I am always trying to get a new stamp in my passport but there is one place I love to spend a long weekend, San Diego! I’m pretty partial to Southern California as far as temperatures and laidback lifestyle is concerned but San Diego has just the right balance when it comes to stretches of beaches and views of mountains. I’ve driven from Texas to San Diego (crazy, I know but I was young-er) but now I prefer hopping on a short flight.
Breakfast: Wake up at Fig Tree Café! This cute eatery has fresh mimosas, pancakes, eggs, bacon (yum) and potatoes. Well, that’s what I ate anyway. You can choose more than that but take it from me, you can’t go wrong.
Surf: Carlsbad is pretty picturesque. If you want to lay by the beach or catch some waves, this area isn’t too crowded and the sand is so soft.
La Jolla: Go here for kayaking, say hello to the seals (please don’t touch them), buy a shirt to save the whales (I’m a total hippie child), and stroll the shops and eateries.
Del Mar: Another favorite area in Southern California. I’m not a big French toast girl but ladies and gentleman… this was good. Poseidon is a favorite (and I’m a little biased because of the Greek Mythology in the name, I’ll admit it). Watch the waves, eat, shop and just relax. It is the definition of laidback living.
Coronado: This is over the bridge. Take the drive. This area is popular for very good reason. It’s stunning. The “who’s who” of people return to Hotel Del Coronado time and again because it never goes out of style but the whole community is just beautiful.
Hash House a go go is one of two of my absolute top recommendations for breakfast in San Diego. They have locations in Las Vegas and Dallas but San Diego is the best! The pancakes are as big as my head… that’s not an exaggeration. You can absolutely share them. The crispy bacon is like something you would get at home when your mom (only if she cooks well) makes you breakfast.
Richard Walker’s Pancake House is a place I come back to time and time again. It has sentimental memories but I am always standing in line to get a table like a kid on Christmas. There is something about the consistency and comfort of a good meal. You have so many options to choose from when it comes to pancakes!
Edgewater Grill is the best view in San Diego and they have the loveliest people. I recommend getting a patio table (book in advance, if possible). The food and cocktails are a treat. It’s fresh and you can tell they know what they’re doing in the kitchen and behind the bar. I don’t follow everyone on my personal social media account but I started following them long before I ever started writing a blog because I genuinely love them.
Casa Guadalajara is the best little Mexican restaurant in Old Town. This will also be a trend on my blog… I ALWAYS find Mexican food (Paris and Prague have my favorites in the whole world). But this place has live music and great tequila to accompany what I consider to be great food.
U.S.S. Midway is neat if you’re a history buff like me, or if you just want to see different views of San Diego. Wear comfortable shoes if you plan on going up though! It’s actually pretty neat to see the aircraft and learn a bit here.
Take a road trip to Tijuana, Mexico if you’ve never been (but bring your passport, I actually didn’t have mine one time but I made back safely).
Seaport Village has some of the best views and shops. Edgewater Grill is located in Seaport Village along with a few other places. It’s a nice place to take a stroll and just enjoy the beautiful day.