If I ever run away from home it will be to The Lodge at Torrey Pines.
This award-winning hotel is not far from our front door, but when I’m there, I feel like I’m a world away. Perched on the edge of the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course with the ocean as a backdrop, The Lodge is a gracious retreat – an easy place to escape and relax.
Unlike hotels in the village, The Lodge sprawls across six and a half acres on a bluff above the Pacific. The site provides space for 170 rooms and suites, a spa with 14 treatment rooms, an expansive lawn for yoga classes and croquet, a pool with underwater music, and beautiful gardens bursting with native plants.
As if that wasn’t enough, Torrey Pines State Reserve is within walking distance and complimentary guided hikes are offered twice a day.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a great place to enjoy a completely California experience. It features authentic California Craftsman architecture and furnishings, reflecting a style that was popular in the Golden State in the early 1900s.
In A. R. Valentien, the hotel’s signature restaurant, the menu changes frequently based on the availability of locally-sourced produce, as well as seafood and meats. Chef Jeff Jackson uses these ingredients to create flavorful, innovative dishes. Likewise, only California wines are offered. Even the name of the restaurant is Californian: Albert Robert Valentien was an early 20th-century Impressionist, and The Lodge displays his work throughout the property.
On Thursday evenings, Chef Jackson interacts with guests at a communal Artisan Table on the deck at A. R. Valentien. In addition, The Grill at Torrey Pines offers casual meals daily and hosts quarterly craft beer dinners where local brews are paired with seasonal cuisine.
The spa at The Lodge also incorporates local ingredients. Lemon grass and sage, which grow in the Torrey Pines Reserve, add fragrance and benefits to their soaps and lotions.
Every guest room at The Lodge at Torrey Pines has a patio or balcony; 37 have a fireplace; and the two presidential suites have kitchens. Wi-fi is complimentary, as are weekend yoga classes, croquet, and cabanas around the heated pool. The Lodge also offers guests guaranteed tee times at the Torrey Pines Golf Course and offers special golf packages.
And most of all, The Lodge offers a view, a level of service, and a cozy ambience that make it the perfect place to escape.