Exploring Why (and Where) Lovers of the Arts Love La Jolla

Why Art Lovers Love La Jolla

If you love the arts, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa puts you right in the heart of it all—from the La Jolla Playhouse, to the University of California, San Diego’s (USCD) Stuart Collection, to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the La Jolla Shores galleries. Read on to discover what each has to offer.

La Jolla Playhouse


La Jolla Playhouse: Founded in 1947, the playhouse has enjoyed a resurrection over the last four decades, earning more than 300 awards, including the 1993 Tony as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre. A number of its productions have migrated to Broadway and earned a total of 35 Tonys. If you love theater, the La Jolla Playhouse is not to be missed. Among the highlights of the current fall-winter season is the musical comedy based on the hit Disney film “Freaky Friday,” running Jan. 31 to March 12. The playhouse will kick off its 2017-18 season with the world premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville,” a new musical featuring original songs and legendary hits by Jimmy Buffett, slated to run May 16 to June 25, 2017.

Stuart Collection: The Stuart Collection seeks to enrich the cultural, intellectual and scholarly life of the campus and community by building and maintaining a unique collection of site-specific works by leading artists of our time. Download the iPhone app to interact with the renowned sculpture collection, which is located across the UCSD campus. A map is also available on the website. Standout pieces include a 560-foot-long “Snake Path” by artist Alexis Smith, a giant bear sculpture constructed of boulders by artist Tim Hawkinson and Terry Allen’s “Trees,” salvaged eucalyptus trees encased in lead—one emitting recorded songs and the other a sequence of poems.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann


Museum of Contemporary Art: With two locations—one downtown and one in La Jolla—the Museum of Contemporary Art is devoted to the art of our time across all media. The La Jolla location offers ocean views from the Edwards Garden Gallery and Museum Café and houses the museum’s X Store. Through Jan. 2, take in “The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium,” an exhibition that examines a network of artists who were active in San Diego between the 1960s and 1980s. On Jan. 3, the La Jolla location will close for a renovation and expansion, while the downtown location remains open.

La Jolla Shores art galleries: Head to La Jolla Shores to visit dozens of art galleries and enjoy numerous murals and public art pieces.

For questions about transportation, current exhibitions and shows, and more, visit with the knowledgeable concierge team at Estancia.