Monday, April 22, 2013

LA JOLLA: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AT ITS BEST



BY: JANET STEINBERG

Brush up your Spanish before heading to this coastal California town for dinner.  La Jolla is pronounced La HOY-uh, meaning “the jewel” in Spanish.

La Jolla is a many-faceted, picture-postcard jewel hugging seven miles of California coastline some 25 minutes north of San Diego.  Sunny days and legendary sunsets are a daily occurrence in this picturesque village.

 
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN LA JOLLA


The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has a second location in the coastal community of La Jolla.  MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing an internationally recognized collection and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs.  At MCASD in La Jolla, you can take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery, or lunch on the patio at the Museum Cafe. The La Jolla location also houses the Museum’s X Store, filled with a selection of contemporary art books, apparel, and innovative design objects.

LA JOLLA BRANCH OF THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO

Some people consider La Jolla the “Restaurant Row” of San Diego.  La Jolla’s restaurant, Nine-Ten, (910 Prospect Street) is located in an old pharmacy whose pharmacist was Gregory Peck’s father.  The marble floors and the leaded glass windows from the 1920s add to the restaurant’s low-key, elegant charm.
 

LA JOLLA'S NINE-TEN

At Nine-Ten you will enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily, Al fresco La Jolla dining is offered on the sidewalk patio or outdoor ocean-view terrace.
 
 
THE VIEW FROM THE STEAKHOUSE AT AZUL LA JOLLA


The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla, is San Diego’s first steakhouse experience, one hundred feet above spectacular La Jolla Cove.  La Jolla Village’s premier ocean-view steakhouse, it serves 100% USDA prime steaks in addition to a selection of Greg Norman Signature Wagyu™ beef, Milk-Fed Veal Chop, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Free-range Chicken and a variety of fresh Sea

Outdoors, a garden courtyard patio features starlight dining around an oversized glass-encircled fire pit. Indoors, floor-to-ceiling windows shamelessly reveal why The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla was voted best in its class. An intimate private Wine Room is glass-surrounded, insuring unobstructed views of the Pacific Coastline.

The Mediterranean designed La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla's Pink Lady of the Pacific, combines old-world charm with a modern outlook.  The La Valencia Hotel is an icon, having hosted celebrities, celebrations, reunions and romantic getaways since 1926. Just steps from miles of stunning coastline, world-class museums, shopping and galleries, it’s the perfect blend of location and recreation. The beachfront hotel’s Mediterranean influenced architecture and d├ęcor, including beautiful courtyards, hand painted murals and exquisite Spanish mosaics, evoke old-world charm.  

LA VALENCIA OCEANFRONT HOTEL AND GARDENS
 

The storied La Valencia Hotel, a
t once hospitable and lively, iconic and serene, is a picture postcard into the elegance of a past era…an era of timeless elegance.


JANET STElNBERG is the winner of 38 national Travel Writer Awards and an lnternational Travel Consultant with The Travel Authority in Mariemont, Ohio.  

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