There’s a reason San Diego is one of the country’s most popular destinations for Memorial Day weekend. With our sunny climate, pristine beaches, and unique neighborhoods; San Diego is the place to be during the start of summer.
When you visit San Diego for a holiday weekend, it’s hard to decide just what to do and where to go. With so many options, it’s best to plan a 2-3 day trip. Below are some of our favorite suggestions for Memorial Day Weekend in San Diego.
Visit Local Beaches
What could be better than soaking up some sun and relaxing in the Sand? Del Mar, Pacific Beach and La Jolla are the best beaches San Diego. We recommend getting there early and staking out a spot, as they all tend to fill up fast on holiday weekends.
Shop ‘til you Drop
One of the other benefits of being in San Diego for Memorial Day weekend is the great sales offered by mega malls and local retailers alike. The Carlsbad Outlet Mall, Fashion Valley, and Westfield UTC always offer great promotions during this time of year. Additionally, local shops on Cedros Avenue and in the Flower Hill Promenade will be offering sales as well.
San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter offers restaurants, bars, nightclubs, lounges, and any other type of nightlife venue you can imagine. Whether you like to dance ‘til dawn, shoot pool, or simply enjoy the scenery with a glass of wine, Gaslamp has the excitement you’re looking for. For a great view of Petco Park, check out Altitude Sky Lounge. For a fun dance crowd, visit Stingaree. If you’re into celebrity-spotting, try Voyeur.
Take a Cruise
Hornblower Cruises are available for Memorial Day Weekend. Tour San Diego’s Bay and enjoy either a Beer & BBQ Cruise, a Brunch Cruise, or a Romantic Dinner Cruise.
Whatever your style this holiday weekend, Winners Circle Resort is a great place to stay—within 20 minutes of each of the above mentioned activities. To book a room, give us a call at 858-755-6666 or click here
As promised, Building 4 (units 160-172 and 260-272) re-opened for owners and guests in early March of 2013. The new units are inviting, modern, and stylish. Each unit has been outfitted with all new appliances, including new dishwashers, microwaves, ovens and stoves. The hallways have also received a dramatic makeover; bold paint with artistic accents welcome guests to a cheery environment.
The newly remodeled units also have new mattresses, linens, furnishings, and bathrooms. Not only does the upgrade look wonderful, the rooms are more functional too. With significantly larger kitchens and an oven in every unit, planning meals on vacation has never been easier.
We know that you’ll enjoy the remodeled rooms. Please feel free to come by the resort to see one of the renovated units. If you can’t travel to view one in person, like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WinnersCircleResort) to view more great photos
Spring has sprung, which means we’ll all be thinking about our summer getaways soon. It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation. No matter where you end up, these tips can help you save money during your next trip.
- Stay at a hotel that offers kitchenettes or at least some kitchen appliances (microwave, toaster) in the room. This way, you can have at least 1-2 meals at “home” and not need to spend money dining out three times a day. We suggest arriving at your destination, then picking up some basic items for quick breakfasts and lunches at a local grocery shop. This is especially helpful when traveling with the whole family or small children. At Winners Circle Resort, all of our guest rooms feature a fully stocked kitchenette with a two burner stove top, microwave, coffee maker, flatware, and utensils.
- Always looks for hidden charges when booking a hotel. Remember, they are hidden, not in big, bold print on their websites. Many hotels charge for everything from parking to Wi-Fi. Additionally, many properties collect a “resort fee” daily. Make sure to know the total, actual costs prior to booking your vacation. Although Winners Circle Resort does not charge any of these fees, many properties do.
- Stay 15-30 minutes away from the “city center”. Many times staying at a hotel just outside of a city saves money while still providing easy access to main attractions. These locations are typically more relaxing and less crowded as well. At Winners Circle Resort, we are near Legoland, Sea World, Balboa Park, San Diego Beaches, and the San Diego Zoo. However, our guests save money compared to those who stay within a five minute drive of these attractions. And, many discover our Solana Beach neighborhood has many of its own unique attractions such as Cedros Design District and Fletcher Cove Park.
- Find Free Activities. Many hotels and resorts offer some free or low cost activities for their guests. Additionally, a helpful front desk staff should be able to point you in the direction of great parks, hiking trails, and art districts in the area. At Winners Circle Resort, our property offers complimentary tennis club access, table tennis, billiards, a swimming pool, spa, and children’s pool. Additionally, beaches, Fletcher Cover Park, the Solana Beach Library, and Solana Beach Park are within a 1 mile radius of our resort. All of these attractions are free too.
When it’s raining or cold, San Diego locals know there are still a multitude of fun rainy day activities for families, children, couples, and the adventurous solo travelers. While our city is normally full of sunshine, you’ll enjoy even a rainy day if you take advantage of some of San Diego’s best indoor offerings.
Birch Aquarium – Recommended for Families, Couples, Seniors, Children, Solo Travelers
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Mon.-Sun. 9am to 5pm
A smaller aquarium, Birch is a favorite among locals for the education and conservation efforts. The beautiful views also make it a popular wedding location. Ticket prices range from $10-$15. Children under 2 receive free admission. Birch Aquarium is only a 12 minute drive from the resort.
Museums at Balboa Park – Recommended for Families, Couples, Seniors, Children, Solo Travelers
Whether you’re interested in art, photography, history, or space, Balboa Park has a museum for you. Most museums are open from 10am to 4pm, but they operate independently so hours may vary. Tickets range in price by museum by $10-$40.
Kid Ventures – Indoor Playground – Recommended for Young Children, Families
5066 Santa Fe St., San Diego, CA 92109
Mon.-Fri. 10am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to Noon
At Kid Ventures, children and families can host parties, enroll children in day camps, or just drop in and play! Prices range from $12 per child per day to $40 per day for camp. The indoor playground is just 16 minute south of Winners Circle Resort.
Spa Day –Recommended for Couples, Seniors, Solo Travelers
Wild Mane Salon at Winners Circle Resort, 550 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (Hours Vary, Closed Mondays.)
Spa Gregorie’s in Flower Hill Promendade, 2710 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Monday 11am to 9pm
Tues.-Sun 9am to 9pm
You can get a manicure or pedicure right here at Winners Circle Resort. Relax on a rainy day inside the Wild Mane Salon, located in our lobby. If you’re seeking a full spa experience, with maybe a facial and massage, we recommend Spa Gregorie’s Del Mar—just a ½ mile away on Via de la Valle. Also, our guests receive 20% all full priced services on Mondays. Click here to get your coupon.
We’ve listed other popular rainy day options below. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist you with directions, restaurant reservations, and activity suggestions. We hope you enjoy even the cloudy days on your San Diego vacation!
Casinos: Barona Casino, Pechanga Casino, Valley View Casino
Tea Rooms: Tea Upon Chatsworth
Miramar Speed Circuit – Indoor Go Kart Racing
La Jolla Ice Town –Indoor Ice Skating
Indoor Skydiving at Perris Valley Skydiving
Climbing Wall at SolidRock Gym
Chula Vista Olympic Training Center
Cinepolis Luxury Cinema Del Mar
If you want to be centrally located to enjoy each of these winter activities in San Diego, Winners Circle Resort is a great option. We’re close to everything you’ll want to do on a rainy day—or a sunny one.