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Where to Foray, Stay, and Play Near Flora

Blog, February 21, 2022

San Diego has always been a dream destination for corporate travelers, and Flora’s central location, in the heart of downtown, makes the city’s experiences accessible in every way.

Case in point: the Confetti Conference — a three-day workshop-style event for creative entrepreneurs — saw participants gathering not only at Flora but at area attractions as well. One day, all of the attendees (female business owners representing the best of the best in their industry) dressed in sunset colors and ventured out to San Diego’s acclaimed Guild Hotel for dinner to celebrate their progress. So, whether you’re in town for a day or a week, here are some other ways to foray, stay and play before or after your company’s next gathering at Flora.

Foray

Balboa Park

Explore more than 16 art museums, multiple performing arts venues and the San Diego Zoo at one of the most highly acclaimed and beautiful preserved public spaces in the world.

WATERFRONT PARK and SEAPORT VILLAGE

Waterfront Park’s 12-acre open space right on the harbor features reflective pools, interactive spray fountains, a futuristic children’s playground, colorful sculptures, and large grass lawns for playing and picnicking. And close by, you’ll find Seaport Village, which plays host to more than 70 shops, restaurants and galleries. You’ll also discover incredible views of Coronado Island, a timeless oasis of fashion boutiques and old-fashioned eateries, biking trails, beaches, and the legendary Hotel del Coronado.

OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO

Considered the oldest neighborhood in San Diego, this 230-acre expanse has a lot to boast about – from bars to boutiques and everything in between. Close to 30 restaurants call this stretch of the city home, including standout Mexican eats. There’s a lot of history, too. Visitors can explore 35 historic sites and museums, and at the end of the day, head back to one of the many unique hotels in the neighborhood.

Play

SEA WORLD and the SAN DIEGO ZOO

The most iconic attractions of San Diego are still as captivating as ever at Sea World and the San Diego Zoo, where corporate travelers can bring out their inner kid by riding roller coasters and marveling at an array of incredible animals. Experience the thrill of a 90-foot drop at Sea World’s brand-new Emperor before seeing emperor penguins strut their stuff at the San Diego Zoo.

mission beach

Spend some time on the sand at Mission Beach, home to some of the city’s most relaxing beaches and most exciting surfing waves—not to mention the 1925-built Belmont Park, an amusement center now anchoring hip eateries, fitness centers, and shops. Or venture north to see the seals and the sea lions at La Jolla Cove, a magical spot sitting just beneath some of the area’s best shopping and dining.

Stay

HOTEL DEL CORONADO

The “Del” was built in 1888 and has been captivating visitors ever since with its Victorian architecture, sugar-white sands, and luxurious rooms spread across four distinct neighborhoods.

THE HILTON SAN DIEGO BAYFRONT

Steps from the Gaslamp Quarter and Petco Park, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers views from all of its 1,190 rooms, pools, a jogging track, and even an in-house UPS store.

The US Grant Hotel

Nestled in San Diego’s lively Gaslamp Quarter, this historic hotel – one of the oldest in the city – was named after President Ulysses S. Grant and boasts 270 rooms, gorgeous opulent interiors, and a can’t-miss, iconic restaurant.

Courtyard San Diego Downtown

This downtown establishment lived a past life as a bank, and traces of its storied history can still be found throughout the hotel. Situated just a block away from Flora, here you’ll find a soaring, luxurious lobby, modern accommodations, a billiards room and a meeting space featuring a 47,000-pound vault door.

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