Luxury Las Vegas

May 2014 :: The Rhapsody of All Things She

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75 may 2014 | luxury las vegas [ S a n D i e g o — P l y m o u t h R o c k o f t h e W e s t C o a s t ] >> 1. WHERE TO STAY A tranquil destination golf resort, Rancho Bernardo Inn is a quiet, welcoming place with a low-key atmosphere located about 30 minutes inland. The resort is spread out over 280 acres of lush green landscape and includes a 40,000-square-foot spa, complete with separate spa pool. There is a bar and lounge area and three restaurants on property, including AVANT, a fine dining experience that sources San Diego's freshest seafood and local produce. Many of Rancho Bernardo Inn's 287 rooms feature a view of the 18-hole championship golf course, which has hosted PGA and LPGA events, and some rooms even open directly onto the green. >> 4. WHERE TO SHOP Shopping in San Diego's North County is diverse and contains everything from Nordstrom to trendy mom-and-pop boutiques. Check out Westfield North County Mall in Escondido for shops including Lush, Coach and MAC cosmetics. But it's the very whimsical, five-story Westfield Horton Plaza in San Diego's Gaslamp, with its spectrum of bright colors and architectural whimsy, which is a must- see. It offers a good mix of upscale and mid- level stores from Louis Vuitton to Banana Republic and Nordstrom but it is really the Dr. Seussian, funky surroundings that you should make the trip for. >> 5. WHAT NOT TO MISS San Diego is known as a beer brewing mecca, with more than 70 craft breweries. Named the nation's #1 craft beer destination, you could easily spend a day beer tasting at nearby breweries such as the popular Stone Brewing Co., Iron Fist and Lost Abbey. Perhaps, however with Cinco De Mayo this month, your thirst is for a tangy margarita instead. The 31st annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo is May 2 - 4. The Old Town celebration includes beer gardens, high-end tequila sampling area, food specials as well as stagecoach rides, a bustling Mercado, entertainment and festivities for the kids. www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/cinco_de_mayo >> 3. WHERE TO EAT In Del Mar, Searsucker offers creative but casual cuisine that includes addictive cheddar puffers (gougère), beef tartare and duck fat fries on a menu of small, shareable plates and full entrées. Searsucker features a bright, natural ambiance in the daytime and it turns into a more alluring dining and bar scene at night. Chandler's at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa is a culinary gem offering delectable lobster and shrimp tacos, porcini-dusted scallops and a crab-crusted sea bass that is not to be missed. The atmosphere is lively and casual and outdoor seating is available around one of two fire pits. >> 2. WHERE TO PLAY San Diego is home to many f a m i l y - f r i e n d l y attractions, including LEGOLAND, the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and SeaWorld. Surfing is a major pastime in San Diego. There are miles of great beaches with fantastic waves. For horseback riding, there are plenty of horse farms such as Camulos Farm that will offer lessons and horses to ride. The historic heart of San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter is home to Taste of Gaslamp taking place June 14-15 and is the city's original culinary walking tour which provides an opportunity to indulge at some of San Diego's best restaurants. Rancho Bernardo Inn Westfield Horton Plaza Chandler's Restaurant & Lounge Old Town State Historic Park San Diego Zoo

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