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Tuesday, Jun 25, 2024

Four Diamond Awards Like Silver Medalists

Hotelier Bill Evans called a while back to ask if I remembered who won the silver medal for swimming in the last Olympics.

Odd question, I thought while racking my brains for an answer that didn’t come.

“No, I’m afraid I don’t, why?”

“That’s just it,” he said. “Nobody remembers who won second. So why did you write about the Four Diamond Awards and not mention the Five Diamond awards?”

Evans had been notified that the Lodge at Torrey Pines, an iconic replica of California craftsman style architecture, had won an AAA Five Diamond accolade for the seventh year in a row.

But I hadn’t heard it beforehand.

The association publishes the Four Diamond winners a month ahead of the more distinguished Five Diamond group, sort of like the Oscars , saving the top prize for last.

And the Five Diamond winners are In San Diego County, the Four Seasons Resort Aviara, for the 10th consecutive year and the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Evans is an executive in the San Diego-based business, Evans Hotels, that owns the La Jolla property as well as the Bahia and Catamaran hotels

There are 103 Five Diamond hotels nationwide, with only six added to the list for 2009.

New to the list of the nation’s 59 Five Diamond eateries is the Addison restaurant, which is in the Grand Del Mar Resort.

The Addison is San Diego’s only Five Diamond eatery at present.

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A Blast From The Past And Present: Spyro Gyra, which has spent more than three decades pushing the boundaries and definitions of jazz beyond the commonly accepted parameters, will be playing at Anthology for two holiday shows Dec. 16 and 17.

The set will open with “O Tannenbaum” from the group’s new CD “A Night Before Christmas,” a collection of yuletide music with a jazz vibe.

Anthology on India Street near Little Italy had some in the local restaurant and entertainment industry doubting whether the 1940s-style supper club that brings in headliner jazz, blues and rock and roll groups week after week would make it a year.

It opened more than a year ago and has garnered such acclaim as “Best New Jazz Club” by Citybeat, “Best Restaurant Design” by Riviera Magazine and “Best Live Music Venue” by CitySearch.

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It’s A Wrap: The Shore’s Restaurant in La Jolla is inviting diners to come and take a load off.

A load of packages, that is.

Between Nov. 28 and Dec. 23, the restaurant’s staff is offering to wrap

two gifts free of charge for guests while they dine.

Additional gifts can be wrapped for a nominal fee with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Emilio Nares Foundation, which assists families with children battling leukemia and other forms of childhood cancer.

The restaurant is located at the La Jolla Shores Hotel on Camino del Oro in La Jolla. For reservations, call 858-456-0600.

Send tourism and hospitality news to Connie Lewis via e-mail: clewis@sdbj.com.


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