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.

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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3 Must Visit La Jolla Beaches

Cruise south along Highway 101 and the seaside community of La Jolla and its 7-mile pristine coastline and you’ll encounter 10 stunning beaches. Picking one can be difficult as each is unique in its own way. Running north to south, the beaches consist of Torrey Pines State Beach, Black’s Beach, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove, Boomer Beach, Shell Beach and Seal Rock, Children’s Pool, Wipeout Beach, Marine Street Beach and Whispering Sands, and Windansea Beach. Let’s take a look at three of these amazing beaches.

La Jolla Cove

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La Jolla Cove is quite popular and is conveniently located close to the very heart of La Jolla. It is a relatively small beach, but nonetheless a perennial favorite for those who enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. One of the unique features is that the beach is protected from ocean swells since it does face north. Another feature is its great visibility, at times up to 30 feet deep. La Jolla Cove is home to an underwater marine reserve where thankfully the spoils of mankind have left marine life unharmed. In addition, and despite its calm waters, lifeguards keep a close watch on the area. Every September dating back to1916, the annual Rough Water Swim draws swimmers of all ages. Just above the Cove rests Ellen Browning Scripps Park with spacious areas for family or romantic picnics, hiking, or just feastings one’s eyes on the majestic scenery. Restrooms and showers are easy to avail of but parking is limited. La Jolla Cove is a must visit and those who take the time to drop by will not regret their stay. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture amazing views to ruminate on long after, or hey, come back frequently as the Cove is well worth repeat visits.

Torrey Pines State Beach

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Torrey Pines State Beach is La Jolla’s northernmost beach. The stunning views and sands extend approximately four miles between Del Mar, past Los Penasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve, and to the base of the sandstone cliff at Torrey Pines Mesa and the Gliderport. It is next to the well-known Torrey Pines State Reserve and is a preferred locale for visitors and local San Diegans. Ah, but how to get there? It’s easy, just enter the beach from North Torrey Pines Road or by trail from the Reserve. Torrey Pines is a quality beach for all of your outdoor activities including swimming, surfing, getting your tan on, or casting a line to catch a trophy fish. At low tide, Torrey Pines is a spectacular spot for taking a romantic stroll with that special someone. Tall cliffs line the shoreline and make for memorable views during sunsets. Atop the cliffs you’ll find the scenery to be unmatched for their sheer beauty.

So how do you access this spectacular beach? For easy entry to hiking trails, simply take the steps north of Flat Rock (also known as Bathtub Rock). There you’ll be pleased to find all of the parking space you need, since there are about 700 slots. Visitors should know in advance that since Torrey Pines State Beach is a California state reserve, both parking and access fees are required. You can get there early to snag your preferred spot because the gates open at 8 a.m. When sunset comes around its time to find other area attraction since the gates do close. General admission is mere $10, and seniors 62 and over get a slight discount at $9. If you happen to be disabled, the admission is only $5 (with a qualified Department of Parks and Recreation pass). At the north end of the beach you’ll find lifeguards, and restrooms to change in. Of course, picnic areas and the expansive parking is near the entrance on North Torrey Pines Road.

La Jolla Shores

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La Jolla Shores is a common attraction for beachgoers. It is family friendly because of its mild waves and runs approximately one mile in length. Parking is not a problem so don’t sweat it, let it. There are grassy picnic areas, swings for the kiddos, fire rings for torching up your favored meats, and volleyball if you’re so inclined. It is conveniently located near local shops and several restaurants to get your eat on. But be forewarned, during the summer months La Jolla Shores can be packed to the proverbial gills. If you’re looking to boat, sail or toss a line in the sea, these activities ares permitted on the north side of the pier. La Jolla Shores is an excellent location for scuba diving because of its mild surf. First time surfers will also find it the perfect spot for learning the ropes. Another cool feature is that there is a public kayak launch. While safety is primarily everyone’s responsibility, lifeguards are always keeping a dutiful watch on beachgoers. Of course, public restrooms and outdoor showers are available. Additionally, if you happen to venture south of the beach and north of the pier (you don’t need a compass), you’ll run smack dab into private Scripps Beach, which belongs to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Get out there and enjoy your tie with family, friends and loved one at fantastic La Jolla Shores.

Life IS a Picnic! Great Picnic Spots in La Jolla

picnic-areasLa Jolla has plenty of things to offer locals and visitors alike. Now that spring is upon us and summer is right around the corner, spending time outdoors in ideal San Diego weather is great for one’s health and leisure activities to get way from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Picnics are a great way to spend time with the family or that special someone in your life. La Jolla is the perfect location for picnics where unobtrusive meal times may be enjoyed on beaches or on grassy knolls. Why nor whip up some of your favorite grub or shop at various La Jolla delicatessens for meals and make a trip out to one of several hotspots to enjoy an afternoon with loved ones? Let’s take a look at four of the more enticing spots in La Jolla to spend quality time with friends, family, or loved ones.

  • Shell Beach. This a fantastic location for picnickers located a tad south of La Jolla Cove. Shell Beach is an ideal spot for hunting shells, and there is even gentle wading for tots and younger kids. What makes this spot one of the better places to visit in that seals chill out a mere 10 yards from the shoreline. Be sure to bring your camera to take awesome pics or videos. To get to this recommended spot, simply shoot down Coast Boulevard past Ellen Browning Scripps Park and then look for the gazebo. There’s actually a sign for the beach as well as the stairs leading down to the sand. If you’re looking to mellow out, the ideal spots are the rocky areas away from the shore, or even the gazebo higher up that provides a panoramic view of the ocean and its surroundings. If you’re bringing along the kiddos for some fun, sun and eats, the shore is ideally your best option.
  • La Jolla Hermosa Park. This location is ideal for a picnic that even the community of La Jolla is unfamiliar with. Located in growing Bird Rock, Hermosa Park is a veritable treasure of La Jolla. It consists of a relatively small picnic area located at the intersection of Camino de la Costa and Chelsea Avenue. There is an easily accessible walking trail down to the beach. Hermosa Park is an attractive and somewhat isolated area that provides picnickers with a scenic vantage point. The park features a few picnic tables, benches, and BBQ grills that are excellent for cranking out your own food. Just bring along your goodies and charcoal and enjoy the sunset and spend a discreet, serene afternoon with loved ones.
  • Scripps Coastal Reserve. One of the more stunning locations for a picnic or a getaway. The Scripps Coastal Reserve actually begins at a trailhead on La Jolla Farms Road. The trail is about a 10-15 minute walk from the neighborhood street to the edge of the cliffs, and ends with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. There is plenty of space and certainly abundant room for pitching a blanket or beach towel on the rocks. To locate the trail, simply take La Jolla Shores Drive and make the first right onto La Jolla Farms Rd. Continue down the street a bit and look for a large vacant spot on the left hand side. There will be a faded black fence with a small opening at 9400 La Jolla Farms Road. Simply follow the trail down and chill like a villain. However, a caveat is in order: if you are sharing adult beverages, be sure to avoid the unstable cliffs for your own safety. Otherwise, enjoy!
  • Windansea Beach. This ideal picnic spot is more well-known and remains a popular spot among locals and visitors. Located at 6800 Neptune Place, this shorefront is typically less crowded than La Jolla Shores, Browning Scripps Park, or popular La Jolla Cove. There are adequate places to park oneself along the flattened rock formations on the beach. In addition, there are a few straw huts placed advantageously on the rocks near the water, thus making the location an excellent location to throw down a blanket and delight in scenic views of the beach. Better yet, for those who are concerned about potential damages to the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, there’s no sweat in finding a place to avoid those painful sunburns. The only drawbacks are the lack of public bathrooms or lifeguards, but it nevertheless makes the spot a fine location to mellow out and listen to wave’s pound against the shore while feasting on your favorite meals or snacks.

Contemporary life offers few opportunities to get away and relax. But when time permits, La Jolla’s seaside community is the ideal location to get away, relax, and have a picnic with family, friends or loved ones. Make the most of your leisure time and enjoy the scenic parks and picnic areas La Jolla has to offer. Chances are that you’ll find each location a special place to return to for not only scenic views, but as quality spots to enjoy a relaxing day.

Three Great La Jolla Galleries

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La Jolla is a seaside community nestled in some of the more beautiful surroundings of Southern California. Aside from its legendary surfing, fine dining and friendly people, La Jolla is also well known for its art and culture. Let’s take a look at four of La Jolla’s finest art galleries. We’ve listed just a few for your visiting pleasure.

The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery: The newest and more exciting modern art interchanges continuously at the La Jolla Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery. Not only is this modern gallery attention-grabbing for those who occasion by, it is simply alluring for the art aficionado. It is rife with twisted sculpture, myriad abstract paintings as well as limited edition quality works from artists around the world. The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery specializes in acquiring fine art and expedient and professional consulting. Here you can find experts to assist you in finding, acquiring and displaying art for your office or home, sure to spark conversation. Additionally, if you already have a piece of art that needs framing, this is your go to place for that as well. In addition to the gallery conveniently located on Ivanhoe Ave, there are two other locations, Jag Art Framing on Morena Blvd and Wall Street Art and Framing on Wall St. Both locations provide the art connoisseur with reliable, professional assistance.

R.B Stevenson Gallery: R.B. Stevenson Gallery is a contemporary art gallery highlighting California painters and altering exhibitions of national and international artists. Its expansive interior leaves visitors with plenty of room to explore and feast the eyes upon contemporary paintings on canvas, various works of mixed media, collages, and sculptures, as well as a variety of other creative art sure to capture your eye. Located on Girard Ave. in La Jolla, it is a brief 15 minutes from the airport and an absolute joy to visit.

Gallery at Lands End: The Gallery at Land’s End is a picturesque, hidden jewel of a store neatly tucked away on the North end of world famous Pacific Beach in beautiful San Diego. Visitors will revel in everything from expert custom framing to creative local art, fine handmade jewelry, as well as hand-crafted gifts sure to have you looking twice. The boutique at Gallery at Land’s End indeed has it all. For more than 40 years, the privately owned gallery has made its mark and statement in the small, tight-knit supportive community it gladly calls home. Owner Thayne Yungman, known for various works of art personally handcrafts all of the custom frames and makes it a point to stock his store with some of the more thought-provoking and unique arts and crafts he can find, all for your pleasure.

Historically speaking, Vicki Ford and her husband Jay launched the Gallery at Land’s End as a custom framing shop and art gallery in 1973. What originally was a small business ran out of an old homey bungalow in Pacific Beach, art gallery has blossomed into a cherished community favorite featuring locally-fashioned crafts, jewelry, and art. The charming diminutive shop is rife with a colorful history as well as heart. Having had but two owners since opening, those involved with the gallery have seen and helped it through in excess of 40 years of adaptation, evolution, and various ups and downs. Current owner, Thayne Yungman, was once a faithful employee of Vicki until 2008, when he made a no-brainer decision to purchase the iconic business. Since then, Thayne has been working to increase the local profile and artistic image of Gallery at Land’s End.