Hotel at a Glance: Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites
Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites is located on Shelter Island, a resort oasis on San Diego Bay. The property operates its own private marina where sailboats and yacht charters come and go year-round. This waterfront setting provides the property with dazzling views and inspired its tropical vibe. Palm trees and tiki torches decorate the grounds, and guest rooms feature wooden bed frames and plantation shutters.
- Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and B.B. King have all performed at the resort’s summer outdoor concert venue. The schedule has events through October.
- Encore: Head to Humphreys Backstage Live for more live performances and drink specials.
- Room with a view: Tropical guest rooms overlook the pool and the gardens; others have views of the bay and city skyline.
- On the menu: Humphreys Restaurant serves seared georges bank scallops with lobster-mushroom hash and Maker’s Mark–marinated pork chops with bacon-feta grits.
- Sunday champagne brunch with dozens of entrees and views of sailboats
- Explore the island: Ride a bike along the 3-mile waterfront path or go fishing off the Shelter Island pier.
San Diego, California: 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 the trendiest listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
A stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists 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. Nearby stands the Whaley House Museum, 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.