A Girl’s Weekend in San Diego (with Food and Hotel Recommendations!)

Photography by Arielle Levy

Views from the suite in the Manchester Grand Hyatt

Last weekend I snuck off for a girl’s weekend in San Diego. In high school, there were seven of us girls, all in the same grade and attending the same church, who became close friends. A few of us had grown up together and had been friends since we were four years old, and several other girls became part of our group as time went on and they moved into the neighborhood. After high school, all seven of us went to college together at BYU — and after all these years we’ve still stayed in touch!

Through facebook messages and group texts over the years, we talked about doing a girl’s trip the year we all turned thirty. We’re all married, and we have twelve children between the seven of us, but somehow we managed to coordinate everyone’s schedules and sneak away for three days in beautiful San Diego.

Walking through the lobby in the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Trying to fit an inflatable donut pool float into the elevator
Girls and Pool Floats in front of the gorgeous San Diego Skyline at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
The beautiful Family Pool at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel
Merrick's Art Striped Towels Manchester Grand Hyatt
Sitting by the pool at the manchester grand hyatt family pool
a stack of the prettiest pool towels at the manchester grand hyatt
A fun girl's weekend at the Manchester Grand hyatt hotel pool with our pretzel pool float
Pool time in a pretzel pool float at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
The cutest oversized lifeguard chair was perfect for posing with my girlfriends!
Poolside in white at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel Pool
Living the robe life at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego
Merrick's Art Manchester Grand Hyatt Views
Living the robe life at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel with my girlfriends
Bike Rentals from the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel

We had two main goals for our weekend: relax and talk. I had stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel a few years ago with my boys, so I knew the amenities, proximity to the waterfront, and beautiful rooms would make it the perfect spot for a girl’s weekend. They generously hosted us for the weekend, and it couldn’t have been more fun.

The gorgeous room not only had an insane view of the harbor, but it also had a small kitchenette, a large table, a big sectional that pulled out and fit three people, two bathrooms, and then a connecting room with two double beds. Hanging in the room during the day, or staying up late to talk was all we wanted to do, and the room set up was perfect for that.

The first night we stayed up way too late doing facials, painting our nails, looking through old scrapbooks, and catching up after almost thirteen years since high school. We all kept commenting about how easy it was to pick up right where we left off, even though some of us hadn’t seen each other for six or seven years. That’s the best part about life long friendships!

The next day we rented bikes from the hotel and biked the few miles along the waterfront. The weather was perfect and we chatted the entire way about life, kids, and goals. It was probably the best part of the trip for me.

The rest of the day was spent at the pool. The hotel has two pools — one family pool with lots of fun poolside games like ping pong, foosball, and a giant Connect Four game (my boys would have had so much fun!!) and an adult pool. We tried both, and eventually decided on the adult pool…cause we were kid free and we could 😉

Eating is a huge part of travel for me, and thankfully a few of the other girls are foodies like me, so we took advantage of the incredible food scene in San Diego and ate so well. Our first night we went to Puesto, known for their incredible tacos (I recommend the carnitas taco!). The next day for dinner, we headed over to nearby Little Italy and ate at Herb and Wood. We saw that it got good reviews on Yelp, but it was unreal how amazing it was. I practically licked the Oxtail Gnocchi plate clean, and the Mushroom and Truffle pizza was to die for. We all were sharing plates, and everything I tried was incredible. We topped it off with some amazing treats from Extraordinary Desserts, which was recommended by a few of you and didn’t disappoint. I’m already dying to go back to try more of your recommendations!

Basically every expectation I had for this trip was more than fulfilled. Amazing destination, incredible hotel, unreal good food, and of course the best company. A girl’s trip with a bunch of busy moms is so hard to fit in, but it was worth every effort and filled my cup in a way that nothing else could.

An amazing girl's weekend in the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel

a huge thank you to Manchester Grand Hyatt for hosting us for the weekend!

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  1. Natali says:

    Awww, I envy you!! Looks like the best of times and best of company!


  2. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    This is so cute! I’m also convinced that this is the prettiest group of girls I’ve ever seen! Glad you all got to have a fun trip together!


  3. Lindsay Sutherland says:

    Awwww, this looks like an amazing trip! It’s so great that it all worked out and you had the chance to have everyone together like that 🙂

  4. Brianna Soloski says:

    How fun! I wish I had a group of girlfriends to do things like that with. I’m the only single girl among my friends, so now I’m just an awkward third wheel.

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