La Valencia - La Jolla, California, 92037, United States

HOT PINK at 90

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The circa 1926 pink landmark that has become synonymous with La Jolla, La Valencia Hotel, announces a celebration to commemorate her 90th birthday. In a countdown from the current decade to 1926 – music, menus and events are planned culminating in a Roaring 20’s Great Gatsby Gala on December 15th which will benefit a local charity, TBA.

The celebration journey includes a 10-month countdown designed to commemorate each decade of the hotel’s amazing story.

Meet our "Pink Lady" model: Jenna Pilant of!

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• In a whimsical, modern tribute to the hotel’s moniker of “The Pink Lady,” throughout the next nine months, the hotel will capture themed images of a capricious young San Diego stylemaker from the past to the present. “The Pink Lady” model will be photographed amid classic property settings in the fashion of each decade.

• Each month La V’s restaurant & lounge menus will feature “Craft Cocktail of the Decade” as well as intriguing antidotes about the hotel during the last 90 years. THE MED Ocean view Restaurant will offer a 3-course prix fixe menu for two priced at $90, highlighting the cuisine of each decade that is being celebrated.

Hot Pink at 90 Celebration Experience  – It’s her birthday, but the Pink Lady is giving you the gift this time. This special, two-night package includes a commemorative gift, a house crafted welcome amenity from our kitchen, and a Craft Cocktail of the Month or Pink Lady Martini for 2 each night of your stay and complimentary parking.

• A December Great Gatsby style Roaring 20’s Gala - Get your tickets now!

Decade Countdown to December Celebration

MARCH: 2010 - 2019

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Cocktail of the Month/Decade: Farm Fresh Fennel Cucumber Gimlet - $12

2010 - Present: San Diego-based Pacifica Host Hotels purchases La Valencia in 2011 and embarks on a multi-million dollar renovation and restoration. In 2015, La V announces the Icon Collection including the Sky, Pacific and La Valencia signature suites.

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APRIL: 2000 - 2009

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Cocktail of the Month/Decade: 
Dutch Duchess - $12
Reintroduction of Absinth to the American Cocktail. U4RIK Tequila, Herbsaint, Peychauds Bitters, Grapefruit twist

What Happened at La V:
La Valencia’s signature pool and Ocean View Villa Wing open.

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MAY: 1990 - 1999

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Cocktail of the Month/Decade: 
Cosmopolitan - $12
Reinvented from the popular Sex and the City show on HBO. Hangar One Mandarin, Grand Marnier, Cranberry Juice, Lime.

What Happened at La V: 
Musical theater production RENT premiers at La Jolla Playhouse and later debuts on Broadway, winning Tony Award for Best Musical. La V debuts al fresco ocean view dining off La Sala sun terrace.

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JUNE: 1980 - 1989

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Cocktail of the Month/Decade:
Tequila Sunset - $12
It’s all about the Sunset in La Jolla! This retro cocktail is made with Don Julio tequila, fresh squeezed orange juice, 
candied orange slices and fresh cherry puree.

What Happened at La V:
La Jolla dining history is made when the Mediterranean Room (now THE MED) opens off the main lobby in the Sevilla Wing and is soon famous for its signature Paella.

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JULY: 1970 - 1979

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Cocktail of the Month/Decade:
Rob Roy - $12 
Dewars 12yr, Cherry Heering, Bitters.

What Happened at La V:
A 6,000 acre section of La Jolla Cove – complete with kelp forests and underwater caves – officially designated an underwater park and ecological reserve, making it a mecca for nature lovers, kayakers, swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers.

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AUGUST: 1960-1969

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Cocktail of the Month/Decade: 
Perfect Manhattan - $12
Bourbon Whiskey, Sweet and Dry Vermouth, Bitters, Brandied Cherry

What Happened at La V:
In the late 1960's, La V converts the 10th floor Tower sundeck to the Skyroom Restaurant -- with arguably the best ocean view in SoCal and waiters with the best legs, from walking up the ÿre escape to deliver hot food from the kitchen.

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SEPTEMBER: 1950-1959

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Cocktail of the Month/Decade:
La V Squirell - $12
Vodka, Crème de Cacao, Crème de Noyaux, Cream 

What Happened at La V:
The hotel acquires the 1908 Irving Gill designed Cabrillo Hotel and annex's it to the property. Author Raymond Chandler hangs out in Café La Rue and the Whaling Bar. La Jolla resident Theodor Seuss Geisel publishes The Cat in the Hat in 1954 and visitors can still see the inspirational “Lorax Tree” standing in Scripps Park.

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OCTOBER: 1940 - 1949

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Cocktail of the Month/Decade:
McArthur's Side Car - $12
Courvoisier VS, Cointreau, Lemon & Orange Bittera

What Happened at La V: 
Café la Rue and The Whaling Bar open side by side in former retail space fronting Prospect. The idea for La Jolla Playhouse originates with La V regular guests, Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Audrey Hepburn’s future husband, Mel Ferrer.

NOVEMBER: 1930-1939

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Cocktail of the Month/Decade:
Aviation- $12
Gin,Creme de Violette, Lemon Juice, Maraschino Juice

What Happened at La V:
Bing Crosby & Desi Arnez open the Del Mar Race Track "Where the Turf Meets the Surf". As the city of San Diego grows up around La Jolla, the Balboa Park hosts the 1935 California Pacic Exhibition at the site of the original 1915 Panama-California Exhibition. And the 1930's progress from Depression to Growth - in a very entertaining way!

DECEMBER: 1926-1929

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LA V COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: The Bees's Knees - Barr Hill Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, Honey Simple Syrup.

What Happened at La V: Saturday, December 1926 La Valencia opens as an apartment hotel market-ed as an undiscovered, unspoiled “jewel," providing a perfect seafront hideaway for the Hollywood elite.

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