Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fun in the sun at one of California’s many beaches. The sunshine state’s coastline offers a diverse array of experiences – from the north’s mountains thrusting straight up from the sea to the pristine beaches of San Diego. Here is a roundup of the top 5 spots to soak up the California scenery.
Casa Del Mar
1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica is a vibrant beachfront community with an eclectic mix of art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. From the lively shopping on the Third Street Promenade to the vintage carousel on the pier, Santa Monica has something for everyone.
Perched on the Santa Monica shoreline, the stately brick and sandstone Renaissance revival-style seven-story Casa Del Mar seaside resort is a perfect local beach getaway. The 129
rooms feature ocean views, breezy butter-yellow walls, hand-painted armoires, wooden Venetian blinds and opulent Italian marble bathrooms. Head to the pool for an outdoor massage before
enjoying unobstructed ocean views and delicious seafood and sushi at the resort’s Catch restaurant.
Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N. Torrey Pines Road
Atop a rocky peninsula 10 miles north of San Diego rests the idyllic community of La Jolla, filled with drop-dead views of the surf, coves, hills and lagoons.
You could easily spend your entire visit at the luxurious Lodge at Torrey Pines. The Craftsman architectural style popularized in early 20th century California inspired this 171 room retreat which sits perched just above the 18th green of Torrey Pines Golf Course and the rugged coastline of Torrey Pines State Reserve.
The Lodge resembles a large wealthy country house brimming with clinker-brick masonry, dark rich wood accents, art glass windows and doors and Stickley furniture. If money is no object, book one of the Palisades rooms overlooking the golf course and the sea where you can snuggle by the cozy fireplace amidst Tiffany-style lamps, period wallpaper, oil-rubbed fixtures, leather chaise and easy chairs and lush natural surroundings.
Monte Verde Street at Seventh Avenue
This seaside village on the Monterey Peninsula houses storybook cottages, pines and some of Cailfornia’s most beautiful beaches. In the heart of Carmel, four blocks from the beach lies the 20 room intimate L’Auberge Resort. Modeled after a building in Prague, guestrooms contain luxe furnishings, antique travertine tiles and stand alone tubs. The 12 table restaurant offers an elaborate tasting menu and a 4,500 bottle wine cellar.
Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
For well over a century, local families have headed over the bridge from San Diego to enjoy beaches in the small tree-lined seaside community of Coronado. The peninsula houses 18 miles of white sand beaches which literally glimmer under bright sunlight due to its high mica content. Coronado is also home to beautiful Victorian houses, stucco bungalows and Spanish-style haciendas surrounded by pine, eucalyptus and orange trees.
The single most recognizable image of San Diego is the monumental Hotel Del Coronado. Crowned with red-shingled turrets, cupolas, gables and domes, Hotel Del Coronado is the largest beach resort on the North American Pacific Coast. The chandelier-lit richly decorated hallways, massive spaces filled with pictures of celebrities and days gone by, intricate woodwork, expansive and manicured grounds and old-fashioned birdcage elevator add to its charm. Each room in the main building is uniquely decorated with Victorian period decor. . Open the balcony doors and enjoy the mesmerizing view across the lawn to the powered-sugar beach before letting the surf serenade you to sleep.
222 Mason Street
Each year, hundreds of visitors come to San Francisco and fall in love with its unbelievable vistas, graceful architecture, cuisine-defining restaurants and bountiful activities. At the heart of “the city” as locals call it, are its diverse neighborhoods – many of which offer scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.
This modern Japanese-style hotel offers cool comfort and tranquil luxury just a few blocks from Union Square. Design highlights include the white marble lobby and chic modern rooms with emperor-sized beds and fantastic floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views. Guests are welcome to use the hotel’s glass enclosed rooftop lap pool and fitness center. Foodies can savor sushi and seafood dishes at the hotel’s Anzu restaurant.