Get away this season, without skipping town
Much like the rest of the world, San Diego lights up during the fall and winter months. Unlike the rest of the world, however, San Diego’s transformation is unique unto itself, with beachy and bright ice rinks, sunny days mid-November, and sandals with scarves trending among us locals.
Looking to stay close by this season? We’ve got your list of the best San Diego staycations, from some towering downtown hotels to lavish resorts and hidden gems along the beach.
Hotel Del Coronado
The picturesque, iconic Hotel Del Coronado is a favorite attraction for locals and tourists alike. For those looking to escape the humdrum of everyday San Diego life, Del whisks guests away to a magical resort, and during the holiday season, boasts one of the best skating rings by the sea. Don’t miss the thousands of white lights strung along with the historic Victorian building, plus themed feasts and fun activities for families with stunning beach views.
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. (619) 522-8490 or hoteldel.com
THE US GRANT
Downtown class and upscale style make this staple hotel a coveted staycation spot in San Diego. The hotel has been an icon since 1910, steps from some of the best Gaslamp shopping, dining and nightlife. Once inside, guests are enchanted by the sparkling crystal chandeliers, hand-loomed silk carpets and 47 suites with stunning details.
326 Broadway, downtown. (866) 716-8136 or usgrant.net
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Rancho Bernardo Inn, a luxurious and expansive resort, offers a picturesque space to spend the fall months. Between the spa and the elegant restaurant, it’s a top hospitality choice for locals and travelers. Find some fun on the 18-hole championship golf course, dine at AVANT, unwind at the resort day spa or enjoy drinks on the Veranda Fireside Lounge patio.
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive. (877) 267-7040 or ranchobernadoinn.com
This seaside resort is known for its stunning views of the Pacific Ocean made possible by its beautifully translucent glass walls and outdoor patio seating. With guestrooms specifically designed for your stay—such as oceanfront Surf Pads for the swell seeker or Sanctuary Suites complete with a whirlpool Jacuzzi tub for the ultimate relaxation reveler—Tower23 embodies the best of San Diego in one perfect package.
723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach. (858) 270-2323 or t23hotel.com
Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
You’ll feel like you’ve arrived in a quaint village far from the buzz of central San Diego when you check into Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. With everything from the renowned championship golf course walked by countless legendary players to the expansive kid’s pool complete with water slide, this resort has it all. Other amenities include the Edge adult pool, the extravagant spa, shopping, tennis and four on-site restaurants.
Fifty years ago in 1965, La Costa was born as a residential resort filled with hotel rooms, a tennis court, pools and of course, the golf course that has since become a legendary feature. The likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bob Hope have all walked through the hallways, now a modernized resort maintaining some of the most classic attributes.
Over the five decades, La Costa has added the acclaimed spa, infinity pools and more updated accommodations. A $50 million renovation in 2013 brought a new wave of modern luxury as it transitioned to become Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, boasting two award-winning 18-hole golf courses and more than 600 guest rooms spanning 400 acres in Carlsbad.
As families, golfers, spa-fanatics and couples flock to the resort this winter, we take a look at some of the highlights the property has to offer in its 50th year of making memories.
Dining: In honor of the 50th anniversary, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa has unveiled new menu concepts at each of the restaurants led by Executive Chef Marc Therrien. At Blue Fire Grill, the resort’s signature restaurant, dishes include the roasted beets with whipped ricotta; pan seared pacific halibut with white corn puree and roasted half Shelton Farms chicken with braised fennel. Bistro 65 sits pretty as the resort’s more contemporary dining spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with standout dishes that include the heirloom tomato and burrata salad, filet mignon and espresso donut bread pudding.
Spa: The spa at Omni La Costa is a world unto itself. With its own expansive rose garden, pool and café, you might never want to leave. The spa offers massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, therapies and the Chopra Center with professional healers to help guests gain emotional, spiritual and physical balance. The spa also offers hair care, makeup, pedicures and manicures.
EDGE Adult Pool: With eight different pools to choose from, you’re bound to take a swim at some point during your staycation. The EDGE Adult Pool, however, is the top choice for those looking to indulge with panoramic views of the golf course and the valley. While the rest of the resort is kid-friendly, this area is exclusively for guests 21-and-over. Relax poolside next to the romantic glow of fire pits and fountains or retreat to the private shade of the plush cabanas.
Golf: The Champions Course has been home to 37 PGA events and has been recently rebuilt to showcase more of its splendor. The Legends Course has also been renovated with a redesign of all 18 greens, as well as resurfacing of green complexes, the planting of paspalum turfgrass in the fairways and all-new bunkering. The Legends Course is more spacious than the Champions Course, with an open look, while providing a its own set of strategic challenges.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad. (760) 438-9111 or omnihotels.com