Guide to San Diego Hotels Full of Spring Flowers
The proverbial phrase “in like a lion, out like a lamb” pertains to the month of March when the long anticipated first day of Spring arrives on the 20th. San Diego’s weather certainly doesn’t roar like other parts of the United States, but locals do look forward to warmer climes than winters of 50 and 60 degrees. Spring gardens come alive as sun-dappled landscapes pop with color. Trees drip purple blossoms, vermillion flowers sprout from rich soil, and fat morning glories meander along fences. Some of nature's finest displays are on the perfectly manicured grounds of area hotels. Following are a few examples. Some may surprise you, as their beauty unfurls on back of the property where guests can best appreciate the grandeur.
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort
3075 Carlsbad Boulevard Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 434-7020
Rarely do you have an expansive lawn seaside. But, the Carlsbad Inn truly is where the turf meets the surf. The courtyard’s one-acre grassland covers a quarter of the property. It’s flanked by guestrooms on either side and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Cushioned chaises placed among fragrant roses and Magnolia trees sway visitors to jettison their sightseeing plans for a languorous afternoon of napping. Recent renovations to the three star hotel added fire rings, a fountain, and blooms of Alyssum, Dahlias and Hydrangeas to complete the French Country ambiance.
Catamaran Resort & Spa
3999 Mission Boulevard San Diego, CA 92109 (858) 488-1081
The Mission Bay resort is reminiscent of a Polynesian Island and requires a cadre of seven landscapers to maintain the lavish horticultural show of 1,000 plants, trees, scrubs and flowers. Varieties of rare palm trees number in the seventies - Guadalupe Palm, Jelly Palm, Fishtail, Sugar, Fan, Princess, Gingerbread, and so on. Garden guides are available at the front desk to identify the exotic foliage. Perennials rotate with the seasons, and must be able to withstand the cool, salt air breezes.
Castle Creek Inn Resort & Spa
29850 Circle R Way Escondido, CA 92026 (760) 751-8800
This well kept secret in the foothills of Escondido has an exclusive Nature Walk. The path ambles around the property, past soaking pools cascading from one to the next, beside a trickling creek, ending at the oak-lined golf course. Wild Parrots, Finch, Red-tailed Hawks and Owls entertain bird watchers for hours. Geckos and lizards dart across the trail. Prolific pine trees and roses fragrance the air. It is an inviting spot for a picnic or drinks amidst gorgeous scenery.
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
1775 East Mission Bay Drive San Diego, CA 92109 (619) 276-4010
San Diego is in a perpetual drought, which necessitates water conservation. With this in mind, the Hilton’s four man landscaping staff dutifully avoids excess water consumption. All plant beds are mulched to prevent evaporation. The sidewalks and drives are swept rather than hosed down. And the entire 18 acres has controlled moisture sensor vice timers to avoid over-watering. Yet this doesn’t impede the growth of Canna lilies, Cliva, Chinese Banyan trees and other vegetation. The team is environmentally vigilant, as well. Trimmings are recycled in the city landfill, lawns are mowed with recycling blades - no clipping removal, and winter birds are kept away with oat grain placed a distance from the hotel.
Sheraton La Jolla Hotel
3299 Holiday Court La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 453-5500
This is an eight-acre pocket of privacy complete with waterfalls and a Koi pond. The hushed Butchart Garden-esque setting feels a million miles away from the surrounding business district. A color pallet of Vodka Red Begonias, Yellow Flag Water Iris, and Mock Orange Tobira dots the verdant landscape. Over 100 King Palms tower along side guestrooms, and Jacaranda trees and Star Jasmine round out the ensemble. Enjoy a gander of the oasis in the following video.