Staying at the Lodge of Torrey Pines was like stepping into a painting. Upon arrival at the hotel we were greeted by the scent of the wood burning fireplace in the lobby, which we could smell even before we entered through the beautiful wood framed stainglass doors. The smell of a wood burning fireplace always gives me a sense of comfort and nostalgia of camping trips from summers past so it set the stage for a very cozy stay. The lobby was incredibly beautiful with dark hardwood floors, paintings and rocking chairs situated in front of large windows overlooking the grounds. The Hotel Porter who showed us to our room was a sweet, kind gentleman who gave us history on the hotel, the surrounding area and the beautiful Torrey pines.
The Torrey Pine, is the rarest pine in North America and the Lodge is situated next to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, which is 2,000 acres of protected coastal state park. The Lodge overlooks the Torrey Pines Golf Course and beyond that the Pacific Ocean. The view from the balcony off our room overlooking all of this was so mesmerizing it was hard to look away; and it was the perfect place toenjoy nice glass of vino!
Our room was extremely spacious complete with a sitting area and a gas fireplace. We enjoyed ordering room service for breakfast both mornings and eating our breakfast together as a family in front of the fire was the perfect setting to create a new holiday memory. Our 3 year old was so excited to enjoy the pool area that she ate her breakfast in her bathing suit J When we finally made it down to the heated pool it was still enjoyable even on a cooler May day and the best part, the hot tub was nice and HOT!!! Not sure about you, but I hate a lukewarm hot tub and this one did not disappoint. The view from the hot tub did not disappoint either, situated under a gazebo it overlooked the brilliant rolling green landscape of the golf course, the majestic pines and the ocean. I will forever have this image in my mind as it was far too beautiful to ever forget.
In addition to the swimming pool, the Lodge offered plenty of activities to enjoy whether it be a game of croquet on the Arroyo Terrace or playing pool in the library. The Lodge is filled with the owners private collection of artwork and you could seriously entertain yourself just walking around the lodge to admire the vast collection of paintings and vintage magazine covers. The Lodge also offers daily guided tours of the Torrey Pines Reserve and unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to take this tour, which simply means we must go back one day!
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