Hotel at a Glance: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Yachts bob in the glittering waters of Mission Bay, practically within arm’s reach of the Hyatt Regency that shares its name. The property has plenty of places to take in the view, whether you’re dining on locally caught seafood on the open terrace or sipping a cocktail by the pool. Deluxe rooms also offer views of the bay from private balconies.
- Three outdoor pools surrounded by lush tropical foliage provide a picturesque setting for laying out with a book.
- Stylish spot for a drink: Swim Bar & Lounge, where tropical fish swim through a 600-gallon aquarium at the center of the bar. There’s also a heated outdoor patio with a fire pit.
- Gourmet entrees such as grilled swordfish and filet mignon are on the menu at the hotel’s Red Marlin Restaurant.
- Award-winning spa treatments: Detoxify with a seaweed wrap or indulge in an acupressure massage at Blue Marble Spa, which Organic Spa magazine named one of the top 10 spas in the world.
- Kids will love the hotel’s three water slides, on-demand movies, and proximity to SeaWorld San Diego (1 mile away)
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. a craft cocktail.