Julia Weiler

Correspondent

  • San Diego, California, USA

Julia Weiler is a correspondent who covers San Diego for Forbes Travel Guide. Her wanderlust has lead her on far-flung adventures, like housesitting in Fiji, backpacking through Southeast Asia, road-tripping in Mexico and building homes in Papua New Guinea with Habitat for Humanity. Her stories are published in an award-winning series of humorous travel anthologies, including Whose Panties Are These?, What Color Is Your Jockstrap? and More Sand in My Bra (the latter of which she co-edited). Weiler contributes to Ocean Home Magazine and is a correspondent for the website Wine and Dine San Diego. When not wandering or writing, she likes surfing Southern California’s best breaks.

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  • On February 18, 2014
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    What restaurants does Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa have?

    Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa has three onsite restaurants. Mustangs & Burros, the hotel’s signature rancho-style restaurant, serves Southwest-inspired cuisine created with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients (try the cumin-crusted skirt steak with fingerlings, cheese, jalapeño and guanciale). The intimate, low-lit dining room is ideal for romantic dinners while the expansive outdoor patio — complete with roaring fireplace — is a fantastic place to sip happy-hour cocktails in a fun and lively setting. For a wholesome breakfast or lunch, head to Adobe El Restaurante to partake in American fare with Southern California influences (in the morning, have chilaquiles, scrambled eggs, bell peppers, onions, tomato-chile negro sauce, crispy tortillas, cilantro sour cream and queso fresco; midday, order salmon tabouli with grilled asparagus, warm feta tomato salad and parsley sauce). The weekend brunch buffet is especially popular and best enjoyed on the eatery’s alfresco veranda. Open in the evenings, the adjacent Trinitas Cellars Wine Bar offers its namesake wines by glass or by flight. Food pairings are also available along with artisan cocktails and local craft drafts.
  • On February 18, 2014
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    What are the rooms like at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa?

    Each of the 210 rancho-themed guest rooms and suites at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa boasts views overlooking the resort’s sumptuous gardens and courtyards.  Many include private balconies or patios, perfect for soaking up the San Diego rays. Select from Estate, Veranda or Deluxe guest rooms, each equipped with desks that double as dining tables and a choice of a single California king or pair of queen beds. For even grander accommodations, upgrade to one of Estancia’s 10 Estate Suites and enjoy 640 square feet of residential-like space complete with separate bedroom and sitting areas. Other enhanced amenities include a complimentary bottle of Trinitas Cellars Petite Syrah, organic snacks and a cooler stocked with sodas, sparkling water and coconut water. Nightly turndown service presented with bedside biscotti and herbal tea service is another suite perk at the luxury hotel.
  • On February 18, 2014
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    Where is Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa located?

    Tucked along La Jolla’s shade-dappled North Torrey Pines Road, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa enjoys an ultra-private locale free from the city’s hustle and bustle. It blends serenely with the scenery; if not for the property’s minimal signage, you may never notice that it’s there at all. Despite its seclusion, however, the luxury resort offers close proximity to some of the area’s premier attractions. Nearby activities include hiking and biking at Torrey Pines State Reserve, teeing off at Torrey Pines Golf Course or embarking on an airborne adventure (paragliding or hang gliding) at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. For those who prefer shopping over sports, the village of La Jolla and its bevy of high-end boutiques and galleries are just a short drive away. Beach lovers are also in luck: La Jolla’s sun-kissed coves and golden strands of sand are all within easy reach. The La Jolla hotel is also 15 miles northwest of San Diego.
  • On February 15, 2014
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    Does The Spa at Rancho Valencia offer couples treatments?

    Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Spa at Rancho Valencia offers a delightful array of face and body treatments tailored for two. Couples can luxuriate in a wide array of packages that may include a relaxing bath, jade-and-ginseng sugar scrubs or custom-blended clay-and-oil body masks followed by massages performed in tandem. For the most indulgent offering, try the Golden Set, which includes a soak, couples massage, clay body mask, scalp treatment and shower for two. Double delights take place in the San Diego spa’s two couples suites, which are exquisitely appointed. These luxurious rooms come with side-by-side treatment tables and a flickering fireplace. Outside the sumptuous suites, a private patio awaits. The secluded sun-dappled areas have alfresco tubs proportioned for two along with dual rain showers.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at Vivace?

    While it’s possible to secure a reservation to Vivace via opentable.com, a better way to secure your spot is by calling the restaurant direct at 760-448-1234. When reserving by phone, you can specify a table near the fireplace or, perhaps, one on the ocean-view terrace. This strategy also presents the opportunity to enquire about the current menu, which often changes to reflect the season or harvest du jour. Fall, for instance, is Italy’s white truffle season and the delicacy may be featured on a limited-time tasting menu at the establishment. When you dial for your reservation, be sure to let the receptionist know if you’ll be celebrating a special occasion on the night of your visit. They just may surprise you with a complimentary treat.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Vivace?

    While the gracious staff at Vivace will treat you well even if you show up in California casual attire, flip-flops and jeans are certainly not the norm. Most guests choose to dress up for this fine-dining venue. Although jacket and tie is not expected, some men – especially those on dates – will often don them. More common, however, is the gentleman dressed in khakis and a Brooks Brothers button-up. Women, on the other hand, tend to clad themselves in trendy frocks or classic little black dresses paired with fashionable – and often towering – footwear. Well-heeled and ladylike is the go-to look for date night while business-forward power suits take precedence for business dinners.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    Where is Vivace located?

    Vivace is Park Hyatt Aviara’s signature fine-dining venue, hence its prime location within the sprawling Spanish colonial style resort. To visit Vivace, you must first pass through the elegant, flower-filled lobby where window-framed ocean views create an inviting backdrop. Vivace is located on the same level as the lobby and offers similar vistas, which are best enjoyed from the Italian restaurant’s alfresco dining terrace. The resort itself boasts a lofty perch on a high ridge overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon and the sparkling Pacific beyond. The property’s lushly landscaped grounds – also visible from Vivace – complement the area’s natural beauty. Park Hyatt Aviara is located at 7100 Aviara Resort Drive in the seaside town of Carlsbad in North County San Diego.
  • On November 7, 2013
    Julia Weiler answered the question: Julia Weiler

    Where is Vivace located?

    Vivace is Park Hyatt Aviara’s signature fine-dining venue, hence its prime location within the sprawling Spanish colonial style resort. To visit Vivace, you must first pass through the elegant, flower-filled lobby where window-framed ocean views create an inviting backdrop. Vivace is located on the same level as the lobby and offers similar vistas, which are best enjoyed from the Italian restaurant’s alfresco dining terrace. The resort itself boasts a lofty perch on a high ridge overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon and the sparkling Pacific beyond. The property’s lushly landscaped grounds – also visible from Vivace – complement the area’s natural beauty. Park Hyatt Aviara is located at 7100 Aviara Resort Drive in the seaside town of Carlsbad in North County San Diego.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What kinds of skincare products are used at Aviara Spa?

    Treatments at Aviara Spa are customized to suit the needs of each individual guest, and the Parisian skincare line, Darphin, helps make this possible. Pierre Darphin, the skincare line’s original creator, believed that well-being and beauty went hand in hand. Based on this premise, the Parisian kinesiotherapist designed a line of essential oil and plant-based products meant to restore and replenish skin with botanical nutrients while enhancing health and happiness through aromatherapy. His line debuted in France back in 1958 and has since grown to include a full range of serums, moisturizers, cleansers and toners used in high-end spas around the globe today. Aviara Spa incorporates the highly esteemed line into its array of treatments. The Stimulskin Plus collection is used in the spa’s anti-aging rituals while Aromatherapy Associates’ signature essential oil elixirs complement the various massage therapies.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What kinds of massages are offered at Aviara Spa?

    The treatment menu at Aviara Spa includes a wide array of massages designed and customized to target specific goals and needs. The detox massage aims to detoxify and energize with full-body dry brushing and a firming gel mask followed by an invigorating rubdown with a blend of juniper, rosemary and grapefruit oils. At the other end of the spectrum, the deep sleep ritual uses a calming botanical elixir of ylang-ylang, vetiver and petitgrain paired with long, soothing strokes to calm nerves and induce deep relaxation. The therapeutic massage addresses sore muscles and stiff joints throughout the body while the Golfer’s Massage focuses on loosening muscles and stretching tendons before or after play. Massage rituals are available in either 50- or 80-minute sessions.  Foot, hand and scalp massages can also be had and last for 25 minutes.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at Aviara Spa?

    While Aviara Spa offers convenient online booking, the best way to score your reservation is by calling the spa directly. The spa’s courteous staff is well acquainted with the diverse menu of treatments and can help you choose the appropriate experiences for your personal goals and desires. Whether you’re looking to relax with a massage ritual, rejuvenate with a facial, or indulge in a full day of pampering, custom treatments and packages can be tailored to your needs. Be sure to arrive to the spa at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment to prepare for you treatment, and plan to spend some extra time afterwards as well. The spa’s eucalyptus steam rooms, redwood saunas and heated whirlpools are well worth lingering over.
  • On November 6, 2013
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    What is the design style of Park Hyatt Aviara Resort?

    Park Hyatt Aviara Resort features Spanish Colonial architecture. The design is well suited to San Diego’s warm coastal climate and blends well with the property’s lushly planted gardens and stunning natural surroundings. The resort’s exterior boasts hallmark characteristics of this timeless construction style. Highlights include red clay roofing tiles, stucco-clad walls, arched windows and arcades, filigreed iron accents, outdoor fireplaces and sundrenched balconies and courtyards.

    The Spanish Colonial look continues within the luxury hotel’s interior spaces, however classic coastal elements are present as well. Guest rooms have beach-inspired furnishings alongside artwork and decorative accents in shades of indigo, turquoise and other hues reminiscent of the sea. Striped fabrics lend a nautical feel while teakwood chairs placed on ocean-, lagoon-, or garden-view balconies and terraces provide the vibe of a vintage seaside bungalow. The combination creates a welcoming sense of warmth and serenity that makes you want to kick back, relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean-close setting.
  • On October 30, 2013
    Julia Weiler answered the question: Julia Weiler

    What is the design style of Park Hyatt Aviara Resort?

    Park Hyatt Aviara Resort features Spanish Colonial architecture. The design is well suited to San Diego’s warm coastal 0climate and blends well with the property’s lushly planted gardens and stunning natural surroundings. The resort’s exterior boasts hallmark characteristics of this timeless construction style. Highlights include red clay roofing tiles, stucco-clad walls, arched windows and arcades, filigreed iron accents, outdoor fireplaces and sundrenched balconies and courtyards.

    The Spanish Colonial look continues within the luxury hotel’s interior spaces, however classic coastal elements are present as well. Guest rooms have beach-inspired furnishings alongside artwork and decorative accents in shades of indigo, turquoise and other hues reminiscent of the sea. Striped fabrics lend a nautical feel while teakwood chairs placed on ocean-, lagoon-, or garden-view balconies and terraces provide the vibe of a vintage seaside bungalow. The combination creates a welcoming sense of warmth and serenity that makes you want to kick back, relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean-close setting.