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San Diego Birthday Trip

July 22, 2019

Hi all! It’s been a while since I posted, but I am back and ready to start posting. A few months back, I finally turned 21! To celebrate, Grant and I spent 2 days in Downtown San Diego. We have been before, but we had never stayed in Downtown just the two of us. I’m going to share where we stayed and all of the places we went to eat, drink, and explored!


After waking up after my birthday (a little bit hungover), we got on the road to our first stop, James Coffee Co. in Little Italy. Neither Grant or I had been before and we always try to find a new coffee place to try, so we were pumped.

The coffee shop is located in what looks like an airplane hanger that has a few different shops. There is a place to buy glasses, get your haircut, to buy cards, and more! The coffee was incredible and of course I ordered a vanilla latte. One of my favorite things was that there are places throughout to play games, like chess and checkers!

After we stopped to get coffee, we went straight to the hotel. We were staying at Hotel Indigo in the Gaslamp Quarter!

Neither Grant or I had ever stayed at this hotel, so we were intrigued to see what we thought of it. When we checked in, the hotel staff was so amazing and upgraded our room for my birthday!

We stayed in a room with floor to ceiling window on to side of the room, which gave us views inside of Petco Park and a view of Downtown San Diego. It was by far the best hotel room that I have ever stayed in. Something interesting about the room was that there was a tablet to control the tv, to order room service, to check out activities, and to check out of the hotel. It made it so much fun!


After Grant and I relaxed in the hotel for a few hours, we went out to explore Downtown on electric scooters and grab dinner. We decided to eat at Basic Bar/Pizza for food and drinks! Basic offers a GF pizza crust to go with most of their specialty pizzas or to build your own. Grant and I went for the J Street, which has mozzarella cheese and white sauce with chicken, bacon, sundried tomatoes, and pesto.

The pizza is more of a flatbread style and the small size is HUGE! Basic also has happy hour every day, so Grant and I both went for a Jack and Coke which is one of my now go to drinks. Grant and I would go back hands down.


After we finished dinner and took the leftovers back to the hotel, we changed and headed out for drinks! Our first stop was at Half Door Brewing Co. which is a 1-2 minute walk from Hotel Indigo! We sat at the bar right inside and had just one drink before we walked over tot he main street in the Gaslamp Quarter!

Our next stop for drinks was at Rustic Root. Rustic Root is somewhere that I would absolutely love to go back to with a group of friends! The part of the bar that we sat at was on the rooftop with fireplaces, high top tables, and fun architectural pieces.

The drink menu was so much fun and it made it so hard to decide what to try! I specifically ordered the Pear of Gingers! The environment was buzzing and it was an amazing experience.

My favorite place that we went to by far was Noble Experiment. Noble Experiment is a speakeasy type bar that is extremely hidden. The only way to make a reservation is to text the phone number that is on their website. Once you have a reservation, you go through the side door of a kitchen and a host will meet you. She then takes you through a door that looks just like a wall of kegs.

Once through the door, the bar can seat maybe 30 people and is designed incredible. One of the walls is completely filled with golden skulls, and the other walls have pictures that rotate throughout the night. The drink menu has only a few specialty drinks, but they also have a dealer’s choice option where the bartender will make you a drink depending on the specific alcohol that you prefer. The speakeasy feel was so prominent and I absolutely fell in love with the environment and the bartenders.


After all of our stops for drinks, you could say that I was most definitely ready for dessert. We stopped at Ghirardelli for some ice cream! Grant and I went for a sundae to share and I honestly could have eaten my own because it was so good.

I loved getting to shop around and look through all of the different chocolate options!

After dessert, we went back to the hotel, got ready for bed, and just relaxed before heading to bed.


After we woke up, it was time to pack up the hotel, which was such a let down. I could have stayed so many more nights at the Hotel Indigo just relaxing! After we had checked out, we went straight to brunch. We went to Breakfast Republic, which I had read so many great things about. The menu is HUGE with food options as well as drink options. I went for the Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Omelette with gluten free toast, potatoes, and a mimosa~ Grant went for eggs benedict with potatoes!

It was such a fun surprise to have GF toast , since almost no restaurants offer it for breakfast!

After brunch, Grant and I explored all of the shops throughout downtown as well as riding more electric scooters and just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.


Grant and I have always loved a specific Mexican restaurant called The Blind Burro. Grant and I stopped by for drinks and to share an appetizer before we went to the Padres game. Our favorite thing to order is the Carne Asada Cali Machete, which is an extra long quesadilla filled to the max with meat, tons of cheese, and fresh toppings!

Blind Burro also makes amazing margaritas, so of course we had to get a round of the house margaritas as well.

Padres Game

After some fun at Blind Burro, we went straight to Petco Park for the Padres game, who is my favorite baseball team. One of Grant’s birthday present for me was the tickets to the game, so we sat on the club level and it was amazing! My favorite go to snack at Petco Park is the carne asada nachos from Miguel’s that are on top of Sonora chips and they are amazing!

The game happened to be Jackie Robinson Night, which made it even more special! I absolutely love baseball, so it was the best way to end the night and the trip!

I had the absolutely amazing birthday trip and I can’t wait to get back into sharing more about my upcoming travels and get back into sharing more on the blog! Share a comment down below on what some of your summer travels are!

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