Lavish hotels, superb cuisine and
indulgent adventures make San
Diego a prime spot for a haute
holiday or romantic rendezvous.
A palatial downtown icon since 1910, the
historical US Grant Hotel (326 Broadway)
boasts glistening chandeliers, luxe guestrooms and a glamorous history. Another
gem, the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second
Ave.) exudes European sophistication
with its fountains, sculptures, old-world
furnishings and lovely antiques. La Jolla’s
“Pink Lady,” La Valencia (1132 Prospect St.)
charms with hand-painted murals, ocean-view villas, rose gardens and a divine pool
setting. The Rancho Bernardo Inn
(17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive) charms with its
rustic ranch-style architecture, sprawling
gardens, spa casitas, deluxe rooms and
championship golf courses.
In Little Italy, Ironside Fish & Oyster
(1654 India St.) calls for oysters and champagne while Bencotto (750 W. Fir St.) offers
sublime home-style Italian. Drop into
Juniper & Ivy (2228 Kettner Blvd.), the home
of Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais
and his avant-garde American cuisine, set
in a striking renovated warehouse. Rent a
boat, cruise Mission Bay and then dock it
at Paradise Point for dinner at Tidal (1404
Vacation Road) for local catches, exceptional craft beverages and a stylin’ bayside
setting. For white-tablecloth service, bay
views and fresh fish, Top of the Market
(750 N. Harbor Drive) is an ideal spot.
Road trip to Borrego Springs in late
February through April for a spectacular
wildflower show in the beautiful
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (200 Palm
Canyon Drive). Take a serene hot air
balloon ride over Temecula Valley after
vineyard hopping and wine tasting. Paddle along the breathtaking coastline with
La Jolla Kayak (2158 Avenida de la Playa),
which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Charter a high-speed RIB through
Xplore Offshore (858-456-1636) with
your own personal captain who serves up
craft cocktails and close encounters with
dolphin pods and whales.
Say “I do” in myriad idyllic settings such as the
Japanese Friendship Garden,
Spanish Village, world-famous Zoo or The Prado.
This elegant Relais & Cha-teaux hacienda-style property features lush gardens,
sprawling lawns, stunning
rooms, al fresco fireplaces
and buttoned-up service.
5921 Valencia Circle
The Grand Del Mar
beauty proffers a storybook setting with its canyons, blooming
gardens, Aria Pavilion for al
fresco nuptials, indoor chapel,
master pastry chef and impeccable service and cuisine.
5300 Grand Del Mar Court