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La Jolla (the Jewel)

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An August 2006 trip to La Jolla by thestickman23

La Valencia Hotel Photo, La Jolla, California More Photos
Quote: Looking for an alternative place to stay in San Diego? This upscale community in La Jolla is the place to be.

La Jolla (the Jewel)

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Overview

Ellen Browning Scripps Park Photo, La Jolla, California
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If you are looking for a week of fun in the sun La Jolla is the place for you. This upscale suburb in San Diego County is a change of pace to staying in the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego. There is a plethora of activities to keep you occupied. Here are some of my favorite places to visit in La Jolla and San Diego:Sea World - This marine mammal amusement park is fun for the whole family. This highly commercialized park is full with attractions and offers a couple of rides. The Shamu Adventure, Dolphin Discovery, Pets Rule!, Wild Arctic and Journey to Atlantis are some of our favorite attractions.Birch Aquarium at Scripps - This small aquarium is located in La Jol...Read More

La Valencia Hotel

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Hotel | "La Valencia"

La Valencia Hotel Photo, La Jolla, California
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When my wife and I visited San Diego my friend from La Jolla recommended that we stay in his hometown. It didn’t hurt that my company also received a corporate discount at the La Valencia hotel, in the upscale community of La Jolla. The La Valencia hotel has been around since 1926. This hotel is like a fine wine and gets better with age. The La Valencia is situated atop La Jolla Cove in the heart of downtown La Jolla. You will find many shops, art galleries, and great restaurants within walking distance of this great hotel. The La Valencia is also a short walk to the La Jolla Cove and the Children’s Pool (here you can go see La Jolla’s famous sea lions) situated on the beautiful Pacific Ocean. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2007

La Valencia Hotel
1132 Prospect St.
La Jolla, California 92037
(858) 454-0771

A.R. Valentien

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Restaurant

A.R. Valentien Photo, La Jolla, California
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A.R. Valentien is located in one of the most beautiful resorts, in one of the most scenic areas in the world, The Lodge at Torrey Pines. If you are not interested in visiting A.R. Valentien’s do yourself a favor and at least visit this beautiful resort. The Lodge is home to one of the most famous golf courses, not only in California, but the world. At A.R. Valentien’s the food is highly rated (though I had a different outlook) and the view is gorgeous. Food: Californian food is served at A.R. Valentien’s, using only the finest and freshest local ingredients. Award winning executive chef Jeff Jackson has over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry. Unfortunately, the night that I went ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2007

A.R. Valentien
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
La Jolla, California 92037
(858) 777-6635

Roppongi

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Restaurant

Roppongi Photo, La Jolla, California
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Roppongi is located on Prospect Street, which is the main drag in La Jolla. This is one of the most popular restaurants, not only in La Jolla, but in all of San Diego. Roppongi serves Asian Fusion cuisine along with sushi. This restaurant is one of those “people-watching” establishments, where “the hip” of San Diego comes to eat. Food: This is a great restaurant to share your plates. Order a couple of appetizers (tapas), maybe a sushi dish and a couple of entrées. I thought the food was very good and innovative. The appetizer portions are small and considered more of a “tapas”. I would recommend the Polynesian Crab Stack, and the Miso Marinated Yellowtail. For our entrées I ordered the Boneles...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2007

Roppongi
875 Prospect Street
La Jolla, California 92037
(858) 551-5252

Mediterranean Room

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Restaurant | "The Mediterranean Room"

Mediterranean Room Photo, La Jolla, California
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The Mediterranean Room is located in the La Valencia Hotel. This is the hotel’s mid-range restaurant. The views from the dining room give you sweeping scenes of the Pacific Ocean. If you would like to dine al-fresco you can sit outside on the Tropical Patio (this part of the restaurant does not have ocean views). The Mediterranean Room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have also heard that their Sunday Champagne Brunch is phenomenal. Food – My wife and I visited the Mediterranean Room for dinner. The menu options were geared toward fresh seafood Mediterranean style (of course). To start I ordered the escargot served in their shell with a garlic butter sauce. I found the snails to be tende...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2007

Mediterranean Room
La Valencia Hotel
La Jolla, California 92037
(800) 451-0772

George's at the Cove

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Restaurant

George's at the Cove Photo, La Jolla, California
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George’s at the Cove, on the main drag in La Jolla, is THE most popular restaurant in all of San Diego. Sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean to take your breath away are the norm at this divine restaurant that serves Californian cuisine. George’s uses seasonal ingredients from local producers, so only the finest and best product is used. The restaurant is separated into three dining venues: George’s at the Cove is the fine dining venue; Pacific View Bar has a more casual atmosphere; and finally, the Ocean Terrace Bistro has less expensive fare, but the quality of food does not diminish.Food: The menu ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2007

George's at the Cove
1250 Prospect Street
La Jolla, California 92037
(858) 454-4244

Petco Park

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Attraction

Petco Park Photo, San Diego, California
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When staying in La Jolla my wife and I decided to catch a ballgame at the new PETCO Park in downtown San Diego, home of the San Diego Padres. The Padres were playing a team from my hometown, the New York Mets. (By the way, I am a huge Yankees fan and was rooting for the Padres the whole game!) PETCO Park was completed in 2004 and is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever been to. The Padres do a great job of keeping children entertained from before the first pitch is thrown until the final out in the ninth. Behind the outfield fence PETCO Park built another field onto the grounds. The second field is used as a wiffle ball field. Padres employees play, teach and coach kids and their famili...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2007

Petco Park
100 Park Boulevard
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 795-5012

La Jolla Beach

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Attraction | "La Jolla Cove, Scripps Park, Children's Pool"

La Jolla Beach Photo, La Jolla, California
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Whether you are staying in La Jolla or just visiting for the day, I am sure you will be visiting this oceanside town’s world famous waterfront. The ocean views here can be bought on postcards all over San Diego and have been for decades. If you are starting west on Prospect Avenue I recommend walking down Coast Boulevard and ending at the Children’s Pool.Coast Boulevard is a moderately steep road, so wearing rubber-soled shoes is a good idea. As you head down the hill, you will notice that straight ahead are some cliffs. Take a walk on the mini boardwalk to the lookout point. From here you might see harbor seals on the rocks below sunning themselves. This is a popular spot with kayakers (if yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2007

La Jolla Beach

La Jolla, California

SeaWorld San Diego

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Attraction | "Sea World"

SeaWorld San Diego Photo, San Diego, California
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If you have never heard of Sea World here is a quick synopsis. This Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) owned aquatic theme park features a couple of rides and plenty of shows to keep you occupied for an entire day. Sea World is too large for me to describe each attraction so I will tell you about my favorites. Journey to Atlantis – This "Water Coaster" is a unique ride to the Sea World parks. I have not seen this ride anywhere else. In short, this is a log flume ride that is on a coaster track. The ride takes you up eight stories and then twists and turns you down on a coaster track and then plunges you into a pool o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2007

SeaWorld San Diego
500 Seaworld Drive
San Diego, California 92019
(800) 257-4268

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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Attraction

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Photo, La Jolla, California
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If you are in San Diego, more specifically the La Jolla area for more than 4 days, I would recommend visiting the Birch Aquarium at Scripps . This extraordinary facility is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific and features over 60 tank displays, a demonstration tide pool, a movieride, and an interactive museum. This aquarium is run by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is the largest oceanographic exhibit in the United States. Admission to the aquarium runs $10 or $11 for adults, around $7 for children, and they also offer discounts to seniors (over 60) and college students (with ID). The aquarium is also open...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2007

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, California 92093
(858) 534-3474

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

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Attraction | "San Diego Zoo I (Location, Admission and Hours)"

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Photo, San Diego, California
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When visiting the San Diego area for the first time, it is essential to make an appearance at the San Diego Zoo . The zoo is situated in Balboa Park and is about a 15 – 20 minute ride from La Jolla. There are a couple of different admission passes you can purchase to get into the Zoo. The most complete pass is the "Best Value Admission", around $33 for adults and $22 for children. This is the pass that my wife and I chose because you get unlimited use of the guided bus tour, express bus and the skyfari aerial tram. You can also choose to purchase the "Admission Only" pass at $22.75 for adults and $15.50 for children (3-11...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2007

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 231-1515

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

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Attraction | "San Diego Zoo II (Attractions, Exhibits, and Dinin"

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Photo, San Diego, California
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The San Diego Zoo is jammed packed with informative exhibits and fun attractions for people of all ages. Like I said in my first essay though, be prepared to walk (unless you purchased the Express Bus pass). I highly recommend wearing rubber soled shoes because some of the exhibits are located on steep hills. You wouldn’t believe how many people wear high heels and dress shoes to the park. Don’t make the same mistake! Due to the immense size of the zoo and the limited space for me to write this essay I will tell you about my favorite attractions in the park. Giant Panda Research Station - This is probab...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2007

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 231-1515