September 2017

Club Traveler

Plan a West Coast Winter Retreat

Even Carlsbad’s nickname is bumper sticker-worthy: Village by the Sea. Though inviting year-round, this West Coast destination is particularly appealing during January and February. While much of the country experiences freezes and snowfalls during the first two months of the year, this village — located just 35 miles north of San Diego — greets its guests with mild temperatures hovering around 65 degrees. Better yet, Carlsbad is often less crowded and less expensive during the winter months.

Enjoy 7 miles of beach and ocean views, lush landscapes, California sunsets and a variety of seasonal activities during a coastal winter getaway in Carlsbad. To help you plan, check out this preview of what you can see and do for inspiration.

Catch a Big Wave

During the winter months, big-wave surfers bring their boards to Carlsbad to greet northwest swells coming down from Alaska. Catch a glimpse of the pros at Tamarack Surf Beach. Park for free and decide whether you want to try your own board on the waves, go fishing or simply relax. If you do plan to get in the water, make sure you wear proper attire to keep warm; water temperatures can drop to the low 50s.

While you’re in the area, learn more about the history and culture of surfing by visiting at the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, just 3 miles up the coast from Carlsbad.

Go Golfing

With mild weather and few rain showers during the winter, all you need is a light jacket or sweater to take a swing on Carlsbad’s greens. Soak in views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the foothills to the east while playing at The Crossings at Carlsbad, located on more than 400 acres of natural coastal terrain. Named after the five lovely bridges that connect this 18-hole champion course, The Crossings also features a clubhouse where travelers can eat lunch on an outdoor deck with ocean views.

Spring blooms come early in the seasonal Carlsbad Flower Fields.

Peek at Early Spring Blooms

For travelers who can’t wait for spring, Carlsbad Flower Fields opens its nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers during the end of winter (typically in early March). February visitors can also get a peek of spring with a short daytrip to San Marino to see hundreds of blooms at the annual Camellia Show.

Visit a Local Winery or Brewery

For lovers of the vine, say “cheers” to the new year with a glass of wine or full tasting from Witch Creek Winery, located in the heart of Carlsbad Village. If you prefer a pint glass, go for a brewery tour and tasting at one of the area’s local brewpubs like Arcana Brewing, where you can sample the Infinity Stout and Honey Pale Ale, among other brews.

Where to Stay

Club Members can stay in Carlsbad at Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa, Grand Pacific Palisades Resort or Carlsbad Seapointe Resort.