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December 2023

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Inside the hotel, the traditional focal point is the 21-foot decorated tree displayed in the historic lobby. Outside, a grove of Norfolk pines on the lawn is transformed into a brilliant light show orchestrated to music that takes place every 30 minutes from 5 to 9pm. Last year our guests got the giggles over the manmade snowflakes that are part of the grand finale. Even before I mention it, many of our visitors who are golfers request a stop at e Lodge at Torrey Pines. ey've watched the annual Farmers Insurance Open and other tournaments and want to see for themselves if the course is really as beautiful as it appears on TV. It is, of course, but at this time of the year, the hotel's seasonal decorations get all the attention. e warm and welcoming timbered design of e Lodge is the perfect setting for a towering Christmas tree, gorgeous garlands draped on the mantel of the main fireplace, elaborate oversized wreaths, an ornate Hanukkah menorah display, and a plethora of poinsettias. A.R. Valentien, e Lodge's signature restaurant, is one of my favorite places to take out- of-town guests. More Ways to Enjoy the Season e William D. Evans Sternwheeler will be operating one-hour Jingle Belle Family Cruises on Mission Bay December 21-25. Trips departing from the Catamaran Resort and the Bahia detour destinations << >> ranchandcoast.com 118 DECEMBER 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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