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The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla

The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California


Authentic Rest and Relaxation in La Jolla

California connoisseurs have long been drawn to Torrey Pines State Reserve with its abundant native flora, intimate beaches, golden cliffs and absolutely otherworldly view of the rolling Pacific Ocean. Continue reading “The Lodge at Torrey Pines” »



The pool at Rancho Valencia located in Rancho Santa Fe

The pool at Rancho Valencia located in Rancho Santa Fe


Rancho Valencia

At this Mediterranean-inspired SoCal escape, private gates open onto 45 acres of gardens, olive groves and 49 casitas, which have all been thoughtfully renovated (along with the restaurant, bar, meeting spaces, spa and fitness center). Recreation can be found in many forms, from active sports to leisure activities. Guests can partake in the excellent tennis program, as well as spin and Pilates classes, hot air balloon rides, croquet and bocce ball. Also popular is whiling the day away at one of two outdoor heated pools and hot tubs – one family and one adults-only – or at The Spa at Rancho Valencia, where the treatments utilize rejuvenating herbs, flowers, oils and minerals.

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Entrance to the San Diego Air & Space Museum

Entrance to the San Diego Air & Space Museum


Art and History of Aviation at the Historic Balboa Park

Any aviation enthusiast must visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum, especially if they follow Charles Lindbergh. His purpose-built Ryan aircraft was built in San Diego and that was where the celebrated aviator left from to achieve his Atlantic-Ocean-crossing, record-setting flight. A flying condition replica sits in the Rotunda entrance.

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The US Grant hotel at night

Night view of the illuminated US Grant hotel, located in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.

The US Grant Hotel, a San Diego landmark. 

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TOWER Deck and pool area at Tower23 Hotel in San Diego, CA

TOWER Deck and pool area at Tower23 Hotel in San Diego, CA

Sleek and sophisticated, the Graham Downes-designed Tower23 Hotel  in San Diego, California, caters to the style-conscious set. This Pacific Beach property has 44 guest rooms and suites, plenty of modern amenities, a restaurant with an eclectic menu and spectacular ocean views. See more photos of Tower23 Hotel and its features in our gallery. 

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