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Best of Travel 2023

Congratulations to the winners of Ranch & Coast’s Best of Travel 2023

Lafayette Hotel
Image Credits Vincent Knakal


Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas 760.452.3500, alilahotels.com/marea-beach-resort-encinitas
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa 858.756.1123, ranchovalencia.com


Europa Village 951.506.1818, europavillage.com
Ponte Winery 951.694.8855, pontewinery.com

Editors’ Pick, Community Gatherer: Noble House Hotels & Resorts

San Diego’s hotels are a cornerstone of special occasion gatherings to be sure, but Noble House Hotels & Resorts (L’Auberge Del Mar, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Kona Kai San Diego, San Diego Mission Bay Resort) further blur the line between tourist and local when it comes to what’s on tap day after day, week after week. Stacked calendars play up insider angles for a “get-together at a friend’s house” vibe that hits it all (think: wellness festivals with area experts, wine and spirits gatherings with local artisans, seasonal parties, and casual weeknight dining events such as L’Auberge’s Wednesday pop-up L’Oyster Bar, photographed here). Sure, outside visitors are drawn to these beautiful properties for a brief taste of San Diego magic, but rather than becoming virtual tourist islands, NHHR knows that the ever-present community is their heart and soul. noblehousehotels.com

L’Auberge’s Wednesday pop-up L’Oyster Bar
L’Auberge’s Wednesday pop-up L’Oyster Bar

Air Charter

Schubach Aviation 760.929.0307, schubachaviation.com
Latitude 33 Aviation 800.840.0310, l33jets.com

Car Dealership

Hoehn Motors hoehnmotors.com
Lexus Escondido760.747.2300, lexusescondido.com

Editors’ Pick, Historic Hotel Reimagination:
The LaFayette Hotel & Club

This past summer marked a milestone when the historic LaFayette Hotel & Club reemerged after a $31 million transformation. Owned and developed by Consortium Holdings, the renowned company behind some of the city’s most acclaimed culinary and nightlife offerings (Morning Glory, Youngblood, Born & Raised), the new LaFayette Hotel & Club reflects CH’s commitment to creating properties that embrace the unique cultural fabric of San Diego. The brand’s first hotel is a luxurious destination that transports guests to a bygone era. “The LaFayette Hotel & Club is the culmination of every project we’ve undertaken since our inception over 17 years ago, when we dreamed of creating social spaces that honestly reflect San Diego’s underappreciated and misrepresented cultural scene,” says Consortium Holdings Founder Arsalun Tafazoli. “A hotel is the pinnacle of hospitality, the most complex canvas on which people can socialize and connect deeply, and we hope this new incarnation of The LaFayette Hotel & Club reflects our mission to honor tradition while making something new and surreal to discover.” lafayettehotelsd.com

Lafayette Hotel
Lafayette Hotel


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