sunshine tax.

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Have you ever heard of the term "sunshine tax"? Yeah, me neither until one of our many amazing Uber/Lyft drivers in San Diego mentioned it to us on a ride home one-night {in case you didn't know, Wes and I spent 3 days in San Diego last weekend for an adult getaway}. He was joking around about football and the Seahawks, talking smack if you will, and as we got deeper into our convo, we talked about how expensive Seattle and San Deigo both are. He said jokingly, "I get why we have what they call a sunshine tax, but in Seattle, what the f*** do you guys pay for!?" Wes and I were DYING LAUGHING. It might have been one of the funniest quotes I have ever heard in my entire life. We, of course, gave him 5 stars and a great tip for the good laugh and conversation. 

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 // communal coffee

// communal coffee

This time around in SD, we didn't have Tayler so it was a much different experience than last April when we went {you can read more about that trip, here}. Wes and I always try and go somewhere sunny this time of year when the weather in Seattle gets a little depressing and San Diego has become our go-to. We got super lucky in that that last two days were in the 80's which is kind of rare for this time of year. It was amazing to wake up every day with no real agenda except where to eat and what to drink {not to mention walk outside without a down coat on}. It's crazy how much time you have on your hands when you aren't chasing a toddler around and trying to navigate around nap schedules {although we did miss our baby like crazy}. On the last night, we were back at the hotel by 7:30 pm because we literally didn't know what to do with our time anymore {and we had been drinking since 11am}. Let's be real, we were in bed by 10 every night and it was incredible. 

 // enjoying a glass of wine in Little Itlay

// enjoying a glass of wine in Little Itlay

Here is what we did, where we ate and why we are now planning to come back every. single. year. 

Where we stayed: We stayed at Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter - we wanted to be able to walk to a lot of places and easily get to surrounding neighborhoods so this was the perfect location. We were instantly greeted by the most amazing staff and even got upgraded to the top floor with the most amazing views of the city and ocean. We are Starwood members, so they really took care of us {if you aren't a part of this program yet, I highly recommend it if you like to travel and you should look into the credit card for even more ways to earn points}. One of my favorite things about staying at a Westin hotel is their heavenly beds, they are literally heavenly - BEST SLEEP EVER!

 // eggs benny onGF bread and potato/brussel sprout side & a bloody mary of course

// eggs benny onGF bread and potato/brussel sprout side & a bloody mary of course

Where we ate/drank: Wes and I are both big foodies, and coffee lovers so my number one concern was getting my favorite coffee from The Coffee Bean, which just happened to be around the corner from the hotel. Our first stop for food was to Queenstown Public House, although a tad pricey, it was hands down the best burger {with gluten-free bun} and sweet potato fries I may have ever had. Some other of our favorite restaurants are as follows: Red House Pizza - this is one of our favorite restaurants ever, simply amazing pizza and pasta, both with GF options, and the best little neighborhood feel {we go every time we are in SD}. Puesto - great Mexican food and margs with amazing ambiance and decor. Mister A's for a cocktail on the rooftop with spectacular views of the city {go at sunset, it's amazing}! Breakfast Republic - if we could have eaten here every day we would have just for the menu and drink options alone. Oh, and you have to check out Communal Coffee just for its aesthetic - it's a style bloggers dream and their coffee is amazing!

 // the view from Mister A's

// the view from Mister A's

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What we did: Since we had been to SD before, we wanted to explore neighborhoods and beaches we had not been to yet. Little Italy is a darling Italian inspired neighborhood within walking distance of downtown. There are tons of breweries and restaurants and a Saturday Farmers Market. We also had our first Salt & Straw ice cream experience and it did not disappoint. Gaslamp Quarter is the downtown area, and it's super accessible, easy to walk around and TONS of options to eat and drink. Our food experience wasn't great there and it's a lot more expensive than surrounding areas, but if you're looking for great nightlife, it's the place to be. Check out a place called Trailer Park After Dark - it was totally NOT our scene but glad we went for a good laugh and some serious people watching. Since the weather was so amazing we had to check out Coronado Beach Club and it did not disappoint. It was a super chill beach with lots of room to sprawl and they even have Adirondack chairs open for public use! We could have spent all day there and we really wished we had one more day so we could go back to that beach and just CHILL. There is a great little deli/market around the corner where you can pick up sandwiches and some adult beverages {we found vodka & grapefruit drinks in the can -say what!?}. 

 // salt & straw, extra extra sprinkles 

// salt & straw, extra extra sprinkles 

We had the most amazing time and even though we had been there before, we left gushing about the city and its charm. Everyone is so friendly {probably because it's sunny all the time} and there is so much to do, you can't get bored. Every restaurant has so much character and flair and seriously amazing food. 

Have you been to San Diego? If so, what did you love doing? And if not, does this post make you want to go there!? 

xo // J E N N A