Kudos to our incredible team at Rancho Valencia for winning one of Sunset Magazine’s coveted 2011-2012 Hotel Awards! The magazine selected our very own resort as the tip top, Best Choice for Weekend Stays.
It’s up to you. Get your vote on and support your local favorites, from restaurants to boutiques, in Ranch & Coast Magazine’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Best Of Survey. And, if you love Rancho Valencia…please do send us a vote or two!
Perfectly private and oh, so charming, the Hacienda is an estate tucked away amid the 40 acres that make up Rancho Valencia. We love the intimate, romantic vibe at this home, which features a large backyard with a rustic, Mexican-inspired poolhouse - just the spot for a gorgeous cake or dessert table. A pool provides an interesting display for floating candles and flowers (just say yes!) and just around the corner is a secret garden dotted with lemon trees and rose bushes. With the ability to transform from an enchanted garden wedding to a chic affair under the stars, this space nearly tip tops our list of favorite Rancho Valencia venues…and we hope it’s on yours too.
AL FRESCO ELEGANCE From the stunning orchid lamps to the vodka caviar bar lounge (complete with a crystal chandelier!), we can’t help but swoon over the beautiful details of this wedding. design / thomas bui lifestyle photos / paul barnett florals / isari flower studio take a peek
SECRET GARDEN Vintage loveliness at its most beautiful. This photo shoot showcases all of the little details that make the Hacienda so very unique – and, picture perfect.
For more information on weddings at the Hacienda, contact our Wedding Specialist, Tracy Schwartz via email or at 858.759.6219. We can’t wait to hear from you.
This is one sweet event not to be missed. Coming to San Diego, January 13 - 15, Honeyfest is a community event in celebration of the important role bees play in sustainable food systems. Learn about the benefits of bee products, take part in film screenings, bee keeping workshops, honey product sampling (which sounds oh, so delicious) and much more. It’s going to “bee” quite fun, we think! In addition to raising the buzz about bees and sweetening up San Diego with a little honey, this special three day event also benefits Grow Strong, which supports the efforts of small-scale bee keepers in San Diego and Kenya.
Honeyfest takes place in different spots around town like Balboa Park and the Peace Resource Center of San Diego. For more information and to reserve your space in workshops, head over to the Honeyfest website.
The January Newsletter has arrived! This month, we’re talking renovation with an insider’s peek at hospitality designer extraordinaire, Todd-Avery Lenahan, introducing you to the newest additions to the Rancho Valencia team, finding your perfect paradise at the Villas and sharing January’s tennis happenings. So go on, get the scoop! Happy reading. Read Newsletter
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Good news for whale lovers! The annual gray whale migration is off to an early start and San Diego is the perfect spot to see them as they make their 10,000 mile journey from the Arctic to their birthing grounds in the Sea of Cortez.
One great place to see the whales is Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. We can’t wait to make our way to Cabrillo to see these bathing beauties in person! more details via signonsandiego
We love all things wedding at Rancho Valencia. Floral arrangements give us a thrill. Picking that just-right band makes us giddy. Gorgeous wedding gowns? Yes, please! So, today’s announcement simply has us over the moon. Tracy Schwartz, formerly of L’Auberge Del Mar, Wayne Foster Entertainment and most recently, Cal-a-Vie Spa, is our new Wedding Specialist! January’s newsletter will feature a bit about Tracy, but if you just can’t wait to get to know her and talk weddings, get in touch via email or via phone at 858.759.6219.
In honor of Tracy’s arrival, we’re doing a fun wedding wrap up of the latest Rancho Valencia weddings to hit the web, plus a few we just couldn’t help but share. Prepare to swoon.
CAITLIN + MATT Style Me Pretty, one of our top stops on the net, featured this sweet, romantic wedding with pops of turquoise against a pretty palate of pastels. It’s official: we’ve fallen even further in love with the Croquet Lawn. design/amorology photos/forever photography studio floral/twigg botanicals take a peek
(images via Forever Photography Studio)
EMILY + PAUL One of our favorite LWD’s (little white dresses!). We knew this Moroccan-inspired brunch wedding would be a fun one the second we saw this little number. Punchy magenta and bright green combined with this couple’s exotic style brought this wedding to life. Plus, brunch weddings are such a fresh way to celebrate! photos/pam scott photo planning/crown weddings floral/jennifer cole florals dress/amsale take a peek
EMILY + ABE Perfectly elegant with a rustic touch or two. You can just feel the love in these photos from Luna Photo. We love the combination of Spanish-inspired details and drop-dead gorgeous florals (hello succulents!). And, Emily’s ruffled gown? Oh my. photos/lunaphoto floral/adorations coordinator/lindsay longacre take a peek
ALEX + JESSE You can never have too much glitz and glamour. And, who better to glam it up than CBS Weddings and Karen Tran Florals? Ivory, white and blush, plus a healthy dose of sparkle and lace are the perfect compliments to our traditional Hacienda venue. photos/darin fong coordinator/cbsweddings floral/karen tran florals take a peek
(image via Darin Fong)
SHELBY + RICH This fun soiree featured a sunny palate of colors like yellow, orange and pink, perfect for sundrenched Rancho Santa Fe. Big thanks to Junebug Weddings for sharing! photos/natalie moser photography floral/annette gomez take a peek
We couldn’t be more thrilled to spread the word about the exciting changes to come at Rancho Valencia in 2012. A new adventure has begun: a six month, $30 million property renovation.
Rancho Valencia will remain in keeping with its old-world charm and character that friends and guests have fallen in love with over the past 22 years. “With the renovation of Rancho Valencia, we’re committed to bringing renewed energy into this beloved Southern California getaway and continuing the tradition of providing the gracious personalized service and exclusive experiences that guests of Rancho Valencia have come to know and cherish,” said Jeff Jacobs, one of Rancho Valencia’s owners. “It is our intent to build upon the resort’s unique charm, character and authenticity while maintaining its original architectural integrity.”
Re-opening September 7, 2012, Rancho Valencia will include enhanced fitness offerings, incorporating a new yoga pavilion and Pilates studio, as well as expanded workout facilities. A fresh, new resort clubhouse, restaurant, brasserie and bar, event space, an enhanced tennis center, as well as revitalized guest casitas, will also be a part of the makeover. During the remodel, tennis facilities will be open and limited fitness classes will be offered; however the remainder of the resort is closed.
We are so very excited about Rancho Valencia’s new chapter and we can’t wait to share more with you. Stay tuned!
“With the $20 million renovation planned for Rancho Valencia, chef Eric Bauer will have a new rustic-chic setting to showcase his garden-to-table talents. In addition, a new casual cantina bar will serve up tapas and seductive sippers.”—San Diego Magazine, January 2012 (click to view) //ANN WYCOFF
The polls are open for Travel + Leisure’s 2012 World’s Best List and we are thrilled to be listed among the nominees. Have a little (or a lot!) of love for Rancho Valencia? We would be oh, so delighted if you would share it with the world.