Creating 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 you have a special occasion to rejoice in 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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Celebrate Father’s Day in La Jolla

How about that special dad in your life? This Father’s Day, why not treat him to a special occasion? Let’s eat, stay, and play! Where? Where better of a location than the La Jolla Shores Hotel, right on the ever beautiful Pacific Ocean!

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For more than four decades, the exclusive La Jolla Shores Hotel has been welcoming and embracing guests from around the globe for short getaways and enjoyable extended vacations. Conveniently situated on the stunning California coast with the beach as its welcoming mat, the hotel is also near the astounding and ever popular village of La Jolla and mere miles north of downtown San Diego.

Visitors have the option to choose from 128 rooms, including many with kitchenettes and sweeping as well as all-encompassing views of the scenic Pacific coastline.

Better yet, why not give the gift of love to dad and enjoy the very best in contemporary American cuisine in the hotel’s family-friendly Shores Restaurant, all the while soaking up the hotel’s appealing old-world atmosphere?

For in excess of 40 years, the La Jolla Shores Hotel has been the continuous beach haven of choice for families and holidaymakers. Nestled smack dab on the Pacific Ocean in the ever popular La Jolla Shores community, the hotel’s sociable, heartfelt and hospitable staff is just one of the many highlights of an experience guaranteed to be remembered long after your stay. Unlike most hotels, the rooms at La Jolla Shores Hotel are more than just a place to lie one’s head for the evening. Indeed, they are an annex of the immaculate Pacific Ocean right outside your door. From the wide-ranging views, to the vivacious breezeways and balconies, to the tranquil beach vibe, every room is permeated with the well-known laid-back spirit that is California.

So why not celebrate your special father by ordering a great meal at The Shores? The beachfront restaurant extends extensive views of La Jolla Shores and furthermore provides patrons with an opportunity to feast mere steps from the sand.

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Father’s Day Brunch Buffet – Thank the father in your life for all he has done and continues to do with an extraordinary and unforgettable oceanfront repast for the entire family. Named “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News, The Shores’ Sunday à la carte brunch will be specifically tailored for Father’s Day with an astonishing buffet with menu highlights that include the following:

  • Appetizers: Fishermen’s Catch, American Cheese and Charcuterie Board and Seafood Trio on Ice.
  • Main Courses: Seafood Paella, Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and St. Louis Style Natural Pork Ribs.
  • Side Dishes: Loaded Mashed Potatoes and Hickory Smoked Bacon, Italian Sausage.
  • Children’s Station: Turkey Meatballs Marinara, Mac and Cheese. What kid doesn’t like macaroni and cheese, especially when prepared by amazing chefs?
  • Desserts: Rocky Road Brownie, Triple Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake and Hazelnut Coffee Opera.

Forget the diet and splurge because you and your wonderful father deserve it!

Conversely, The Marine Room, a San Diego landmark and esteemed coastal treasure for over 75 years offers sweeping, panoramic views of La Jolla Shores, culinary superiority and uncompromising service. You’ll simply be astonished by the incontestable ocean-front experience The Marine Room offers this summer for Father’s Day celebrations and the continuation of our signature High Tide Dinner season.

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Father’s Day – Gather up the troops and give special thanks to dad for all he does with an unforgettable oceanfront meal this Father’s Day. Exceptional dinner dishes will be served all weekend, including Line Caught Local Swordfish and Wild Caught Prawns, American Kobe Beef New York Steak and Country Meadow Rack of Lamb.

And why not consider starting a family tradition and pamper dad and the family in an amazing Father’s Day Brunch with menu highlights that include:

  • From the Bakery: Hazelnut Chocolate Brioche French Toast, Felix’s Farmer’s Market Vegetable Frittata, Baked Stone Fruit Blintz.
  • Starters: Fisherman Smokehouse, Butcher Block Charcuterie and Heirloom Baby Tomato Salad.
  • Entrées: Cracked Pepper Cacao Nib Crusted Angus Ribeye, Berkshire Pork Cheek Casserole, Agave Ancho Chile Smoked Mary’s Farm Turkey Breast and Saffron Vermouth Braised Petrale Sole.
  • Patisserie: Spicy Mayan Chocolate Squares, Marine Room Spindrift Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise and Raspberry Linzer Tart.

Additional information and the entire menu is available here.

The Father’s Day Brunch buffet is available this Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The price is a mere $58 per person with special pricing for children. For kids 6 to 12 years of age, the price is $29, and $4 for kids ages 5 and under. La Jolla Shores is conveniently located at 8110 Camino Del Oro, in scenic La Jolla.

If you’re looking for a great place to shop for dad, celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a few of his favorite things from Hi Sweetheart! Hi Sweetheart carries stationery, jewelry, home decor, tabletop, books, kitchen goodies, children’s items, and more and features brands from Los Angeles and Newport Beach. Gift cards and wrapping available too! Wednesday through Saturday 10am-6pm.

Valentine Date Night 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. Located right on the beach, romantics will enjoy meals suitable for royalty all the while partaking of waves crashing against the restaurant’s floor to ceiling windows. 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.

The History of the La Jolla Grande Colonial Hotel

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Leslie Araiza, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for The Grande Colonial Hotel accurately contends the luxurious hotel is La Jolla’s oldest operating accommodation. Over a century ago, the hotel was a tad smaller and slightly less formal, but much like the La Jolla community, the Grande Colonial experienced gradual growth as well as prominence over the ensuing years. In contemporary times, the La Jolla’s Grande Colonial hotel is the seaside community’s oldest, original hotel. Formerly known as The Colonial Apartments and Hotel, when it opened on the first day of February in 1913, its elegance was on the tongues of locals and immediately became a pillar and foundation of the burgeoning La Jolla community. The two original owners, A.B. Harlan and George Bane have passed on, but their legacy and persistent determination to bring quality living arrangements to La Jolla are retained in the spirit of the staff to this day.

Richard Requa, the master architect of the California Exposition in Balboa Park in downtown San Diego, designed the original white, wood-framed Colonial Apartments and Hotel. The newly constructed building was described as “a perfectly appointed apartment hotel, with the finest sun parlor and lobby overlooking the ocean on the Pacific coast.”

Bane, who shortly after the hotel became viable, became the sole owner of the Colonial in 1920. An astute businessman, he grasped the potential to draw in tourists to the picturesque seaside town and determined to provide the Colonial with an entire makeover. Consequently, in 1925, Bane commissioned architect Frank Stevenson to design a hotel that would “rival anything in the West.” To this end, the resulting transformation was indeed breathtaking. The sunburst design of the windows, as well as the semi-circle domes of leaded glass above the French doors served to capture the California sunlight in an especially distinctive way and drew it into the hotel. Inside the freshly and superbly redecorated premises, the interior included colonial fireplaces replete with marble hearths, elaborate chandeliers, and richly colored sofas and chairs. Leslie asserts that today it is an elegant and lively seaside hotel with a style all its own. She remarks that the contemporary owners are wholly committed to making continuous enhancements to the luxurious hotel to keep it up to date and modernized, as well as preserving its historic and alluring charm.

At any rate, subsequent to opening the new and expanded Colonial, Bane had occasion to lease the entire property to a “Hollywood man” by the name of W. S. Beard. Far from pleased with the way in which Beard was managing the Colonial, Bane reorganized the business in 1931, and accordingly R.C. Bugler was hired on as the hotel’s manager. Approximately a year later, a viable financial strategy was drawn up and put into place for the hotel which resulted in the rest of La Jolla to grow up around the community landmark and virtual cornerstone.

During the World War II years, the Colonial was home to many of the “top brass” from nearby Camp Callan. While the men were at Camp Callan during the day, their wives were volunteering with the local Red Cross. In addition to the officers, the hotel’s spacious sunroom was apportioned to create accommodations for single servicemen for overnight stays.

During that same period, the Colonial was a transitory home to several of Hollywood’s budding stars who happened to be performing at the La Jolla Playhouse, founded by Gregory Peck. Notable names from yesteryear included Charlton Heston, Dorothy McGuire, Groucho Marx, Jane Wyatt, Eve Arden, Pat O’Brien, David Niven, as well as a host of other celebrities, all of whom lived at the Colonial well into the late 1950s. Leslie proudly contends that throughout the almost 104-year history of the Colonial management and staff have been duly honored to host various celebrities from the past and present, artists, professional athletes, and countless business leaders from around the world.

The Colonial was subsequently purchased for approximately $1 million in 1976 by three industrious local businessmen. Consequently, the Colonial’s name was changed to the Colonial Inn. Over the next four years the hotel again underwent a $3 million restoration that brought back its original grandeur. The refurbishment was so efficacious that the Colonial Inn occasioned to receive the prestigious “People in Preservation” award from the Save Our Heritage Organization. The mark of quality continued to be preserved befitting the best of guests.

Business continued to be advantageous for the Colonial Inn, and in 1988 it was sold for an estimated $13.85 million to a Japanese-based investment firm, Tokyo Masuiwaya California. Thereafter, in 1993, the Colonial Inn was affectionately referred to as “La Jolla’s jewel,” and celebrated its 80th anniversary.

When July of 1998 rolled around, Franklin Croft LLC and Fargo Hotel investors LLC joined together to create Fargo Colonial LLC and purchased the Colonial. Fargo Colonial LLC brought in hotel veteran Terry Underwood as their general manager in 1999. From December 1999 through July of 2001, the Grande Colonial underwent yet another all-encompassing $5 million renovation. Under the guidance of Underwood, a consummate professional, all 75 guest rooms, the lobby and the restaurant were radically improved to maintain the spirit of the founders.

In January of 2012, the hotel unveiled yet another major milestone in its nearly 100-year history – the accomplishment of a $500,000 makeover of its entry and foyer, lobby, the immediate public spaces, as well as two adjacent meeting rooms. In eager anticipation of the hotel’s centennial anniversary, the owners went to boundless extents to enrich the overall mood of the hotel’s still intact, turn-of-the-century architecture originally designed by Requa in 1913.

The erudite and classy new décor prudently preserves the Grande Colonial’s enduring historic charm by imparting a definitive European character as well as a refined, contemporary sophistication. In this spirit, the outcome showcases the fine architectural details, including original Georgian style arches, original cast plaster crown moldings, lead glass windows, and intricate hand-stenciled ceilings.

On February 1st, 2013, the Grande Colonial celebrated its most significant milestone to date: its 100-year anniversary. Festivities and merriment to observe the centennial occasion peppered the busy calendar, thereby assisting one of San Diego’s most time-honored hotels to communicate the storied history of the veritable movers and shakers who occasioned to pass through its venerated doors over the 100 years since the hotel was established.

Leslie recalls the countless thousands of unforgettable moments and experiences, from myriad weddings to innumerable guests from out of town recounting anecdotes over a martini at the NINE-TEN bar. And, just as envisioned by George Bane, the Grande Colonial La Jolla remains a definitive European-style hotel that rivals anything the West has to offer. Moreover, the Grande Colonial staff endeavors to preserve the rich legacy established by the hotel’s original founders a century plus ago by providing the utmost gracious and amiable experience as far as resort and business accommodations are concerned.

Leslie notes that beyond the turn-of-the-century architecture, the veritable hallmark of the Grande Colonial consists of its warm, affable, and genuinely-friendly staff. She asserts that each and every one of the Grande Colonial’s employees takes pride in maintaining the heritage by the founders by offering guests the optimum experience in first-class accommodations. Truly historical in its grandeur and deluxe accommodations, the La Jolla Grande Colonial lives up to its founders desires as a true masterpiece by the sea.

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12 (absolute) Best La Jolla Hotels, Motels & Inns

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Our “Absolute” best of La Jolla is back and this time we break down the best La Jolla hotels. The break down: Again, just like our previous ‘best of’, this list is an aggregate of scores (think Metacritic) from three public rating sites: Tripadvisor, Yelp, and Google. Continue reading