After a week off, Jimmy is back in action and the little one and I are finally on the road with him. We couldn’t pick a better week to start than Torrey Pines and San Diego.
When the weather is good, there are few places around the country that beat this city. San Diego is a fun, hip city with wonderful dining, shopping, golf and views that can’t be beat.
If you like Mexican food then Fidel’s Little Mexico in Solana Beach is a must. (607 Valley Ave, Solana Beach 858-755-5292) Everything on the menu is fantastic but I highly suggest the chicken and rice soup. Accompanied by avocado, onions and a side of fresh flower tortillas, this soup is a dish I look forward to all year long. Yum!
With reasonable prices and lots of tables, Fidel’s is a great spot for families and bigger groups, although reservations are strongly suggested if it’s racing season at Del Mark Race Track. Fidel’s can be a little hard to find so I highly suggest following a GPS, especially after sunset.
Although the Lodge at Torrey Pines is wonderful, it is quite pricy. A slightly cheaper alternative if you want to stay at Torrey Pines Golf Course is the Hilton at Torrey Pines. I picked a random week in March as a test, and the average room price difference between the two hotels is at least $150 to $200 per night. You can’t go wrong either way, as the views of the golf course and Pacific Ocean are fabulous.
If you don’t want to stay right at the course the Del Mar Inn by Clarion is a much cheaper option and is walking distance to downtown Del Mar. It’s an older, quirky hotel but is clean and has a lot of charm. Not quite the same views as staying up at Torrey Pines but with the amount of money you save, you can play an extra round or two on the South Course. Trade offs!
Downtown Del Mar offers fun boutiques that may not satisfy every shopping need, but is a perfect spot for lunch and getting some fresh sea air while browsing.
While cruising Del Mar, be sure to check out Del Mar Plaza. It is fun shopping center with a few mainstream stores any many unique boutiques. Being the equestrian that I am, I love the Saratoga Saddlery & International Boutiqe. (If you are reading this blog be aware of the shameless plug for all things horsey – I’ll try to keep it at a minimum.)
While in the area, be sure to check out the Del Mar Hat Co for fabulous "Derby style" hats should you be in town during racing season. The retail store and design studio are located at 11689 Sorrento Valley Road SD 92121 or find them online at www.delmarhat.com.
There are so many wonderful things about the City of San Diego, I will need a few more years of blogging to even scratch the surface, but I hope these little tidbits will help if you are ever visiting. Get out and support the golfers this week at the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open. A great field, great course, great views and most importantly, the weather will to be WONDERFUL!