Lots of San Diego hotels get gussied up for the holidays, but none do it better than La Jolla’s La Valencia (Yes, the Hotel del is renowned for Christmas decorations, but it’s in Coronado – not San Diego.)
Holiday Activities at La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla:
I met a friend for tea in La Valencia’s lovely La Sala Lounge last week and enjoyed the decorated tree and profusion of poinsettias nearly as much as the ocean view framed by a huge picture window.
If you are visiting San Diego during the holidays, try to make time to at least take a look at La Valencia. This elegant hotel has been a landmark in our community since 1926. The traditional décor and heritage ambience, which are always charming, are really special at this time of year. The “La V” also makes a great retreat if you get caught in a shower while you are shopping in the village. While our weather is usually cooperative, it’s always a good idea between December and March to have a rainy day back-up plan.
Here are a few of La Valencia’s special holiday happenings:
Dec 20 – Dec 23, 2 – 4pm – HOLIDAY TEA in La Sala Lounge at La Valencia Hotel. A selection of teas will be served with traditional tea sandwiches, scones, and petit four. $35 per person. Reservations required.
Dec 20 – Dec 23, 5 – 7pm – KIDS FESTIVAL in La Sala Lounge and Galeria Room at La Valencia Hotel. The fun includes photos with Santa, gingerbread house decorating, and reading of holiday stories at 6 and 7 pm. $15 per child. Reservations suggested.
Dec 22, 23, 24 6 – 8pm and Dec 25, 3 – 6pm. FULL MEASURE CAROLERS. La Valencia Hotel.
CHRISTMAS EVE DINING. Guest can choose between the Mediterranean Room, the Ocean View Terrace, and the Whaling Bar & Grill. Reservations required. See the hotel’s website for details.
CHRISTMAS DAY DINING. There will be a buffet from 11am to 7pm in the Mediterranean Room and the Whaling Bar & Grill and two seatings for a 5-course meal in the Sky Room. Reservations required. See the hotel’s website for details.
Dec 26 – 27, 6 -10pm. BARRY LEVICH will entertain on the piano in La Sala Lounge.
Dec 29, 5 – 9pm. MEDITERRANEAN NIGHTS. Enjoy a special night of tapas, sangria, and flamenco guitar. $32 per person.
Dec 30, 6 – 9pm. RICK ROSS will perform on the piano and saxophone.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINING. Choose between the Mediterranean Room, the Whaling Bar & Grill, and the Sky Room. Reservations required. See the hotel’s website for details.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, 9pm – 1am, La Sala Lounge. Wayne Foster’s 7-piece band will provide entertainment. $50 per person. Reservations required.
NEW YEAR’S DAY BUFFET, 11am – 3pm. $75 per person. Reservations recommended.
La Jolla’s grand “pink lady” is located at 1132 Prospect Street (858-551-3773).
Photo: ADAMS / HANSEN STOCK PHOTOS.