San Diego, a Haute (and Easy) Weekend Getaway

Spa Brezza at the Hilton & Searsucker Restaurant

San Diego, an orarian city with pieces of captivating history, becomes the ideal, quick vacation option to rejuvenate the body, the palate, and the mind.

Unlike the sometimes sleepy town of La Jolla, the city of San Diego is constantly evolving, developing new ways to pamper and please. So, whether it’s a trip to an interactive spa, a highly-acclaimed restaurant, or a tour of the harbor, the destination makes sure to conquer what guests came for; a swift, luxurious, stimulating break from reality.

For the Body–Spa Brezza at Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa: With the recent debut of its unique Blend Bar, Spa Brezza allows choosy guests to indulge with easel. Sugar scrubs and body creams— prepared with local ingredients—come in various, customizable scents that spa goers create upon arrival.  With playful names, such as “Cabana Boy,” a tropical fragrance, and “Salty Mariner,” a concoction reminiscent of the ocean air, the bar plans to take its whimsical nature out to the pool this spring. So, pack a swimsuit and put on a thinking cap because it’s all up to you. The plethora of elite services, which includes manicures, facials, and hot stone therapy messages, ranges from $10–$225. For appointments, call 619.275.8942.

The Hilton San Diego is located at 1775 East Mission Bay Dr.

For the Palate–Searsucker: Venerable, cute-as-a-button chef Brian Malarkey has big plans to expand upon his impeccable reputation with a new restaurant or two. In the meantime though, it’s important to savor the former “Top Chef” contestant’s roots at Searsucker, his first privately-owned establishment. The warm, industrial space, overseen by designer Thomas-Schoos, offers exclusivity, hard-to-come-by reservations, and New American fare which in simple terms means: classic, local specialties with a contemporary twist. To start, a smoked trout, grapefruit, and avocado salad. Second, a horseradish and cognac dusted Tomahawk ribeye. And for dessert, something called a Sucker Bar, Malarkey’s version of a Twix.

Searsucker is located at 611 Fifth Ave. 619.233.7327.

For the Mind–Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup Experience: Increase your knowledge of San Diego’s glittering downtown harbor with a once-in-a-lifetime, educational sailing expedition aboard an authentic, award-winning racing vehicle. Climb on board one of two competition-tested yachts—either the Abracadabra or the Stars & Stripes, the boat that legendary Skipper Dennis Conner used to win the America’s Cup in Australia—for an exclusive two-and-a-half-hour voyage. Expeditions cost $99 per person for a shared experience or $2,000 for a private rental, which fits up to 20 people.

Located at 1492 N. Harbor Dr. 800.644.3454 or 619.922.6215.

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