One of the many (or is it few?) benefits of LA's massive geographical make-up is undoubtedly the ability to travel to locales that feel entirely different from our usual stomping grounds. Staycationing at a house in Malibu when you need a seaside getaway is just as feasible as spending a glam night at the Ace Hotel in Downtown when you want to partake in some fast-paced city living. You can travel from the mountains to the desert to the beach in the same day (not counting traffic), all without having to leave LA County. Though taking a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara or San Diego is always a great options, sometimes it's nice to go somewhere that feels juts as remote but is a bit closer to home, like Terranea Resort. We were lucky enough to spend a quick weekend at the resort for their annual Celebration of Food & Wine, and it did not disappoint.
Located right on the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea is a sprawling 102-acre property boasting its own private peninsula. Though it's just a short drive from Long Beach, the resort feels incredibly remote, as if you've left the city entirely. There are 8 restaurants, 4 ocean-view pools, a golf course, a spa, Bungalows, Casitas, and Villas. The resort is beautiful, with stunning ocean views almost everywhere you go, and an old Californian feel infused into every space. Since we were only there for 2 nights, we barely scratched the surface in terms of exploring the grounds and partaking in all the activities, but next time, we'll make sure to check out their surf lessons, paddle boarding, kayaking, horse back riding, and hikes.
We did, however, get to enjoy plenty of events for the Celebration of Food & Wine, kicking off with the Study of Pork reception on the Friday evening of our arrival. The reception featured pork-focused bites from Terranea chefs and guest chefs alike. It was held on one of their beautiful, spacious, oceanside patios, and all the delicious bites (like a Smoked Pork Agnolotti that was out of this world) were accompanied by some fun cocktails and plenty of wine. On Saturday, we hopped from one panel to the next, starting with the New Frontiers and Taste of Terranea panel, which paired new world wines with a bunch of really tasty bites from the resort's various chefs. We also checked out other panels like "Old World Wines" and "Women in Wine," which were all a wealth of valuable information that I honestly never remotely knew about wine and wine-making.
After spending the entire day pairing wines with delicious food, we attended The Grand Tasting, which included A VIP caviar tasting, bites like Short Rib and Gnocchi from a variety of chefs, and endless tables of vino. It was followed by an upbeat after party, and a Champagne brunch the next morning featuring bubbly from Moet Hennessy's line-up capped off the weekend's events. The experience was certainly a whirlwind of ocean views, food, and wine; we would come back in an instant, and take a little more time exploring the property (and maybe try sticking to 3 meals a day).