Tag: California

Groovy Hotel: The Pearl in San Diego

Flashback to 10 years ago. I started college in Point Loma, San Diego and commuted down Rosecrans Street every day. A unique-looking vintage hotel out the right window caught my eye each and every time as I headed to class. I always imagined what it was like inside and dreamed of staying there. I now know that

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Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

I started following Artelexia on Instagram a couple of months ago when searching for cool murals in San Diego. At the time, a large, beautiful, inspiring mural on their south exterior wall was being painted. I loved seeing updates over the course of the week, and I hurried to go visit the shop in person

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Holy Matcha: Yummy Coffee Alternative

Holy Matcha

Holy Matcha, the shop that launched a zillion Instagrams just celebrated their one month anniversary. I’ll mention the decor (which was the real showstopper) first, and then get to the drinks and snacks second. Wow! It’s so pretty inside and smells amazing. They have fresh flowers everywhere. If there were ever a café interior designed specifically

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5 Best Tips for Experiencing the Superbloom

‘Twas the second weekend of March. Southern California had gotten so much rain in December, January and February that rumors swirled that the famous desert “superbloom” was imminent. Last year I went desert camping with some friends in late April, which was a great time for camping but too late for flowers. This year I was determined to

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Rainy Camping at Malibu State Park

Enamel Camping Mug

Camping continues to be the cheapest way to experience new parts of California. Sites are under $50 per night and that cost gets split up amongst the group. Over President’s Day weekend, we drove up to Malibu Creek State Park to meet our friends for an overnight camping trip. We have gotten more rain in

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Using the CBX to fly out of Tijuana

Waiting to board at TIJ

When my friends and I went to Mexico City in December, we used the new CBX “border terminal” that goes straight to the Tijuana airport from US soil. The bridge opened in December 2015 and has had some growing pains (and price increases) in the past year but having used this service, I do recommend it. Many

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Fall Camping on Palomar Mountain

Palomar Mountain View

For the past two years, our friend group has gone camping on Palomar Mountain at the Doane Valley Campground, which is a little over an hour northeast of San Diego. We’ve gone one of the first two weekends of November, when the weather definitely feels like “fall,” but it is not yet too cold to be sleeping outside in

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