You know what's better than being at home in your own bed? Honestly - almost nothing EXCEPT being in the perfect hotel bed. You know what I mean - you walk into your suite and see a king size bed with crisp white sheets and just the fattest pillows and you know, in that very moment, that you're going to have the best sleep of your life. That's what happened when I walked into my very own Surf Pad at Tower23 Hotel. Not to be dramatic or hyperbolic (even though I'm constantly both), but I saw the bed and said, "This is literally the best trip of my life." and I hadn't even opened the curtains to the balcony yet.
How do I describe a view that my camera could barely do justice in showing? I kind of can't - you have to see it for yourself. Pacific Beach is RIGHT THERE. You can smell the saltwater, see the locals surfing, and hear tourists on Crystal Pier. All of that - you get to take it all in while sipping on rum punch sent to your room by the nicest staff ever.
I did actually do things while I was in San Diego (my next post will be very sea lion-centric), but some of the best parts of this weekender away were getting to experience absolute calm. I love L.A., but I am not calm or serene in L.A. San Diego has this vibe of total chill that permeates the city. It helps that there's no traffic that makes you want to abandon your car (and all hope) while getting from the beach to the city, and back. It's a different pace there - one that I needed to recharge. My days was spent sleeping in, having coffee on the balcony while watching the waves crest and crash, and then moseying over to the deck to lounge in front of an even more expansive ocean view while reading. P.S. I finally finished Mindy Kaling's first book - the one I started 50 weeks ago.
On thing I didn't take advantage of at Tower23 Hotel that I wish I did was the free bikes they have for guests. I was honestly enjoying being lazy so much that I couldn't muster the strength to take a ride along the beach, but next time for sure. One thing I definitely want to take advantage of every day is the food at JRDN - especially the grilled pita bread with spicy hummus, herb goat cheese, and artichoke mascarpone ( my diet is like 86% hummus and cheese anyway) and the Tower23 Burger (I am very much a lapsed vegetarian).
The best sunset I've ever seen in my life was sitting with my mom on the caldera in Oia, Santorini - until this one. Why was this one better? I got to watch it from bed.