La Jolla – Welcome to the Jewel City for WCET’s Annual Conference


La Jolla (pronounced la HOY ya), the location of this year’s WCET Annual Conference, is nicknamed “Jewel City.”  Best known for its beautiful beaches, upscale homes, boutique shopping, galleries and elegant dining with breathtaking views, when you are in La Jolla you feel like you are truly on vacation and away from it all.

As a native of Philadelphia, even after spending 20 years in San Diego,  I still am amazed at the climate here, particularly the “wintertime.”  November in San Diego has balmy, sunny days and evenings with gentle ocean breezes—sweaters and light jackets are all that you need to be comfortable, but remember to bring your sunscreen and sunglasses!

I like this user-friendly map that shows La Jolla’s major streets and attractions:

Nearby Shopping Centers:

La Jolla Village Square at 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive is within walking distance, about ¾ of a mile from the hotel.

Within close driving distance is Westfield University Town Center (UTC) Shopping Centre at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive



Surf’s Up!

My favorite beach in La Jolla is La Jolla Shores Beach. Besides the nice sand and swimming area, there’s a grassy area for picnicking and at night there are campfires out on the sand.  It can get pretty chilly once the sun sets, so pack a beach towel and jacket.

Memorable Dining Experiences Await

La Jolla is known for its fine dining in romantic settings.  If you are in the mood and if your credit card allows, three of the most memorable restaurants are:

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, 4340 La Jolla Village Drive, across from UTC Shopping Center.  Selected as the Best Steakhouse in San Diego by Zagat Survey. Honored with the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence and recipient of the distinguished DiRoNA Award for culinary excellence in all aspects of fine dining.

Crab Catcher Seaside Grill, 1298 Prospect Street, in the heart of downtown La Jolla.  Fresh seafood in a casually elegant atmosphere with spectacular ocean views.

George’s at the Cove, 1250 Prospect Street, offers three different types of menus :  upscale and elegant, sophisticated, modern California cuisine, or casual bistro style.   The ocean views are unsurpassed and something you will always remember.

Want to play tourist?

San Diego has so many activities from which to choose; for example:


Birch Aquarium at Scripps: 2300 Expedition way, La Jolla, Ca 92037. 858-534-FISH.

Cabrillo National Monument: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., San Diego, Ca 92106. 619-557-5450.

Coronado Museum of History & Art: 100 Orange Ave., Coronado, Ca 92118. 619-435-7242.

Maritime Museum of San Diego USS Midway: 1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, Ca 92101. 619-234-9153.


Balboa Park

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The Science Store. 619-238-1233. Mon-Wed, 10am-9pm, Thurs-Sun, 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat, 10am-11pm.

San Diego Hall of Champions. 619-234-2544. Open daily 10am-4:30pm.

San Diego Museum of Art Museum Store. 619-696-1971. Tues-Sun 10am-4:30pm.

San Diego Museum of Man. 619-239-2001. Open Daily 10am-4:30pm.

San Diego Natural History Museum. 619-232-3821. Open Daily 9:30am-4:30pm.

Aerospace Museum. 619-234-8291. Open Daily 10am-4:30pm.

Automotive Museum. 619-231-2886. Open Daily 10am-4:30pm.

Coronado Island

Fashion, fine art, collectables, keepsakes, bike rentals, dining, and the historical Hotel Del Coronado

Gaslamp Quarter

Dining, Shopping, Entertainment & Business Located on 4th, 5th and 6th street downtown San Diego.


Legoland Dr, Carlsbad. Park Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Little Italy

Downtown San Diego’s oldest continuous neighborhood business district.

San Diego Safari Park (formerly named Wild Animal Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. Park Hours: 9am to 5pm,

San Diego Zoo

619-231-1515. Winter Hours October 4–December 9: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Daily


Seaport Village

50+ shops, 17 unique eateries and outdoor entertainment.

Sea World

Park Hours: Winter 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,


Your visit to San Diego and to La Jolla, the Jewel City, is sure to be a special experience!  Come join us at the conference.


Photo of Andrea Henne


Guest Posting from:

Andrea Henne
2010 CatalystCamp Ranger
Dean, Online and Distributed Learning
San Diego Community College District

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