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About the Author: Elizabeth Hansen Hansen

I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination.

And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners.

Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door.

In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful.

If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com.
Elizabeth Hansen

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Great Deal at Estancia La Jolla Hotel

Great Deal at Estancia La Jolla Hotel

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa created a great lodging package for guests attending the Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla on May 18 and has now extended that deal to include friends and supporters of the La Jolla Historical Society and other spring visitors to La Jolla. The discounted rate is valid through Wednesday, May 22. The Bountiful Botanicals […]

May 16, 2013 | By | Reply More
Things to Do in La Jolla

Things to Do in La Jolla

There are so many things to do in La Jolla that it’s usually hard to know where to start. However, if you’ll be in town this weekend (May 18-19) and you’d like to see some of La Jolla’s best private gardens – the decision is easy. The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla on Saturday offers […]

May 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
La Jolla Shores Beach Photos

La Jolla Shores Beach Photos

Every Saturday morning I do a big walk on La Jolla Shores Beach with my friend Ursula.  We talk and laugh and solve the problems of the world – all in just under two hours. However, this week she’s visiting family in Switzerland, so I took a camera along for company. I’d only gone a […]

May 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
La Valencia – La Jolla Hotel Deal

La Valencia – La Jolla Hotel Deal

La Valencia – La Jolla Hotel Deal     Stay Longer, Spend Less Now through June 30, 15-20% off two nights, 20-25% off three nights or more. Discount is dependent on dates and accommodation selection. Blackout dates apply. La Valencia, with its pink exterior, is almost synonymous with La Jolla. The luxury hotel has occupied a prominent […]

May 2, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla, California

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla, California

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 […]

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San Diego Earthquakes

San Diego Earthquakes

Believe it or not, I’ve actually met travelers who are hesitant to visit La Jolla because of our state’s history of earthquakes. This always amazes me because I’ve lived here most of my life and, while there have been a few minor shakes, our quakes never do much damage. The experts at San Diego State […]

March 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
La Jolla Hotel Swimming Pools

La Jolla Hotel Swimming Pools

  Spring is definitely on its way to San Diego. It was 70 degrees (21.1 C) and gorgeous here today, and the daytime temp is forecast to be in the mid-to-high 70s for the rest of the week. However, the ocean temperature is hovering around 60 degrees F (15.6 C), so I thought you might like some […]

March 11, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Watch La Jolla from Anywhere in the World

Watch La Jolla from Anywhere in the World

What’s that you say? You’d like to visit La Jolla, but you’re short of time? Or a plane ticket? No problem. Our community’s multiple web cams make it possible to watch La Jolla from anywhere in the world. The newest web camera – and the one that’s getting all the attention these days – is […]

March 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
Scripps Inn, La Jolla

Scripps Inn, La Jolla

  If you’ve been to San Diego’s favorite coastal community, you may have driven right past the Scripps Inn, La Jolla without even noticing it. The big blue Pacific Ocean on the other side of Coast Boulevard gets all the attention in this part of town. The yummy eye candy of waves rolling up on pristine […]

March 3, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Events, La Jolla, California, January 2013

Events, La Jolla, California, January 2013

While much of the Northern Hemisphere is hibernating, San Diego is enjoying mild winter weather. Come, visit us, and have fun! January – April  – Join naturalists from Scripps Aquarium for their 13th season of whale watching as they venture out for twice-daily cruises to locate gray whales on their round-trip migration from their Alaska breeding grounds […]

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