These Diamonds Are A Traveler’s Best Friend

The Grand Del Mar. Sparkly!

Earlier today, it was announceed that three San Diego area resorts were awarded the AAA Five Diamond status, the highest rating possible from the American Automobile Association, for 2011.

To arrive at the rankings, AAA’s professional inspectors evaluate more than 58,000 lodgings and restaurants.  The Five Diamond Award is applied only to offerings that consistently meet the highest standards of quality.  It signifies meticulous service and above-and-beyond travel and dining experiences.  Only about 0.28 percent of lodgings and restaurants earn the distinction.  

The San Diego hotels that received the 2011 AAA Five Diamond Award are:

The signature restaurant at the Grand Del Mar, Addison, was also awarded Five Diamond status for the third year in a row, making it one of only two Five Diamond restaurants in all of Southern California. 

So, next time you visit, consider staying or dining at one of these jewels!

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About Kate

I own, and use, a library card, a record player, a sewing machine and a meat smoker.  Ride my bicycle every day and will, sometimes, wear my roller skates in the house. Have a wealth of useless knowledge – for which you will be thankful when we’re teamed up in Trivial Pursuit.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?

Hike through the spring wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Watch the July 4th fireworks over San Diego Bay. Eat Julian Apple Pie a la mode and check out the autumn leaves. Ice skate and enjoy the twinkling holiday decorations at the Hotel del Coronado. All in the same day.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to be able to stop and restart time like that Twilight Zone episode back in the 80’s, “A Little Peace And Quiet,” but, you know, without the a-bomb at the end. Basically, I just want to avoid waiting in lines.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Brunch, without a doubt. Also, cocktails by the pool, outdoor movies in Balboa Park, scouring the swap meet for vintage finds, hanging out on the patio at the Casbah between sets, lawn games and backyard barbecues.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Give me uni plucked from the sea by local divers, a warm, crusty loaf from Bread & Cie, luscious Carlsbad strawberries, sweet local lobster in season and creamy Fallbrook avocados. And, most definitely, a grass-fed beef burger with Winchester gouda and a cold San Diego craft brew.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

Honestly, I buy my records at the thrift store and depend on my husband to download new music. Lately he's been stacking the deck pretty heavy with 90's indie rock, bluegrass covers and drone metal.  Go figure.

For more San Diego dining dish, follow Kate on Twitter @katebuska.

3 thoughts on “These Diamonds Are A Traveler’s Best Friend

  1. Pingback: 10 Reasons to Visit San Diego in 2011 | San Diego Travel Blog

  2. As a professional travel agent with over 20 years of experience, I learned along the way that quality and service should be the main focus in choosing your accommodation properly. Too often travelers will search for the best price and overlook the amenities being offered. San Diego has been one of my favorite destinations that I offer to my clients. Having an updated list of the the 5 star diamond resorts will allow me to offer the best properties that my clients are searching for and will go a long way in keeping them satisfied and returning for more.

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