Strictly Business Visits San Diego, 2008
We love Nebraska. Most of our staff members were born and raised here and have all decided to stay and raise their families and have a career here. As much as possible, we spend our money here, buy our merchandise and services here and even travel within the state (and to parts of Iowa). However, every once in a while, we decide to take vacations outside of Nebraska, as I’m sure many of our readers do as well. In the past, our staff has traveled to (and written about) Las Vegas and New Orleans. This spring, we decided to head for California and we chose San Diego as our destination.
Woodfin Suites | 10044 Pacific Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92121 | 888-433-2150
Woodfin Suites was the perfect hotel for our stay. Located in a central area that was a short drive or cab ride away from all of our chosen destinations, Woodfin is an all-suite, full service hotel that offers free parking, pool and spa facilities, a fitness center and guest business center among other amenities. Both of our rooms had a full kitchen, separate bedroom and spacious bathroom. We were more than comfortable in our rooms and had wonderful experiences with all of the friendly and knowledgeable staff members.
We also dined twice at the attached Oasis Bar & Grill, a vibrant little restaurant with beautiful décor and a delicious menu. One morning we took advantage of their scrumptious breakfast buffet and on our last evening in San Diego, we ate dinner at Oasis and enjoyed selections like braised short rib ravioli, mini Kobe beef burgers, Hawaiian Sun fish and Veal Scaloppine with Cannoli for dessert. .
We highly recommend Woodfin Suites not only for their many wonderful amenities and delicious restaurant, but also for their incredibly helpful and friendly staff.
Top of the Hyatt | Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego | One Market Place; 40th floor Harbor Tower | (619) 232-1234 ext. 4914 | www.manchestergrand.hyatt.com
As the locals say, “If you have visitors in town and don’t take them to the Top of the Hyatt, shame on you.” It is the best view in downtown San Diego. And why not, it’s on top of the tallest building on the West Coast waterfront – the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. We visited the Top of the Hyatt on Friday early evening for drinks and appetizers. This gorgeous locale is 40 floors above San Diego and offers drinks (we highly recommend their large assortment of custom martinis) and light appetizers like Seafood Ceviche and baked Brie cheese. This is the perfect setting for a romantic drink before dinner or, like we did, the beginning of a night out on the town.
‘Stingaree | 454 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619-544-9500
Set in a historic warehouse in San Diego’s once-taboo Red Light district, Stingaree is a state-of-the-art restaurant, nightclub, and event center boasting the ultimate blend of high style and excellent service. The multi-million-dollar facility occupies three stories on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Island and features a floor-to-ceiling waterfall, rooftop cabanas, fire pit, and VIP lounge. We visited Stingaree after our drinks and appetizers at Top of the Hyatt and found it to be one of most visually impressive and fun nightclubs we’ve ever been to. Stingaree attracts the who’s who of San Diego and there is plenty to do—dancing, talking with new friends or relaxing on the rooftop with a premium drink while you gaze out over the city.
California Dreamin’ | 1-800-373-3359 | www.californiadreamin.com
Seeing the sights was important to our group, especially since many of us had never been to California before. And what better way to see those sights than from a hot air balloon?? We got in touch with California Dreamin’, a company offering hot air balloon and bi-plane rides, and scheduled a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Temecula Wine Country, located between San Diego and Los Angeles. Though it was an early morning (we left our hotel at 5 am), it was certainly worth it. The scenery and the feeling of being up in the clouds was amazing and our guide was so knowledgeable about our surroundings. We finished off this adventure with a refreshing breakfast and a chat with the staff and other participants. Definitely a to-do when in the San Diego area!
Sea World | 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 | (619) 226-3901 | www.SeaWorldParks.com
No trip to San Diego would be complete without visiting Sea World! We visited the park on a Sunday afternoon and headed straight for the Dolphin Interaction Program, where Paige was scheduled to get up close and personal with the dolphins! After dressing in her wet suit, she underwent a half hour class about the dolphins and what to expert from her interaction. She was then put in a group with four other people and they got into the pool with a trainer and a dolphin. We got to watch as she got splashed by, pet, hugged and helped give the dolphin instructions. It was amazing to watch. These lovable mammals are so intelligent and have great personalities. Definitely a highlight of the trip! We spent the next few hours touring the rest of the park. Some favorites were the beluga whale exhibit, the walrus and sea lion show and the Bayside Skyride.
We really enjoyed our trip to San Diego and encourage our readers who are looking for a west coast adventure to experience it as well. We recommend all of the above mentioned attractions, lodging and dining establishment and remember—if you do go, tell them the girls from Strictly Business sent you!