Perched in the southernmost part of California, San Diego has become 'the city' to weekend getaway. Being a short drive from other larger cities like Los Angeles and Vegas, San Diego has all the joys and gems of an amazing weekend trip - year-round average temperature of 70 degrees, the famous Hotel Del being the countries largest wood structure at 128 years old, home to the world's oldest sailing ship, the Avocado capital of the world and the Craft Beer capital of the world. Because so many flock to San Diego's now, the airport has now been marked as the busiest single runway airport in the U.S. and the second in the world.
Based in San Diego, the Kess crew has come up with some of our favorite activities for an amazing weekend. Some are well known, others are secret gems only locals know. So enjoy!
The Craft Beer Scene
San Diego is on the up and coming of the craft beer scene. Literally every month many new breweries are popping up on each street corner. Some of the most popular are AleSmith Brewing, Karl Strauss Brewing, Stone Brewing, Alpine Beer Company, Pizza Port, Ballast Point. Some of our favorites are The Lost Abbey, Green Flash Brewing, Modern Times, Poor House Brewing, Belching Beaver, Gold Coast Mead, Midnight Jack Brewing and Urge. (small tip on Urge - they have a new speakeasy on the backside of the building called 101 Proof. You must check out their website to reserve a seat and retrieve the password to get in but it's definitely worth it!)
Close to double the acreage of Central Park, the Manhattan park plot is only 842 acres. Balboa has 1,400 acres dedicated to enjoyment. There are historic museums, botanical gardens, dome theaters, restaurants, outdoor amphitheatre and more. It's a beautiful place whether you hit every spot or just stroll through the gardens while enjoying the architecture.
As the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, guests can immerse themselves in our rich Victorian architecture and history, dine with world-renowned chefs, and dance the night away at nationally-recognized nightlife venues. There are nearly 100 historical building in the 16.5 walkable blocks that make up San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Standing side-by-side with modern building and skyscrapers, these classic Victorian era landmarks give the areas its unique character and charm. Today, many of the buildings have been converted into museums, hotels, bars, restaurants, galleries, shops and workspaces. A few of our favorites include: Yuma Building, Spencer Ogden Building, Old City Hall, Keating Building, Louis Bank of Commerce, St. James Hotel, and the Royal Pie Bakery Building.
Old Town San Diego
Encompassing approximately 230 acres, this area was the site of the first European settlement on the West Coast as well as the home of the first city in the present-day Golden State. The amazing community features numerous museums, theaters, shops and eateries as well as cultural celebrations throughout the year.
Torrey Pines State Park
This oceanfront reserve features 1,750 acres of unspoiled land, protecting the unique topography and various types of flora present from way back when, including the Torrey Pine, America's rarest pine tree.
Pacific & Ocean Beach
While not as pristine as Coronado Beach, the area is just as popular thanks to all the nearby attractions and amenities. This miles-long stretch of sand fits the SoCal stereotype to a T: surfers and bikini-clad sunbathers crowd the shores every summer, while the nearby boardwalk is usually packed with inline skaters and bicyclists. The beach is a popular spot in San Diego for surfing as well, offering swells both high and low, perfect for beginners and seasoned surfers.
They don’t call it Sunset Cliffs for nothing. This is one of the most breathtaking places in San Diego to watch a sunset while staring out at the ocean. On the right day you can see dolphins or catch the whales migrating up and down the coast.
San Diego Zoo
Our zoo is one of the best not only in the country, but also in the world, housing more than 3,700 animals. It could take you a couple of days to see everything there is to see in its 99 acres of property, but if you want to cover as much ground as possible, you should hop on one of the tour buses.
Hotel Del Coronado
The iconic, 125-year-old hotel on Coronado Island is definitely a must-see. Even if you don’t stay the night here, you can dine at one of its restaurants, rent a cabanette on the beach, pamper yourself at the spa, or just take a tour of the historical property.