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.
Of course Solana Beach has the standards for quick, convenient, and inexpensive meals—McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., and Denny’s come to mind. However, if you want to experience the local flavor on a budget, we suggest checking out the deliciously affordable restaurants and cafes below.
Rudy’s Taco Shop
524 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Rudy’s Taco Shop boasts authentic Mexican favorites and an outdoor patio. This charming, hole-in-the-wall is located inside a market. In addition to fresh, hot meals, the taco shop also sells tasty treats to take home, like spicy carrots. Locals love the Carne Asada Burritos. Best of all, it’s only one mile from Winners Circle Resort (about a 3 minute drive). An average meal at Rudy’s is about $6-$10 per person.
150 South Acacia Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Hideaway Café serves up traditional American Breakfast fare in the heart of Solana Beach. Offering a cozy, seaside atmosphere this hidden gem is open from 7am to 2pm. Solana Beach locals love the potato pancakes and cinnamon rolls. Meals are generally under $10 per person. We recommend going to Hideaway for breakfast, then strolling over to Fletcher Cove Park just across the street.
Jersey Mike’s Subs
915 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Jersey’s Mikes offers some East Coast cuisine near the western shore. Often revered as the best sub shop around, locals can’t get enough of The Original Italian sub (Provolone, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni). Open all day, from 7am to 9:30pm you can stop by Jersey Mike’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They also serve hot subs, wraps, and kid’s meals.
T’s offers typical SoCal Breakfast—traditional American with Mexican favorites like juevos rancheros available too. Their Bloody Mary’s are legendary among the locals. Open from 7am to 2pm, T’s is great for breakfast and lunch. Meals average $9-$12 per person.
New to the area, Urban Pi is a new concept in affordable dining in Del Mar. Located across the street from the upscale Flower Hill Promenade, Urban Pi makes your pizza fresh in front of you. With classics like pepperoni or Margherita on the menu, alongside new offerings like Thai Pi and Pesto, there’s something for everyone. All pizzas are currently less than $8. Salads too!
We hope you enjoy saving money and savoring good food during your Solana Beach vacation!
Beginning this week, Winners Circle Resort will continue its renovation plans. We will begin the total remodel of Building 4. This building houses units 160-173 and 260-273. The complete overhaul will include new kitchens, appliances, cabinetry, carpets, furniture, paint, and bathrooms.
The constructions will be limited to the one standalone building, and thus it should have a minimal impact on the resort of the resort. There may be work crews present and some construction noise from December 20, 2012 through early March.
Due to the fact that we must shut down the entire building for the renovation process, please be advised that we will have very limited availability for nightly stays and exchangers. Resort timeshare owners will be given priority, and placed in a different, but equal unit, should their use week fall during construction.
Beginning phase 2 of the 4 phase construction project will be a great start to 2013 at Winners Circle Resort. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email the General Manager.
We look forward to seeing all of you in 2013 and exceeding your expectations with our gorgeous remodel!