The Lodge at Torrey Pines
La Jolla, California
Designed in the turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts style, the new Lodge at Torrey Pines resort features lots of dark polished wood, stained glass, and ceiling beams from which gorgeous handmade glass lanterns hang. You could spend a day admiring the craftsmanship, but just outside sit two golf courses (one of which will host the 2008 U.S. Open), as well as 2,000 acres of unspoiled coastline overlooking the Pacific. Ask the concierge to arrange a gourmet picnic lunch or simply provide a trail map. When the fog clears, watch the sun set from the outdoor whirlpool tucked among three pines. For a meal that redefines "fresh," try A.R. Valentien restaurant, where the chef uses ingredients culled that morning from local farmers' markets. Indeed, there is but one freezer in the kitchen: for the ice cream. Rooms from $450; 858-453-4420.