The Summer of the West Coast: San Diego

Sarahwander

As the snow falls outside, I can only dream of last years warm summer adventures. In addition to San Francisco and Seattle, I was so excited to get to travel to San Diego, California! One of my best friends from college, Corinn, lives in this sunny city and it was awesome to get to hang out and explore. I want to go back as soon as possible!

The weather was absolutely perfect. San Diego is definitely on my list of cities I’d love to move to one day. There is a lot of industry, so even though it felt like a vacation city, tons of awesome things are happening! I’m sure the weddings are unbelievable!!

We went to the beach the first night and had delicious pizza at a local shop nearby. It looks pretty cloudy, but it was gorgeous! Can you imagine living a block from the beach? I’m dreaming over here…

San-Diego-Beach-and-PizzaWest coast beaches are completely different from east coast beaches–there are tons of cliffs and rock formations and it was amazing to see the geographic features in person for the first time. On our first full day there, we went to a delicious breakfast in La Jolla and explored La Jolla Cove. The views were unreal and I loved seeing all the sea lions!! It was a bit smelly, but the little guys were so adorable. You can see some of the sea lions heads popping out in the water in some of my pictures. Next time we visit, we want to do some scuba diving and snorkeling. There were tons of people out in the water and it looked like so much fun.

San-Diego-La-Jolla-CoveSan-Diego_La-Jolla-Cove7  La-Jolla-Sea-LionsSan-Diego_La-Jolla-Cove3San-Diego_La-Jolla-Cove6We ventured over to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for a little bit of hiking and breathtaking views. Since groves of trees are not common among Southern California, this area has an interesting landscape. It felt like we were in a sort of Jurassic Park set.

Torrey-PinesSince we live in Asheville (aka beer city), we absolutely had to check out some breweries while we were in San Diego. We went to Karl Strauss Brewing Company a couple times and did a tour and tasting at Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits. The beer was delicious and the design of the buildings were really cool. I loved the water feature using kegs at the entrance at Ballast Point.

Ballast-Point-San-DiegoAnd to complete my California food adventure, we absolutely had to make a stop at In-N-Out. This was my first time trying these famous burgers–I’d go again!! Brent and I split a meal with fries ‘animal style’ (omg. so good.) and then followed this meal up with the San Diego staple, a California burrito. The burrito also included french fries…. what? We were on vacation!! In-N-Out-Burger

San Diego was a beautiful city and I feel like we needed a few more days to get to see everything. It’s on our list to visit again, but this summer we are dreaming of Cozumel and Colorado. Have you been to San Diego? What did I miss? I love hearing recommendations of where to stay, where to eat and what to do while on vacation! Share in the comments below or find me on Twitter. Hope y’all stayed safe and warm this weekend!