Best La Jolla & San Diego Running Spots

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You can feel it. The weather is getting warmer, and we’re entering into spring. If you’re starting to think about getting fit for summer the San Diego Area is the perfect place to get into a more active lifestyle, with trails and opportunities for outdoor excitement in abundance. Here are some possibilities for you.

Broken Hill Trail in La Jolla

Take 1-5 to La ]olla Village Drive west. Then take North Torrey Pines Road to the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Park in the northernmost area of the golf course. From the parking lot, head north on the sidewalk that parallels North Torrey Pines Road. Veer left at the fire road and look for the beginning of the trail. Be careful because the trail head is easy to miss.

Once on the trail, you’ll find yourself zigzagging your way through the Torrey Pines State Reserve. There are two trails, South Fork or North Fork. No matter which you take, you’ll end up headed for a steep but scenic area covered with chaparral and just a few trees, Broken Hill Trail. It is the longest of the six trails in the Torrey Pines State Reserve. The trail itself is 1.3 miles via the South Fork but you can turn it into a thirteen mile hike by walking along the beach to the Del Mar lifeguard station and then back up the cliff. Be careful. This route is quite rocky and you should watch your footing and slow down on your way to the beach.

Jewel Trail in La Jolla

Located in downtown La Jolla along Coast Boulevard: Drive into La Jolla from Torrey Pines Road and then turn right on Prospect Street. Veer right down to Coast Boulevard and park where you can to find La Jolla Jewel Trail.

Jewel Trail in La Jolla follows the perimeter of the western side of La Jolla. From La Jolla Cove at the downtown La Jolla (the north end) the trail travels all the way down to Bird Rock. It routes down Coast Boulevard, giving you stunning views of the Pacific Ocean’s La Jolla coastline and continues south through a residential area until reaching Bird Rock. The trail is 3.2 scenic miles long but be aware of tourists and cars and not that the trail is one way and doesn’t loop back.

Fiesta Island Run

Exit the 5 freeway at Sea World Drive and then enter Fiesta Island by taking a right onto Fiesta Island Road. Park anytime along the side of the road and run counterclockwise around the loop until you get back to your car.

The road surrounding Fiesta Island Run is a loop around the island four and a half miles long. (You could choose a smaller route because the road is intersected at one point.) This is located in Mission Bay, and the Mission Bay Area is famous for its jet skiing and windsurfing so you’re sure to see some activity. You can only run in a counter-clockwise direction on this road.

Cabrillo National Monument Run in Point Loma

Take I-5 south and exit at Rosecrans and stay straight to Talbot Street, then west to Catalina Boulevard south. Catalina Boulevard becomes Cabrillo Memorial Drive and goes directly to the National Monument Park, where there is plenty of parking. Go north on Cabrillo Memorial Drive past the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. (The view of Coronado and Downtown San Diego makes the ride incredible.) Turn right on Talbot Street and take it to Shelter Island, where the road becomes Catalina Boulevard.

Begin wherever you’d like along this run but remember it’s not a loop but a twelve mile straight shot. The south to-north loop is the real gem on this route. Run along the harbor (on the sidewalk or grassy areas) until you get to Harbor Island. There, a longer loop runs west-to-east. Continue on the harbor side walkway along the water to Seaport Village, San Diego. The views on this run are really breathtaking.

“Marilyn’s Run” on Coronado

Take 1-5 South to the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge and then across to Coronado. Take Orange Avenue through downtown past the Hotel del Coronado and park in the free public lot at the Coronado Shores, the famous high-rise condos.

This route is named after superstar Marilyn Monroe even though she wasn’t a runner. She loved Coronado, though, enjoying it while filming “Some Like It Hot” in 1958 at the Hotel Del Coronado.  In a lot of ways, Coronado is one big running trail. The two most popular trails start in the hotel area and head south. Looking for a beach run? Run the seven mile trot over the glistening sands of Silver Strand State Beach to Imperial Beach. Careful of a tide-weathered slope for about a half-mile south of the Shores. Would you rather run on asphalt? Start at the Coronado Yacht Club along Highway 75 (Silver Strand Boulevard.) You can run the asphalt bike path and you’re likely to find joggers there at any time of the day or night. This run is also a seven mile trek, one way.

San Elijo Lagoon Run

Take 1-5 to Manchester Avenue West. Then take Coast Highway south. Park along the road at the north end of Cardiff State Beach.

You’ll want to start on the coast in Encinitas. Run south, cross at the light, and then have a whole lot of fun when you reach the swamp area. This is undeveloped and has intertwining hiking and equestrian trails. The trails go all through the swamp-like area surrounding San Elijo Lagoon.

Featuring: 327 Nautilus St, La Jolla, CA 92037

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FOR SALE: $4,695,000

LOT: approximately 5,000 sqft – 3 beds 4 baths

Framing an arrival to your Southern Californian Contemporary home on Nautilus, be greeted by a haven surrounded by Monterey Cypress trees that fade into Windansea Beach Natural Waterpark at the corner of Nautilus Street and Neptune Place. Surf, fish, tide pool, do cryogenics, meditate, walk in the golden white sand, and watch brilliant sunsets every day. With 4,255 sq/ft and seamless indoor/outdoor living, combined with a pool, game room and roof deck, this local architectural gem is designed to include your every waking desire. Imagine yourself in the most beautiful coastal town known as La Jolla California.

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This home is a Southern California Contemporary Masterpiece commemorating convenient lifestyle and functional flow of indoor/outdoor living. Custom architectural details include a niche gallery hall leading to the master bedroom. Skylights throughout the home inviting an abundance of natural light. The flow from the kitchen to dining room to great room with bi-fold doors allows a seamless indoor/outdoor living experience. Upon approach to your private timeless modern home, be greeted by sheets of a water wall while crossing a bridge threshold entry. In the center of the kitchen is an island and is designed with a convenient walk around space with the dining room and living room in sight.

Beyond the living room is an open space for grass and also features a pool. Floating stairs assist you up to the second level where two en-suite bedrooms complete with frameless glass balconies are located. The laundry room is in between both of these bedrooms. Now follow the niche gallery hall with skylights overhead to the master bedroom with north facing bed space and a fireplace. A spacious master bedroom and a generous sized walk-in closet that also has an island. The master bathroom has dual sinks, vanity, two shower head locations and free standing tub. The roof deck features outstanding views of the ocean to the north and south and fabulous east views of the Muirlands and homes in La Jolla.

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The home also has a downstairs living area that can be utilized as a play room, theater, wine cellar or an optional bedroom. The outside area of the basement has a fire-pit and sitting area which can be seen when entering the home. Other details include metal windows, thirteen feet ceilings, terrazzo concrete materials finishes, frameless glass balconies, three parking spaces in the detached garage which has also been engineered to accommodate a lift for additional cars or items. Home also uses a reclaimed water system and it’s private upon entry at front door and via detached garage as lush landscaping frames the exterior. Framing an arrival to your Southern Californian Contemporary home on Nautilus Street.

San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events: February 24th & 25th

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Whether you like museums and theater, shopping or the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to do in La Jolla and the San Diego area this week. Start making your plans today!
Saturday, February 24th:
 

Macy’s Museum Month
Ongoing, Locations Vary

 
Get ready to see some amazing pieces of art, as it’s Museum month in San Diego! Even better, Macy’s and the San Diego Museum Council have partnered up to offer half-price admission to more than 40 local museums for the entire month of February. Visit any Macys pick up passes- good for up to four people.
 
 
Lucky Street Vintage Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1722 South Coast Highway #3, Oceanside
 

If you’re a sucker for vintage, you will love Lucky Street Productions vintage marketplace. You’re sure to find just about every style of vintage in this large warehouse filled with treasures. Every Saturday and Sunday!

Sunday, February 25th:
 
Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
 

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

The Importance of Being Earnest
7 p.m., The Old Globe Theatre The Old Globe

The Old Globe Theatre proudly presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The story follows Jack and Algernon, a pair of bachelors attempting to maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Performances run at various times through March 4; with ticket prices varying by day.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: February 24th & 25th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. This week we’re featuring four La Jolla homes. Happy house hunting!

When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1740 Colgate Circle
Details: 
$4,650,000. 5BR/6.5BA. This gorgeous home is a sizable, soft contemporary estate that checks off all of boxes on your wish list!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
Details: 
$2,495,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 258 Coast Boulevard
Details: $10,900,000. 4BR/5BA. Oceanfront in the heart of La Jolla – Steps to the village!!!!!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 595 San Antonio Avenue
Details: 
$8,000,000-$9,500,876. 5BR/5BA and 2 Half Baths. This beautiful home is prominently positioned on 100 feet of prime bay frontage in the coveted La Playa area of Point Loma!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: February 17th & 18th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. This week we’re featuring five La Jolla homes. Happy house hunting!

When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1555 Soledad Avenue
Details:
$2,898,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Awe-inspiring views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla’s scenic coastline are yours to covet from this beautiful Mediterranean Villa!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 1591 Loring Street
Details:
$2,495,000. 4BR/4.5BA. Embrace the coveted coastal San Diego lifestyle from this stunning contemporary home!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 428 Nob Avenue
Details:
$3,195,000. 6BR/4BA. Extensively remodeled home in Olde Del Mar!!!!! 6 Bedrooms with an ocean view!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 258 Coast Boulevard
Details: $10,900,000. 4BR/5BA. Oceanfront in the heart of La Jolla – Steps to the village!!!!!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 2181 Guy Street
Details: $3,150,000. 5BR/5.5BA. This gorgeous home is a sizable, soft contemporary estate that checks off all of boxes on your wish list!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events: February 17th & 18th

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It’s going to be another beautiful weekend in San Diego and La Jolla. Whether you like to shop, paint, go to the theater or get outside and exercise, there’s something for everyone!
Saturday, February 17th:
Lucky Street Vintage Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1722 South Coast Highway #3, Oceanside

If you’re a sucker for vintage, you will love Lucky Street Productions vintage marketplace. You’re sure to find just about every style of vintage in this large warehouse filled with treasures. Every Saturday and Sunday!

Painting by the Sea
3 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado

Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean that the romance has to end. Head over to Hotel Del Coronado and paint by the sea! Guests will be painting the hotels red turret with heard shaped clouds. Classes are an hour and a half, and they welcome in novice to intermediate painters.

Sunday, February 18th:
Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

The Importance of Being Earnest
7 p.m., The Old Globe Theatre The Old Globe

The Old Globe Theatre proudly presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The story follows Jack and Algernon, a pair of bachelors attempting to maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Performances run at various times through March 4; with ticket prices varying by day.

Spotlight Feature: An Interview with Jason Millard of California Bicycle

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California Bicycle is located on La Jolla Blvd. right off of Pearl Street. The family owned company has been serving La Jolla since 1977. The last three decades have been spent not only providing great customer service, but filling every customer’s bike-related needs. Whether you are looking for a beach cruiser to explore gorgeous beach areas in La Jolla, road bikes to amp up fitness routines, Mountain bikes for some off roading in the mountains or hiking trails, or beginners bikes for children and adults, California Bicycle has everything in stock. They also have a large amount of bike parts and accessories as well as provide in store service and maintenance on bike items. Visit California Bicycle Tuesday through Saturday and get yourself on out on two wheels.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Jason Millard of California Bicycle.

What is the history behind California Bicycle? I understand that it’s been a family owned business for three decades, originally owned by your dad Kevin?

My dad, Kevin Millard started California Bicycle in 1976 at the age of 16.

Did your dad come from a cycling background? What made him want to get involved in owning a bike shop?

He always loved bicycles and began working in a bicycle store at the age of 13. He loved the mechanical side of a bicycle and that passion continues today. He did a lot of riding when he was younger including a long tour of Europe by bicycle in 1976 right before he opened our store.

In addition to selling bikes, what other services do you offer?

We offer a full service family-oriented store. We specialize in everything bicycle–sales, service, and rentals. Our reputation for higher-end bicycles expands around the world. Our clients will travel to us for their custom built dream bicycles.

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California Bicycle has won several awards over the past few years. What makes you stand out from other bike shops?

Our pride. We take a lot of pride in everything we do – offering the best selection of products and the absolute best personalized service you will find in any retail environment. Call us old school, but we still prefer a good old fashioned handshake over a fancy e-commerce website that offers no personal interaction. We instill in our entire California Bicycle Team to treat our clients like family. This “Cheers” type atmosphere shines through whole heartily and we truly do remember everyone’s name!

You guys have been in the business for over 40 years, what trends are you seeing in the industry?

We are celebrating our 42nd year, all of which have been in La Jolla. I think the largest growth we are seeing locally is the electric bike market. This new breed of bicycle is now offering riders of all skill levels an opportunity to enjoy La Jolla in ways that was not possible just a year ago.  With four different brands of electric bicycles we have an option for everyone. For our clients that live up the hill, Mt. Soledad is no longer a problem with these high powered-pedal assist bicycles.

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Of all the bike brands, are there any companies we should get excited about?

Over the past four decades we have learned to pick our brand partners wisely.  We have partnered with these brands for their advancements in technology, materials, and client support.  We work very closely with our partners to insure we offer our clients the best products and after-sale support possible.

It seems like you’re very involved in the community. What is the best part of having a store in La Jolla?

The best part about the village is the diversity of the people. We operate in one of the most beautiful places in the country and maybe the world. People come from all over the world to visit ‘The Jewel” and the beauty it offers. The locals are fabulous and many have been clients since we opened 42 years ago.

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Every Saturday you guys do the morning group ride- can you tell us a little about that? 

We started our Saturday Morning Ride years ago.  We created this event for beginning to intermediate riders. There are many rides in San Diego that cater to the more aggressive riders which intimidates the beginners. Our ride leaders are California Bicycle Ambassadors that offer many tips and tricks, safety recommendations and will never leave riders behind (we always stay together).

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Are there any upcoming events you want to let folks know about?

Our most exciting news for 2018 is the addition of our California Bicycle Ambassador Squad. We started this group of hand-selected riders to focus on bicycle awareness, safety, and advocacy. You should plan on seeing our squad all over San Diego doing road/trail maintenance, bicycle training rides, safety courses, helping to promote a healthy lifestyle and many other things to come.  We would also like to reach out to our community to teach children about the benefits of riding and appropriate cycling etiquette. This is an all-volunteer squad, so if you see us out there be sure to say hi!

For more information about California Bicycle, click HERE.


8-395x600-1We would love to promote you or a friend’s San Diego business via our 80+ year established diverse local media brand:

Serving the San Diego area for over 80 years, Blue Book Media Group has been generating enormous amounts of revenue for local businesses in the La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe areas, along with San Diego County businesses wanting to do business in these same areas thanks to their consistent advertising with our media brand. Our local La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe Blue Books (annual community guides) are so revered and used by the long time area locals that they refer to our print and web resources as the Bible of La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe.

We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

We are thankful to have so many local businesses who have been advertising with us successfully every year since the 1940’s. We would like to be able to bring you the same huge ROI we have brought other local businesses each year due to their advertising with us.

For more information on our nearly 500-page annual Blue Book community resources, our website, our app, or our social media platforms, please call 858-454-7939 today.

Some ad space opportunities are limited as so many businesses renew their same ad spots with us year after year. We hope to hear from you soon.

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Spotlight Feature: An Interview with Sima Alefi of Serenity Financial Planning

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Sima Alefi is a wealth management advisor. She helps her clients break down financial details into a simple picture of where they stand, without using complicated financial jargon. Sima can help you focus on making a plan for your financial future today.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Sima Alefi about her business.

I understand that you have over two decades in the financial industry. Can you tell us a little bit about your background?:

My background is finance and business management. I started out back in 1994, so 24 years in the financial industry. I started a very successful practice in Northern California, and now I’ve relocated down to Southern California.

Well welcome to Southern California! What do you like best about La Jolla?

La Jolla just feels like a small, cozy town. It’s so serene. I love the ocean, the people, the atmosphere, the little shops. I just love everything about La Jolla.

Are there other advisors on your team?

I’m completely independent. I am the only advisor in the business, yet affiliated with LPL Financial.

So in your opinion, when is the right time for someone to seriously start planning their financial future?

There is really no time. My philosophy is that it’s time in the market, not timing the market. Nobody can predict the future, so to stay abreast of your financial goals the best thing to do is to take the first step. It’s like the Chinese proverb, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” For people that are pre-retirees or retirees, they probably need to stop procrastinating about seeking professional advice and consult with a professional. There can always be surprises in the market and they won’t know what decisions to make.

What would you say is the key to a successful retirement plan?

The key to a successful retirement plan is to pay yourself first, even before you pay your bills. Also, diversify, stay away from greed, and seek professional help.

What is the most common financial mistake you see people make

The most common mistake is selling at the wrong time or buying at the wrong time, and also following the advice of their family, friends or neighbors as opposed to financial advisors. You wouldn’t go to a friend when you get sick, you go to a doctor. The same thing applies to managing finances.

You seem very warm and personable, so I’m sure for you it’s not just a business transactions with your clients:

I pride myself in keeping clients fees low, be generous with my time, making sure that I always do what’s in the client’s best interest and not my firms, and giving people the service and the attention that they deserve.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:

Seeing people achieve their financial goals. For example if somebody is retired or retiring and they’re seeking better interest rates in todays market, and since interest rates are low, they usually think that there’s not much out there to help them get a nice income stream from the assets that they’ve saved. So to find out that I could actually provide a comfortable retirement income for them and give them more choices than the average CD is rewarding.

I’d imagine that you foster a long relationship with your clients as well:

Yes, I cherish the relationships not only with them, but with their children and their grandchildren.

Sima A. Alefi is a Registered Representative with, and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC.

To learn more about Sima, click HERE. 


8-395x600-1We would love to promote you or a friend’s San Diego business via our 80+ year established diverse local media brand:

Serving the San Diego area for over 80 years, Blue Book Media Group has been generating enormous amounts of revenue for local businesses in the La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe areas, along with San Diego County businesses wanting to do business in these same areas thanks to their consistent advertising with our media brand. Our local La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe Blue Books (annual community guides) are so revered and used by the long time area locals that they refer to our print and web resources as the Bible of La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe.

We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

We are thankful to have so many local businesses who have been advertising with us successfully every year since the 1940’s. We would like to be able to bring you the same huge ROI we have brought other local businesses each year due to their advertising with us.

For more information on our nearly 500-page annual Blue Book community resources, our website, our app, or our social media platforms, please call 858-454-7939 today.

Some ad space opportunities are limited as so many businesses renew their same ad spots with us year after year. We hope to hear from you soon.

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