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Travel Diary // San Diego, Part 2

Today I’m recapping the second half of my Memorial Day Weekend visit to San Diego, California. In case you missed Day 1 or need some extra tips and ideas for planning your own San Diego trip, I recommend starting here.

Our second day began with breakfast at Richard Walker’s Pancake House. With only four locations in the country, it’s a popular destination and had about a 20-30 minute wait for a table on a Friday morning. Although the food was good, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it — in fact, if you’re going to wait in line, this donut shop would be a way better bet.

BubblyDesignCo-SanDiego-May2016-24{ shorts, old – similar // top – under $30! // sneakers // clutch, old – Coach }

Our mornings in San Diego all started with slightly cool temps and a light cloud cover. Each day, we crossed our fingers that it would clear and things would warm up. Unfortunately, “June Gloom” as they call it in California, creeped up a little early and we experience very un-San Diego weather throughout our trip.

We tried not to let the weather deter our plans and set out for Coronado after breakfast. You have the option to drive across the bridge or take a 10-15 minute ferry ride from downtown to get to the “island” — at just $4.75 per person, the ferry was the easy choice.

Travel Tip — If you’re taking the ferry, give yourself plenty of time to get to the waterfront and find the dock. Typically, you would cut through the Convention Center but since Trump was in town the day we visited, we found it to be a circuitous route and not very clearly labeled.

The ferry docks in a welcoming area of Coronado filled with touristy shops and restaurants. We decided to walk about 1.5 miles across the island and found there isn’t a whole lot to see between there and the Hotel Del Coronado, our ultimate destination. Once we neared the Hotel Del, we found another commercial area with a row of restaurants and shops. Two of my favorite shops, The Attic and Seaside Papery, were fun to browse and search out California souvenirs and gifts.

After our walk, we rented beach cruisers from a shop called Wheel Fun on the Hotel Del Coronado boardwalk. There is a great bike path that weaves around the coast of Coronado and back to the ferry landing. Much to our enjoyment, the clouds cleared as we rode and it quickly became one of our favorite parts of the whole trip. I blasted the Beach Boys greatest hits and had so much fun I truly believed I could cruise around that town every day of my life and never get bored { if you aren’t following me on Snapchat, you really missed out }.

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After our round trip, roughly 6-mile bike ride, we were super excited to see the beach and enjoy happy hour on the Hotel Del Coronado’s deck. We got a few nice photos and settled in just in time for the clouds and a chilly sea breeze to roll in.

Although we were bummed to end our visit on that note, our day was hardly over. T-man and I headed out to San Diego State University to see one of our favorite bands, The Lumineers. It was the first time I’ve ever had concert tickets while on vacation and it was a fun way to make it feel even more special.

Day Three

Since I was traveling with two mega-baseball fans, Sunday started with a mid-morning tour of Petco Park where the Padres play. I’ll save you the photos, but I did learn a few fun facts. The park was built around an old metal factory and in order to maintain it, the nearby Bumblebee Tuna Factory became the largest building ever moved {they literally shifted it 3 blocks or so}. It also has the 3rd largest MLB jumbo-tron as well as a grassy area that’s open to the public when the Padres aren’t playing. It also happens to be the site of the MLB All Star Game, which was on last night. #perfecttiming

BubblyDesignCo-SanDiego-May2016-22{ Lunch at Puesto }

Once again, we were biding our time, hoping the sun would come out. If it had been a little nicer, I would’ve liked to explore one of the beach towns such as Mission Beach or Ocean Beach but instead, we had a leisurely lunch at a nice Mexican spot on the waterfront before gearing up to hike Torrey Pines.

We hiked almost the entire park by following this guide, starting at the Reserve Entrance, where our Uber dropped us off, and meandering through the the Beach Trail, the Razor Point Trail, and ending at the South Fork Trail.

Travel Tip — Parking at the main entrance was limited and the lot was completely full even on a gray day. However, the walk from the base of the lot to the beginning of the hiking trails is an added mile or more and extremely steep. If you have the option, park at the top and focus your hike on the actual trails. #rookiemistake

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Even on a gray day, the wildlife, cliffs, and beach were all stunning examples of the uniqueness of the west coast. I am so used to an east coast hike and an east coast beach, that these photos still blow my mind a bit.

After our hike, we decided to bar hop a bit. Again, the weather wasn’t really supporting more outdoor activities, so our last evening consisted of drinking our way back to downtown through a local brewery visit, a dive bar recommended for its whiskey, and a dueling piano bar.

Our final morning was spent meandering the Gaslamp Quarter one last time. We considered having brunch at Barleymash, the same spot where we had lunch on Day 1, but sadly it didn’t open in time. Instead, our final San Diego meal was found at the airport, when we stumbled upon surprisingly fresh treats from the infamous Donut Bar. It was a sweet ending to a great trip. #delish

Visit San Diego // A Travel Diary from our long weekend

Want to hear more about my trip to San Diego or have questions? Drop them in the comments and don’t forget to check out yesterday’s post

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