Time for a photo recap of our San Diego trip! It’s Thursday, which means my energy level is waning from another long week, so a photo post only seemed appropriate! I’ve been itching to share some of my favorite photos from our trip, so I picked out a handful (big handful) and hope you enjoy them!! We were in SD from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon, which gave us plenty of time to see lots and lots, and fully take on the role of tourists. I feel like we squeezed in so much, while still having two wonderful date nights to ourselves as well! We also were able to eat several DELICIOUS meals, and I’ll be sharing those in a different post as well.
I do want to clarify that this trip was actually a prize I won for being an ambassador for the Hot Chocolate race series. They graciously provided us with a trip for two, including flights and our hotel. We are oh so grateful for being able to take this trip, as we probably would not have been able to on our own accord! It was such a blessing to be able to spend a few days with my husband making fun memories and seeing sights that are truly once in a lifetime (although I really hope to return!! I think I left part of my heart in SD!). I truly believe sharing in unique experiences and taking trips together is one of the most important facets of a healthy marriage!
We are also very thankful for having family in San Diego that were able to show us around and prevent us from taking cabs everywhere! We were able to see and do so much more, and really got a more “local” view of the area!
Ok, let’s start the “tour” shall we?!
After our plane landed Thursday night, we were starving, so Adam’s uncle took us over to Old Town for a delicious mexican dinner. It was huge and I could only eat about half of it! We learned quickly that the meal portions here are crazy!
Friday morning, we woke up pretty early since we had a two hour time change to get used to. Later that morning, Adam’s uncle picked us up and took us to breakfast at Hash House a Go Go. I can’t wait to tell you about our meals here! Talk about HUGE!
We sat outside on the patio, and laughed that the heaters were on. In southern California, 60-70 is apparently “chilly.”
After breakfast, we drove through Balboa Park, then headed to the Zoo!
I couldn’t get over the beautiful landscaping at the zoo! Everything was so gorgeous. It was pretty warm at this point, and that cardigan quickly was shed. We walked around the zoo for about an hour and a half or so, before getting tired and heading back to the hotel. I wouldn’t call us “zoo people”, but it was definitely impressive. Unfortunately, some of the bigger animals had super long waits to even see them, so we opted to not worry about it and just kept on walking.
Here’s a random picture of some landscaping we walked by earlier in the day. There were succulents and pretty flowers everywhere!
After a nap back at the hotel, Adam and I got freshened up and headed out for a date night of dinner and exploring. Our hotel was right by the famous Gaslamp District, so we just walked down and picked a cute bar/brewhouse to grab an early dinner.
After dinner, we walked across the street and down to the bay to catch the ferry over to Coronado Island! In case you were wondering, our hotel is that shiny one on the very right of this picture…it was right across from the convention center and backed up to Petco Park.
The city views were beautiful from the ferry and the landing on the other side!
When we got over to Coronado, we had intended to catch a cab to the Hotel Del Coronado, but instead just walked over. It was like a mile walk…but, all of the houses were ADORABLE. Every lawn was beautiful, all of the little bungalows were so cozy looking, and it just looked like the most picturesque beach town ever! It might be one of my new favorite places. Scratch that, it is for sure.
Once we finally made it over, we were able to catch the end of the sunset, and I did a little happy dance once my toes touched the sand. Ah, sweet sweet beach!
I wish this picture was lighter, but I had it on the wrong settings. Oh well!
Once it was dark, we walked down to this cute little gelato shop we passed on the way. It. Smelled. Heavenly.
Later that night, we actually met up with one of Adam’s friends from high school! He’s currently in the Navy and stationed on the base there on Coronado Island. He came and picked us up, and we headed to a sushi shop and bar so the boys could catch up! He also drove us onto the base and showed us the ship he’s stationed on! It was pretty neat getting to see what a naval base looks like, and see his aircraft carrier up close.
Saturday morning, we slept in a little bit since we got back to the hotel so late the night before. By the time we got up, it was lunch time, so Adam’s uncle again picked us up and took us to Hodad’s at Ocean Beach! Apparently this place is famous and was featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. It was like a hole in the wall, and you just had to stand outside to wait in line for a table.
But oh my word. The burgers!!!! The fries!!!!! SO GOOD! I had the “mini cheeseburger” pictured below, and Adam had the “single”.
I decided I could live on Ocean Beach. It was like the quintessential hippie beach town, complete with shops, old hotels, people walking around in swimsuits, and a beautiful ocean view.
After the guys let me soak up the sun for a little bit, we got back in the car and headed towards Point Loma. First we drove by Sunset Cliffs, below, then got to see Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
The cemetery was unbelievable. It was on both sides of the road, with gravestones as far as the eye could see. Definitely a humbling view.
At the top of Point Loma, we saw the Cabrillo National Monument and a historic lighthouse, as well as these breathtaking views!! I left out the lighthouse picture, but just picture a small lighthouse, like literally. A little house with a giant light on top.
These next few pictures are down by the water, at the tide pools.
After that, we headed back to the hotel to rest and get ready for another date night.
Adam and I loved Coronado Island so much that we opted to spend Saturday night over there as well! We took the ferry across the bay, then caught a cab to the beach just in time to see more of the sunset. It was beautiful! That mountain looking thing under the sun is Point Loma, where we spent the afternoon earlier.
For dinner, we walked down to Village Pizzeria. We spotted this place the night before and said we’d have to come back if we could!
Ya’ll. Best pizza we’ve ever had! Kid you not!!! Even though we just went with a basic cheese/pepperoni, it was amazing!!
After dinner, and to walk off our full bellies, we walked down to the Hotel Del Coronado and went inside to explore. The picture below is the lobby. It was beautiful!! There were gorgeous dark hardwood accents and the elevator had a bell man! It seriously felt like being on an old-timey cruise ship!
Adam taking a break from window shopping…those chairs were so comfy! Inside the hotel were lots of fun little shops. We had a blast walking around and stumbling upon cute little areas of the hotel.
Sunday morning, Adam’s uncle from the other side of the family, came and picked us up at the hotel and took us to brunch to meet some more of our family! We ate at the cutest little brunch spot in an old historic home on an airfield. It was too cute!
After brunch and visiting with family, he dropped us off back downtown but at the USS Midway Museum. I wanted to spend some time down by this famous statue and looking around the Midway before we left.
Yay for strangers who can take pictures! Sometimes I think taking a picture on a DSLR is rocket science to some people.
The Midway is pretty neat, and we had fun walking around it and taking in its massiveness. We wanted to actually go up on it and walk around, but the tour was kind of expensive so we opted to “do it next time.”
Right across the bay is actually the Navy base that I mentioned Adam’s friend is on, and that’s his ship! The USS Ronald Reagan. It’s powered by nuclear power…how awesome is that??
Afterwards, we walked back down to our hotel, picked up our luggage, and hopped in a cab for the airport. And that was that!
I wish I could share all of my pictures, but that would take all day! Hope you enjoyed the recap!
Have you been to San Diego? Where did you go? Where have you travelled to lately?