For Memorial Day weekend, Chris took me to San Diego for my 28th birthday, which was on May 26th. Here are some of the highlights from our trip:
Staying at the Dolphin Motel: I would totally recommend this place if you’re looking for a cheap place to stay in San Diego because they provide clean rooms for affordable prices. Plus the motel is family-owned, so the staff was very hospitable and made us feel like we were guests staying in their home. I have to say, for a motel, it was awesome.
Hanging out at Mission Beach and Belmont Park: Our first order of business once we got to San Diego was to head to the beach. The weather in San Diego was perfect for spending time on the beach: warm, sunny, and breezy. After some much-needed beach time, we wandered over to Belmont Park so we could go on some rides. It turned out that the ride selection wasn’t very good; most of the rides were made for kids, so we just ended up going on a roller coaster and the bumper cars. Still a fun time, though!
Dinner at Urban Solace: I found out about Urban Solace from Yelp; it had four stars and 1800 reviews, so I knew we had to try it! I’m so glad we did because it was amazing– the service, food, ambiance, everything. My favorite part about our dinner was the duckaroni: mac and cheese with duck. DELICIOUS!
Visiting the San Diego Zoo: On Sunday, we headed to the infamous San Diego Zoo with one goal in mind: see the pandas. Pandas are my absolute favorite animal, so I was super excited to see them. They’re so damn cute! Overall, the zoo was a lot of fun. It’s so big and there’s a lot to see and do. Chris and I were there for five hours, which wasn’t enough time to see everything, but we had to stop because our feet were killing us!
Birthday dinner at Cucina Urbana: Another amazing San Diego restaurant. Chris and I sat at the bar, sipped on some cocktails, coursed out our meal, and bonded with the bartender. I really love to wine and dine, so having a dining experience where we just took our time with enjoying the food and really soaking up the ambiance made for a perfect birthday dinner.
Wandering around Balboa Park: The first time I went to San Diego, I neglected to visit Balboa Park, so this time around, I knew I wanted to check it out. Turns out the park is huge and gorgeous with lots to see and do. It reminded me of the west coast version of Central Park in New York. I got a ton of great pictures there because it’s beautiful everywhere you look.
Eating ice cream on Coronado Island: Coronado Island is another great place to visit if you’re in San Diego because there are lots of shops, restaurants, and of course, a beach! It’s also home to the Hotel Del Coronado, a fancy, expensive, famous hotel that’s been featured in some movies (e.g. Some Like It Hot). While Chris and I were exploring the island, we stopped for ice cream cones at Moo Time Creamery. Eating ice cream on the beach was the perfect end to our stay in San Diego.
Overall, I had a fantastic 28th birthday. I got to spend my birthday weekend with my favorite person, eat lots of delicious food, hang out on the beach, see my favorite animal in real life, and get in some good rest and relaxation. Twenty-eight, you’re not so bad after all.
Have you been to San Diego before? How did you spend the beginning of summer?