Our Long Weekend in San Diego

Our Long Weekend in San Diego

Last weekend, something rare happened. Zach and I indulged in three days entirely to ourselves. Thanks to my parents, who stayed with our four kids, we escaped to downtown San Diego for a little getaway.

There was a large part of me that didn’t think this was really going to happen. For this reason and the everyday busy-ness of our lives, we never planned our weekend. We had a few ideas, but absolutely no concrete plans. That alone—no plans, the freedom to do whatever—was kind of exciting.

We left our house on Thursday afternoon and had to make a pit stop at Westfield UTC Mall in La Jolla to pick up some Nespresso pods. On our way out of the mall, a store caught our eye. It turns out the store was Raised by Wolves—a speakeasy hidden behind a luxury liquor store. As we were shopping, a wall with two seats and a fireplace rotated 180-degrees to reveal a stylish bar. Of course, we entered and kicked off our weekend with a spritz.

 Raised by Wolves in the Westfield UTC mall in La Jolla. (Image: Raised by Wolves)

Raised by Wolves in the Westfield UTC mall in La Jolla. (Image: Raised by Wolves)

The next day, we had one goal: we wanted to try out Grand Ole BBQ and Asado. It has a reputation for very authentic Texas BBQ that frequently sells out. We got there on the early side and were pleased to have our choice of the full menu. We dined among picnic tables, smoke and flies, and it was great. The BBQ was tender and delicious, and we happily ate more than we needed.

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We walked off our lunch exploring Barrio Logan—a artsy neighborhood east of downtown San Diego. We walked along Logan Avenue, touring vintage stores, admiring street art, and drinking coffee. I only wish I had pictures of the beautiful colors there.

That afternoon, we walked across the Spruce Street suspension bridge in Bankers Hill. I was surprised by how high above ground you are when walking across.

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That night, we capped off our adventures with dinner at Nolita Hall and a drink at the gorgeous Born and Raised.

On Saturday morning, we woke up wondering how we could top the day before. After a leisurely morning, we stopped at the adorable toy store See/Saw in Point Loma to pick up a few gifts for the kids, and then we went on to Cabrillo National Park at the end of Point Loma. We looked in tide pools, walked along trails, toured a lighthouse, and admired the view. If it were up to Zach, we would have spent hours more there taking in every historical fact. ;)

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That night, we grabbed a quick dinner at our favorite Liberty Station Public Market (love the Rakiraki ramen and Mama Made Thai) and then saw “A Star is Born” (on opening weekend! wha?!). Have you seen it? I completely loved it and can’t stop thinking about the story.

We had such a leisurely, luxurious weekend being tourists in our own city.

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