This beachside community is upscale artsy, and imaginary house-hunting is always a fun game to play. Unpack your bags at the Valencia, which is a bit like the Beverly Hills Hotel pre-facelift, but still oozing with charm (it also happens to be smack dab in the middle of all the action). Watch world class surfers play away at the famed Windandsea beach before noshing on farm-to-table fare at local pride and joy WhiskNLadle.
Stay: La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Street (near Coast Boulevard); 858-454-0771.
Sip: Alfanso's of La Jolla, 1251 Prospect Street (near Roslyn Lane); 858-454-2232.
Eat: Whisknladle Bistro & Bar, 1044 Wall Street (near Herschel Avenue); 858-551-7575.
See: Windansea Beach, 6800 Neptune Place (at Bonair Street); 619-236-5555.
(Clockwise from bottom left): Pour La Victoire Fabia Sandals, $210, available at Bloomingdale’s; Topshop Lips in Ohh La La, $16, available at Topshop; Dara Ettinger Adelaide Orange and Aqua Earrings, $313, available at Max and Chloe; J. Crew Two-Tone Straw Hat, $38, available at J. Crew; Undrest Ibiza Knitted French String Monokini, $287.50, available at Undrest; J. Crew Farmer’s Market tote, $45, available at J. Crew; BCBG Avery Asymmetrical Dress, $168, available at BCBG.
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