City Escape: Torrey Pines, California
Some days I swear I was meant to be a California girl. Nothing beats surf, sand and a good dose of California sunshine. My most recent adventure took me to Southern California to the beautiful city of Torrey Pines. Torrey Pines is a gorgeous spot in the San Diego area, just north of La Jolla. While it may be most recognized by golfers as the home of Torrey Pines Golf Course (which hosted the US Open in 2008), this area is home to far more than championship golf.
Where to Stay: The Lodge At Torrey Pines is a top choice for anyone looking for first class accommodations full of charm and without pretense. This rustic yet refined hotel offers top notch amenities while still feeling completely comfortable. Splurge for a room with a view and enjoy breathtaking balcony views of lush fairways and the glistening Pacific beyond. The whole property exudes relaxation– whether walking the natural terrain, lounging in a poolside cabana, or nestling in next to the roaring fireplace in the grand lobby.
What to do: Torrey Pines is made for those who love the outdoors. The gorgeous natural surroundings are a huge draw for hikers, beach lovers, and anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life. The Torrey Pines Nature Reserve is one of the largest stretches of wild natural terrain on the Southern California coast, and also one of the most beautiful. Over 2000 acres of unspoiled land are home to the unique Torrey Pine and plenty of other plant and animal life. The Reserve is adjacent to the Torrey Pines Golf course and within walking distance from the Lodge. Spend the day exploring miles and miles of peaceful trails, taking in natural wonders, and marveling at stunning overlooks. Wander down the cliffs and enjoy miles of unspoiled beaches and the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Where To Eat: You don’t have to travel far to get a great meal in Torrey Pines. The Lodge’s top rated signature restaurant A.R Valentien delivers delicious, inventive cuisine and top notch service. Request a table on the veranda for an extra special experience. There also are many highly rated restaurants just minutes away in neighboring towns. Head to Cody’s in La Jolla for a great breakfast or enjoy lunch afurea (and an amazing view) at George’s at the Cove. Wander up to Del Mar to Jake’s beachside restaurant and enjoy dinner overlooking the Pacific (just make sure to request a table in the front in time for sunset)!