La Jolla Journals

California Dreaming in La Jolla

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A January 2001 trip to La Jolla by jim

My bed Photo, La Jolla, California More Photos
Quote: I went to San Diego for business, but fell in love with La Jolla. I spent three days and dreaded the flight back to cold New York City.

California Dreaming in La Jolla

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Overview

The Bay Photo, La Jolla, California
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The first thing that comes to mind is the breathtaking scenery. The view of the bay (including one particular moment when I could see a whale, seals, and dolphins at the same time) was fantastic. Other major highlights include: - The La Valencia Hotel: One of the best hotels I have ever stayed at (see my entry on La Valencia). - Kayaking in the bay. - Running by the water. - Swimming across the bay (I actually did this during the summer on an earlier visit). This is a triathletes dream location. - Getting within a few feet of the seals. - All you can eat sushi (see my dining entries) for ...Read More

La Valencia

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Hotel

The Whaling Room Bar Photo, La Jolla, California
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I''m not easily impressed by accommodations, but La Valencia surpassed all my expectations. It has long been a place where the elite (movie stars, politicians, etc.) have stayed and I can see why. Be prepared to pay handsomely, but enjoy every minute of it. The service is impeccable and not at all snooty. You are greeted the second you step out of your car and escorted to the front desk. A porter and your "personal butler" escort you to your room (or in my case, your ocean villa). A tour quickly made me realize what the fuss was about. The stereo system built into the walls was awesome. The tv is unobtrusively stored in a cabinet and emerges at the touch of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Tadashi Sushi Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Let me start by saying that I loved this restaurant. The promise of all-you-can-eat sushi is often times an empty promise. Yes, you get all the sushi you can eat, but it is not up to the standard of the sushi ordered ala carte. Or, you are at a restaurant that doesn’t make great sushi. Neither was the case at Tadashi. The setting is relaxed and the sushi chefs are very attentive. You sit at the sushi bar and order as much as you like. This includes individual pieces of sushi and/or all types of sushi rolls. When you start to run out of food, the chefs ask what you would like next. The only requirement, you must finish what you order. For perspective, the amount...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

La Valencia

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Restaurant

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La Valencia offers several truly wonderful dining options. In every case, the food is exquisite and the service beyond reproach. For breakfast, I dined in the more informal Mediterranean Room. It has a terrific view of the ocean, the service is great, and the food is wonderfully prepared. My Huevos Rancheros are better than anything I have had. Now imagine all of those wonderful things and enhance them significantly. This is the more formal dining experience in the Sky Room dining room. It has only 12 tables and every one has a great view. Dining is formal so plan to stay awhile and enjoy every minute. I had a bottle of California wine to accompany my fine meal and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2001

Outdoor Activities in Paradise

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You couldn’t ask for better weather or for a more idyllic setting to play outside. Start with a walk down by the ocean. You will enjoy looking at the caves, the seals and the other ocean wildlife. A nice dirt path takes you up on top of the bluff overlooking the bay and gives you a glimpse of many of the beautiful homes. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, rent a kayak and spend some time on the water. Several outfitters are available for rentals. Or if you are extremely adventurous, take a swim in the bay. A course is set up for regular swimmers and triathletes. I have done this swim on an earlier visit, but I am definitely on the extreme end of travelers. Al...Read More
The Whaling Room  Photo, La Jolla, California
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You will find plenty to do in La Jolla. Great shopping can be found all along Prospect Street. Art galleries are abundant. You couldn't eat at all of the nice restaurants if you had several weeks. And the walking, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities are fantastic.

About the Writer

jim

jim
Charlotte, North Carolina