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Plan Your Summer Vacation Now: The Kate Stanton Inn: Offering the Perfect Backdrop for a San Diego Staycation

Apr 26, 2011 04:47PM ● By Lee Walker

The staycation, which first became popular in the United States in 2007, initially meant a home-based vacation. A great alternative to an expensive two- or three-week trip involving pricey airline tickets, car rentals and hotel bills, the staycation made its way into the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary in 2009, giving it some staying power within American culture.

Just as many phenomena evolve over time, the idea of an at-home staycation morphed into a broader concept that includes a convenient overnight, weekend or week-long rejuvenating stay at a local hotel or bed and breakfast. This was largely because those who stayed at home forgot to plan well and treat their time off from work as a true vacation.

Today, as gas and airline ticket prices rise, along with stress levels due to waiting in lines, lost luggage and missed flight connections, Liz Clarke, innkeeper at the Kate Stanton Inn, in Encinitas, is booking more reservations for local and regional guests than long-distance ones. She says that’s not surprising, because the bed and breakfast’s ideal location is convenient to nearly 100 special events happening around San Diego. “Our May guests will get to enjoy everything from Yanni in Concert, at Humphrey’s by the Bay, on May 13, to the 18th annual Sicilian Festival, on May 22, as well as San Diego Padres games,” advises Clarke, who opened the inn as a tribute to the memory of her grandmother.

Several notable spas, resorts and golf courses are also close to the inn. “We are three miles from La Costa Resort and Spa, home to golf and tennis tournaments; The Chopra Center; and 10 miles from the San Diego County Fairgrounds, Del Mar Race Track and Torrey Pines Golf course,” explains Clarke. The San Diego Zoo, Sea World, San Diego Bay and Coronado Island ferry are a half-hour drive or a “Coaster” train ride away.

Even though there is plenty to keep guests busy, many of them choose to do nothing more than enjoy the casual elegance of the country beach house; the hospitality of the innkeeper and her scrumptious breakfast buffet; the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Batiquitos Lagoon; a walk along the beach or fun, stand-up paddleboard rides; a good book; or shopping and dining at any one of Encinitas’ restaurants. “There is always a glass of good wine waiting for our guests at the end of their day,” notes Clarke.

The Kate Stanton Inn accepts special dietary requests, including, but not limited to, dairy-free, wheat- or gluten-free, low sugar (diabetic), low carb (high protein), vegetarian and organic. The bed and breakfast also welcomes families with children.


Kate Staton Inn, 1904 Leucadia Scenic Court, Encinitas 92024. Call 760-473-9640 or visit KateStantonInn.com. Visit SanDiego.org to plan for events during your stay.