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Ten Things of Thankful: Empty Nest Vintage Sol San Diego Edition

When we learned that we would have 5 weeks of an empty nest, we e-mailed Paisley, the owner of Vintage Sol, our favorite bed and breakfast in San Diego.  We asked her if she had any availability during our free time, and fortunately for us, she did! (Thankful #1)
  

We've stayed at Vintage Sol numerous times.  We love it so much that this time, we planned our getaway around the availability of this delightful bed and breakfast.  (We have stayed other places in San Diego, and while I have nothing negative to say about other accommodations, none are as homey and wonderful as Vintage Sol.) Paisley has a real knack for decorating, and I'm always in awe of the eclectic mix of items that fit together perfectly. (Inspiration=Thankful #2)







The weather is always perfect in San Diego (Thankful #3), and the private courtyard retreat of Vintage Sol sports greenery (Thankful #4), the cool sounds of a refreshing water fountain (Thankful #5), and the most beautiful Lady Gouldian finches (Thankful #6). 











The whimsical, eclectic decor continues inside the perfect-for-two little casita.  A tiny kitchen is just inside the front doors, and Paisley has stocked the fridge with soft drinks and juice.  An assortment of snacks is in the cupboard (along with coffee and tea, which we don't drink, but I know is important to some.) (Thankful #7). 

Paisley even decorates the top of the refrigerator!  Frido Kahlo appears throughout the room.

Vintage Sol is a bed and breakfast, and does not disappoint.  The bed is very comfortable, and the breakfasts are gourmet culinary treats.  Seriously, if Paisley ever publishes a cookbook, I'll be ordering at least one copy!  The first morning, we ate delicious Eggs Benedict, and the second morning, we feasted on wonderful quiche.  All breakfasts have plenty of fruits and veggies, and are served in an aesthetically-pleasing way. (Thankful #8).



Paisley always has great suggestions for things to do.  If it weren't for her, we never would have discovered Architectural Salvage, a store packed with all sorts of doors, light fixtures, fireplace mantles, playground equipment, and who-knows-what-else.  We always enjoy browsing there.  (Thankful #9).  

Finally, I'm thankful for time spent with John.  No matter what we do, we enjoy time spent together.  Besides window-shopping at Architectural Salvage--there's a joke there somewhere, as we were not buying anything, but the store does carry many stained-glass (and otherwise) windows--we spent time at the beach, watched ocean animals at Sea World, and took a walking tour where we learned a bit about San Diego history, as well as sampled tasty restaurant fare--oh, and gawked at a wedding party.  (Thankful #10).  




We're calling this an impressionistic portrait, not an out-of-focus selfie.

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Thanks for sticking with this photo-heavy post all the way to the end! 

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  1. way to salvage the selfie... this whole post is an artistic feast for the eyes! I wasnt particularly happy in CA unless I was in San Diego.... looks like an awesome place to stay!

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    1. Oh, I definitely recommend Vintage Sol to anyone who is traveling to San Diego as a couple. (Maximum occupancy is 2, so if you're going as a family, you will have to look elsewhere.)

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  2. I am so happy you both got to get away and spend a bit of time together and truly looked like so much fun. I hope someday to get to San Diego even for a visit. So thank you for sharing and loved all your pics, especially the selfie of you two together :)

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    1. Let me know if you ever decide to go to San Diego; I'd be happy to share ideas of things to do and places to see!

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  3. totally would be using the selfie as a perfectly good portrait… don't know about anyone else, but a lot of the world in the course of my day appears a bit …not quite distinct and clear, you know?
    lol as always very nice photo/illustrations

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    1. I was always a bit too proud of my perfect eyesight. It's not so perfect anymore, and I'm embarrassed when I find not just one, but two pairs of glasses perched on top of my head. When in the world did I turn into an old person?

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  4. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. Vintage Sol must be a wonderful place.

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    1. It really is, Romi. That's why we keep going back!

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  5. Oh WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!! THAT PLACE LOOKS AMAZINGGGGGG.

    My mind is BLOWN by how awesome it is. THANK YOU for so many pictures :D I'm glad you had such a gorgeous time :)

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    1. You would love it, Lizzi. (And now you're wondering how to put one more destination on your America tour, right?) :-)

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  6. What a wonderful place for a getaway for the two of you. I am enthralled with the blue beaded chandelier. The sound of the water feature - lovely.

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    1. I can't believe the creativity of Paisley! Every time I turn around, something else catches my attention.

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  7. Perfect selfie Kristi- and the B&B looks amazing wow I would love to spend time there too - the pictures are amazing - it's nice to relax and spend time together - isn't it have a lovely week! :)

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    1. Just be sure to make reservations in advance--the place tends to book up pretty quickly! (Or be flexible in your vacation dates!) :-)

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  8. What a great place to visit. Your adventures sound like a lot of fun!

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  9. Now the Vintage Sol sounds like a place I want to be! A great photographer you are, Kristi!

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    1. I could have taken a lot more; there is so much to see there.

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  10. I love the impressionists, so the portrait looks great to me! All that vibrant color---how could that place not invigorate and elevate the spirit?! Thanks for sharing.~May

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    1. The colors are overwhelming, but not in a bad way. It's a happy place.

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  11. Well, I know where we're staying whenever Bryan and I make it out to San Diego!
    You have the best sense of humor, no doubt you and John have loads of fun. And you take fantastic photos. Feel free to put as many as you want in any post. (Coming from the woman who knows how to photo-overkill her posts.) ;)

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    1. Oh, you definitely should stay there!
      John and I do have fun together.
      As for the photos, you flatter me. My head is getting bigger by the moment! She who writes how-to-take-good-photos posts is complimenting me? Thanks! You would laugh at my attempts to learn how to use my new camera phone--well, maybe you already have. My selfie skills are certainly lacking! :-)

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  12. Well, seems I found a place to stay our last night on our next trip!! (The plan now is driving from Vancouver to San Diego Highway 1) Looks very lovely and wouldn't that be a great place we could have in common together?! Thanks for that tip.
    Love the pictures too and your re-titleling of the selfie. Thinking different makes it much more positif!
    I love how you two have such good times together. Making memories is the best, isn't it?!

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    1. I hope you like it as much as we do. Make sure to book as soon as you know your dates; Vintage Sol is a popular place!

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  13. Vintage Soul looks absolutely lovely! That's the decorating style I love--tons of stuff and color, color, color. The place my family stayed in VA a week or two ago was like that, but with less of a SW, Latin theme. I took a ton of pics for inspiration. So glad you two are continuing to enjoy your empty nest!

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    1. The empty nest is winding to a close, but we will enjoy it as long as we can! :-)

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  14. What a wonderful get away! That last beach picture is just spectacular! Like you, I just love San Diego. I love where we are but SD just pulls at my heart strings. It is a special place.

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    1. San Diego is a great place, isn't it?

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  15. Kristi,
    That place is amazing.
    I would love to visit there one day.
    How fun.
    Also love your selfie..
    clicked on their site and I just love it...

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    1. I hope you can visit sometime; it really is spectacular!

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  16. How wonderful to take a lovely retreat like that together! That place looks amazing - you had me at the orange and pink doorway! Family is wonderful, children are such a blessing. But it is still so important to have couple-only time, too!

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    1. Oh, I agree. I love our children, but they do tend to grow up and move out. Luckily, John and I enjoy each other's company.

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  17. Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous place! We went to San Diego once and stopped at Seaside Village (is that what it is?). We were walking down a big, wide sidewalk and I wasn't looking and ran smack into a pylon that was just above knee high. It made such a noise that the people walking about 30 feet in front of us turned around and the homeless man on the bench turned to look. I thought my kneecaps had shattered into dust. (They didn't.) You have much better memories of San Diego than me! I want to go there with YOU next time :)

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    1. I love to play tour guide! I must warn you, though, that I tripped on the sidewalk during our San Diego getaway. I didn't actually hit the ground, but I wasn't exactly graceful, either, so I'm not sure how much protection from pylons I would be!

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  18. Oh, what a lovely get-away, Kristi! That is the most adorable B& B I've ever seen! I think I might be on "sensory overload" with so many wonderful things to see. I'm in awe of that pot of succulents, as they are a new passion of mine -- I can actually grow them in AZ! Little Italy is one of our faves whenever we've gone to SD. So glad you had such a wonderful time!

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