Be Right Back, Gone Exploring in San Diego

In an attempt to escape the LA heat wave, I headed to San Diego for a 4-day trip filled with hiking, shopping, brewery hopping, and art viewing. The joke was on me because it was surprisingly humid in SD, but nothing a cold beer couldn't fix.

I hadn't been to San Diego in a few years, and my past trips had mostly been day trips so it was exciting to be able to explore all the different, eclectic areas in and around the city. I headed back to one of my favorite spots in La Jolla, Torrey Pines State Park. It's such a great outdoor escape, rich with California native plants, picturesque views of the beach, and calm hiking trails that lead to the sand.

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What does one do after a long morning of hiking and burning calories? Drink craft beer, obviously. San Diego has no shortage of breweries and each one has a unique vibe, taste, and look. Green Flash certainly had the best prices at $2.50 for half pours, but Modern Times took the cake for best interior design, complete with a lamp shade covered ceiling and vintage decor taking you back to the 70s. If you're ever in the North Park area, definitely stop by and get a pint of the Blazing World Amber Ale.

North Park is such a vibrant and growing neighborhood in San Diego and is home to some of my new favorite shops. I thought I died and went to heaven when I walked into Pigment. It is a glorious shop full of things I absolutely don't need, but MUST HAVE. Ladies, leave your boyfriends at home for this one. You will find yourself spending hours obsessing over the plethora of succulents, accessories, home goods and decor. They needed to open a location in Los Angeles like yesterday.

I also fell in love with Artelexia, a shop filled with Mexican art, gifts, and home decor. I ended up buying what is now my go-to summer dress, pictured below. The store was vibrant and colorful and featured a beautiful mural of the eternally badass Frida Khalo.

Another great little find was a small florist shop, Haystack Floral, in the Little Italy area inside a co-op space owned by James Coffee where I bought the cutest cactus. Say hi to Josie!

Liberty Station, a former military base, was another great spot for shopping and eating. I stumbled upon Moniker General, a store and cafe which had everything from Linus bikes to Apolis totes. I ended up leaving with an awesome flag made by Bradley Mountain, a local brand in San Diego known for their beautifully hand crafted bags.

In between all the shopping, I made a point of finding some hidden gems around San Diego, one of which was the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge. I also stumbled upon a cool view of the train tracks in Solana Beach.

Perhaps one of my favorite parts of the trip was going to the San Diego Museum of Art and seeing the Richard Deacon exhibit What You See Is What You Get. His sculptures were impressively organic and minimal. I also got a chance to visit the Wonderspaces exhibit which had a series of interactive installations made by different artists. One installation featured a wall in which the public could write down words and thoughts that they had left unspoken. It was entirely anonymous and people could read the notes left by others.

Hopefully you enjoyed these photos and will check out some of the places I mentioned during your next visit to SD! It is a truly unique place with amazing food, beer, scenery, and people and I can't wait to head back!