San Diego is a home away from home for many Los Angelinos. It's close to the city yet far enough away to feel like you might actually catch some R&R. It's a short drive to the Mexican border and it's got a prime location on the ocean.
San Diego is a home away from home for many Los Angelinos. It's close to the city yet far enough away to feel like you might actually catch some R&R. It's a short drive to the Mexican border and it's got a prime location on the ocean. Clean and beautiful, spread out and quiet, San Diego is the ultimate getaway for those living in L.A.; filled with hotels and spas and featuring a rich nightlife, major sports and concert venues, and well as seventeen museums. It is home to the world famous San Diego Wild Animal Park as well as SeaWorld. The stunning Old Mission town has been sitting in San Diego since 1769 and has been dubbed California's First Church. The Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala is said to have ghosts roaming the halls, which will surely add a thrill to your trip. If you've never been to San Diego, all the more reason to take advantage of the unique culture and refinement!
One of the first things locals in San Diego recommend is checking out some of the destination spas. The Hotel Del Coronado (www.hoteldel.com) is one of the most fun and unique, and a step away from the chaotic hotels. The Hotel Del Coronado offers incredible couples massages, and you can book couples suites that come with your very own private beach, champagne and s'mores. You can opt for their body scrubs and polishes and head out to the 18-hole Coronado Golf Course. The Coronado Island Marriot Resort & Spa (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanci-coronado-island-marriott-resort-and-spa/) has one of the most exclusive spas available. With detoxifying mud wraps, lemon sugar body polishes, mandarin and papaya facials and more, you won't regret booking services here.
If you're looking for a smaller property, be sure to check out the L'Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa (http://www.laubergedelmar.com/). It has incredible hikes at the Torrey Pines State Reserve, spa treatments that heal and nourish, as well as full body purification programs that involve meal and workout plans.
After you've headed to your favorite hotel and spa for a bit of rest and some revitalization, you'll want to experience the culture and art of San Diego as well as their incredible nightlife and spectacular annual events. If you haven't been to Old Town in San Diego, you are in for a treat, as Old Town is home to some of the finest dining around. Cafe Coyote is a fun location full of margaritas and festive decor. The Old Town Mexican Cafe y Cantina is another town favorite that offers delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. The entire town is packed with hacienda style shops and restaurants, and you truly can't go wrong with any of them.
There are great historical landmarks worth stopping in on as well. The Whaley House Museum is an officially designated haunted house and is one of only two in the state of California. It was built in 1856 on a gallows site. The Casa de Estudillo was built in 1825 and is filled with items dating from the 16th to the 20th century. It has thirteen rooms and is essentially a time warp back to the way of life of the upper society of 1825. Old Town San Diego is filled with historic sites, shopping, restaurants, bars, dancing, and museums that you won't want to miss
San Diego has several key events happening in the spring. One is the Rock n' Roll Marathon, a run infused with classic tunes. If 26 miles seems like too long a way to run/dance, they also have a half marathon. Thousands come out annually to run in the sun together and take in the ocean breeze. The San Diego County Fair happens in June as well and is held at the stunning Del Mar Fairgrounds. Alternatively, grab tickets to your favorite Chargers game and spend your day at the gorgeous Qualcomm stadium. The San Diego Padres play at Petco Park, another incredible sports venue you won't want to miss. Black's Beach offers some of the most competitive surf and surfing competitions as well. And if you're looking for classic brutality, there is a Rugby Super League that plays at the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club!
Another place we recommend while in San Diego: Hillcrest, the uptown neighborhood filled with succulent restaurants, including the R'Gang Eatery featuring Top Chef Rich Sweeney. The Hash House a Go-Go has pancakes the size of plates and creative eggs to die for. The East Village in San Diego is a warehouse district that underwent a rebirth with the arrival of Petco Park in 2004. There are incredible places to stop, eat, drink, and enjoy, including the Cowboy Star. Gaslamp Quarter is another district in San Diego. It sits in the heart of downtown and has a Victorian vibe with a lot of great wining, dining, and dancing.
No matter what you decide to do, whether it be the major commercial pit-stops like SeaWorld, the local intimate feel that comes with the abundance of organic farmers markets, or the high-end boating, spas, golf, and hotels, San Diego offers exclusivity and an individualized experience that few cities can!
About Chris Michaels
Chris Michaels is a writer for Revere Magazine is a high-end regional lifestyle magazine that combines the best of both worlds: the quality and style of a national publication with smart, locally relevant editorial. With a focus on Southern California's most vibrant and beautiful areas, we have created a publication to explore the finest the region has to offer in luxury and the pursuit of happiness. Readers depend on Revere for its exciting mix of entertainment and recreation, health and fitness, sports, beauty and fashion, dining out, cooking, wines and spirits, travel, and, most importantly, the extraordinary people who call this unique region of Southern California home.