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Relaxed weekend in San Diego

My husband and I are planning on going to San Diego to escape from our busy schedules. Not looking forward to lot of busy activities either. Would love to know a place that has good food and scenic beauty. We don't mind hiking around at all. Any tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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top answer by
Michael from San Diego

Without knowing your budget,  here's a few suggestions: 

High end:   The Grand Del Mar and then hiking in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve  (year-round waterfall).   High quality dining at the hotel. 

Also High end:   The Lodge at Torrey Pines.   A.R. Valentien is an excellent restaurant and the views while hiking at Torrey Pines doesn't get much better on a sunny day.

Lower end: the Hilton Del Mar in Del Mar is a more moderately priced hotel  (largely business) that both has a nice restaurant with the excellent  The Fish Market Del Mar across the street and a bunch of other options within walking distance or drive into Del Mar center.   Hiking at San Elijo Lagoon in nearby Solana Beach is outstanding. 

Extremely affordable:   Four Points by Sheraton San Diego in Kearny Mesa is a largely business hotel with some decent amenities.   Can hike in nearly Mission Trails Regional Park  (use the Clairemont Mesa Dr (Tierrasanta) entrance to the park).   Extensive hiking and particularly nice during winter months as the winter rains create lots of greenery. 

Hope these are helpful.  But always useful to offer a range of what you want to spend in order to get more tailored recommendations.    Enjoy your weekend!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve (attraction)
  2. The Lodge at Torrey Pines (hotel)
  3. San Elijo Lagoon (attraction)
  4. Solana Beach (attraction)
  5. Mission Trails Regional Park (park)
  6. The Grand Del Mar (hotel)
  7. A.R. Valentien (restaurant)
  8. Hilton Del Mar (hotel)
  9. The Fish Market Del Mar (restaurant)
  10. Four Points by Sheraton San Diego (hotel)
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answered by
Mackenzie from Maryland

I travel to California about once a year and I stay in a small town called Cardiff by the Sea Its a bit of a drive from the city but the scenery is BEAUTIFUL. Right next to Cardiff is another town called Encinitas where you can go see the sea lions and swim in the cove at La Jolla if it isn't too cold. The shopping is pretty good too. Definitely worth it. 

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  1. Cardiff by the Sea (city)
  2. Encinitas (city)
  3. La Jolla (city)
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answered by
Teresa from San Antonio

One of my favorite scenic places is  La Jolla.  The coastline is gorgeous and you can just park for the day and walk everywhere.  It is especially nice to watch sunset from the rocks or grassy area along the coast road. There are several restaurants you can eat at (don't have a specific one to recommend).  The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is also located here and has AMAZING views from inside. A great reference is the La Jolla website.  Another great place to explore without spending any money is  Balboa Park.  You can take the free trolley and hop on and off throughout this LARGE park.  There are many places to eat and also several museums (some are free, some charge minimal admission) that you can pop in.  The architecture in the open areas of the park is enough to keep your eyes happy!  The world famous San Diego Zoo is also located here but personally, I found it overpriced and underwhelmed.  I've been to much better Zoos for a fraction of the cost. Ocean Beach is a great little community and the beach is dog friendly.  I don't have pets so when I want my "pooch fix", I head here to watch the dogs frolic in the surf with laughing children observing.  Its a great place to brighten your day.  Another website for research on that area is  Take the ferry for $4 over to Coronado and walk around the  Coronado Ferry Landing.  The ferry ride is one of the cheapest and most scenic ways to see San Diego from across the water AND experience the beautiful Coronado as well.  You can take the local bus from the Ferry Landing down to the Beautiful Hotel Del Coronado and walk through the lobby and grounds without having to pay to spend the night.  They have a great restaurant overlooking the beach if you want to have a meal there.  The transit system is cheap and easy to use here so no need to drive over to the island.  The ferry is a "walk on only" (though you can bring your bike) and much better way to get there.  You can always drive over the Coronado Bay Bridge if you prefer and have your own car.  The Amtrak goes into San Diego and the trolley system runs throughout the city if you are coming by plane, train or bus.  ENJOY!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. La Jolla (city)
  2. Balboa Park (attraction)
  3. Ocean Beach (attraction)
  4. Hotel Del Coronado (hotel)
  5. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (attraction)
  6. Coronado Bay Bridge (attraction)
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answered by
James from Los Angeles

Stay at La Pensione Hotel in the Little Italy section. It's quiet and wonderful, and there's a great little mom and pop Italian joint right across the street.  Also, get yourself a Wahoo burger!

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  1. La Pensione Hotel (hotel)
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answered by
Wendee from Carlsbad (California)

Hike in Torrey Pines State Park.  Then go to Downtown La Jolla for a meal. Its so beautiful!

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  1. Torrey Pines State Park (attraction)
  2. La Jolla (city)
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