Oceanside, Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort
By Nancy Powell
Why You Must Go: Imagine waking each morning to the smell of clean salty sea air and the sound of ocean waves crashing against the shore, watching as a lazy fog unfolds to reveal the vast Pacific . . . doesn’t that sound like an amazing Southern California beach getaway? That’s exactly what the new luxurious Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort offers—a vacation home away from home, perched right at the seashore and only steps away from the West Coast’s longest active recreational pier. A bright, summery, beach themed décor permeates each pristine condo unit, which is loaded with in-room whirlpool Jacuzzis, flat panel televisions, fully equipped kitchens, and a washer and dryer. The king-sized beds are firm, dressed in down comforters and ultra-soft sheets to provide for a good night’s sleep. The rooms are well apportioned and spacious, with complementary coffee, tea, popcorn and hot chocolate. Another nicety—each bathroom includes the True Blue Spa line of bath products by Bath and Body Works. Amenities include a second story pool deck overlooking the pier and beach, a fitness center, instructor-led activities (such as beading, biking, water volleyball, and bingo), spa and massage services, and a concierge staff eager to hook you up with the town’s latest and greatest extracurriculars. In fact, the Wyndham is all about service with a smile—heck, you can’t even walk down the hall without the maintenance man or maid acknowledging your existence with a simple hello. And there’s a Saturday late afternoon meet-and-greet Happy Hour with your fellow guests. The Skylight Lounge on the seventh floor offers a breathtaking view of the city and beyond. Finally, if you happen to arrive with just the shirt on your back, the staff will cheerfully provide the rest—toothbrush, razors, feminine hygiene products, even the laundry detergent. So if you’re looking for sublime service with a smile in the idyllic beach setting, look no further.
Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, 333 N. Myers Street, Oceanside, (888) 251-8736. Costs are $186 (studio), $298 (1 bedroom), or $373 (2 bedrooms). There are 32 hotel units (studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units) available year round, with additional 136 timeshare units available for rent if unoccupied by an owner. For more info or reservations, visit www.wyndhamvacationresorts.com
Where to eat: Breakfast and ’40s and ’50s nostalgia at the 101 Café, the oldest continuously running diner on historic route 101; Ruby’s on the Pier for the fresh ocean breezes and an awesome view of the Pacific; Vigilucci’s Osteria has a phenomenal pappardelle with wild mushrooms and seared scallops in a white truffle and brandy cream sauce—absolutely to die for.
What else to check out: Take a stroll on the Oceanside Pier, the longest wooden pier on the West Coast at 1,942 feet in length; for a good work out, reserve a kayaking tour with OEX Kayak at the harbor (ask for Nathan); check out the recently remodeled Oceanside Art Museum for a cultural blueprint of the county; and Mission San Luis Rey, the King of all California Missions and home of the state’s first pepper tree.