My husband and I booked a 4-day getaway to San Diego to celebrate our 21st Wedding Anniversary. On the actual day of our anniversary I surprised my husband with a helicopter tour of Los Angeles. You can read about that here.
We stayed at Paradise Point Resort & Spa. From the moment we drove into the resort it felt like we had arrived in Hawaii. The grounds are beautiful, lush and tropical looking. They even had Hawaiian music playing as we entered the main lobby. I instantly felt relaxed and on vacation.
Our trip included a full day tour of San Diego and La Jolla. One of the things I love about our travel club is that everything is taken care of, so we just had to show up and enjoy our time.
We arrived at the hotel Thursday afternoon and had the day to relax, explore and enjoy San Diego. There was a welcome reception for us that evening which was a lot of fun.
Friday was our tour which included going to Coronado Island, Hotel del Coronado, the Embarcadero to see the USS Midway, “Unconditional Surrender” (also known as the “kissing statue”); Balboa Park, Old Town Market, Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, La Jolla (where we got to see Sea Lions) and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.
The tour was a lot of fun! We had a great tour guide and learned so much more about San Diego. Our first stop was Coronado Island. We’d been to San Diego several times but for some reason never went to Coronado Island.
I enjoyed walking through and learning about the Hotel del Coronado. I love vintage buildings and the architecture was beautiful. I think it’s fun to discover the history behind places we visit. It brings them to life in a different way rather than just admiring the beauty.
Next, we went to the Embarcadero to see the USS Midway and the kissing statue. Of course, we had to take a picture in front of the statue recreating the pose to the best of our ability.
From there we went to Balboa Park. We had been there before and always enjoy seeing the botanical gardens. They have international cottages at the park that are set up to showcase and share about the culture of different countries. Some of the countries that have cottages there are: Denmark, Italy, China, Spain and England, just to name a few. They’re only open on weekends. We didn’t get a chance to go back and see them on this trip but hope to next time we’re in San Diego.
Next, we went to Old Town Market for lunch. They didn’t have a lot of vegan choices but there were a few. They had a great salad place where you pick your toppings and they had a good variety to choose from. Dave found a place that had a vegan meatball sub sandwich that he enjoyed. After we ate lunch we walked around a bit. We discovered a juice place that used all fresh fruit ingredients. It was refreshing.
Our next stop was La Jolla to hang out at the ocean and see the harbor seals and sea lions. We saw lots of sea lions hanging out sun bathing on the rocks and swimming in the ocean. They were so cute! They looked like they were playing and having fun riding the waves.
We respected their space and didn’t try to touch them or get to close to the sea lions hanging out on the rocks. It was wonderful watching them. They were very comfortable with people being around as I’m guessing they’re used to it. If someone got too close, they would bark and let them know though. Seeing them in their natural habitat was a wonderful experience and one of the highlights of our trip.
Our last stop on the tour was Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. It’s the only memorial that honors both living and deceased veterans, from the Revolutionary War to the current war on terrorism. The view from the top of the mountain was breathtaking. We could Mexico from there.
It was very touching to see pics of the veterans and read about them. We saw husbands and wives who had plaques together, U.S Presidents, actors such as Jimmy Stewart and many more brave, courageous veterans who have served our country.
Our tour guide shared a story about being there one day and seeing an elderly gentleman crying in front of a plaque. He went to him and put his arm around him to comfort him. The man was looking at a picture of a young man and told him that it was him. Seeing the plaque with his picture brought up a lot of emotion.
We spent a wonderful day discovering parts of San Diego we hadn’t seen before and learning more about the history. I used to prefer not to take tours but really enjoy them now and love learning about the places we visit. It brings them to life in a different way.
On Saturday we went hiking at Torrie Pines. It was gorgeous! It was a bit windy and cold at first, but we warmed up once we started hiking uphill. I love being out in nature amongst trees and flowers. It’s healing to my soul and meditative for me. Dave loves the ocean, so we had the best of both in one place. The views of the ocean from the mountains was gorgeous.
We had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed spending time together and connecting. Now it's time to plan our next trip. :)