FROM A HUMBLE START IN THE 1950S TO THREE LUXURY PROPERTIES , EVANS HOTELS HAS FOUND SUCCESS WHILE STAYING TRUE TO FAMILY IDEALS AND COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS .
BY ASHLEY RYAN
With stunning beaches and that laid-back lifestyle for which Southern California is known , it ’ s no surprise that travelers flock to San Diego . And , since the 1950s , Evans Hotels has welcomed many of those visitors to its properties , becoming a major force in the local tourism industry . The family-run company ’ s first two hotels , the Bahia Resort Hotel and the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa , opened in Mission Bay more than 60 years ago . Evans Hotels then added The Lodge at Torrey Pines , a AAA Five Diamond resort , to its growing list of accommodations in 2002 — further cementing the company ’ s position in the community .
“ I ’ d like to think that we are part of the fabric of San Diego and of Southern California in general ,” says Anne Evans , San Diego native and co-founder of Evans Hotels . The historic properties , their expansion over the last few decades and a steady stream of guests all point to a successful enterprise with no signs of slowing anytime soon . Sometimes looking back on the journey from humble beginnings is the best part .