4 San Diego Day Trips to Take this Summer

America’s finest city is full of things to do when you come and visit (or if you’re lucky enough to live here), most of which are a short drive, walk, or trolley ride away from the downtown area. Of course the beaches and trendy neighborhoods all come to mind, but there are lots of places to visit outside of the city that make for a perfect day trip. Here are a few easy day trips to add to your list when you come and stay at our boutique hotel located in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy.


Keys Creek Lavender Farm – MUST SEE BEFORE THE END OF JUNE!
Nestled down a long dirt road in the mountains of Valley Center in San Diego’s North County, Keys Creek Lavender farm is a true hidden gem. Some would even call it “magical” or “enchanting.” The scenic drive is about 40 minutes from Little Italy, up the 15 freeway and then down a series of winding mountain roads. Peak lavender blooming season is in May and June, and the organic farm offers tours, classes, a gift shop, and more during peak season. It’s also one of the most picturesque event spaces in Southern California. Visit https://www.kclfarm.com/ to learn more.


Temecula Wine Country
Most people think of the thriving craft beer scene in San Diego, but did you know that Southern California’s wine country is only an hour away, just east of the 15 freeway? Wine enthusiasts will love the opportunity to sample wines from many family-owned vineyards, all just an hour away from downtown San Diego. Sample hundreds of award-winning wines, all in one day. Please drive safely and always use a designated driver! Learn more at http://www.temeculawines.org/.


Trail Mix Time
Pacific San Diego Magazine outlines the top 10 best hikes in San Diego here. From the leisurely seaside hike at Torrey Pines to the more difficult trails at Cedar Creek Falls, there’s a location and difficulty level that appeals to all hikers, from beginners to the more seasoned trail dwellers. If getting outdoors is your thing, remember to pack a pair of trusty hiking boots when you come to visit.


San Diego Zoo Safari Park
While the world famous San Diego Zoo is just minutes away from our Little Italy hotel, the sister park is located in Escondido which is about 40 minutes north of San Diego. The 1800 acre wildlife preserve houses over 3500 animals representing 260 species and is a botanical garden. Ride the tram, take a safari, and take in the gorgeous mountain views on your day trip to one of San Diego’s best attractions. Get your tickets and plan your day at http://sdzsafaripark.org/. As the Safari Park likes to say, get ready for your YAYcation!


Book your summer stay at La Pensione Hotel in Little Italy today for the best rates, and get ready to enjoy summer in America’s Finest City.