I’m finally getting around to our LAST travel post from our summer of travel – ohhhhh – four months ago!! Better late than never, right!?
If you’ve been following along, you’ve already seen our honeymoon posts from London, Paris, and the French Riviera, as well as our trips to Chicago, Montreal, Portland, and Maui. Whewww! We had a busy, yet incredible summer! Certainly a once in a life-time experience we are so entirely grateful for.
Today, I’m sharing our final stop on our way home from Maui: 48 Hours in San Diego!
Since we live on the east coast, getting to and from Maui was a pretty long and timely distance. Because we had some time off between jobs, we decided to extend our trip by a few days and do a few stop-overs to break up the jet-lag. This was LIFE CHANGING. Not only did it allow us to ease into the new time zones, but we also got to explore two new cities for a day or two! I absolutely recommend if you have the extra time to spare.
On our way home from Hawaii, we stopped in San Diego for two nights. This was a perfect place to stop for a little rest and relaxation because the airport is super close to the city. Plus, just LOOK at how beautiful this city is!
Have you ever been to San Diego before?!? After just a few days there, we already want to come back and visit again!
Ok, so let’s start with things to do in San Diego.
We decided not to rent a car because we were there for such a short amount of time, so we relied on walking and public transportation (and stayed mainly in the downtown area). If you’re there for longer than a weekend though, I would definitely rent a car so you can go explore all the beautiful beaches around the city.
Our first morning, we took the short boat ride over to Coronado Island. This little resort city is super picturesque and extremely walkable. We spent most of the morning exploring the island and walking the grounds of the famous Hotel del Coronado. They have some pretty fantastic beaches on the resort, but the water was a liittlleee too cold for swimming (especially since we had just come from Maui).
I’ve heard they do an incredible weekend brunch here as well, but unfortunately we were here during the week. Definitely recommend looking into it!
Next on our list was the gorgeous Balboa Park, which is also home to the infamous San Diego Zoo. Again, because we were there for such a short amount of time, we decided to save the zoo for another trip.
Instead, we spent the afternoon relaxing in this stunning urban park. There are tons of museums, Japanese Gardens, gorgeous architecture, and amazing plant life in this 1,200 acre space. You could honestly spend the whole day here!
After an afternoon in the park, we headed to Little Italy for the evening. This area is a super hip part of the city, filled with amazing restaurants, bars, and night life.
We stopped for a beer at Ballast Point Brewery (they have a few locations around the city) and it definitely did not disappoint!
For dinner, we ended the evening at the local Cafe Gratitude. I’ve been wanting to go to one of these locations FOREVER, so I was so glad we finally had the chance!
We ordered their kale caesar – because I can never pass up a good kale caesar – and the vegan nachos to share. Both were even more delicious then they look! And we couldn’t leave without trying one of their vegan desserts. We settled on the coconut chocolate pie and it was to-die-for!
Have you been to a Cafe Gratitude before?! I’m still hoping and praying they’ll come out to the east coast sometime in the near future!
Dinner at Werewolf: amazing tacos and great draft list (plus it’s right in the Gaslamp Quarter, which is super fun at night)
Breakfast at The Mission: we LOVED this spot! They had a huge menu with tons of options (vegan, gf, etc) and it was TONS of food for an affordable price!
So that’s it from our short stop-over in San Diego. I can’t believe I’m finished with our last travel post! I guess that means we need to plan our next trip 😉
What travel plans do you have scheduled this year??
We have our Babymoon scheduled at the end of March in Charleston and a beach trip planned in May, but I’m already having the urge to plan some more weekend trips before Baby Ingraham comes in June! Where should we go next?!