Hey everyone! Hope you’re doing well. I’m back with another blog post all about San Diego. As most of you know, I went to college in San Diego where I got my graphic design degree. I’m currently not too far from San Diego, since I moved back home after my senior year to build my savings, etc. I love taking day trips down to San Diego, and sometimes I genuinely miss this city so much! I took lots of photos during my visit and have tons of restaurants and other locations to share with you all. Keep reading if you have a recent visit to San Diego coming up!
For this particular visit, I brought my boyfriend because there were a few places I wanted to take him. One of those being Hotel Del Coronado (usually called “Hotel Del”) on Coronado Island. If you’re a bit unfamiliar with San Diego, there is a large bridge that goes from downtown San Diego, all the way across the bay to Coronado Island, where there’s restaurants, shopping, and beaches. It’s a great place for a day vacation and there’s tons of places to walk around. In college, I loved exploring Hotel Del (it is haunted) and walk around its premises. The architecture is gorgeous and there’s lots of history to it. The inner courtyard is simply stunning (pictured above) and I hope to stay there some time soon!
One of my favorite places to eat on Coronado is Miguel’s, which is a Mexican restaurant. They have great food, as well as a patio area (my favorite spot). There’s usually a good amount of people there, so I’d recommend setting up a reservation for dinner on the weekends.
Balboa Park is one of the most beautiful places to go for culture and architecture. I used to come here a lot of art visits to complete projects for my classes. However, I also really enjoyed these trips. There’s tons of art museums to visit; one of them is a completely free museum called the Timkin. I would definitely recommend checking this out if you have an artsy side but don’t want to spend a lot of dinero.
There’s also a botanical garden you can walk through. It’s a super quick stroll but it’s cool to see all the different plants. (Also a great place for photos if you’re looking for unique shots). Balboa is great place to go during Christmas as well. They have an event called “December Nights” every year. I’ll warn you there’s always a big crowd and you should Uber there due to parking struggles. But there’s always a Nativity scene, hot chocolate, and tons of Christmasy things to do there in December!
Our next stop was Little Italy, which is right next to Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego. Little Italy is probably one of my favorite areas of SD. There’s always an endless amount of great restaurants and its right in the heart of the city. If there’s one place you need to stop in San Diego, it’s here! We actually had a reservation set up with one of my favorite restaurants: Davanti Enoteca. They have some amazing Italian food, specifically their honeycomb appetizer is to die for. It has focaccia bread with cheese inside, dipped into honeycomb! There’s nothing I crave more in Little Italy than that dish!
We both ended up getting a pasta dish and salads. Of course I opted for a rosé and he went for an old fashioned. Combined with the honeycomb appetizer, it was such an amazing dinner in one of the most beautiful cities. We sat on the patio, making the most gorgeous evening experience. Thank you so much Davanti for having us in for dinner! We had a fantastic time!
The day wasn’t over yet! We then headed over to Seaport Village for some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and a walk near Downtown. When we go to San Diego, we love walking near the yachts and the Hyatt hotel. It has the most gorgeous views of the bay around sunset and quite romantic. I always think the best way to end the day is with a sunset and simply chilling out a bit. Seaport is also close to the Midway, which is a large military ship that is now used as a museum. If your guy loves all things planes, ships and such, take him here! It’s a very cool thing to see and a big part of our history!
Those were all the places I visited on my trip back to San Diego! I’m sure I will be going back quite often, and be sure to keep up with me on Instagram. I post so many photos and videos when I take day trips like this! Let me know where your favorite places is in San Diego!