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The Lodge at Torrey Pines – Romance and Relaxation

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Valentine’s Day may be hours away, but February 14th shouldn’t be the only time of year you focus on romance. As a full-time working woman and graduate student to boot, I know how hard it can be to find the time to spend with that special someone. Fortunately for couples everywhere, San Diego is full of luxurious hotels perfect for a romantic weekend escape. And with majestic views, gorgeous Craftsman-style architecture and one of San Diego’s best restaurants, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is an ideal destination a blissful San Diego getaway, no holiday or special occasion required.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Pulling up to the Lodge’s grand yet secluded entrance, dark wood, glowing stained glass windows and the scent of fresh flowers greet you as you step into the lobby. As you head towards your room, the demure hallways feel cozy, despite the Lodge’s vast size.

Romantic Lodging

The Lodge At Torrey Pines Guest Room

The Palisades Suite

The Lodge offers a variety of guest room types that set the mood for romance and relaxation. On a recent weekend, my husband and I settled into a spacious Palisades Suite, complete with a fireplace at the foot of the bed and a balcony looking out onto the resort’s meticulously manicured lawn. As the sun began to set over the world-famous Torrey Pines golf course, we toasted with champagne and a plate of fresh fruit.

Lodge's Champagne and Fruit

A fruit plate from the hotel was the perfect pairing with a bottle of champagne.

Relaxing Activities

Relaxing Activities at the Lodge

There’s no shortage of ways to unwind at the Lodge.

The Lodge offers a range of pleasant pastimes if all the relaxing gets to be too much. In the library, you can settle in with one of the available books or enjoy a game of pool or darts. On the lawn, colorful croquet sets dot the thick green grass. Oh, and I’ve heard golf may be a popular activity here…but I chose to spend an afternoon at the spa. The pristine white marble of the Spa at Torrey Pines had me wallowing in the lap of luxury before my massage even began.

Fine Dining at A.R. Valentien

When it comes to a romantic dinner, few restaurants can top the Lodge’s signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien. Buttery sea scallops and a generous portion of tender New York strip steak were proof enough that Chef Jeff Jackson is one of San Diego’s best, and their friendly sommelier will help even the most novice wine drinker find the perfect pairing. While a bottle of Silver Oak may accompany a birthday or anniversary meal, it’s also nice to be able to indulge in a mini-splurge with their extensive by-the-glass selection of top-notch wines.

It’s the Little Touches at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Lodge's Turndown Service

Chocolate and slippers greet you at bedtime.

Returning to our room, friendly touches from the turn down service made our stay feel even more special. A delicate chocolate bar emblazoned with the resort’s logo rested on our pillows, while bedside mats held cozy slippers waiting to warm our feet before bed. Combined with the beauty of the property and the exceptional food, the attentive and thoughtful service at the Lodge at Torrey Pines make it a can’t-miss hotel for relaxing and reconnecting.

View from The Lodge Torrey Pines

You can’t ask for a better view!

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego: November 7-11, 2012

So here’s an idea, escape to San Diego sometime in the next few days and enjoy one of these great things to do this weekend:

1. San Diego Beer Week Continues

Beer Garden attendees talking to a brewer during San Diego Beer Week Beer Garden

Meet the Brewers during San Diego Beer Week Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Pairing great food with craft beer has become a popular event during San Diego Beer Week (SDBW). On Friday (11/9), dine on delectable dishes while sipping great local brews during Brewtopia on the Bay at The Dana on Mission Bay.

Finish off SDBW on Sunday (11/11) at the Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Along with a picturesque setting, over 20 local breweries and 10 local chefs will be serving up San Diego’s best. And since admission includes unlimited samples, this is a SDBW event not to be missed.

SDBW continues with daily events through Sunday.

Dates: Through November 11, 2012
Cost: Cost Varies by Event. Brewtopia – $40, Beer Garden – $75
> Browse the over 300 San Diego Beer Week Events

2. Battle on the Midway

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

SDSU takes on Syracuse about the USS Midway

Update: Battle on the Midway has been pushed back by two days and will now be on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 1:00 PM.

Battle on the Midway is one part Aircraft Carrier and one part NCAA Basketball. Two of the top teams in the nation, San Diego State University and Syracuse University will battle it out on a court aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.

Location: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Date: November 9, 2012 Rescheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2012
Time: Starts at 5:00 PM New Tip Time at 1:00 PM
Cost: $150-$500
> Find out more about the Battle on the Midway

3. Dive in Theatre: The Hunger Games

Movie screening at the Pearl Hotel

Lounge by the pool with Dive In Theatre at the Pearl Hotel

Hang out by the pool under the stars at The Pearl Hotel and see if Katniss Everdeen makes it out of the Hunger Games alive! While you watch, enjoy a few snacks, drink and maybe a dip in the oyster-shaped swimming pool. If you have a group of 6, make reservations for one of the cabanas and lounge in style.

Location: 1410 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Date: November 7, 2012
Time: Movie starts at 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Dive in Theatre: The Hunger Games

4. Behold, America!

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket

Eastman Johnson, The Cranberry Harvest, Island of Nantucket. Oil on canvas, 1880. Putnam Collection, Timken Museum of Art

As part of a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Timken Museum, Behold, America! tells a cohesive story of the history of art in the United States. The works on display range from the colonial period to the present.

Location: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Dates: November 10, 2012 – February 10, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Behold, America! at the San Diego Museum of Art

5. Kettner Nights in Little Italy

Ketter Nights

Little Italy’s Kettner Boulevard comes alive as visitors mix and mingle their way through the many boutiques and galleries on the second Friday of every month. Come explore this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood with a walk filled with art, design and antiques.

Location: Between West Grape and West Laurel Streets on Kettner Boulevard and India Street
Date: November 9, 2012
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Kettner Nights

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know about them in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

San Diego Beer Week Returns – November 2-11, 2012

Cheers during San Diego Beer Week
Cheers during San Diego Beer Week

Say Cheers to another exciting San Diego Beer Week!

San Diego Beer Week is a countywide celebration of the amazing local craft beer culture. Over the course of 10 days, SDBW offers craft beer lovers the chance to sample award winning regional beers (San Diego breweries took home 15 medals from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival!) at more than 250 different events including festivals, tap takeovers, beer brunches, brewery tours, pint nights, beer releases, cask nights, beer dinners, brewer meet and greets, education sessions and more.

You can find a full list of events at www.sdbw.org/events.

While picking an event to attend each day and/or night can be a difficult decision, here are two events you don’t want to miss:

San Diego Beer Week Brewers Guild Festival

Mayor Sanders Tapping the first keg - San Diego Beer Week Brewers Guild Festival

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders taps the first keg during the 2011 San Diego Beer Week Brewers Guild Festival.

The Brewers Guild Festival is SDBW’s signature event and features more than 100 different beers from San Diego craft breweries, food from local brew pubs, and live music and entertainment throughout the festival. Entry into the festival includes a commemorative 4 ounce tasting glasses, ten tasting tickets and the chance to talk to the brewers as they pour you a cold one.

> Watch highlights from last years festival here

Location: Port Pavilion Pier – 1000 North Harbor Drive (map)
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $10-$45
> Find out more about the San Diego Beer Week Brewers Guild Festival

Tip: Save yourself the hassle and use an alternative mode of transportation to get to the festival. Take any of the multiple buses, Blue or Orange Trolley Lines, or Coaster that stop at the Santa Fe Depot, and it’s just a short two block walk to the pier. Find public transportation schedules at www.sdcommute.com. You can also easily take a taxi or Uber it. Remember to enjoy yourself and stay safe.

The Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

Beer Garden attendees talking to a brewer during San Diego Beer Week Beer Garden

Meet the Brewers during San Diego Beer Week Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

To close out SDBW, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is hosting the Beer Garden, a relaxing Sunday afternoon that includes unlimited beer tastings from 20 local breweries, food pairings from 10 of San Diego’s finest chefs and a beautiful view of Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Take advantage of one of the Signature Room ($349) or Palisade Room ($429) packages offered by the Lodge that include a one night stay and two tickets to the festival.

Location: The Lodge at Torrey Pines – 11480 North Torrey Pines Road (map)
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: $75
> Find out more about the Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

Which San Diego Beer Week event are you most looking forward to this year?