Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a world-famous golf course, this comforting, lodge-style California craftsman hotel is the perfect getaway in San Diego
The Lodge at Torrey Pines is one of San Diego’s premier luxury hotels. As a native San Diegan, I have heard about the hotel for years, yet somehow never managed to visit the property. Since we were in town visiting my family, we decided to stay a night and check things out. It was our first time playing tourist in my hometown and we were excited to explore the laid back, beautiful area of La Jolla.
The Lodge backs up to the lush, rolling hills of Torrey Pines Golf Course — a world famous course that has hosted all the greats. Yes, including Tiger Woods. Surrounded by views of the Torrey Pines State Reserve and gleaming Pacific Ocean, the resort is arguably one of the most stunning properties in the area. Plus, The Lodge is only 15 miles from downtown San Diego, so it’s a great base for exploring.
California Craftsman Style
As we arrived, a massive lodge greeted us with a grand entrance made of wooden planks. The lodge was emblematic of the California Craftsman era, so we appreciated the architecture immediately. There is something comforting about lodge style — dark colors and elegant style combined in a way that was warmly inviting. Large fireplaces lined the lobby, lighting up comfortable sitting areas that seduce you to stay and linger awhile. I couldn’t help but imagine The Lodge in the wintertime, snuggling up with a hot toddy in front of the fire, gazing out at the expansive golf course and Pacific...yes please!
History of the hotel resides within its California Craftsman architecture, a style that commenced in the early 1900’s. Craftsman style is a contrasting offshoot from the Victorian era, valuing the use of angles and straight lines, opens spaces, and textured materials. The way the architecture of The Lodge coexists with the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course creating a sense of luxury that made our stay on the property feel incredibly special.
Amenities For Every Guest
Although the spotlight is definitely on the golf course as far as amenities go, The Lodge offers so much more for those who have never hit a golfball before. The hotel has over 13,000 square feet of meeting or banquet space, so it’s perfect for private events or business trips. A full-service spa, whose services are inspired by the beauty of the La Jolla coastline is always onsite as well. Indoors, The Lodge is full of comfy spaces with fireplaces and couches to sink into. Outdoors, you’ll find a heated pool surrounded by cabanas, a terrace, and chaise lounges.
A Cozy Room at The Lodge
Our Palisade Queen room paralleled my expectations for a room in a lodge. We had a generous amount of space, decorated in Craftsman style. Fine woods, leather, and other fabrics adorned our room, creating a look that was simple and extremely snug.
We had a balcony that overlooked the golf course and the one-of-a-kind Californian sunsets I grew to miss. Although we had a fireplace, San Diego summertime kept us from lighting it up. The bathroom in our room was decked with granite and marble, double sinks, and a massive tub. Staying in this room, we felt absolutely spoiled, nestling into the Egyptian cotton linens and thick quilts.
A French Influence on West Coast Dining
Most people probably stay at The Lodge to play golf and escape from everyday life, but we were eager to check out the restaurants! The Lodge is home to two restaurants, A.R. Valentien and The Grill. A.R. Valentien is the hotel’s signature restaurant, offering an elegant blend of French and modern Californian cuisines.
The restaurant is named after a 1900’s Californian artist, whose pieces are scattered throughout the venue. We were wooed by a trio of pates, rotisserie chicken, and the best Green Goddess salad I’ve ever had! The sommelier introduced us to local wines, and offered masterful pairings based on our spread of terrines. He brought us a Gewürztraminer from Mendocino and it made all the difference. Apparently the rumors are right — food really does taste better with the right wine pairing!
The Grill hosts a more casual vibe, which is often enjoyed by golfers after a day on the course. The farm-to-table cuisine is fresh and the grilled options are a must. Since we were a little full from our French lunch, we kept it simple and went with a burger and grilled veggies over quinoa. To our surprise, the manager introduced us to Mexican wine, a new experience for us. If you visit The Grill, make sure to try their spicy margaritas, made with jalapeno-infused tequila as well as a few sips of Mexican wine!
Enjoying San Diego
There are so many ways to enjoy The Lodge and its surrounding areas, La Jolla and San Diego. Whether the hotel is just a base for your exploring or you never leave the property, you’re destined to have an amazing time in relaxed, San Diegan style. Of course, you can book a tee time at an award-winning golf course if you’d like. But we simply enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and cozy nooks, perfect for reading or catching a nap. Nearby the hotel is also a trail that goes along the mountain. Once you get to the top of the route you’ll be rewarded by sweeping views of La Jolla and the ocean.
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