The Perfect Weekend in San Diego

Thanks San Diego for graciously sponsoring me to share this experience with you, I am super grateful. All opinions are of course my own.

Le Sigh. Feeling refreshed ya'll. 

You would think that living in Los Angeles (in Venice by the beach actually) you'd be really relaxed and feel unphased by all that's happening.

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But, thats not true and in LA it's pretty hectic. I don't want to complain, but there's things like traffic, lots of people, tourists...it's just a lot sometimes. Especially being right in Venice, by the beach there is a lot happening on weekends especially. You can't really get away from it. 

So, when I think about travel I really look for places that are different than here. Or places that are more chilll.

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That's one of the reasons I love San Diego. I landed that afternoon at the airport, and LET ME TELL YA, landing at an airport where you can easy breezy walk in and walk out, FEELS AMAZING. I love when there's no traffic, and I am able to get to where I need to go lickity split.

You feel a sense of calm right when you land. That feeling that you're in California.

Like true California where people are laid back, everyone's friendly, people value the outdoors, clean eating and enjoying life...it's a beautiful thing

Just when you're thinking that you've been living in California you're whole life, you visit San Diego and recognize that it's the TRUE California.

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Let me explain.

San Diego has a healthy dose of sunshine, a cool surf-town scene, and hands-down the best Mexican food north of the border.

It's got the pristine year-round weather, cute beach nooks, friendly people and it's full of things to do. There's also a flourishing restaurant and bar scene, and everyone seems to really enjoy life. There are museums, and the popular Gaslamp Quarter is great for partying if you're into that sort of thing :). Justin and I had this weekend down as more of a 'romantic' getaway but San Diego has a lot of range and you can do it multiple ways.

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For me, it was a perfect romantic holiday getaway, but it's also a family-friendly destination (with lots to do for families). 

Plus, every month is a good month to visit San Diego (or anywhere in California for that matter) since there really is no such thing as an off-season. If you’d like to avoid a moderate influx in traffic, stick to March through May and September through November. But the sweet spot for visitors is in the fall and winter months, when hotel room rates are lower and weather is still above average temperatures.

So I am really excited to share my recommendations for what to do during a weekend trip in SD. I have a full guide that's linked at the end that details a breakdown of everything to see and do!


Must Do Things During a Weekend Trip: 

Balboa Park: With more than 85 activities inside this 1,200-acre park, there’s no shortage of things to do. We strolled through the Japanese Garden (which was really fun) and people watched. It was great to see everyone who was out and about enjoying themselves. I love that it's a big park in the middle of the city, that has so much to do but also gives people space to just relax in the grass and soak up the sun. It reminded me of living in NYC when we'd venture over to Central Park to get away and relax. If I could move anything from SD up to LA it would be Balboa Park for SURE.

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Torrey Pines State Park: This park could be my favorite in California. It's really easy to get to, to park, to walk and hike there, and you can go from the beach to the hike really easily. We spent a good part of the day here. It's $15 to get in and park with a car. If you walk in, it's free! 

Eat at Kindred: A vegan spot that has amazing decor, cool vibes and is perfect for non-vegans to. The menu is AMAZING and whenever I find a place where I can bring Justin and he is tricked into eating vegan, I am HAPPY.  

Get Matcha at Holy Matcha SD: I know it's basic, but I do not CARE. They have really amazing adaptogenic lattes and drinks, that are delicious and make me happy. You can check out my Instagram Post on my IG that details my favorite drink that I order if you're looking to make a Holy Matcha SD at home. The pink makes for an amazing photo right?

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Go to a Padres Game: Seriously. I went to a game on Saturday and it was SO FUN to walk in, sit in perfect weather and just HANG. People in San Diego love The Padres, so being a part of the action was really a TREAT. 

Hang at the Pendry Rooftop: I really love this place, and it's got a gorgeous view of Downtown San Diego. I would highly suggest hanging here for a nice afternoon by the pool.  Justin ordered a few frozen drinks to celebrate our weekend away :).

Explore La Jolla: The cutest little town, you feel at home here. If you can, try to hike, or spend an afternoon in the town of La Jolla. 

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Talk to the Locals: That's the big thing about SD, the people remind me of home (like my home home in the MidWest). They're nice, warm, open, and really into family and sports, ha. It's a refreshing thing! We loved eating at the bars of restaurants just so we could talk to the local people. 

Pick Strawberries at Suzie’s Farm: Justin and I had such a cute little date at the farm, it was nice to be outside and OMG the strawberries! SO GOOD. I would highly suggest doing this as a family, or couple. We took our strawberries home and made some really great smoothies all week. There's nothing like super fresh Callifornia produce.

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Visit Liberty Public Market: We walked around here and browsed the trendy eateries, bars, and specialty food & craft vendors at this cute market, located in an updated Navy building in Liberty Station. Plus there is a huge outdoor eating area that features a garden, as well as live music on Sundays that you can hang out to. 

Catch a sunset at Sunset Cliffs: Justin and I did a romantic evening here, and this is one of the most breathtaking places to watch the sunset by the ocean, period. 

Shop at Pigment: A cute little card store in North Park, they also have great spots to get photos for the gram (shown here!) 

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Hike Potato Chip Rock: We didn't get to do this, because it's actually about an hour + outside the city, but every time I see the pictures, I just die. This hike is so rad, just look up Potato Chip Rock on IG and you'll know why this is so famous. 

Take Great Instagram Photos Outside the Gorgeous Public Library: When shooting with my photographer Arielle, she suggested to shoot downtown near the library which is super modern and has really nice clean lines. Great for all bloggers to use for any photos they want to take during their stay! Plus the inside of the library is really huge and has these gorgeous floor to ceiling windows. I spent the morning here working on Sunday and really loved how peaceful it was. You can see the vibe right here. 

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You can also take a look at my San Diego Guide here, which outlines and details the full list of things to do and see in San Diego! Take both for your next trip, and make sure to let me know what you did, where you stayed and if you need any tips! I'm available via DM on IG at @hundredblog.

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Anything I missed? So excited for you to explore San Diego! 

xo

Krista

Photos by me and Arielle Levy (she is local to SD!) 

Funded in part with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds.

Babes Guide to CHARLESTON

It was a quick weekend in Charleston, but I wanted to be sure to do, see, eat and drink as much as I could. Just for blogging purposes, though :). I went in late July which means it was very hot. Charleston gets really humid and muggy in the summer. Still super charming, but aim to go early spring or fall to really get the most out of the city and so you feel up for doing outdoor activities.

The airport and navigating the city is really simple, you shouldn't have a problem except flights to get to Charleston can be a bit pricey (especially from Los Angeles!) Still, it's got so much charm, I couldn't help but really feel like I was on a true vacation. There decor, architecture, friendly atmosphere and southern charm really gets you.

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So excited to share some of the favorites, and make sure to email me if you have specific questions, I am happy to help!


EAT:

R Kitchen

Husk: So good for dinner! It has the most savory, rich, delicious southern meal you'll have, and it's on the cutest street downtown
Poogans Porch: A great for dinner or brunch. It's right next door to Husk on Queen St.
Hominy Grill: A really great spot for lunch! 
Magnolias: Really cute and casual for brunch or lunch on East Bay Street
Park Avenue Cafe: More healthy options, good salads and sandwiches. 

Xiao Bao Biscuit: One of the best restaurants downtown because of its unique menu options that leave you super satisfied. 

Leons Oyster Bar: Love the vibe and decor here, one of the best for drinks and a light dinner. 

Chez Nous: A French boutique restaurant close to 86 Cannon, and they are all about the details like a handwritten menu, fresh bread, and quaint interior.  


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DO:

Charleston is a super walkable city. There are a couple of must-see places during your walking tour :). 

The "Main" Streets in Charleston: King (the most "famous"), East Bay, Brad Street, Market Street, Tradd (a local favorite, great for a photo op). King is probably the most well known and where a lot of bars/restaurants are located. 

Waterfront Park: It's right on the water, and it's really pretty at dusk. There are cute bench swings you can hang out on!

Charleston City Market: This is a really touristy artisan market on Market Street, good for walking around or walking off brunch.

Rainbow Row: This is the super instagrammable spot that has all the beautiful colorful places. 

Two of the cutest shops on Kings Street: Hampden Clothing and Lily. Hampden Clothing which has an incredible list of designers like Sea, Ulla Johnson, Tibi, Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, Zimmermann, and Marni. 

Bike down to Black Tap Coffee for the Iced Lavender Latte

Go to Colonial Lake, a beautiful public park

 Check out the Broad neighborhood, where you can see the White Point Garden on The Battery. 

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SEE:

Fort Sumter
Definitely see one of the Plantations. Most of them are in Mt. Pleasant which is a 20 min Uber from downtown (other side of the suspension bridge). They are just stunning and there are so many. Go for the history and for the views of the grand oak trees and Spanish moss. Boone Hall is where we got married and especially famous for the views and history (I'm biased but it's stunning). Lowndes Grove, Legare Waring House, and Middleton Place are all gorgeous as well.

Go to the BEACH! I suspect the weather should be nice in April so you may be able to squeeze a beach day in. Charleston is a city on the ocean so there are some great beach towns. Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms are closest to downtown (25 min Uber).

The Islands: Charleston is surrounded by islands. Kiawah is the most well known. Others are John's, Folly. Never been but heard they are lovely.

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DRINK:
Reds:  It's in Shem Creek Park which is essentially a bunch of waterfront divey seafood restaurants/bars. It's a 15-20 min Uber from downtown and supposed to be fun.
Bay Street Biergarten: on E Bay St downtown. Small but they have a great outdoor space, bocci and live music. 
The Bar at HUSK: same owners of Husk (the restaurant) and its right next door. They restored an old house and turned it into a cozy bar. Kind of feels like a speakeasy and generally low key. I'd come here for a nightcap after dinner.
The Alley: on King St and it's a bowling alley. Never went but almost had my night before wedding drinks here. Looks totally fun and who doesn't like bowling?
Vendue Hotel Rooftop Bar: haven't been but everyone raves about it.
Stars: another nice rooftop. Well known.

The Darling Oyster Bar is the perfect location for cocktails. We love sitting at the Raw Bar and drinking their Paloma cocktails or a glass of Rosé. The Darling has a wonderful atmosphere and the appetizers are delicious.

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STAY: 

86 Cannon is a brand-new, beautiful Charleston Inn that’s actually a restored home from the 1860s. It’s an intimate space, with only five rooms, so it’ll feel like your own private escape in the city. You may have arrived just before check-in, but don’t fret! After traveling to Charleston, you are probably hungry for a bite to eat.

Grand Bohemian Charleston: This place is pretty pricey, but it's got gorgeous architecture and is super glam. 

Planters Inn: Historic home and classic Charleston mansion.

The Restoration: My favorite. It blends old and new it's got a unique blend of edgy-urban-meets-southern-comfort.

Quarters on King: Located in the best area in Charleston (per my opinion) this is gorgeous and right in the mix.

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What to wear: 

My dress here is from Zara, not available online but I highly recommend wearing something light, and comfortable since it can get SUPER hot out especially during the summer. Bust out the easy dresses, rompers, flat sandals and pastels. 


Guys, what have I missed? Have you been here before? I am in love with how cute, and colorful this place is! I cannot wait til you go!

Let me know, xoxo

Krista 

24 HOURS IN NASHVILLE

Nashville is on the UP AND UP! I swear! I have been hearing more and more about it from people, so when I was on the East Coast last week I knew I had to check it out. 

It's a quick drive from my hometown, in Ohio, and was PERFECT for just a weekend. There's tons of cute shops, places to eat and things to do. I wouldn't recommend going for too long :) but I seriously loved the vibe. Plus, a trip with your best friend and sister? I MEAN. I'm in heaven! I never get to spend time with my HOME-es so it gave me life. 

Most importantly the FOOD. It was all about food in Nashville and the meals I had were AMAZING. Living in LA you get really good food for the majority of the time, but I was so blown away at some of the options. 

There's southern style food, there's some vegan spots, and there's also really great farm to table options. 

Getting there you can fly into Nashville, or drive from surrounding cities. I would definitely recommend renting a car (even if you Uber at night) because it's pretty spread out and there were a few areas we wanted to go and see that were over a 15 minute drive away.

In the summer it gets SUPER hot too. I was really sticky, had to wear my hair up, no makeup on my face (because it would melt) vibes. 

I really loved how there's a Brooklyn type vibe in some parts were some rustic authentic urban cowboy vibe. You can stay in a hotel, airbnb, or my favorite, Urban Cowboy bed and breakfast. 

Shop my easy red dress here from Urban Outfitters. This little guy is super soft, super flattering and fits just right. I was about to wear it all day and felt comfortable going to all places in the city. HUGE FAN, and highly recommend! 


Places to Eat:

Adele's (SO CUTE and instagrammable - the food we had was so fresh and delicious)

The Wild Cow (vegan baby! I loved this spot for all things healthy plant based eats)

ACME Feed & Seed (really popular spot in downtown Nashville for brunch! Can get really busy but it's good)

The Soda Parlor (such a classic and so good for ice cream or a treat)

Pinewood Social (my favorite place there! So much fun to hang, play games and the food is amazing)

Five Daughter's Bakery (THE BEST. They have vegan options, too!)

Etch (SO GOOD. One of the best meals I've had)

Bar Taco (really popular, and really good spicy margaritas)

Little Octopus (really good meal - it's upscale and delicious)

Caviar and Bananas (LOVED this spot! So good for everyone for breakfast, quick, grab and go and the vibe was insane!)


Things to Do: 

The Gulch (some cute shops, a Barry's Bootcamp, and other things to shop and see)

Westin Rooftop (the best view of Nashville - it's really hip and amazing for a drink)

12 South (my favorite area, so many cute places to eat and shop)

Karaoke at Tootsie's Karaoke Lounge (super fun, the singers are AMAZING)

Visit the Parthenon in the Park (love that this is in a park! It's super cute, easy and fun to see)

Amelia's Flower Truck (SO CUTE and so great for photos!)


Other Nashville appropriate threads:


Anything I missed my babes? Have you been? Let me know so we can add to this list!

Loving you, xoxo

Krista