Planning Your San Diego Staycation

The end of the year means different things to different people. The holidays keep things merry and bright, the weather cools down a bit, and the new year approaches, full of promise. It’s also a great time to plan a getaway — especially if you have vacation days that won’t roll over when the calendar does. But if a traditional escape isn’t in the cards, then maybe a classic staycation is just what the doctor ordered. Honestly, why leave town when there’s so much to discover right here in your own backyard? “America’s Finest City” is a travel hot spot for lots of folks around the country, and it can be the same even for locals. So if you’d like to take a trip without the travel headaches, here are some handy tips for planning a San Diego staycation.

Be a “Tourist” in Your Own Town

San Diego’s perfect year-round weather, endless beaches, and exceptional attractions are all a big part of what draws visitors. But San Diego has a lot on tap even apart from the obvious. No matter your areas of interest (restaurants, museums, tours, breweries, wineries, etc.), San Diego is home to lots of amazing things to do that you may not have explored before. So make a list of the local adventures that you’ve always meant to check out, and get out there!

Avoid the Routine

We all like to start our day with coffee, a donut, or maybe even a full breakfast. So, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of automatically heading to the same handful of reliable stops to get the things we know we like. Frequenting the same neighborhoods, the same eateries, and the same old haunts is just human nature. So your San Diego staycation is an opportunity to be adventurous! Make the conscious choice to head to another area of town and see what other places have to offer when you decide to take the road less traveled. Speaking of which, when was the last time you took a day trip just for the fun of it? Next time you get behind the wheel, here’s some inspo for a nearby drive

Plan Your Perfect Day

Spontaneity definitely has its place. Still, planning an itinerary of things you know you’re going to enjoy can be a great way to ensure you’ll get the most out of your staycation. Into live music? Check out some local bands in action. Animal enthusiast? Plan a visit to the San Diego Zoo. Fan of artistic expression? Our art galleries and museums house all kinds of fascinating exhibits. Regardless of your hobbies and interests, San Diego has experiences to offer everyone.

Squeeze in Some Self-Care

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Stress is an unfortunate fact of life. Family, jobs, obligations — everyone has their own responsibilities and the pressure that accompanies them. If you enjoy a little relaxation, then a trek to a day spa is a great way to enjoy your staycation time. Checking in to a palace of pampering and choosing from a menu of massage, sauna, skin treatments, mineral soaks, float therapy, and other revitalizing treatments can really refresh and renew in unexpected ways. Here are some of our favorite ways to treat yourself to a relaxing day here in our own backyard

Unplug and Unwind

Holiday Inn Bayside, San Diego, CA

This may be the most challenging suggestion, but it’s important. Just because you’re not leaving town, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take your downtime seriously. If you’re going to take a staycation, then commit to it. Put in some paid time off at work. Take those vacation days! Let those close to you know that you’ll be stepping back from commitments and duties and taking a little “me time” — which means you’ll be unavailable. And then stick to that. 

Check In to Holiday Inn Bayside

Don’t miss your chance to check in with the staycation experts. Our waterfront hideaway at Holiday Inn Bayside offers everything you could possibly need to enjoy your hard-earned break: plush guest rooms, a breathtaking location overlooking San Diego Bay, warm hospitality, on-site dining and cocktails, and exceptional amenities. Relax in your room, stroll along the nearby marina, lounge poolside with a beverage — how you staycation is entirely up to you. Be sure to check out our special offers and packages, and pick the experience that’s right for you. We look forward to helping you unwind!