A San Diego Getaway doesn't always mean leaving town, because San Diego is a resort getaway for 34 million out-of-towners a year. So the question is getting away to where and why? More specifically for locals it's getting away to seaside cities and suburbs within fabulous San Diego or venturing to nearby regions such as Baja California's coastal regions or traveling north to romantic getaways an hour away such as Santa Catalina Island, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Monica or Westwood. Or if it's a big change of climate it's a getaway to nearby Las Vegas.The point is that if 34 million people flock to this mecca of resort towns, why go anywhere else. So featured here are great backyard destinations that people travel half way on the world to enjoy such as the world famous Hotel Del Coronado. Plus, there are exclusive insider destinations that few residents of San Diego have ever heard of such as La Casa del Zorro in Borrego Springs or Rancho Valencia a tennis resort frequented by the rich and famous in Rancho Santa Fe.So whether you are a local looking for a romantic getaway or an out-of-towner looking for a wonderful place to stay, these recommendations have been personally researched. This brings in play the importance of not only where to stay but what to do in the city or suburb where the hotel is located. Thus the benefit of reading the suburb and city chapters with special maps identifying what to see and do. We have enjoyed creating these special excursions for your enjoyment.
San Diego Publisher Barry Berndes was recently awarded a “Barry Berndes Day” by the San Diego City Council for his important contribution to the city of San Diego of sharing his knowledge of the city with 20 million visitors annually. San Diego city tours with sightseeing and lunch with local celebrity, and internationally acclaimed… Read more »
Las Vegas is a Do Everything or Do Nothing Getaway featuring live top name entertainment shows and entertainment galore. Las Vegas, Nevada is a mecca for fun, food and entertainment in the desert bordering southern California’s major metropolises. So a day or week does not go by that literally thousands of Californians don’t drive or… Read more »
Ponte Family Estate Winery & Ponte Vineyard Inn 35053 Rancho California Rd., Temecula (951-694-8855) [Pontewinery.com] Open daily 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. Wine tastings week days $15 Weekends $20 for six wines and a souvenir glass The impressive Ponte Family Estate Winery with its award winning outdoor vineyard view restaurant and top 10 ranked Ponte Vineyard… Read more »
SellMyTimeshareNow is the best online resource for buying, selling, and renting timeshares around the world. With thousands of listings located at resorts worldwide, we feature a great deal of San Diego timeshares available for travelers. Instead of booking hotel rooms at inflated rates for your next trip, you could find high-quality vacation ownership resales or… Read more »
Ponte Vineyard Inn, at Ponte Family Estate Winery 35001 Rancho California Rd., Temecula (951-587-6688) [pontevineyardinn.com]. Good seasonal packages with rates varying with the season. Also featuring their impressive underground Cellar Lounge. Staying overnight in the romantic Temecula Valley wine country just got a whole lot better with the opening of this new 4-diamond inn in… Read more »
Sycuan Golf Resort offers incredible variety as the only 54-hole golf facility in San Diego. Situated in the beautiful hills of east San Diego, the three Ted Robinson designed courses feature mature tree-lined fairways, elevation changes, water features and impeccable greens. No matter if you’re a seasoned player or a first-timer, the two challenging 18-hole… Read more »
Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites is ideally located on Shelter Island, San Diego’s own Hawaiian Isle. This tropical resort-style San Diego hotel, framed by America’s Cup Harbor and the San Diego Bay, offers breathtaking views of the hotel’s private marina and downtown San Diego. Their tranquil setting is just minutes from the airport and… Read more »
Harrah’s is well-known for having the best casinos and hotels nationwide. So you definitely won’t be disappointed with your discovery of this casino with all its gaming and entertainment venues. For the color and excitement of a Las Vegas style casino, Harrah’s Rincon has it all. Of course they offer state-of-the-art gaming including 2,000 slot machines, more than 59 table games and a 12 table poker room where the action never stops! Harrah’s Rincon also offers unique games like Rincon Craps and Volcanic Roulette Bingo.
There are 67 newly remodeled rooms ($69–$149). It’s centrally located just one mile from the Oceanside Pier, harbor and beach. Plus it’s across the street from the Ocean’s Eleven Casino. Amenities include free Wi-Fi high-speed Internet, cable TV with HBO and ESPN, a complimentary continental breakfast, business center and free parking. Guest laundry, elevator access… Read more »
Soon after Juan Bandini built his thatch-roofed adobe family home, 1827–29, it became the social center of San Diego. Bandini himself was often seen waltzing gracefully and elegantly across the parlor floor. In 1869, after Bandini’s death, stage master Albert Seeley purchased Bandini’s home and converted it into his family home and a hotel. When… Read more »
The legendary Hotel del Coronado is located on 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, The Hotel del Coronado has played host to celebrities, presidents and dignitaries from around the world. Today, guests can select accommodations in the historic Victorian Building, in the contemporary Ocean… Read more »
Definitely plan to discover the impressive Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa. This world renowned tennis resort and spa is secluded in the beautiful foothills of Rancho Santa Fe. It has been rated among the top 20 most recommended resorts in the North America in the Reader’s choice poll in Conde Nast Traveler magazine for 2007…. Read more »
Morgan Run Resort comprises 66 boutique-style rooms and features lush landscaping, wonderful dining, golf and tennis facilities. They offer a distinctive collection of resort packages, including recreation, golf and tennis vacation packages to ensure that guests experience this Rancho Santa Fe resort to its fullest. So take a swing with one of the golf packages… Read more »
The romantic Inn at Churon is ideally located in the heart of the Temecula wine country. This beautiful French chateau-inspired bed & breakfast inn and winery is, without a doubt, the a perfect romantic getaway. And The Inn at Churon is less than an hour away from downtown San Diego and only 23 miles north… Read more »
Located in Vista, with easy access to shopping, beaches and area attractions. Enjoy large beautiful rooms, microwaves, refrigerators, cable TV, pool, spa, picnic & BBQ area, tennis courts, putting green, complimentary breakfast and wireless internet throughout property and large vehicle parking. Two-story, 72 room, exterior-corridor property with park-at-your door convenience.
Conveniently located just a half mile from Carlsbad State Park.This 121 room hotel offers studios starting at ($89) and one- and two-bedroom suites starting at ($109) and ($229), respectively. They also feature a complimentary continental breakfast, heated pool and spa, laundry facilities, free wireless Internet, as well as meeting facilities. Enjoy the comforts of home… Read more »
A member of the Leading Hotels of the World. You’ll experience the best in service when you stay in one of their 215 guest rooms and 8 lavish suites. This elegant hotel also hosts spectacular culinary events such as San Diego’s World of Food and Wine. Fine dining is served in their award-winning restaurant, Le… Read more »
This impressive four story, 125 room hotel ($149–$329) has all the amenities that make Residence Inn so appealing to business travelers as well as vacationers. A big plus are its fully-equipped kitchen amenities, which include a microwave oven in every room, dishwasher, refrigerator and more. Complimentary breakfast buffets are offered every morning and they have… Read more »
An excellent recommendation in the Gaslamp Quarter is the 99-room Ramada Inn & Suites (21) at 830 Sixth Ave. (from $99) (619-531-8877). This historic landmark, which was built in 1913, offers beautifully decorated rooms, modern conveniences and is just steps from all the action. For a sensational city and harbor view, ask for a room… Read more »
For the bargain-minded traveler, you can’t go wrong with the Comfort Inn Gaslamp (22) at 660 G St. (from $99). It’s less than a block from the Gaslamp Quarter. Their rooms include microwave ovens, refrigerators, coffeemakers and cable TV. Other services include free 24-hour business center, wireless Internet, limited off-street parking at ($15) per night… Read more »
Mention this review for a discount! Overlooking picturesque Moonlight Beach and beyond, Best Western Inn and Suites (1) features 94 rooms with large private balconies, 29 suites with kitchenettes, many with ocean views. This hilltop location has a conference room and inside cabana, which makes the perfect wedding venue, especially with Japanese Restaurant, Tomiko, being… Read more »
This is the only marina and boat harbor in North County and it’s home to over 950 yachts and boats. While it is a small harbor, there are plenty of fun things to do here. Making up this one-of-a-kind harbor setting is a small Cape Cod-style fishing village, complete with a lighthouse. The village is… Read more »
Highlighted with oceanfront views of the surf splashing onto the beach. Plus they have open-air walkways and comfortable accommodations. The La Jolla Shores Hotel is one of the select few hotels in San Diego situated directly on the beach. This beachfront hotel in La Jolla, California creates vacation memories that last a lifetime.
There are 80 ocean and harbor view rooms ($65–$185). They are freeway close and also across the street from the California Welcome Center. Nonsmoking rooms are available as well as meeting rooms. A complimentary continental breakfast is featured each morning! Amenities include A/C, cable TV, HBO, a pool, free highspeed Internet, hair dryers, irons with… Read more »
The Doubletree Hotel San Diego Downtown is a newly renovated hotel featuring 333 guest rooms, suites and town homes with balconies that overlook downtown and the harbor. They also have two ballrooms for special events and meetings that can accommodate up to 200 people. They have superb catering and tasteful extras that make them top… Read more »
There are 80 rooms ($75–$145) and some have ocean views. A free continental breakfast is offered each morning. It’s the closest motel to Camp Pendleton’s main gate. It’s also only eight minutes from LEGOLAND California and four miles to Mission San Luis Rey! The comfortable suites feature high-speed wireless Internet, refrigerators and microwaves, as well… Read more »
The waterfront Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport Hotel (8) at Liberty Station is nestled along the water and located just minutes from all of the major San Diego Attractions including SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego Harbor Tours, the Maritime Musuem, historic Old Town San Diego, Coronado, the historic Gaslamp district… Read more »
There are 41 rooms ($109–$159). It’s located across the street from the California Welcome Center Oceanside. All rooms are nonsmoking and feature free highspeed Internet, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, cable, microwaves, hair dryers and mini-fridges. Special group rates are available and pets are welcome. It’s also freeway close to LEGOLAND California, historic Mission San Luis… Read more »
At Homewood Suites by Hilton, you’ll enjoy their spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, along with amenities to help you feel at home. 120 suites, each with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining table, work desk, sofa, complimentary high-speed internet access, cable TV and complimentary HBO. Complimentary Suite Start hot breakfast served daily. Complimentary light meal and… Read more »
A visit to La Jolla wouldn’t be complete without discovering La Valencia Hotel. It has been a La Jolla landmark since 1926. With its Spanish architecture and tradition, La Valencia was a hide away for movie stars Greta Garbo, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks during an era when the trip from Hollywood to La Jolla… Read more »