Romantic Getaways in La Jolla

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Looking for a getaway this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered.

If a resort or spa vacation is what you have your heart set on, you may choose to check into a host of lavish vacation spots in La Jolla. Some of these consist of the Hyatt Regency, the Marriott Hotel, the Hilton, the Estancia Hotel and Spa, the Lodge at Torrey Pines, and the renowned La Jolla Shores Hotel. When you check in at these finer resort hotels, fully expect to be indulged with all the spoiling you need. Indeed, from massages by the pool to beauty and rejuvenating treatments, visitors will find the treatment exemplary. In addition, you will experience fine dining at La Jolla’s resort hotels, all of which feature some of the preeminent restaurants and celebrated chefs in the greater San Diego area.

As an extra bonus, if you happen to be a golf or tennis aficionado, La Jolla offers two great hotels that will situate you and/or your loved ones right next to all the action. For one, the Lodge at Torrey Pines offers all the amenities of an extravagant resort and is situated nearby the acclaimed Torrey Pines Golf Course, a stop on the PGA tour. In addition, The La Jolla Shores Hotel is situated next to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, and is positioned on one of San Diego’s finest beaches. Replete with an expansive grassy picnic area and mild surf, La Jolla Shores Beach is absolutely picture-perfect for the entire family.

On the other hand, if cozy and the romantic beckons you, by all means consider checking in to one of numerous bed and breakfast inns in La Jolla. For instance, The Bed and Breakfast Inn in La Jolla is situated mere steps from La Jolla Cove and offers more than a few delightful rooms with cozy fireplaces. Conversely, for business travelers, the smaller La Jolla inns are indeed a comfy home away from home and yet still provide suitable locales and sought after creature comforts.

If you’d like to imerse yourself in La Jolla’s historical past and culture, you’ll immediately fall head over heels with refined and deep-rooted hotels, including the distinguished Grande Colonial and La Valencia. Both of these quality accommodations are located in the very heart of La Jolla Village near shops, quality restaurants, interesting museums and unique art galleries.

For a little background, consider that The Grande Colonial commenced business way back in 1913, thus making it La Jolla’s oldest, original hotel. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it was designed by Richard Requa, an architect who also conceived many of the historic buildings in San Diego’s world-renown Balboa Park.

During the Roaring 20s, the hotel attained the popular drugstore next door, moving it inside the hotel along with featuring an ice cream parlor on the sidewalk just out front. Consequently, both the sidewalk cafe and the hotel soon became an admired place to hang out for residents and celebrities who wanted to get away. Believe it or not, the drugstore pharmacist was none other than Gregory Peck, Sr., the father of well-known thespian Gregory Peck, who was born and raised in La Jolla and subsequently established the celebrated La Jolla Playhouse. Today the Grande Colonial remains a popular gathering spot for visitors to La Jolla. The hotel staff takes pride in offering guests an exclusive combo of up-to-date amenities and old-fashioned, European sophistication. And you surely don’t want to miss out on the award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant!

La Jolla boasts of other famous historic hotels such as the La Valencia, an amiable Spanish-style edifice looking out over the Pacific Ocean. Also known as the Pink Lady, La Valencia initially launched in 1926. Much like the Grande Colonial, La Valencia rapidly became trendy with numerous celebs, especially those who happened to be acting at the La Jolla Playhouse. In addition to La Jolla native Gregory Peck, other stars included Dorothy McGuire, Mel Ferrer, Jose Ferrer, Joseph Cotton, Richard Basehart, Charlton Heston, Ginger Rogers, Jennifer Jones, Lorne Green, and David Niven. Furthermore, La Jolla novelist Raymond Chandler often chose to frequent the hotel’s Whaling Bar and used La Valencia as a setting for his mystery thriller, Playback. The Pink Lady still appeals to visitors from around the world today, but natives and residents cherish it because of its lunches, Sunday brunches, and the scenic 180-degree view from the top floor Sky Room restaurant. La Valencia is also a very popular location for weddings and other jubilant merriments and unique festivities.

Whatever your desires and circumstances when visiting La Jolla, there is a hotel accommodation that is historic, modern, simple or luxurious. Indeed, whether you seek to vacation or visit the very heart of the Village or close by, you will constantly discover something distinctive when you visit La Jolla.


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La Jolla & San Diego Weekend Events: February 1st & 2nd

 

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The weather is perfect, this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!

Saturday, February 1st:

Beer Off Flavors Class
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Pure Project Balboa Park
Class never seemed so fun. This educational workshop at Pure Project’s Balboa Park tasting room (2865 Fifth Ave.) is all about discovering six “off flavors” in craft beer and how to identify them. The taste testing offers a discussion to help you sharpen your brew senses. Tickets cost $30 and include a pour of Pure Project beer after the class. 21+, obvi.

Sushi & Beer Pairing
1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Societe Brewing Company
If you want to keep the party going, why not head over for sushi and suds? The Good Seed Food Company has teamed up with Societe Brewing to offer a four-course, four-beer pairing at the brewery’s tasting room on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard Saturday afternoon. Attendees will munch on four rolls paired with Societe beer; tickets cost $20.

Sunday, January 26th

Yoga + Mimosa Mornings
9:30 a.m., Windmill Food Hall (Carlsbad)
Looking for some peace and tranquility this weekend? Enjoy a Sunday morning yoga session at the brand-new Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad led by a certified instructor. Afterward, 21+ participants can enjoy a mimosa at the foodie-friendly attraction. This class costs $5; and be sure to bring your own mat. Namaste.

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Remember to wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels the walk.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: February 1st & 2nd

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties:

MLS#190054364
101 Coast Blvd., #3A, La Jolla
$2,500,000
3BR/2.5BA
-Open house Saturday 2/1 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Daniel Albrecht 858-926-8779

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MLS#190062034
6154 Soledad Mountain Road, La Jolla
$2,150,000
3BR/2 Full & 2 Half baths
-Open house Saturday 2/1 1:30 to 4:00 – Susana Corrigan 858-229-8120

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Team Chodorow Open House Schedule:

Saturday 2/1 (1-4PM)

– 6643 Aranda Ave ($2,475,000)
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La Jolla Weekend Events: January 25th & 26th

The weather is perfect, this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!

Saturday, January 25th

Australia Day Celebration
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, San Diego Zoo
Australia Day is a national holiday in Australia. This year, the San Diego Zoo is celebrating it too as part of efforts to raise awareness about the devastating, ongoing fires in Australia that have created a crisis for both the country and its diverse wildlife. This weekend, the zoo will feature special Australian shows, music and more, and visitors can even “adopt” a koala. The Australia Day events begin at 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and are included with admission to the zoo (or with a membership).

Ruocco Park Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (Every Saturday) Ruocco Park
This Saturday farmers market sets up shop every weekend on Harbor Lane, at Ruocco Park overlooking the San Diego Bay. Expect a healthy lineup of local vendors selling everything from coffee to street food and, of course, an epic view.

Sunday, January 26th

Yoga + Mimosa Mornings
9:30 a.m., Windmill Food Hall (Carlsbad)
Enjoy a Sunday morning yoga session at the brand-new Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad led by a certified instructor. Afterward, 21+ participants can enjoy a mimosa at the foodie-friendly attraction. This class costs $5; bring your own mat.

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails – the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop, or the Riverside Grinding Rocks – while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels the walk.

San Diego & La Jolla Weekend Events: January 18th & 19th

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The weather is perfect, this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!

Saturday, January 18th

City Heights Health Fair
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Copley-Price Family YMCA
The 5th annual City Heights Health Fair returns to the Copley-Price Family YMCA this weekend, a free event that aims to connect the community with health and wellness providers. The event will include mobile clinics, free health screenings and chances to get a flu shot. The street team with NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will be there; drop by our booth to say hello!

Ruocco Park Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (Every Saturday) Ruocco Park
This Saturday farmers market sets up shop every weekend on Harbor Lane, at Ruocco Park overlooking the San Diego Bay. Expect a healthy lineup of local vendors selling everything from coffee to street food and, of course, an epic view.

Sunday, January 19th:

Yoga + Mimosa Mornings
9:30 a.m., Windmill Food Hall (Carlsbad)
Enjoy a Sunday morning yoga session at the brand-new Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad led by a certified instructor. Afterward, 21+ participants can enjoy a mimosa at the foodie-friendly attraction. This class costs $5; bring your own mat.

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails – the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop, or the Riverside Grinding Rocks – while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels the walk.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: January 18th & 19th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties:

MLS#190054364
101 Coast Blvd., #3A, La Jolla
$2,500,000
3BR/2.5BA
-Open house Saturday 1/18 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. – Daniel Albrecht 858-926-8779

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Team Chodorow Open House Schedule:
Open Sunday ONLY (1-4PM)

– 827 Muirlands Vista Way  $2,295,000
– 5990 Sagebrush  $1,350,000
5990 Sagebrush 827 MVW

Best Dog Parks in La Jolla and San Diego

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With San Diego’s near perfect weather and abundance of outdoor activities it’s no wonder so many people bring along their four-legged friends to enjoy the day with them. Dogs love walking down the beach boardwalk with the wind in their face as they cruise along in the car, but dogs also need a place where they can just be dogs.

San Diegans have a multitude of dog parks and dog-friendly beaches to choose from all across the county which is why San Diego is considered such a dog friendly city.

We have made it easy for you to find the best dog friendly parks and dog beaches in San Diego with the amenities that will make both you and your furry friends happy.

Capehart Park (La Jolla & Pacific Beach Dog Park) Located in La Jolla at 4747 Soledad Mountain Road, this 24 hour Pacific Beach and La Jolla dog park offers 2 completely fenced pens (1 designated for smaller dogs and 1 for larger dogs), areas to provide water for dogs, a drinking fountain, picnic tables and benches and ample parking directly next to the two parks. The two fenced areas are small and so this La Jolla Dog Park is really better suited to small dogs. The people are always friendly and it is a very nice place for small dogs to play in a safe, friendly area. Map and directions to Capehart Park available here.

Fiesta Island Dog Park & Dog Beach Located in Mission Bay Park; Fiesta Island is open 24 hours and offers a 5.2 mile asphalt path around the island. Most of the island is designated as leash free and there are lots of dunes to play in and calm bay waters for dogs to cool off. The dog park at Fiesta Island is very unique in that it really is a huge open natural area that you can roam around. There are two dog beach areas at Fiesta Island and they are great because the tide is very shallow which means that your dog only has to walk in a few feet before they are swimming. So if your dog likes to swim, both of the two dog beaches here are great because they can begin swimming almost immediately after entering the water. To learn more, click here.

Nate’s Point (Balboa Park Dog Park) Located in Balboa Park immediately south of El Prado/Laurel Street and east of Balboa Drive, this 24 hour, off-leash dog park is 2.3 acres and is one of the most popular dog parks in San Diego, with many visitors to it every day of the year. This Balboa Park dog park is fenced and includes a drinking fountain, picnic tables and a double-entry gate to ensure no dogs escape. Because it is such a popular San Diego dog park, it is often busy and full of all types of dogs, big and small. For map and directions, click here.

Morley Field Dog Park is located at 2221 Morley Field Dr (its entrance is near the intersection of Alabama St. and Morley Field Dr.). The main off-leash area consists of a large grass field and there is a drinking fountain to fill up dog bowls and several pet clean up stations. It is open 24 hours. Morley Field is in close proximity to the Florida Canyon Nature Trails which dogs can explore back on their leashes. For map and directions, click here.

Grape Street Park (South Park Dog Park in San Diego) Located at 2800 Grape Street and 28th St in South Park. Just south of North Park and east of Balboa Park, this is one of San Diego’s best dog parks. It is basically one large open field with enough room for dogs to roam from one group to the next while also finding space to explore on their own. This non-fenced dog park is 5 acres and has designated leash-free hours as follows: Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 9:00pm and Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
9:00am to 9:00pm. Dog owners in this part of town are very nice and outgoing and it’s an easy place to make new friends. But as mentioned, it is unfenced on one side and so if you’re dog tends to explore, this San Diego dog park may not be the best option for you. For map and directions, click here.

Cadman Community Park (Clairemont Dog Park)  Located at 4230 Avati Drive in Clairemont, this park has a children’s playground right next to it so you can watch your kids and dog easily at the same time. This park is not fenced and has off leash hours as follows: During the school year- Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. & 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Summer vacation- Daily 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dusty Rhodes Dog Park is located on Sunset Cliffs Blvd between Nimitz and West Point Loma. This 1 acre fenced dog park is open from dawn to dusk and offers a separate pen for smaller dogs. There is a drinking fountain, benches, public restrooms nearby as well as a children’s play area nearby.

Torrey Highlands Park Located on Lansdale Drive off of Del Mar Heights Road (the park is immediately behind the facilities building) this 1 acre fenced dog park offers a half grass and half dirt play area as well as a drinking fountain. This San Diego dog park is centrally located for residents of Del Mar, Carmel Valley and Torrey Highlands.

Doyle Community Dog Park (La Jolla University City) Located at 8175 Regents Road, this park is behind Doyle Recreation Center and offers two leash-free fenced areas (one for small dogs and one for large dogs). It is open 24 hours a day, but there are no lights. There is a drinking fountain and picnic tables available. For map and directions, click here