Post # 1
Going to San Diego and Big Bear for the honeymoon in December! I want to plan out what to do/where to eat so we’re making the most of our trip. What should we do besides the zoo? Where should we eat? We’re spending the week roughly half and half.
We especially need help with Big Bear, because there are tons of places to eat but I want to make sure we hit the good ones. Also, any recommendations for people who went there in the winter and didn’t ski/snowboard would be great!
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@BluebonnetBride: I’m not from CA but DH and I went to San Diego for a long weekend in April, and these were a few of our favorite things there:
-The Mission Beach Roller Coaster – it’s a 1925 vintage wooden roller coaster. So cool!
-Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park – it’s beautiful!
-Balboa Park – we loved the botanical gardens, and the whole park is pretty cool, it would be a good place for a picnic
-Go for a free tour of the U.S. Olympic Training Center
-Mt. Soledad has great views of the city. So does the Cabrillo Monument, I can’t remember what it’s called but it’s really a stunning drive out there!
-Go to La Jolla and see the seals on the rocks. Pretty beach and great restaurants nearby – perfect dinner spot. There are some cute boutiques and lots of high-end stores around that area.
-If you’re renting a car, drive to the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Lots of hang gliders and tandem gliders launch from there and it’s really fun to watch, plus great views 🙂
-There are some really cool old mansions around Heritage Park, if you’re interested in history you can tour them. We didn’t get around to that on our trip.
-Coronado Island is a nice half-day trip – we stayed in a resort on Coronado and spent some time at Hotel Coronado, I loved being a little removed from the city. The downtown Coronado is super cute.
Post # 4
Thanks for the info! Botanical gardens, La Jolla seals, and Mt Soledad sound beautiful! We’re history majors so I definitely think the old mansions sound cool too.
Post # 5
Cafe 21 in the Gaslamp is fantastic for breakfast/brunch!
Post # 6
@BluebonnetBride: I lived in San Diego for 7 years, and have missed it for 5, it’s gorgeous. Little Italy near downtown is romantic, this is my favorite restaurant there: http://www.buonappetitosandiego.com/, and I second the glider port recommendation, it’s one of my favorite places (I went to school at UCSD which is right across the street so I might be biased). The Il Fornaio on Coronado island has such a great view and good food http://www.ilfornaio.com/?page=138&restaurant_id=3146. As far as beaches go I usually went to La Jolla Shores because it was closest and has the easist parking, there’s a big parking lot right there and you will actually find a spot, especially in December when all the students are either taking finals or gone for break. Pacific Beach is nice too, and there are lots of boho shops and bars nearby. If you’re in downtown La Jolla hit up Girard Gourmet for lunch: http://www.girardgourmet.com/ they have great sandwiches and you can take it to go and eat by the water. And it’s not fancy or romantic but I have to recommend Lolita’s taco shop because honestly if I could have one meal in San Diego right now it would be their potato tacos with guacamole hands down http://lolitasmexicanfood.com/locations/kearny-mesa/ Ok, it looks like all I did in San Diego was eat…
I am so sad right now! I want to go too 🙁 Have a blast!
Post # 7
Oh my gosh thanks so much for all the great recommendations! Do you think it’s at all reasonable to hang out on the beach in December? I certainly hope we get a sunny day in, but I’m from Texas and not really sure how cold California beaches get.
Post # 8
Oh you can absolutely go to the beach in December, I’ve spent some Decembers in shorts and tshirts. One winter it got down to a high of 50 degrees and everyone panicked, my guess is it’ll be 65 degrees. Bring a cozy sweatshirt and you’ll be fine.
Post # 9
I lived about five minutes North of Big Bear in a teensy tiny agricultural and mining town. I spent most of my childhood in Big Bear. I absolutely love the place and I miss it greatly.
Boo Bear’s Diner was a weekly treat for us. Not so much a fancy restaraunt but it was a nice little sit down diner. On cool days we’d sit out by the fountain, and there are lots of shops within walking distance. This was always the “starting place” of our days out.
More chain-ish store, but The Peppercorn has some excellent food. More of a Black Angus feel to it, not necessarily high or low end. We went here every year for my mom’s birthday after Prospectors closed. That was her favorite.
The Evergreen is a more upscale place, they have excellent desserts. We knew the owner pretty well but I think it changed hands. I celebrated by 21st birthday there, a lot of people get married there.
My mother’s boss runs the Moonridge Zoo. It’s a tiny zoo that has taken a lot of rehabilitation cases — like their three legged bear. It’s tiny and quaint and worth every penny.
Near the outskirts of Big Bear Lake is the solar observatory…. kinda neat if you’re into that.
What about a beautiful paddleboat tour? Big Bear Lake is beautiful, as is all of Big Bear.
All in all, walk around big bear as much as possible. Drive on the empty roads, stop and take a walk through the forest. Big Bear is beautiful and I miss it very, very much. Enjoy a part of it for me, too.
ETA: Palm Springs is about an hour from Big Bear. It’s a beautiful city as well, but rather ritzy and expensive. They have a tram that takes you to the top of the mountain and there are lots of beautiful hiking trails and an excellent diner at the top. Also a good stop if you can manage it, plus you can see the wind farms in Palm Springs… spooky and beautiful all the same.
Post # 10
Ooh, these are amazing ideas. Thank you so much! I really want to make sure we take it all in.
Post # 11
@BluebonnetBride: Whatever you do, Go to Slater’s 50/50
It’s a nicer restaurant style burger joint that is just AMAZING….
Pacific beach and Mission Beach are popular to walk around, PB has a lot of fun bars to go to as well.
Hotel Del Coronado is beautifula nd the beach is gorgeous too!
La Jolla will have a lot of nicer and higher end dining options as well Del Mar