Hotel at a Glance: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
This San Diego resort is a destination unto itself, with four restaurants and three outdoor pools, surrounded by swaying palm trees and landscaped gardens with ivy-covered gazebos. Guests can relax by the pool with a cucumber-infused cocktail or head out to explore the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, two of the family-friendly attractions that are within a 10-minute drive.
- Where you’ll stay: Walk around gazebos and rose-lined white picket fences while staying in the garden guest rooms. Royal Palm tower rooms have private balconies that overlook the woodsy landscape.
- Four onsite restaurants include a breakfast buffet and a sports bar with a 72-inch high-definition TV and more than 20 types of beers.
- Get pampered with spa treatments and full-body massages at the onsite Bella Tosca Day Spa and Salon. There’s also a room designed for yoga and meditation.
- Tee off: Guests get preferred tee times and discounts right next door at the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Club. There are also 85 golf courses in the area.
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.