If you’re heading to San Diego for a visit and looking for a place to stay, you may want to consider staying in Kensington. Kensington is a small town in a big city. It is the perfect place to explore San Diego by day and come back to relax at night (or visa versa). The entire neighborhood is encompassed in one large cul-de-sac and is both child and family friendly. When visiting Kensington there is only one way in and one way out – Adams Ave. Here are some things you may want to check out while you’re here:
1) Adams Ave
Since we’re already talking about it, let’s dive a little deeper into Adams Ave. If you stroll along Adams ave you will find a variety of venues for dining, shopping, and relaxing. Along the Ave are over a dozen restaurants, a library, a park, some salons, a cinema, and a nightclub that is popular for live music, comedy shows, and cheap drinks. You can drive through Adams Ave on your way in or out of the city, or take a stroll along the three-block business district.
2) Ken Cinema
Another gem that you will find on Adams Ave is the Ken Cinema. Operated by Landmark Theatres, this single-screen movie house was built in 1912 and was acquired by Landmark in 1975. Since it has opened it has been a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The cinema is most popularly known for screening foreign films, indie favorites, and cult classics.
3) Kensington Cafe
If you have some downtime, be sure to check out a local favorite – the Kensington Cafe. This neighborhood cafe sees many regulars on a daily basis but always loves to see new faces too. It is a friendly place to sit down and enjoy a morning coffee or tea while people watching on the patio. The cafe is vegetarian-friendly and all ingredients are fresh and made to order. Bringing your pet along? No problem. All patio seating is pet-friendly!
4) Zen Sanctuary
Sometimes during our trip away from home, we can forget to relax. But it’s important to take some time to pamper yourself – and you can do just that at the Zen Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a popular boutique spa that offers traditional massage and skin care options, along with more untraditional options like acupuncture, aromatherapy, and reiki treatments.
5) Kensington Homes
While in Kensington, be sure to take a stroll around the neighborhood to check out some of the local homes. Many of the original homes date back to the 1920’s and reflect Spanish Colonial architecture. White stucco walls and red tile roofs are reminiscent of cottage style homes, and immaculate lawns make each home stand out from the next.
If you are looking to maintain a sense of community on your trip to San Diego, Kensington is the place to be. It is a great place to kick back, relax, and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.