Hotel at a Glance: Lakehouse Hotel and Resort
Fresh off a multi-million-dollar renovation and a name change, the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is right on the edge of Lake San Marcos, a picturesque setting that begs to be explored. From the resort, guests can take a paddleboat or kayak out on the lake, or just sit in a colorful lounge chair and fish. On Friday nights, the hotel holds a cocktail hour with complimentary drinks for guests 21 or older and on Saturday nights, the hotel hosts a s'mores night for guests. A complimentary shuttle can take you all around the property, where you can also play a round of championship golf on a Harry Rainville-designed course or sign up for a private tennis lesson.
- Relaxation in many forms: Two pool decks have jacuzzis, lounging hammocks, and fire pits for roasting s'mores
- On-site dining at The Grill offers golf-course view, macadamia-crusted mahi mahi, and skirt steak that has marinated for 36 hours—you get 20% off bill with this Groupon
- Natural spa treatments include seaweed mud masks and invigorating body wraps infused with milk and honey
- Enjoy the view from recently revamped lakeside guest rooms, which overlook Lake San Marcos
San Marcos, California: Historical, Quiet Town with Popular Breweries
San Marcos is less than an hour from downtown San Diego, making it a quick day trip from such family-friendly attractions as Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, home to thousands of animals, including rare giant pandas.
Though it's close to San Diego, San Marcos is a relatively quiet college town (home to California State University and the University of St. Augustine) situated in a valley surrounded by rolling green hills. For dinner, be sure to browse Old California Restaurant Row, which is lined with more than a dozen old-fashioned saloons and restaurants that serve Thai, Indian, teppanyaki-style Japanese cuisine. Restaurant Row also hosts a weekly farmers' market and a seasonal hot-rod car show. Guests can also visit popular breweries, such as Stone Brewery, which offers tours as well as a variety of beers to sample at the bistro.