THE WORLD IS A BOOK, AND THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL READ ONLY ONE PAGE. - ST. AUGUSTINE
Perfect weather, relaxed attitudes, and fun neighborhoods make San Diego worth visiting on a regular basis!
STAY IN SAN DIEGO
We used Airbnb to find a great condo in the heart of the Gaslamp District near Fourth Street/F Street in downtown San Diego. The host was very prepared and easy to communicate with prior to arrival! It was a quick UBER ride from the airport to the condo (maybe 7-10 minutes?) and check-in was a breeze. We loved that it was a clean, secure building and that it offered a small fitness room also!
Our condo had everything we needed during our stay. It was fully stocked with kitchen supplies, extra towels, toiletries, a hair dryer, flat-screen TV, and more. The bed was super comfortable, and we could spread out to the small sofa or cute dining table that overlooked Fourth Street. We didn't utilize the kitchen or washer/dryer, but it was nice to have in case we did want to!
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DINE IN SAN DIEGO
802 Fifth Avenue, San Diego
We loved this trendy and eclectic location just a couple blocks from our condo! I dug into the feta omelet, made with roasted squash, zucchini, spinach, pesto, mozzarella, and feta (hence the name!). It was served with fresh toasted bread and I ordered the potato gallete as a side also. It was SO good and I wish I could replicate it at home (hint: I failed). Ryan chose the burger, which had fontina cheese, tomato, onion, house pickled cucumber, live butter lettuce, goat cheese aioli, avocado pesto, and fried egg on a brioche bun. It was served with house made chips and was quickly devoured by Ryan. He said it was awesome!
707 G Street, San Diego
Another breakfast spot we loved was Breakfast Republic, which is located right next to the Gaslamp District in the East Village. It had a modern, industrial vibe to it and there were "cocks" (easy now - roosters) everywhere! They definitely had fun with the play on words - the wifi password was even "runcockrun", haha. The Veggie Scramble was delicious and Ryan got the BR Granola with House-made Mixed Berry Yogurt. I loved that they served cage free eggs from happy free range chickens at a family owned farm in Ramona! On our way out we spotted a Lab mix and an adorable Frenchie outside on the patio. We loved how dog-friendly the city was!
Woody's Breakfast and Burgers
4111 Ocean Boulevard, San Diego
Two words: BREAKFAST BURRITO! We both ordered this carne asada breakfast burrito during our first stop at Pacific Beach/Mission Beach and we regretted nothing! It was SO good and we loved the views of the ocean while we ate. Order at the window, grab a seat and display your number, and your order will be brought out to you! I'd definitely recommend heading here during your beach visit.
600 Fifth Avenue, San Diego
Barley Mash in the Gaslamp District offered, by far, the BEST happy hour selection I've ever seen. Not only is the interior large and super cool, but every Monday through Friday from 3pm – 6pm they offer half off all beer, wine, spirits and select appetizers. I had the Complicated Pinot Noir and Ryan got the House Old Fashioned. We also devoured an order of the San Diego Iron Fries, which our waitress said were the most popular. Shoutout to Eva for treating us extra special during our visit!
1655 India Street, San Diego
This Little Italy spot was perfect for a glass of wine and sharing a couple of appetizers. We split a delicious corn salad and the calamari on the patio! Chicago folks - they have a few spots downtown Chi as well! Seriously - how pretty are all the colors in these two dishes?
453 Sixth Avenue, San Diego
This stylish rooftop bar had incredible views of the city and some super yummy Asian-inspired meatballs! I grabbed a glass of bubbly and Ryan scored an Old Fashioned while we chatted and enjoyed the scene.
1702 India Street, San Diego
We walked by this Little Italy spot and just HAD to grab a square of pizza after seeing these options. I loved that you could purchase just a square instead of a WHOLE pizza! A perfect snack while we were out exploring!
1918 India Street, San Diego
This quaint little cottage nestled into the streets of Little Italy is the cutest! We stopped here for a class of wine and loved it! Though it is cozy, it has plenty of seating between the patio, downstairs, and upstairs.
The Kettner Exchange
2001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
Aren't these stairs the coolest? The entire restaurant is so unique. We sat upstairs at the outdoor lounge and enjoyed a drink. If I hadn't already eaten, I would've opted for the spicy shrimp dish - it looked great!
PLAY IN SAN DIEGO
1549 El Prado, San Diego
Balboa Park is beautiful and HUGE! I feel like we didn't even touch the tip of the iceberg with this one. We wandered through the park marveling at the grounds that once hosted The World's Fair in 1915. We didn't get a chance to visit all the museums and entertainment spots, but will definitely check it out again on a future trip!
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego
Ryan REALLY wanted to go see the monkeys at the zoo, so we did. Actually, this was our first stop at Balboa Park. We started with the bus tour so that we could get an overview of the exhibits and the general lay of the land. We then walked around to the animals we wanted to see most - Ryan got to hang with the monkeys and I bonded with a penguin named Danny. Overall it was a really well constructed zoo, but I'd probably skip it.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
4002 Wallace Street, San Diego
This is the spot of California's first settlement! The grounds and neighborhoods are filled with color and house plenty of opportunities to visit museums, shop for authentic products and gifts, get a little spooky (The Whaley House) and listen to live music over food. I will say that the food in the area is pretty sub-par, BUT I would definitely recommend enjoying everything else it has to offer!
The Whaley House
2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego
The Whaley House is located in Old Town and is known as one of the most haunted places in the United States! Ryan and I opted for a nighttime tour and were made believers! There was definitely a different feel inside, and large orbs and streaks kept appearing across my open iPhone camera!
Petco Park - San Diego Padres
100 Park Boulevard, San Diego
We randomly decided to attend a San Diego Padres game at Petco Park and it was so fun! While we were walking up, a super sweet gentleman offered us free tickets with great seats. This stadium was definitely different than most – very modern, super clean, and had fun breweries, taco stands and more!
The Shout House
655 Fourth Avenue, San Diego
We wrapped up one of our first nights with a visit to The Shout House for a little dueling pianos! We had a great time singing along and even had one of our requests played before the night was over.
Mission Beach/Pacific Beach
Grab breakfast at Woody’s and spend an hour or two walking south to the boardwalk at South Mission beach for a beer! We enjoyed the fresh air, sand, views, and energy! We may have even snagged a new tattoo while we were there :)
We had a blast in San Diego and will definitely be back! Want to know which neighborhoods to hit up on which days? Shoot me an email and I'll help you organize your trip a bit!
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