Stay Classy, San Diego

With surf, good cuisine and fine folk in spades, this place is much more than your average sleepy beach town.

manchester grand hyattstay: Overlooking the San Diego Bay and downtown, the centrally-located, two-tower Manchester Grand Hyatt is a regal, west-coast beauty of a hotel. Its vast lobby has historic charm, while recently renovated guest rooms are ultra-contemporary, bridging the old with the new. Start your morning with breakfast and coffee in the exclusive Club Lounge for stunning waterfront views, 33 floors up. Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, 619-232-1234 www.manchestergrand.hyatt.com

coronado islanddo: Hop on a bike and board the Coronado Ferry for a leisurely ride around—yup, you guessed it—Coronado Island. Tour the peaceful pockets of neighbourhoods lined with character homes, right down to the beach. Before heading back to the mainland, lunch on a patio in the ferry landing area is a must (try the shrimp and mango ceviche at Peohe's). Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St., San Diego, 619-435-8895, http://coronadoferrylandingshops.com

kin spaspa: There's nothing quite so SoCal like a poolside session in the sun ... unless that poolside sess is immediately followed by a pampering treatment at Kin Spa at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Our muscles were melting and circulation was pumping after our R&R-inducing, 50-minute Swedish Massage. Kin Spa at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, 619-232-1234 www.manchestergrand.hyatt.com

searsuckerdine: Situated at the bustling Gaslamp Quarter corner of Fifth and Market, Searsucker serves as HQ for acclaimed chef Brian Malarkey, who has two more locations in Del Mar, California, and Austin, Texas. The room is comfortable (loved the rope and lightbulb chandeliers), the crowd unpretentious and the cocktails bar none—the rum and lemon Honeybadger is our new go-to. New American classics abound, from egg-and-bacon pork belly to mac 'n' cheese with crab, cipollini and a herb crust. Searsucker, 611 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619-233-7327, www.searsucker.com

So many good reasons to give San Diego a go. —May Globus

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