Beat the Heat this Labor Day

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Another summer is passing us by, and as we head into the fall, there are no less events to enjoy in the greater San Diego area. And with our outstanding weather, fantastic community, and a vast playground, there are plenty of fun and exciting things to do and see. Here are just some of the recommended events happening this Labor Day weekend for couples and families.

  1. Get in the water!

What’s the fastest way of cooling down? Why, of course, it’s leaping into the cool, soothing waters of the expansive Pacific Ocean! In excess of 70 miles of beaches dot the La Jolla and greater San Diego coastline, thus there is unquestionably plenteous space for everybody (and their brother!) to unfold their towels, prop up an umbrella, and dash into the sea to catch some surf.

And speaking of catching a wave or three, more than a few beaches in La Jolla are perfect for surfing when you’re visiting lovely San Diego. Some of these include Black’s Beach, La Jolla Shores, and Windansea. Black’s Beach has some of the better waves all year long, at times reaching a height of 12 feet during the winter months. La Jolla Shores, with its ever gentle waves, is an idyllic beach for beginning surfers. In addition, it has many surfing schools if you’re looking to take some lessons (no tests!). Furthermore, Windansea is a well-known surfing beach on the south side of La Jolla. It features a consistent surf break, as well as areas for chillaxing and getting’ that sought after tan on. Due to its immense popularity, it can get jam-packed.

  1. Get under the sea

Why not consider diving under the surface and exploring the underworld beneath the ocean? La Jolla Cove provides some of the better snorkeling in all of San Diego, replete with a wealth of marine life. During the summer months, the waters of the cove become home to leopard sharks, but don’t sweat it, they guys are not hostile and are actually amazing to observe as they swim along the cove’s floor.

And guess what? You can really beat the high temps by scuba diving along La Jolla Canyon, an area under the water that is rich with marine life and moreover has plenty of places to explore.

For a guided La Jolla snorkel tour complete with snorkel rentals, consider contacting one of the following:

La Jolla Kayak, 2199 Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores. (858) 459-1114.

For wet suits, snorkeling equipment, swim suits and other snorkel accessories, contact:

Mitch’s Surf, 631 Pearl Street, La Jolla. (858) 459-5933.

Clairemont Surf, 6393 Balboa Avenue, San Diego. (858) 292-1153.

  1. SUP, bro?

Dig this. Take an opportunity to cool off with awesome ocean breezes and explore the seawaters of La Jolla on a surfboard, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. And don’t sweat it, let it if you are splashed or even fall head over heels in the Pacific, since the water will only assist you in dodging the heat.

Not into the water so much? No worries! You can also cool down with the invigorating ocean air while snapping an abundant amount of pics of the San Diego coastline on a cruise around the bay and Pacific Ocean.

  1. Get Inside

Looking to dodge the sun altogether? Yeah, we heard that! Sometimes you just need to give your skin a break for a bit and appreciate the soft air of luxury air-conditioning! But rather than merely dumping your patooie in a huge room eyeballing the spectrum of paint on the wall, why not cool off indoors with entertaining live theatre, incredible exhibits and enlightening fun at various local museums, or even peeping alien creatures and explosions at a movie theater. You in? Well, simply visit our La Jolla Arts & Culture Section to learn more. 

  1. We scream for ice cream… and beer!

Nothing says chillax like creamy ice cream, freezing popsicles and other icy treats. Allow the gang to choose their favorite flavors and then find an enjoyable shady spot to unwind and beat the heat.

For those over 21, and under 127, why not spend the afternoon sampling La Jolla’s astounding, cold craft beer? Consider staying safe and visiting a few breweries.

 

More Tips to Beat the Heat

Always remember to remain safe while you are out delighting in San Diego’s warm climate. Continuously drink water to remain hydrated, frequently apply sunscreen, wear a hat/cap and lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to protect your skin, and be sure to take consistent breaks from the sun by putting your feet up in the shade or relaxing indoors.


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La Jolla and San Diego Mother’s Day Weekend Events: May 11th – 12th

The weather is perfect, and this Mother’s Day weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Treat mom, and make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!

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Saturday, May 11th:

Mommy & Me Succulent Arranging Workshop
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Searsucker Del Mar Highlands
This Mother’s Day weekend at Searsucker Del Mar Highlands will feature a succulent wreath-arranging workshop for moms and their little ones (recommended agesare 6 to 12). The workshop is led by Rain to Roots, and includes all of plants and materials needed to create a 12-inch wreath for mom and a 6-inch heart-shaped wreath for the little one. Tickets are only $56.50.

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
8:30 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
She’s back! The 2018 Emily Blunt-led sequel to the classic tale of “Mary Poppins”  will take over the big outdoor movie screen Saturday on rooftop at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Watch the flick, or watch the beautiful views of the San Diego skyline. Tickets start at $17.

Sunday, May 12th:

Mother’s Day Painting
12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Cool Creations Paint-Your-Own-Pottery Café
Spend some quality and artsy time painting with mom at a Mother’s Day Painting session. This session at Cool Creations on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach costs only $5 per person, plus the cost of pottery materials. Also, moms get 25 percent off their pottery.

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.

Celebrating Mom in La Jolla this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the time to honor our mothers. Be sure to treat your mom this Sunday and check out these fantastic places to spend time with the special woman in your life this Mother’s Day in La Jolla.

Marine Room

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Conveniently positioned in La Jolla at one of the more picturesque seaside locales in the entire world, people from all over San Diego and even from around the world have revered and honored the tradition of elegant dining at The Marine Room for well over 70 years. The La Jolla, San Diego landmark, is certainly one and the same one may equate with fine dining and a sophisticated environment. While the Pacific Ocean waves rush against the floor-length windows, patrons are coddled with definitive, award-winning cuisine. The experience is certainly one the special woman in your life will long remember. Where indeed but the The Marine Room located in pleasant La Jolla Shores might a mother be pampered and feel like the queen she is? The Marine Room is the definitive favored locale for an exquisite dining experience among San Diego visitors and residents alike, a place where each and every meal is truly an extraordinary time for mothers to celebrate and reminiscence years and years later.

Shores Restaurant

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For those seeking one of the better places to celebrate a delightful Sunday brunch for your special mother or wife, the Shores Restaurant is a fine choice to make. Aside from its remarkable Pacific Ocean view, patrons can hardly make a better choice than to make merriment at the Shores Restaurant. Fittingly situated smack right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, The Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. And Mother’s Day is no different!

Brockton Villa 

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If you’ve never been to La Jolla or Brockton Villa, you’ve surely been missing out on a fantastic treat. Brockton Villa Restaurant is pleasantly situated in but one of La Jolla’s original beach cottages. The seaside location offers diners a striking and otherwise spectacular view overlooking La Jolla Cove. The notable dining establishment has a superb menu in store for those special women in your life this year. Make your reservations now and prepare to see the glow on that special mother’s face as she is treated like the veritable queen she is.

George’s at The Cove

Snuggled among the fantastic shops and galleries in La Jolla Village, and overlooking the spectacular Pacific Ocean coastline, George’s at the Cove provides the perfect ambiance to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day. Treat your loved one to this spectacular entrée menu Reservations are suggested.

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.

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.

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.