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Terranea - California's So Cal Coastal Staycation

Updated on June 30, 2014

Balconies and Rooms with Views


Serenity Views at the Adult Pool


History of Terranea Resort

I remember as a child driving by the abandoned Marineland of the Pacific, an animal seaside theme park. It sat deserted and forlorn for over thirty years, until in 1998, when Lowe Enterprises became involved with the 102-acre property and built the gorgeous Terranea resort.

The views from every angle are exquisite, offering 270-degree views of the rocky coastline, secluded coves and Catalina Island to the west. There are over 400 guest rooms and suites ranging from 450 sq. ft. to 2,200 sq. ft. with resort and ocean views. Each room has a king-size or two double beds. For larger groups, or longer visits, the villas, casitas and bungalows are available with full kitchens, laundry rooms, living rooms, and lovely private patios.

Since the beach is small and not conducive to swimming, adults congregate around El Cielo, the resort’s second adult pool overlooking the Pacific. Families love splashing and playing 5,000 sq. ft. main pool with its 140-foot Peninsula Plunge waterside and jumping splash pad. The Spa also offers a pool with ocean views.

Be sure to attend the sunset ritual in the evening on the Lobby Terrace. To signify the end of the day a member from Concierge brings out a sacred crystal-singing bowl. As he taps the bowl and swirls the rubber tip around the inside, it creates a sound and vibration that is known for healing and relaxation. The pure sounds of the crystals resonate to bring harmony and well-being to all who hear the beautiful sound. It’s a wonderful way to end the day and enjoy an evening at Terranea.

For information and reservations, go to or 866-998-3772.

Family Fun in Palos Verdes


Special Deals during the Fourth of July Weekend

During the Fourth of July weekend the resort is offering special room packages to celebrate the resort’s fifth anniversary. Book five nights or more and receive a $500 resort credit that can be used for The Spa, The Links Golf Academy, Pointe Discovery, restaurants, or retail boutiques. Be sure to mention or use Promo Code: 5YEAR.

Book two nights and receive the third free. Stay two nights and receive a $150 resort credit.

On July 4 receive discounts on bites, beer and wine during Happy Hour at Nelson’s from 2 to 4 p.m. Catalina Kitchen’s extensive seafood buffet is from 5 to 10 p.m., and live music is in the Lobby Bar from 7 to 9 p.m. On July 5 enjoy a California buffet at Catalina Kitchen from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a hike through the Living Landscapes of Terranea before going back home.

100 Terranea Way, (310)265-2800.

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5 Year Anniversary Dinner on August 10

Terranea is having a Celebration of Food and Wine on August 10 featuring four fun and informative seminars. The two morning seminars include Bubbles of the World, hosted by Master of Wine Candidate Stuart Prato, from 10 – 11:15 a.m., and A History of South Africa, hosted by award-winning Boela Gerber of Groot Constantia, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

An informative lunch, hosted by French Wine Specialist Paul Swigger, will begin at 1 p.m., and will be prepared by Terranea’s Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra and feature a cooking demonstration highlighting the theme of “Old World vs. New World” in both the food and wine presented.

The two afternoon seminar sessions will cover Italian Wines, hosted by Premier Italian Wine Importer and Italian Master Sommelier John Cressman, from 3 – 4:15 p.m., and Bordeaux vs. Burgundy, hosted by Jason Berry, representing Mark Haisma, Burgundy Négociant, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The evening reception and dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. and feature the chefs of Terranea, along with a special selection of wines for guests to taste and explore.

Festival tickets are offered at $125 including all four seminars and lunch, $125 for the evening reception and dinner, or $225 for the full day of food and wine experiences that includes seminars, lunch, reception and dinner. A special introductory offer of buy one ticket, get the second ticket 50% off is available for the first 70 guests to purchase.

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a special room package for the Celebration of Food and Wine event. The package includes two-nights accommodation in an ocean-view room and two VIP passes for the event, which includes all seminars, lunch, evening reception and dinner, as well as a special VIP reception and wine dinner at mar’sel the night before the event. The package starts at $900.

Tickets for Terranea’s Celebration of Food and Wine are limited, and available by advance reservation only. Reservations can be made at For additional information, please call (310) 265-2766.

Play Golf

Our day began with a short stroll to The Links at Terranea. A challenging 9-hole par-3 course with ocean views at every hole. Later we visited the full-service spa for a massage and short nap at the adult-only pool.

Dining at Terranea

Catalina Kitchen
Overlooks the Point Vicente Lighthouse.
Elements of Spanish, French Riviera, Greek and southern Italian flavors.
Play on the Spanish word for "sea" and the French word for "salt")
It offers casual, pub-like fare with televisions playing the latest sporting events.
Friday Seafood Buffet starts at 5 p.m.
Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra's seasonal approach to cooking inspired mar'sel's extensive herb garden located just steps from the kitchen.
Guests gather outside around the cozy fire pits for dinner and drinks, while watching the sunset.
Saturday and Sunday Buffet breakfast and brunch
Fine dining menu that features locally-sourced ingredients

Learn about the Pimu while walking on paved paths


Living Landscapes of Terranea

Walk along the Discovery Trail to watch for whales, dolphins or seals in the distance. During the winter-spring seasons, this area is the migration route of the California Gray Whale. The nutrient-rich continental shelf is occasionally the summer feeding ground of the rare Blue Whale, the largest mammal on earth.

Signs along the trail are interpretative stops with a rest area to learn more about the history, folklore and marine life of this coastal area. We learned, that the nearby Point Vincente lighthouse, circa 1926 is also called Lady of the Light. Tales are told that in the evening the shape of a woman paces the light’s walkway.

10 Items to Pack for Terranea

1. Two bathing suits and a fun cover-up dress or shirt

2. Sun Dresses for day and night

3. Shorts and flip flops

4. A golf shirt

5. Sturdy walking sandals

6. Sunglasses

7. Floppy hat

8. Light sweater or jacket for the evenings

9. Water shoes for the pebbly beach

10. Camera for great views

Lunch at Nelson's is always a Treat


Nelson's Lobster Roll


Menu at Nelson's

Come for the craft beer, creative cocktails or glass of wine to pair with a seasonal salad, juicy burger, lobster roll or tasty sandwich. Save room for the Key lime pie or Nutella ice cream sandwich.

The hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday Nelson's stays open until 11 p.m.

Come to Nelson's Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. There are beer specials, discounts on selected food items and on glasses of house wines.

Birthday Lunch at Nelson's



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