Perfection in La Jolla

Abby Tegnelia George's

Having brunch at George’s in La Jolla.

After a really fun evening in downtown San Diego, where I stayed in the artsy, historic US Grant, I headed to La Jolla for a fabulous day at the beach. I met up with my friends Christy and Scott, of Ordinary TravelerΒ and headed to brunch at the famous George’s Ocean Terrace. As you can see, it was a gorgeous afternoon. The food was delicious, and it was quite a scene. I loved it! After we ate, we wandered through town for a bit. We didn’t have to walk far before bumping into We Olive, which provided fun for the rest of the afternoon.

After taking in the gorgeous La Jolla views during brunch, Scott asked for us to take his photo in front of this random “fake” backdrop. It was so bizarre, this painting just feet from where you can see the real thing!

Even though we were full from our awesome brunch, this menu proved to be too enticing. What’s an afternoon in California without a little wine tasting?

We Olive La Jolla


Since it was a warm, sunny day, I stuck to crisp local whites.

We Olive La Jolla

Our favorite? This Wind Gap from the Mahle winery in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. So we bought a bottle and headed back to the beach.

La Jolla really is a little slice of southern California perfection. The weather was sunny, but not too hot like it can sometimes get in Vegas, and it was so easy to spend the entire afternoon outdoors.

Christy Woodrow

Christy lounged in the warm sun as we drank our wine.


Late afternoon, we went back to our hotel to rest before dinner. Herringbone was just a quick walk through town and is the new “it” place. I have to say, it was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey (Top Chef) has really outdone himself. We ate everything — from the halibut to creamed corn and shrimp ‘n’ grits. It was absolutely out-of-this-world delicious.

La Jolla, if you go:

George’s, 858-454-4244 (reservations highly recommended)

We Olive tasting room and specialty food shop

Herringbone,Β 858.459.0221 (reservations highly recommended)


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  1. Wine tasting is a must anywhere in California. Haven’t heard of Wind Gap. I’ll look for it. So cool that you, Christy and Scott spent some time together — great pics of you guys.

  2. I’m dying to get to California! I’ll have to bookmark this for whenever the day comes!

  3. I want to go here! It looks like the perfect afternoon.

  4. California really is so special! I love the vibe there — even if it wasn’t in the stars for me to live there.

  5. Oooh, I so want to meet Christy and Scott! Jealous you know them IRL!

  6. Waaaah. I want to drink wine with you and look at a beach!!!! xoxox

  7. Sounds like a great day!

  8. How fun! Beach, wine, sun, and friends sounds like a great day to me.

  9. La Jolla is so beautiful! So awesome you got to spend time there with fabulous company!

  10. I’m still dreaming about the food at Herringbone! Maybe I’ll take Scott there for our anniversary. I’m so glad we got to meet up with you, although it would have been nice if I wasn’t hobbling around, keeping you from exploring more of La Jolla. Oh, I plan to put up that video of Scott in front of the painting. I would have already put it up, but I was trying to edit out my laughing in the background. I’ll have to send it to you, so you can tell me what you think. xoxo

  11. Looks so beautiful. When the time comes to do the pacific coast highway, I’ll have to put a little flag on the map for La Jolla.

  12. See, had I been to La Jolla I would have made my way straight to the surf- unless the waves were too big πŸ˜‰

  13. Wine, friends, sun. I think that’s the perfect recipe for a perfect day πŸ™‚

  14. Beautiful, looks like you had a lovely trip πŸ˜‰

  15. Natasha Von Geldern says:

    What a lovely day! And I love the label on that wine bottle!

  16. I’ve been working so much since this weekend, that I’d give anything to repeat it now!

  17. California is on top of my world bucket list. Something about the Californian vibe entices me!

  18. I’ve been to California a few times but never to La Jolla….sigh. πŸ™

  19. One day soon(ish), we hope to make it to La Jolla! I’ve heard they got some great scuba diving.

  20. I miss La Jolla SO much!!!! What a beautiful part of the world. Love that pic of you!

  21. I would kill for a glass of wine. Iceland isn’t known for their wine. πŸ˜›

  22. From the looks of that menu in the wine tasting room, I would have wanted to skip lunch and just fill up on meat and cheese.

  23. Wine, beach, sun and good company. It doesn’t get much better does it?

  24. Ah, some of my favorite travelers in one beautiful place – I’m soooo envious! Been meaning to go to San Diego for months now. I think I’m pushed over the edge, at this point. I’ll find my way there soon.

  25. I’m so jealous that you got to have fun in the sun with tasty wine and Christy! This looks like a gorgeous place!

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