San Diego, CA
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I stayed at a hotel the Ramada Inn, near the San Diego convention center, walking distance. My pharmacy meeting were held there, which happens to be in Gaslamp district. Gaslamp district was full of Jazz bars, modern restaurants, and clubs. I was attracted to a place that was called the Martini Bar, which didn't even serve martinis, it mostly had beers on tap so that sucked. I loved the creativity of the this restaraunt called the "Strip Club" and of course my mind without knowing its a restaraunt, is thinking a..what? Yes a STRIP CLUB. But no, it was a Steak house, decorated with provocative photos and painting of women. What irony! This place has been also talked about on the travel channel.
The Jazz bars and piano bars were great.
The zoo was open like 9-5pm and it took the entire time to see the entire park. I was so impressed! Especially if you particularly like one animal, its great to see that particular animal. I love giraffees!! And at lunch feeding time, I stood in line to feed the giraffees. It was great, we got the best pictures! I fed them little red biscuits, like 3 biscuits for $5.
While I was at the pharmacy meetings, my husband checked out Coronado Beach, and he said it was gorgeous. The west coast beaches and east coast beaches apparantly are quite different so its nice to see both. We walked around downtown, and ate at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Not a steakhouse to dine at every night because it was pricey, but it was definitely great to try. It was right on the water, and beautiful at sunset. Also San Diego is very close to the Mexican border, so in that area they are known for their quality Tequilas as well. So try a little while you are there!
For the length of our trip we staying at Ramada Inn, a smaller restaraunt and bar was attached, which was nice bc it wasn't too expensive and was close.
I was actually surprised when I would ask around about a place to swing dance, not only did I have a hard time finding a place online, but no one there in Gaslamp downtown knew of a place to go swing dancing either. My swing dance crew here in SFL, say that swing dancing there is awesome. Maybe one day I will have another opportunity to check it out.