Guest Since 1994
Although I grew up in San Jose, I went to the University of San Diego and established my own roots in San Diego. Going to USD, I was fortunate enough to live in Mission Beach, and on several Sundays, visited the Barefoot Bar. The night before graduating from USD in 1999, I was introduced to my now-husband at the ever-popular USD hangout, The Pennant. We began dating and eventually I moved up to the LA area to be closer to him. Then on September 13, 2002, we got engaged.
While it’s traditional for couples to marry in the bride's hometown, we felt like San Diego was the perfect place because it is where we met and where so much of our relationship developed. There were several places that people threw out as options for our wedding, but only one stood out: Paradise Point. We had the most amazing wedding reception in the Sunset Ballroom that people still talk about to this day over 8 years later. When we woke up the morning after our wedding, we vowed to come back to Paradise Point every year for our anniversary because, to us, it is such a magical and special place.
And that is just what we have done. We celebrated our first anniversary with a lovely weekend at Paradise Point. An added bonus to our 1st anniversary: we found out that we were pregnant just days before arriving at Paradise Point. Being pregnant changed my perspective a bit on vacationing, and so The Spa at Paradise Point became more important than ever. The staff also made this stay very special by allowing us to stay in the same room we stayed in on our wedding night.
Fast forward another year, and we brought our 5-month old son along with us to Paradise Point for our 2nd anniversary, again staying in our wedding suite.
Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, we weren't able to celebrate our 3rd anniversary at Paradise Point, but we were able to celebrate with my husband's side of the family his parents' 40th wedding anniversary the following year. (That trip I was pregnant with baby #2!)
Which brings us to last summer...what we would consider our first real family vacation with our kids. We took the train down from Orange County, which the kids absolutely loved. We had a blast playing at the pool, taking the 4-seater bikes around, and taking the water taxi to Sea World. And what meant so much to me was showing my 4 and 6 year old kids where it all started for our family - the Sunset Ballroom. We walked over to the Sunset Ballroom and reminisced about the wonderful day we had and shared our hopes and dreams that our kids would someday have the same magical experience.