Post # 1
After many discussions and hours upon hours of researching…the fiancee and I have decided to do our Honeymoon at Disneyland and in San Diego!
We’re staying our first night as husband and wife in Solvang, CA (the mid-point between our home and where our guests are staying in Santa Barbara, CA). The next day we’re having our “Morning After Brunch” with family that came from out of town and then zooming down to Disneyland!
For Disney we’re going to be staying in the Marriott (convention center, not main gate. I bid on priceline because we’re on a tight, tight budget) and we’re going to walk or take the trolley to Disney. We’ll be there Sunday – Wednesday. I’ve already made reservations at the Blue Bayou for Monday night. I’ve been wanting to go since I was a little girl and I figured the honeymoon is the right time to finally take the plunge!
Then on Wednesday we’re going to drive down to San Diego. We couldn’t decide if we wanted the whole beach scene or the downtown Gaslamp Quarter scene so we are staying one night in a hotel downtown and three nights about 15 minutes down the road at a resort on its own “private island”.
Although I am a self-proclaimed expert on Disneyland, I’m sure there are plenty of tips out there that I haven’t heard before. Also, I’ve never been to San Diego so any tips/tricks/suggestions/advice etc. would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
We are so excited!!! Thanks in advance for the advice that will help make the trip even better!! 🙂
Post # 3
Congratulations, you two will have a lot of fun! I love Disneyland; it’s probably a little bit unhealthy! You guys absolutely have to eat at the Carthay Circle Restaurant in California Adventure while you’re there; it’s absolutely lovely. It’s a little fancier than the Blue Bayou, but a ton of fun; it feels like you’ve stepped back into the 1930’s. I’d also recommend taking an evening to watch World of Color at California Adventure park. It’s worth trying to get the priority seating through either purchasing the box lunch or through buying a “qualifying meal” (one entree and either an appetizer or a dessert per adult) at one of the participating restaurants (Carthay Circle counts!), because the view is so much better than the seating you get just from the Fast Pass seating. Have fun!
Post # 4
Hi! Congrats on your super fun honeymoon! I live in San Diego county and actually just discovered my favorite new neighborhood. It’s called North Park and it’s located along University Ave off of the 805 freeway, not far from SDSU. It has all the funky charm of the Gaslamp district but not as crowded and not as expensive (parking etc.) There is a really fun wine bar called Splash which is basically a self serve wine tasting place. So fun. All along that street are TONS of really fun and unique bars and restaurants.
If you do go to the Gaslamp district you should check out the Shout House. It’s a dualing piano bar within walking distance to everything (which everything is in the Gaslamp). So much fun!!
Also check out Living Social or Groupon for deals on activities. I think February is still whale watching season!
Post # 5
Sounds fun! are staying st Paradise Point?
make sure to check out The Cottage for brunch and Extraordinary Desserts!
Post # 6
+1 Extraordinary Desserts! The Hillcrest location is SUPER cute!
Post # 7
Check out Little Italy. It is hands down my favorite neighborhood in San Diego – I lived there for 3 years and still go down there frequently. If you’re in town on a Saturday morning there’s a farmers market on Date Street running from about Union to Kettner. It’s always a fun vibe – great food, floral, craft, farm vendors and live music at two different spots. Try Joe’s on the Nose for coffee and grab a Panini at Seb’s, or if you’re looking for a good brunch, try Prep Kitchen at the corner of Date and India or wander over to The Waterfront on Kettner for good greasy bar brunch. There’s a view of the harbor from the market and you’ll often see sailboats out all over the place on a nice day. It’s an easy walk down to the water to see the Star of India, Midway Museum, and a huge sculpture of The Kiss (the sailor kissing the nurse) and from there it’s not much further of a walk to the convention center and Seaport Village – though be warned, Seaport Village is uber touristy but I suppose that’s ok since you’ll be a tourist ;). Little Italy is very close to the flight path for planes landing at SAN, so if you want a close up view of a fly over, head to the corner of Ivy and Albatross. That’s also a good area to park in (for free!) and walk over to the market – if you don’t mind a bit of a stroll.
Other good places to eat in that area include: Extraordinary Desserts (as PP mentioned the Hillcrest location is adorable!), Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant, Burger Lounge, Mona Lisa (I can only vouch for the deli counter, not the actual restaurant), Buon Appetito or Sogno Davino, Enoteca Style for a generous pour of wine, and finally Papalecco is a very Italian coffee shop in the area. I also like Caffe Italia (cash only). One more thing, if you’re into craft beer, then you know that San Diego is heaven for that. Definitely check out Bottlecraft.
So clearly I’m a fan of Little Italy, but RiverBride13 is right that North Park is pretty awesome too! It’s a more artsy vibe. It is home to my favorite chocolate chip cookie at Claire de Lune. And very good french toast at The Mission.
Have a blast at Disney and I hope you enjoy San Diego! Congrats, too 🙂
Post # 8
@RnR: You have some really great suggestions! I think I may try a few myself!! 🙂