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When we stayed at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, we loved five things about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star San Diego hotel:
1. The cozy fireplace. Most rooms come with a fireplace. SoCal nights can get a bit chilly and we loved sitting in front of the roaring fireplace in our room. Bonus: You can turn it on with the simple flip of a switch. No logs, pokers, shovels or other tools necessary.
2. The Four-Star dining. A.R. Valentien is a hidden gem. Downtown San Diego restaurants and downtown La Jolla eateries get the most love, but San Diego County’s only Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is tucked inside The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The daily changing menu keeps the dishes fresh and interesting.
3. The design. The Craftsman design is a standout. Nowadays, many hotels look cookie cutter. But The Lodge at Torrey Pines goes retro and finds inspiration from architects like Frank Lloyd Wright with its Craftsman architecture and design. The rich woods, dark colors — along with the aforementioned fireplaces — give the rooms a cozy vibe.
4. The golfing. It’s a golfer’s getaway. Sitting next to the 18th green at the Torrey Pines Golf Course and offering guaranteed tee times, the hotel is a perfect base for duffers who want to conquer the course that hosted the 2008 U.S. Open. Who knows, you just may bump into Tiger Woods, who has played the course a number of times.
5. The nature trails. The hotel is next to the area’s best park, Torrey Pines State Preserve. Hike the eight miles of trails or join one of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's twice-daily hour-and-a-half nature walks at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. On the trail, you’ll spot the nation’s most rare pine tree, the Torrey pine, which is obviously the hotel’s namesake. But the best sight you’ll see in the 2,000-acre park is atop the bluffs that look out on amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.