San Diego’s Fall weather often begins with an extension of warm Summer days and nights. However, once the festivities of Halloween and the Day of the Dead have passed, the Santa Ana winds send us their autumnal greetings. Fog rolls in across the San Diego Bay and crisp cool mornings wake us up with their chilly hello. It’s no wonder we celebrate “National Cappuccino Day” and “National Espresso Day” during the month of November! 

Keep It Caffeinated, San Diego

At La Pensione Hotel, it’s our favorite time to drink in the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and hot-out-of-the-oven treats from our friends downstairs at Caffe Italia. Caffe Italia is the perfect place to grab your morning cup of coffee, catch up on the news or grab a quick lunch. Family owned and operated since 1992, they are a one of a kind Espresso bar serving the perfect blends of robust coffees, cappuccinos and espressos made with Lavazza coffee beans imported from Italy. 

You may not know, but everyone who stays at La Pensione Hotel receives a complementary coffee and breakfast pastry from Caffe Italia! Caffe Italia’s Sunday Brunch Specials are the perfect way to casually start the day before spending the afternoon perusing the shops of Little Italy or taking a drive out view the country foliage.

San Diego Shows Its Colors

La Pensione Hotel serves as the perfect base camp for heading to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Palomar Mountain, or Mount Laguna to watch the leaves change colors. At these higher elevations, oak and conifer forests abound, creating a gorgeous landscape that you won’t find in the city. Dense woodlands, high elevation, and remoteness combine to make these spots the ideal location to experience a wide range of reds, oranges, and yellows! 

“Wine” Down Along San Diego Bay

If hiking the countryside is not your thing, may we suggest the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival taking place November 9-17. The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world’s premier wines and spirits, culinary personalities, and gourmet foods, with sail boats and sandy beaches serving as the backdrop to one of the country’s most talked about weeks in food. This week features dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero. For complete event details and to purchase tickets, visit Save yourself some time and avoid the drive after drinking by reserving your room at La Pensione Hotel today. 

Photo Credit: Caffe Italia, Mount Palomar Observatory/San Diego Magazine, San Diego Wine + Food Festival