Ices San Diego Hotel

Decorating By quilting2011 Updated 13 Oct 2009 , 12:55pm by Loucinda

quilting2011 Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 2:03am
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I am planning to go to the ICES in San diego. Has any cc members stayed at the TC resort. I read couple reviews- not too positive. Anyone planning to stay at another hotel?

Also read several blogs about cake camp. Great teachers except the Riveria was overpriced.

Anyone planning to go to San Diego?

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Rylan Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 2:20am
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I'm planning on going. I wont be staying at the host hotel though--I'm still undecided which hotel to stay at.

quilting2011 Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 3:31am
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can't wait to visit SD ICES

tracienvegas Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 3:37am
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I've already started saving for San Diego. I also have about 4 or 5 more people that plan on going with me. We're going to make this a group trip. It's nice for us because we can drive to San Diego.

I would really like to check into hotels if the reviews on the host hotel aren't too great.

Rylan Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 3:39am
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Tracie, are you also planning on bringing a cake to San Diego? Are you going to the competition on March?

tracienvegas Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 3:41am
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I will probably take a cake.

What's the competition in March? I'm always up for a competition. I really hate that Lake Las Vegas doesn't do the gingerbread competition any more.

Rylan Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 4:14am
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Here are the details for the competition:

I will be my first time attending. I'm still figuring out how to take the cake to California--I'm thinking of taking it to the plane but I will be limited with the delicated accents on the designs because I will have to check it in if I do take it.

Oh yes, I actually called and email Lake Las Vegas 3 weeks ago about the gingerbread competition and they said they are not sure if they are having one this year. I hope they do because I'd love to go.

tracienvegas Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 4:19am
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I would love to do the competition in March, but it conflicts with work. We have a reevaluation the last week of Feb. and the first 3 weeks of March that I can't miss.

The last contest I last gingerbread contest at Las Vegas, I won the professional division. The year before that the homemakers division. It is so much fun, but they never seem to get a good turnout. I think that's a big problem around here. That's why I've made sure all my students know about ICES and the other cake clubs.

So hopefully by August, we will have at least a dozen in our group for the convention.

Rylan Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 4:26am
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Awesome! I'm glad you won.

I wish there will be more competitions around here in Vegas. I just don't know why there isn't enough--there are tons of Casino/hotels in here.

Hopefully, I can get a chance to go with you to the convention. I feel alone going by myself. I can't wait for the first meeting, that would be great!

StaceyCakes75 Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 4:35am
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Thanks so much for this info. I have never entered a contest. This is a great opportunity!

quilting2011 Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 2:21pm
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Has anyone visited the Town and country resort in San Diego for the ICES cake convention in August 2010.

quilting2011 Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 2:21pm
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Has anyone visited the Town and country resort in San Diego for the ICES cake convention in August 2010.

I read not so postive comments about the resort from various travel websites.

TexasSugar Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 4:27pm
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Do we know what other hotels are in the area? Are they walking distance close?

I've never been to the T&C, Bundtdiva, so I'm interested in hearing the answers too.

badkitty Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 4:58pm
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T&C is on Hotel Circle...there are quite a few other places right near by, but with the interstate right there, they are NOT all easy to walk to!

I'd check Expedia or some other site and check the maps to see what you'd have to be walking through/over/under around.

SpringFlour Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 5:32pm
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This link will direct you to hotels in close proximity to Town and Country. I'd say they're all within 2 miles of it.

I've noticed that the rates on this site are about the same as going to the hotels site directly. I've never booked through that site, so I can't vouch for it, I figured it was just a good place to look for close hotels. Let the research begin! icon_wink.gif

I've booked at the Hawthorn Suites. There's free parking, free hot breakfast and a kitchenette in the room. It's probably about a mile from Town and Country.

The closest hotel to Town and Country is Best Western Seven Seas. It would probably be about a 10 minute (or less) easy walk. (Less than half a mile.)

Yes, there is a freeway disecting Hotel Circle, but it is not difficult to walk to Town and Country, as there is an underpass very near to the hotel.

ETA: I lived in San Diego for about 8 years.

TexasSugar Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 6:06pm
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Glad to here there are other hotels near by. I'd probably do something like the Best Western. They usually have free breakfast and are cheaper. icon_smile.gif The less I spend on the hotel the more shopping I get to do. icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 8:38pm
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You all may want to check that out really well. The folks that are in charge said there really wasn't a hotel close by that was easy access (??) Just going by what was said at this years convention.

TexasSugar Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 9:02pm
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That's why it is always nice to hear from someone that lives in the area.

ICES wants us to stay at the host hotel, and I can understand why because I'm sure they have to reserve so many rooms to get good prices on using the areas they need for the convention.

I was annoyed at the Grapevine Resort because it was in the middle of now where and had an outragously priced placed to eat inside the hotel. To go out and eat somewhere else either took your own car or waiting for the bus to the strip mall. I was lucky enough to be able to drive to that one and stay somewhere else. Because if I could only stay at the Resort I wouldn't have been going.

Not everyone can afford or want to pay $140+ a night for a room, and there are those like me that don't care to share with strangers. If it is between paying $150 a night and not being able to go, or paying $100 or a night and being able to go, then I'm gonna have to go with the $100 room at a different hotel.

tracienvegas Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 9:29pm
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Since I will be driving, my car seats 8 and if we find another hotel option, I am more than happy to drive a few people around.

quilting2011 Posted 12 Oct 2009 , 11:30pm
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I may book at the Best Western Inn! Cheaper

SpringFlour Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 4:11am
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Originally Posted by Loucinda

You all may want to check that out really well. The folks that are in charge said there really wasn't a hotel close by that was easy access (??) Just going by what was said at this years convention.

I don't know what they consider "easy access," but there IS a freeway underpass just between the Best Western Seven Seas and The Town and Country. I've walked it myself. (I once went to the spa at the Town and Country, but was too cheap to pay to park there, so I parked and walked a bit. icon_redface.gificon_lol.gif ) There is a sidewalk and a crosswalk to use.

I doubt you'd want to walk if you were at the western end of Hotel Circle, but they're really not that far. Like I said in the previous post, not more than 2 miles.

There are about 2 or 3 hotels just beyond the Seven Seas, as well, but I can't remember the names of them. If you can find hotels on a map, they would be on the eastern end of Hotel Circle South...closest to FWY 163.

Loucinda Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 12:55pm
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Thank you Spring Flour. I was wondering when was the last time you were there, or do you live there now? (I don't mean to be or sound obnoxious) I just remember talking to someone at convention this year and them saying that there really wasn't anything that was safe to walk to close by, and even if you drove it would be difficult becasue of the traffic and bridges (??) I have never been there, but I cannot walk 2 miles and then walk at convention all day too. I appreciate all of your help!

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