24 Hours In La Jolla

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We recently spent the night in La Jolla, California. We’d like to thank the Grande Colonial Hotel and the San Diego Tourism Authority for their help planning our trip. We were not paid for our reviews. All opinions reflect our own opinions and experiences.

 

On a recent visit to Los Angeles we decided to take a quick break from busy L.A. for a drive with Diana’s Mom to La Jolla. We thought a little sea and sun would be perfect for three midwest girls.

Grande Colonial Hotel-La Jolla

Grande Colonial Hotel-La Jolla

 

Hitting the road early on a sunny day ensured that the two and a half hour ride was smooth and uneventful. We arrived in La Jolla and drove up Prospect Street to our destination, the Grande Colonial Hotel. When you first arrive at the Grande Colonial you are instantly transported back in time. Elegant tall palm trees at the entrance invite you in to the beautifully decorated lobby.

Grande Colonial Main Lobby

Grande Colonial Main Lobby. Photo courtesy of Grande Colonial.

 

The AAA Four Diamond rated Grande Colonial property may be over a hundred years old but the meticulous renovation immediately makes you feel welcomed and spoiled.

Grande Colonial Room #235 Photo Courtesy of Grande Colonial

Grande Colonial Room #235 Photo Courtesy of Grande Colonial.

 

Just steps from the ocean the hotel offers rooms with your choice of city or ocean views. The Grande Colonial is the only original hotel left in La Jolla. It maintains its history while providing all modern amenities and comforts for its holiday adventures and business road warriors. The NINE-TEN restaurant and bar in the lobby is a perfect spot to enjoy a drink or meal.

So Much to See & Do!

The hotel is conveniently located on the main strip of Prospect Street. A short walk in any direction will have you exploring high-end shops, galleries, jewelry stores and restaurants. Convenient and comfortable, the hotel a perfect hub for your visit to La Jolla.

Cote Sud France La Jolla

Cote Sud France La Jolla

 

We started our trip by strolling down Prospect Street to find a place for lunch. We had two challenges on our walk. First, way too many fun shops to stop in and explore. We couldn’t resist Cote Sud France and had to check out the latest linens, tablecloths, housewares and more directly imported from Provence, France. We all love French fabrics from Provence with the bright yellow and blue colors, so we were in heaven. Once on our way again we encountered challenge number two. So many choices for lunch!

Dr. Suess Museum in La Jolla

Dr. Suess Museum in La Jolla

 

Before making our decision we stopped in at the delighful Art of Dr Seuss. This combination, museum gallery and store houses many works from Theodore Geisel. Every year the family estate releases more works so you’re bound to see something you have never seen before. While there, we were treated to a sneak peek at the latest release, and enjoyed hearing more about the history of the artist and his art from the friendly and knowledgeable staff. We just love Dr. Seuss and really enjoyed touring the museum.

Fun La Jolla Fact: Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) lived atop Mont Soledad in La Jolla where he created many of his wonderful books and characters.

Let’s Eat! 

Finally, inspired by the waves and sunshine, we found ourselves delighted by the idea of Hawaiian tastes at Duke’s La Jolla for lunch. Remembering fond visits to Duke’s on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, we were excited to eat here. Although it was very busy and bustling we were seated pretty quickly. Our server was super friendly, helped us with the menu and got our drinks out very fast.

Fish tacos at Dukes in La Jolla

Fish tacos at Duke’s in La Jolla

 

We shared an order of fresh fish tacos, a sampler platter that included Duke’s tasty ribs with mango bbq sauce, grilled huli chicken, steamed jasmine rice, macaroni salad and slaw, and the Poke tacos featuring raw ahi, shoyu, maui onions, avocado and wasabi crème fraiche. Everything was delicious and perfectly portioned for lunch time.

Sampler Platter at Dukes in La Jolla

Sampler Platter at Duke’s in La Jolla

 

Dukes Poke Tacos La Jolla

Duke’s Poke Tacos La Jolla

 

La Jolla Cove Food Travelist

La Jolla Cove

 

Time For A Rest

After a quick nap back at the Grande Colonial we were up and out to watch the sunset on La Jolla Cove. We had fun watching the sea lions relax on the rocks as we silly tourists tried to get the perfect photo. After many attempts we decided to just relax and enjoy nature’s beautiful end of day display.

Seals taking a sunny nap in La Jolla.

 

Plan to spend some time strolling around La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Underwater Park. If you adore nature and animals like we do you’ll be treated to teeming marine life, sea lions, seals and many types of birds.

La Jolla Sunset -Courtesy SanDiego.org

La Jolla Sunset -Courtesy SanDiego.org

 

Even a short walk on the beach lets you explore the amazing tide pools. You can also head to the Seven Sea Caves, which are only accessible by kayak or snorkeling to continue your exploration.

Childrens Pool seals -Courtesy SanDiego.org

Children’s Pool seals -Courtesy SanDiego.org

 

A walk along the pathway at the Children’s Pool, originally intended as a swimming area for kids, provides a close-up look at seals playing and enjoying the beautiful and protected cove.

Birch Aquarium-children-Courtesy Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium Courtesy Birch Aquarium

 

If you want to experience even more be sure to visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Over 60 tanks of beautiful marine life that include coral reefs, sharks, jellyfish and outdoor tide pools. An interactive museum with research discoveries on climate, earth and ocean science make this a learning experience you won’t forget.

Gourmet Dining in La Jolla

Sun’s down and it’s time to head over to George’s at the Cove for dinner. Little did we know that we were headed for a very memorable meal in La Jolla.

Cocktails at George's on the Cove

Cocktails at George’s at the Cove

 

George’s at the Cove has two levels for dining a more casual rooftop that offers a terrific view of La Jolla Cove and a lower level that features California Modern by award-winning Chef Trey Foshee, and as we discovered, an eclectic menu sure to please every food traveler.

You’ll want to order one of their unique hand-crafted cocktails as you ponder exactly how you’re going to choose what to order from this tasty menu.

 

George's on the Cove Dinner

Stinging Nettle Spaghetti at George’s at the Cove Dinner

 

For our full experience and meal at George’s at the Cove check out this link Dinner at George’s at the Cove.

 

It’s Another Sunny Day in La Jolla

After a wonderful dinner and peaceful night’s sleep at the Grande Colonial Hotel we were ready to take on the day.

As luck would have it, we woke up to a perfect day. The sun was shining bright, it was 75 warm degrees, and it was Diana’s birthday! Mother Nature ordered up a beautiful sparkly California day for my little California girl.

We packed up, checked out and made one last stop at the beach to see the ocean. Dogs, birds, sea lions were all out as if to wish Diana, a passionate animal and nature lover, a very happy birthday.

La Jolla coastline-Photo credit Robert Arends SanDiego.org

La Jolla coastline-Photo credit Robert Arends SanDiego.org

 

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove

 

After doing some exploring we were just a wee peckish and in need of brunch. We headed over to Shorehouse Kitchen. 

Diana and Mom at Shorehouse Kitchen La Jolla with the Birthday Scone!

Diana and Mom at Shorehouse Kitchen with the Birthday Scone!

 

Time To Eat Again

After mentioning to our server that it was Diana’s birthday she brought a birthday scone for us to share and enjoy. We really loved the ambiance of this laid back California style eatery.

Breakfast at Shoreline La Jolla

Breakfast at Shorehouse Kitchen in La Jolla

 

Their menu includes breakfast and lunch items with some of the freshest ingredients around. Fresh squeezed orange juice from California Valencia oranges is must!

California Sandwich at Shoreline La Jolla

California Sandwich at Shorehouse Kitchen La Jolla

 

We couldn’t decide between breakfast and lunch so we had a little bit of both. The Cucumber and Avocado Veggie Sandwich (a real California style sandwich) with alfalfa sprouts, tomato, toasted sunflower seeds, white cheddar, lettuce, cream cheese & whole grain mustard on fresh whole wheat bread and the Roasted Turkey and Brussels Sprouts Benedict with turkey sausage, quinoa, organic baby spinach, Béarnaise sauce topped with parmesan were both terrific choices.

Dog friendly the Shorehouse also offers a full Doggie Menu.

More To See

Along the route to the Shorehouse Kitchen you’ll drive on Torrey Pines Scenic Drive. You can stop and watch the hang gliders and paragliders soaring along the coastline at Torry Pines Glidersport. If you’re adventurous you might want to even try it yourself!

Torrey Pines hang gliders -Courtesy SanDiego.org

Torrey Pines hang gliders -Courtesy SanDiego.org

 

Heading Back

With full stomachs and the sun shining we needed to head back to La-La Land. We had a delicious and wonderful time in La Jolla. Our only regret is that we couldn’t spend more time there. We wanted more time to enjoy the heated swimming pool at the Grande Colonial Hotel and to enjoy a round of golf or just relax watching the crashing waves at La Jolla Cove. We’ll definitely need to return and continue our exploration of this lovely, peaceful town on the ocean.

If you’re visiting the area, La Jolla is about a two and a half hour drive from Los Angeles and a twenty minute trip from San Diego.

For more information about La Jolla check out sandiego.org

THE QUICK BITE: For a delicious getaway to in Southern California, you can’t do better than La Jolla, a seaside jewel with plenty to see, do eat and enjoy.

 

29 Responses to 24 Hours In La Jolla

  1. Sumit Surai Reply

    August 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Awesome photos! Lovely hotel and place. But the food was the best part of the post. Those tacos look awesome.

  2. Catvills Reply

    August 28, 2017 at 1:34 am

    This is one of the reasons why I miss California. The beautiful beaches, lots of places to explore, the relaxing time, and the most beautiful sunsets! I love La Jolla. Hope to get to visit again sometime soon!

  3. Chubskulit Rose Reply

    August 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    This would be a dream come true for me. I love exploring galleries and tasting different cuisines.

  4. Jen Lawrence Reply

    August 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Adds this to my list of places to visit! I think quick trips are great. You try to fit as much into the time you’ll be there makes for a great challenge. I’m loving all the food! Taking in the scenes and the food are probably may favorite part of traveling.

  5. Sandy N Vyjay Reply

    August 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

    La Jolla looks like an ideal family getaway. There is so much to see and experience. I can say there can be never a dull moment.

  6. Ruth I. Reply

    August 26, 2017 at 7:25 am

    The photos are amazing especially the sunset! I think it’s a great place to visit. Looks relaxing and the food looks delicious!

  7. JDaniel4's Mom Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    What a wonderful place this would be to visit! It looks so relaxing!

  8. Claudia Krusch Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    This looks like it was a great getaway. I would love to stay at the Grande Colonial Hotel. I am hoping to be in the area this winter.

  9. Natalie Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Visiting California is so high on my bucket list – La Jolla included! I was this close to going next month but had to pass. One day!

  10. Tomi C Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Wow! You squeezed in a bunch of fun in your 24 hours in La Jolla. I haven’t been there in years. I love the San Diego area and will definitely have to check out some of your recommendations.

  11. Cheryl Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Is there nothing better than a little weekend get away with relaxation, good company and lots of good food to eat?

  12. Jacqui Odell Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    The food and view looks amazing. I would love to visit and relax on the beach sometime.

  13. Sarah Bailey Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Oh wow what an amazing looking place to spend some time, it looks like there is so much to do in La Jolla and there is some delicious looks eateries as well.

  14. Doria Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 10:01 am

    We absolutely adore La Jolla and San Diego in general! I have thousands of pics from our time at Children’s Pool Beach (one of our favorites places in the U.S.). Such a great place to visit and so many yummy food spots 😉

  15. Candy Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 8:15 am

    If you only had 24 hours looks like you had a wonderful experience with great food

  16. Alli Smith Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 7:53 am

    The lobby is certainly grand! I’d love to visit the Art of Dr. Seuss. La Jolla looks like a lovely place to spend a long weekend. Those seals are the cutest!

  17. Jeanette Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I have a friend that’s actually in La Jolla right now! I’m going to quick send this over to her so that she can check out a few of the places you mentioned here.

  18. Kimberly Reply

    August 25, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I’ve never heard of La Jolla before – yes, I live under a rock somewhere in Canada. How awesome is that place? I want to eat all the things and just go running around exploring. It’s gorgeous there!

    • suereddel

      suereddel Reply

      August 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

      No worries Kimberly! I’m sure there’s plenty of places I haven’t heard of in Canada. Hope you get to visit La Jolla some day it’s beautiful and tasty.

  19. Charles McCool Reply

    March 24, 2017 at 8:54 am

    La Jolla is so gorgeous. Did you walk along Billionaires Row?

  20. Tami Reply

    March 9, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    San Diego is my hometown, so I go to La Jolla all the time, and it never gets old! Always so beautiful, summer or winter–so fun to browse the shops or stroll along the coast. Great post!

  21. Catherine Sweeney Reply

    March 8, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    The Colonial Grande looks so comfy and nice. But, oh my gosh, those ribs at Duke’s. Mouth-watering. Looks like you had an awesome time in La Jolla. I was there last year for just a day. We made the most of a short time, too.

  22. Yasha Reply

    March 8, 2017 at 9:34 am

    La Jolla seems to have lots of lovely food!!! I visited a few years ago with my friend who lives in Long Beach. Unfortunately it was overcast and a bit rainy all day, so we didn’t see it at its best. But you certainly did.

  23. Jackie Smith Reply

    March 7, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Long time since we were in La Jolla, your post made me think it may be time to return one day soon.

  24. Donna Janke Reply

    March 7, 2017 at 7:19 am

    This was a lovely post for a bit of daydream travel this morning. I hope to visit La Jolla myself someday. And the Grande Colonial looks like an elegant place to stay when I do.

  25. Carole Terwilliger Meyers Reply

    March 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    La Jolla is a spectacular spot to visit. When I was there a few years ago I had a great dinner at the Grande Colonial’s Nine-Ten restaurant. Did you dine there? http://travelswithcarole.blogspot.com/2014/11/good-eats-nine-ten-restaurant-la-jolla.html

  26. Janice Chung Reply

    March 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    You can guess what grabbed my attention, Sue! Cote Sud France! But truly, I didn’t realize La Jolla had so much. I was there over 30 years ago and all I remember was having lunch by the ocean. Would love to visit the Art of Dr. Suess. Who doesn’t like his books!? What a great getaway by the ocean.

  27. Patti Morrow Reply

    March 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I’ve been to San Diego many times and always love going to La Jolla. The cove and the seals are fun, and I LOVE George’s!

  28. Michele Peterson Reply

    March 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    It’s sure sounds as though you spent a tasty 24 hours in La Jolla. It looks like a beautiful spot

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