Historic Cabrillo Bridge

The Cabrillo Bridge opened on April 12, 1914.  The first car driven across had Franklin D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, G. Aubrey Davidson, and Mayor Charles F. O’Neall as it’s passengers.  It was built for the Panama-California Exposition which took place in Balboa Park from 1915-16.  The Exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, which put San Diego on the map as the first American port travelers would arrive at.

Balboa Park has tons of trails that are perfect for a morning run or walk. This picture was taken on one of the trails that takes you underneath the Cabrillo Bridge.

The Britt Scripps Inn is located just to the west of Balboa Park.  Just three blocks away is the entrance to the Park, which takes you over the Cabrillo Bridge (see map).  The bridge takes you over State Route 163 into the center of of Balboa Park.  The Old Globe Theatre, The Museum of Man, and the San Diego Museum of Art are all just located right over the Bridge.

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View of the San Diego skyline from the Bertrand at Mr. A's, a fine dining restaurant located on the top floor of the building across the street from us.

Mr. A’s has Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 2:30pm to 6:00pm.  After check-in, head up for some cocktails and an order of their delicious Truffle Fries and watch the gorgeous sunset behind Point Loma.

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A portion of our stained glass window. Picture taken by one of our guests. Do you have any pictures from your stay? We'd love to see them! E-mail them to nikki@brittscripps.com or upload them to our Facebook.

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Breakfast at the Britt

Breakfast is included in every stay and is served from 7am-10am in our intimate dining room.  Every morning our chef comes in and prepares a daily menu.  We always start with freshly baked scones or muffins and then guests can choose from 2-3 menu items.  Three-egg omelets, housemade granola, fresh fruit, two-eggs any style, chicken-apple sausage, and eggs benedict are just some of the items you will find on our menu.  We also serve our own delicious blend of coffee and an assortment handcrafted teas.

Bacon-wrapped Eggs Benedict served on a Butter Croissant. YUM!

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We have two rooms in the house that have private balconies. This is the Gothic Room's balcony which overlooks our garden.

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The tower on the corner of the house is three stories tall. The first story is the Parlor Room, second story is the Renaissance Room, and in the turret on the third story is our administrative office.

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Desert Garden

Balboa Park is home to almost twenty different gardens.  One of my favorites to explore is the Desert Garden.

Within its 2.5 acres, the Desert Garden contains more than 1,300 plants, including succulents and drought-resistant plants from around the world.  It is located north of the Park Boulevard Pedestrian Bridge near the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden.

The peak blooming period for the Desert Garden is January through March.

Check out this full color printable map of the Desert Garden with pictures and locations of the different species of plants.

Other gardens that you should check out in Balboa Park are the Rose Garden, which has about 2,500 roses on display, and the Zoro Garden, which used to be a nudist colony during the 1935 Exposition, but now is a butterfly garden.

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Angel statue in our garden.

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La Jolla Children’s Pool

Close to Prospect Street in downtown La Jolla, the Children’s Pool (also known as the Seal Rock Reserve) is a tiny cove protected by a concrete breakwater. It was once a swimming area for children until the seals and sea lions moved in. Now, you can enjoy the added bonus of an ongoing marine mammal show courtesy of the seals and sea lions that play in and around the shore or just offshore at Seal Rock.

Seals just chillin' on the beach in La Jolla. La Jolla philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps donated the funds in 1931 to build a sea wall in an attempt to close off the channel and create a safe bathing area for children. Ellen was the half-sister to E.W. Scripps, who resided in the Britt Scripps Inn in the late 1890s.

One of the seals up-close! Children's Pool Beach offers the closest look at wild harbor seals anywhere on the west coast of North America.

La Jolla is about a 20-25 minute drive from the Britt Scripps Inn. Explore the shops on Prospect Street, catch the beautiful sunset, dine at one of the many restaurants, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, or check out the seals. No matter what, there’s so much to do and explore in this gorgeous San Diego neighborhood.

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One of the lights at the foot of our staircase. This photo was taken by one of our guests last week. Thanks for sharing Kel :)

Do you have any photos from your visit to the Britt Scripps Inn? E-mail them to nikki@brittscripps.com or upload them to our Facebook page.

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