Get a Taste of San Diego on the “Hops Highway Retreat”

By Monday, April 27, 2015 Permalink

San Diego has emerged as one of the country’s best beer destinations, but beer touring there can be a little complicated. Do you base your trip near Downtown San Diego, where there are fewer breweries but more beer bars?  Or do you stay farther north, away from everything Downtown, but closer to Stone, Lost Abbey and other beery destinations? Either choice usually requires driving as public transportation to the breweries can be difficult to navigate.

West Inn and Suites in Carlsbad offers a new answer to the dilemna with their “Hops Highway Retreat” package which includes a chaufeurred brewery tour with your weekend stay. It also looks like a lovely place to base a San Diego weekend getaway, relatively close to north county breweries, four blocks from the beach, and with a swimming pool and other essential Southern California vacation amenities.

Complete information from their release:


Customized Craft Brew Tours Travel Along the “Hops Highway”
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – April 20, 2015 – West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad, CA has announced a new package that allows guests to tour top breweries along historic highway 78.

The Hops Highway Retreat package begins upon arrival at West Inn & Suites, where guests are shown to their luxurious accommodations before they are swept up in a private luxury vehicle to begin their adventure with local San Diego Sterling Rose craft brew experts. The 4-hour tasting tour of San Diego’s finest beers travels along the historic Route 78, which was once a toll road during the California Gold Rush.

The 60-mile stretch that connects Oceanside to Julian, aptly nicknamed the “Hops Highway,” links a cluster of microbreweries to some of San Diego’s biggest names in beer, including Stone Brewing, Lost Abbey, Mother Earth, and Ballast Point. The customized tour visits four breweries sampling a wide variety of locally crafted beers. Sterling Rose provides water and snacks and guides tour guests around the breweries, allowing them to experience the history and highlights of each brewery location.

On the following morning, guests will be treated to a late checkout and complimentary collapsible cooler filled with gifts from the hotel.

The Hops Highway Retreat package, available Saturdays and Sundays, starts at $499 for two guests and can be customized to include a group of up to 8 people. Rates include gratuity for the tour. For reservations or more information, visit or call (760) 448-4500.

About West Inn & Suites

Recently recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the top 25 family hotels in the U.S. and consistently ranked #1 for all of Carlsbad, West Inn & Suites is an 86-room boutique hotel offering the ultimate in luxurious detail with a classic style. Located in Carlsbad, California, the coastal North San Diego location is within a five minute walk to the beach and five minute drive to area attractions such as LEGOLAND California Resort, world-renown golf courses, shopping and dining. Among the hotel’s complimentary amenities include: farmer-led tours of the hotel’s 3-acre farm, cookies and milk at bedtime, seasonal wine pour, and shuttle service anywhere in Carlsbad. Adjacent award-winning restaurants, Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood, offer a seasonally evolving menu from the West Farm. For more information, visit;; and

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