I haven't told you all about our second year wedding anniversary yet! Nate and I always make sure to do something special, getting away and reconnecting just the two of us. This year we headed out to the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club for two days of sand and sun, sans baby.
La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club
The La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club has an exclusive club atmosphere, as it's been one of La Jolla private membership organizations for over 75 years. It serves the community with championship courts, massage services, kids' activities and field trips, a fitness center, private beach and more. Non-members can make reservations at the hotel to vacation at the property and enjoy its many amenities including complimentary parking and WiFi, par-3 golf and incredible dining options.
We stayed in a gorgeous beachfront one bedroom suite with direct access to the beach. Since the beach has been owned by the club since 1935, it's still private (grandfathered in before the California Coastal Access Law made all beach property sales subject to a public easement) and welcome only to members. It's one of the few places in San Diego where you can escape the crowds and, yes, even have a drink on the beach without hiding your liquor from the shore police in a brown bag. Not that I've done that or anything…
Our room at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club was ridiculously spacious and modern, with none of that cheesy hotel decor that you usually encounter. It was decorated just like I'd decorate my own home, if I had the time and money to really thoughtfully do it. It came complete with a bedroom and living room (both with flat screen TVs and a DVD player) kitchenette with a dining table, desk and ample closet storage space for families that spend weeks at a time here.
For dinner the first night, the club offered to bring a catered meal to the beach for us, with the option of barbecuing our own steak right over a grill provided by the hotel! We enjoyed steak, cheese and crackers, caesar salad and s'mores with our toes in the sand. It was super romantic with the quiet beach atmosphere and our own little flame going as the sun set. Nate and I commented that it reminded us of a scene out of The Bachelorette.
Breakfast was poolside at the Club Dining Room, with bagels and lox, huevos rancheros and eggs benedict. I definitely recommend the bagels and lox – they gave a generous portion of really fresh salmon fillet and whipped cream cheese. I've been craving it ever since.
We browsed a little bit of what La Jolla has to offer, skipping off to the old Landmark theater to duck out of the mid-day heat for awhile (they do have a fancy modern AMC theater, but we wanted to avoid the crowds and take in an indie flick). Again, super-romantic as we were the only ones in the all-but-abandoned little theater in the middle of the day. We saw Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with Steve Carell and Kiera Knightley. I highly recommend it. Naturally, I was in tears by the end…but that could just be the pregnancy hormones.
There are some cute little shops near the hotel with a lot of off-beat, casual dining options like pizza, burgers and ice cream. You can rent surf boards and snorkels at storefronts along the street, and kayak tours launch from the shores near the hotel. Those looking to explore the beach a little further can walk just a mile from the hotel to the nearby pier.
The Shores Restaurant at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club's sister hotel next door, The Shores, has a patio and bar for a casual atmosphere on the beach. They offer $30 three-course meals seven days a week and $6 happy hour items. We tried the yellowtail app and Nate ventured out and tried oysters on the half shell (a new experience that he described as “weird”). For entrees, we had the albacore and salmon, which was absolutely divine with an awesome, crispy skin. The mudd pie for dessert was fantastic as well.
The club is also home to the beautiful Marine Room, which is world-famous for its views as the water comes right up to the windows during high tide. The windows have actually popped and flooded the restaurant twice, once in the 40's and once in the 80's. They're known for their global, sustainable cuisine, sourcing from many farmers markets in San Diego. Best of all, they offer $7 appetizers at happy hour so visitors can check out the view without spending a fortune.
When's the last time you dipped your toes in the sand?