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May 2023

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@ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE MAY 2023 73 I T'S ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR THAT WE can really start to feel the itch to get away, as spring trips fade in the rearview mirror and summer looms near. Even if the calendar's filling (or nearly filled!) with those big, budget- busting trips, sometimes we need a little something to grease the vacation wheels. Fortunately, as far as getaways go, we live in one of the best places in the world to escape without ever having to go very far. So, here's to changing the scenery without changing your time zone, taking off with no need for air traffic control, and soaking up San Diego without having to go home and do the dishes. A Downtown Diversion When it comes to downtown hotel options, San Diego really has a wealth of riches. If you want to feel like royalty, e Westgate Hotel, a AAA Four Diamond destination in the Gaslamp Quarter, is about as elegant and opulent as they come, modeled after the Palace of Versaille. (Baccarat chandeliers? Check.) Its trademark Afternoon Tea tradition changes with the seasons but serves sophistication year-round, and a 40,000-square- foot wellness center, AquaVie, features a luxury spa and rooftop pool. InterContinental San Diego, a sleek waterfront property near the Midway Museum, has families in mind with its Better Together package, offering guests who book a Queen room at a qualifying rate the option to add an adjoining King room at no additional cost — a perfect incentive to go all-in with a reservation at the hotel's Italian-inspired, seafood-forward restaurant, Garibaldi. Or, pop up to the hotel's rooftop bar and lounge, Layover, which will host a summer concert series Saturday evenings from 4-7pm beginning May 27 through September 2. e Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina sits at one of the best locations downtown — walkable to Petco Park and the Gaslamp Quarter, directly overlooking the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, and just steps from Seaport Village — making it a great place to stay but also one of the best bases San Diego Staycation means there's something for everyone BY ANDREA NAVERSEN, DEANNA MURPHY, AND MIA PARK >> The Westgate Hotel THE WESTGATE HOTEL: PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WESTGATE HOTEL

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