SWANKY SEASONAL GETAWAY: Presidential suites inside landmark hotels always have a touch of the holidays to their decor, regardless of the date on the calendar. It might be the flower bouquets or fine linens or sparkling mirrors or a combination of everything inside the luxe hotel room that lends itself to an extra-special, "it's the holidays" feel. So come the actual holidays? A stay in such a suite fits the festive feeling oh-so-well. And while most travelers looking to do it up might book a single night in such a place, there is a pretty posh treat awaiting that guest who secures the US Grant's Presidential Suite for not one but twelve nights. Make that twelve consecutive nights, in December, which all adds up to this: The people in the Presidential Suite will experience "The 12 Days of San Diego" over their stay, a stay that shall be filled with fancy 'n fun go-outs and goodies that are pretty quintessentially San Diego.
HOTEL CHRISTMAS: One of the 12 treats on the list? The suite will be personalized "with your choice of themed holiday decor and tree designs in the style of Coastal Christmas, Victorian Holiday, Retro Holiday, or White Christmas." (Um, can we have them all at once? Too much?) Another treat? You'll make for Tijon, the frou-frou La Jolla perfumery, to make your own perfect-for-you cologne. And perhaps you can wear a dab of it to see the symphony, where you and sugarplum'll score two orchestra seats for the Holiday Pops. "The Nutcracker," fine cheeses, and paragliding -- make that *tandem* paragliding -- at Torrey Pines are also on the once-in-a-lifetime roster. This is all, by the by, "provided with compliments by the US Grant" to the couple who makes that 12-night Presidential Suite booking.
GAME? Start with a ring-up to the reservations office. Your December is about to be as glittery as a landmark hotel covered in lights.