Outside Activities in La Jolla that Don’t Involve the Beach

Can you believe it? Springtime is already in full swing and it’s a great occasion to get off the couch, out from behind that desk, and get outside and enjoy La Jolla! Sure, La Jolla is known for its beaches, but certainly that doesn’t mean you have to go to the beach to get some fresh air. Here’s some outdoor activities that don’t involve getting your toes caked with sand.

Hot Air Balloon

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Aside from the Wizard of Oz who explained it perfectly (although in Kanss), a veritable plethora of people have attempted to describe the sense of drifting through the ever sunny skies in a San Diego hot air balloon. Have you ever heard of the Balloonist’s Prayer? It simply defines the sport as a spiritual experience: one connecting with the sun, the wind and Mother Earth. It’s quite an enchanted event, a vast and free-floating excursion in the beautiful early morning sunrise or stunning evening sunset. Hot air balloonists in San Diego typically glide over San Diego beaches, lagoons, canyons and parks, suspended over strands of clouds, foam-covered white caps in the gleaming Pacific, and of course uninterrupted expanses of California coastline and plush, green valleys below. Why not give it a try and experience the thrill of a lifetime and get some truly fresh air while you’re at it?

The Coronado Ferry

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The Coronado Ferry schedule is clear-cut and simple to read and comprehend. Beginning at 9 a.m. each and every day, the Coronado Ferry leaves the San Diego Broadway Pier on the hour and journeys across San Diego Bay to allow its passengers to alight in the ever attractive city of Coronado at the Old Coronado Ferry Landing, a specialty shopping center. The last ferry to Coronado leaves at 9 p.m. Sunday through Monday, and at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. If you’re looking to spend the day in Coronado, be advised that return trips leave on the half hour. Sweet, right? Coronado Ferry tickets cost a mere $4.25 for a one way cruise, or $8.50 for a round trip. One of the benefits of riding the ferry is that you can bring your bicycle with you for no additional fee, that is, if you desire to sightsee Coronado beaches and various other attractions in that manner. For additional information concerning the Coronado Ferry, Coronado Ferry Landing and ticket information, simply call (619) 234-4111. You’ll be in for a treat!

Horseback Riding

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Okay, so you’re not John Wayne or a professional rodeo bronc rider. So what? If you’ve ever thought about enjoying a horseback ride but watching the Kentucky Derby or glimpsing a horse through a fence at the San Diego Zoo is the closest you’ve ever come, don’t fret it, let it. San Diego stables have rental horses and affordable lessons available for riders of all levels, from beginners to pros. In addition, there are myriad riding trails throughout San Diego and one or more is sure to fascinate you and your family or loved one. Bring along some chow, snatch that digital camera, and canter your horse in the peaceful Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains. On the other hand, you may opt to follow trails through a sandy river bed or along the beach near the San Diego border. C’mon, grab a pal and have some fun in the sun!

Bright Valley Farm

At Bright Valley farm there is truly a horse for everyone, pardner. You can ride through trails in a satisfying and serene riding area located near the Sweetwater River. While the rides are guided, they are not mere walking tours with a gimpy mare on her last legs. Indeed, trotting and cantering is permissible. Trail rides are $40 per person for an hour, $50 for an hour and a half, and $60 for two full hours. If you’re planning a group outing of 10 or more people, kindly call for easy and speedy reservations. Private and group lessons are also available for all age groups. Bright Valley Farm is located at 12310 Campo Rd., in Spring Valley. You can reach them at (619) 670-1861. Now giddy up and get out for a perfect day on a horse, of course!

Sweetwater Farms

Sweetwater Farms offers horseback riding lessons and awesome trail rides for all levels of riders. The staff provides calm dude ranch horses anybody will find at ease to ride. Trail rides are a mere $45 an hour. Sweetwater Farms is open Tuesdays through Sundays and on most holidays. Sweetwater Farms is located at 3051 Equitation Lane, Bonita. Give ‘em a call at (619) 475-3134 and saddle up!

Happy Trails Horse Rentals

Were you aware that Happy Trails is located near the only beach in San Diego that permits horseback riding? If trotting or galloping alongside the beach with fresh salt air in your face charms you, Happy Trails is the go to place for you and your loved ones. The company also provides trail rides in other parts of the greater San Diego area. Beach rides are $100 for two hours and $135 for three hours. Guided trail rides are $50 for an hour and $75 for an hour and a half. Happy Trails Horse Rentals is easily accessible at 2180 Monument Rd., San Diego. Grab your smartphone and give them a call at (619) 443-3517. Happy Trails is indeed a joyful experience for one and all.

Fore! Golfing in La Jolla

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Golfing during the summer in San Diego, much like holiday golfing, has a distinct essence of its own. Many tourists and business travelers invade San Diego for a taste of our desirable climate, and they also head to San Diego golf courses, especially those located on the coast. Unfortunately, golfing in most cities during the summer typically means there are no available tee times and so many of mosquitoes Monsanto couldn’t knock ‘em out. However, this is far from true for San Diego golfers. Here in charming San Diego County, there are more than 25 public or semi-private golf courses. Consequently, golf aficionados can get on those greens whatever time of the season.

The following list of San Diego golf courses includes useful information (facts, figures and fees) to help you decide where to play your next round of golf in San Diego. Check it out HERE

R. B. Stevenson Gallery Presents Italo Scanga: Treasures from the Estate

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 1.51.10 PMIf you’re an art aficionado or are simply looking for something refreshing and new to do in the lovely seaside community of La Jolla, by all means head over to the R. B. Stevenson Gallery to admire and have an opportunity to purchase some of the favorite pieces of art from the renowned and late artist Italo Scanga. The exhibit opened at the Gallery on February 18, 2017 and runs through March 31, 2017.

Scanga’s favorite works were stored away in his locked studio subsequent to his death in 2001, but his family estate released the works of art to the R. B. Stevenson Gallery so people who never had an opportunity to view his spectacular and innovative art can now have a look at his exquisite and remarkable works.

Scanga was known for collecting objects he found, bought at flea markets and other venues, and who subsequently created splendid works from what most people might be considered junk. Scanga was an inventive neo-Dadaist, neo-Expressionist, and neo-Cubist multimedia artist who created sculptures from the aforementioned objects and also created prints, glass, and ceramic works of art.

One of the pieces on display at the R. B. Stevenson Gallery is his Flame F-002, an exquisite work of blown orange glass. This is not your Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm souvenir stuff, but rather a carefully crafted work of art. Also on display and available for purchase from his estate are painted bronze busts and painted wood assemblages. In addition, two large scale painted assemblages are on display and offered for sale by his estate. These works are found in museums such as San Francisco’s De Young Museum and Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Finally, paintings are also available including his “Untitled (mamma ritomiamo alle montagne).”

After immigrating to the United States in 1947 with his mother, Scanga went on to study at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, Michigan from 1951 to 1953. Politically aware, Scanga was known to research topics and then create works of art that were symbolic of important historical events.

His keen eye and ability to transform ordinary objects into eye-catching works of art is but one reason why stopping by the R. B. Stevenson Gallery would not only be a learning experience for upcoming artists, but additionally a lesson for anyone with respect to how an artist’s imagination and expert craftsmanship appeals to the human senses.

The R. B. Stevenson Gallery is conveniently located at 7661 Girard Avenue #201 in La Jolla in the Phenix Salon Suites building. There is plenty of free two hour parking in the area. Take the opportunity now to see Scanga’s work while it is still available. You’ll certainly be glad you did

Learn more about R.B. Stevenson Gallery HERE

The 2017 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Returns

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The 2017 La Jolla Concours D’Elegance and La Jolla Motor Car Classic returns to the Cove Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9th featuring 300+ spectacular vehicles situated along the Pacific Ocean including French Curves.

The Concours has become one of the most anticipated and must-have “Save The Date” for automobile aficionados internationally. This years theme is Celebrating French Curves, featuring some of the best preserved and stunning examples of French automobiles.

“It’s exciting to see the exquisite preservation and restoration of these incredible automobiles,” says La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Chairman, G. Michael Dorvillier. “We are grateful for the success and growth of the event over the last decade and treasure the uncompromising quality of automobiles and motorcycles that the participants bring to our show field.”

Pricing

General admission tickets ($65 each). Children under 14 years of age are free. VIP tickets are offered at different prices and are available for purchase at the link below.  100% of net proceeds benefit local charity: The La Jolla Historical Society.

For more information on the Concours or purchase tickets please visit LaJollaConcours.com or call 619-233-5008.

Grab a Drink in La Jolla this St. Patrick’s Day

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Hey, San Diego, St. Paddy’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to get your green on! Here are some of the best places to grab a pint of ale, swill some brewski’s, or be like Columbus and take a chance on discovering some fantastic grub in the local area.

La Jolla Brewing Company

Some days you just wanna go, where everybody knows your name … wait, never mind the TV show refrain. If you’re considering a quality local spot that sports a fantastic ambiance, along with tasty grub and refreshing drinks to chill at the end of the work day, look no further than the La Jolla Brewing Company. You’re in luck this March because it’s the epitome of quality when it comes to having the best beer, wine, and food menus around. You’re sure to revel in the celebration with a relaxed and yet exhilarating atmosphere that permeates the restaurant. First of all, the La Jolla Brewing Company does not play around when it comes to making the highest quality craft beers. A simple stride through the welcoming doors will reveal their in-house beer selection features five signature styles: Pale Ale, IPA, Pub Ale, Dry Stout, and Brown Ale. Aye, and they also include a rotating (roll that r!) 24 tap selection of local San Diego County craft beers. In short, the La Jolla Brewing Company provides nothing short of outstanding customer service. The entire staff is knowledgeable, affable, and welcoming thus creating a stimulating and incomparable hospitality during every visit. La Jolla Brewing Company seeks to gain a prominent prestige in the midst of many of the elite breweries throughout the San Diego County area and are gaining on that bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow like nobody’s business. Be sure to head over to this pleasant neighborhood bar located on Fay Ave, between Kline and Pearl St, and right next to Rubio’s. Ya can’t miss the place, laddies and lassies!

Public House

Green burgers? Yeah, maybe not. Nevertheless, the burgers and specialty ales at The Public House La Jolla your home away from home (even if you’re from the Emerald Isle)! You’d be remiss not to breeze through the friendly doors into a welcoming atmosphere to delight in their rotating taps of Belgian and German beers, local San Diego beers, as well as many difficult to locate craft beers and microbrews from all around the world. Besides a fantastic selection of bottled beers, many of which are specialty and limited release beers, locals and visitors alike are sure to find something simply amazing at The Public House La Jolla.

For the tender hearted of ye lads and lasses, the meats are humanely raised: beef, bison, goose, alligator, venison, lamb, duck, rabbit, wild boar and ostrich, just to name a few.

The Public House Bar & Grill is located in the very heart of historic La Jolla Village on Kline Street, between Fay & Eads Street.

The Rooftop La Jolla

Irish eyes are smilin’ this St. Patrick’s Day at The Rooftop La Jolla. This splendid, recently remodeled ocean view lounge provides a spirited and enjoyable atmosphere with more than a wee bit of tranquility and class that everyone can certainly enjoy. It is conveniently located on Prospect Street in the very heart of downtown La Jolla. Rooftop is acknowledged for its consummate fine dining, extraordinary live entertainment, and you have to experience to believe it, truly outstanding service. So whether you’re out this St. Paddy’s Day to drain a pint or three, or perhaps celebrating something special, having a business meeting, or just want to get out and about for an awesome time, The Rooftop La Jolla is just what the doctor ordered for one and all!

And complete your day of bar crawling by visiting Karl Strauss in La Jolla, or their main brewery in Pacific Beach, San Diego. St.

And as always, don’t push your luck – drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

Cheers!

Must Visit La Jolla Beaches (Continued)

A few weeks ago we shared with you 3 La Jolla Beaches you must visit. Because La Jolla is known for its pristine coastline and stunning beaches, there’s a lot of ground (or sand) to cover. With that, we present 5 more La Jolla beaches you should visit this upcoming Spring and Summer.

Boomer Beach

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When it comes to body surfing, it doesn’t get much better than scenic Boomer Beach. The area is located on Coast Boulevard just a tad southwest of La Jolla Cove. Body surfing is awesome here because of the way the surf breaks. The area especially appeals to accomplished body surfers. If there is any downside, body-boarding and surfing are not allowed, but that is only for one’s safety. Hey, again, we’re talking pounding surf here! The summer season is the best time to climb down the sandstone bluff to reach the sand for body surfers, or for those who just want to relax on benches and watch the surf roll in. Boomer Beach is also less crowded than other area beaches, especially during the summer months. Added bonuses consist of a fantastic spot for collecting shells, snorkeling, and getting one’s tan on. And if your timing is right, you can even body surf with sea lions. Restrooms and showers are always available at Ellen Browning Scripps Park located just above the beach.

Shell Beach & Seal Rock

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Another La Jolla favorite is Shell Beach. It is located just south of Boomer Beach. It is a rather small beach but one with a big heart. Shell Beach includes Seal Rock, a huge rock offshore where California sea lions like to hang out and entertain, so be sure to bring along your camera. During extreme low tides, the southern end of Shell Beach has an interesting tidepool-like area, where visitors will delight in seeing a variety of marine creatures. It’s also a great spot for adding to your shell collection or starting one. Shell Beach is a quieter area for but great for those who have a preference for avoiding large, crowded beaches. Wading is popular among kids at Shell Beach, but because the reef comes right up to the shoreline, swimming should be restricted to only experienced swimmers. Snorkeling is ever popular because of the stunning reefs and deep waters just offshore. Body-boarding and surfing are not allowed. For your safety, lifeguards with a keen set of eyes are on duty. Restrooms and shower facilities are available at the Children’s Pool.

Wipeout Beach

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Wipeout Beach is located on Coast Boulevard just a bit south of the Children’s Pool. This is a larger beach with exposed caves during low tides and perfect for getting in those perfect shots with your camera. Despite the fact that the beach is an awesome spot for sunbathers, swimming is not advised because of strong currents and an abundance of rocks. Nevertheless, have a blast exploring caves at this beach, provided they are not choked by flotsam and seaweed.

Marine Street and Whispering Sands Beach

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Marine Street Beach is located at the base of Marine Street. It is an expansive, white sand beach that is nestled between two rock reef points, Little Point on the south and Horseshoe on the north. The scenic reefs just offshore provide an exceptional area for seasoned board and body surfers. Additionally, it is the home of the Whomp, an extreme shore break. One of the great features is that it is clean and there is an abundance of sand. It should go without saying, but this makes it a fantastic area for sunbathing, swimming, diving, or tossing a Frisbee. There are fire rings to crank up some grub, or just chill around, but there no restrooms facilities. The northern end of the beach is sometimes called Whispering Sands Beach but they are actually one and the same. Lifeguards patrol the area during the summer months and on occasional weekends during the spring and fall when the beach is less crowded. One caveat is that parking is particularly limited, but this is owed to the fact that the beach is situated in a residential neighborhood.

Black’s Beach

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Black’s Beach is well-known to those who have an affinity for clothing optional beach going. Although nudity was formally forbidden at this out-of-the-way, bathing suit-optional beach years ago, the long arm of the law hasn’t stopped the more adventurous sunbathers from baring all. Usually these courageous souls hang out on the north side end of the beach near the Gliderport trail. But hey, you don’t have to be a nudist to enjoy Black’s Beach. It is also well-known among surfers for its huge winter swells. Black’s Beach can be challenging to reach, but this is because of the steep trails leading down from the bluffs above. Nevertheless, it is entirely possible to walk during low tide from Torrey Pines in the north or La Jolla Shores from the south. There is no permanent lifeguard station at Black’s Beach, but lifeguards are frequently on duty mid-day from April through the end of October. Nevertheless, because of its remote locale, it can take as long as 20 minutes to receive assistance from lifeguards. At the southern portion of the beach visitors will find an emergency call box. No fixed restroom facilities are available, however portable restrooms are accessible at the Gliderport.