Hotel at a Glance: Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites
Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites is located on Shelter Island, a resort oasis along San Diego Bay. The property has its own private marina, where sailboats and yacht charters come and go year-round. The waterfront setting provides dazzling views and inspired the resort’s tropical vibe. Palm trees and tiki torches decorate the grounds; guest rooms also feature wooden bedframes.
- Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and B.B. King have all performed at the resort’s outdoor concert venue. Click here to see the schedule of upcoming events.
- Encore: Head to Humphrey’s Backstage Live for jazz performances and martini specials.
- Room with a view: Tropical guest rooms overlook the pool and gardens; others have views of the bay and city skyline.
- On the menu: Humphreys Restaurant serves seared George’s Bank scallops and organic chicken confit slow-cooked in duck fat.
- Explore the Island: Go bicycling along a 3-mile waterfront path, or go fishing off the Shelter Island pier.<p>
San Diego: Historical Attractions and Electric Nightlife in Southern California
San Diego’s sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted vacationing out-of-towners, but the city’s inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably one of the National Register of Historic Places’ trendiest listings. The area forms both the town’s historic center and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings now occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
During the day, a stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo, home to giant pandas, giraffes, meerkats, and many other unusual animals. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists continuously produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.
Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. The nearby Whaley House Museum has been dubbed one of the most terrifying places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.<p>