Summer Like it Hot

But not I! 😀

Since I put up my Winter travel recommendation sticky-post late, I am offsetting it with an early-ish Summer piece.  This is Part One.


It is already summer here in Valencia this week, hovering around 100F, unhappily for me. The minute the weather turns sultry I begin dreaming of cooler climes. If you have been following this blog for awhile, you know I am a cold weather fan. If I were like most people, I would pick Palm Springs or Phoenix even in August. But I am the Vermont in February Un-y-Mooner, if you recall. So …


Now, I have already shared two places that I can heartily recommend for those of you who want to escape the heat. They are the Jersey Shore and La Jolla. See both posts for details. If I knew it better, I would recommend Vancouver/Vancouver Island. What all of these places have in common is beautiful beaches, old, lovely architecture, gorgeous vegetation, elegant upscale vintage towns with places to eat and shop in abundance and, wait for it: moderate, balmy temperatures even in August.


As you know, if you read about my Jersey Shore, there used to be elegant old hotels there. I am no longer familiar with the local accommodations, so I will just suggest using a VRBO or Air BnB (see my Oakland post for winter). As for La Jolla, I do have a recommendation: La Jolla Shores Hotel.

It’s right on the beach, within a few steps of all the attractions. A large, sprawling complex with comfortable rooms and verandas for dining or having an afternoon drink to watch the sun set. It reminds me of those old, gracious, rambling colonial hotels one finds in Montego Bay. It is reasonable by La Jolla standards and the staff are friendly. Q.E.D.!

While you are in La Jolla, make sure you try the ice cream at Bobboi Natural Gelato, 8008 Girard Street, #150  – expect the unexpected in flavors like Charcoal Vanilla or Blood Orange or Meyer Lemon and Mint,

and have one dinner at Osteria Romantica, 2151 Avenida De La Playa La Jolla, CA 92037.

The latter is literally two short blocks from La Jolla Shores Hotel and wonderful, from the menu selection’s authenticity, to the quality of the food, to the service and ambience. A bit of Italy in California.


If you are in the mood for Mexican, and don’t mind rustic, head right to The Taco Stand for hands down the best Mexican food in La Jolla.

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Right across the street on Pearl is El Pescador, our favorite fish restaurant.

And yet another absolute must is Oscars, at its four locations for Mexican seafood!

But, if you want to sit and look out directly onto the Pacific, head to Carolines at the famous Birch Aquarium of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

There is no end of things to do in La Jolla: take a snorkeling tour of the coast, go to any one of the dozens of coves and watch the sun set or jog along the beach at sunrise.  The shops are too numerous to list, but one of our favorites is Gepetto’s toy store. You can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. There are, of course, many other things to do in the San Diego area that are unique, including the famous kayak tours, the world renowned San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, both of which I have visited several times and highly recommend, Old Town — which from my experience is the best way to get a taste of Mexico, while staying in California — and shopping in Horton Plaza or La Jolla Village.


But, my main tip for a perfect place to spend a summer vacation has to be Woods Hole/Falmouth/Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and that is coming up in Part Two: Summer Came Running:Languor Management.

Images: Chez Bebe Assets/La Jolla, California






35 Comments on “Summer Like it Hot”

    • Jim, they can be watermarked in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. I used to do that but then someone pointed out to me that unless we spread the watermark across the whole picture, from corner to corner, they can easily be cropped out anywhere else. So I gave up doing it.

      Thank you for reading this and for the kind comments about my pictures!

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  1. Gorgeous! And the food sounds amazing! I hope that things get less-crazy south of the border so that I can come visit someday! There are so many places I’d love to see- and all your wonderful descriptions and pictures are adding to the list.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Beth. xo

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    • Thank you Cole.

      I have no idea if this country will ever regain its sanity. November 9, we will know, LOL. If not, well, I may be moving to Vancouver, if they’ll take me! I wouldn’t blame them for slamming the doors shut. Oh, wait, or building a wall. Grrrrr!

      La Jolla is worth the trip. Such a beautiful place and so unpretentious. But, closer to you is Cape Cod and that is one of my all time favourite places on earth, so I hope I do it justice.


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      • Spent many summers in the Cape as a child- definitely a favourite destination. Maybe if all the craziness persists, California (and New England) can vote to separate. I’d come visit if that happens 😉

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  2. You are fortunate to live in a state with so many lovely spots on the water! The breeze is nice and just looking at the water must cool you down a bit. Here, hot summer days mean staying indoors. The few spaces by the lake are crowded and not too relaxing. I always enjoy being an armchair tourist when I read and drink in the photos on your posts. Thanks Beth!

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    • Thank you for the kind words, Vera. We don’t live close enough to the water, for my taste. San Diego is so much cooler than Valencia. We have had record heat since the end of May. I shudder to think what August will be like at this rate. We will be visiting Deanna and Al a lot to take advantage of their moderate temps, lol. 😀


  3. I liked the sun setting over the La Jolla Shores Hotel, Beth. Such a serene ocean and beautiful photograph of the entire scenery.
    The seal in the photo and the Museum of Contemporary Art were both meaningful in different ways.
    Your variety of restaurants with diverse styles of foods made my mouth water. You can tell each place has unique and quality foods to try.
    I haven’t given up yet on the political scene but am rather weary of it, to tell the truth.
    I have been up at my Mom’s senior living apartment and so far had a couple of great meals at my brother Rich and Susan’s new home, as well as my brother’s new gallery and apartment barbecue.
    Just wondering, what did you think of my brother, Randy’s vegan/vegetarian or statement piece which had chicken wire crates and a designed, molded skeleton of a twisted chicken or bird? I had originally called it “steam punk” since a friend of mine’s partner, and appraiser by trade, labeled it such. I am thinking “Statement Art” isn’t as catchy but is more applicable to the piece. . . thanks for checking this out sometime~ it was late June. I could see it in a rustic vegetarian restaurant! 🙂
    Keep on hoping for the best in politics!
    I always remind people of Rockport or Gloucester on Cape Ann being a beautiful getaway and not so “glitzy,” nor expensive as Cape Cod.

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    • Hi Robin,

      Thank you for all these insightful comments.

      First, before I forget, you are right. The Cape is expensive. My recommendation is that people stay at an Airbnb in Falmouth — a little more reasonable than the other areas of the Cape. I had not though of Rockport or Gloucester. I will put your recommendations in my upcoming post and credit you. Thank you!

      As for Randy’s piece, I commented on it, on your blog. You have put up so many wonderful posts since I last visited you, that I am going to go back and read them all. I think I saw one on one of your grandsons. Your photographs are always beautiful and your ideas so caring and interesting. I appreciate how prolific you are!

      Hope my comment on the chicken wasn’t too “real”. It is one of my lifelong causes to stop people from abusing all animals and not see them as products. Deplorable.

      Love you Robin, truly!!!

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      • Thanks very much, Beth. I was sure that you would choose to be specific about not eating chicken particularly. I was hoping an authentic comment from a reader (you, dear) meant more than a sister’s interpretation. Love you, too!

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        • It is a complicated subject for most people, Robin. For me, not eating animals came naturally and without a second thought, ever.

          Having an artistic brother is lovely, Robin. Talent runs in your family!


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  6. I’m with you on the preference for cooler weather. Heat defensive as I am, I’m not going ANYWHERE hot! I’m playing catch-up, so I’ve already read your delightful post on the Cape. I’ll meet you where the cooling breezes leaves me with a working brain. 🙂
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