A Romantic Day in San Diego – Old Town
Visiting San Diego for the first time can be quite an overwhelming experience because it has so much to offer! Between the beaches, museums, parks, shopping, spectacular dining, and all the scenery it almost seems impossible to see everything! There are endless possibilities in the city of San Diego, and we want to make sure you get the most out of your experience. This is why we have created itineraries for you and your family to follow. That way you don’t have to worry about a thing! We have it all mapped out for you. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of San Diego and all it has to offer.
Start your day off with a hearty breakfast from Perry’s Cafe. Perry’s Cafe is an old-school trucker-style diner, located just minutes from Old Town. Specializing in breakfast and comfort food, Perry’s Cafe is a popular local’s eatery every day of the week – weekends here can get pretty busy. It’s definitely worth the wait for their mouthwatering pancakes, hearty frittatas, and wide selection of tasty food!
After breakfast, take a walk around Old Town. On Saturdays, be sure to check out their Farmers’ Market, with music, jewelry, clothing, hand-blown glass, and more!
Spend your afternoon exploring the historic sites at Old Town. Start at the Mormon Battalion, where you can experience San Diego life in the 1800s. Hands-on activities here include gold panning, 1800’s laundry, brick making and dressing up in period clothing. Visitors may also pose for a free “old time” photograph at the center which can then be emailed to any destination. Within the main square at Old Town, you’ll find two free attractions worth checking out – the Mason Street School, the first public schoolhouse in San Diego, and Casa de Estudillo, a Spanish adobe house with beautiful courtyard.
Next, if you dare, take your sweetie to the Haunted Whaley House. According to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, the house is the number one most haunted house in the United States. Take a tour, explore on your own, or sign up, to go on their monthly Ghost Hunting Tour, where you’ll learn all about the history and ghosts of the House late at night. Spooky!
Now that you’ve had your fill of scares, it’s time for another hearty meal. At Fiesta de Reyes, you’ll find three authentic Mexican restaurants – Barra Barra, Casa de Reyes, or The Cosmopolitan. Grab a margarita and some enchiladas, then go catch a show at Cygnet Theatre. If you have a little spare time, there are live performances in the courtyard on most days. Enjoy Folklorico dancing on Mondays, Wednesday, and Weekends, or Mariachi music Thursdays and weekends.
Fiesta de Reyes is also home to several unique shops. Browse anything from spices to traditional Mexican garments as you walk among the flower-lined walkways. When your day of walking and exploring has tired you out, you don’t have to travel far to a hotel – The Cosmopolitan Hotel right in the heart of Old Town. Stay here and be taken back in time with Victorian-style bedrooms and baths, dining and bar, and lounges. And with just ten rooms, the hotel staff pays attention to the personal needs of each and every guest, ensuring you’ll have a memorable experience.