Four hundred + miles south
Three days per destination
One little corgi
After a leisurely stay in Huntington Beach, we checked out of the Waterfront and meandered 80+ miles south to beautiful La Jolla, the north-most part of San Diego (and, fun fact, a mere 35 miles north of Tijuana!) La Jolla is home to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, University of California San Diego and of course, the famous Torrey Pines golf course, which has hosted numerous PGA golf tournaments over the years. We checked in to the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and were greeted with an entire group of hotel staff, including the General Manager, who even got on the ground to greet Chompers. You could tell immediately that this hotel is extremely pet-friendly and has no qualms about showing it. We immediately felt welcomed here when we got to our room, especially when we were surprised with a couple gifts on the bed – a corgi golf club cover and a chewy golf ball toy for Chompers!
The next morning, we walked along the scenic cart path of hole #18 of Torrey Pines golf course down to the pro shop. It is a short 15 minute walk and it is amazing to see not only the course but the ocean right behind it. The South Course of Torrey Pines is well-known and we had the opportunity to play a round. Although some holes were under renovation for the 2021 US Open, the Par 3 Hole #3 was still stunning (and difficult) with Pacific Ocean views. Pets are not allowed on the course but we were able to take in the views on the pro shop balcony as well as near the first tee. We walked down there every morning as part of our daily walk and enjoyed the scenery.
If golf does not peak your interest, there are plenty of other things to do in La Jolla. We headed over to the nearby Torrey Pines Gliderport, which offers classes on how to operate the paragliders as well as stunning views of La Jolla’s beaches. We grabbed some drinks and snacks at the nearby food stand and watched the paragliders soar above the Pacific with ease. This would be a great place to watch the sunset as well.
There are various other locations to see views of La Jolla as well and one of them was from the top of Mt. Soledad. We drove through the hills to the top of Mt. Soledad for a quick photo and also stopped by the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial (the only memorial that honors veterans both living and deceased). On our way back, we also drove through part of University of California, San Diego to check out the campus.
Staying at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines was a treat in itself. The grounds are meticulously maintained and if you are looking for a quiet retreat with gorgeous views, this is it. We spent some time at the pool area (which reminds me a lot of the architecture of Hearst Castle in San Simeon). It was therapeutic to hear birds chirping in the morning and the faint sound of the ocean as well at night. On our last evening, we invited friends over to enjoy the warmth of the fire pits that were next to the pool area and enjoyed a leisurely dinner outdoors while roasting marshmallows for s’mores for dessert. It was a great way to conclude our stay here.
There are so many pet-friendly hotels in the Hilton family to choose from, and each destination offers its own charm. Whether you’re looking for the excitement of a bustling city or the quiet solitude of a meditative retreat, we hope our trip down the California coast has inspired you to plan your own unique #HiltonRoadtrip with your furry family member(s) and experience all that our beautiful state has to offer!