San Diego is starkly sunny and bright in a high-definition kind of way, offering desert blooms, California history and gorgeous ocean views.
It’s freezing in most of the country right now, so reminiscing about this lazy summer road trip is like taking a virtual vacation (though living in the Bay Area I really can’t complain about the weather…)
After LA, we headed farther south to San Diego. What do I remember from this 2012 visit to San Diego? In the order they popped into my head:
- Staying at the cutest Victorian B&B: Britt Scripps Manor
- Enjoying a cozy Italian dinner and delicious wine pairing at Cucina Urbana
- Bike riding in the nearby cute coastal town of La Jolla, where we also checked out art galleries, many of which featured art from Dr. Seuss, who lived in La Jolla.
- Visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla (currently under renovation)
- Watching the sunset on the beach in Coronado Island, near Hotel Del
- Exploring San Diego Zoo, where we were particularly enamored with the dozing pandas
- Touring a bit of California history by visiting Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá
- Strolling through Balboa Park
- Taking in nature at the San Diego Botanic Garden
- Savoring coffee and a sweet treat at Extraordinary Desserts
On our way back to the Bay Area, we made quick stops in Santa Barbara, where we enjoyed walking around downtown and walking the beach. This short stint was followed by San Luis Obispo, though, to be honest, since these stops were towards the end of our road trip, I mostly remember being a bit tired and ready to tuck in at home (this is evidenced by a lack of pictures taken at these locations. Ha!) One of the silver linings of a trip coming to a close is how much it makes me appreciate my little creature comforts and the reliable rhythm of the daily “grind.”