Last month, we headed west to San Diego for a long weekend trip — and ended the weekend plotting how we quickly we could move there, hah! I love the Spanish cultural and architectural influences and the balmy weather was a serious treat (especially since we avoided the snow back in Denver). A few of my favorite things? Tons of fresh seafood, all the desert, and of course, the ocean! Read below for some of the sites we enjoyed the most, and be sure to add your name and email to the mailing list below — you’ll be the first to know when we our San Diego map print is available!
BALBOA PARK — You could easily spend an entire day (or three) just exploring everything that Balboa Park has to offer (seriously, it’s massive). It’s home to tons of natural and historical San Diego sites, including the zoo, several museums, theaters, and gardens!
MUSEUM OF MAN — One of the many museums located in Balboa Park, the Museum of Man is an anthropological museum with lots of interesting, interactive exhibits. Along with the permanent exhibits, we also got to see their current showcase on the history of cannibalism — spooky, but fascinating!
OLD TOWN — Although the park is pretty touristy these days, I think Old Town’s history makes it well worth a visit. The original settlement was formed in 1769 and was the first in California! Today, there are reenactments in the historic park, plus tons of restaurants and shopping in the surround neighborhood.
MORE — Coronado Island, Pacific Beach, Potato Chip Rock
LIBERTY STATION — I’m cheating a little here, because San Diego’s old naval yard-turned-neighborhood destination is home to TONS of coffee shops and restaurants, including Moniker General and Breakfast Republic — not to mention all the options inside the Liberty Public Market!
IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER — Fresh seafood, an extensive bar, and just the right amount of nautical vibes — what more could you ask for? It certainly doesn’t hurt that Salt & Straw is right next door!
COMMUNAL COFFEE — Coffee shops are one of my favorite things to explore when I’m in a new place, and Communal Coffee did not disappoint. I love the modern decor and that they make their affogatos with Jeni’s ice cream!
PIGMENT — Chances are, you’ve seen this gorgeous store on Pinterest or Instagram — talk about some serious decor inspiration! Both locations carry a seemingly endless supply of fun goodies, and I love the pink mural outside of their North Park shop.
NATIVE POPPY — This charming shop, located inside Communal Coffee, is small but might! They’re one part florist, one part gift shop, and I love the mix of gorgeous blooms and fun books and decor pieces.
BENCH HOME — I’m kind of obsessed with this Kensington boutique, which carries a seriously lovely selection of home goods. Of course, I might be a little biased here — they’re our newest stockist!
MORE — Green Fresh Florals, Library Shop