Hotel at a Glance: Four-Star The Britt Scripps Inn
Located on historic Bankers Hill, The Britt Scripps Inn is an intimate, award-winning Victorian house-turned-hotel that overlooks downtown San Diego. Antiques and period furnishings decorate this romantic three-story hotel, and a full American breakfast is served every morning.
- Historical architecture: The Britt Scripps Inn is a well-preserved example of the Queen Anne Victorian movement, with its elaborate turrets and gables and hand-carved woodwork. Inside, there’s an original two-story stained-glass window wall and claw-foot bathtubs, along with antique rugs.
- A room with style: Rooms at the inn are styled with a posh, lavish, or classic decor theme, and this deal is valid for a stay in any one of them. For true privacy, check out the carriage house, a small Victorian cottage a few steps away from the main house. It’s decorated with vintage furniture and has a two-person whirlpool tub.
- Walking distance from: San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and the San Diego Zoo.
- Kick back and relax: The inn features a giant wraparound porch where you can take your coffee and lounge in the sun. The landscaped grounds are perfect for strolling.
- Dig in: The menu for the full American breakfast changes daily and includes items such as croissant french toast, blueberry-white-chocolate scones, and artichoke-and-pesto cheese omelets. In the afternoons, wine and hors d’oeuvres are served to guests.
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 one of the trendiest listings 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 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. 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. 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.
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