#TravelTuesday: ‘Stay and Sea’ Downtown San Diego, at The Manchester

by Dana Kent Maass and Brian Maass on February 25, 2020 in Travels,
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With an ideal year-round Pacific coast climate, fresh cuisine, and a multitude of global attractions, San Diego refers to itself as ‘America’s Finest City’ for good reasons. A destination for all seasons, San Diego invites visitors to dive into nature, history, and culture.

Built in 1992 and renovated in 2012, The Manchester Grand Hyatt is named for the city’s historically influential Manchester family. With forty floors looking over the San Diego Bay, at least 1628 guest rooms, three on-site bar-restaurants, two pools, and a spa named after Marilyn Monroe, The Manchester offers a grand experience on every level.

Enjoy dinner with a view of the bay at Sally’s Fish House and Bar.
Photo courtesy The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Sally’s Fish House and Bar is The Manchester’s most formal dining establishment. Perched on the waterfront with a convenient exterior entrance, Sally’s is easily accessible. Their elegant menu offers a wide array of southern California culinary delights, from fresh Pacific Sea Bass, to perfectly prepared filet mignon paired with crab legs. Enjoy panoramic views of the San Diego Bay with a patio table for al fresco dining, directly at the Marina. And, be sure to save room for Sally’s Chocolate Sphere. The best shareable dessert on the menu is topped with warm caramel, right at your table.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt lobby. Courtesy photo

The Manchester boasts stunning panoramic views of downtown San Diego and the Pacific Ocean, from the Top of the Hyatt bar. Plan to relax with a beverage while watching the sunset over downtown, nearby Coronado Island, and even the edge of Mexico. The Landing lobby bar is the perfect spot to gather with friends, relax with your significant other, or discuss business with a colleague. The bar itself is shadowed by a towering blue glass wall, resembling an aquarium. Request a glass of wine from their extensive list (including California’s top vintages), try a local beer on tap, or indulge in the all day breakfast menu. 

Late arrivals are no problem, as Brew 30 boasts a wide assortment of San Diego craft beers in a relaxed “come as you are” atmosphere until 11pm. A private screen at every table invites fans to hop inside for gourmet burgers and a few cold ones while catching up with their favorite teams.

Balboa Park boasts numerous museums ranging from photography to natural history. There is also a botanical garden where the lily pad pond and lagoon is one of the most photographed scenes in San Diego.
Photo Brian Maass

The Manchester sits only minutes away from the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, well-known for promoting the conservation of endangered species. In addition to the Zoo, the 1200-acre Balboa Park and Preserve features 17 world class museums. Home to far more than the average green space, Balboa deserves at least an entire day of your time. Balboa Park is known for its unique performing arts venues, from the Spreckels Organ Pavilion to the Old Globe theater. Nature lovers will swoon over Instagramable moments at nineteen different gardens. Be sure to consult the park’s home page for details on events, including festivals and performances happening year-round.

The world-famous San Diego Zoo is a must-see attraction during your trip to San Diego. The Zoo does a tremendous amount of work helping endangered species to make a comeback. Photo Brian Maass

In search of an adventure on the water? Head to the Embarcadero for a three-hour whale watching cruise with Hornblower Cruises, while taking in amazing views of the San Diego skyline. Spend the other half of your day exploring America’s longest serving aircraft carrier of the twentieth century (now a museum), the USS Midway. Cap off your day with a fun night out in the heart of downtown, known as San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. 

Travel Tip: Be sure to visit sandiego.org when planning your trip. Consider a Go City Card, to build your own package of San Diego attractions, including a whale watching cruise and a visit to the USS Midway. Go City Cards are valid for 30 days from day of purchase. Photo Brian Maass

Just across the San Diego Bay from The Manchester, lies the gem of Coronado Island. Catch a ferry or drive across the famous bridge, and plan to spend at least a few hours exploring. An American treasure for over 130 years, the Victorian beach-front Hotel del Coronado is worth a visit. Sit down for a special lunch, or grab a waffle cone of ice cream, as you walk along the golden sandy shore that glistens in the sun’s warm glow. Slow your pace by reserving a cabana for the day or renting a bike for a different point of view at Coronado. 

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Cover: The Manchester Grand Hyatt frames the downtown skyline with two impressive structures on the San Diego Bay.
Photo Brian Maass

Dana and Brian Maass live with their dog Chester in Round Rock, Texas. When not traveling, writing, and taking photos, they can be found hiking on trails, visiting new spots in the Hill Country, serving the community, or catching a live performance.