Judith and I are not swallows, but like those that haunt Capistrano, we tend to go back to the same places over and over again. We’ve been back to the Brandywine, PA region at least six times in the six years we’ve been married. We’ve been to San Diego twice, the last time just a few days ago. We’d visit more often, if only California weren’t six air-hours away from our White Plains home.
Best Western, Escondido.
We stayed in Escondido, 30 quick minutes from downtown San Diego, except during rush hour. (Why do they call slow travel times rush hours?) Like good swallows, we returned to the Best Western Escondido, which is a very-well maintained four-story hotel of well-appointed rooms (the usual amenities plus microwave and refrigerator) and suites. We were pleased this time, too, except for the high-speed Internet access via WiFi. Being a website producer, reliable access is a sine qua non for me. We had to do some testing, switch rooms, and re-arrange the furniture to get a solid working set up. Travelers take note!
The Brigantine Restaurant.
This trip we found a really excellent restaurant, The Brigantine, located in Escondido at the intersection of Centre City Parkway (Business 15) and Felicata Ave. A bit pricey — dinner for two was usually around $80 — it’s known for perfectly-prepared fresh seafood, especially swordfish. Like good swallows, we returned to the Brigantine night after night. Great food, great service.
Pandas, Pelicans, Seals and More.
Some of our favorite things this trip: The pandas at Balboa Park (no good photos — sorry), the La Jolla Cove seashore with its pelicans and seals, the Museum of Art (not your father’s selection — everything chosen for artistic impact), the huge outdoor organ, the Maritime Museum (even better since last visit), Escondido’s Orfila winery (great view, excellent tour, yummy wines), and the Escondido environs (3-car garages are de rigueur for all new homes, the llama farm, horses, goats, orange trees, and lots of cleanliness).
P.S. Don’t forget the Goldilocks weather when considering San Diego. Not too hot, not too cold, just right for jogging and wandering.