If you're traveling to a new area and don't have anyone to rely on to give you recommendations about where to stay, where to eat, or what to do and you're left to search out a place on the internet or in a travel book, you still don't know for sure what you're going to get.
Vintage Sol was beautiful and just perfect for my recent 5 night stay in San Diego. Bummer for me that I was there at the end of October (past growing season for some of the garden's fruits and vegetables which Paisley offered to let me try), but the weather was still really warm so that I could sit out in the private garden area and have a drink at night.
Paisley (the owner) was gracious, accommodating and full of recommendations without being intrusive. Breakfast was extremely tasty. The bed, sheets and pillows really comfortable (full-sized to fit into the living space). The space clean. The neighborhood was quiet with restaurants and the highway nearby.
The website for Vintage Sol (www.vintagesol.com) has great photos of the cottage and garden, provides photos of some breakfast options (the food alone makes it absolutely worth staying there) and has many links to restaurants, history and neighborhood goings-on. The gardens I think are more filled-in now than when the website photos were taken making the area feel more rich, cozy and relaxing.
I was glad that there were no animals allowed in the cottage (allergies) and that there were some kitchen amenities available (refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker). When I was there, I had the option of using the gas grill with some limitations (ask....).
If I can swing another trip to San Diego, I will definately check here first for availability. Thank you, Paisley....!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vintage Sol is a unique artsy Spanish Bed and Breakfast. A fresh new approach to the traditional B&B. Stay in your private tiny Casita filled with Mexican handcrafts, revolving vintage collections and local artists work. Eat alfresco in the color drenched courtyard with fountains, herbs and fruits. We use organic cage free eggs and organic herbs in our dishes. ... more less