So I've been back from San Diego since late Monday night, but it always takes me a little while to get out of 'vacation mode'! I had been so excited for this trip for a few key reasons...
- I've never been to the West Coast at all!
- I've never taken a flight by myself. (I know getting on a plane doesn't excite most people, but I love the entire process of traveling!)
- I was going for the sole purpose of seeing my former-longterm-roomie Emily who just moved there this past January, and I couldn't wait to hang out with her!
This quick 3 night-2 day trip did not disappoint! Emily and her friends Hutton and Schuyler took the time to show me as many different areas of San Diego as we could squeeze into a 2 day period! For a weekend with no-set plans we definitely did a lot! Even though the sun came out for a maximum of 2 hours the entire time I was there, the weather was still perfect, and I managed to snap a few great pics...
Surfing, paddle-boarding, and scuba-diving are huge sports in San Diego. Makes sense when you are surrounded by water and have beautiful weather year round! (More on the bikes in a few...)
Emily lives in Pacific Beach, where we hung out the first evening, before spending the rest of the weekend in Coronado, Downtown, and La Jolla.
Is it obvious we both went to school for Fashion Design?? Hey, even when you're at the beach you've got to accessorize!
The Hotel Del Coronado was beautiful and has an amazing history!
We were advised by some lovely ladies who took our photographs to check out this yearly flower show, but we never made it over!
The homes in Coronado were the sweetest (and most heavily adorned with flowers!) that I've ever seen. I felt like I stepped into the Pleasantville movie! Only regret......not taking more pictures of these gorgeous homes and gardens!
Heading 'downtown' after Coronado for some refreshment and dinner, Emily made sure to take me to "The Hopping Pig", a mecca of craft beers. Just like Brooklyn, but with a West Coast selection!
AND...people watching from our outdoor seats...enough said.
Schuyler's lucky to live in her friend's amazing modern-style home in La Jolla...and we were lucky she invited us to stay there Saturday night! The house was beautiful, and I had my own 'guest room'. (We jokingly referred to it as "the mansion", I'm pretty sure the name is going to stick!)
The pool at "the mansion". It barely reached 70 though so there was no swimming on this trip. Maybe next time!
Remember those bikes in the top picture? Schuyler lent us bikes to ride to 'The Cove'. No joke, I have not ridden a bike in at least 10 years. If only there was a video of my first trial runs on the block...hilarious. Who ever said you never forget how to ride a bike?!?
Good thing it was a quick ride to The Cove!
I had no idea the big attraction there was the seals. I was so excited and took tons of pictures. Later I looked at my photos from the trip and about half were pictures of just piles and piles of seals!
This just made me laugh. No one else around seemed to think it was as humorous as I thought it was. Maybe they're just used to seeing funny mannequins hanging-out in convertibles in California?
Just thought I'd end on a colorful note! There was so much great architecture and design in San Diego. It was just so different from the East Coast aesthetic I'm used to.
Anyone have any travel trips they could share about visiting San Diego? I'm thinking about planning another Cali trip soon...possibly San Fran, so I'm open to hearing tips on where to go and what to do!
Have a great weekend!