A San Diego Weekend

03/07/2016 8 Comments
San Diego Weekend Trip

Friends-I’ve been missing out! San Diego is clearly the place to be in Southern California. I have lived in Los Angeles for the past 4 & 1/2 years and I finally took my first trip down the 5. A huge thanks to my friend Stacey for inviting me to see her hometown area and for being an amazing tour guide 🙂

San Diego Harbor weekend trip

We started off our girls weekend with a happy hour after our drive down from LA at a restaurant called The Fish Market. It was close to where we were staying in the area of Del Mar however they have other locations through out California. I would highly recommend their happy hour for their drink specials and fresh fish options, plus their New England Clam Chowder was on par (Says the girl who grew up on real New England Chowdah).

Fish Market Restaurant happy hour menu


On Friday night we stayed in and made some fabulous margaritas which I can’t believe I don’t have a picture of however has anyone tried the Trader Joe’s Margarita Mix? It’s a great alternative to store bought mixes and is a skinny option since it has only a few ingredients in it!

On Saturday we ventured out to Coronado Island and having known nothing about it before I left on this trip, it ended up being my favorite part! It was a quaint little island with beautiful and various types of houses to look at. We parked and rented bikes from Bikes & Beyond for two hours which I highly recommend because they were efficient and had a lot of options besides bikes at their store.

Bikes & Beyond Coronado Island

coronado beach the del hotel

After riding through the neighborhoods looking at all the houses and pass the Naval Base we stopped at Coronado beach and Hotel Del Coronado (The Del).

This was my favorite place by far! It’s a historic hotel with a golden age modern mix feel to it. We walked through out the hotel and the different shops to see their connection to certain movie stars and cultural events.

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We walked up to the deck to have some apps and a glass of wine for lunch while we looked out at the ocean on this beautiful day. It’s one of my favorite things to do while visit somewhere new, sitting and having a drink while taking in the people and the atmosphere. I actually didn’t take as many pictures as I liked because I was focusing on enjoying the moment and the company I was with 🙂

ladies who lunch

We rode our bikes back to the bike store and just as we were pulling in there was a Navy Destroyer coming through the Harbor.

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Next up was Balboa Park and because we had to go to a birthday party for a friend I didn’t get to walk through it but Stacey drove me around and I loved what I saw. Besides the famed San Diego Zoo, the park offers a venue for festivals, several museums and many walking trails. Check out the San Diego Tourism Site for more information. It was another gem in this city for sure!

We ventured to a few more places on Saturday but I’m saving those for my Dessert First post on Wednesday!! #ialwaysneedicecream

Last up for Saturday was dinner in Little Italy! Ah every restaurant was pretty full so I recommend having a few in mind and going to them maybe on the early side to get a table. We ended up at Civico 1845 with an outside table (more people watching!) and it was heaven if you love Italian food as much as I do. They had this great pesto dipping sauce that they brought out with their bread. Another thing about this restaurant was their gluten-free and vegan offerings, so if that is a diet you follow check them out.
Civico 1845 little italy top dinner san diego

image San Diego Harbor

After dinner we walked down to the harbor to walk off our meal.

Whew how do we beat Saturday?! #beachwineparkpasta


Round two on Sunday!!

We woke up and walked to brunch at Il Fornaio because we must have had dreams about our Italian dinner the night before and had to cure our hangover at an Italian place. 😉 We both got the spinach & shrimp open faced frittata with a Leonardo (prosecco & strawberry juice) and since we couldn’t decide a warm waffle with strawberries and bananas for good measure 🙂 #breakfastofchampions #breakfastismyfavorite

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After brunch it was time to stop in La Jolla before heading back to LA. Stacey brought be to the famous Seal Beach which was awesome to see but you are forewarned if you don’t like strong smells because it did smell. There seems to be a few things to do around the beach area however we didn’t part take in them. We walked around the main strip and saw The Valencia Hotel. I did also stop in to get a dessert for the road but more on that Wednesday!

The Valencia Hotel

After La Jolla we headed back up the 5 to Los Angeles and I was already planning when I could get back to San Diego. With the time that we had I felt like I got to see a lot of what San Diego has to offer. I feel like at some point in the future I will make a vacation out of it and enjoy the beach/ocean and Balboa park more. What do you think about San Diego? Do you have any favorite spots to go to?

Cupcake N Dreams

New Yorker blogging about travel and lifestyle things that make me happy!


  1. Reply

    Diana Elle


    Coronado beach, balboa park, la jolla all things to see on your first visit in San Diego, I loved your recap, makes me want to go back!
    Thanks for Linking up to Travel Tuesday! 🙂

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Thanks for stopping by Diana! I really loved my first trip and I look forward to my next. I’m glad I found the link up, I love getting new ideas for travel!

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)


    It looks great! #travel tuesday

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    Christy Swagerty (whatupswags)


    I lived in Encinitas for about a year – it’s amazing, too! Dog Beach in Del Mar is really fun, and I’ve had the best pizza of my life in Little Italy! All of the frozen yogurt places are wonderful in SD, and I’m particularly partial to the wonderful area of Carlsbad! Thanks for linking up with us on Travel Tuesday!

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Aw I wish I got to check out Carlsbad! I heard its a great area. Sadly my friend and I could not fit in any frozen yogurt and I have regrets about that haha.