Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Festive Old Town

If I'm not behind in blogging about my life, then what am I? Let's rewind to about a month ago when we were all sipping on eggnog and apple cider and singing "Silent Night." Although I had only been in San Diego for about two and a half weeks, I had the chance to fly back home for about 6 days to spend the holiday with my family.

I wouldn't be arriving in DC until after dinner time on the 21st of December so I knew that my Christmas shopping needed to be completed in San Diego and able to be transported via United Airlines. I needed to be smart and creative. I bought a few things for my brother and niece and then just knew I had to go to Old Town San Diego to shop for my dad. So, what's a girl to wear while day shopping outside in San Diego?


Old Town is a place my family went to while here visiting my brother years ago during Christmas. I knew that venturing back there would bring back great memories of our time together. It's nice knowing I'm already familiar with so many places in my new city :)






I just want it to be known that I took this picture of the Christmas tree moments after a homeless man, his dog, and a rooster on top of the dog's head walked by. So, that happened...

Old Town San Diego is considered the "birth place" of California and is the site of the first Spanish settlement. Because of that, Old Town still has many of the original buildings and characteristics from the 1800's and is full of Spanish and Mexican influence! Since my dad studied abroad in Mexico, he has always had a connection with that culture and I knew I'd find his presents in Old Town :) I also came across a lot of other fun finds!



Good thing I had already finished shopping for my niece, Aubrey, because those dresses might just have made it home with me. Aren't they adorable?

Old Town is also home to the most haunted house in the United States, according to the Travel Channel. The Whaley House! We toured the Whaley House on our trip to San Diego in the past and let me just tell you this much... it's all very true. Walking through the narrow hallways and up and down the wooden staircase, my legs were so heavy; I felt as if I was walking through water. I kid you not, friends!



After quickly scurrying by the Whaley House, which was closed at the time, I was on the hunt for a delicious churro. Years ago, Old Town was also the first place I had ever had a churro and I never forgot it! I searched and searched. I finally found the place we had gone to before but was disappointed when I saw the churros were sold out. What?!

I continued walking and slowly starting admitting to myself that it just wasn't in the stars when, BAM! There was a "CHURROS!" sign right in front of me! I walked inside to a cozy little coffee/dessert place we have here called The Living Room. The girl complimented me on my pants... and then my necklace... and then said we must have the same style because she has the same Michael Kors watch as me. We're BFFs.

They made my churro and my new friend even brought it out to me. What awesome service!


They don't mess around with churros in San Diego! Yum.

And after finishing that scrumptious churro, I was headed back to my house. [Okay, so I might have made a stop by Home Goods first...]

I love Old Town so much. I am a total dork for old historical places and walking around, people watching, and enjoying the beautiful and sunny San Diego weather. And in case you're wondering, I ended up finding several Mexican-influenced/Day of the Dead things for my dad and a pretty sterling silver bracelet for my sister-in-law. Talk about a productive day!

13 comments:

Turtles and Pearls said...

Old Town sounds like such a neat place! Love your outfit and am now craving a churro...

SHAYNA said...

Sounds like such a fun day! I LOVE old historic places! (& that Churro looks yummy at 9:30 in the morning!)

Jenn said...

Mmmm churros....I havent had one of those in forever!

Carolyn said...

Old Town sounds so cool! And I think I need a churro in my life right now. HAHA

Katie said...

I would kill for some of that sun...looks so heavenly...oh So Cal. I need that!

{[Jessica]} said...

i LOVE old town!! You need to try coyote cafe for the BEST margaritas!!! I was down there for the holidays as well celebrating my aunt's birthday!!

Kim @ The K.O. Story said...

Last time I was in San Diego, I wanted to explore Old Town, but it was actually raining, so not much exploring happened. Next time I'm there, I'll have to add some of the things you did on my list!

Kristen said...

ummm when i come see you, we are totally going there!

Raquel said...

Omg I love churros!! I haven't had them in years!

Mrs Wallace said...

Love Old Town! It's where I met and fell in love with my Husband and we spent our wedding night there. Makes me miss San Diego soo much!

Giovanna said...

Cute photos! Looks like a fun little town!

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Ashley said...

How cute is Old Town?! I'm loving it! Makes me wish it was still Christmasy everywhere :)

Brianna said...

Ca-uuuuute outfit girly!!
I LOVE old town!! I went for the first time (I think) this past summer when I was visiting a friend down there... seriously love the churros! (:

And I kind of want to check out the Whaley House... even though it'll probably give me nightmares haha