America’s Best Towns for the Holidays

La Jolla California
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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Twinkling lights, sumptuous meals, and maybe even Santa skiing down the slopes: T+L readers share their favorite towns for the holidays.

No. 19 La Jolla, CA

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Bundling up for the holidays in this San Diego enclave means wearing a wetsuit when you surf or stand-up paddleboard—or, on land, perhaps adding a scarf to your ensemble. Indeed, the locals were rated attractive and stylish, and the area offers both high-end and beachy shopping options. The best dining comes with plenty of cheer. Farm-to-table pioneer A.R. Valentien, in the Arts and Crafts–style Lodge at Torrey Pines, hosts Thursday evening Artisan Dinners during the holidays, where you can sit at communal tables and pass plates of seasonal game, wild mushrooms, and locally sourced goodies like a pecan-and-persimmon brioche bread pudding.

La Jolla California

America’s Best Towns for the Holidays

No. 19 La Jolla, CA

Bundling up for the holidays in this San Diego enclave means wearing a wetsuit when you surf or stand-up paddleboard—or, on land, perhaps adding a scarf to your ensemble. Indeed, the locals were rated attractive and stylish, and the area offers both high-end and beachy shopping options. The best dining comes with plenty of cheer. Farm-to-table pioneer A.R. Valentien, in the Arts and Crafts–style Lodge at Torrey Pines, hosts Thursday evening Artisan Dinners during the holidays, where you can sit at communal tables and pass plates of seasonal game, wild mushrooms, and locally sourced goodies like a pecan-and-persimmon brioche bread pudding.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
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