Friday, March 25, 2011

Anniversary Get Away

Thanks to Income Tax Refunds, and the great deals on Priceline.com, we were able to get away for a few days for our 15th wedding anniversary.

A few weeks ago we used Priceline.com to secure reservations at a four star hotel in the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego. We stayed at The Omni of San Diego. It was a beautiful hotel, standing 21 floors tall, sitting right next door to Petco Park and across the street from the San Diego Convention Center. We arrived on Monday afternoon and checked into our room, originally booking a King Size room, they only had a room with two double beds available. We were on the 18th floor and our view was overlooking Downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp District.After checking in and dropping off our stuff in our room, we went walking and ended up walking to The Horton Plaza and then back again. It was a nice afternoon to take a walk. We decided that for dinner we would try Hodad's, a burger place made famous and well known thanks to Guy Fieri and his Food Network Show, Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. We ordered bacon cheeseburgers, fries and onion rings, and chocolate shakes. The burger was out of this world! This is definitely a place to return to in the future. Following dinner, we walked along the board walk and the Ocean Beach Pier. It was the longest Pier we'd ever seen and a Pier in the shape of a "T". The clouds were pretty and the waves were big. After finding a RedBox Movie Rental, we returned to our hotel to enjoy the room and relax.

Tuesday morning, we enjoyed sleeping in and watching the Red Box Movie we'd rented (our room had a DVD player!) and just relaxing. We've both been busy in the last several months that one of our goals for this trip was to just relax and rest.

Midday we figured it was time to start the day. We decided that taking the Trolley to Old Town for Mexican Food would be our adventure for the afternoon. We caught the Trolley just outside our hotel and made the appropriate connections to get to our destination. It was fun and we saw a lot of "unique" people. We had lunch at a place that I saw Rachel Ray feature on one of her Food Network shows, Old Town Mexican Cafe. The homemade tortillas were amazing! Once again, we were not disappointed by the recommendation of Food Network celebrities!

Upon returning to our hotel, we checked with the front desk about the possibility of a King Size room becoming available and there was!! So we went to our old room, packed our stuff, and moved into what would be our new room for the remainder of our stay. This room was on the 14th floor, with the same view. I liked this room much better than the other!We wanted to see the sunset that evening, so after hanging out in our room for a while, we dawned our jackets and our Trolley tickets and hopped the Trolley to Seaport Village where we caught the sun setting over Coronado Island. It was a pretty sunset and a nice evening. We decided to walk back to our hotel which ended up being a 2 mile walk! For a total of almost 5 miles walked that day! Yea for us! This is a picture of our hotel at night. Petco park sits adjacent to the right. Wednesday was our actual anniversary. Once again we got a midday start to our day, having enjoyed another Red Box Movie and sleeping in. For lunch we went to Miguel's Cocina for Mexican food once again. We discovered this restaurant when we spent our 1st anniversary in San Diego and have made this a must every time we're in San Diego. The food never disappoints and the hot jalepeno cheese dip they serve with chips is so good! Through the years, I've been able to perfect making it at home.

After lunch we drove out to Point Loma and visited the Cabrillo National Monument and Light House. It was a beautifully clear afternoon and the view overlooking Coronado Island and the San Diego Bay was beautiful. For dinner that evening, we did something really special (and romantic if you ask me), we took a Hornblower Dinner Cruise! The three hour cruise around the San Diego harbor included a three course dinner, music and dancing, as well as beautiful views of downtown San Diego at night. We had a private table, with our own window, and upon arriving you had your choice of sparkling cider or champagne. There were maybe forty people aboard the ship, it was a small and intimate cruise.There wasn't a sunset that evening as the storm clouds had moved in and it began to rain shortly after debarking the port. There were a few breaks in the rain that allowed us to go up and walk on deck and take in the lights of all the hotel and highrise buildings. The captain invited us into his quarters to take in the view from his point.It was a wonderful and special way to spend our anniversary evening! It'll be something we remember that's for sure!

Thursday came way too quickly. This is the day we would have to check out and head for home. We slept in in, watched TV, relaxed some more. Unfortunately, Steven had an urgent work matter that prevented him from enjoying the last hour and a half of the hotel. Check out was Noon and we squeezed all the time we could...checking out at 11:55am!

Once we got our car, it was on the road to home. The girls had been with Steven's mom since Saturday afternoon and would also be returning home that afternoon as well.

We had a wonderful and relaxing time away. And for me, living in a house with two daughters, it's always nice to get away and be the only girl getting all the attention for a change. :)

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