Hotel at a Glance: Porto Vista Hotel
This sleek hotel makes its home amid the robust smells and rustic trattorias of San Diego’s Little Italy. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, but you can share gourmet small plates at the hotel’s onsite restaurant, Glass Door. In the evening, head to downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter—it’s just a short drive from the hotel.
- Additional perks: a complimentary bottle of wine, a souvenir corkscrew, and breakfast for two.
- Enjoy local specialties: at the Mercato, a farmer’s market hosted on Saturdays.
- In-room amenities: flat-screen LCD TV and free WiFi
- Craft cocktails and seasonal cuisine are on the menu at Glass Door, where guests dine on duck-confit fries and moroccan-spiced scallops while overlooking the harbor.
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.