Love Is In the Air: Celebrating Valentine’s Day in La Jolla

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Valentine’s Day, the quintessential day of love, is rapidly approaching. More than a splendid day of gifting chocolates and flowers to someone special. There’s hardly anything more romantic than a tranquil environment where quality wine and a delectable meal in a five-star restaurant may be enjoyed with your loved one. How convenient would it be if one of the better restaurants in La Jolla were actually located inside your hotel? As luck would have it for vacationers and local San Diegans alike, there are numerous hotels in La Jolla with premier on-site restaurants, all crème de la crème for a celebration of romance in San Diego’s premier seaside community.

The restaurant inside the elegant Empress Hotel is located near the ocean, a delightful hotel that caters to guests from around the country. The Empress features a restaurant appropriately named Manhattan that mimics the presence and atmosphere of a definitive New York lounge. Live piano shows pay tribute to an unobtrusive and warm ambiance. Diners and lovers alike have a choice to either eat in the bar lounge area, or conversely may opt to spend their special time together relishing their meal in the private dining room. Designated as San Diego’s Best Romantic Restaurant, Manhattan provides its diners with the additional extravagance of an award-winning menu, featuring specialties such as veal chop, a signature scampi, classic cannelloni and homemade pastas. For that special Valentine’s Day romantic date, Manhattan’s delicious offerings, along with its reserved, affectionate surroundings make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience long to be cherished by lovers.

The Nine-Ten Restaurant is a first-rate steakhouse conveniently located on La Jolla’s historic Prospect Street inside the Grande Colonial. Nine-Ten diners have an option to revel in airy al-fresco dining on its private sidewalk patio, or in the soothing ambiance of its indoor dining room which features opulent mahogany wood accents and lofty ceilings. Nine-Ten provides its ever-welcome guests this Valentine’s Day with an expansive selection of quality, local menu choices and fine wine. Couples are able to pamper themselves with delightful dishes crafted from locally grown produce and indigenous La Jolla seafood. The atmosphere at Nine-Ten is the perfect place to enjoy numerous entrees along with tastefully paired wine. For that romantic night you seek with your special someone, Nine-Ten delivers lasting memories along with its memorable menu selections.

The Shores Restaurant is fittingly located in the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The restaurant provides lovers and couples with an incomparable ocean view of the Pacific. For lovers who prefer to enjoy the fresh scent of the Pacific replete with the sound of the waves, as well as relax in a calm ocean breeze, The Shores Restaurant features an open-air patio. The expansive layout and modest decor creates a laid back setting that is great for lovers and couples seeking a special night out filled with a romantic atmosphere and a mouth-watering menu.

Additionally, guests staying at the La Jolla Shores Hotel may be ensured they will receive kingly and queenly treatment from their deluxe, full-service accommodations. They additionally offer special romance deals that include special discounts and accompaniments to enhance a special Valentine’s Day stay.

It’s A Date! Finding Romance in La Jolla

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Candlelight. Wine. Gazing at the stars. A moonlight walk on the beach. These are certainly characteristic images of romance for all the right reasons. Whether it’s Valentines Day, a special occasion, or merely want to spend some remarkable time together, La Jolla’s ever scenic and sandy shores are always available to arrange the unspoiled backdrop for the picture-perfect date.

Why not have a Romantic Picnic?

Got romance? Begin a fantastic day off working in those exceptional details sure to prompt a sincere smile. Packing a picnic lunch is a great case in point. Lay down a blanket and embellish it with your date’s favorite appetizers and beverages to show you truly know what they like. A picnic on the grassy areas at La Jolla Cove or La Jolla Shores is highly recommended, where you and your date can munch out while overlooking the expansive Pacific Ocean. On the other hand, if you’re seeking to make a beach trip out of your date, give it a shot at Blacks Beach or Boomer Beach.

Go on An Adventure!

Nothing speaks true romance like an exciting activity! Perhaps your date has always wanted to try hang gliding or jet skiing? Why not grab your special someone and prepare for a great escapade? Conversely, how about a romantic day of horse back riding? If the ocean is more in tune with your flair and senses, you can always snorkel and scuba, or even venture out for a full day of sailing.  La Jolla definitely has everything for the perfect date that will long be remembered.

Dining with an Ocean View

Didn’t mama tell you that sometimes the way to a heart is through the stomach? Why not share an appreciation for both food and each another at one of La Jolla’s heavenly, fine dining locations? If you’re taking this route, ensure that you book reservations ahead of time. Not only do reservations assure a table of your choice if you book in advance, but it demonstrates to your special loved one that you went out of your way and took the extra time and thoughtfulness to plan the repast ahead of time. This is sure to make your date feel considerably more extraordinary. Unfamiliar with fine dining in La Jolla? No worries! Some of the more romantic restaurants in La Jolla consist of The Shores, which is positioned right on the sand, Brockton Villa, which extends a panoramic observation of the Pacific, and the Marine Room, a restaurant which is acknowledged as an influential part of the community and also the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2013. Fine food prepared by exceptional chefs and decadent wines of the highest quality served by friendly and accommodating staff are the rule at these incomparable restaurants.

Get a Room

Getting all snuggly and comfy? If anybody advises you and your date to get a room, take them up on it and go for the gusto! It truly goes without saying (but why not say it anyway) that La Jolla has some of the finest hotels in the entire state. Be sure to check out La Jolla’s hotels HERE


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Where To Watch Super Bowl LIlI in La Jolla

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It’s Super Bowl time again! If you want to celebrate with fellow San Diego and La Jolla folks, we have some of the best spots for you to check out. Enjoy, and as always, celebrate responsibly.

Karl Strauss Brewery La Jolla

If you love cracking open a bottle of Karl Strauss at home, then you must go check out the La Jolla Location. Strauss has been proudly serving California since 1989, and their drinks are brewed fresh at their Main Brewery in Pacific Beach, San Diego. Have a real experience and pay a visit to Karl Strauss on game day.  Sandwiches, salads, and appetizers are also served. Sunday hours are 11 am – 9 pm.

The Shack

Nothing says Super Bowl better than a favorite spot by the locals. Located steps away from Windansea Beach in La Jolla, The Shack offers delicious food and great beer and cocktails. Plus, the fact that they’re pet friendly, have a sweet firepit, and 12 TVs make it even better. Feel right at home and watch the game at The Shack.

The Lot La Jolla

Why not catch the gruelling action on the gridiron, then relax with a flick at The Lot La Jolla? Patrons will enjoy a choice of either indoor or outdoor viewing areas in the restaurant, bar and patio at La Jolla hot spot. The Lot always goes big with Super Bowl Sunday, so be sure to call and make plans!

Ring in the New Year at The Shores and The Marine Room

0-1Celebrate the season and let The Marine Room and The Shores Restaurant take care of the cooking!

Ring in the New Year at The Marine Room with a culinary celebration to remember. Choose from an exquisite five-course menu that features Mulberry Wine Braised Imperial Wagyu Beef, Dill Pollen Butter Basted Maine Lobster Tail. Seating begins at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $185 per person and includes live music from the Whitney Shay Band. For those looking to ring in the New Year a little earlier, a three-course dinner for $115 per person is available at 5:30 p.m.

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Before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, The Shores Restaurant’s seasonal menu features plenty of options for the kids, plus à la carte specials including Crab Dynamite Hawaiian Ono, Citrus Glazed Maine Lobster Tail, Nebraska Prime Aged New York Steak. Make it an evening to remember!

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Celebrating New Years Eve in San Diego

Screen Shot 2018-12-30 at 1.59.13 PMGet ready to light the sparklers, pop the champagne, and welcome in 2018! San Diego and La Jolla will be welcoming in the new year bigger and better than ever. See what’s happening and make your plans! As always, please celebrate responsibility.

Saturday, December 31st:

Hornblower NYE Celebration Dinner Cruise

8 p.m., Grape Street Pier, San Diego

Cheers to 2019 onboard Hornblower and the majestic San Diego Bay. Enjoy free flowing champagne, a gourmet buffet prepared fresh onboard by our chefs, DJ entertainment to keep you dancing all night long, and of course incredible views you won’t find anywhere else. Happy New Year San Diego!

Craft Beer New Year

8:30 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station)

You haven’t celebrated New Year’s Eve until you’ve celebrated it at a brewery, and San Diego’s biggest craft brewery, Stone Brewing Company, is having a heck of a party at their Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Liberty Station.  Go all-out on the last night of the year with an extravagant affair at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. Explore the activities we have planned for every corner of the Bistro and close out 2018 on a high note!

HOB Block Party

9 p.m., House of Blues, Downtown San Diego

Kick off the night with San Diego’s legendary DJ Tanner. Revisit your favorite memories with throwback party Hickies & Dryhumps. And last but not least, countdown to the new year with A-Trak’s Goldie Awards champion, Miles Medina. There’s also a COMPLIMENTARY champagne toast at midnight along with a balloon drop that you won’t want to miss!

Big Night San Diego: New Year’s Eve Gala

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Hilton San Diego

Big Night San Diego is the perfect, ALL-INCLUSIVE night. Leave your wallet at home because your ticket includes everything: all drinks included all night, buffet, and entertainment throughout the TEN different party zones. (All you need to remember is your ID, because you must be at least 21 to attend.)

The annual Big Night San Diego is an over-the-top celebration at the Hilton San Diego. This is the fifteenth year, and the gala includes drinks, food, dancing and entertainment across 10 different party zones. They’re famous for their countdown to 2018 as the clock strikes midnight. There are several ticket packages but main event admission with all the bells and whistles ranges from $120 to $170. 21 and older only.

San Diego & La Jolla Christmas Weekend Events

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It’s going to be a wonderful holiday weekend, and San Diego is full of the festivities. Enjoy your Christmas weekend in La Jolla and the surrounding areas with some of these activities.
Saturday December 22nd:
 
5 p.m. to 10 p.m
Once all of the presents are all safely nestled under the tree, there’s nothing left to do but go enjoy the holiday lights. In San Diego, there are so many places to go check out these holiday lights. East County to the South Bay, you will find festive lights around town, and it will be fun for the entire family!
Holiday by the Bay
5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Come have some holiday fun at the Holiday by the Bay! This year, they will feature two-story ice tubing slide, “iceberg” bumper cars , and a light show centered around a Christmas tree. Festive libations available for adults. Tickets are only $20 for adults or $15 for kids under 12.
Sunday, December 23rd:
Christmas Under the Stars
5 p.m., Allied Gardens Park
The Grove Church will host a family-friendly event at Allied Gardens Park on Greenbrier Avenue. This event will include a one-hour candlelight service, traditional Christmas carols, treats and family photos. Free and fun for the whole family!

Guided Nature Walk 9:30 a.m.
Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful and festive weekend to get outside! Bundle up and 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.

Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in La Jolla

Do you want to enjoy your Thanksgiving but not get stuck cooking? We’ve got you covered. Here are three of our favorite La Jolla locations offering Thanksgiving dinners.

The Marine Room

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The combination of outstanding cuisine and service and dramatic view has made The Marine Room in La Jolla Shores one of the best-known and favorite restaurants in San Diego, and even in the country, for more than 71 years. They have a special holiday menu that you can find on their website. Seating is open and available on November 22 from 12pm to 7 pm. Make a reservation ahead of time by calling 866.644.2351.

NINE-TEN

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An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for culinary aficionados. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street. Reservations are required. Please (858) 964-5400 to to make a reservation between 3:30 and 8:30 pm. Children 12 and below get a discounted price of $25.

The Shores

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Located right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, the Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with menus featuring Southern California’s fresh produce and specialty items from both American coasts. Whether you prefer a family meal or a romantic dinner for two, you’ll enjoy the friendly service with the surf, or even the sunset, in the background.

For Thanksgiving, adults eat at $64 per person, and children can eat for anywhere from $5 to $38, depending on age. Food will be served from 10:00am-7:00pm. Reservations aren’t required, but you should reserve your spot by calling 866.644.2630

3 Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in La Jolla

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Halloween time is here! We’ve rounded up some our favorite activities happening in La Jolla. Please celebrate responsibly and be sure to double check ticket availability prior to any of these festivities.

Pillage The Village
Downtown La Jolla

Tuesday October 31st, 3pm-6pm

Get ready for the 7th annual Pillage the Village in Downtown La Jolla! Put on your best outfit, and walk around the Village in costume for a little Halloween fun. Local businesses who are participating will have orange and black balloons visible, so you know where you’ll be able to trick-or-treat. Locals tip: Start at Girard and Prospect, and work your way through downtown La Jolla. Enjoy the festivities!

Belmont Park
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Be sure to check out Belmont Park as they transform the beachfront amusement park into “Boomont Park”. Attractions include zombie laser tag, pumpkin patch, roller coasters, and different crafts. Don’t miss out on the costume contests and Halloween festivities!

Barbarella
Every Day Until Nov 1

It should technically be Boo-Barella, because it’s just that scary. But this year, the Halloween decorations will return at San Diego’s Barbarella. See the decked out Halloween decorations at 2171 Avenida de la Playa restaurant.