A new Instagram-ready hotel, a slick cocktail bar and an Encinitas escape—all in one well-spent weekend
Words by SARAH KHAN
With its beautiful beaches and sublime weather year-round, laid-back San Diego has never really had to make much of an effort to woo its legion of die-hard fans—but lately, things have been heating up in a big way.
STAY Check into the Instagrammable Pendry San Diego (pendryhotels.com), whose six restaurants and bars are adding to the city’s culinary cachet, or the nautical-inspired Hotel Republic (hotelrepublicsd.com). Now in its 130th year, Coronado’s iconic Hotel del Coronado (hoteldel.com) offers a jam-packed calendar of summer events, including the Del Beach Bash (July 1), kicking off Independence Day weekend.
DINE Make a reservation at the gilded multimillion-dollar steakhouse Born & Raised (bornandraisedsteak.com), and don’t miss a drink at its rooftop cocktail bar. Graze on Wagyu steaks and elk sashimi at the sexy new izakaya Cloak & Petal (cloakandpetal.com), where the bar is shaded by cherry blossom trees. And expect plenty of authenticity at Italian eatery Maestoso (maestoso.com), helmed by Roman chef Marco Maestoso, or Top Chef alum Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins’ chic contemporary Mexican restaurant El Jardín (eljardinrestaurantbar.com).
PAMPER Make your weekend a wellness escape with a trip to Encinitas to the holistic day spa Four Moons (fourmoonsspa.com)—treat yourself to massages and anti-aging facials, as well as color readings, or sessions with a master astrologer.
CAN’T MISS Summer marks the return of two of the city’s most beloved institutions: San Diego Symphony’s (sandiegosymphony.org) Bayside Summer Nights series—with an impressive lineup this year that includes Patti LaBelle and Clint Black—and Del Mar (dmtc.com), the only seaside racetrack in the country, which has a busy few months planned with thoroughbred races, concerts, and beer and food festivals all summer long.