Rejuvenate and Relax in San Diego

When you envision the ultimate kick-back, what images come to mind? If you’re anything like us, maybe you picture a spa day. Some time surrounded by nature. Maybe even a walk along the beach at sunset. “America’s Finest City” offers all of this and more — which is a big part of the reason why so many visitors come to us in search of serenity. So if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and enjoy a little “me time”, here are some of the best ways to relax in San Diego. 


Enjoy a Refreshing Massage

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There’s a reason why having an expert practitioner work out all the gnarly knots and tender spots is high on the list of “must-do”s for any solace-seeker. That’s why Island Palms offers a range of convenient massage options for weary travelers. Whether you opt for a deep-tissue session to work over those trouble spots, a hot lava shell treatment that uses radiant warmth to relieve tightness, or a totally custom session, one thing’s for sure: you’ll feel renewed, and ready to take on the world. 


Take in Some Outdoor Entertainment

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Music truly soothes the soul. And when you’re a guest at Island Palms, you’re only steps away from one of the most beloved outdoor concert venues in the country. Our sister property Humphreys Half Moon Inn is home to the Humphreys Concerts by the Bay live music series, which brings the top household-name touring acts to Shelter Island. Upcoming shows include appearances by artists like Diana Krall, Tori Amos, Chris Isaak, America, Chicago and Boz Scaggs. So grab your tickets here, and get ready to groove! 


Have Some Fun in the Sun

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Island Palms is the perfect place to be if you enjoy the great outdoors. Our on-site tennis courts are always available for a matchup, and offer complimentary racquet rentals. Bike rentals are also on us, and ideal for a leisurely trek around picturesque Shelter Island. Or, if you’d just like to enjoy a sunny swim or leisurely soak, our pair of pools and whirlpool spa are the perfect way to unwind. We’re also only moments away from a private marina with available sailing excursions for enjoying a day of sightseeing out on the gentle waves. 


Linger Over a Bountiful Brunch or Breakfast


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Our on-site waterfront eatery Blue Wave Bar & Grill is equally delicious and convenient! Our guests who fall into the category of “morning people” always tell us how much they enjoy rising and shining bright and early, and stopping in for all of their sunrise favorites. Our weekend brunch is popular with guests and locals alike, and our daily breakfast menu is chock-full of all the adventure fuel you need to get your day started off just right.  


Hike Torrey Pines Reserve

For a truly soul-soothing San Diego hiking experience you simply can’t get anywhere else, head to Torrey Pines State Beach. The preserve offers a multitude of trails, all of which feature gorgeous scenery. Expect gentle rises, spectacular views of the Pacific, and an abundance of local vegetation — including the extremely rare tree from which the park draws its name. (If you visit, please remember that Torrey Pines is protected land, so follow the maxim of “Leave no trace.” Even removing a souvenir rock is not permitted.)


Connect With Inner Peace at Beachfront Yoga

Southern California is a particularly active center of practice for yogis of all skill levels given our relaxed attitude and reputation for embracing all things spiritual in nature. As you can well imagine, practitioners who wish to feel a special connection to nature often flock to the beaches of San Diego to enjoy a session in the sun and sand. If you’re looking for a little “namaste” during your stay, we recommend checking out Riffs Yoga, Indie Yoga San Diego, and NamaSteve Yoga. All offer beachfront sessions for everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners.


Settle in For a Sunset

The celestial light show that comes at dusk every evening simply doesn’t come in a variety more spectacular than what you’ll find in Southern California. On the list of reasons San Diego is famous, the breathtaking sunsets rank neck-and-neck with the beautiful beaches. And while just about any spot would offer a stunning moment, there are definitely some that are better than others when it comes to enjoying the “sky-rotechnics”. Take a look at our previous post “The Best San Diego Sunsets” for some insider tips on where to seek the sun. 


Kick Back at Island Palms

On the hunt for a little inner peace? Best Western Plus Island Palms is the place to be. Our oh-so-cozy accommodations, thoughtful service, guest-first amenities and waterfront location all add up to a very comfy kick-back. Plus, thanks to our special offers and packages, you’ll also enjoy stress-reducing rates. Plan your San Diego getaway with us today!