A Memorable Weekend Getaway: Exploring San Diego’s Culinary and Cultural Delights

by Wendi Baird on July 26, 2023 in Travels,

San Diego, with its sunny beaches, vibrant culture, and culinary prowess, offers the perfect setting for a weekend escape. Whether you’re a foodie, a culture enthusiast, or simply seeking a laid-back vacation, this coastal gem has something to offer for everyone. Let’s embark on a thrilling weekend adventure in San Diego, exploring the city’s culinary tour, cultural experiences, and lively nightlife.

Day 1: Exploring La Jolla’s Culinary Gems with So Diego

The famed La Jolla Cove is popular with sightseers, snorkelers and sea lions. Photo Wendi Baird.

Kickstart your weekend in style with a culinary tour in the picturesque seaside neighborhood of La Jolla, hosted by the innovative team at So Diego. This locally owned and operated tour company curates unique and immersive experiences that blend arts, culture, and entertainment with some of the area’s finest eateries and hidden gems. We enjoyed an exceptional experience and gastronomic journey on the “Sip, Savor & Sea” tour. Our excursion began at La Jolla Cove, with its breathtaking coastal views and adorable sea lions. From there we walked along the quaint streets of La Jolla, learning interesting tidbits of information about the community as we made our way to each of the local restaurants. (Dr. Seuss lived and wrote in La Jolla for over 40 years.) Our culinary journey offered a delightful blend of flavors that represent the essence of San Diego’s diverse culinary landscape. We enjoyed pasta with wine at La Dolce Vita, tacos and a margarita at Puesto, spanakopita with hummus and sangria at Spiro’s and ended on a sweet note with a scoop of gelato at Bobboi.

Day 1: A Night of Sophistication at Raised by Wolves

Enjoy a nightcap at the upscale cocktail bar Raised by Wolves. Photo Arlene Ibarra.

After an afternoon of indulging in exquisite culinary delights, head to Raised by Wolves for a sophisticated and unforgettable evening. This upscale cocktail bar, known for its elegant ambiance and expert mixologists, promises a memorable experience. Sip on carefully crafted cocktails that blend unique flavors, transporting you to a realm of refined taste. The bar’s stylish decor and attentive service add to the overall allure, making it the perfect setting to unwind and toast to a fabulous start to your weekend getaway.

Day 2: Cultural Enchantment at La Jolla Playhouse – “Love All”

The La Jolla Playhouse, known for its development of outstanding new plays and musicals, has sent 33 shows to Broadway winning a total of 38 Tony Awards. Photo Courtesy La Jolla Playhouse.

Day two brings an opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene of San Diego. Visit the renowned La Jolla Playhouse, where theatrical excellence comes to life on stage. This iconic theater institution is known for its outstanding productions. We enjoyed a matinee performance of the play “Love All,” a captivating story about the rise of tennis great Billie Jean King. La Jolla Playhouse’s dedication to producing thought-provoking and groundbreaking productions guarantees an enriching experience that will leave you inspired.

Day 2: Exploring the Gaslamp District and Dinner at barleymash

The All In Iron Fries with applewood-smoked bacon, chili-braised short rib, ale-braised pork shoulder, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce and fresh chilis are a popular dish at barleymash. Courtesy photo.

As the sun sets, head to San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District, a bustling hub of entertainment and nightlife. Stroll through the lively streets lined with trendy boutiques, bars, and restaurants. For dinner, make a reservation at barleymash, a popular gastropub known for its innovative dishes and impressive selection of craft beers and cocktails. Indulge in hearty comfort food like their popular Iron Fries. The vibrant atmosphere at barleymash sets the perfect backdrop for a delightful evening of delicious food and good company.

Day 2: Nightcap at Wolfie’s Carousel Bar

What goes around comes around at Wolfie’s Carousel Bar. Courtesy photo.


End your second day with a visit to the enchanting Wolfie’s Carousel Bar. When you step into this unique bar, you will be mesmerized by the vintage carousel at its center, which sets a whimsical tone for the night.

Savor handcrafted cocktails inspired by local ingredients and artistic creativity. The bar’s eclectic ambiance, coupled with its commitment to fostering a sense of community, makes it an immersive entertainment experience in San Diego’s nightlife scene.


Cover Photo Courtesy San Diego Tourism Authority.

Wendi Baird is the Editor in Chief for Texas Lifestyle Magazine. As a fifth generation Texan, her roots run deep in the Lone Star State. She loves traveling and writing about her experiences.