After our colorful adventure in Palm Springs, we headed south to explore San Diego. I heard that the weather in San Diego is the best, and after visiting, I couldn’t agree more. Phoenix and Palm Springs were unbearably hot – but San Diego? Low 80’s and the most glorious ocean breeze. We explored Coronado Island as soon as we arrived, then headed downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter for the night at Hotel Indigo – a fabulous Hotwire find.
We were steps away from Petco Park and the bustle of the Gaslamp quarter, but it was surprisingly quiet! My favorite stop was Frost Me, a cupcake shop in Seaport Village that had been featured on the show Cupcake Wars. They had the most incredible gluten free treats!
The next day, we headed up the coast, stopping in La Jolla, Del Mar and Carlsbad on our way to our next Hotwire hotel find, The Lakehouse. I had never seen sea lions IRL before then, what a delight! I could’ve sat and watched them for hours. The Lakehouse was beautiful, but a little farther out than we expected. The next morning we headed to Claremont, a small college town 30 minutes east of Los Angeles, for move in day.
After signing a lease, cleaning, and completing a major Ikea shopping spree and furniture building fest, we were finally able to grab a bite and rest easy. It was an insane first day in Claremont.
The remainder of the weekend was spent unpacking, grocery shopping and exploring Claremont, but we did manage to sneak in one day in the big city!
On Saturday, we headed to West Hollywood to visit my cousin who occasionally works at Reiss, although she primarily works as a costume designer. We also stopped by LACMA for the outdoor exhibits and even had a chance to find Fonuts. After reading about this incredible gluten-free and vegan donut shop on the Studio DIY blog, I just had to pop in for a treat.
Later on, we met up with my cousin and her husband, along with my other cousin, at Little Dom’s in Los Feliz for some Italian cooking. Since it’s conveniently located so close to Griffith Observatory, we drove to the top after dinner to take in the most amazing night views of the LA skyline.
The traffic was insane. Sometimes people weren’t so nice. Moving Graham in to his apartment was heartbreaking. And building the cheapest pieces of Ikea’s furniture collection really sucked. But standing up there, looking over the entire city, everything kind of went a way for a quick second. And now as I think about it, I’m just so thankful. I had the chance to road trip across the country! And although long-distance has its downfalls, I’m able to fly out to a beautiful, sunshine-y place to visit him. Things aren’t so bad.