Four Great Spots for Easter Brunch

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Whether you’re an Easter morning church-goer, Easter basket opener, or just appreciate good brunch, come 11am, you’re going to want to go get brunch at one of these fabulous places. Hop on down and enjoy! Cheers!

The Marine Room

(2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037)

For well over 75 years, The Marine Room has been a seaside staple in La Jolla. Long celebrated for its superb views and surf pounding outside the restaurant’s windows, the culinary embodiment of luxury draws people from La Jolla and well beyond. This Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The awesome and ever creative menu includes breakfast fare such as leek goat cheese frittata and first course options such as sweet potato orzo salad. For main courses, delectable foods include Signature Spindrift Seafood Crepes and many, many other items. A delightful and ever tempting dessert station rounds out the impressive buffet. The Easter holiday meal is priced at $72 for adults and $36 for kids. Due to the immense popularity, reservations are required and may be made quickly online here.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

NINE-TEN will be hosting a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch.  Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a very special Easter Sunday a la carte menu featuring everything from Strawberry Salad, Salmon Rillette Toast, and House-Smoked Salmon Benedict to Short Rib Hash, Shrimp & Grits, and Chilaquiles….and bottomless Mimosas for just $16 per person. If pastries and coffee are more your breakfast speed, the acclaimed Sunday Brunch Pastry Bar will be even better than ever.  Reservations strongly recommended and can be made by calling 858.964.5400.

The Shores Restaurant

Easter brunch on the water- does it get any better than that? You’ll find something for everyone with Carlsbad Strawberry and Spinach Salad and Herb De Provence Leg of Lamb. There’s also a complete children’s station for the kiddos, and plenty of tasty sides and a selection of seasonal desserts.

George’s at the Cove

(1250 Prospect St.)

A long time feature in the quaint seaside community of La Jolla, George’s at the Cove only serves brunch twice a year, and Easter Sunday is one of those special occasions. Easter brunch will commence at the charming restaurant’s California Modern area beginning at 10 a.m., as well as George’s Ocean Terrace and Level 2 beginning at 11 a.m. The menu proudly features individually priced selections such as warm French Toast at $18, a scrumptious Baja shrimp omelette for $22, and various vegetarian and vegan options, all served against the backdrop of the magnificent Pacific oceanfront view. Patrons who enjoy fine brunches are encouraged to make reservations online here.

What’s Good in La Jolla this Weekend? April 14 – 16

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Springtime is in full swing, and San Diego is celebrating the beauty of this season. Whether you’re looking to be outside in nature, or to have an Easter egg hunt, we have you covered with a weekend packed-full of activities. Have fun!

Spring Egg Hunt in La Jolla

10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center

The La Jolla Recreation Center located at 615 Prospect St. will host its annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For the price of a fast food burger with the works, or a mere $5, attendees will partake in the egg hunt and other associated Easter activities such as arts and crafts and, wow, get this, a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit. What kid doesn’t like Peter Rabbit!?

Charles Arnoldi exhibit at R.B. Stevenson Gallery

R.B. Stevenson Gallery will be presenting new paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi. The exhibition will open on Saturday, April 15th. and will remain on view through May 27th, 2016. An opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 15th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Season runs through May 14), Carlsbad Ranch

The well-renowned Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch continues its vibrant spring run, offering visitors outstanding views of bright blooms in all of their stunning and elegant glory. The fields are open each and every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and runs through May 14, 2017. Patrons will delight in nearly 50 full acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for only six to eight weeks. Ah, the short life of a flower! The celebrated fields also include various roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias. Be sure to maintain any changes on the Flower Fields website, too, because Flower Field introduces special events throughout the bloom season. You simply have to see these blooms to marvel at nature’s unmatched beauty!

Sculpture in the Garden

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Diego Botanic Garden

Running through the end of April at the San Diego Botanic Garden is “Sculpture in the Garden,” a magnificent and stunning display of 53 sculptures from 32 regional artists set against the backdrop of a lush garden. Visitors can use a map provided by the Botanic Garden and enjoy a self-guided tour of the various works of art. The exhibit is included with general admission into the garden. Adults are $14, $10 for seniors, students and active military, and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids two years of age and under get in free. Parking is available on-site for $2.

Easter Bunny Teas

2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) at The Westgate

San Diego’s premiere hotel, The Westgate located in downtown San Diego will be hosting some kid-friendly tea sessions along with traditional egg hunts this Easter weekend. The quaint Easter Bunny Teas take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Children will be thrilled to snack on mini pastries and kid-approved petit-fours paired with traditional European afternoon tea. Traditional Easter egg hunts will commence on the Riviera Terrace and children will have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny. The tea sessions are priced at $50 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and under, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Spring Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., Santee Lakes

Patrons will want to be sure to bring the entire family out to Santee Lakes this Saturday for the 14th Annual Eggstravaganza! The community event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The Spring Eggstravaganza features continuous egg hunts for kids 8 years of age and under. In addition, the annual event features carnival rides, can’t miss pony rides, crafts, Primo DJ and additional fun for one and all no matter what age. And don’t fret about the cost because the event is always free!

What’s Good in La Jolla This Weekend? April 8 -9

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La Jolla Concours D’Elegance

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ellen Browning Scripps Park

The renowned auto show returns to the lovely seaside community of La Jolla this weekend. The event runs from Friday through Sunday and features more than 150 rare, painstakingly restored vehicles. These stunning cars will be on display at the La Jolla Cove lawn against the ever magnificent Pacific Ocean backdrop. This year’s car show also includes an aviation show featuring antiquated, restored aircraft that are a must see! In addition, there will be a “champagne and honey tasting garden” where attendees may sample flights of sweet honey from various California regions. If that weren’t enough, live music and a cheese tasting zone top the event off. General admission tickets to Sunday’s party are a bargain at $70 for adults the day of the event, and a generous $30 for military and children ages 11 to 18. Kids 10 and under are admitted absolutely free.

18th Annual Tea & Tonic

1 p.m., Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

If you haven’t attended previous events, you won’t want to miss this 18th annual fundraiser! The annual Tea & Tonic benefits the Center for Community Solutions in its quest to back prevention and intervention programs focused on terminating relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking. The worthy cause begins promptly at 1 p.m. at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The event includes a charming champagne reception, a high tea service, both live and silent auctions, various raffles and live entertainment. In addition, celebrity keynote speaker, actor and former defensive player in the NFL, Terry Crews will delight attendees. Tickets are $150, with proceeds benefitting the Center for Community Solutions. Get out and be a vital part of this praiseworthy cause!

David Koechner

7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. at The American Comedy Co.

You know David Koechner, right? No? C’mon! He played the role of Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies and has also made various appearances on several TV shows such as The Office, The Goldbergs and American Dad. Oh, now you know David! This weekend comedian David Koechner takes command of the stage at downtown San Diego’s American Comedy Co. David will be headlining two shows each on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On Sunday David will do only one show at 7 p.m. (Hey, a man has to pack his bags sometime!) Tickets are a mere $18. Woot! Hey, it’s ever classy San Diego! Don’t miss it!

Fashion, Flowers & Fido Show

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Flower Fields at Carlsbad

Seeking all San Diego area trend-setters and furry fashionmonger’s! San Diegan’s will want to make a point to peep out the festivities at the barn at The Flower Fields located at Carlsbad Ranch Thursday evening. What’s in store for patrons is a charming night of fashion, foodstuffs, brewski’s and adorable pups. The night consists of designer fashions from Carlsbad Premium Outlets swaggering down a runway complemented by dogs currently up for adoption from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. All those in attendance will also have the opportunity to be treated to various food and beer tastings. Tickets are $40 per person, well worth it for a great cause for our furry friends.

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

3 p.m. at Liberty Station

Calling all wine aficionados! The biggest and leading “wine only” tasting occasion blazes into San Diego’s Liberty Station this weekend. Attendees may spend the afternoon savoring virtually hundreds of sunny California’s finest vintage and award-winning wines. In addition, the festival will offer gourmet food samples and feature live music. Please note that the event is for adults 21 years and older. Tickets begin at $95.

Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe

Easter time is here again! This free event is sure to be both a child and adult pleaser. Patrons are invited to enjoy one of the holiday’s finest traditions this Saturday by participating in an Easter egg hunt. Eggciting! In addition, the event will feature a petting zoo, a balloon artist, face painting and various crafts on the church campus. Did we mention it is free? It is! Be sure to scoot on over and revel in an eggcessivly great time for one and all and don’t forget those cameras!

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.

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 not 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.

Go Play Outside!: Outdoor Activities to do in La Jolla

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Well, Punxsutawney Phil has made his prediction… looks like we’re in for an extended winter. But let’s be real, this doesn’t really impact us- this is California, bro!

So let’s get ready to bust out the bikes and the beach toys and get some sunshine!

We’ve put together a list of some great outdoor activities you can do in La Jolla:

Under the Sea Looking for some excitement and a glimpse of undersea life? Or perhaps you’re seeking to add to your sea life experience, head on over to the seaside community of La Jolla for an underwater close-up peek at what lurks underneath the mysterious Pacific by snorkeling or scuba diving. One of the more popular haunts of La Jolla consists of snorkeling with leopard sharks mere yards off shore at La Jolla Cove or La Jolla Shores. For the record, and to allay any apprehension, the sharks are absolutely harmless. From June through September, veritable thousands of leopard sharks make their way into La Jolla Cove for their mating season, providing you with an enjoyable underwater experience. Bring along your GoPro to capture fantastic photos and videos!

Go Kayaking Kayaking is not all about shooting white water rapids. Better yet, you don’t have to be an experienced professional to paddle along in tranquil waters. Whether you’re seeking a rental or seek a fully guided tour, embarking on a tour through the seven caves by kayak in La Jolla is an assured adventure. Replete with spectacular, photo perfect scenery, along with remarkable marine life, La Jolla offers plenty of memorable moments when exploring the world famous seven caves. Only one of the caves is accessible by land, so for the ultimate water adventure, only a kayak will suffice.

Where to go: La Jolla Kayak offers kayak rentals in La Jolla starting at $23, as well as guided La Jolla kayaking tours that start at $39. or more information about kayaking La Jolla, call La Jolla Kayak at (858) 459-1114 or visit their web site at www.lajollakayak.com.

Surfs Up! One of the first things that typically comes to mind when the words “San Diego” are uttered is surfing. Surfing in La Jolla is particularly distinct given that the seaside community is home to some of California’s most admired surfing spots, including Windansea Beach and world renowned Black’s Beach. If you already have a modicum of experience on a board, feel free to paddle out into the surf, join the line-up, and wait for a spectacular wave. On the other hand, if you’re a first-timer and want to learn the ropes, be sure to drop by one of the many surf shops!

Where to go: Mitch’s Surf Shop has been offering hand shaped surf boards with the most style and innovation since 1967. Their La Jolla shop is located on Pearl Street, minutes away from the Windansea surf break. Here, customers can find long or short boards in all desired name brands as well as clothing and fins

Ride a Bike With the incredible weather and the amazing biking trails, who wouldn’t want to go for a bike ride? One ride you won’t want to pass up is the chance to take in the inspiring views from atop 822 foot tall Mt. Soledad and the subsequent ride downhill to the impressive La Jolla Shores. If you are seeking a more stimulating experience, be sure to join one of the longer bike routes where you and your friends or loved ones can partake in abundant San Diego sights, all in a single sunny day.

Where to go: California Bicycle is located on La Jolla Blvd. right off of Pearl Street. The family owned company has been serving La Jolla since 1977. The last three decades have been spent not only providing great customer service, but filling every customer’s bike-related needs. Whether you are looking for a beach cruiser to explore gorgeous beach areas in La Jolla, road bikes to amp up fitness routines, Mountain bikes for some off roading in the mountains or hiking trails, or beginners bikes for children and adults, California Bicycle has everything in stock.