Hellooooo from our new favorite place: San Diego!
We’ve only been here for a few days, but already we’re absolutely loving our trip to the West Coast so far. It’s true when they say San Diego has some of the best weather in the country- not too hot, never rainy, and always sunny!
Our visit started on Saturday when we flew in from JFK, arriving around 7:30pm PT. We were pretty tired after flying for 6 hours (and it felt like 10:30pm for us… past our bedtime! Don’t judge, we’re old). We sucked it up and after checking into our gorgeous hotel in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District, the Andaz San Diego, we took our concierge’s recommendation and had a lovely dinner at Asti, an Italian restaurant on 5th St. right nearby. The food was delicious and just the fix of carbs we were craving- two big old bowls of pasta for both of us!
Needless to say, we passed out pretty quickly thereafter.
Sunday started out lovely on our hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant. I got the huevos rancheros, thus introducing me to my first of many Southern California meals that involve avocados (yummmm). PJ got french toast which was pretty amazing as well.
We then hopped in our rental car and headed up the coast to Solana Beach. The amazing thing about the San Diego area is there is just one amazing beach after another, and it really only makes sense to hit them all one by one either down or up the coast. We made stops in Solana Beach, Del Mar, and La Jolla. Did I mention these beaches are amazing?
Check out all the surfers below. It’s really true- everyone in California surfs. Everyone. All of the people.
Lunch was at George’s in La Jolla, based on a recommendation from a co-worker. We luckily are here right at the start of Restaurant Week – can you believe it?! We started out with a killer plate of fresh house-made tortilla chips and fresh pico and guacamole, then I went with fish tacos (when in Rome…) and PJ had an crazy-good burger with the crispiest, thick-cut bacon I’ve seen. We finished off with a slice of maple cheesecake accompanied by candied walnuts and cinnamon whipped cream which was so. damn. good.
We then walked around La Jolla for a bit, which is such a cute town. We went down to the Cove and watched the seals hanging out on the rocks- however, despite living around the water so much, smell pretty foul. But they were pretty cute and kept making that hilarious “arp arp” sound that we all know and love.
La Jolla = paradise! Sorry for all the pictures, but I just can’t get enough of it all.
After unwinding at the hotel a bit and watching some football (congrats Broncos and Seahawks!) we drove over to Coronado Island to explore. We were still ridiculously full from dinner, but still managed to find some room to try some excellent ice cream from MooTime Creamery, from a recommendation from a pal and one of my favorite food bloggers, Kathy from Panini Happy.
We took our ice creams and walked all around Hotel Del Coronado, a gorgeous hotel on the island – and as we learned, one of the largest all-wooden buildings in the United States. My pictures do not do it justice due to the lighting, but man, is this one spectacular structure.
Out back behind the hotel, we walked around the beach and ran into another spectacular structure, this beautiful sand castle, complete with tons of detail and even little prince and princess figurines to complete it! The creator was there and told us that it took him a whole week to build it. I wonder what he’ll build next?
We came back to San Diego from Coronado, and walked around the Gaslamp District again for a bit- such a fun place for nightlife. Tons of bars and restaurants and lots to do!
So that brings us to today, Monday! Left on our list of must-do’s is the San Diego Zoo, checking out more beach towns, walking around Hillcrest, eating at Hash House A Go-Go, and a few other fun things.
If you’ve been to San Diego, what MUST we check out?