We recently enjoyed a San Diego Gaslamp Getaway. It’s our go-to weekend staycay spot! We stayed at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter, which is conveniently located next to the Westfield Horton Plaza Shopping Center. A hotel next to a mall? This made our teenager so happy! I love that San Diego is less than a 2 hour drive away from our home in Irvine. Just a quick road trip and we’re in a totally different and fun place.
There’s so much to see and do there. I love how we can enjoy the city and the sea in one weekend. The Westin Gaslamp is perfectly located next to all kinds of things that we can just walk to.
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA 92101
Our Room at the Westin
Upon arrival, we received warm greetings from the front desk staff. Everyone was super friendly! Welcome treats were waiting for us in our room.
We enjoyed fruit kabobs, yogurt, granola, chocolate sauce and beverages! It was a refreshing surprise after the drive from OC. Jim and I clinked our glasses of white wine and enjoyed the view of the city from our window.
Marissa inspected the bathroom with amazing lighting, perfect for doing her makeup or taking selfies ha ha! Jessie cuddled with me on the cozy bed.
We were ready for a fun weekend. I love spending time with the family. It gets so hectic at home in our daily lives that these moments are so important to me.
Travel tip: Bring your ice chest
We unloaded our rolling ice chest into the mini fridge. Even for a weekend getaway, we like to pack the cooler with bottled water, sparkling water, Capri Sun and Vanilla Silk Soy Milk.
We even bring our own mini boxes of cereal so that the kids can have a little something to eat in the morning.
I liked the multi charging port on the desk. We all have devices to charge!
We walked outside to see what kind of food options were available within walking distance. The kids immediately spot a Panera Bread. Don’t get me wrong… I love Panera Bread. But we have that in Orange County. Why would I eat something that I can get in my own neighborhood? I let Jim and the kids go pick something there while I looked around some more. And low and behold…. I spotted a Thai restaurant across the street!
I saw the “Thai Time Restaurant” neon sign and head right over there. Bye, family. I’m getting Thai food. I ordered a vegetarian Pad Thai to go and caught up with my family. They also ordered to go and we took our food back to the Westin to get our bathing suits on.
We enjoyed our dinner poolside. My Pad Thai was delicious. I just love me some peanut sauce. Jim and the kids were eying my food and maybe wishing they ordered from Thai Time too. My portion was pretty big, I was able to share some with them. Not too much though. I wanted to eat it. After eating we soaked in the jacuzzi. It was the perfect way to end the evening.
I loved how the Westin provided a “Sleep Well” lavender balm. It was a little roller ball vial of scented oil. What a nice touch! This hotel has really impressed me.
The following morning I took Jim to the gym. Jim to the gym. That makes me giggle every time. LOL! The Westin’s gym is very nice.
Fully equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, exercise balls, medicine balls and free weights.
There’s even a supply of towels, a water cooler and a mini fridge with cold towels for after your sweaty workout. I liked that there was a locker room with showers too. If you have time for exercise, do check out their gym. If you don’t have time for exercise, then make some time! It’s always kinds of a dreadful feeling to get to the gym, but has anyone ever felt bad afterwards? I sure haven’t!
Need suggestions on where dine or for fun activities?
There’s a concierge ready to help you! We already have our favorite places so we knew where we were going…
Mary Jane’s Diner at the Hard Rock
We always, always visit Mary Jane’s at the Hard Rock. We love the rock and roll atmosphere and retro diner feel. They have something on the menu for everyone in our family.
Plus they make a nice Bloody Mary Jane. (If you’ve read our other posts, you’ll know we are fans of the Bloody Mary.)
There’s all kinds of salads and veggie sides too. Vegans can request to hold the eggs, cheese and substitute your dressings. You know the drill. 😉
You will hear Rush, Van Halen, The Doors, Rolling Stones and all kinds of classic rock while eating and drinking. Rock on!
We enjoyed walking downtown Gaslamp District, checking out the cute little shops, and stopped at the Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop for some sweets.
I love how everything is within walking distance. Family time… enjoying each other and spending time together. These are the simple moments that I treasure.
To read more about the Gaslamp Quarter, visit their website at Gaslamp.org
Other Places We Enjoyed
Buster’s Beach House at Seaport Village – The restaurant faces the marina so their views are gorgeous. There’s something for everyone in the family on the menu. They have Happy Hour Sunday -Thursday from 2:00pm-5:00pm with $1.00 of draft beer, wine and well drinks / $6.00 drinks (House Margarita, Long Island Iced Tea or House Mai Tai) / $5.00 and $6.00 appetizers.
Buster’s Beach House
807 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego CA 92101
Seaport Village has many other dining options, shops and all kinds of entertainment. Visit their website to see their events calendar.
849 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
The Old Spaghetti Factory at Gas Lamp – The kids love the Newport Beach location since that’s the one closest to our home. It’s cozy and familiar to them, so if we happen to be walking around and they see this place, they love stopping in for a Cotton Candy Limeade.
A sweet sugary drink topped with cotton candy? What a treat!
The Old Spaghetti Factory
275 5th Ave
San Diego, CA92101
Donut Bar – OH MY. This is a MUST VISIT. They have a vast selection of donuts that will be sure to feed your sugar fix. The donuts are soft like a pillow, filled with flavors and textures unlike any donuts I’ve tried before.
I’ve been to a lot of gourmet donut shops and this place tops the list. If you take pleasure in staring at dessert photos, then you may enjoy staring at their Instagram feed. Yummy! I’m not the only one who raves about Donut Bar. Many news and media sites have already touted them and Chef Santiago Campa has been invited by Ryan Seacrest and Ellen Degeneres to share his magical donuts with them as well.
So trust me when I say, “You must go to Donut Bar.” They have Vegan donuts too!
Tip: Go early. They sell out by 11:00am.
* Also – I don’t know anywhere else that you can grab a beer or mimosa with your donut. Hence the name Donut Bar.
631 B St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Donna Jean – It’s a wonderful vegan restaurant known for their Cast Iron Mac n’ Cheese.
Seriously. Good. Stuff. You will forget that it’s even vegan.
Chef Roy, you are a genius. His plant based menu includes vegan pizza with mozzarella, smoked cheddar, ricotta, chorizo spiced tempeh, mushrooms, lemon infused olive oil and all kinds of flavorful ingredients. You’ll have a tough time deciding on which pizza to try. I love any cauliflower, so next time I’m trying their BBQ Cauliflower dish.
Our friends from Orange County were also visiting San Diego for the weekend and were able to join us for dinner at Donna Jean. So fun to have a big family dinner!
You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy Donna Jean. I think any foodie will appreciate the experience here.
Note: if you have nut allergies be sure you let the server know. I know it’s hard to do vegan with nut allergies as most of the cheese and other ingredients are nut based.
2949 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA
There are endless things to do and see in San Diego. When the kids were younger, we would visit the New Children’s Museum, which is near Seaport Village. You can also take a short drive to Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Mission Bay, and so many beaches. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can get to Baja Mexico in less then an hour! Cheap lobster lunch at Puerto Nuevo! You will need passports for that road trip though. I will do a separate post on things to do in Rosarito Beach. We enjoy weekend getaways there too. There’s lots to do in San Diego. Happy exploring!
Where is your favorite quick getaway? What do you like to do? Share with us in the comments below!
* Disclosure: We paid for our own accommodations and all opinions of the above are our own. We were not paid or compensated for this post.