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February, 2004

Gayot.com Names The Lodge at Torrey Pines One of "Top 10 Romantic Hotels" in U.S.

LA JOLLA, CA (February 2004)—As Valentine's Day memories linger, The Lodge At Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA, has been named one of the "Top 10 Romantic Hotels" in the U.S. by the prestigious Gayot.com. The comprehensive luxury website, which covers the finest in restaurants, wine, food, hotels and travel around the world, honored The Lodge in the February 2004 issue of Tastes, its on-line dining and travel newsletter.

In its roundup of the "Top 10 Romantic Hotels," Gayot.com hailed The Lodge's architecture and design for "capturing the mood" of the romantic Arts & Crafts era, "which is known for its sensual lines, burnished lighting and graceful furnishings." With its Pacific-coast setting, noted editors, The Lodge invites couples "to travel back to a time for indulgence and leisure."

Opened in April 2002, The Lodge At Torrey Pines immediately captivated travelers and the travel press alike with its breathtaking location and loving re-creation of California Craftsman architecture. For instance, in December 2003, The Lodge was named "Best New U.S. Resort-Hotel" by the influential Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. In an age when hotels often capture the public's attention with pomp and circumstance, a heartfelt appreciation for elegance, warmth and classic design still exists, as Gayot.com's recognition of The Lodge suggests.

"We are delighted to receive such special notice in Gayot.com's Tastes newsletter, particularly right before the most romantic day of the year," said Dan Fullen, General Manager of The Lodge At Torrey Pines. "Gayot is known for its discriminating taste and keen eye for the finest in luxury, and to have been included as a Top Romantic Hotel along with some of the most exclusive properties in U.S. is a testament to the dedication of all of our employees, as well as to the creative vision that inspired The Lodge in the first place."

Founded by André Gayot—who co-coined the term "Nouvelle Cuisine" in the early 1970s—Los Angeles-based Gayot produces a series of well-respected travel and restaurant guides in print and on the internet which capture "the best" of particular locations.

The Lodge has received its share of accolades since its Spring 2002 opening, including AAA's coveted Five-Diamond Award for 2004—the only resort in San Diego so honored—for the second consecutive year.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a tribute to the California Craftsman Movement and is modeled after Greene and Greene's famed Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, CA, two of the finest examples of early 1900's Craftsman-style architecture. The Lodge features 170 spacious guest rooms, including 9 suites, a 9,500 square-foot full-service spa, and two restaurants serving contemporary California cuisine. The Lodge is adjacent to the Torrey Pines Golf Course and is within walking distance of Torrey Pines State Reserve.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is owned and operated by Evans Hotels, San Diego, and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. For reservations call 888-826-0224, or for further information, visit www.lodgetorreypines.com.

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