Happy Monday everyone! This post is slightly overdue, but I am so excited to share a little bit about our recent weekend in San Diego. It was a last minute trip, so quite honestly we had nothing planned, but it ended up being a super fun and relaxing weekend!
We took the one hour flight down to San Diego on Saturday morning, arriving just in time for lunch (I still can’t get over how easy it was to get there!). We were staying in Del Mar, a little north of downtown, so we headed up that way and had lunch overlooking the ocean at Jake’s. It was a perfect way to start our little trip.
After lunch and a little stroll down the beach, we headed to where we were staying in Del Mar to freshen up for the rest of the evening. We had a list of a few breweries that we wanted to check out, so we headed to one of our favorites for the night, Green Flash. After quite a few samples, we decided on Mexican for dinner (Ian’s biggest request of the trip!). While we can get great Mexican food up in San Francisco, there really isn’t much down in San Jose. We knew that San Diego would have some of the BEST. We headed into La Jolla to Verdes El Ranchero, and BOY was it delicious!
The next morning we woke up and headed straight to Torrey Pines State Park for a hike. The views of the city and the ocean were pretty spectacular from the top! There are quite a few different hikes you can do in the park, but we hiked from the top down to the beach, and then back up. All of the hikes are pretty non-strenuous too, so anyone can do them! We walked, sipped on our coffee, and felt rejuvenated for the day.
After our hike, we headed to Coronado Island to spend most of the day. We did some shopping, explored the island, and visited the famous Hotel del Coronado. I didn’t know anything about the hotel before our trip, but since its opening in 1888, it has hosted all sorts of celebrities, presidents, and has even been designated as a National Historical Landmark. The architecture is pretty spectacular!!
After leaving Coronado Island, we drove around some different areas of San Diego including the GasLamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and the Marina. We knew we wanted to end up in Little Italy for dinner (pasta please!) so that was our last stop of the evening. By this time, it was still a little too early for dinner, so we went out in search of a pre-dinner drink. When we found out that Ballast Point Brewery was right down the street, we knew we needed to go. This was our favorite part of the trip, too! We hung out on the back patio, had some yummy drinks, and just enjoyed the night. Don’t be alarmed by the sound of planes landing over you like I was…it is SUPER close to the airport!
One yummy meal of pasta and tiramisu later, we were ready to call it a day!
On Monday, we had to catch our flight back home later in the afternoon, but we knew we wanted to see more of La Jolla during the day (since we had dinner there a few nights back). We picked up some coffee to hold us over until brunch and headed to see La Jolla Cove. The sun was shining and the sea lions were barking (I just love them!) as we walked around the cove. We stopped for some brunch at The Cottage and ended our trip with the best pancakes of our lives! They were the cinnamon swirl pancakes and OMG they were amazing!! My new goal is to recreate them…I’ll keep y’all posted!
Even though it was quick weekend, we were able to relax while still exploring a new city. We feel so grateful for our little California adventure, so we are taking every opportunity to travel to new cities and places on the west coast. Where else should we go??
I hope everyone is having a fabulous Thanksgiving week!