DOCKSIDE JOURNAL ENTRY / March 30, 2018

 5 Days in... San Diego.

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The SHW office was missing a few of our Docksiders last week. Why? Because this month, SHW went down to San Diego to operate an awesome week-long program!

While Seattle is our home, our events take us to cities all around the world. As event professionals, it’s our job to always do what we do best for our clients, no matter which city we’re in.

In our new, regular blog series, we’re helping you ditch the tourist traps and creating our own “unconventional” travel guide for one of the cities that we visited that month. We’re including our five favorite tips, tricks, restaurants, and more, that we discovered while onsite. In our inaugural post, we traveled to Sunny San Diego. Read on to learn more about our top picks from this fun city in Southern California.

1. Juice Crafters

After eating mostly hotel food for a week, the team was in need of some fresh fruit! Juice Crafters filled that need with huge, made-to-order açaí bowls that we all loved. They’re all about using high-quality, fresh ingredients, so it's a great spot to relax and unwind by the beach. 

Juice Crafters is located along the streets of Coronado, which was a great place to spend a free afternoon. We ate, took in gorgeous water views, and explored all of the cute shops, so it’s definitely worth a stop while you’re in San Diego.

2. Miguel's Cocina

We’re so glad we found Miguel’s Cocina! This gem, also in Coronado, serves up amazing (and authentic) Mexican food that you can’t miss. Everything is made fresh, including the tortillas, salsas, and their must-have jalapeño white sauce that has been dubbed “white gold” by locals.

You really can’t go wrong with any of tacos, and the calamari was spot-on. But don’t even think of leaving until you try one of their refreshing Margaritas!

3. Sunset Cliffs Park

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If you’re looking for a place to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, look no further than Sunset Cliffs! This 68-acre park is full of gorgeous carved coastal bluffs, arches, and sea caves. It’s also a great place to spot gray whales as they migrate to and from the Bering Sea. You’ll see the most whales during the winter (January – March), but there’s a good chance you’ll see them during other parts of the year too.

 

4. Tacos Libertad and BO-beau kitchen + caché

We stopped by Tacos Libertad on our last night together as a team. This restaurant is a non-profit that picks a new charity to donate 100% of their profits to each month. This month, they’re donating to the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. Not to mention that the food was incredible!

After you get your fill of tacos, head to BO-beau kitchen + caché—a secret speakeasy located behind Tacos Libertad. Caché means "hidden" in French, and this secluded spot absolutely lives up to its name. To get in to Caché, you enter through a set of doors along the back wall of Tacos Libertad that are made to look like a refrigerator. Once inside, the scene completely changes to a stylish prohibition-era joint with craft cocktails and moody candles. 

5. Herb & Wood

Even in our off time, events are always on our mind. We stopped into Herb & Eatery in Little Italy to check out their Chef’s Market, but fell in love with this spot as an event venue. Located just a little bit west and down a small set of stairs from Herb & Eatery is their private event space, Herb & Wood.

They have soft seating and lots of room, so they would be perfect for either a casual sit-down dinner or reception-style celebration. They also have a delightful patio featuring a retractable, clear roof that’s perfect for a warm summer evening in SoCal!

 

Meet the Team That Operated in San Diego