Our honeymoon experts are back this week to bring you another delicious and romantic date night at home. How about a trip to sunny, ocean-side San Diego, California?
San Diego is at the top of our list for domestic honeymoons. Bask in the sunshine on their breath-taking beaches that loungers and surfers alike can’t stay away — Coronado Island is our favorite. Spend the day taking a stroll and shopping in the historical district, complete with cobblestone roads. And one thing you definitely need to have on your list — the infamous San Diego Zoo. Experience it all with our honeymoon-at-home date night complete with music, virtual tours, and all the items you need to bring San Diego to you.
San Diego Date Night: Food & Drinks
The food in San Diego has many cultural influences. California is a melting pot in and of itself. Because of this, you can find just about anything to eat, from traditional Mexican, to Italian, American, and everything in between.
One of the best dishes you can sink your teeth into is the San Diego Style Carne Asada.
If you or your partner are vegetarian, we highly recommend the Chino Ranch Vegetable Bowl.
We recommend pairing your dish with a San Diego Sunrise that can easily be converted to non-alcoholic by removing the tequila.
San Diego Date Night: Ambience
Bring San Diego to life in your home for under $100:
- San Diego cutting board
- San Diego backdrop
- Southern California candle
- San Diego drinking glasses
If you want to kick it up a notch, here are some extras that you can add:
- Zoo props
- Agave succulent
- Surfs up prop
- San Diego signage
Check out our full Date Night at Home San Diego shopping list on Amazon.
San Diego Date Night: Music and Tours
During cocktail hour, choose one of these playlists to set the mood (choose the music streaming service you use):
San Diego Date Night: Step-by-Step Instructions
Here’s a sure-fire guide to pulling off a date night to remember:
Week before: Order supplies from our Date Night at Home San Diego shopping list on Amazon.
Day before: Shop for food/drinks ingredients
San Diego Style Carne Asada ingredients:
- Flank steak or flap meat
- Red wine vinegar
- Vegetable oil
- Lime juice
- Orange juice
- Garlic salt
- White pepper
- Chili powder
- Mexican oregano
- Ground cloves
- Orange, sliced
Chino Ranch Vegetable Bowl ingredients:
- Red or yellow bell peppers
- Romano beans
- Green beans
- Yellow beans
- Cherry tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Mozzarella or burrata
- Kale leaves
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Pistachios (or pine nuts, almonds, or walnuts)
- Unsalted butter
- Red pepper flakes
San Diego Sunrise ingredients:
- Orange juice
- Pineapple juice
- Orange slices
5 pm: Set the mood by lighting your San Diego candle, getting your playlist on and decorating.
6 pm: Let’s get cooking!
7 pm: Get dressed in your favorite Californian inspired outfit.
7:30 pm: Time to start sipping on those San Diego Sunrises.
8 pm: Dig in to the delicious dinner you have ready.
9pm: Enjoy the rest of your night experiencing San Diego. Take virtual tours of the city, the zoo, and other cultural experiences (links above). Dance to your playlist. And most importantly: have fun.
Don’t forget to take pictures to remember your night! Want to get featured on Honefyund’s social? Share to social media using the tag @honeyfund and #HoneymoonatHome. Check back next Monday for our next Honeymoon at Home date-night destination.