My way of holding on to summer is exploring nearby neighborhoods. Fortunately, I live ten minutes away from Pacific Beach in San Diego, CA. There you’ll find a fair with a roller coaster all year round, cool shops, and great food all along the boardwalk.
WHAT TO WEAR
So, what should you wear on a day trip like this? You have to be ready for anything because the temperature can drop 10–15 degrees at night. These are my essentials: white short-sleeve button-down shirt by Club Monaco, H&M striped t-shirt, Ralph Lauren khaki shorts, and if it gets cold in the evening, a J.Crew cotton-cashmere cardigan. As for footwear, Jack Purcells are classic, they’ll always look great. And a Filson bag is a great choice to put your other essentials in.
WHERE TO SHOP
Drive down Garnett Ave. and you’ll hit the heart of Pacific Beach’s shops and restaurants. Check out Pangea Outpost, a bazaar by the beach. Take time to walk around the store to see all the trinkets, clothes, paintings, and everything in between.
WHERE TO EAT
Pangea is only a few blocks away from the beach and from local restaurant and institution Kono’s Surf Club Cafe. Do not be dismayed if there’s a line, it’s worth the wait, and the food comes out as quickly as you order it. They only serve breakfast (and lots of it), so come hungry.
WHAT TO SEE
The pier is stone’s throw away. Go take a stroll and you’ll see surfers to your left and right, waiting to catch the next wave, plus the beautiful coastline.
Just these couple of places made my day trip a departure from my normal routine and let me feel that spirit of summer and adventure.