A Girls’ Getaway
We finally did it! My best friend and I made arrangements for our kids, and we flew off to San Diego. I’ve been traveling to San Diego since I was a teen, but this was her first trip. After we basked in the quiet of not having our little ones underfoot, we took in the sights in Coronado and San Diego during our 5 day trip. We had an absolute blast. We stayed up late, and even though we woke up early [by West coast time], we woke up feeling refreshed.
In order to get the most out of our last day, we flew the red-eye back to Atlanta. It was my first time flying the red-eye. As I was seated next to two young children, I slept very little of the flight back.
What did we do?
- We walked, a lot! We walked through Coronado, much of Little Italy, and all of the Gaslamp District. So, we earned those extra candy calories where we splurged at the candy store in Coronado and found all of our old candy favorites, like gummy sharks and raspberries.
- Coronado has Concerts in the Park all summer long, and Sunday’s concert did not disappoint. There were a lot of people dancing, and we had some light picnic snacks to enjoy.
- We took the Old Town Trolley Tour from Coronado through San Diego. It was a lot of fun, but the best part was the stop in Little Italy where we strolled through the farmers’ market and then had lunch at Trattoria Fantastica (lunch, dessert, and coffee!)
- ComicCon was in town. We didn’t have tickets, but we did take a long stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday evening. My friend enjoyed lobster tacos, which she loved. I took a picture with some folks doing a Doctor Who cosplay. There were people everywhere, and many dressed up.
- We walked through Balboa Park, but didn’t visit the museums. I’ve been through most of them before anyways, except the torture and sports museums.
- She and I stopped at the Hotel del Coronado and walked on the Coronado beach (named the best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach in 2012).
- We bought enormous and tasty cookies at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, ate them while enjoying the view of the bridge and San Diego, and found some cute things in their hotel shops. I also found a pretty swimsuit cover up there.
- San Diego Zoo – To be honest, we visited the San Diego Zoo, because my friend had to see the panda bears. We walked a lot, and saw many of the exhibits, excepting the non-panda bears and the monkeys. As the zoo guide said at the opening, we were lost a few times. Tips: We arrived 20 minutes before opening, and there was ample parking, the crowds were nearly non-existent, and there was no wait to see the panda bears.
- We enjoyed sushi in Coronado, and I tried lobster sushi, which turned out to be pretty tasty. Note: I had only tried lobster for the first time when I tried a bite of my friend’s lobster tacos the night before.
- We had facials. I need to go more often. It was a very relaxing facial, and the steaming, hot towels are my absolute favorite!
- We visited Silver Strand beach and took some fun photos. I also collected shells, as one of my kids has a collection.
Water Sports – Yes, please!
- We sailed up from San Diego’s south bay, under the Coronado Bridge, and turned around at the Midway. If renting a sailboat at the coast interests you, there are plenty of places to do so!
- We paddle boarded! It was our first time paddleboading, but we both were able to get on the board and paddle around a bit. (We were told that it was very easy to do, and once you get over the fear of falling into the canal you’re good to go.)
- We called all over Coronado [even Loews], but weren’t able to rent kayaks. Note: most places seemed to stop renting around 5pm, and we were calling at 5:30pm.
It was an amazing trip, and hanging out with my best friend kid free for a week now has higher priority. I have no idea what we’ll do or where we’ll go on our next girls’ weekend getaway.
What is do you think is a “must do” for a girls’ or guys’ weekend getaway?
Disclosure: My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. I was not compensated in any way by any of the businesses that are mentioned in this blog post for this girls’ getaway.