Alum Fun, Friendship and Sightseeing in a Southern California City

You're Invited

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Monday, October 23, 2017

Experience San Diego’s blue skies, ocean breezes, magnificent beaches, California history, and fun with friends! Rated as one of the top vacation destinations in North America, seaside San Diego is blessed with what many consider to be the nation’s best weather. As the oldest Spanish settlement in California, San Diego and its environs are full of historic sites.

Marian Tompson, LLL co-Founder, plans to join us on the Alum trip. Your donations to help cover her expenses are appreciated even if you are unable to attend.


Thursday, October 19

  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Hotel check-in available at the Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel.
  • 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • “Happy Hour” in hotel’s Tequila Factory Restaurant & Cantina.
  • 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
  • Welcome reception with refreshments in Alum suite/hotel patio area. Detailed itinerary distributed. Dinner on your own.

Friday, October 20

Morning Walkers will be an optional daily activity.

  • 6:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet in the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Old Town Trolley to Presidio Park.
  • 9:00-3:15 p.m.
  • One-hour tour of Mission Basilica San Diego de Acalá, California’s first mission. Trolley tour resumes through beautiful Torrey Pines, stops atop Soledad Mountain for panoramic view of San Diego Bay, and ends at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Enjoy pre-ordered sandwich and dessert lunch, followed by time to explore aquarium exhibits. Coastal tour by trolley continues through scenic La Jolla.
  • 5:15 p.m.
  • Gather at nearby Cosmopolitan Hotel patio.
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • “We Remember” ceremony will take place, to be followed by an Americano Buffet dinner.
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Entertainment in Casa de Reyes courtyard.

Saturday, October 21

Morning Walkers will be an optional daily activity.

  • 6:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet in the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Guided walking tour of historic buildings and museums in Old Town Historic Park.
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Trolley tour to Coronado Island. Stop at the famous Hotel del Coronado. Option to explore hotel, variety of shops, outdoor patio areas, or visit the beach. Lunch on your own.
  • 2:30 p.m
  • The trolley sojourns to Seaport Village. Board the amphibious vehicle for a narrated land tour around Coronado Bay waterfront followed by a sea tour of San Diego Harbor and sightings of California sea lions. Drive through Balboa Park.
  • 5:00 p.m.
  • Dinner on your own in San Diego’s own Little Italy “where top chefs and local brewers set up shop.” You may opt to remain on the trolley and return to hotel for dinner in Old Town.
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Board trolley in Little Italy, return to hotel.

Sunday, October 22

Morning Walkers will be an optional daily activity.

  • 6:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet in the hotel.
  • Options:
  • Attend a church service of your choice, stroll through Old Town, visit nearby Whaley House Museum, or board the trolley city tour to Balboa Park’s gardens and 17 museums. The Hop-on Hop-off City Tour Trolley stops near the hotel every 30 minutes. Registration includes trolley ticket. Lunch on your own.
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Alum farewell Fiesta Buffet dinner at the Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel Old Town.
    Local active/retired LLL Leaders/LLL friends are invited and must register for dinner, $40.00.

Monday, October 23

  • 6:00 -10:00 a.m.
  • Complimentary hot breakfast in hotel.
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Check-out and good-byes.

Keep checking this website page for fresh info. Last updated June 2017.
Look for the “Itinerary and Registration Brochure” in Continuum in early June 2017.

Hotel Accommodation

Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel Old Town
A room block is reserved for Alum registrants at Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel Old Town, 4041 Harney Street, San Diego, CA 92110. This venue is a non-smoking hotel.
Call (619) 298-4707 to reserve your room which includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant. Use group name “La Leche League Alumnae Association.”

Hotel rate: Alum room rate is $135, single or double occupancy, plus 10.5% Occupancy Tax, plus 2% Tourism fee, and $7.00 Facility Fee per night. Each additional guest is $10.00/night and includes breakfast buffet. Discounted overnight parking: $10 per night.

Deadline to reserve rooms at Alum rate: Sept. 16, 2017.
Can't get enough of San Diego and environs? If you wish to stay before or after trip dates, the discounted Alum rate is available from Oct. 16-25, 2017. Reservations are subject to availability after the deadline. For cancellations or room changes, call hotel.
Early departure fee is $75 if you check out prior to reserved check-out date. You must inform hotel prior to check-in.

Hotel Courtesy Shuttle: Available every 30 minutes from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., to and from San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Amtrak Train Station. Reservations required. Call (619) 298-4707.

The LLL Alumnae Association has checked lodging, transportation, and venues for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility. Some historic sites may have elevated pathways, uneven surfaces, or a few stairs as well as steps for boarding trolleys and the amphibious vehicle. If you need special accommodation due to a disability or age-related limitation, please include details on the Registration Form. Notify the hotel in advance for ADA-related requests. If you need to bring a helper to assist you with needs, we ask that you inform us well in advance. Since the Alum trips are usually filled to capacity, we cannot provide free transportation or registration for a helper.

The LLL Alumnae Association does not carry liability insurance to cover accidents or injuries that may occur on this trip.


Explore San Diego

October Weather
Temperature: 60 – 75 F.
Humidity 70%.
Sunshine 68%.
Rainfall 0.33”.

For registration, ADA accessibility, or refunds, contact Pam at or call/text Pam at 734-277-3180 or contact Fran at or call 714-840-1136. Call/text Fran at 714-767-5511.

If you need a roommate, contact Fran.

For itinerary or dietary questions, contact Sandy Patton at or call/text 562-754-2195.

Flight delayed? Contact Pam at or call/text Pam at 734-277-3180.

Do not hesitate to ask! We want you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

We hope you can join us for this enchanting four-day weekend overflowing with fun and friends!
LLL Alumnae Association Council

An Alum Trip to San Diego, CA

Registration Information

Registration is closed.
September 16: Last day for hotel reservation. After 9/16, rooms return to non-discounted prices and limited availability.
October 19: Last day to receive full refund, less $25 administrative fee.

What does the registration fee cover?

  • Group Meals: Thursday light refreshments, Friday lunch and dinner, Sunday dinner.
  • Registration packet, itinerary, trip roster, local map, local resources, and We Remember Program.
  • Tours and admissions for Friday and Saturday, and all Old Town Trolley transportation to and from activities on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Note Sunday dinner is included in the packet price. Local LLL friends are invited to join us. Please register below for $40.00.

Expenses on your own: Hotel lodging for 4 nights, Thursday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch, and optional Balboa Park museum admissions. Also incidental expenses, snacks, shopping, etc.

The trip itinerary, registration form and more information about the trip is in the May-August 2017 Continuum, bulk mailed to current Alum members by about 6/15.

The LLL Alumnae Association Council will text trip participants during the trip in the event of an emergency or last-minute change of plans. Please include your cell phone number during registration.

Help with 2017 Alum Trip Expenses for the Founders

Please consider adding an optional donation to your shopping cart to help Founders' trip expenses. Find it at the top of the second page in the check out process. Marian Tompson, LLL co-Founder, plans to join us on the Alum trip.
Give the co-Founder the gift of togetherness and a trip to remember. Please donate today.

My emergency contact during the trip

This is the # we'll call in case of emergency.