Sarah's Travel Guide: West Hollywood & San Diego
BY: SARAH SMITH
This past weekend I flew to California to visit my best friend who just recently moved to San Diego! As one of the top destinations on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, I was beyond excited to get my flights booked and bags packed.
We had the best time ever road tripping from LA to San Diego, checking out all of the best places to shop, eat and sights to see along the way! I highly recommend driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, wind in your hair and singing (screaming) the lyrics to oldies with your bestie. Doesn't get much better than that.
Since we were only spent one day in LA, we had to try our very best to squeeze everything in that was on our to-do list! After a long hike up to the Hollywood sign, our next stop was Alfred's Coffee and Kitchen
If you follow any bloggers based out of the LA area you'll recognize Alfred's -- and it is seriously the cutest coffee shop ever. Not only does it have the most adorable interior decor and endless instagram opportunities (ha!) but it also has some of the best coffee I have ever had. There are a couple locations on Melrose Avenue that are definitely worth the visit next time you're in the West Hollywood area!
We did some shopping along Melrose and stopped in at one of my favourite stores, The Reformation
. All of their stuff is to die for and it's all made from either vintage or eco-friendly fabrics!
Once we made it to San Diego, we actually stayed in an area called Carlsbad, otherwise known as "the village by the sea" which is about half an hour north of downtown San Diego right along the coast.
Carlsbad is absolutely gorgeous, with tons of cute little boutiques, amazing restaurants and awesome nightlife. Did I mention it's right beside the ocean? We spent a majority of our time on the beach, hanging out, watching all the surfers, listening to music and catching the most amazing sunsets.
If you're ever in Carlsbad, be sure to grab a drink at Campfire
. Not only does it have a killer menu, it has such an awesome atmosphere. I loved all of the little details, especially the teepee out back where you can finish off your last glass of wine, ha!
We drove down to La Jolla to spend the day shopping around and to check out the La Jolla cove where all of the adorable sea lions and seals love to hang out. I couldn't believe how many there were just out on the rocks catching some rays. This is definitely a tourist attraction with lots of people around snapping pictures but it was so fun to see! The surrounding view is breathtaking.
So next time you head out to LA or San Diego, be sure to check out some of these spots. I can guarantee that they will not disappoint!