DESIGNER ESCAPE: SAN DIEGO

Sunny San Diego is only a hop, skip and a jump away, which makes it perfect for a quick weekend getaway. With so much to see and do, it’s always fun to catch up with a few faves and find new places along the way!

 

STAY + PLAY: Just across the San Diego bay is the gorgeous and luxurious Hotel del Coronado. Opened in 1888, this Victorian beachfront resort is now a California Historic Landmark as well as a National Historic Landmark. Spend the day shopping, relaxing in their salon and spa, or enjoying their various dining options. Beach and bike rentals are always a fun option, and the golf course is just a stroke away. As evening approaches, book a “s’mores on the beach” to end the day!

ENTERTAIN: “The SHOUT! House” Dueling Pianos bar provided an amazing evening of old rock and roll favorites combined with today’s hits for plenty of entertainment. With two grand pianos facing each other, the dueling pianists are accompanied by a guitarist and drummer to round out the performances for a portion of the night, until only the pianists are battling it out. Completely driven by the audience, slips of paper pile high on each piano with scribbled song names in the hopes that certain requests get played!

BRUNCH: If you’re looking for delicious food and drinks {and who isn’t?!}, then head down to The Tractor Room. The dimly-lit, casual atmosphere is a mix of industrial and lodge with exposed cable wires, iron lights and a central antler chandelier. My brunch weakness is French Toast and this plate did not disappoint! Large portions are an understatement {for all their food!} and it now ranks in my top three for French Toast faves… impressive to say the least!

HISTORIC: Officially welcomed back to San Diego in February, “Unconditional Surrender,” affectionately known as “The Kiss,” greets visitors on the Navy’s USS Midway Museum waterfront. The iconic photo of a sailor and nurse kissing after World War II ended has been replicated into a 25′ tall bronze sculpture. A few steps away is ”A National Salute to Bob Hope & the Military” with life-size bronze statues of veterans surrounding an entertaining Bob Hope. Quite a fitting tribute to one of the most military-populated cities in the country.

EXPLORE: For a walk on the wild side, head about a half hour north to Escondido and explore the San Diego Safari Park. This wildlife sanctuary sits on 1,800 acres with more than 2,600 animals. Explore each village and see your favorite shows and animals up close and personal. Be sure to take the African Tram for a one-of-a-kind journey through the African plains where giraffes, rhinos, zebras and more roam in the wild!

EAT: Head back towards the coast and just off of Highway 101 in Encinitas, you’ll find a fresh mix of American cuisine and sushi at HapiFish. A fun and casual setting indoor includes an open dining space with a couple sushi bars, while the covered outdoor patio offers the refreshing ocean breeze. After choosing multiple rolls to share at our table, the Beach Bum ended up as the fave… that is, until we were surprised with an amazing dessert roll! A delicious and creative concoction of vanilla ice cream and pound cake, it’s topped with fresh strawberries, strawberry syrup and whipped cream that make for an unforgettable roll.

LOCALS ONLY: Only a few minutes from HapiFish, be sure to hit the D Street Stairs before you head home! A hidden staircase that’s tucked into a local neighborhood leads down the cliffside to the ocean. At night, the stairway is beautifully lit to guide your way.

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