Romantic Places to Spend 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.

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: February 8th & 9th

 

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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 8th:

Brewbies Beer Festival
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Bagby Beer Co.
Cheers, big beers! The 11th annual Brewbies Beer Festival is happening this Saturday at Bagby Beer Co. in Oceanside. A $49 general admission ticket includes unlimited 2-ounce samplings of 80+ craft beers, plus a keepsake glass and bracelet. Plus, all proceeds from this beer festival are donated to the Keep A Breast Foundation, an organization focused on breast cancer prevention and education.

Second Saturday Market
2 p.m. to 6 p.m., San Diego Made Factory
This weekend, shop local! San Diego Made – a collective of local creatives, makers, craftsman, and small business owners – hosts its Second Saturday Market at its “Factory” at 2031 Commercial St. The unique market will feature a pop-up shop with 15+ local makers, music, games, cocktails, food, and more! Free event!

Sunday, February 9th:

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 & 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.

Beautiful La Jolla Beaches That Suit Your Personality

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La Jolla, known as San Diego’s Jewel City, is a coastal paradise drawing in thousands of tourists each year. Did you know that La Jolla is home ten of some of the most beautiful beaches in San Diego? Each with a personality of their own. So with that being said, here’s a small selection of La Jolla beaches that will suit any personality! Continue reading

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: December 14th & 15th

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The holiday season is upon us, and this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!

Saturday, Dec. 14

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’
11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Old Globe
A longstanding tradition at The Old Globe, ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ is running at the venue at Balboa Park through Dec. 29. This Saturday, there are three performances: 11 a.m.; 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. This sweet adaption of the story of Cindy Lou Who, Whoville, and how the little girl and the happy town helped the Grinch’s heart grow, is known for its colorful sets and whimsical music.

‘Elf’
6 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Catch a jolly screening of the 2003 Will Ferrell flick about Buddy the Elf on the scenic rooftop at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The screening is part of the hotel’s ongoing Rooftop Cinema Club – movies shown under the stars, set alongside stunning views of the San Diego skyline. Tickets start at $17 per movie; you can self-park in the hotel’s garage for four hours for free if you buy food (other than popcorn or candy) or drinks at the Rooftop Cinema Club.

Sunday, Dec. 15th

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.

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter (Fifth Avenue)
Peruse more than 30 local artisans offering carefully-curated, handmade products at this weekly outdoor market in the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Artisan Market sets up shop every Sunday on Fifth Avenue, between Market Street and Island Avenue.

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: December 7th & 8th

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The holiday season is upon us, and this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Dec. 7th

December Nights: Day 2
12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Balboa Park
The second – and busiest – round of December Nights fills Balboa Park Saturday with music, food, entertainment, light displays, and just all-around merriment. The event is free; it’s expected to draw more 350,000 visitors, so be prepared for crowds.

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village
4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Piazza della Famiglia
Little Italy celebrates the holidays with its very own 21st annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Village celebration. The tree lighting ceremony goes down at Piazza della Famiglia in the heart of Little Italy; the rest of the free, festive event includes live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday treats and a visit from Santa. And, if you stroll down India Street, you’ll see sparkling lights everywhere, plus 10-foot-tall nutcrackers and other seasonal décor.

Sunday, Dec. 8th

Breakfast With Santa
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Enjoy breakfast with the man himself – Santa Claus – as well as a stellar view at this Holiday By the Bay event at the Hilton Bayfront. The full breakfast buffet costs $31.99; kids age 5 and under are free.

Holiday Makers Bazaar
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Latchkey Brewing
Latchkey Brewing will host a holiday market Sunday featuring all kinds of goods made by local artisans. Grab a pint and some food from a local food truck as you peruse and shop; there will also be live music from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: November 23rd & 24th

 

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Fall season is upon us, and this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Nov. 23rd

Friendsgiving Sun Printing Artisan Workshop
12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Enjoy a day of art, food and wine at this workshop at Inn at Rancho Santa Fe where you’ll learn about cyanotypes, the foundation of printmaking and photography. The Sun Printing Artisan Workshop will be led by Describe the Fauna, and attendees will each leave with a set of hand-crafted prints. A “Friendsgiving” lunch, two glasses of wine, the workshop and parking is included in your ticket.

Park Beautification Crew
8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Spend part of your Saturday volunteering at Mission Trails, where a crew will help beautify the park through several projects like pruning brush, spreading mulch, picking up litter and cleaning up the riverbed. Tools, snacks and ice water will be provided; if you want to bring your own work gloves, even better. RSVP by calling (619) 668-3201.

Sunday, Nov. 24th

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Downtown Encinitas
More than 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors will headline the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair this Sunday in the heart of the laid-back beach town. The free, family-friendly fest also includes live music from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., plus a dog-friendly beer garden. There will be no parking on Highway 101 from D to J streets during the event, so plan accordingly.your own mat.

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.

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: 11/9 & 11/10

Fall season is upon us, and this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Nov. 9th

Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bates Nut Farm
The Bates Nut Farm up in Valley Center will host this holiday shopping event Saturday, showcasing handmade goodies like jewelry, woodworking, candles, soaps, fine art, and more. Many of the items are vintage or antique and have been upcycled, recycled or restored. The all-day Vintage Market will also include fun activities for the kids like pony rides and face-painting and, when you get hungry and need a break, there will be a BBQ vendor on-site and live music to enjoy. Happy browsing!

Enjoya La Jolla: Salute to Service
3 p.m. to 6 p.m., La Jolla Village (Near Prospect Street and Girard Avenue)
Every second Saturday of the month, the Enjoya La Jolla event invites people to “sip, shop & stroll” their way through the seaside community. This Saturday, the free community event will be dedicated to U.S. servicemembers, and will be filled with live music, tasty treats and prizes and contests throughout La Jolla Village.

Sunday, Nov. 10th

Yoga + Mimosa Mornings
9 a.m., Windmill Food Hall (Carlsbad)
Namaste right here… after a couple mimosas. 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., 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.