San Diego, California
We asked our concierge team at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego, to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions they could find—not just their own, but also those of other local connoisseurs they work with every day. From whale watching to birdie hunting on the scenic Arnold Palmer–designed golf course, numerous activities can lift the spirit at Aviara, perched atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific.
Twelve months of perfect San Diego weather allow for ample opportunity to tee off at the Arnold Palmer–designed course at the Aviara Golf Club, just steps from the Four Seasons Residence Club. Whether you are a golf pro or new to the sport, the on-site Aviara Golf Academy and TaylorMade Performance Lab provide players of all levels the chance to improve their game.
For some potent retail therapy, go directly to the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach, where in two and a half blocks more than 85 shops purvey highly original apparel, home furnishings, and decorative treasures large and small. With all the charm of a European side street, this leafy enclave is the hippest shopping destination in North San Diego. Soak up the District’s vibrant flavour with a leisurely stroll through Leaping Lotus, a spectacular bazaar featuring more than 120 merchants and artisans.
Considered by many the crown jewel of Southern California beaches, La Jolla—an intimate beach haven 25 minutes south of the Residence Club—offers calm, gin-clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling. The panorama of serpentine shoreline and rugged cliffs is worth at least one roll of film—it’s often cited as the most photographed beach in San Diego. Free entertainment is provided by a teeming colony of frolicsome harbour seals.
Take a two-hour surfing lesson from a private surf coach, who’ll make your first time on the waves fun and safe while also teaching proper surfer lingo. Visit Moonlight Beach, where families can rent surfboards or boogie boards, and hang ten, dude!
Craft Beer Craze
Beer aficionados will appreciate the extensive list of artisan microbreweries that call San Diego County home. For adults wishing to visit, tour and taste from nearby breweries—such as Oceanside Ale Works, Stone, Port, Ballast Point, Iron Fist and Mother Earth Brewing Companies—the Concierge Team has organised a personalised Scavengers Beer & Adventure Tours to shuttle you from one brewery to the next, and take you back to the Residence Club.
A Whale of a Time
From December to March, the big news along the San Diego coast is the annual migration of an estimated 20,000 grey whales. Heading south from Alaska to Baja, these magnificent mammals provide one of the greatest shows on Earth. For a front-row seat, sign up for a whale-watching cruise with San Diego Harbor Excursion. Naturalists from the Birch Aquarium at Scripps narrate the three-and-a-half–hour adventure and answer all your questions about the superstars of the sea. You’ll also spy a supporting cast of dolphins and sea lions.
Featuring more than 50 rides, shows and attractions geared towards children ages two to twelve, LEGOLAND California is an adventure into a world designed around the iconic building blocks and just 10 minutes from the Residence Club. Highly recommended: the Premium Play Pass, which allows visitors to bypass lines and secure choice seating. The passes are available to Residence Club owners through the Concierge. SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park are all 35 to 40 minutes away. For those wishing to visit the nearby beaches, the concierge service offers complimentary beach toys, chairs, towels and umbrellas.