Do some California dreaming with this beyond-the-beach travel guide.
A must-stop spot for seafood, this classic waterfront landmark prides itself on fresh fare—a commitment from its original founders, a sport fisherman and a boat captain.
750 N. Harbor Dr., 619-232-3474, thefishmarket.com
Indulge the senses while plumping up skin with Aesop’s Rind Concentrate body balm.
$35. Aesop's, nordstrom.com
Treat yourself to the restorative Wellbeing Ritual here—an aromatic bath outdoors, followed by a full-body algae wrap, guided meditation, and facial massage—and leave feeling like a new person.
5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-756-1123 ranchovalencia.com
Order a Moscow Mule beside taxidermy trophies at this hip, Western-themed bar.
1030 Broadway, 619-237-0550, eldoradobar.com
From the city’s best museums and cultural institutions (over 17 in total!) to beautiful gardens, walking trails, and shopping, there’s not a dull moment to be found in the park’s 1,200 acres.
1549 El Prado, 619-239-0512, balboapark.org
Affectionately referred to by locals as the “Pink Lady,” this historic hotel boasts newly remodeled guest rooms and celebrity fans from Oprah Winfrey to Tom Hanks.
1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858-454-0771, lavalencia.com
Offers nonstop flights from Mpls./St. Paul to San Diego.
Find flights and vacation packages at suncountry.com
Visit for the museum’s Plateresque architecture—which dazzles in its Balboa Park locale—but stay for its collection of Spanish art.
1450 El Prado, 619-232-7931, sdmart.org
I love C’est La Vie. It’s usually my first stop when sourcing antiques. It always has a wonderful and diverse collection that is constantly changing.
565 Westlake St., Suite 300A, Encinitas, 760-944-5244, cestlavieantiques.com
Q’ero is my favorite restaurant. It serves Peruvian food with the most fabulous flavors.
564 S. Coast Highway, Encinitas, 760-753-9050, qerorestaurant.com