When home is paradise, staycations are a dream. Here’s a trio of San Diego options to wake up to.
L’Auberge Del Mar. If your rich uncle had an estate in the Hamptons, it might look like this. The ocean-view hotel’s beach-cottage-chic decor, intimate fire-pit-warmed spaces and boutique-resort amenities earned it the ranking of No. 1 hotel in Southern California in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. L’Auberge’s hushed glamour is everywhere, from the 121 smartly appointed guest rooms to the rejuvenating sanctuary of Spa L’Auberge and innovative cuisine at Kitchen 1540, the property’s signature restaurant. With the Pacific as a backdrop, enjoy the taco trio al fresco at Coastline café, then sip specialty cocktails fireside at Bleu Bar, perched above the pool. (From $359.) 1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar. 858.259.1515, laubergedelmar.com
Leaving the L’Auberge oasis won’t be easy. Take a private path down to the beach or walk across the street to Del Mar Plaza to pick up some sweet swag from Urban Girl Accessories. Then pop upstairs to catch the sunset over drinks and appetizers at Pacifica Del Mar. Wind down at the nearby Tasting Room, a cozy new spot for wine, beer and the dishes that pair with them best.
The Pendry. Opening in January, the 12-story hotel is setting a new standard for downtown destinations. As a sister brand to the ultra-luxe Montage Hotels & Resorts, the Pendry sports preppy-tasteful 317 rooms, including 36 suites, all of which are outfitted with top-of-the-line amenities. But with six dining and drinking venues (read more about the Lionfish and its chef, here), a pool deck, trendy retail shop, full-service spa and fitness center, we can’t see spending too much time in our room. How to choose between craft beer and bites at Nason’s Beer Hall, dinner at Lionfish, chic cocktails at the Fifth & Rose bar, the open-air Pool House or clubby confines of the Oxford Social Club? Hey, it’s vacation, why not choose them all? (From $300.) 550 J Ave., Gaslamp, 619.738.7000, pendryhotels.com/san-diego
If you do venture outside, duck into Cute Cakes Gaslamp for, well, cute, moist and delicious cupcakes. Work them off by renting some wheels from The Bike Revolution next door. Cruise along the waterfront’s bike path (that’ll take you to Silver Strand, if you’re really ambitious). Reward your righteous behavior with a hot night at Omnia. Then you can go back to your room.
Britt Scripps Inn. Step back into San Diego’s vintage past with a stay at the Britt Scripps Inn, which has elegantly stood in Bankers Hill since 1889. With only nine guest rooms, the antique-lined Queen Anne Victorian feels more like a grand private home than a hotel. The romantic rooms have 12-foot ceilings, plush bedding and modern amenities. Made-to-order breakfast is served in the quaint dining room or on the garden-view porch. For an oh-so-civilized evening, there will be wine and cheese in the parlor. Time hasn’t stood totally still here, though: a $6 million renovation a few years back ensured the historic inn would please even the most contemporary guests. (From $63.) 406 Maple St., Bankers Hill. 619.230.1991, brittscripps-inn.com
Step from history into one of San Diego’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Bankers Hill is teeming with gourmet restaurants and funky shops. After a day exploring Balboa Park, shop, get a mani-pedi or full-on treatment at Denise Barrow Salon & Spa, opt for perfect pizza and pasta at Cucina Urbina, and then indulge at Extraordinary Desserts, known for its epic (historic?) treats.