West Coast Road Trip: San Diego- The Grande Colonial
If we were to pick up our bags and move tomorrow, San Diego would be the place. Year-round sunny skies, seaside landscapes, great food, with plenty to do and see- what more could anyone ask for! Every stop along the way of our pacific coast highway road trip was full of memorable experiences and adventures but SoCal definitely stole our hearts.
As we traveled down from Newport beach en route to San Diego, we made a stop at the famous Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Torrey Pines is more commonly known for being a golfer's paradise. The 18-hole golf courses host PGA tour professionals, but aside from a golf haven, it is also a beautiful natural reserve spanning the pacific coastline. There are tons of hiking trails to explore, from easy to moderate levels. Broken Hill, Razor Point and Beach trails are the steeper hikes with panoramic overlooks. Most of the trails lead down to the beach and ocean bluffs.
After hiking we headed down to our hotel, The Grande Colonial, located in La Jolla. The Grande Colonial was nothing short of grand, with its timeless elegance and decor. It first opened in 1913 and has since sustained it European vibes and luxurious appeal. The property offers many amenities including in-room massage, spa and wellness services, a heated swimming pool, award-winning dining at NINE-TEN, guest passes to La Jolla Sports Club and much more. We stayed in a beautiful ocean-view room overlooking the Pacific. It is the ideal destination for travelers in SoCal region.
The Grande Colonial is also just walking distance from La Jolla Cove. The cove is home to a beautiful beach that attracts swimmers, sunbathers, kayakers, snorkelers and scuba divers. The views are breathtaking. La Jolla Cove is also prime location to find tons of seals sunning themselves on the beach.
While in San Diego, we also recommend you check out Mission Brewery. There is a large 2,500 sq ft. tasting room, with their beer brewed, bottled, canned and kegged on-site. They have a wide variety of beers to choose from, including many seasonal options. We especially loved the Shipwrecked IPA and Dark Seas Imperial Stout.
San Diego is definitely one of the more beautiful locations we visited during our travels. We hope to come back again soon!
Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering