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In breathtaking detail, Bill Evans paints an authentic homage to the late 19th-century, craftsman-style of architecture. From top to bottom, his Lodge at Torrey Pines is a masterpiece that reflects this cherished style.
Geez, it’s already been more than 15 years since I last reviewed the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. It still stands, precisely as I’d remembered it. A stunning example of the early 1900s’ craftsman-style— dripping with details found in the original Greene & Greene residences. Here, you’ll find wonderfully-executed leaded-glass windows similar to those found on the famed William R. Thorsen House. The lamps, the moldings, the wood—everything about this resort is put together like a cherried-out vintage automobile.
Taking its name from the early 20th-century California artist, A.R. Valentien, the Lodge’s signature fine-dining restaurant is led by Executive Chef Jeff Jackson who knows how to orchestrate a culinary symphony. Try the 28-Day Dry Aged Prime Rib Eye Steak with charred Sierra Gold Potatoes, Red Onion, Spigarello, Fava Beans, Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette. More recently, I’ve opted a pescatarian lifestyle, so this was a stupendous swan song.
Save for one errant golf shot that landed—somewhat softly—on our suite’s front porch (thank you, large pine tree), we savored our 18thgreen views of the 7,258-yard, Torrey Pines golf course. There are two championship courses to challenge your game, and guests enjoy priority tee times.
Leave your cell phones in your suite and make it over to the Spa Torrey Pines for a relaxing Couples Massage. A duo of expert therapists performs a pair of melting massages in the same candlelit room.
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