I know it’s officially the holiday season and Thanksgiving is old news, but you know I have to share my pics from San Diego! Since we weren’t able to visit family this year, we decided to travel somewhere new instead. We crammed a lot into a couple days, so I’m splitting our trip into two posts. Let the photo deluge commence!
Here’s a handy dandy bullet point list of the city sights contained in Part 1:
- Seaport Village
- Sunset cruise
- Thanksgiving dinner
- San Diego Zoo
Let’s get started! I promise to post more pictures than words, which is my favorite ratio 🙂
We arrived in San Diego on Thanksgiving Day. We’re so used to five-hour flights with layovers across the country that a little 1-hour flight was divine! The sky was clear, the weather was gorgeous, and we were ready to start our adventure! We stayed at the Westin hotel downtown, which was a great location. We were within walking distance of the waterfront, the Santa Fe depot, and the Gaslamp Quarter.
We started off by walking down to Seaport Village for a view of the bay. The shops were pretty dead but we were content to take in the views and eat lunch at the Edgewater Grill. We walked back to the hotel along the water, passing the battleships and WWII monuments.
After a quick siesta we returned to the waterfront for a sunset cruise of the South Bay. I wish we could have done the other side of the bay to see the sea lions, but the sunset was gorgeous. It was a lovely way to relax and just enjoy the skyline.
We had Thanksgiving dinner in the Gaslamp Quarter, at an Italian restaurant called Osteria Panevino. There are so many restaurants that it’s really hard to make a final decision! I wanted the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but Sam wanted Italian, so it was a great compromise. My menu included two appetizers: butternut squash soup and radicchio risotto, the main course: turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and root vegetables, and dessert: cheesecake with strawberry sauce. It was way too much food! If you can believe it, I didn’t even have room for dessert… yep, I was that stuffed.
We got up early on Black Friday… but instead of sales, we headed to the zoo.
We stopped by Starbucks while we waited for the trolley. The public transportation was nice but a little spotty, and we had to take a bus after the trolley… why the trolley doesn’t make a direct stop at the zoo is beyond me!
The weather was overcast and rainy, which I think worked in our favor to keep the crowds away. We walked for five straight hours, from 9 AM-2 PM – sightseeing can be exhausting! The zoo is absolutely gorgeous and organized really nicely. We gave our feet a break to ride the Skytram and see a 4D Ice Age show which was fun.
We were ready for a nap afterwards, but our day wasn’t over yet! Stay tuned next week for Part Two – including Old Town, a Ghost Tour, Coronado, and more of the Gaslamp Quarter!