San Diego 101: Gaslamp District

San Diego 101: Gaslamp District

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Just steps from where the surf meets the city, San Diego’s historical Gaslamp District is the hot destination trend for those looking for a city getaway with a beach vibe. Known for lively nightlife and sophisticated charm, every corner boasts a boutique, art gallery and restaurant with a top chef at the helm, exploding with San Diego culture.

San Diego 101: Gaslamp District

Photo courtesy of Michael Saechang

Perfect home base for San Diego adventure

Just minutes away from the San Diego airport and cruise ship docks, it’s the best location for those needing a “home base” for sightseeing and attractions. Especially, for those families interested in multi-generational travel or vacations. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy; however like many cities — you may have to get a little creative with the little ones who are more interested in sand castles and theme park attractions. 

Downtown San Diego is an interesting choice vacation for those looking for something different other than a resort with ocean views. Probably most well-known for Petco Field and the San Diego Padres, this area can become congested; however not overly annoyingly crowded, during baseball season.

San Diego 101: Gaslamp District Petco Park

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When NOT to visit

But do make sure to avoid at all cost visiting during the annual ComicCon. And you can thank me later. Not only do the hotel prices skyrocket, but it is almost impossible to walk because there are so many people.

Those looking to soak in more art, culture and history, the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park and the Children’s Museum and Children’s Park. And a personal favorite of ours, the USS Midway Museum.

Where to eat and where to stay

So is it time to eat yet? Sure there are great pubs and restaurants every few feet, but a few faves located just steps from Petco Park are: Roy’s San Diego Waterfront, Nobu and McCormick and Schmick’s (you have not lived until you’ve tried their Shrimp Scampi!)

And now on to my favorite part, where to stay! On my most recent trip to San Diego, The Westgate Hotel hosted my family for an incredible stay. I’m still amazed at what a fantastic property this is. The rooms are large and accommodate families comfortably. The rooftop pool is beautiful and there is even a jogging track. The Westgate Hotel is definitely the top contender. If you are interested in something a little more low-key, consider the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter.

If you are headed down for some fun and fancy-free adult time, or Girls/Boys Weekend, reserve at the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego. Hip, chic and cool, it’s the home of Nobu and if you catch it during the right times, it’s actually not “spring break on steroids” all the time. Tip: Even with kids, Maryjane’s Coffeeshop is a fun rock and roll spot for some casual dining that won’t rip your wallet to shreds.

San Diego 101: Gaslamp District

Photo courtesy of Steve Cota

No matter where you stay in San Diego’s Gaslamp District you are bound to have a memorable time. And make sure to connect with your concierge during your stay to be kept up-to-date on events and happenings in and around your property. With things popping up minute-to-minute, it’s a great way to stay in the loop! For those looking to expand their San Diego trip to other areas, may we suggest taking a look at these: San Diego 101: Del Mar and San Diego 101: Coronado.

Gaslamp Quarter photos courtesy of Creative Commons

Meet the Author | Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist who shares her love of luxury family travel, fancy dancy hotels, fine dining and all things pop culture at The JetSet Family.

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