Abet rich on February 07, 2017, 08:05:51 AM
Is California 100% zika free?
Yes
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on February 07, 2017, 09:52:42 AM
And they aren't cheap
I think the prices are on par with the Hyatt regency and the Hilton, just you don't have points or free night certificates
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 07, 2017, 09:54:48 AM
Paradise Point has nothing available on my dates. going back and forth between Hyatt Mission Bay & Hilton
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on February 07, 2017, 10:10:01 AM
Paradise Point has nothing available on my dates. going back and forth between Hyatt Mission Bay & Hilton

Had the same question, I ultimately went with the Hyatt regency.

The Hyatt has nicer grounds ( veiw from my room ) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/ae6845d019db35445928161aa0749d3b.jpg)


The Hilton has better water sports including this ( it's cute )(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/f3bfe6a8ff4c19200ccb587e80b255bc.jpg)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 07, 2017, 10:21:21 AM
Had the same question, I ultimately went with the Hyatt regency.

The Hyatt has nicer grounds ( veiw from my room ) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/ae6845d019db35445928161aa0749d3b.jpg)


The Hilton has better water sports including this ( it's cute )(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170207/f3bfe6a8ff4c19200ccb587e80b255bc.jpg)

think I'll go for the views over the sports since I'm not even sure it'll be warm enough to sit by the pool all day

thanks for your advice!


just confirming you stayed at the hyatt regency mission bay. correct?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on February 07, 2017, 10:36:05 AM


think I'll go for the views over the sports since I'm not even sure it'll be warm enough to sit by the pool all day

thanks for your advice!


just confirming you stayed at the hyatt regency mission bay. correct?

Yes.

Once again make sure that you stay in the tower as the other rooms are pretty old. ( They told me that they will be renovating them )

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 07, 2017, 10:57:30 AM

Yes.

Once again make sure that you stay in the tower as the other rooms are pretty old. ( They told me that they will be renovating them )

Thanks! How long ago were you there?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on February 07, 2017, 11:11:25 AM
Thanks! How long ago were you there?
Summer 2016
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 07, 2017, 11:15:36 AM
I'll try to get someone with status to book for me & hope for an upgrade
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: thaber on February 16, 2017, 04:11:29 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/107239
penthouse booked
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 27, 2017, 01:24:26 PM
Anything worthwhile to stop en route LA-SD ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: JosephM on February 28, 2017, 07:42:11 AM
When is safe to book airfare for the price mistake on the Manchester Grand Hyatt suites?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on February 28, 2017, 08:29:37 AM
Anything worthwhile to stop en route LA-SD ?
Some really nice Scenic places
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on February 28, 2017, 09:24:57 AM
Anything worthwhile to stop en route LA-SD ?
Drive down route 1
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on February 28, 2017, 11:45:24 AM
Is there any chalav yisroel place in SD?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 28, 2017, 12:23:11 PM
Is there any chalav yisroel place in SD?

Ralphs grocery in La Jolla should have some CY items
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Abet rich on March 02, 2017, 08:47:57 AM
Anything worthwhile to stop en route LA-SD ?
Outlets in Carlsbad.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on March 13, 2017, 11:51:54 PM
Ralphs grocery in La Jolla should have some CY items
Nothing CY made fresh. Just packaged items.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on March 14, 2017, 04:05:12 PM
Nothing CY made fresh. Just packaged items.
CY Larrome cheese baked goods
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on March 31, 2017, 09:27:57 AM
I didn't know that Southwest now runs seasonal nonstop flights SAN-EWR!  see sample itinerary below.

That makes it now 3 nonstop options from SAN-EWR and vice versa.  Just last year there was only United


JUL 19
WED
Depart Flt 3817
SAN
12:00 PMEWR
8:25 PMAdult Air fare
Wanna Get Away fare
AUG 8
TUE
Return Flt 3546
EWR
11:45 AMSAN
2:25 PMAdult Air fare
Wanna Get Away fareCost BreakdownAdult 25,150 x 250,300 pts50,300 pointsGovt. Taxes & Fees(opens popup)$22.40We'll reserve the flight upon purchase completion.Trip Total
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on April 23, 2017, 09:35:58 PM
I remember finding somewhere on this thread that there was a shul that had some sort of restaurant during the summer months. Any leads?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on April 23, 2017, 09:49:07 PM
I remember finding somewhere on this thread that there was a shul that had some sort of restaurant during the summer months. Any leads?


Good news for the San Diego area residents and visitors who lost the Grille Restaurant a couple of months ago. Owner Benny Behar will be doing "The Summer Grille" at Beth Jacob Congregation starting this Sunday, Father's Day, June 21 through August 28th. Perhaps with an overwhelming response, Benny will stay open. Hours: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Last seating 8:30 pm. It will be a very simple menu. Steaks, Gourmet Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken Sandwiches, Salad Bar & Kids menu. Located at 4855 College Ave, San Diego, CA 92115


Anyone went to Moishe's Grill at Beth Jacob
How is the food?
Is there a long wait to get food?



I was there the food is great. Get there early- i got there at 6:30 and they had 2 steaks left, not a long wait

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on May 07, 2017, 02:40:53 PM
Fairmont grand Del Mar or park Hyatt aviara?

Fairmont will cost me about an extra $300 (guaranteed a bigger room though)
Which would you choose?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on May 07, 2017, 05:03:51 PM
I didn't know that Southwest now runs seasonal nonstop flights SAN-EWR!  see sample itinerary below.

That makes it now 3 nonstop options from SAN-EWR and vice versa.  Just last year there was only United


JUL 19
WED
Depart Flt 3817
SAN
12:00 PMEWR
8:25 PMAdult Air fare
Wanna Get Away fare
AUG 8
TUE
Return Flt 3546
EWR
11:45 AMSAN
2:25 PMAdult Air fare
Wanna Get Away fareCost BreakdownAdult 25,150 x 250,300 pts50,300 pointsGovt. Taxes & Fees(opens popup)$22.40We'll reserve the flight upon purchase completion.Trip Total
Sick
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on May 07, 2017, 10:21:39 PM
I remember finding somewhere on this thread that there was a shul that had some sort of restaurant during the summer months. Any leads?
Very solid food.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 03, 2017, 11:43:40 PM
What type of kosher prepared food can I expect to find at the Ralph's takeout? Is it any good?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 03, 2017, 11:48:04 PM
What type of kosher prepared food can I expect to find at the Ralph's takeout? Is it any good?
I was there last summer. Don't remember exactly what they have, but I remember they had chicken, macaroni, and prob tuna. They also had sandwiches I'm in not mistaken
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 04, 2017, 12:02:26 AM
I was there last summer. Don't remember exactly what they have, but I remember they had chicken, macaroni, and prob tuna. They also had sandwiches I'm in not mistaken
Thanks.
Heard they may have sushi can you confirm?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 04, 2017, 12:03:15 AM
Thanks.
Heard they may have sushi can you confirm?
Correct.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 04, 2017, 11:50:47 AM
I booked the Hyatt Grand Manchester Penthouse deal for Jan. and noticed another member booked overlapping dates and claimed he booked it as well. Is it possible they have more than 1 Penthouse suite?

Anyone else book this deal? Heading out Jan.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on June 04, 2017, 01:26:33 PM
I was there last summer. Don't remember exactly what they have, but I remember they had chicken, macaroni, and prob tuna. They also had sandwiches I'm in not mistaken
also very decent sushi prepared. when busy its prob not worth it to wait for their burger or hot dog/deli platters u ask for on special order at the counter and just take a package of potato salad, other leafy salads, and their rotiseree or fried chicken packages.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on June 04, 2017, 03:47:38 PM
What type of kosher prepared food can I expect to find at the Ralph's takeout? Is it any good?
Never stayed hungry, very good selection and good deli food
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on June 04, 2017, 04:25:40 PM
What type of kosher prepared food can I expect to find at the Ralph's takeout? Is it any good?
Full takeout like you'll find at any other store. When we were there for shabbos we got everything from salmon-gefilta fish to chicken. Really a great takeout
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 04, 2017, 06:07:03 PM
Thanks everyone
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on June 21, 2017, 03:21:27 PM
Anyone know of any decent hotels between LA and SD? I'm looking at a flight that gets into LAX pretty late and I don't wanna drive all the way to SD, but I'd like to get part of the way there.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on June 21, 2017, 03:50:46 PM
Anyone know of any decent hotels between LA and SD? I'm looking at a flight that gets into LAX pretty late and I don't wanna drive all the way to SD, but I'd like to get part of the way there.
Park Hyatt Aviara
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on June 21, 2017, 03:56:57 PM
Park Hyatt Aviara
Too close to SD, at that point I might as well drive all the way to SD. I was thinking more in the area between Carlsbad and Irvine. I know there are hotels in both of those areas, which I guess would be last resorts.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on June 21, 2017, 04:18:18 PM
Too close to SD, at that point I might as well drive all the way to SD. I was thinking more in the area between Carlsbad and Irvine. I know there are hotels in both of those areas, which I guess would be last resorts.

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on June 21, 2017, 04:41:48 PM
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.
I'm not looking for anything fancy. Its just a stopover for the night to get me part of the way from LA to SD.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on June 21, 2017, 06:20:59 PM
you can get any hotel around dana point and laguna beach
its half way between la and san diego
plenty of hilton and marriot hotels if you want to use points.
otherwise priceline has some cheap rates
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on June 21, 2017, 10:03:13 PM
you can get any hotel around dana point and laguna beach
its half way between la and san diego
plenty of hilton and marriot hotels if you want to use points.
otherwise priceline has some cheap rates
Thanks, searching Dana Point found me some hotels that would work.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on June 21, 2017, 10:34:09 PM
I didn't know that Southwest now runs seasonal nonstop flights SAN-EWR!  see sample itinerary below.

That makes it now 3 nonstop options from SAN-EWR and vice versa.  Just last year there was only United


JUL 19
WED
Depart Flt 3817
SAN
12:00 PMEWR
8:25 PMAdult Air fare
Wanna Get Away fare
AUG 8
TUE
Return Flt 3546
EWR
11:45 AMSAN
2:25 PMAdult Air fare
Wanna Get Away fareCost BreakdownAdult 25,150 x 250,300 pts50,300 pointsGovt. Taxes & Fees(opens popup)$22.40We'll reserve the flight upon purchase completion.Trip Total

where do you see those nonstop flights from newark to san diego or vise versa? im trying to book for last week of aug and all flights are with a stop
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on June 22, 2017, 03:03:19 PM
Can anyone advise on Marriott Hotels in SD area? Im going with wife and 2 kids (2 yo and 1yo) last week of Aug for 5-7 days. I currently have a 5 night stay at a Marriott cat 1-5 and I will like to use it even if it mean I need to upgrade to a higher cat. Any kid friendly hotel/resort which I can book?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on June 22, 2017, 03:06:30 PM
Can anyone advise on Marriott Hotels in SD area? Im going with wife and 2 kids (2 yo and 1yo) last week of Aug for 5-7 days. I currently have a 5 night stay at a Marriott cat 1-5 and I will like to use it even if it mean I need to upgrade to a higher cat. Any kid friendly hotel/resort which I can book?

are you going over shabbos?
there is a residence inn in la jolla that is 1.5 miles away from a shul
also has kitchen in the rooms to warm up food
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on June 22, 2017, 03:14:44 PM
are you going over shabbos?
there is a residence inn in la jolla that is 1.5 miles away from a shul
also has kitchen in the rooms to warm up food
debating if to go from Sunday to Thursday or just do Sunday to Sunday. but ill take a look at that place. will there be anyway for me to get two connection rooms as an upgrade? I rather not have 2 kids in one room 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on June 22, 2017, 03:17:22 PM
debating if to go from Sunday to Thursday or just do Sunday to Sunday. but ill take a look at that place. will there be anyway for me to get two connection rooms as an upgrade? I rather not have 2 kids in one room 

ive never stayed there
but putpac and let us know
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on June 22, 2017, 03:19:26 PM
ive never stayed there
but putpac and let us know
ok I will later today iyh.
any other hotel options?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on June 22, 2017, 03:25:49 PM
there are for more points or ones that dont have a kitchen, or ones that arent walking distance to a shul.
look at marriotts website. there are about 40 of them in san diego
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on June 27, 2017, 08:46:06 PM
I am staying at that residence inn right after tisha baav...I'll try and update if they are kind with upgrades.  Any advice on what I need to do to lasher oven or should I just double wrap all
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on June 27, 2017, 08:58:06 PM
I am staying at that residence inn right after tisha baav...I'll try and update if they are kind with upgrades.  Any advice on what I need to do to lasher oven or should I just double wrap all
I've found that Saran wrapping containers twice is the best way to use microwaves.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Avs175 on June 27, 2017, 09:08:57 PM
Im also staying at the Residence Inn La Jolla a little bit after tisha bav. Have 2 bedroom suites with kitchen and living room, so looks really great!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on June 27, 2017, 10:23:02 PM
ive never stayed there
but putpac and let us know
I called they do have a 2br suite- but I can't book it with my 5 night certificate unless I upgrade 10k points per night 50k total. Is the upgrade worth it? Or should I just hope they upgrade me anyways as a gold member?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on June 28, 2017, 08:40:00 AM
I would risk it if ok with regular room in worst case scenario- Avs did u book the 2br with cash or points may I ask?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on July 16, 2017, 02:52:09 PM
I called they do have a 2br suite- but I can't book it with my 5 night certificate unless I upgrade 10k points per night 50k total. Is the upgrade worth it? Or should I just hope they upgrade me anyways as a gold member?
Isn't that a Cat 6? Did you use extra points for the upgrade?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on July 18, 2017, 02:46:17 PM
What is the best area to stay in SD?

I am looking between staying at the follwoing Hotels:

1. US Grant - but i see there is no pool
2. Park Hyatt La Jolla.
3. Paradise Point Mission Bay
4. Park Hyatt Mission Bay

I dont know anything about the areas but would love to know best location to stay for me and my wife in our upper20s.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on July 18, 2017, 05:28:28 PM
What is the best area to stay in SD?

I am looking between staying at the follwoing Hotels:

1. US Grant - but i see there is no pool
2. Park Hyatt La Jolla.
3. Paradise Point Mission Bay
4. Park Hyatt Mission Bay

I dont know anything about the areas but would love to know best location to stay for me and my wife in our upper20s.

5. Hilton mission bay?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on July 18, 2017, 07:49:55 PM
Yes that's an option as well
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 18, 2017, 08:21:06 PM
What is the best area to stay in SD?

I am looking between staying at the follwoing Hotels:

1. US Grant - but i see there is no pool
2. Park Hyatt La Jolla.
3. Paradise Point Mission Bay
4. Park Hyatt Mission Bay

I dont know anything about the areas but would love to know best location to stay for me and my wife in our upper20s.

We stayed at the PH Mission Bay. Although it might be a bit aged already, but the close proximity to SeaWorld (about 20 minute walk) & the beautiful views are really nice. (Didn't hurt that we were upgraded to the penthouse  ;))
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ah on July 19, 2017, 04:01:41 AM
Currently at the Fairmont del Mar, it's really great (and I'm pretty picky with hotels).  Haven't seen any mention of it, also the suite upgrade from the cc is really great huge suite with kitchen (fridge and microwave only).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: elya on July 19, 2017, 08:36:43 AM
What is the best area to stay in SD?

I am looking between staying at the follwoing Hotels:

1. US Grant - but i see there is no pool
2. Park Hyatt La Jolla.
3. Paradise Point Mission Bay
4. Park Hyatt Mission Bay

I dont know anything about the areas but would love to know best location to stay for me and my wife in our upper20s.
Park Hyatt?!?
 You mean Hyatt Regency.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on July 19, 2017, 08:55:16 AM
Park Hyatt?!?
 You mean Hyatt Regency.

the hyatt regency has a water taxi shuttle (boat) behind the hotel that takes you to seaworld.
plus there are no lines and you can just enter the park right when they open and there are no lines at all.

make sure to have tickets before you take the shuttle
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on July 19, 2017, 09:15:47 AM
I stayed in both Hyatt regency and Hilton mission bay, they are both nice properties Hyatt definitely has nicer grounds and much bigger pool plus better room views
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 19, 2017, 12:14:30 PM
the hyatt regency has a water taxi shuttle (boat) behind the hotel that takes you to seaworld.

They do?? When we were there, I asked them how to get there and they told me that I can walk (about 20 minutes) or they can call me a cab. They didn't mention anything about a water taxi
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on July 19, 2017, 12:18:04 PM
They do?? When we were there, I asked them how to get there and they told me that I can walk (about 20 minutes) or they can call me a cab. They didn't mention anything about a water taxi
Seasonal
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 19, 2017, 12:19:00 PM
Seasonal
That's possible. We were there beginning of March. Guess that's not in season
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on July 19, 2017, 02:19:10 PM

Narrowed my search to 3 hotels in Mission Bay

1. Paradise Point Mission Bay
2. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
3. Hilton Mission Bay

Any thoughts...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on July 19, 2017, 02:21:34 PM
Narrowed my search to 3 hotels in Mission Bay

1. Paradise Point Mission Bay
2. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
3. Hilton Mission Bay

Any thoughts...

If price matters go with the cheapest
Otherwise they are probably in the order you've put it, hilton being the most simple one, hyatt is certainly fresher and newer than paradise point
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on July 19, 2017, 02:27:41 PM
Narrowed my search to 3 hotels in Mission Bay

1. Paradise Point Mission Bay
2. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
3. Hilton Mission Bay

Any thoughts...
I'm going to be at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in 3 weeks, and can report back then.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on July 19, 2017, 02:31:48 PM
I'm going to be at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in 3 weeks, and can report back then.

I will be there in 3 weeks as well...Leaving JFK on the 10th.

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on July 19, 2017, 02:33:36 PM
I will be there in 3 weeks as well...Leaving JFK on the 10th.
I'm there the 10th-11th. TR to follow. (Sorry I don't do live TRs)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on July 19, 2017, 02:45:08 PM
I'm going to be at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in 3 weeks, and can report back then.

Please do! I'm booked there for 8/21-8/22
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on July 19, 2017, 02:55:55 PM
Anyone of you needs sea world tickets, I have some from the daily getaways promo this year that I don't think I will get to use. Willing to sell at cost $50 a ticket.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on July 19, 2017, 03:09:47 PM
Anyone of you needs sea world tickets, I have some from the daily getaways promo this year that I don't think I will get to use. Willing to sell at cost $50 a ticket.
Can they be emailed? If so I might be interested.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on July 19, 2017, 05:05:06 PM
Anyone of you needs sea world tickets, I have some from the daily getaways promo this year that I don't think I will get to use. Willing to sell at cost $50 a ticket.

Interested in 3 tickets. PM me?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on July 19, 2017, 07:07:27 PM
Can they be emailed? If so I might be interested.

Yes
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ah on July 19, 2017, 07:22:04 PM
Someone add USS Midway as thing to do in the wiki... Was really cool.  http://www.midway.org
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Batsheva5 on July 21, 2017, 01:39:46 PM
What are some nice Starwood or Marriott hotels close to water activities?
Looking to use points or C+P and hope for an upgrade..
.(Room with a view for a reasonable rate would be a plus) Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on July 22, 2017, 11:50:45 PM
What are some nice Starwood or Marriott hotels close to water activities?
Looking to use points or C+P and hope for an upgrade..
.(Room with a view for a reasonable rate would be a plus) Thanks!
I went to Sheraton San Diego Hotel and marina last summer. It has a resort fee(which they waived for me) which covers activities. They offer paddle boating(my boat was messed up. My wife and I almost fell into the water twice), kayaking and bike riding. Only annoying part is parking. If you're lucky you'll find street parking.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on July 24, 2017, 04:19:35 PM
Is the Safari Park worth it if you're just gonna do what's included in the basic admission (1-day pass) and not do any of the add-on safaris?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on July 24, 2017, 05:24:39 PM
Is the Safari Park worth it if you're just gonna do what's included in the basic admission (1-day pass) and not do any of the add-on safaris?

if you like this kind of stuff I would say yes

lots of things to do without the add ons  huge place
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on July 25, 2017, 02:35:33 PM
Are there any real kosher restaurants in SD? Trying to plan a few things out and it seems all the places are either Cafes or take out and the Cafe closes at 7:30 during the week.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on July 25, 2017, 03:18:48 PM
Are there any real kosher restaurants in SD? Trying to plan a few things out and it seems all the places are either Cafes or take out and the Cafe closes at 7:30 during the week.
Yup that's about it.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on July 25, 2017, 06:18:50 PM
iyh planning on going with DW and 2 kids ( both under 3) last week of Aug. what are good activities to do in which the kids can enjoy and us adults as well. is SeaWorld shayach? LEGOLAND? should I do the safari or zoo or both? ill be at La Jolla so def. going to spend a day at the beach there and visit the La Jolla Cove. any recommendation? TIA
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 25, 2017, 10:04:10 PM
There's a few more options in the summer:

https://www.facebook.com/MoishesGrill/
http://www.chabadatlacosta.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3679657



Are there any real kosher restaurants in SD? Trying to plan a few things out and it seems all the places are either Cafes or take out and the Cafe closes at 7:30 during the week.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on July 25, 2017, 10:25:27 PM


iyh planning on going with DW and 2 kids ( both under 3) last week of Aug. what are good activities to do in which the kids can enjoy and us adults as well. is SeaWorld shayach? LEGOLAND? should I do the safari or zoo or both? ill be at La Jolla so def. going to spend a day at the beach there and visit the La Jolla Cove. any recommendation? TIA

Definitely go to SeaWorld. It has great shows and pretty good rides. The lines can be terrible unless you buy the pass( don't remember what it's called)

La Jolla cove: a ton of water sports there. You can go to the water in many areas there, just find a decent spot and park.

Zoo has 🐼 Panda bears and the famous zipline.

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on July 26, 2017, 12:13:52 AM

Definitely go to SeaWorld. It has great shows and pretty good rides. The lines can be terrible unless you buy the pass( don't remember what it's called)

La Jolla cove: a ton of water sports there. You can go to the water in many areas there, just find a decent spot and park.

Zoo has 🐼 Panda bears and the famous zipline.

awesome def look into that.. any recommended sites to books sea world tickets with the express line?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on July 26, 2017, 12:38:46 AM
awesome def look into that.. any recommended sites to books sea world tickets with the express line?
Sorry don't remember..

1 additional thing though. They debuted a new orca/ killer whale show that's not as good as the old one.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: thaber on July 26, 2017, 01:18:39 AM
Is the Safari Park worth it if you're just gonna do what's included in the basic admission (1-day pass) and not do any of the add-on safaris?
for sure. Chase arts and culture shaves a chunk of the price off
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on July 26, 2017, 10:07:44 AM
iyh planning on going with DW and 2 kids ( both under 3) last week of Aug. what are good activities to do in which the kids can enjoy and us adults as well. is SeaWorld shayach? LEGOLAND? should I do the safari or zoo or both? ill be at La Jolla so def. going to spend a day at the beach there and visit the La Jolla Cove. any recommendation? TIA

I was able to book Kayaking in La Jolla for a trip in two weeks via Living Social. I used a 20% off coupon http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=13638.270

I saved about $40 reserving it in advance. Look on Living Social and Groupon as they both currently have 20% off.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on July 26, 2017, 10:08:14 AM
for sure. Chase arts and culture shaves a chunk of the price off
I'm getting the GoCard and the Safari Park is included so I'm not worried about the price. Unless you're talking about the cost of additional safaris, in which case I'd like to know more.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: thaber on July 26, 2017, 11:34:40 AM
I'm getting the GoCard and the Safari Park is included so I'm not worried about the price. Unless you're talking about the cost of additional safaris, in which case I'd like to know more.
That, I have no experience with
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on July 26, 2017, 12:07:58 PM
Anyone ever go visit the Cabrillo National Monument and the Tide Pools? Worth going?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on July 26, 2017, 12:37:25 PM
I'm getting the GoCard and the Safari Park is included so I'm not worried about the price. Unless you're talking about the cost of additional safaris, in which case I'd like to know more.
looks like the GoCard is the way to go, especially if you are doing the 3,5 or 7 day deal since you get access to seaworld with VIP line privilege.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on July 26, 2017, 12:51:25 PM
looks like the GoCard is the way to go, especially if you are doing the 3,5 or 7 day deal since you get access to seaworld with VIP line privilege.
I'm not planning on doing SeaWorld so I don't need the 3, 5, or 7 pass. I'm actually gonna be there for 2.5 days (Friday I'm driving back to LA) so I'm getting the 2 day pass from Costco (and saving 20%). I'm also gonna be in San Francisco the following Sun-Tues and I'm gonna do a "build your own" GoCard and I can apparently add San Diego attractions to the pass with my San Francisco stuff and still get the 20% off, so I'll do that for whatever I do on Friday (my half day in San Diego).
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on July 26, 2017, 01:05:12 PM
I'm not planning on doing SeaWorld so I don't need the 3, 5, or 7 pass. I'm actually gonna be there for 2.5 days (Friday I'm driving back to LA) so I'm getting the 2 day pass from Costco (and saving 20%). I'm also gonna be in San Francisco the following Sun-Tues and I'm gonna do a "build your own" GoCard and I can apparently add San Diego attractions to the pass with my San Francisco stuff and still get the 20% off, so I'll do that for whatever I do on Friday (my half day in San Diego).
I hear you- im planning on doing a 3 day thing eventho im gonna be there from Mon-Sun so ill use the 3 day pass tue-thurs the rest will be chilling by the beach and pool.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on July 26, 2017, 01:43:52 PM
I hear you- im planning on doing a 3 day thing eventho im gonna be there from Mon-Sun so ill use the 3 day pass tue-thurs the rest will be chilling by the beach and pool.
I don't really do chill by the beach and pool vacations. I wish I could, its just not in me.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on July 26, 2017, 05:24:08 PM
Anyone ever go visit the Cabrillo National Monument and the Tide Pools? Worth going?

yes nice area with nice view from the top and you could go into and climb up a now defunct light house

tide pools also nice as it over looks bay/ocean 

also on a positive notice this wont cost you an arm and and  a leg as i think you just pay for parking?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: thejays on July 27, 2017, 10:05:31 PM
Anyone of you needs sea world tickets, I have some from the daily getaways promo this year that I don't think I will get to use. Willing to sell at cost $50 a ticket.

Doubt they are but  figured I'd try...Any tickets still available..?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on July 30, 2017, 10:09:01 AM
Hey there- if going up to la can still get the four day pass from costco...knots berry and water park is near la and can do wildlife and legoland on way up. 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on July 30, 2017, 07:11:47 PM
Anyone with experience parking for free or cheap near residence inn for La Jolla?  Alternatively,
Any way to get parking for free on award stays? Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on July 30, 2017, 08:50:49 PM
Are there any pizza shops/dairy restaurants in SD? Seems from the wiki there aren't.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on July 30, 2017, 09:01:46 PM
Anyone with experience parking for free or cheap near residence inn for La Jolla?  Alternatively,
Any way to get parking for free on award stays? Thanks
I called last week and asked the hotel about giving me free parking for my stay and they told me they don't give complimentary parking but they told me there is free Street parking but it's hard to find.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on July 30, 2017, 09:02:48 PM
Are there any pizza shops/dairy restaurants in SD? Seems from the wiki there aren't.
Check out Beth Jacobs website, they have once a week
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: thaber on July 30, 2017, 09:03:12 PM
Are there any pizza shops/dairy restaurants in SD? Seems from the wiki there aren't.
Don't think so currently. They come and go fairly regularly
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on August 03, 2017, 09:21:22 AM
Made it to hotel- actually paid for parking it's expensive but can park right next to room which is huge plus. Going to try free blfast soon- three nights a week they have free drink mixers.  So far so god.  As far as good I recommend chabad la costa both Sunday and Thursday nights- did that last time amazing food
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on August 03, 2017, 09:43:51 AM
Great bkfast. Chobani. Bananas Frosted Flakes  kosher bagels (according to label shown to me I didn't see box itself- not sure all trust that.  Nutella and kosher cream cheese and cut up fruit if that ok.  If anyome knows if ok to eat hard boiled eggs please let me know but plenty of kosher here bh
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on August 04, 2017, 12:24:48 PM
Made it to hotel- actually paid for parking it's expensive but can park right next to room which is huge plus. Going to try free blfast soon- three nights a week they have free drink mixers.  So far so god.  As far as good I recommend chabad la costa both Sunday and Thursday nights- did that last time amazing food

Which Hotel are you staying at?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: thaber on August 04, 2017, 10:03:07 PM
Which Hotel are you staying at?
Anyone with experience parking for free or cheap near residence inn for La Jolla?  Alternatively,
Any way to get parking for free on award stays? Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on August 06, 2017, 04:08:52 AM
PSA For anyone coming to San Diego- chabad La Jolla opened up abminyan for shabbas literally in the residence inn La Jolla! I had no idea till I randomly saw frum people today.  They had a full delicious lunch everyone was invited too and they wanted to get the word out to let travelers know. Minyan Friday night and shabbas day in meeting room above the lobby, toys for kids in the playroom and a great energetic young rabbi who mostly does campus kiruv during school season (minyan still located here during winter as well). Please spread word, really enhanced shabbas here.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: brendm on August 10, 2017, 10:32:19 AM
Where can I buy cholov yisroel milk?   Do I have to go to La Jolla or is there anything closer to Mission Valley?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on August 10, 2017, 01:00:04 PM
Where can I buy cholov yisroel milk?   Do I have to go to La Jolla or is there anything closer to Mission Valley?

I think la Jolla might be closest.  Another idea would be to contact a Chabad Rabbi in Mission Valley area and ask them if you can buy one from them
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: brendm on August 10, 2017, 02:12:32 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Zak on August 23, 2017, 08:44:47 PM
I have reservations in the fairmont Del Mar for more Monday.
I booked with chase ultimate rewards. Any ideas on how to get an upgrade or jacuzzi in my room.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on September 13, 2017, 03:43:46 PM
we went on a trip to SD from 8/28-9/3 and thought to write up a small TR on it. my first TR ;D. hope its ok to post here

Planning: we decided we wanted to go somewhere with nice warm weather but not too hot and a place where our kids, 2 and 1, will enjoy. the main options were Arizona or Cali, FL wasn't an option cuz we go every yr and we wanted to try something new. We saw that Arizona during the summer time was too hot and since we did LA already we decided SD was our best option. as per activities we saw SD had a lot to offer. we got 2 4day SD GoCards from Costco which included a whole lot of activates and since both my kids were under 3 they didn't have to pay!

flights: originally I booked flights with SW with a stop as they didn't have nonstop on my dates. I had CP so I only had to pay for 3 tickets. when I told DW about the stopover she begged me to find a nonstop as she didnt want to have a stopover with two kids under 3. so I checked DL and I saw that on the way there they had a nonstop for 12K for the way there but the way back was more expensive (25K) bc of labor day weekend. I tried looking for any award flights for 9/3 but I couldn't find anything. I then remembered about the BP 50% rebate and since I had selected delta that was a no brainer. the flight OW from SD to JFK was about 300$ which ended up costing me around 15K points after the rebate. I also booked seats for both my kids- best thing ever!

Hotel: I wanted to stay walking distance to a shul so I can walk there on Shabbat and DW wanted a room with a kitchen. after reading this thread the best option was Residence inn La Jolla- each room had a kitchen and they had a minyan in the hotel itself with a very nice Kiddush (thanks mringelheim for the info and help) . I had a 5 night Marriott certificate cat 1-5 but since the hotel was a category 6 I had to spend a few more points to update the certificate. I also needed one more night so I just paid for it 200$ for the "Executive suite"- its a duplex with two rooms living room and kitchen. excellent room!

Day one Monday 8/28
we arrived at the hotel at 1, kids were drained from the flight so we put them to nap and unloaded our stuff. once they work up around 4 went to Ralph to do some grocery shopping. we got back at 530 and wanted to take the kids out to have some fun- we search and saw there was a chucky cheese around the area so we decided to go there and spend a few hours there- the kids loved it! when we got back the kids and us were drained so we ate dinner that DW brought from NY and we all passed out.

Day 2 Tuesday 8/29
we decided to activate our 4 day go card so we can take full advantage of it. our first activity was the Safari since my oldest kept telling us he wanted to see the animals. that day was super hot - the guy at the safari told us was 110 degrees. we were all shvitzing but we had a blast! we got very close to the animals the kids loved it! we didn't stay too late bc the heat was becoming unbearable. so we decided to leave around 3 go back to hotel relax by the pool a bit and go out for dinner- we looked up a few places and we saw there was an israeli place by the JCC near the hotel. the food was good nothing special but it did the job. we went back to hotel and called it a night.

Day 3 Wednesday 8/30
we were debating whether to go to LEGOLAND or sea world and we decided that well do LEGOLAND and sea world on Thursday. I gotta say LEGOLAND was my favorite park! they had plenty of rides for lil kids. after finishing with all the dry rides we decided to go to the water park (additional cost 25$) but def worth it. once we got to the entrance we were told that half the water park was closed bc they didn't have enough staff ( apparently in SD they start school last week of Aug) but they said since I wasn't told about this when I came in that they will give me 3 tickets to the water park that expire 8/31/18. water park was a lot of fun and altho most of the rides are for older kids we still had plenty to do. best part was the park was empty! we got back to hotel DW made dinner and we went to sleep.

Day 4 Thursday 8/31
we went to sea world- again the park was completely empty. they don't have that many rides mainly shows. we loved the dolphin and sea lion show. there is also a place where u can see penguins real close so that was fun. we stayed there until closing around 5pm went to the hotel chilled in the pool for a bit had dinner and fell asleep

Day 5 & 6 Friday & shababt 9/1-9/2
we didn't know what to do but we still had one day of usage og the go card so we decided to go to Belmont park, for those who live in new York its like a coney island luna park. again the place was empty, no lines , was great. since we were right by the board walk we rented bikes with kids trailers and biked on the boardwalk. then we went back to Ralph to do some Shabbat shopping and came back to get ready for Shabbat. Shabbat there was a minyan at 10am with a very nice Kiddush and after that we pretty much chilled the rest of the day. motzei Shabbat we packed everything for the flight next day at 1230pm

Day 7 Sunday 9/3
went early in the morning to coffee bean got a few sweets for the flight back and headed to airport. we got to the gate right when we started boarding- flight was as good as it can be with 2 kids under 3.

overall we had a great time. thanks to all that helped with answering question on this forum. time to start planning our next trip!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on September 13, 2017, 05:05:26 PM
overall we had a great time. thanks to all that helped with answering question on this forum. time to start planning our next trip!
I was in SD in early August and enjoyed it too. I'm glad you enjoyed.
I have the same feeling about planning the next trip.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on September 14, 2017, 12:38:57 PM
I think San Diego is a hidden underrated gem for vacation
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: itreu001 on November 14, 2017, 05:28:47 PM
We went to SD for a few days. I wanted to be able to share with everyone my experiences, and to pay it forward. We researched the area for months, and looked at guides and on DD's for help. Thank you for everyone for their ideas.

We made a trip going from 11/8 in the evening from EWR-SAN, and then the red eye on 11/13/ from LAX-EWR.

We took Alaska Airlines from EWR-SAN. We got the tickets for about $260 rt. I used an Alaska Airlines CC for the trip, so we got free bags.  We have the Chase Sapphire, but you can't use the lounge in the terminal in the evening. They had Gogo internet on board, which we didn't want to pay for. You can get free chat and whatsapp, and because of that some internet snuck in on the phones.

We rented a car from Avis. The car rental center takes about a 10 minute drive from the terminal to the center.

We need to stay within walking distance of Bankers Hill for Shabbos. As a result we were very very limited in our hotel selection.

We ended up staying at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Downtown.  We ended up booking it at a cheaper rate through the Sapphire Rewards Card.  The hotel is also a Homewood Suites.  The hotel was clean, and nice. They were wonderful for shabbos. The employees knew to let us upstairs and let us in the doors, and did it with a smile, and offered to turn on and off any lights that were needed.

Parking is a major issue in SD. The hotel charged $40 a night for parking. You can find street parking, but you have to be careful about rules and regulations. Generally parking is limited once 8am hits. So if you park overnight in a 2 hour parking zone from 8am-6pm then you can park overnight until 10am free of charge. If its 30 minute parking from 8am-6pm, then you can park until 830 free of charge.

There are also a few free spots all the time. We had to make sure to get them for shabbos.

We landed Wednesday night and checked in.

Thursday morning, we went to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for breakfast. We went to the Mission Valley location. Its in a shopping center which also has a Trader Joes (which has kosher wine, and raw kosher chicken). We then went to La Jolla. We went to the beach, and the Childrens Cove where there are sea lions. It is amazing.  After that we visited the JCC for lunch. The kosher cafe is in the lobby. The food was good, and not crazy expensive. We then went to Ralph's in La jolla to check it out before shabbos. They have a large kosher section, and kosher take out and Sushi. We went back there Friday for shabbos. Remember they close at like 1 or 2 in the winter for shabbos, and then you won't be able to order anything from the deli counter. On Friday they had delicious fresh challah for shabbos. The Challah on Thursday was not fresh. There is a full and complete kosher line and section. They also sell kosher wines as well. They even have a shabbos special with 2 chickens, 2 pounds of salad and a challah for $26.00. Not Bad at all.

We then drove to Coronado Island. The views were breathtaking. Then back to Coffee Bean for dinner.

Friday was back to LaJolla and Ralphs and Lazy Bean.

Shabbos  we had to be in Bankers Hill. The Hills are steep. San Francisco type steep. A cool thing is that the airplanes are literally on top of you when coming in to land. Its really amazing. We then walked to Balboa Park and did whatever free stuff you could do there on Shabbos.  Balboa Park is a must go to, even if you don't go to the zoo. Lots of cool and pretty stuff.

After shabbos back to coffee Bean.  We then went to LA for Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, we drove from SD to LA in the morning. On the way we stopped in Anaheim for Coffee Bean. Its right near Disney. We then went to Fish Grill on Beverley Boulevard for lunch. It was delicious. There is nothing like it in the NYC area, where we live.

We then drove around Beverley Hills (nice houses, we even went on some open houses), Rodeo Drive (nothing special, and overrated), Hollywood Hills, and then went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. It was pricey, but really really cool. The Tour is a little more than 2 hours, before they drop you off at the last part which is walk though. The movie sets and lots are really cool. We went to the Ellen set and the Big Bang Theory Set as well.

We then drove to Oxnard to go to Tierra Sur. It took us about an hour from Burbank to Oxnard. We decided to stay at the Embassy Suites in Oxnard which is right on the water. Our room was a 2 room suite, with 2 bedrooms, with our patio right on the beach. It is a nice place. It comes with breakfast in the morning with lots of kosher stuff, and they will show you what is kosher. TS is about 15 minutes from the Embassy Suites. The restaurant is all that its made out to be. Everything was delicious, and the service was impeccable. We were really happy we went.

In the morning we had breakfast, (stopped again at Coffee Bean - kosher in Oxnard), and drove to LA. We went to Griffith Park, saw the Hollywood sign, and then went back to Fish Grill for Lunch. After lunch, we did a little shopping, and then headed to Hollywood Boulevard, where we had Jimmy Kimmel Tickets. I've never been to the area before, and its a bit seedy. It reminded me of walking around the Village in the mid 90's.  We walked around, saw the Jimmy Kimmel show (tiny studio), and ran to Jeff's for dinner. It was delicious. We then ran to LAX to catch our flight back.

Rental return in LAX is a disaster. it took us almost 45 minutes from the time we gave back our car, until we got to the gate. 

We flew Virgin America, from LAX-EWR. The flight was nice, and uneventful . The same internet as Alaska (since they are co-owned now). No lounge again, since Alaska claimed it was full.

I hope that this is helpful to someone.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on November 14, 2017, 05:47:18 PM
We went to SD for a few days. I wanted to be able to share with everyone my experiences, and to pay it forward. We researched the area for months, and looked at guides and on DD's for help. Thank you for everyone for their ideas.

We made a trip going from 11/8 in the evening from EWR-SAN, and then the red eye on 11/13/ from LAX-EWR.

We took Alaska Airlines from EWR-SAN. We got the tickets for about $260 rt. I used an Alaska Airlines CC for the trip, so we got free bags.  We have the Chase Sapphire, but you can't use the lounge in the terminal in the evening. They had Gogo internet on board, which we didn't want to pay for. You can get free chat and whatsapp, and because of that some internet snuck in on the phones.

We rented a car from Avis. The car rental center takes about a 10 minute drive from the terminal to the center.

We need to stay within walking distance of Bankers Hill for Shabbos. As a result we were very very limited in our hotel selection.

We ended up staying at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Downtown.  We ended up booking it at a cheaper rate through the Sapphire Rewards Card.  The hotel is also a Homewood Suites.  The hotel was clean, and nice. They were wonderful for shabbos. The employees knew to let us upstairs and let us in the doors, and did it with a smile, and offered to turn on and off any lights that were needed.

Parking is a major issue in SD. The hotel charged $40 a night for parking. You can find street parking, but you have to be careful about rules and regulations. Generally parking is limited once 8am hits. So if you park overnight in a 2 hour parking zone from 8am-6pm then you can park overnight until 10am free of charge. If its 30 minute parking from 8am-6pm, then you can park until 830 free of charge.

There are also a few free spots all the time. We had to make sure to get them for shabbos.

We landed Wednesday night and checked in.

Thursday morning, we went to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for breakfast. We went to the Mission Valley location. Its in a shopping center which also has a Trader Joes (which has kosher wine, and raw kosher chicken). We then went to La Jolla. We went to the beach, and the Childrens Cove where there are sea lions. It is amazing.  After that we visited the JCC for lunch. The kosher cafe is in the lobby. The food was good, and not crazy expensive. We then went to Ralph's in La jolla to check it out before shabbos. They have a large kosher section, and kosher take out and Sushi. We went back there Friday for shabbos. Remember they close at like 1 or 2 in the winter for shabbos, and then you won't be able to order anything from the deli counter. On Friday they had delicious fresh challah for shabbos. The Challah on Thursday was not fresh. There is a full and complete kosher line and section. They also sell kosher wines as well. They even have a shabbos special with 2 chickens, 2 pounds of salad and a challah for $26.00. Not Bad at all.

We then drove to Coronado Island. The views were breathtaking. Then back to Coffee Bean for dinner.

Friday was back to LaJolla and Ralphs and Lazy Bean.

Shabbos  we had to be in Bankers Hill. The Hills are steep. San Francisco type steep. A cool thing is that the airplanes are literally on top of you when coming in to land. Its really amazing. We then walked to Balboa Park and did whatever free stuff you could do there on Shabbos.  Balboa Park is a must go to, even if you don't go to the zoo. Lots of cool and pretty stuff.

After shabbos back to coffee Bean.  We then went to LA for Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, we drove from SD to LA in the morning. On the way we stopped in Anaheim for Coffee Bean. Its right near Disney. We then went to Fish Grill on Beverley Boulevard for lunch. It was delicious. There is nothing like it in the NYC area, where we live.

We then drove around Beverley Hills (nice houses, we even went on some open houses), Rodeo Drive (nothing special, and overrated), Hollywood Hills, and then went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. It was pricey, but really really cool. The Tour is a little more than 2 hours, before they drop you off at the last part which is walk though. The movie sets and lots are really cool. We went to the Ellen set and the Big Bang Theory Set as well.

We then drove to Oxnard to go to Tierra Sur. It took us about an hour from Burbank to Oxnard. We decided to stay at the Embassy Suites in Oxnard which is right on the water. Our room was a 2 room suite, with 2 bedrooms, with our patio right on the beach. It is a nice place. It comes with breakfast in the morning with lots of kosher stuff, and they will show you what is kosher. TS is about 15 minutes from the Embassy Suites. The restaurant is all that its made out to be. Everything was delicious, and the service was impeccable. We were really happy we went.

In the morning we had breakfast, (stopped again at Coffee Bean - kosher in Oxnard), and drove to LA. We went to Griffith Park, saw the Hollywood sign, and then went back to Fish Grill for Lunch. After lunch, we did a little shopping, and then headed to Hollywood Boulevard, where we had Jimmy Kimmel Tickets. I've never been to the area before, and its a bit seedy. It reminded me of walking around the Village in the mid 90's.  We walked around, saw the Jimmy Kimmel show (tiny studio), and ran to Jeff's for dinner. It was delicious. We then ran to LAX to catch our flight back.

Rental return in LAX is a disaster. it took us almost 45 minutes from the time we gave back our car, until we got to the gate. 

We flew Virgin America, from LAX-EWR. The flight was nice, and uneventful . The same internet as Alaska (since they are co-owned now). No lounge again, since Alaska claimed it was full.

I hope that this is helpful to someone.


great post! Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on November 14, 2017, 11:21:19 PM
We went to SD for a few days. I wanted to be able to share with everyone my experiences, and to pay it forward. We researched the area for months, and looked at guides and on DD's for help. Thank you for everyone for their ideas.

We made a trip going from 11/8 in the evening from EWR-SAN, and then the red eye on 11/13/ from LAX-EWR.

We took Alaska Airlines from EWR-SAN. We got the tickets for about $260 rt. I used an Alaska Airlines CC for the trip, so we got free bags.  We have the Chase Sapphire, but you can't use the lounge in the terminal in the evening. They had Gogo internet on board, which we didn't want to pay for. You can get free chat and whatsapp, and because of that some internet snuck in on the phones.

We rented a car from Avis. The car rental center takes about a 10 minute drive from the terminal to the center.

We need to stay within walking distance of Bankers Hill for Shabbos. As a result we were very very limited in our hotel selection.

We ended up staying at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Downtown.  We ended up booking it at a cheaper rate through the Sapphire Rewards Card.  The hotel is also a Homewood Suites.  The hotel was clean, and nice. They were wonderful for shabbos. The employees knew to let us upstairs and let us in the doors, and did it with a smile, and offered to turn on and off any lights that were needed.

Parking is a major issue in SD. The hotel charged $40 a night for parking. You can find street parking, but you have to be careful about rules and regulations. Generally parking is limited once 8am hits. So if you park overnight in a 2 hour parking zone from 8am-6pm then you can park overnight until 10am free of charge. If its 30 minute parking from 8am-6pm, then you can park until 830 free of charge.

There are also a few free spots all the time. We had to make sure to get them for shabbos.

We landed Wednesday night and checked in.

Thursday morning, we went to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for breakfast. We went to the Mission Valley location. Its in a shopping center which also has a Trader Joes (which has kosher wine, and raw kosher chicken). We then went to La Jolla. We went to the beach, and the Childrens Cove where there are sea lions. It is amazing.  After that we visited the JCC for lunch. The kosher cafe is in the lobby. The food was good, and not crazy expensive. We then went to Ralph's in La jolla to check it out before shabbos. They have a large kosher section, and kosher take out and Sushi. We went back there Friday for shabbos. Remember they close at like 1 or 2 in the winter for shabbos, and then you won't be able to order anything from the deli counter. On Friday they had delicious fresh challah for shabbos. The Challah on Thursday was not fresh. There is a full and complete kosher line and section. They also sell kosher wines as well. They even have a shabbos special with 2 chickens, 2 pounds of salad and a challah for $26.00. Not Bad at all.

We then drove to Coronado Island. The views were breathtaking. Then back to Coffee Bean for dinner.

Friday was back to LaJolla and Ralphs and Lazy Bean.

Shabbos  we had to be in Bankers Hill. The Hills are steep. San Francisco type steep. A cool thing is that the airplanes are literally on top of you when coming in to land. Its really amazing. We then walked to Balboa Park and did whatever free stuff you could do there on Shabbos.  Balboa Park is a must go to, even if you don't go to the zoo. Lots of cool and pretty stuff.

After shabbos back to coffee Bean.  We then went to LA for Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, we drove from SD to LA in the morning. On the way we stopped in Anaheim for Coffee Bean. Its right near Disney. We then went to Fish Grill on Beverley Boulevard for lunch. It was delicious. There is nothing like it in the NYC area, where we live.

We then drove around Beverley Hills (nice houses, we even went on some open houses), Rodeo Drive (nothing special, and overrated), Hollywood Hills, and then went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. It was pricey, but really really cool. The Tour is a little more than 2 hours, before they drop you off at the last part which is walk though. The movie sets and lots are really cool. We went to the Ellen set and the Big Bang Theory Set as well.

We then drove to Oxnard to go to Tierra Sur. It took us about an hour from Burbank to Oxnard. We decided to stay at the Embassy Suites in Oxnard which is right on the water. Our room was a 2 room suite, with 2 bedrooms, with our patio right on the beach. It is a nice place. It comes with breakfast in the morning with lots of kosher stuff, and they will show you what is kosher. TS is about 15 minutes from the Embassy Suites. The restaurant is all that its made out to be. Everything was delicious, and the service was impeccable. We were really happy we went.

In the morning we had breakfast, (stopped again at Coffee Bean - kosher in Oxnard), and drove to LA. We went to Griffith Park, saw the Hollywood sign, and then went back to Fish Grill for Lunch. After lunch, we did a little shopping, and then headed to Hollywood Boulevard, where we had Jimmy Kimmel Tickets. I've never been to the area before, and its a bit seedy. It reminded me of walking around the Village in the mid 90's.  We walked around, saw the Jimmy Kimmel show (tiny studio), and ran to Jeff's for dinner. It was delicious. We then ran to LAX to catch our flight back.

Rental return in LAX is a disaster. it took us almost 45 minutes from the time we gave back our car, until we got to the gate. 

We flew Virgin America, from LAX-EWR. The flight was nice, and uneventful . The same internet as Alaska (since they are co-owned now). No lounge again, since Alaska claimed it was full.

I hope that this is helpful to someone.
Thank you, nice post.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: thaber on November 15, 2017, 12:23:45 AM
We went to SD for a few days. I wanted to be able to share with everyone my experiences, and to pay it forward. We researched the area for months, and looked at guides and on DD's for help. Thank you for everyone for their ideas.
thank you for posting. LAX car rental is horrendous, I think it's worth returning in the city and taking an Uber. You missed absolutely nothing in the Alaska lounge, in my opinion the terminal is nicer.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on November 15, 2017, 04:24:13 AM
I think San Diego is a hidden underrated gem for vacation
+1
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on November 23, 2017, 07:49:46 AM
Ian Hyatt Regency mission bay shabbos accessible?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on November 23, 2017, 11:49:37 AM
Ian Hyatt Regency mission bay shabbos accessible?

I stayed in the Penthouse & it was accessible only by elevator. Not sure about the other floors
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on November 23, 2017, 02:18:47 PM
Anyone going early January?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Safetynet on December 15, 2017, 12:13:13 PM
Which hotel that is on the beach thats nice, But not the most expensive like Fairmont. Paradise point seems a bit dilapidated.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 15, 2017, 01:57:20 PM
Which hotel that is on the beach thats nice, But not the most expensive like Fairmont. Paradise point seems a bit dilapidated.
Are you using points or cash? If points , which program?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Safetynet on December 19, 2017, 11:20:59 AM
Are you using points or cash? If points , which program?

Cash
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on December 26, 2017, 05:00:08 PM
We went to SD for a few days. I wanted to be able to share with everyone my experiences, and to pay it forward. We researched the area for months, and looked at guides and on DD's for help. Thank you for everyone for their ideas.

We made a trip going from 11/8 in the evening from EWR-SAN, and then the red eye on 11/13/ from LAX-EWR.

We took Alaska Airlines from EWR-SAN. We got the tickets for about $260 rt. I used an Alaska Airlines CC for the trip, so we got free bags.  We have the Chase Sapphire, but you can't use the lounge in the terminal in the evening. They had Gogo internet on board, which we didn't want to pay for. You can get free chat and whatsapp, and because of that some internet snuck in on the phones.

We rented a car from Avis. The car rental center takes about a 10 minute drive from the terminal to the center.

We need to stay within walking distance of Bankers Hill for Shabbos. As a result we were very very limited in our hotel selection.

We ended up staying at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Downtown.  We ended up booking it at a cheaper rate through the Sapphire Rewards Card.  The hotel is also a Homewood Suites.  The hotel was clean, and nice. They were wonderful for shabbos. The employees knew to let us upstairs and let us in the doors, and did it with a smile, and offered to turn on and off any lights that were needed.

Parking is a major issue in SD. The hotel charged $40 a night for parking. You can find street parking, but you have to be careful about rules and regulations. Generally parking is limited once 8am hits. So if you park overnight in a 2 hour parking zone from 8am-6pm then you can park overnight until 10am free of charge. If its 30 minute parking from 8am-6pm, then you can park until 830 free of charge.

There are also a few free spots all the time. We had to make sure to get them for shabbos.

We landed Wednesday night and checked in.

Thursday morning, we went to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for breakfast. We went to the Mission Valley location. Its in a shopping center which also has a Trader Joes (which has kosher wine, and raw kosher chicken). We then went to La Jolla. We went to the beach, and the Childrens Cove where there are sea lions. It is amazing.  After that we visited the JCC for lunch. The kosher cafe is in the lobby. The food was good, and not crazy expensive. We then went to Ralph's in La jolla to check it out before shabbos. They have a large kosher section, and kosher take out and Sushi. We went back there Friday for shabbos. Remember they close at like 1 or 2 in the winter for shabbos, and then you won't be able to order anything from the deli counter. On Friday they had delicious fresh challah for shabbos. The Challah on Thursday was not fresh. There is a full and complete kosher line and section. They also sell kosher wines as well. They even have a shabbos special with 2 chickens, 2 pounds of salad and a challah for $26.00. Not Bad at all.

We then drove to Coronado Island. The views were breathtaking. Then back to Coffee Bean for dinner.

Friday was back to LaJolla and Ralphs and Lazy Bean.

Shabbos  we had to be in Bankers Hill. The Hills are steep. San Francisco type steep. A cool thing is that the airplanes are literally on top of you when coming in to land. Its really amazing. We then walked to Balboa Park and did whatever free stuff you could do there on Shabbos.  Balboa Park is a must go to, even if you don't go to the zoo. Lots of cool and pretty stuff.

After shabbos back to coffee Bean.  We then went to LA for Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, we drove from SD to LA in the morning. On the way we stopped in Anaheim for Coffee Bean. Its right near Disney. We then went to Fish Grill on Beverley Boulevard for lunch. It was delicious. There is nothing like it in the NYC area, where we live.

We then drove around Beverley Hills (nice houses, we even went on some open houses), Rodeo Drive (nothing special, and overrated), Hollywood Hills, and then went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. It was pricey, but really really cool. The Tour is a little more than 2 hours, before they drop you off at the last part which is walk though. The movie sets and lots are really cool. We went to the Ellen set and the Big Bang Theory Set as well.

We then drove to Oxnard to go to Tierra Sur. It took us about an hour from Burbank to Oxnard. We decided to stay at the Embassy Suites in Oxnard which is right on the water. Our room was a 2 room suite, with 2 bedrooms, with our patio right on the beach. It is a nice place. It comes with breakfast in the morning with lots of kosher stuff, and they will show you what is kosher. TS is about 15 minutes from the Embassy Suites. The restaurant is all that its made out to be. Everything was delicious, and the service was impeccable. We were really happy we went.

In the morning we had breakfast, (stopped again at Coffee Bean - kosher in Oxnard), and drove to LA. We went to Griffith Park, saw the Hollywood sign, and then went back to Fish Grill for Lunch. After lunch, we did a little shopping, and then headed to Hollywood Boulevard, where we had Jimmy Kimmel Tickets. I've never been to the area before, and its a bit seedy. It reminded me of walking around the Village in the mid 90's.  We walked around, saw the Jimmy Kimmel show (tiny studio), and ran to Jeff's for dinner. It was delicious. We then ran to LAX to catch our flight back.

Rental return in LAX is a disaster. it took us almost 45 minutes from the time we gave back our car, until we got to the gate. 

We flew Virgin America, from LAX-EWR. The flight was nice, and uneventful . The same internet as Alaska (since they are co-owned now). No lounge again, since Alaska claimed it was full.

I hope that this is helpful to someone.
Beautiful TR!
Wish you had photos!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on December 26, 2017, 05:28:43 PM
Coffee Bean and Tea leaf whats the kosher status on this in SD.

has anyone ever did a trip here and skip the car rental and just UBER? sounds like it would make a lot more sense for a weekend.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on December 26, 2017, 09:26:18 PM

has anyone ever did a trip here and skip the car rental and just UBER? sounds like it would make a lot more sense for a weekend.

I've been a few times and just did uber
Usually it makes sense to
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on December 26, 2017, 09:27:54 PM
Your the CRoNY and no tea leaf comment?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on December 26, 2017, 09:29:12 PM
Coffee Bean and Tea leaf whats the kosher status on this in SD.

has anyone ever did a trip here and skip the car rental and just UBER? sounds like it would make a lot more sense for a weekend.
I used Uber certain days of my trip.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on December 26, 2017, 09:30:34 PM
Your the CRoNY and no tea leaf comment?

It's prob kosher
Drinks are and there should be certification by the actual coffee bean if it's actually kosher.
Lots of prepackaged items are kosher.

But kosher depends on what you hold of
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on December 26, 2017, 09:31:42 PM
It's prob kosher
Drinks are and there should be certification by the actual coffee bean if it's actually kosher.
Lots of prepackaged items are kosher.

But kosher depends on what you hold of
That was a politicians answer
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on December 26, 2017, 09:34:42 PM
That was a politicians answer
Chief Rabbi's are political...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on December 27, 2017, 08:59:48 AM
Coffee Bean and Tea leaf whats the kosher status on this in SD.

has anyone ever did a trip here and skip the car rental and just UBER? sounds like it would make a lot more sense for a weekend.

not sure about that SD is spread out from the La jolla shul to the Beth jacob shul etc...

unless car rental rates are extremely high now I think renting a car for 2-3 days might make sense

the Coffee beans in SD should have some kind of certificate ask for it and determine if its to your liking
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on December 27, 2017, 11:56:57 AM
I went to SD this past August and we didnt rent a car for the whole time. we just took Uber everywhere. There were two days that we were driving far so we rented a car for about $40 per day fromt he hotel. They sent a car with Enterprise to the hotel in the AM and we had the car the whole day. As long as we brought it back by the AM we were good. The hotel had a weird policy that if we "kept" the car until the morning then we were charged the overnight charge from the hotel to park. but if we "returned" the rental even at midnight to the valet attendant than we saved the $45 per night parking fee.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on December 27, 2017, 01:05:29 PM
I went to SD this past August and we didnt rent a car for the whole time. we just took Uber everywhere. There were two days that we were driving far so we rented a car for about $40 per day fromt he hotel. They sent a car with Enterprise to the hotel in the AM and we had the car the whole day. As long as we brought it back by the AM we were good. The hotel had a weird policy that if we "kept" the car until the morning then we were charged the overnight charge from the hotel to park. but if we "returned" the rental even at midnight to the valet attendant than we saved the $45 per night parking fee.
That's a great idea

maybe I'll rent a car just for Sunday.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on December 27, 2017, 01:06:17 PM
Anyone ever Drive to Mexico ?

Anything worth seeing in Tijuana or surrounding areas?

is the Great Wall of Trump up yet?
(http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/55d62bb99dd7cc18008b4c4f-1190-625/donald-trump-well-call-it-the-great-wall-of-trump.jpg)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dpk4588 on December 27, 2017, 03:32:58 PM
I went to SD this past August and we didnt rent a car for the whole time. we just took Uber everywhere. There were two days that we were driving far so we rented a car for about $40 per day fromt he hotel. They sent a car with Enterprise to the hotel in the AM and we had the car the whole day. As long as we brought it back by the AM we were good. The hotel had a weird policy that if we "kept" the car until the morning then we were charged the overnight charge from the hotel to park. but if we "returned" the rental even at midnight to the valet attendant than we saved the $45 per night parking fee.
And the help of a DDFer  ;)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on December 27, 2017, 03:45:33 PM
I went to SD this past August and we didnt rent a car for the whole time. we just took Uber everywhere. There were two days that we were driving far so we rented a car for about $40 per day fromt he hotel. They sent a car with Enterprise to the hotel in the AM and we had the car the whole day. As long as we brought it back by the AM we were good. The hotel had a weird policy that if we "kept" the car until the morning then we were charged the overnight charge from the hotel to park. but if we "returned" the rental even at midnight to the valet attendant than we saved the $45 per night parking fee.
I considered doing it but it came out cheaper to rent for the week.

But in some places like sea world I'd costed more for parking then to do an Uber
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on December 27, 2017, 03:46:19 PM
Anyone ever Drive to Mexico ?

Anything worth seeing in Tijuana or surrounding areas?

is the Great Wall of Trump up yet?
(http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/55d62bb99dd7cc18008b4c4f-1190-625/donald-trump-well-call-it-the-great-wall-of-trump.jpg)
Was told no.

Additionally it can be heavy traffic crossing the border
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on December 28, 2017, 09:57:22 AM
Anyone ever Drive to Mexico ?

Anything worth seeing in Tijuana or surrounding areas?

is the Great Wall of Trump up yet?
(http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/55d62bb99dd7cc18008b4c4f-1190-625/donald-trump-well-call-it-the-great-wall-of-trump.jpg)

We went to Tijuana for Happy Hour drinks. Was cute to go to for about an hour or two. I would not drive across the boarder, it's better to walk. Park at a parking lot near the boarder and walk across. If you are going to Coronado Beach its not far from there at all.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: helpyouamdme on December 28, 2017, 10:00:16 AM
Anyone ever Drive to Mexico ?

Anything worth seeing in Tijuana or surrounding areas?

is the Great Wall of Trump up yet?
(http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/55d62bb99dd7cc18008b4c4f-1190-625/donald-trump-well-call-it-the-great-wall-of-trump.jpg)
not worth rather spend another day in San Diego  I actually went there there was nothing much watching over there just a little cheapie market and I didn't find anything to buy their Chinatown in New York City is better
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 01, 2018, 05:01:03 PM
Help!!!
there's a long list of things to do
I really only have Saturday Night
and Sunday to do somethings

What are your best picks

I think I can skip the Zoos and Seaworld I think i remember what a Giraffe looks like


Can Anyone help make me up 4 things or so I Should do and at a comfortable pace?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on January 01, 2018, 05:03:41 PM
Help!!!
there's a long list of things to do
I really only have Saturday Night
and Sunday to do somethings

What are your best picks

I think I can skip the Zoos and Seaworld I think i remember what a Giraffe looks like


Can Anyone help make me up 4 things or so I Should do and at a comfortable pace?
SeaWorld isn't exactly a giraffe...

What kind of stuff are you looking to do?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 01, 2018, 05:07:05 PM
SeaWorld isn't exactly a giraffe...

What kind of stuff are you looking to do?
Whatever is worth seeing besides Shamu and Geoffrey

Better?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/574988011/twitterProfilePhoto_400x400.jpg) (http://statici.behindthevoiceactors.com/behindthevoiceactors/_img/chars/geoffrey-the-giraffe-toysrus-5.42.jpg)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on January 01, 2018, 05:12:31 PM


Whatever is worth seeing besides Shamu and Geoffrey

Better?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/574988011/twitterProfilePhoto_400x400.jpg) (http://statici.behindthevoiceactors.com/behindthevoiceactors/_img/chars/geoffrey-the-giraffe-toysrus-5.42.jpg)

I hear Shamu is really boring now with that they stopped the shows...

But seriously what are you looking for?

Water sports? Beach views?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 01, 2018, 05:31:25 PM

I hear Shamu is really boring now with that they stopped the shows...

But seriously what are you looking for?

Water sports? Beach views?
I love Views
so Prob will make it to La Jolla Cove

go Kart city tour sound cool

would have love to see a kosher winery

beer brewery I doubt will be as nice as Sam Adams
so i would skip

Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 01, 2018, 05:33:17 PM
Sea World             number 1 attraction
San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Formerly known as Wild Animal Park)
Petco Park (SD Padres)

Mission Brewery (5 minute walk to Petco Park)
La Jolla Cove (beach with seals, nice boardwalk)
La Jolla cove kayaking  - current Weather Permits??

Legoland
Carlsbad Shopping Outlets
Biking around Coronado I'm lazy
SD 59 mile scenic drive
torrey pines state reserve (hike and quiet beach)
gaslamp quarter
Balboa Park

mission beach bike rental
Go Car Tours Drive go karts around the city)  http://www.gocartours.com/sandiego.html
Jet skiing http://www.sdbayadventures.com/

USS Midway

Here's what I see from the list
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 02, 2018, 08:56:35 AM
Sea World             number 1 attraction
San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Formerly known as Wild Animal Park)
Petco Park (SD Padres)

Mission Brewery (5 minute walk to Petco Park)
La Jolla Cove (beach with seals, nice boardwalk)
La Jolla cove kayaking  - current Weather Permits??

Legoland
Carlsbad Shopping Outlets
Biking around Coronado I'm lazy
SD 59 mile scenic drive
torrey pines state reserve (hike and quiet beach)
gaslamp quarter
Balboa Park

mission beach bike rental
Go Car Tours Drive go karts around the city)  http://www.gocartours.com/sandiego.html
Jet skiing http://www.sdbayadventures.com/

USS Midway

Here's what I see from the list

maybe point Loma lightower and view from the top
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on January 02, 2018, 10:15:30 AM
Sea World             number 1 attraction
San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Formerly known as Wild Animal Park)
Petco Park (SD Padres)

Mission Brewery (5 minute walk to Petco Park)
La Jolla Cove (beach with seals, nice boardwalk)
La Jolla cove kayaking  - current Weather Permits??

Legoland
Carlsbad Shopping Outlets
Biking around Coronado I'm lazy
SD 59 mile scenic drive
torrey pines state reserve (hike and quiet beach)
gaslamp quarter
Balboa Park

mission beach bike rental
Go Car Tours Drive go karts around the city)  http://www.gocartours.com/sandiego.html
Jet skiing http://www.sdbayadventures.com/

USS Midway

Here's what I see from the list


I did not add this to the Wiki from when i went in August but my wife and I did this and it was a ton of fun! We drove our own speedboat and it was very cool. We had a tour around the whole harbor, ect. Would for sure recommend this.

http://www.seasthedaysandiego.com/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on January 02, 2018, 10:19:18 AM
Help!!!
there's a long list of things to do
I really only have Saturday Night
and Sunday to do somethings

What are your best picks

I think I can skip the Zoos and Seaworld I think i remember what a Giraffe looks like


Can Anyone help make me up 4 things or so I Should do and at a comfortable pace?

For Hikes I would recommend Torrey Pines over Point Loma unless you are able to aces the beach caves at Point Loma. It all depends on the time of the year and the high/low tide conditions. We were not able to go into the caves bc it was high tide but it was a cute area. Torrey Pines was a much better hike.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 03, 2018, 02:51:08 PM
Thank You @jomaster28 @davidd75 !!!!!!


Ok here's what I got


Landing at 11:30am Friday

Friday 3-4 Hours
1. Check In to Manchester Grand Hyatt
2. San Diego Zoo
3. Get Ready for Shabbat

Saturday (Walk near Hotel)
1. Sea port village
2. Embarcadero

Sat Night
1. El Prado
2. Botanical Building
3. Japanese Gardens
4. Panama 66 Bar 
5. (Kosher Restaurant Near By?)
6. Hotel Fire Pits


Sunday 3-4 Hours
1. Dollar Car Rental
2. La Jolla cove to Tide Pool
3. (Kosher Restaurant Near By?)
4. Del Coronado hotel
5. Return Car by 11:20
6. Flight Home 12:50pm
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 03, 2018, 05:42:48 PM
Thank You @jomaster28 @davidd75 !!!!!!


Ok here's what I got


Landing at 11:30am Friday

Friday 3-4 Hours
1. Check In to Manchester Grand Hyatt
2. San Diego Zoo
3. Get Ready for Shabbat

Saturday (Walk near Hotel)
1. Sea port village
2. Embarcadero

Sat Night
1. El Prado
2. Botanical Building
3. Japanese Gardens
4. Panama 66 Bar 
5. (Kosher Restaurant Near By?)
6. Hotel Fire Pits


Sunday 3-4 Hours
1. Dollar Car Rental
2. La Jolla cove to Tide Pool
3. (Kosher Restaurant Near By?)
4. Del Coronado hotel
5. Return Car by 11:20
6. Flight Home 12:50pm

I would not do the SD zoo Friday.  The zoo is huge and you need more than a few hours unless its your only option

not many kosher options.  Best bet is in La Jolla there is a restaurant in the La Jolla JCC and there is a Ralph's takeout with a big selection and you can sit down in the supermarket just bring your own disposable tablecloth so you do not accidentally eat non-kosher etc...

By the way there might be a shabbat chabad minyan downtown
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 03, 2018, 05:52:33 PM
Whats better the zoo Friday and rush through it.

Or Saturday night
(https://www.stlzoo.org/files/8615/0791/6800/Wild_Lights_7.jpg)
Has anyone ever went to the zoo at night?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ah on January 03, 2018, 07:26:58 PM
Whats better the zoo Friday and rush through it.

Or Saturday night
(https://www.stlzoo.org/files/8615/0791/6800/Wild_Lights_7.jpg)
Has anyone ever went to the zoo at night?
Was there last week,  started afternoon into night. Would definitely 10000% not go only at night. Animals are basically gone, lights at the la zoo were way more impressive. I happened to enjoy seaworld way more than the zoo. Although was my second time to that zoo this year. Also keep in mind nights in SD are very cold.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 03, 2018, 07:28:48 PM
Was there last week,  started afternoon into night. Would definitely 10000% not go only at night. Animals are basically gone, lights at the la zoo were way more impressive. I happened to enjoy seaworld way more than the zoo. Although was my second time to that zoo this year.
Wow thank you so much!!!!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on January 04, 2018, 04:00:00 AM
Wow thank you so much!!!!
We were at the SD zoo last year, enjoyed it very much, went during a weekday at around noon and it is huge, we spent at least 6 hours there.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 04, 2018, 08:34:42 AM
We were at the SD zoo last year, enjoyed it very much, went during a weekday at around noon and it is huge, we spent at least 6 hours there.
Could I do it in 3
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on January 04, 2018, 08:53:31 AM
Thank You @jomaster28 @davidd75 !!!!!!



Sat Night
1. El Prado
2. Botanical Building
3. Japanese Gardens
4. Panama 66 Bar 
5. (Kosher Restaurant Near By?)
6. Hotel Fire Pits


Sunday 3-4 Hours
1. Dollar Car Rental
2. La Jolla cove to Tide Pool
3. (Kosher Restaurant Near By?)
4. Del Coronado hotel
5. Return Car by 11:20
6. Flight Home 12:50pm



For Saturday night you might want to head to Gaslamp Quarter. Even though its filled with bars there are Ice Cream stores and its cute area at night. Earlier in the night is better for kids obviously.

For Sunday La Jolla Cove then you can head 10 minutes to Ralphs its a supermarket will full kosher take out food. Then head to Tide Pools. You dont need to go to Coranado just to see the hotel. thats my opinion.


Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 04, 2018, 08:56:23 AM


For Saturday night you might want to head to Gaslamp Quarter. Even though its filled with bars there are Ice Cream stores and its cute area at night. Earlier in the night is better for kids obviously.

For Sunday La Jolla Cove then you can head 10 minutes to Ralphs its a supermarket will full kosher take out food. Then head to Tide Pools. You dont need to go to Coranado just to see the hotel. thats my opinion.
What should I do instead of Coronado
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on January 04, 2018, 09:24:34 AM
What should I do instead of Coronado

La Jolla was a very nice area so you can hang out there for 2 hours but if you want to rush say 1. Then figure half hour for Ralphs and then half hour drive to Tide Pools and figure 2 hours at tide pool.

So maybe you can do the zoo Sunday after Tide Pools and then head straight to Airport? Or you can do the Seastheday speed boats instead? To be honest we did go to Coronado beach and spent a few hours there but we sat on the beach and went into ocean and relax there. If your going just to see the hotel i would say pass. there are plenty of nicer hotels to look at lol.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 04, 2018, 09:32:19 AM
 Too cold for water
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on January 04, 2018, 10:00:19 AM
Too cold for water

right thats why i would probably suggest skip the hotel.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on January 04, 2018, 10:06:13 AM
Mini TR:

My wife and I were staying at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and drove down for a day trip in SD.  We stopped at La Jolla Cove and loved the views and the pictures with the sea lions.  We spent a few minutes driving around La Jolla and then headed into midtown.

We took the Gocar tour of the city.  It was the afternoon before Christmas so the roads were empty so driving around in the little gocart was so much fun and the GPS audio tour taught us all about the city.  We paid for the two hour tour -$10 coupon but he told us to just keep it for three hours so we were able to cover all three routes and see so many distinct neighborhoods and all of Balboa Park.

https://www.gocartours.com/locations/san-diego-sightseeing-tours/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 04, 2018, 10:09:19 AM
What should I do instead of Coronado

really based on preference if you like going at night and seeing restaurants, nightlife, bars and historic downtown district then you might like gaslamp district  but personally I don't care for that too much.  Zoo more pleasurable and more memorable certainly if you have kids with you I think zoo is better option IME
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 04, 2018, 10:11:44 AM
La Jolla was a very nice area so you can hang out there for 2 hours but if you want to rush say 1. Then figure half hour for Ralphs and then half hour drive to Tide Pools and figure 2 hours at tide pool.

So maybe you can do the zoo Sunday after Tide Pools and then head straight to Airport? Or you can do the Seastheday speed boats instead? To be honest we did go to Coronado beach and spent a few hours there but we sat on the beach and went into ocean and relax there. If your going just to see the hotel i would say pass. there are plenty of nicer hotels to look at lol.

zoo and tide pools in 3 hr is IME not a good idea
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 04, 2018, 10:28:34 AM
Mini TR:

My wife and I were staying at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and drove down for a day trip in SD.  We stopped at La Jolla Cove and loved the views and the pictures with the sea lions.  We spent a few minutes driving around La Jolla and then headed into midtown.

We took the Gocar tour of the city.  It was the afternoon before Christmas so the roads were empty so driving around in the little gocart was so much fun and the GPS audio tour taught us all about the city.  We paid for the two hour tour -$10 coupon but he told us to just keep it for three hours so we were able to cover all three routes and see so many distinct neighborhoods and all of Balboa Park.

https://www.gocartours.com/locations/san-diego-sightseeing-tours/
I really wanted to do that!! But once Im going to La Jolla I figured Ill rent a car.
 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ah on January 04, 2018, 11:37:59 AM
really based on preference if you like going at night and seeing restaurants, nightlife, bars and historic downtown district then you might like gaslamp district  but personally I don't care for that too much.  Zoo more pleasurable and more memorable certainly if you have kids with you I think zoo is better option IME
Spent 3 very action packed days in SD last week with 2 kids in order they enjoyed
1. Legoland by far their favorite, they were in heaven there
2. seaworld was amazing as well
3. Zoo
I found all 3 great as an adult too. I would probably switch 1 and 2 but the zoo was definitely 3rd for me as well even though I did enjoy it. Loved the seaworld shows. San Diego is such a great family vacation spot. 3.5 days was too short.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 04, 2018, 11:42:12 AM
Im going without kids. And heres a question

Seaworld vs other aquariums (ex. Miami or brooklyn or toronto)

San Diego Zoo vs other zoos(Virginia zoo or Bronx or Miami)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 04, 2018, 11:47:36 AM
Im going without kids. And heres a question

Seaworld vs other aquariums (ex. Miami or brooklyn or toronto)

San Diego Zoo vs other zoos(Virginia zoo or Bronx or Miami)

sea world has good shows. The zoo is huge, however perhaps there are other San Diego attractions that you would enjoy more if you are traveling without children.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on January 04, 2018, 11:57:03 AM
Im going without kids. And heres a question

Seaworld vs other aquariums (ex. Miami or brooklyn or toronto)

San Diego Zoo vs other zoos(Virginia zoo or Bronx or Miami)

Seaworld isn't comparable to an aquarium. It's more of a theme park - it has great shows, rides, etc.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on January 04, 2018, 11:58:41 AM
I really wanted to do that!! But once Im going to La Jolla I figured Ill rent a car.

Why not do it? Park your car and hop in to the gocart. Was so much fun. 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 04, 2018, 04:08:45 PM
Why not do it? Park your car and hop in to the gocart. Was so much fun.
Maybe instead of Coronado
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on January 05, 2018, 12:18:40 AM
Im going without kids. And heres a question

Seaworld vs other aquariums (ex. Miami or brooklyn or toronto)

San Diego Zoo vs other zoos(Virginia zoo or Bronx or Miami)
I found the showa to be amazing. Although the orca show is gone.
Seaworld isn't comparable to an aquarium. It's more of a theme park - it has great shows, rides, etc.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ah on January 05, 2018, 12:56:54 AM
I found the showa to be amazing. Although the orca show is gone.
Orca show is back. Was there last week.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DavidL on January 05, 2018, 04:03:06 PM
What should I do instead of Coronado
Try Top of the Hyatt, and seaport village. TOH is a nice bar with great views (even at night). They have a nice selection of premium beverages including some local drinks.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 08, 2018, 02:33:46 PM
Thank you all for your help!!!

ended up having an amazing trip!!!
I will post a TR soon
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 08, 2018, 02:34:23 PM
MACHESTER HYATT GRAND HOTEL
was really something special.

Service was beyond personal and talented!
(except when ordering stuff up to the room from housekeeping or room service!)


I have a Ton of tips if anyone is planning on staying there or going to SD

PM me for now
or wait for my TR
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ah on January 08, 2018, 09:22:21 PM
MACHESTER HYATT GRAND HOTEL
was really something special.

Service was beyond personal and talented!
(except when ordering stuff up to the room from housekeeping or room service!)


I have a Ton of tips if anyone is planning on staying there or going to SD

PM me for now
or wait for my TR

Totally disagree. Was super unimpressed and housekeeping was a disaster. I only had the 2 bedroom signature suite not the presidential but wished I were back at the Fairmont when I was there. I'm a bit of a hotel snob I guess. Did not feel luxurious even in a huge suite, also beds were not comfortable and not the bedding I look forward to at hotels. My other family members were very happy and the size of the suite seriously impressed them.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on January 08, 2018, 09:38:54 PM
Totally disagree. Was super unimpressed and housekeeping was a disaster. I only had the 2 bedroom signature suite not the presidential but wished I were back at the Fairmont when I was there. I'm a bit of a hotel snob I guess. Did not feel luxurious even in a huge suite, also beds were not comfortable and not the bedding I look forward to at hotels. My other family members were very happy and the size of the suite seriously impressed them.
I believe the reason for that, like you just mentioned, you're a hotel snob.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 08, 2018, 09:44:24 PM
Also you didnt get personal with the hotel.... if you do some leg work beforehand you would see what I mean. I guess it depends on your personality.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 08, 2018, 09:45:54 PM
But actually your right in a way.... the presidential suite I saw on the 39th floor is something to avoid. Lower ceilings. And smaller windows compared to other rooms.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ah on January 08, 2018, 09:51:32 PM
But actually your right in a way.... the presidential suite I saw on the 39th floor is something to avoid. Lower ceilings. And smaller windows compared to other rooms.
A review I read on TripAdvisor or Google summed it up pretty well... The rooms are more Hyatt regency not what you would expect from a grand Hyatt. Housekeeping was so bad. All they did was make the beds and give new towels. Our garbage was left where it was on the dining room table, no crumbs wiped up, shoes not moved to the side... Even my family members who were impressed with the suite couldn't believe that.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moishel on January 09, 2018, 12:19:35 AM
Going end of January for 7-10 days with DW and two kids, ages 5&6.

I have 60K IHG with a free night, 43K SPG gold status, and plenty UR, MR, or I can pay cash.

Are there any IHG options worth writing home about? Has anyone done Airbnb? Tips? Shabbos meals? La Jolla vs. Coronado?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 09, 2018, 09:12:18 AM
But actually your right in a way.... the presidential suite I saw on the 39th floor is something to avoid. Lower ceilings. And smaller windows compared to other rooms.

Is there a chabad shabbat minyan in downtown?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 09, 2018, 09:28:37 AM
Is there a chabad shabbat minyan in downtown?
Yes but extremely late
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 09, 2018, 05:43:17 PM
Yes but extremely late

barchu after 10 a.m.?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moishel on January 11, 2018, 01:44:25 AM
Going end of January for 7-10 days with DW and two kids, ages 5&6.

I have 60K IHG with a free night, 43K SPG gold status, and plenty UR, MR, or I can pay cash.

Are there any IHG options worth writing home about? Has anyone done Airbnb? Tips? Shabbos meals? La Jolla vs. Coronado?
Are there any SPG or IGH options with suites+kitchenette? I'd appreciate any help I can get on this.

Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 11, 2018, 11:31:55 AM
Going to be in SD for a week would like to be near a shul for Shabbos. Should I stay in residence inn la Jolla? I have 3 kids and 2 adults. Any better options?  Also if going to Residence inn for a week should I just book a regular room and hope for upgrade to a suite since I'm gold?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moishel on January 11, 2018, 12:58:09 PM
PSA For anyone coming to San Diego- chabad La Jolla opened up abminyan for shabbas literally in the residence inn La Jolla! I had no idea till I randomly saw frum people today.  They had a full delicious lunch everyone was invited too and they wanted to get the word out to let travelers know. Minyan Friday night and shabbas day in meeting room above the lobby, toys for kids in the playroom and a great energetic young rabbi who mostly does campus kiruv during school season (minyan still located here during winter as well). Please spread word, really enhanced shabbas here.

Is the Shabbos Minyan in Residence Inn La Jolla still active?

Edit: Apparently it is.
http://www.chabadofucsd.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/982151/jewish/Shabbat-Services.htm
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on January 11, 2018, 01:20:23 PM
Is the Shabbos Minyan in Residence Inn La Jolla still active?
this might not help you much but I was there last week of Aug 2017 and the minyan was still going but they couldn't get a minyan Friday night and for mincha Shabbat afternoon- rabbi told me they usually have a stronger crowd when college is in session.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on January 21, 2018, 02:40:58 PM
Looking to stay one night in San Diego near minyan and kosher food.
any recommendations?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: stooges44 on January 23, 2018, 01:28:58 PM
Looking to stay one night in San Diego near minyan and kosher food.
any recommendations?

Same but looking for a few nights
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 24, 2018, 05:43:23 PM
Same but looking for a few nights

La Jolla area has chabad and adat Yeshurn shuls

also ralphs take out and restaurant in JCC are all in la Jolla
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: stooges44 on January 25, 2018, 10:12:06 AM
La Jolla area has chabad and adat Yeshurn shuls

also ralphs take out and restaurant in JCC are all in la Jolla

Thanks, what hotel would you recommend?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dreaming on January 25, 2018, 11:18:24 PM
I am planning to go to San Diego. I would really appreciate any tips, criticism and recommendations from people because I was never there before.
My plan so for is arriving Monday at 9:00 PM. Tuesday- Seaworld. Wednesday- Anza-Borrego dessert State park and Ocotillo Wells Recreation Area. Thursday-Point Loma Tide Pools, La Jolla cove and Shell beach. Friday-Kayaking. Motzei Shabbos I am flying back home. I plan to be at Sherition La Jolla the entire time.  Thank You.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moishel on January 28, 2018, 07:57:41 PM
Thanks, what hotel would you recommend?
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego La Jolla is a nice place, especially if you have SPG/Marriott points. Two bedroom/two floor villa options with nice kitchen. There's a Shabbos minyan by the Chabad shaliach for SD State University on premises, with a Kidduch/lunch after musaf. The whole area is within the eruv too. Complimentary breakfast in the lobby with many kosher options. If you want proof they'll show you the bags/packaging of most items.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 29, 2018, 12:14:34 PM
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego La Jolla is a nice place, especially if you have SPG/Marriott points. Two bedroom/two floor villa options with nice kitchen. There's a Shabbos minyan by the Chabad shaliach for SD State University University of California at San Diego on premises, with a Kidduch/lunch after musaf. The whole area is within the eruv too. Complimentary breakfast in the lobby with many kosher options. If you want proof they'll show you the bags/packaging of most items.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on January 29, 2018, 12:16:00 PM
Thanks, what hotel would you recommend?
Hyatt in La Jolla also very nice
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on January 29, 2018, 12:21:59 PM
Hyatt in La Jolla also very nice
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay is nice. You just need to make sure that you stay in the new section
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on January 29, 2018, 05:24:44 PM
Using the least amount of spg/Marriott points preferably , what would be my best option. I have never been to San diego so not sure what the different areas are. Seems like all four points are 7k a night.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on February 06, 2018, 06:56:27 PM
Using the least amount of spg/Marriott points preferably , what would be my best option. I have never been to San diego so not sure what the different areas are. Seems like all four points are 7k a night.

Bump please
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DavidL on February 06, 2018, 08:07:49 PM
4 Points/Sea World is centrally located and I personally enjoy staying in that area. Never been to that Hotel. Usually Stay at Hilton San Diego Resort close by.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on February 28, 2018, 05:46:38 PM
any one stay the Hilton Garden, Mission Valley. Reviews?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 28, 2018, 08:29:35 PM
any one stay the Hilton Garden, Mission Valley. Reviews?
If you have any specific questions i would be happy to answer them, i stayed there twice once in a noisy room right above the entrance second time i got a ocean view suite which i really enjoyed but the property itself is nothing comparable to the hyatt mission bay
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 01, 2018, 09:02:08 AM
I thought its in Mission Valley, how is there a Ocean View Suite?

How does it compare to other properties in the same price range?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on March 02, 2018, 05:07:23 PM
I thought its in Mission Valley, how is there a Ocean View Suite?

How does it compare to other properties in the same price range?
Sorry my mistake we are talking about two different hilton's
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 03, 2018, 05:27:50 PM
What is nicer Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley Stadium or  HILTON SAN DIEGO MISSION VALLEY ?

Also any trick to avoid the charges (the website say there is) for parking?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 04, 2018, 09:42:40 PM
I will be in San Diego Sunday evening to Wednesday evening. Would like to do Sea World, Tide Pools, Torrey Pines, and Coronado.
Would it make sense to spend 2 night in La Jolla - not ssure which hotel is better - the Sheraton or Residence INN? Just 2 adults, no kids
And then one night at Coronado Marriott?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DavidL on March 05, 2018, 12:52:37 AM
What is nicer Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley Stadium or  HILTON SAN DIEGO MISSION VALLEY ?

Also any trick to avoid the charges (the website say there is) for parking?
Do you mean Hilton San Diego Mission BAY?-This is far superior to Mission Valley. Great Centralized location. Very Nice Hotel.

There is a limited amount of parking available on the street. Or about a hundred yards south of the hotel is a public lot for the beach.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on March 05, 2018, 10:00:20 AM
I will be in San Diego Sunday evening to Wednesday evening. Would like to do Sea World, Tide Pools, Torrey Pines, and Coronado.
Would it make sense to spend 2 night in La Jolla - not ssure which hotel is better - the Sheraton or Residence INNJust 2 adults, no kids
And then one night at Coronado Marriott?
I stayed there twice had a bad experience both times. I had platinum status too but it meant nothing over there. Also, unless something was done in the last 2-3 years property is very tired and in a major need of a face lift.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 05, 2018, 10:05:16 AM
I stayed there twice had a bad experience both times. I had platinum status too but it meant nothing over there. Also, unless something was done in the last 2-3 years property is very tired and in a major need of a face lift.

Thanks , this is very helpful. Do you know if the Sheraton LA Jolla is any better? Or other spg recommendation ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on March 05, 2018, 10:10:31 AM
Thanks , this is very helpful. Do you know if the Sheraton LA Jolla is any better? Or other spg recommendation ?
I had family members that were staying at the Sheraton at the same time it definitely sounded better. I have not personally stayed there though. If you will only be there during the week there are many great options outside of La Jolla. It's nice there but for me the only reason to sleep there would be for Shabbos. It doesn't take that long to drive back and forth. IIRC both Westins downtown were really nice.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 05, 2018, 10:23:14 AM
I had family members that were staying at the Sheraton at the same time it definitely sounded better. I have not personally stayed there though. If you will only be there during the week there are many great options outside of La Jolla. It's nice there but for me the only reason to sleep there would be for Shabbos. It doesn't take that long to drive back and forth. IIRC both Westins downtown were really nice.

Got it, makes sense. The Westin are all sold out for my dates. Any other suggestions ?Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on March 05, 2018, 11:06:31 AM
Got it, makes sense. The Westin are all sold out for my dates. Any other suggestions ?Thanks!
Been there a few times. I think it was always westins though. IIRC there were some nice Marriott options downtown as well.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on March 05, 2018, 11:21:19 AM
Got it, makes sense. The Westin are all sold out for my dates. Any other suggestions ?Thanks!
Not sure if you have any Hyatt points... but we had a good experience at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 05, 2018, 07:05:02 PM
Not sure if you have any Hyatt points... but we had a good experience at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla

I do not, but would consider opening a card if it is a better hotel than the marriot or starwood properties
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 06, 2018, 08:23:38 AM
Not sure if you have any Hyatt points... but we had a good experience at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla

How recently did you stay there?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on March 06, 2018, 09:51:59 AM
How recently did you stay there?

This past summer  --> http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=83207.0
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 06, 2018, 08:20:05 PM
This past summer  --> http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=83207.0

Thanks, this was very helpful!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 07, 2018, 02:53:47 PM
Thanks , this is very helpful. Do you know if the Sheraton LA Jolla is any better? Or other spg recommendation ?

In my research I found other point places, like Hilton etc... to be better and nicer then the SPG options, one exception was La Jolla one which the advantage of staying there was it was right next the shul.
 
Save SPG points for another city.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on March 07, 2018, 05:19:13 PM
Not sure if you have any Hyatt points... but we had a good experience at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla
I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay and was very happy. You need to request to stay in the newly renovated section and your good.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 07, 2018, 05:24:02 PM
I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay and was very happy. You need to request to stay in the newly renovated section and your good.

Is it nicer than the LA Jolla location? Not being there over shabbos so don't need the location specifically
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: AtallD on March 07, 2018, 05:31:04 PM
Is it nicer than the LA Jolla location? Not being there over shabbos so don't need the location specifically

Are you going with kids? La Jolla rooms are nicer but Mission Bay has better amenities - pools with slides, etc.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 07, 2018, 05:38:12 PM
Are you going with kids? La Jolla rooms are nicer but Mission Bay has better amenities - pools with slides, etc.

No kids, want a nice hotel with a central location.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on March 07, 2018, 08:37:34 PM
but Mission Bay has better amenities - pools with slides, etc.
+1
They have alot of rides by the pool
In addition, the staff was very nice & they upgraded us to the penthouse & waived the parking fee
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 07, 2018, 08:38:45 PM
+1
They have alot of rides by the pool
In addition, the staff was very nice & they upgraded us to the penthouse & waived the parking fee

You'd recommend this one over La Jolla Hyatt Regency?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on March 07, 2018, 08:44:58 PM
You'd recommend this one over La Jolla Hyatt Regency?
Haven't stayed In La Jolla, but I would definitely recommend HRMB. I wouldn't grade it as 5 star, but for $100 (free night-including parking) & a upgrade to the penthouse, how bad can you go.......
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on March 07, 2018, 08:47:53 PM
Haven't stayed In La Jolla, but I would definitely recommend HRMB. I wouldn't grade it as 5 star, but for $100 (free night-including parking) & a upgrade to the penthouse, how bad can you go.......

No guarantees I will get the Penthouse tho! It would be great tho if they did!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on March 07, 2018, 08:49:24 PM
No guarantees I will get the Penthouse tho! It would be great tho if they did!
True, no guarantee, but all it took was an email to the manager that's it's our honeymoon/anniversary..........
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on March 08, 2018, 02:01:40 AM
Are you going with kids? La Jolla rooms are nicer but Mission Bay has better amenities - pools with slides, etc.
+1
They have alot of rides by the pool
In addition, the staff was very nice & they upgraded us to the penthouse & waived the parking fee
I had the parking fee waived along with an upgrade on a hotwire rate reservation. The staff was very nice and after thanking the manager she offered us a $50 lunch at the restaurant there.

Some water sports are included as well.

Over all it was a nice experience.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dreaming on March 13, 2018, 02:26:40 PM
I went to San  Diego from Monday evening until Motzai Shabbos in Ferbuary. Thank you for all your help.  I stayed at the Sheraton La Jolla. It is very nice and a 2 minute walk to the Marriot Residence Inn or a 15 minute walk to local shul for shabbos daveing. On shabbos they opened the door to my room for me. Some of the lights in the room go off on a sensor. Other lights stay on the entire time. If you go for shabbos then find out what light work with the sensor. None of the lights will go on, on the sensor. If I go again then I would stay again at the Sheraton La Jolla. Ralp's take out has a large selection of kosher food, much larger than I expected. It had 5 different types of main dishes, 5 different salads , and 8 different types of side dishes. They also had sushi, franks, hot dogs and full shabbos menu. I went Tuesday and Thursday to Ralp's, when I went Thursday the menu was different then Tuesday.  The food was really good.
On Tuesday we went to sea world. It was great because their was no lines in the park. On Wednesday we went to Anza-Borrego desert state park. When we got there they told us that the best hikes take 2 hours to walk or you could go on a jeep tour that you need to reserve at least one day in advance. Since we did not want to talk for 2 hours and we did not reserve a jeep tour we just turned out and went back to the hotel. On Thursday we went to shell beach and children's beach.  We saw the seals and the sea lions resting on the beach. Afterwards we went to Cabrillo National monument and tide pools. On Friday we went to Torrey Pines State Reserve, we had a nice time hiking over there. On Shabbos we went to Chabad minyan  at the Residence Inn. It was very nice. Shabbos morning, after davening, they had a full kiddish including salads and hot chulent and nice people. We had really nice times at everything that we did except for Anza-Borrego. Thank You for all you information. It really helped me.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on March 13, 2018, 04:42:08 PM
I went to San  Diego from Monday evening until Motzai Shabbos in Ferbuary. Thank you for all your help.  I stayed at the Sheraton La Jolla. It is very nice and a 2 minute walk to the Marriot Residence Inn or a 15 minute walk to local shul for shabbos daveing. On shabbos they opened the door to my room for me. Some of the lights in the room go off on a sensor. Other lights stay on the entire time. If you go for shabbos then find out what light work with the sensor. None of the lights will go on, on the sensor. If I go again then I would stay again at the Sheraton La Jolla. Ralp's take out has a large selection of kosher food, much larger than I expected. It had 5 different types of main dishes, 5 different salads , and 8 different types of side dishes. They also had sushi, franks, hot dogs and full shabbos menu. I went Tuesday and Thursday to Ralp's, when I went Thursday the menu was different then Tuesday.  The food was really good.
On Tuesday we went to sea world. It was great because their was no lines in the park. On Wednesday we went to Anza-Borrego desert state park. When we got there they told us that the best hikes take 2 hours to walk or you could go on a jeep tour that you need to reserve at least one day in advance. Since we did not want to talk for 2 hours and we did not reserve a jeep tour we just turned out and went back to the hotel. On Thursday we went to shell beach and children's beach.  We saw the seals and the sea lions resting on the beach. Afterwards we went to Cabrillo National monument and tide pools. On Friday we went to Torrey Pines State Reserve, we had a nice time hiking over there. On Shabbos we went to Chabad minyan  at the Residence Inn. It was very nice. Shabbos morning, after davening, they had a full kiddish including salads and hot chulent and nice people. We had really nice times at everything that we did except for Anza-Borrego. Thank You for all you information. It really helped me.
glad you enjoyed. weather behaved all along?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 13, 2018, 06:38:47 PM
Are the hotels near La Jolla beach area in safe area?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dreaming on March 14, 2018, 10:57:30 PM
I always felt safe in LA Jolla. The weather was beautiful.  In the morning until 10:00am and in the evening I needed a sweater. 
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yoelkon on March 17, 2018, 11:27:52 PM
Staying in SD for a few nights have an option between 7 hotels - can anyone advise which is best?


Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Omni San Diego Hotel
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 17, 2018, 11:33:35 PM
Sea World or San Diego Zoo?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on March 17, 2018, 11:52:42 PM
Sea World or San Diego Zoo?
San Diego zoo has the Panda and the Zipline. Other then that it's a regular zoo.

Sea world is more like a park with shows and rides.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on March 18, 2018, 12:35:21 AM
Sea World or San Diego Zoo?
Sea world. I hated the zoo, it's a lot of walking for nothing special.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 18, 2018, 10:53:27 AM
In Sea World, do I have anything to be worried about as far Tznuis?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on March 18, 2018, 10:57:55 AM
In Sea World, do I have anything to be worried about as far Tznuis?
Can you explain this line?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on March 18, 2018, 11:05:08 AM
In Sea World, do I have anything to be worried about as far Tznuis?
The performers are fully clothed I believe if that's what your asking.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 18, 2018, 11:19:33 AM
Thanks also are the isnt there a water rides part of it, are there people walking around in bathing suits?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on March 18, 2018, 11:31:00 AM
The performers are fully clothed I believe if that's what your asking.
They are wearing tight wet suits. Highest level of tznuis definitely not, however I would be more concerned with the way people are dressed at the park. That being said, you have the same problem at any outdoor attraction.... "Ein Lidovor Soif"....
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: gtld on March 21, 2018, 12:40:57 PM
I saw a mention of one take out place. Does any one know of a complete list of all the kosher establishments in San Diego?
New to DDF and have only found a bakery through Google. All help is appreciated.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on March 21, 2018, 04:26:10 PM
I saw a mention of one take out place. Does any one know of a complete list of all the kosher establishments in San Diego?
New to DDF and have only found a bakery through Google. All help is appreciated.

check the Wiki
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on March 21, 2018, 05:17:02 PM
Stick with cbtl
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dreaming on March 22, 2018, 08:07:18 AM
There are only 2 water rides. People wore ponchos at these 2 water rides.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on March 22, 2018, 09:54:42 AM
There are only 2 water rides. People wore ponchos at these 2 water rides.
I guess it depends on the time of year.... Definitely not the case in August.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: dreaming on March 22, 2018, 10:21:09 AM
Sorry about that . I went to sea world  in February.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on March 22, 2018, 11:09:39 PM
Pool World
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on May 09, 2018, 04:50:21 PM
On Shabbos we went to Chabad minyan  at the Residence Inn. It was very nice. Shabbos morning, after davening, they had a full kiddish including salads and hot chulent and nice people. We had really nice times at everything that we did except for Anza-Borrego. Thank You for all you information. It really helped me.

do they have this every week? shabbos of may 26th
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on May 10, 2018, 09:27:39 AM
do they have this every week? shabbos of may 26th
I was there in Aug last year and they also had it- it was very nice we enjoyed it a lot. the rabbi told me usually its more crowded when school is in session
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on May 30, 2018, 04:38:26 PM
Anywhere near San Diego or LA with hotel available near a restaurant or Chabad that offer eat-in shabbos meals?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 30, 2018, 05:40:58 PM
Anywhere near San Diego or LA with hotel available near a restaurant or Chabad that offer eat-in shabbos meals?

try this:

On Shabbos we went to Chabad minyan  at the Residence Inn. It was very nice. Shabbos morning, after davening, they had a full kiddish including salads and hot chulent and nice people. We had really nice times at everything that we did except for Anza-Borrego. Thank You for all you information. It really helped me.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on May 30, 2018, 08:21:59 PM
I am finalizing my reservations for August. Has anyone been at any of the Hyatt regency in the past few months that can tell me the pros or cons. Leaning towards Hyatt mission bay since it's on the water and close to sea world.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yossig on June 03, 2018, 01:16:47 PM
I'm planning a vacation this Monday night 6/4- Thursday night 6/7 to SD and would appreciate some guidance
TIA FOR YOUR HELP!!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on June 03, 2018, 05:50:44 PM
I don't know about the first two but there is a restaurant at the jcc called the place. Pretty decent meat place.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on June 03, 2018, 05:55:35 PM
I may have three extra sea world passes from the us travel discount deals....price was 50 each please pm me if interesred
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Aron27 on June 04, 2018, 04:42:08 AM
I'm planning a vacation this Monday night 6/4- Thursday night 6/7 to SD and would appreciate some guidance
  • I already booked AS first for the way there but having a hard time on the return LAX-NYC on ANY saver award
  • I wanted to go to Paradise point resort but it is sold out, is there anything similar in the area?
  • There are mixed reports about kosher restaurant, are there any? meat or dairy?
TIA FOR YOUR HELP!!

Ralphs Kosher Experience
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858)-597-1550

Tons of kosher food and a awesome meat take out..
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yossig on June 04, 2018, 09:31:11 AM
I may have three extra sea world passes from the us travel discount deals....price was 50 each please pm me if interesred
Ralphs Kosher Experience
8657 Villa La Jolla Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858)-597-1550

Tons of kosher food and a awesome meat take out..

I don't know about the first two but there is a restaurant at the jcc called the place. Pretty decent meat place.
Thanks everyone

BTW does anyone know if the Hilton resort (looks newer) is as good as the paradise Point Resort & Spa (looks older)?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DavidL on June 14, 2018, 05:46:55 PM
Thanks everyone

BTW does anyone know if the Hilton resort (looks newer) is as good as the paradise Point Resort & Spa (looks older)?
Better
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on June 14, 2018, 08:45:32 PM
There will be Friday night davening at residence in. La Jolla at 735 and 10am shabbas shachris with kiddish lunch this weekwnd
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on June 15, 2018, 01:39:04 AM
I am finalizing my reservations for August. Has anyone been at any of the Hyatt regency in the past few months that can tell me the pros or cons. Leaning towards Hyatt mission bay since it's on the water and close to sea world.
Make sure that they give you a room in the renovated section.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ShverSupportsMitMiles on July 09, 2018, 05:20:21 PM
Anyone stayed at Hilton torrey pines? Is it nice?

Does Ralph's sell chalov yisroel milk?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on July 09, 2018, 05:28:49 PM
Does Ralph's sell chalov yisroel milk?
Ralph's la jolla? yes
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Aron27 on July 10, 2018, 02:52:39 AM
Anyone stayed at Hilton torrey pines? Is it nice?

Does Ralph's sell chalov yisroel milk?
Yes and many other chalav yisroel items.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: cfx on July 10, 2018, 08:29:19 PM
Going to San Diego in two weeks and trying to figure out which Marriott hotel to stay in.

Is it worth it to stay at the Residence Inn in La Jolla just to be near kosher food and minyanim although it isn't that beautiful? Or is it worth it to stay at the  Residence Inn San Diego Bayfront/Downtown where we would be closer to the shore and in a nicer hotel, but further from the shul and food?

From those who have stayed in Downtown San Diego, how bad is the traffic to La Jolla?

Appreciate your help!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 10, 2018, 10:37:36 PM
Is the shabbos minyan at the Residence Inn running in the summer?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: thaber on July 11, 2018, 12:55:47 AM
Is the shabbos minyan at the Residence Inn running in the summer?
http://www.chabadofucsd.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/982151/jewish/Shabbat-Services.htm
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 12, 2018, 03:27:51 AM
I know the food options change from season to season
What are the current kosher options around San Diego?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on August 13, 2018, 05:26:09 PM
I know the food options change from season to season
What are the current kosher options around San Diego?

Ralphs supermarket in La Jolla has excellent take out options and you have meat restaurant in La Jolla JCC.  also there is summer grill in beth jacob congregation in the SDSU area although it may be over by now.

menchies and coffee bean offer non-chalav israel drinks and desserts and lastly
there is apparently a new meat place in UCSD
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on December 14, 2018, 11:47:37 AM
Is there anyway to get cheaper tickets to the San Diego zoo? Looks like tickets are $56 each.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on December 18, 2018, 06:06:55 AM
Any nice spa in San Diego? Dont see anything exciting online
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on January 02, 2019, 06:18:26 PM
Any nice spa in San Diego? Dont see anything exciting online

Bump
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: kopite1 on January 03, 2019, 05:29:17 AM
Any nice spa in San Diego? Dont see anything exciting online

https://www.beautykliniek.com/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: kopite1 on January 03, 2019, 05:29:40 AM
Is there anyway to get cheaper tickets to the San Diego zoo? Looks like tickets are $56 each.

Interested to know this too
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on January 15, 2019, 12:54:11 PM
I am going next shabbos to residence inn in La Jolla any thing i need to know about shabbos there. IE the rooms any issues with automatic sensors?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DavidL on January 17, 2019, 06:10:29 PM
It's difficult to find discounted tickets to the zoo. However, It's worth the price and is the number 1 zoo in the US. If you are going with 4 paying people (age 3+) or more you may want to consider membership. Keepers' club ($234) includes 2 adult unlimited passes as well as 2 one time use passes. You can then get 2 more passes for 50% off so if you want to go with 6 people you would end up paying $290. Without the membership the trip for 6 people would be $336.

You may also want to consider a San Diego Go Card which will give you access for 3 days to the Zoo, LegoLand, SeaWorld, Safari Park and some other attractions. I find this to be a good value because there is so much you can pack into a trip to San Diego.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on January 17, 2019, 06:16:35 PM
Is there anyway to get cheaper tickets to the San Diego zoo? Looks like tickets are $56 each.
go to the beach and see sea lions in their natural habitat for free!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on January 19, 2019, 10:07:45 PM
just wondering Ralphs in LA Jolla do they have all the kosher food need such as cheese and cold cuts.. Just trying to figure out what I need to Shlep thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on January 19, 2019, 10:11:31 PM
just wondering Ralphs in LA Jolla do they have all the kosher food need such as cheese and cold cuts.. Just trying to figure out what I need to Shlep thanks
yes fully stocked
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on January 19, 2019, 10:13:32 PM
It's difficult to find discounted tickets to the zoo. However, It's worth the price and is the number 1 zoo in the US. If you are going with 4 paying people (age 3+) or more you may want to consider membership. Keepers' club ($234) includes 2 adult unlimited passes as well as 2 one time use passes. You can then get 2 more passes for 50% off so if you want to go with 6 people you would end up paying $290. Without the membership the trip for 6 people would be $336.

You may also want to consider a San Diego Go Card which will give you access for 3 days to the Zoo, LegoLand, SeaWorld, Safari Park and some other attractions. I find this to be a good value because there is so much you can pack into a trip to San Diego.
We bought the San Diego Go Cards from Costco on our last trip.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on January 20, 2019, 02:34:03 AM
It's difficult to find discounted tickets to the zoo. However, It's worth the price and is the number 1 zoo in the US. If you are going with 4 paying people (age 3+) or more you may want to consider membership. Keepers' club ($234) includes 2 adult unlimited passes as well as 2 one time use passes. You can then get 2 more passes for 50% off so if you want to go with 6 people you would end up paying $290. Without the membership the trip for 6 people would be $336.

You may also want to consider a San Diego Go Card which will give you access for 3 days to the Zoo, LegoLand, SeaWorld, Safari Park and some other attractions. I find this to be a good value because there is so much you can pack into a trip to San Diego.
Depending on your pace, it may not come out cheaper.
go to the beach and see sea lions in their natural habitat for free!
Or during boating...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: thaber on January 20, 2019, 03:18:38 AM
Is there anyway to get cheaper tickets to the San Diego zoo? Looks like tickets are $56 each.
Interested to know this too
It's difficult to find discounted tickets to the zoo. However, It's worth the price and is the number 1 zoo in the US. If you are going with 4 paying people (age 3+) or more you may want to consider membership. Keepers' club ($234) includes 2 adult unlimited passes as well as 2 one time use passes. You can then get 2 more passes for 50% off so if you want to go with 6 people you would end up paying $290. Without the membership the trip for 6 people would be $336.

You may also want to consider a San Diego Go Card which will give you access for 3 days to the Zoo, LegoLand, SeaWorld, Safari Park and some other attractions. I find this to be a good value because there is so much you can pack into a trip to San Diego.
We bought the San Diego Go Cards from Costco on our last trip.
Chase private client is the best possible discount outside of active military https://www.chase.com/online/private_client/arts-culture-la.htm?jp_cmp=rb/privateclientla/off/artculture/multiple
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on January 20, 2019, 04:02:43 PM
go to the beach and see sea lions in their natural habitat for free!

What is the nicest beach in SD?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on January 20, 2019, 05:34:40 PM
What is the nicest beach in SD?
La Jolla Cove is where you'll see the sea lions
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on January 21, 2019, 06:02:07 PM
La Jolla Cove is where you'll see the sea lions
bring nose plugs
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ar on January 22, 2019, 05:28:01 PM
What is the nicest beach in SD?

Is Coronado a nice beach?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: DavidL on January 23, 2019, 02:23:03 PM
Is Coronado a nice beach?
Yes.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 23, 2019, 07:14:13 PM
Is Coronado a nice beach?
Pay for chairs or bring some to sit on
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on February 27, 2019, 01:08:57 PM
Are there enough activities in SD and surrounding area that are doable with an infant (like 1-2 months) to make it worthwhile for a 3 or 4 day trip?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 27, 2019, 01:28:40 PM
Think so
dont think an infant will ruin trips to zoo, wild animal park, sea world, balboa park, point loma etc.....
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on February 27, 2019, 01:54:44 PM
Think so
dont think an infant will ruin trips to zoo, wild animal park, sea world, balboa park, point loma etc.....
To each its own.. Depending on the kid...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: kopite1 on February 28, 2019, 05:40:51 AM
Highly recommend the Childrens Museum in downtown SD
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on February 28, 2019, 11:25:16 AM
The more I think about, the more I realize I should probably just wait and do this trip another time with all my kids. Thanks for the help everyone.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 28, 2019, 12:41:58 PM
The more I think about, the more I realize I should probably just wait and do this trip another time with all my kids. Thanks for the help everyone.

sure about that.  Dont say I'll do things tomorrow when you can do them today!

you never know what the future holds if you can go now i would do it.  An infant wont spoil a great trip for husband and wife.  Wife and husband need vacations for themselves without the mishpacha
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on February 28, 2019, 04:02:55 PM
sure about that.  Dont say I'll do things tomorrow when you can do them today!

you never know what the future holds if you can go now i would do it.  An infant wont spoil a great trip for husband and wife.  Wife and husband need vacations for themselves without the mishpacha
Not going to SD now doesn't mean not going on vacation. We'll go somewhere else instead - spent most of today looking at other options.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on March 06, 2019, 10:16:54 AM
Grand Hyatt Manchester
Regency mission Bay
Park Hyatt Aviara

Going as a globalist. Any suggestions on which one to stay at?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on March 06, 2019, 12:41:51 PM
Grand Hyatt Manchester
Regency mission Bay
Park Hyatt Aviara

Going as a globalist. Any suggestions on which one to stay at?
I went in the summer and stayed in the Marriott Marquis on the bay, it was a very nice view but the location was quite annoying especially as a frum Jew it was a pretty far drive to shul and kosher food. (I don't find it a big deal to drive 30-40 minutes to an attraction to spend a good chunk of the day, but the places I need to go repeatedly and for a relatively short time it was annoying.) Based on location, Regency Mission Bay seems to be the best.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on March 06, 2019, 01:32:30 PM
I went in the summer and stayed in the Marriott Marquis on the bay, it was a very nice view but the location was quite annoying especially as a frum Jew it was a pretty far drive to shul and kosher food. (I don't find it a big deal to drive 30-40 minutes to an attraction to spend a good chunk of the day, but the places I need to go repeatedly and for a relatively short time it was annoying.) Based on location, Regency Mission Bay seems to be the best.
+1. This is always how I approach vacations/trips, but it doesn't seem to be the norm on these forums. If the OP cares about this, Mission Bay is certainly the best option of the 3 (there's also another HR in La Jolla, but I don't know how it compares). GH Manchester is right nest to the Marriott Marquis, and the PH is way out there in Carlsbad.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on June 27, 2019, 10:12:24 AM
Any nice resorts within walking distance of a minyan?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Alexsei on June 27, 2019, 10:14:59 AM
Any nice resorts within walking distance of a minyan?
"Resorts"? no
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on June 27, 2019, 12:59:41 PM
"Resorts"? no
But Chabad of Downtown San Diego is right near the bay.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on June 27, 2019, 05:37:08 PM
Any nice resorts within walking distance of a minyan?

not sure about "resorts" but La Jolla may have some minyan options
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Moshe_N on July 01, 2019, 02:05:10 PM
Anyone have SeaWorld tickets? Or a season pass? At SeaWorld rn so respond asap. Thanks! Willing to $
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on July 12, 2019, 10:34:30 AM
For a weekend stay better Sheraton La Jolla or the residence Inn?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on July 14, 2019, 11:32:59 AM
What Hechsherim are reliable in San Diego for restaurants?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on July 14, 2019, 11:33:27 AM
What Hechsherim are reliable in San Diego for restaurants?

what restaurants are there in san diego?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on July 15, 2019, 12:21:52 PM
what restaurants are there in san diego?

In the summer the Grill  which is an outside barbeque and inside the la Jolla JCC there is one
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 15, 2019, 12:56:08 PM
In the summer the Grill  which is an outside barbeque and inside the la Jolla JCC there is one
Local Vaad and its realiable, as per several LA rabbonim.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: chesky on July 16, 2019, 03:22:54 PM
Anyone know if the residence inn la jolla going to have a minyan this year the last shabbos in august?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nucheiner on July 22, 2019, 12:19:54 PM
Any have specific recommendations for a house rental for a group of 15+ or a good hotel that has large Suites to accommodate couples with kids?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on July 22, 2019, 04:40:55 PM
For a weekend stay better Sheraton La Jolla or the residence Inn?

In regards to what, proximity to shuls?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mlight on July 29, 2019, 04:58:39 PM
Any recent reviews of Hyatt Regency Mission Bay?
Want to book a suite (travelling with kids and want a seperate room). Seems like there were some recent renovations there, any tips on what room/building to look into? Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on July 29, 2019, 08:34:08 PM
Any recent reviews of Hyatt Regency Mission Bay?
Want to book a suite (travelling with kids and want a seperate room). Seems like there were some recent renovations there, any tips on what room/building to look into? Thanks!
Was there a few years ago. At that point only the tower was renovated, while the other sections were old. At this point the entire place should have been renovated
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mlight on July 30, 2019, 12:45:53 AM
Was there a few years ago. At that point only the tower was renovated, while the other sections were old. At this point the entire place should have been renovated
Thanks. How was your hotel experience in general?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on July 30, 2019, 01:47:31 AM
Thanks. How was your hotel experience in general?
Was nice. The receptionist moved out there from NJ 2 weeks beforehand so we got a free corner room upgrade.( Because we're from NY..)

They have nice grounds, and some water sports on premises.

Below are some pictures from our balcony
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mlight on July 30, 2019, 03:39:00 AM
Was nice. The receptionist moved out there from NJ 2 weeks beforehand so we got a free corner room upgrade.( Because we're from NY..)

They have nice grounds, and some water sports on premises.

Below are some pictures from our balcony
👍 thank you!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 30, 2019, 07:56:27 AM
Any recent reviews of Hyatt Regency Mission Bay?
Want to book a suite (travelling with kids and want a seperate room). Seems like there were some recent renovations there, any tips on what room/building to look into? Thanks!
We were there about 2 years ago. Staff was very nice & helpful. A simple email to the manager got us upgraded to the penthouse & he also threw in free parking
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 30, 2019, 09:16:15 PM
We were there about 2 years ago. Staff was very nice & helpful. A simple email to the manager got us upgraded to the penthouse & he also threw in free parking
What did you ask for in the email? Thanks
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mlight on July 30, 2019, 10:41:26 PM
What did you ask for in the email? Thanks
+1, and what is his email address?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 30, 2019, 11:45:04 PM
What did you ask for in the email? Thanks
Just the usual honeymoon/anniversary/birthday stuff. I've used this tactic in many different hotels all over the world & was successful most of the times.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: tanipollak on July 31, 2019, 12:20:03 PM
Looking to go to San Diego for a week in mid September. If I get a go San Diego card is hat good for 1 or 2 ppl? Also which Hyatt hotels are the nicest and most convenient. Well have a car as well.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on July 31, 2019, 04:22:42 PM
Just the usual honeymoon/anniversary/birthday stuff. I've used this tactic in many different hotels all over the world & was successful most of the times.
Tactic  :-[
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mlight on August 05, 2019, 11:31:07 PM
Anyone know of a good family photographer in San Diego?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nucheiner on August 13, 2019, 01:17:45 PM
Does Ralph's carry any dairy lunch items at their takeout counter? Pastas etc.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 13, 2019, 03:13:55 PM
Does Ralph's carry any dairy lunch items at their takeout counter? Pastas etc.
Yes
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ethana on August 13, 2019, 04:41:35 PM
Anyone know of a good family photographer in San Diego?
https://www.detallesbym.com/services
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: mlight on August 13, 2019, 07:17:10 PM
https://www.detallesbym.com/services
Thanks!
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nucheiner on August 19, 2019, 02:23:14 PM
Any try the SeaWorld Gold Annual passes from Costco? Was it a huge time killer waiting by guest services for the free guest pass?

(Comes with free parking and quick queue, but not worth an hour on line.)
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nucheiner on August 27, 2019, 05:25:15 AM
Seeing lots of Jews vacationing. Are there any minyanim shachris around after 8am?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: elya on August 27, 2019, 12:39:28 PM
Seeing lots of Jews vacationing. Are there any minyanim shachris around after 8am?
Not officially. Although KMR has a program here now, so may wanna check what time they daven there.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: elya on August 27, 2019, 12:42:49 PM
Any try the SeaWorld Gold Annual passes from Costco? Was it a huge time killer waiting by guest services for the free guest pass?

(Comes with free parking and quick queue, but not worth an hour on line.)
Not sure about the Annual pass, but the 2 day Go Pass is a great deal.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ekay on October 06, 2019, 03:07:58 PM
Any experience/feedback on purchasing cheap  LEGO land tickets on eBay? Below is the item description of one of the listings. Should I rely on this or is it suspicious?
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This listing is for e-tickets to Legoland California San Diego, 1-Day admission, priced at $100+ at gate. The aquarium and waterpark are not included.
1. The ticket will be sent to your email in the format of PDF in the morning of your designated date, around 8am, the Legoland opens at 9:30am.
2. I will need a full name to associate the tickets with. His/Her name will appear on the tickets, this person will need to show his or her validate photo ID (driver license or passport) to the clerk at the ticket booth in exchange for the hard tickets. Then you can use the hard paper tickets at the gate to enter.
3. The tickets can not be sent earlier.
4. You have to enter the gate before 12pm. The tickets become invalided after.
Please place an order only when you accept the above terms.
I have had many happy customers, saving lots of money and enjoyed their day at Legoland.
No shipment involved, even if you are going in two or three days or even tomorrow, you will still be able to get your discounted tickets.
I know this setting of sending tickets in the morning may seem a little unfamiliar, but don't worry, you are well protected by eBay ^-^, money back if anything goes wrong, but I don't believe there will be any.
Again, the tickets will be sent to your email address in the morning on the day you go to the Legoland.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: frozenflame99 on November 19, 2019, 06:12:09 PM
Any experience/feedback on purchasing cheap  LEGO land tickets on eBay? Below is the item description of one of the listings. Should I rely on this or is it suspicious?
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This listing is for e-tickets to Legoland California San Diego, 1-Day admission, priced at $100+ at gate. The aquarium and waterpark are not included.
1. The ticket will be sent to your email in the format of PDF in the morning of your designated date, around 8am, the Legoland opens at 9:30am.
2. I will need a full name to associate the tickets with. His/Her name will appear on the tickets, this person will need to show his or her validate photo ID (driver license or passport) to the clerk at the ticket booth in exchange for the hard tickets. Then you can use the hard paper tickets at the gate to enter.
3. The tickets can not be sent earlier.
4. You have to enter the gate before 12pm. The tickets become invalided after.
Please place an order only when you accept the above terms.
I have had many happy customers, saving lots of money and enjoyed their day at Legoland.
No shipment involved, even if you are going in two or three days or even tomorrow, you will still be able to get your discounted tickets.
I know this setting of sending tickets in the morning may seem a little unfamiliar, but don't worry, you are well protected by eBay ^-^, money back if anything goes wrong, but I don't believe there will be any.
Again, the tickets will be sent to your email address in the morning on the day you go to the Legoland.

Did you end up buying  or not ? how did it work out ?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Ekay on November 20, 2019, 10:00:51 PM
Did you end up buying  or not ? how did it work out ?
I bought actual tickets on eBay worked great. Wasnt comfortable with this guy.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: frozenflame99 on November 21, 2019, 03:04:03 PM
Pre BF deals in Sea World
https://seaworld.com/san-diego/tickets/limited-time-offers/
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on February 12, 2020, 05:04:46 PM
Took my family for a short budget friendly mid winter vacation.
We drove from la with 5 kids ranging from 1 to 15.
With great mazel, it was cold and raining the first day,  was cold the second and was finally nice the day we left.
We went to point Loma to see the light house. wasn't that exciting,  but it is a national park ($20 entrance fee per car)
Was exciting to see a submarine heading out to see accompanied by 3 boats.
We went too old town.  Cute place to walk around and see.  2 blocks away there is a small model train museum.  Suggested donation was $5 a person and $10 a family.  We all enjoyed it,  kids to adults.  Very detailed and done with humor  (hobos under the tracks,  a building on fire,  the names of the businesses...)
La jolla cove - children's pool was great.  The actual beach with the seals is closed for the winter bec the pups are born then,  but the kids enjoyed seeing them amd catching a beautiful sunset.
The last day we had to head back and since we were staying in Oceanside we decided to do something on the way back instead of driving back to San Diego.  There was a small petting zoo called zoomars in san juan Capistrano .
Cute place where you can go into the pen woth the goats and sheep and guinea pigs.  Could also feed the rabbits,  and llamas. Pony rides and train ride for ages 2-10. Also a western theme backdrop,  park,  corn kernel "ball pit" had a good deal on Groupon.
Wanted to hike in torrey pines but didn't have time due to the weather
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: superstareli55 on February 24, 2020, 01:33:30 PM
Going to SD for buissness gonna be near Marina any kosher options nearby?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on February 24, 2020, 02:09:07 PM
Going to SD for buissness gonna be near Marina any kosher options nearby?
Ralphs in La Jolla is where its at for Kosher in San Diego area.

Kosher take out counter with everything from sushi and pizza to teriyaki chicken and deli sandwiches.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: pointer on June 09, 2020, 12:11:54 PM
what are the nicest resorts in the San Diego area, bookable with points?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on July 26, 2020, 05:42:40 PM
any nice hotels or resorts that have a private pool for the room? if not, then a big jaccuzi for the room ...
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on July 31, 2020, 08:14:33 AM
whats there to do in san diego these days?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: amhanoka on August 09, 2020, 08:32:09 PM
We were there about 2 years ago. Staff was very nice & helpful. A simple email to the manager got us upgraded to the penthouse & he also threw in free parking
What is the email address?
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on August 09, 2020, 11:16:51 PM
What is the email address?
This guy was the manager at the time edan.ballantine@hyatt.com. not sure if he's still around
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on August 21, 2020, 12:21:59 AM
I just booked tickets for December on United for $74 RT from ORD-SAN.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: Divora M on August 21, 2020, 11:37:53 AM
Is there enough things to do in San Diego with kids for a week? I am beginning to get cold feet about the length of our trip there.
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on August 21, 2020, 12:13:49 PM
Is there enough things to do in San Diego with kids for a week? I am beginning to get cold feet about the length of our trip there.

in general yes now in Covid times not sure whats open
Title: Re: San Diego Master Thread
Post by: CsMD on September 30, 2020, 10:46:17 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Andaz in the Gaslamp area? Any reviews?