2014 Best Of San Diego: Destinations

Though we live in a vacation destination, San Diegans still seek travel and adventure away from home. Here’s a handful of the places we visit time and again.

 

The Grand Del Mar  Hotel
It’s a grand Mediterranean-style palazzo with first rate resort facilities. No wonder the readers of TripAdvisor also rank The Grand Del Mar #1 Hotel in the United States (#14 worldwide). 858.314.2000, thegranddelmar.com

The Grand Del Mar

 

Taj Lake Palace  Destination Hotel
Built in 1746 by a youthful maharana with an entourage of lady friends, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India is a vision of white marble “afloat” in Lake Pichola. tajhotels.com

Taj Lake Palace

 

The Spa at Amangiri Resort  Destination Spa
Located in Southern Utah, this spa is the stuff of dreams. Don’t miss the “Twilight Journey,” which includes a hot stone massage and 30 minutes of flotation therapy. 435.675.3999, amanresorts.com

The Spa at Amangiri Resort

 

New York  U.S. Destination
Central Park, Broadway shows, world-class museums, ethnic neighborhoods, fab shopping, and landmarks galore make NYC the favorite go-to city of Ranch & Coast readers.

New York

 

Italy  Foreign Destination
Of course, Ranch & Coast readers love Italy! The question is what aspect of la dolce vita to love most — the people, pasta, vino, scenic landscapes, music, architecture?

Bellagio, Italy

 

Australia  Bucket List Travel Destination
It has to be huge to contain so many wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Red Centre, myriad marsupials, and stunning Sydney.

Australia

 

Orfila  Winery
Known for its Rhone-style wines, Orfila Vineyards & Winery near the Safari Park in the San Pasqual Valley is a great spot for tasting and tours. 760.738.6500, orfila.com

Orfila

 

South Coast Winery  Wine Resort
Prepare to experience luxury uncorked. Located in Temecula, this resort and spa offers vineyard villas and suites, great meals and full spa services. 951.587.9463, wineresort.com

South Coast Winery

 

Mammoth  Ski Resort
What’s your pleasure? Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling? Mammoth Mountain Resort has it all — and if snow doesn’t fall, they’ll make some for you. 760.934.0745, mammothmountain.com

Mammoth

 

Disneyland  Family-Fun Destination
If you don’t believe that Disneyland is the “happiest place on earth,” just check out the look on your young one’s face when Donald Duck shakes her hand. 714.781.4565, disneyland.disney.go.com

Disneyland

 

Hawaii  Favorite Romantic Destination
It’s Valentine’s Day year round in Hawaii. Lovers love the warm weather, soft breezes, romantic sunsets, and hula tunes that make this the perfect place for snuggling.

Maui, Hawaii • Photo by Chloe Pedersen

 

Hawaii  Summer Vacation Destination
Summertime is family time in Hawaii. Nearly perfect temps make the beach the place to be. Most popular with Ranch & Coast readers: snorkeling, SUP, and golf.
Aspen  Winter Vacation Destination
A great Rocky Mountain ski and snowboard destination, Aspen attracts the European jet set crowd, which makes people-watching another popular pastime.

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