San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

Hi, peeps!

Today is a fabulous day. Why? Because it’s my first post rockin’ my new blog design! Inspiration Indulgence was seriously in need of a makeover, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new look! Along with this new look, I decided to implement a new feature on my blog. I’m starting a series called My Travel Diary, where I will include posts about specific places I have traveled to. I love traveling, and am thrilled to let you into this part of my life.

When I first started traveling a few years back, I didn’t have a blog. I’ve been thinking lately that just because I didn’t have a blog when I first started traveling doesn’t mean that you peeps shouldn’t know about some of the awesome places I have visited! Thus, today I am going to share with you about one of the best vacations I ever took, a trip to southern California in March of 2014.

Going to California was a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. A Wisconsin girl, I had never seen palm trees in my life, nor the Pacific Ocean. In addition, I was obsessed with Hollywood and pop culture. I’m not kidding you- I literally wanted to be a famous actress and singer with every ounce of my being until I realized I didn’t actually have any talent in that arena. I longed to see where the movie stars lived, and I wanted to experience the “California lifestyle.”  I was a senior in college when Trevor suggested we go to San Diego for my spring break. I was beyond pumped.

Our stay

Trevor found a package through TripAdvisor that included round-trip airfare and 4 nights in a resort for about $450 a person. We stayed at the Bahia Resort, which was a cute little place nested next to Mission Beach. For how cheap this was, I was pretty impressed with our stay. I wasn’t expecting a 5-star hotel by any means, but it was clean and had a beautiful view of the bay – what more could a girl want? I remember us sitting on the deck on our first night with a glass of wine overlooking Mission Bay, palm trees and a big pool, and thinking, is this a dream?

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mission Beach area was awesome. I repeat, awesome. Everything about how I pictured California was how it was in real life. We were walking distance from our resort to Mission beach. On the way, the street was full of vendors, ice cream shops, and little food stands. There was even a little amusement park with a roller coaster right next to the beach.

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

Activities

  • Mission Beach

We were very blessed with beautiful weather. Our first full day in San Diego was the hottest of our stay. For those of you who are not familiar with San Diego, it’s a relatively cool city. It doesn’t get scorching hot like the rest of the area. Its average temperature is usually in the upper 60s. It was 80 and sunny on our first day…you know what that meant. BEACHIN’!

I’m a water girl at heart. I LOVE being by any water- obviously in Wisconsin, I’m by lakes or rivers. I had only ever seen the ocean once before on a family trip to Florida over 6 years ago, so it was nice to just walk on the beach. We had a delicious breakfast at a cute restaurant loverlooking the beach, walked down the board walk, and got ice cream. I was so impressed with how many runners, walkers, skateboards, scooters, you-name-its being active on the board walk. The place was so full of life, and made me feel so content.

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

We also had the opportunity to watch a west coast sunset, which hands down may have been one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life.

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

  • Whale-watching

We decided that instead of hitting up traditional Seaworld in San Diego, we would go whale-watching. This story is an interesting one. I’m so glad I did it, but our whale-watching excursion was anything but ordinary. First of all, I got seasick, even though I took Dramamine before getting on the boat. This was very unexpected because I am used to being out on the boat back in Wisconsin, but I guess a motor boat and a ship are two completely different things.

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence
I’ll give you the play by play about what happened next. Halfway through the excursion, I decided I was hungry. I made my way down to the lower deck to buy a hotdog. I had my phone in my hand the whole time during this excursion taking pictures,  of course. As I was making my way back to the upper deck where we were sitting, the ship suddenly jerked, and I lost my balance. Out of my hand flew my hot dog, and my phone. My phone fell to the lower deck, bounced off a pole, and nearly missing another tourists’ head before plopping into the depths of the Pacific Ocean about a mile off the San Diego coast. Everyone on the ship looked at me. I DID have a waterproof case….but I guess that didn’t matter, now, did it?

That whole activity put a damper in my day but it definitely didn’t ruin my trip. I had my camera so I was still able to take pictures, and it almost made me try to appreciate the moment more instead of being on my phone during the trip.

  • Driving down the Pacific Coast highway

Trevor and I are all about drives. We love to go for drives together, explore, and just see what this beautiful world has to offer. We are not one to sit and repeat the same thing over and over. We decided to drive down the Pacific Coast highway to look at the pretty coast. At one point, we jumped out of the truck and did some exploring.

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

In addition, we made a pit stop in Malibu just for the hell of it to say we did. Talk about glamorous! We stopped to eat for the “true experience,” where my hamburger and fries cost nearly double what they would back home. (No regrets!)  Note: Prices for everything- including gas- were WAY higher than in Wisconsin! I expected this, but it was still sort of strange to see.

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

  • Hollywood

It wouldn’t have been a true Californian trip if we didn’t visit Hollywood. I’ve always wanted to see LA as well. We drove through LA (which was an adventure in itself.) I was amazed by how fancy all of the cars were around me- can everyone seriously afford BMWs?! I know I can’t!!

Seeing the Hollywood sign and walking down the Hollywood Walk of Fame has always been an item on my bucket list. Once again, I felt like I was in a dream. I am so thankful that I was able to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams.

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

I literally look like an idiot right now because I am sitting here smiling reminiscing of our trip. It was truly one of the best—if not THE best—week of my life. California was everything I thought it would be- glamorous, warm, and laid-back. It was very different from Wisconsin; a lot more fast-paced. Although I am a Wisconsin girl at heart, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to Cali- especially with my man.

San Diego | Inspiration Indulgence

Stay tuned for more entries in my Travel Diary. Thanks for reading!

Xoxo,

 

  • Lindsay Katherine

    Hi Chelsea, I love love love the new layout and really enjoyed reading about your trip. My best friend is moving there from Chicago and I can see why. Your pictures are beautiful!

    • Chelsea

      Aw thanks so much for your kind words, Lindsay! Chicago is awesome too (the midwestern in me had to say it) :)

  • Loving the new look – clean, simple, pretty and uncluttered. Candy for your eyes. :)

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much, Lindsay! I’m really happy with it so far!

  • Christine Hawkins

    California is beautiful. I can not wait to call it my home. I grew up visiting there and ever since I was a kid I knew that’s where I wanted to be. When I stayed there recently it was only in Huntington Beach, but I can not wait to take that PCH drive up to San Francisco all the way to San Diego. Beautiful pictures and looks like you had an amazing time :)

    • Chelsea

      Are you moving to Cali?! How awesome!!!! I would love to visit San Francisco some day.

      • Christine Hawkins

        I am, in November. Yeah, its super exciting but a little nervous.

      • Chelsea

        Best of luck, Christine! Don’t be nervous. It’s a new adventure :)

  • What a great trip you must have had! also, you new design is fabulous!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much! It was a beautiful experience. Thanks for reading!

  • Shann Eva

    Your blog looks great! I’m from and live in Wisconsin too :) I actually lived in LA for a couple years after college. I miss it, and want to go back for a visit soon. Thanks for all the beautiful photos to remind me.

    • Chelsea

      Aww that’s awesome. Why did you decide to move back home? I would have loved to live out there for a year or two to get the full experience.

  • Charlene Bullinger Asay

    I would love to go visit there. Yes, your blog looks very nice!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks, Charlene!!

  • Nicole McDermott

    How did you not jump in after your phone? I would have gone overboard!

    • Chelsea

      Trust me…I almost did….

  • I love the new look!!! seriously gorgeous

    I’ve always wanted to do the PCH drive (avoiding any Veronica Mars incidents of course) Loving the retroactive post on your travels :)

    xxox
    http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much, Laura!! bahahaha. It was beautiful, I would highly recommend it :)

  • Becky @Disney in your Day

    What gorgeous pictures! We’re taking our first trip California in a couple of months, sticking in LA and Disneyland though. And your new site looks lovely!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks Becky! Sounds like an awesome trip! I went to Disney as a little girl and I STILL would love to go back. hehe.

  • Aishwarya

    Seems like you had a great time! Awesome pictures. Loved the beach photos the most! :)

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much!! It was fun reminiscing through my old pictures :)

  • San Diego is so beautiful! Glad you enjoyed Cali!! Hope to go again soon. Loving the look of your blog btw! :-)

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much! I WILL go back some day. I loved Cali!! I was really sad to leave.

  • Justine Y

    PCH is a really gorgeous drive! That’s what my husband and I did for our honeymoon. :)

    • Chelsea

      That’s AWESOME!!! I really wish we could have spent more time doing it.

  • Nina Robinson

    What a fun trip! Too funny about your waterproof case. Maybe your phone still works down there? 😉 I love all the photos, especially the sunset ones. I live near LA and I don’t remember the last time I watched the sun set over the water. I really gotta take advantage of this beautiful place I live in better!

    • Chelsea

      LOL that’s funny you say that, because that was the joke for the rest of the trip. My phone is probably chilling with the fish, still on. hehe. So awesome you live in LA…I feel like I am so far from you, it’s awesome to connect on here! :)

  • Looks like you guys had a blast! I want to make it out that way at some point in life :)

    • Chelsea

      I hope you can someday, Kristin. It was awesome :) Worth the money!

  • Loving your new layout and looks like you had lots fun!!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks, girl! :)

  • Wow, you guys managed to get in a lot in your trip! It seems you definitely hit a lot of the hot spots. But you should definitely come back!

    • Chelsea

      I will!! Are you from San Diego?

      • No, I live in Orange County, which is just north of SD County, but we have family in SD and visit often!

  • I love, love, love your new design!! It seems so “you”! It’s so much fun to read your travel posts because we have such similar travel styles. I was actually in SoCal in March 2014 as well! I agree that Malibu was so glamorous and just gorgeous. I’d love to see San Diego next time I’m there.

    • Chelsea

      Thanks sooo much Brittany!! I KNOW!! I feel like you and I connect really well because we have so many similar interests! I decided that I’m going to include many more travel posts. I’m excited to write and share more with you! Very cool that we were in the area probably the same time!!

  • Love the new design! I think i would be devastated if my phone flew overboard… not that I’m attached at the hip or anything, I just HATE having to wait at the phone dealership place to get a new one. It takes so long! Looks like y’all had a great trip though… maybe I can convince my Trevor to go there some day!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks, Betsy! I would highly recommend it! You should convince Trevor to go…It’s pretty romantic :) And yeah…I may have almost shed a tear while I was there. I had some pictures on it…but most of my pictures were on my actual camera, so that was good. haha

  • Great post! We are headed out to So Cal in October for a conference and hitting up some other places while we are out there. Very cool .

    • Chelsea

      I would love to go back :) Thanks for reading!

  • Ashleigh

    Love the new look!! And being that I am a native SoCal girl, I loved all your pics!! It looks like you had a wonderful time here!!

    • Chelsea

      I LOVED it. You’re luck to be a SoCal girl. Where do you live in Cali?

  • I love your new design! Very clean and easy to navigate! Isn’t Cali great? We drive down the coast 2 summers ago and had a blast!! Malibu is gorgeous. Great series!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much! Cali is awesome. I really want to go back!!

  • This looks so fun!! I love SoCal!

    • Chelsea

      I loved it too :) Thanks for reading, Claire!

  • Love the new site design!! We went on a trip to Southern CA a few years ago and it sounds almost identical to your trip! Isn’t everything so amazing out there? And I cannot believe you dropped your phone, definitely sounds like something I would do! Now time to plan another CA trip!!

    • Chelsea

      Exactly, Liz! I would LOVE to go back! Thanks for reading! xo

  • Looks like you had a fun time. That sucks that you lost your phone. Funny story, though!

    • Chelsea

      Yeah…it’s hilarious now, a year and a half later!!

  • Georgia @ Silver Spiral Studio

    Looks like so much fun! Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much for reading! It was a blast :)

  • Amazing photos <3

    Andra,
    http://www.andera.co.uk

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much, Andrea!! xo

  • Glad you had fun in California! #westcoastbestcoast Once you get here you never want to go anywhere else!! And yes, there are a lot of BMWs and high gas prices…just wait until you visit Orange County – you’ll see Mercedes everywhere 😛

    • Chelsea

      Oh lord almighty! It was definitely a miniature culture shock lol!! I loved it though. Can’t wait to go back someday!