While Memorial weekend tends to signify the start of Summer, we cannot ignore the true reason for Memorial Day, which is to honor those who have died while serving in the United States Military.
Fun Fact: Memorial Day is a federal holiday that started after the Civil War, to commemorate all the soldiers who died. By the 20th century Memorial Day had expanded to include all Americans who died while in the military.Those brave men and women who died while in service were fighting for our freedom, so we can continue to enjoy life as we know it. This weekend should be taken as time to enjoy that freedom, spend time with loved ones, and give thanks to those who have fought (and still fight) for us.
What better way to do all those things then to go on a weekend getaway to San Diego? This Dog-friendly city has plenty to offer by way of whole-family entertainment, and there is a naval base in Coronado. There is hiking, dog beaches, countless parks, restaurants, great places to stay, and lots of outdoor events going on this weekend.Because Coronado has a naval base, we will focus these trip ideas on areas in main San Diego (Gaslamp Quarter) and Coronado. Of course, feel free to customize your own San Diego visit, as there are numerous dog-friendly options all over the county.
Great dog-friendly places to stay include Westin Horton Plaza in San Diego , the Crown City Inn and the Loews Coronado Bay Resort , both in Coronado. Coronado is a small and expensive island, so if these hotels are already booked or are perhaps out of your price range, simply Google ‘dog friendly San Diego hotels’ and Trip Advisor or a similar travel site will give you plenty of other options.The most dog-friendly places to eat include Point Loma Seafood and Terra, both in San Diego, as well as Café 1134 in Coronado and Market Café which is in the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. And there are lots of dog-friendly places in the Gaslamp Quarter to grab a bite, like G5 (Gerorges on Fifth), Royal India, and Trattoria La Strada.
Now that we have a place to stay and places to eat, let’s go find something to do. What better thing to do in San Diego than go to the beach?! The best dog beaches include Dog Beach and Fiesta Island in San Diego and Coronado Central Beach in Coronado. Of course, there is plenty to see just walking around Gaslamp Quarter or even Old Town San Diego. If you are in the mood for some dog-friendly shopping, check out Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista. Not only does it have dog-friendly shops, this mall has a dog park too. And if you’re in the mood for something different, go for a gondola ride with A Gondola Company while visiting Coronado. And lastly, San Diego has a plethora of events going on this Saturday and Sunday, from a soap box derby to a strawberry festival, so check it out and see what fun new things you can discover with your pup on your Memorial Day getaway.