Daily deal: Luxury and libations in Southern California
The Rancho Bernardo Inn, in San Diego, California.
We all dream of being swept off our feet. How about being swept into a dream-like escape brimming with fine wine, sumptuous cuisine and spectacular scenery?
Close your eyes and allow today's escape to wash over you with the kind of getaway your senses have been craving: a one-night stay at Rancho Bernardo Inn ($185), one of San Diego's most spectacular luxury resorts.
Emerge from the warm cocoon of your Deluxe room (each of the hotel's 287 spacious abodes have been newly renovated), and head down to Café Granada for a Starbucks coffee and a house-made pastry. While you're noshing, the hotel will pack you a complimentary picnic lunch of fresh fruit, delectable meats, and stellar cheeses, and give you vouchers for your wine-tasting excursion to three wineries: Bernardo, Orfila, and Belle Marie.
At Bernardo-Southern Calfornia's oldest continuously operating winery-you'll sip Syrah and Zinfandel as you bask in the early afternoon breeze. At Orfila-a stunning boutique winery nestled in the gorgeous San Pasqual Valley agricultural preserve-you'll enjoy Rhône-style wines while overlooking the spectacular, 70-acre estate. Taste a fragrant Allegro or a robust Tempranillo at Belle Marie, while dining al fresco among gazebos and lush citrus trees.
Rather spa than sip? For the same price, opt for a $50 resort credit instead of the picnic lunch and wine-tasting vouchers. Dissolve your weary body into the saline pool for an energizing swim at The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn - named the best outdoor spa in the area by San Diego Magazine - followed by a deep-tissue massage with a botanical scalp treatment or a kiwi-pineapple body wrap to invigorate you.
Find refreshment in the scores of Aveda products in your room before heading down to El Bizcocho, Zagat's highest-rated restaurant in San Diego. Cosy up near the piano in the adjacent La Taberna lounge with a Skittles-infused cordial before sampling the chef's tasting menu. Tuck into an heirloom beet salad, yellow fin ahi, and filet mignon.
We say a dessert of dulce de leche with a vanilla malted milkshake is the perfect way to end your picture-perfect, true life fantasy.
- A one-night stay for two in a deluxe room with a $50 resort credit and a welcome amenity
- Or, a one-night stay for two in a deluxe room with a picnic lunch of fruits, meats, and cheeses; and wine-tasting vouchers for two to three local wineries
- $20 resort fee included
- Named best outdoor spa by San Diego Magazine
- Zagat's highest-rated restaurant in San Diego
- Book by March 29