Kudos to The Boy for picking this mini-vacay spot. We live in a tl;dr world, so I’m going to keep this as visual as possible. San Diego is an awesome little city full of many different ‘hoods and a nice mix of big attractions. I’m not usually one to subject myself to huge weekend crowds, so we skipped the zoo this time and opted to explore the little enclaves the city has to offer.
10am – Drove down from LA, arrived in SD around 2pm. Mucho traffic. Got coffee and donuts from Kettle Glazed for the ride. Big win.
First, I was excited to check out North Park, so that’s where we navigated immediately. It looked like the Brooklyn or Silver Lake of San Diego from online city guides, and it kind of was.
2:30pm – I shopped around in the adorable, scandi-twee boutique Pigment AKA Anthropologie on steroids.
3pm – The Boy needed his fix of local vinyl so Off The Record was a key location – He bought an album that he said was a good ‘un, then muttered something about “not too over-priced” and a “wide selection”…. K.
Ladies, check out the cute boutique right next door called Love And Aesthetics=Material (it’s a men’s store but still cute nonetheless.)
3:30pm – There were a bunch of airy spots for lunch around the neighborhood but we chose Encontro for a burger, hot dog and some brussels sprouts. We sat outside on a beautiful sunny day, great people (& dog) watching.
North Park had some cool murals and street art to offer, as does the rest of the city. How edgy.
5pm – We headed downtown to check into the hotel – The Westgate – which was like stepping into Sophia Coppola’s MARIE ANTOINETTE – very euro, old world fancy. The room was similar – huge bathroom, bathtub and shower, a little balcony looking onto the pool area. Recommend.
6:30pm – We got some champagne to celebrate the evening from The Wine Bank in the Gaslamp district – one of the cuter liquor stores I’ve ever been in. It looked kind of like an old school library with tall stacks, but of WINE!
8:45pm – We Lyfted a bit north to India St. where we had dinner and drinks at the amazing Starlite. The Moscow mules and ice cream sandwiches are their signature and TO DIE. The rest of the food was quite good, service very friendly and the whole place is really ridiculously good looking in a Palm Springs, Mod, Sputnik kind of way.
Midnight – Called it a night because we are old :P
Sunday, 2.14.2016 HAPPY V-DAY!
We kept it pretty low key on Sunday after drinkin’ and what not the night before.
8:30am – It was an early Sunday rise for coffee and breakfast snacks at the hip and sleek Westbean Coffee right by our hotel. They had this amazing cold oatmeal stuff called MUSH – I got the peanut butter and banana one (bomb), and they had great coffee.
10am – We spent a couple hours at the pool before checkout. The Westgate has a great, chill pool area. There was even a pretty wall of rainbow succulents at the end of the pool, which seems to be a running theme in this city.
12:30pm – We had lunch at Bar Basic pizza downtown and ended up just walking around the shops and restaurants by the baseball stadium. There are so many condo buildings, restaurants, offices and coffee shops around here – SD is truly happening. I would live here in a heartbeat.
2pm – Furniture store browsing around Hillcrest & Mission Hills, and stopped by M Theory Records – another cool vinyl store.
3:30pm – Drove out to Point Loma to admire the view of the ocean and the city – you can see everything from here, then it was time to head home.
Until next time, y'all.