When you live in Los Angeles, you are basically already in paradise. In case you need to get away from the traffic, the noise and general hustle of each day try driving a little further south. San Diego is the perfect getaway for the sophisticated Angeleno, whether your trekking solo or taking the whole fam. The pace slows down even more, if that is possible, and you are overcome with a peace that disconnects you from the rest of the world.
Where to Stay:
Porto Vista Hotel is a no frills destination if you need a place to rest your head. This is the perfect hotel, centrally located in Little Italy, and gives you the opportunity to go out and explore what the city has to offer instead of feeling stuck in some fake resort world.
The Valet is quick to get your car and help with bags, directions, and anything else you need coming in or going out. The Lobby is adorned with vintage teak furniture that all comes together nicely in a retro vibe.
The ultimate perk of the hotel are breath-taking views of the port and the bay of the Pacific Ocean. There is a roof top terrace where you can enjoy a quite night in the perfect Southern California weather.
Where to Eat:
The Glass Door is on the top floor of the Porto Vista Hotel and has hightop tables that are perfect for a quite (and romantic) dinner as you overlook the harbor. Upon walking into the restaurant, you feel as though you are being transported to another country. The Food seals the deal and really does take you to another place. The cuisine was inspired by the taste of Moroccan and Ethiopian countries and everything was made to perfection. My personal favorites for the evening were the Moroccan Spiced Scallops and The Short Rib.
If your looking for some good food while you are checking out the Gaslamp District, Barley Mash is an absolute must. Chef Jose shared that he loves to bring things from around the world and add a San Diego twist to the items offered. Everything we had was incredible, but you have to try the Fish and Chips, which we were told was one of the more popular items from the Supper Menu. The El Chignon Mac n’ Cheese, San Diego Iron Fries, Surf N’ Turf Burger, and Tuna Poke were made to perfection!
Things to do:
We are not the ones to go to the Zoo or Sea World, but there are plenty of options if you are looking for some R&R. Here are my top picks:
Relax on the beach- When is this ever a bad thing. When you need to disconnect and unwind the Sea is so healing in so many ways.
Go Kayaking in the La Jolla Sea Caves– For the more adventurous souls, this is just a sight to be seen.
Strolling along the San Diego Harbor- We love the San Diego Harbor is great because its like walking through the History Channel as your walking through the Embarcadero. It was the base headquarters for the US Navy before it was moved to Pearl Harbor just before World War II. Now it houses the USS Midway Museum, while the San Diego Harbor does house many assets for the US Navy. Its just cool.
Visit Coronado Island– Its a slim little peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego. You can take a ferry there, or there are some tours that take you there. Its a cute little town filled with cute shops, great beach, gardens and other sites to see. There are no cars there, since its just a few blocks wide, but you can easily walk or rent a bike.