Places to Visit

Seaport Village

Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping, dining & entertainment hub located in downtown adjacent to the San Diego Bay. It houses more than 70 shops, galleries, and eateries on 90,000 square feet of waterfront property.​

Adjacent to Seaport Village is the USS Midway Museum, America's longest serving aircraft carrier now turned into a museum!

Coronado

Coronado is a resort city on a peninsula in San Diego Bay. It’s known for its Hotel del Coronado, which opened in 1888. Across from the hotel, the wide, flat Coronado Beach draws surfers and sunbathers. It’s a great place to rent bikes and take in the downtown San Diego skyline views.

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is a lively downtown neighborhood, known for its nightlife. Clubs, dive bars and cocktail lounges draw a young crowd, while the Spreckels and Balboa theaters have diverse programs of music, comedy and drama. There's a mix of chain and independent restaurants in the area, with many global options. Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres sits in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter if you want to catch a game!

Balboa Park

Where culture, science, and nature collide, Balboa Park is home to more than 17 museums, multiple performing arts venues including the Old Globe Theatre, botanical gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo. With a variety of cultural institutions among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, there is something for everyone.

San Diego Zoo

The World Famous San Diego Zoo is in Balboa Park and houses over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies.  The San Diego Zoo was a pioneer in the concept of open-air, cage-less exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. The zoo offers a guided tour bus that traverse 75% of the park. There is also an overhead gondola lift called the Skyfari, providing an aerial view of the zoo. Great for all ages!

Little Italy

Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is now a lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, packed restaurants, craft brew stops, urban wineries, art galleries, boutique hotels and the beautiful Amici Park.


Today, San Diego's most dynamic food and drink scene is centered in Little Italy. It's a place where the past meets the present, where Top Chef alums have set up shop next to old-school eateries that remain treasured landmarks. If you’re a foodie this area is a MUST DO.  Every Saturday from 8am to 2pm Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market draws crowds to its mix of produce, gourmet food and craft stalls.

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument is at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula. It commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542, the first European to step foot on the west coast.  The park offers views of San Diego's harbor and skyline, as well as Coronado and Naval Air Station North Island. At the park, you can tour the Point Loma Lighthouse, learn about the history and discoveries of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and visit one of the best protected and accessible tide pools in SoCal. Visit this special place to explore, experience and learn!

Old Town San Diego

Old Town is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort. Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Take a tour of a haunted building and spend a day at one of the many museums. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs.

San Diego Breweries

Something amazing is brewing throughout San Diego. The region's craft/micro/nano breweries are turning out innovative beers, including the West Coast IPA (a local twist on the IPA), that have been pushing the envelope and sweeping award ceremonies at national and international contests.

Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines Natural Reserve remains one of the wildest stretches  of land on our Southern California coast! Because of the efforts and foresight of the people in this area, 1,500 acres of land are as they were before San Diego was developed — including the maritime chaparral, the rare Torrey pine, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. The coastal and sandy hiking trails spotted with the Torrey Pine are very special hiking trails to Bobby and I and are only a few minutes away from the wedding venue. You can view the hiking trail maps here: torreypine.org/reserveinfo/trails/  

Hot Air Ballooning

Take your San Diego experience to new heights!  For a birds eye view of San Diego and the best vistas of hills, valleys, the ocean and the sunset, be sure you look into hot air balloon rides in Del Mar. A quick drive from the venue you’ll be coasting the skies in no time!

Our Favorite Dining Spots

Del Mar

Jake's Del Mar for beachside views and coastal cuisine

Searsucker for Top Chef Brian Malarky's american classic restaurant named for the searsucker suit he wanted to wear to the Del Mar racetrack!

Pacifica Del Mar for seafood and ocean views in the heart of downtown Del Mar

La Jolla

Eddie V's for formal dining with spectacular ocean views

Duke's for fun and festive dining with more spectacular views and mai tais that are tough to beat

Sugar & Scribe Bakery for Food Network Star Chef Maeve's baked goods, brunch and espresso bar

Piatti for the local Italian restaurant and bar nestled in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood and a quick walk to the beach

Little Italy

You cannot go wrong dining anywhere in this area but some of our favorites are:

Buon Appetito for your classic Italian homemade everything!

Filippi's Pizza Grotto for extra cheesy pizza and the best lasagna.

Ironside Fish & Oyster for seafood & cocktails in a renovated warehouse 

Juniper & Herb for Top Chef Richard Blais acclaimed modern american restaurant with artistic decor

Craft & Commerce for a hipster gastropub with craft cocktails

Downtown Area

Mister A's for modern American and French influenced fine dining and 360 degree views of San Diego

The Prado at Balboa Park for historic charm in the center of Balboa Park for Californian fare

Extraordinary Desserts for spectacular desserts dressed in real flowers and gold 

Banker's Hill Restaurant for a fresh and creative menu featuring elevated american comfort food and an industrial atmosphere.  Blair's favorite restaurant!

Coasterra for upscale Mexican cuisine in the harbor of San Diego.  Set on a barge in the bay, this restaurant has the classic San Diego skyline views you see everywhere


Kids

Things to Do

For those of you planning to make a family trip out it, San Diego offers plenty of options to keep your little ones busy!  We recommend visiting:

Legoland

The San Diego Zoo

Sea World

Cabrillo National Park Tide Pools - Make sure you check the tide charts for low tide!

Beaches - Coronado, Mission Beach, La Jolla (sea lions!) & Del Mar are the best!

If you want to drive an hour north, Disneyland is an all time favorite!

Growing up these were some of my favorite memories! 

Childcare

An adult only reception will follow the ceremony. If you are in need of childcare for the evening we recommend booking with Marion's Childcare.


You can book your reservation through the following link: hotelchildcare.com/make-a-reservation