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.

Community Spotlight feature on LJ Crafted Wines

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The Bird Rock community features a winery tasting room in the cozy seaside of La Jolla. One of the unique features of the thriving business is that patrons are able to sample their 11 wines directly from the barrel. In fact, LJ Crafted Wines is the first winery to develop a process of serving wines straight from the barrel, by the glass, or if preferred, ‘to go’ for those who are dropping by their charmingly designed premises.

Historically, the Jooste family consisting of Lowell, Anne and their four children arrived in La Jolla in 2012. However, the Jooste’s are no strangers to the fine wine industry. In fact, they have 25 years plus experience in the South African wine business, as well as four generations of family involvement. The scenic beauty of La Jolla encouraged them to embark on a new path in sunny California.

Another aspect of the Jooste history is the fact that Lowell visited La Jolla on several occasions owing to an enduring family friendship which began prior to World War I. His grandfather was a close friend of fellow WW1 fighter pilot Tom Jackson’s grandfather. In addition, he was a visiting student in viticulture and winemaking during the mid to late 1980s at UC Davis and subsequently labored at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa. It was during this eventful time that he became good friends with Tom, a long time La Jolla native.

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The business makes premium wine in Napa and Russian River, under the direction of expert guidance, all of which adds to Lowell’s previous studies at UC Davis in the previously mentioned late 1980s. Visitors can expect a remarkable experience when they enter LJ Crafted Wines. The winery already has the third vintage under their belt, so to speak, and are ever intent on continuing their long craftsmanship to La Jolla and to San Diegans who possess an affinity for quality wine.

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The 2014 Napa earthquake completely destroyed half of their wine, but fortunately the family still endeavors to provide the seaside community with some of the finest wines available. Their novel idea to ship barrels of wine from Napa, and offer wine directly from the barrel, uses their patent-pending apparatus and is a fresh approach that wine aficionados will marvel at, and that is no exaggeration. Why is this? Ah, the simple answer is that their eco-friendly way of consuming wine directly from the barrel tastes considerably superior to wines straight from the bottle. Simply have a sample and your palate will attest to this fact.

Since Lowell shares La Jolla’s initials, the family unequivocally reasoned that calling their venture LJ Crafted Wines was a great fit. Lowell managed his family’s vineyards (the historic Klein Constantia www.kleinconstantia.com) for two decades plus and also established another winery, Anwilka, along with Bruno Prats and Hubert de Boüard from Bordeaux, France. This makes Lowell and his experienced staff far from mere amateurs.

Their logo was cleverly well-thought-out to best reflect their time-honored family’s rich past and future intentions. LJ Crafted Wines opted to blend their heritage with a further light-hearted component, hence the amusing circus-like ‘Ring Master’ font. Their pelican is a symbol of their home in Bird Rock. Meanwhile, the wreath of oak and olive branches symbolize heritage and achievement, respectively. Additionally, the horseshoe shape represents luck, while the ribbon ties it all together in perfect harmony.

The Lowell family looks forward to welcoming La Jolla regulars and visitors alike to savor their fine wines, accompanied with luxury bites. LJ Crafted Wines is a Bird Rock treat that should not be passed up. Come and see for yourself!

Learn more about LJ Crafted Wines HERE

Finding Art and Culture in La Jolla

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The greater San Diego area is celebrated for its miles upon miles of beaches. And while locals and visitors alike flock to the sands to get their tan on, there is considerably more to explore, see and do. Indeed, there is more to San Diego than soaking up the sun, sinking one’s toes in the sand, and partaking in water and outdoor happenings. In fact, the cultural climate is just as awesome as the San Diego climate.

San Diego has a flourishing and energetic arts, culture and theater community. There are a great number of museums in San Diego which offer a variety of exhibits that visitors should not miss out on. Additionally, San Diego theater is a blast and tourists and locals can enjoy numerous plays, musicals and other live theater events. Indeed, San Diego theater has something to offer for the entire family and those who get out and about will surely benefit from the cultural aspects of San Diego that will surely enrich their lives.

No matter what your preferences may be, San Diego’s art, culture and theaters provide even the most casual observer an exhilarating and memorable experience that will not be forgotten. The San Diego art and culture community is ever changing, and while there are not necessarily as many cultural spots in the community as there were in the past, there are nevertheless more individuals who support San Diego art, culture and theater than ever before. In a nutshell, San Diego art and culture is thriving and sound. What follows are three places where you, friends or family are able to enjoy San Diego’s rich and rewarding culture.

La Jolla Playhouse

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La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California is located on the UCSD college campus at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. The venue was established as a summerstock theater by none other than Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer way back in 1947. In essence, the venue is a cultural San Diego landmark. Additionally, La Jolla Playhouse boasts of over 300 local and national awards, including 30 Tony Awards. These accolades make it one of the more outstanding and foremost theaters in the entire country because of the various assortment of quality productions of favorite classics, innovative plays, and musicals.
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La Jolla Music Society

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La Jolla Music Society is known for producing world-class symphony orchestra San Diego events and classical music productions. They present many internationally-known artists throughout the year, and have quickly earned its place as one of San Diego’s major classical presenters of symphony orchestra music. They are also responsible for a wildly popular summer concert series and chamber music festival called SummerFest in La Jolla. Taking place throughout August, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest features over 70 world-class music artists and has been a huge hit as a San Diego concert series for more than 15 years.
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San Diego Symphony

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San Diego Symphony is the oldest production organization in the city. Its talented members perform professional productions numerous times each year in Symphony Hall San Diego. The San Diego Symphony conducts performances in the charmingly lavish Copley Symphony Hall located at 750 B Street in downtown San Diego. The Symphony is comprised of 80 full-time members in the expansive orchestra, but dependent on the music being performed, additional professional musicians join in. Overall, the San Diego Symphony is a treat that should not be passed up.
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The Old Globe Theatre

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If you are in the Balboa Park area, another fantastic venue is The Old Globe Theatre located at 1363 Old Globe Way. Most people are not aware of the fact that The Old Globe Theatre is the longest established professional theater in California, not to mention the oldest professional theater in the entire country. Long commended for its timeless classics, The Old Globe Theater has recently been praised for its world premieres as well. Each and every summer, The Old Globe Theatre sponsors its countrywide celebrated Shakespeare Festival, a series of events that are a must see. The Old Globe Theatre presents 15 plays and musicals year-round on three stages. Visitors would be remiss to miss out on the experience of The Old Globe Theater.

San Diego is more than fun and sun. Its rich cultural events are memorable and offer various events and opportunities to get out of the sun for a change and spend a day or evening with family, friends and loved ones.
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